As a member of the Sports Medicine Committee for the United States Powerlifting Federation since 1985, Dr. Arria served as a team doctor for three United States Powerlifting Federation World Championships. He also served as a team doctor for the United States Track and Field team at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Achievements in his personal athletic career include winning the California State Powerlifting championships three times and ranking in the top three in the USA in the 220-pound and 242-pound divisions. He has appeared on numerous national television shows airing on CNBC, ESPN, and the Family Channel and was the Executive Director of the American Institute of Health Education’s TELLY AWARD winning show The Five-Step Back Solution. Dr. Arria was also the Fitness Program Designer for Kathy Ireland’s abdominal training video, ABSolutely Fit.
Dr. Arria is a respected educator and has been appointed as a Special Advisor to the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Board of Fitness Examiners, a not-for-profit organization that is responsible for defining scopes of practice, standards, and national board examinations for personal fitness professionals.
Dr. Alex Hoffmann has been involved in the fitness industry for nearly two decades, and he has a strong background in developing both onsite and online academic curricula for exercise science degree programs. Dr. Hoffmann has served on the faculty of multiple higher education institutions and has been involved with the curriculum design and instruction of fitness education programs for the United States Army, the United States Sports Academy, and the Shanghai Sports Bureau.
Prior to working in a university setting, Dr. Hoffmann’s experience in the fitness industry included having worked as a Master Fitness Trainer course instructor for the United States Army, a strength and conditioning coach, a nutrition coach, and a personal trainer.
Dr. Hoffmann earned a Doctorate of Education in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy, a Master of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Central College.
JoAnn Bauer earned her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Lionel University, a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Lionel University, and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation, Ecology, and Evolution from the University of Washington. She served in the US Coast Guard as a Search and Rescue Controller and Boarding Officer.
Ms. Bauer works as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Group Fitness Administrator at Thrive Community Fitness in Oak Harbor, WA. She specializes in foundational fitness, working with older adults, people managing chronic conditions, or those recovering from injury. Ms. Bauer developed Fit Foundations, a free-style strength training and balance group fitness class for the same demographic, and contributes regular choreography content for the AMPD group fitness brand.
She recently founded Combobulate Fitness, LLC to provide contract community fitness and in-home personal training.
Josh Bryant earned a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. His professional experiences include strength coach and personal trainer. Mr. Bryant is the owner of JoshStrength, a fitness and conditioning organization. His career highlights include being the youngest person to bench press 600 pounds raw and 2005 Strongest Man in America, and he totaled 2294 at the United States Powerlifting Federation Mountaineer Cup.
Michol Dalcourt earned his Master of Science in Exercise Science and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta. He holds additional certifications, including C.F.C. accreditation from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists and Certified Specialist with the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals.
Mr. Dalcourt is an internationally recognized industry leader in health and human performance. He is the Founder and CEO of the Institute of Motion, the inventor of ViPR and ViPR PRO, and Co-Founder of PTAGlobal (which was acquired by NASM).
Mr. Dalcourt has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Sports Science and as Adjunct Faculty at the NAIT College School of Health Sciences. He currently sits on several Health Advisory Boards in the Health and Fitness Industry.
Mr. Dalcourt has given hundreds of international lectures. He has been a featured speaker at many of the world’s top health and coaching conferences, fitness clubs, and at many colleges and universities around the world. He has done extensive work in the areas of health and human performance. He consults with many of the health and fitness industry’s biggest companies - including Microsoft Health and Nike -among others.
For the past 5 years, through his company Institute of Motion, Mr. Dalcourt has worked with the government of Singapore to found ‘Active Health’, a nationwide initiative to scale health and well-being to every Singaporean.
James Gu has always been interested in helping others reach their potential. This passion led him to pursue a business degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and later complete both the massage and personal training programs at The Swedish Institute.
Mr. Gu started his career with Equinox as a massage therapist in 2006 and was quickly promoted to Spa Manager. Over the course of 15 years, he has held various positions within the company, including Membership Sales Advisor, Sales Manager, General Manager, Area Manager of Operations, Regional Director of Operations, Director of Operations and Senior Director of Spa. In 2020, James returned to the Spa as Senior Director of Spa.
Dr. Paul Juris earned his doctorate in Motor Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University, his master’s in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his bachelor’s in Human Movement Studies from Hunter College, CUNY. He is a pioneer in the development of human motor skills, and his career spans thirty-five years.
Dr. Juris is founder and president of Juris Partners, LLC, offering deep domain knowledge and experience in human movement science & technology, product innovation, program development, education & training, and business analytics to the fitness, health, and wellness industries.
Formerly the Director of Science and Performance at Brooklyn Boulders, he developed cutting-edge and innovative facilities & programs, and led the science and tech pursuits of the company by creating advanced data capture, metrics and analytics applications, delivering transformative experiences to fitness consumers.
Prior to joining BKB, Dr. Juris was the Executive Director of the Cybex Research Institute and Chief Science Officer at Cybex International. In this capacity, he directed the company’s empirical scientific research efforts in human movement, biomechanics, metabolics, motor control, and general health and wellness.
Dr. Tedd Keating earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, his Master of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in Exercise Science from Manhattan College. Dr. Keating is a full-time Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Manhattan College with over 25 years of teaching, research, and curriculum development experience. Before this, he spent several years in various fitness and rehabilitation settings, developing programming for clients ranging from the older adult to the collegiate athlete.
Dr. Keating’s professional interests include all aspects of strength and conditioning and clinical exercise science. His research has focused on perceived exertion, intermodal differences in the exercise response, flexibility exercise, and warm-up/preparatory methods. He maintains advanced credentials from both the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association and regularly presents for both organizations.
Megan Meisner earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Program Management and Commercial Recreation with an Exercise Science minor from Illinois State University.
She also completed the ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer program. Ms. Meisner worked as a contributor to Amazing Wellness, Muscle & Performance, Train and Train for Her magazines. Additionally, she worked with Human Kinetics as an exam writer and contributor.
In 2014, she resigned from a full-time job in corporate fitness to become self-employed by offering online services and healthy living resources (meganmeisnerfitness.com). She has competed in 2 NPC bikini competitions and was featured as a Rising Star in Oxygen magazine.
Angie Miller earned her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Central Missouri and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Iowa State University. She is a speaker, writer, university educator, and mental health therapist who blends her skills and expertise to empower individuals and audiences worldwide, giving them mental and physical strategies for success.
A gifted communicator and natural leader, Ms. Miller is recognized for her authentic approach to helping individuals rise to their potential. Her audiences range from mental health, corporate, and fitness professionals, to students at the university level, but no matter the age, stage, or status in life, Angie believes that we’re all connected by a desire to live our lives feeling strong and healthy inside and out.
A respected fitness leader, Ms. Miller teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad. She has been invited to speak at some of the most recognized health and fitness conferences, including IDEA World, NASM OPTima, and CanFitPro. She is a Master Instructor and Professional Development Educator for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a mentor, subject matter expert, and contributing author for the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. At Northern Illinois University, Ms. Miller taught courses in the Department of Kinesiology, including Stress Management, Sport Psychology, Yoga, Relaxation, and Methods of Group Fitness Instruction.
Angela Santoni earned her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Rutgers University. She is her currently working towards her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from Northeastern University.
Ms. Santoni possesses extensive experience in the implementation of effective professional development and educational models across a wide variety of allied health professions including Medicine, Nursing, Physical and Restorative Therapies and Personal Training. She is Owner and Principal at the LAB. The mission of the LAB is to support scientific and educational outreach for licensed and non-licensed providers, exercise professionals and consumers through professional accreditation application and organizational adherence, instructional design, and the selection and implementation of Learning Management Systems.
Ms. Santoni has a reputation for upholding and promoting the critical role of exercise in communities, a deep understanding of the role of technology in effective training and development models and the need for high professional standards in allied health professions. She served as a main committee member for the Institute of Credentialing Excellence contributing to the first NCCA skill based assessment standard in Personal Training.
Michael Spiegel earned his Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from PennWest California and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware. Starting out in New York City as a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach, Mr. Spiegel naturally progressed to leadership roles, initially serving a team of 40+ personal trainers before quickly progressing to multi-unit leadership. At the Director level, Mr. Spiegel oversaw Personal Training, Small Group Training, Nutrition, Education and Recruiting, for 30 health clubs spanning the East Coast with over 500 trainers under his care.
In 2018, Mr. Spiegel took on the role of General Manager at Life Time, the nation’s premier, luxury, healthy lifestyle brand. After grand opening Life Time Chappaqua in Westchester, NY and serving as the GM of Life Time Syosset on Long Island, he returned to Manhattan to oversee Life Time Sky, NYC’s preeminent luxury athletic club & rooftop pool deck destination until May 2022.
As NYC’s Senior General Manager, Mike now directly oversees the impending, iconic Life Time One Wall Street destination, which is set to open in September '22, in addition to Life Time Studio Battery Park, while supporting the other Life Time Athletic Country Clubs In the NYC market.
Erik E. Wilkins earned an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science from the International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science (ISSA CES) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Wilkins is the Founder and Lifestyle Wellness Consultant of Efficient Results Visionary Enterprise, LLC, and has dedicated the past 15 years to educating over 400 individuals in the health, wellness, and fitness field in North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, and Virginia. He has been recognized in the State of Mississippi for developing several awareness campaigns to educate members of the local communities about early detection and prevention of common illnesses. He spearheaded the First Annual Efficient Results Prostate Cancer Awareness Marathon, which not only united the residents in Brookhaven, Mississippi, but also provided awareness of one of the most common cancers affecting men. When he is not guiding his clients toward finding their life purpose, Erik is diligently working as a leader in the United States Army.
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