TAE BO FITNESS AND BILLY’S BOOMBOXING
Billy Blanks is the creator of Tae Bo Fitness®, a revolutionary total body fitness system that has helped millions of people around the world get in shape and feel great! Billy continues to earn acclaim through his extraordinary achievements as a world Karate Champion, actor, author, motivator, philanthropist and humanitarian. He travels all over the globe, teaching Tae Bo and conducting Tae Bo Certifications courses.
Billy is an eighth-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do but he also gained Black Belts in five other forms of Martial Arts, eventually becoming a Grand Master, but he didn’t stop there. He became a seven-time world Karate Champion, captained the U.S. Karate team, won 36 Gold Medals in International competitions and earned admission to the Karate Hall Of Fame. Not only did he achieve his goals as a Martial Artist but Billy went on to train in boxing and became a Golden Gloves Champion and the Tri-state Golden Gloves Champion of Champions.
Living in California, Billy and Tae Bo Fitness® was very popular among celebrities. He became a fitness expert and personal trainer to many movie stars, television actors and celebrity athletes as well. Everyone reaped the benefits of Tae Bo Fitness® and Billy’s Boot Camp™, helping them to stay in top physical shape.
Currently, Billy is the co-host of the hit TV series “Celebrity Sweat”, which reveals how celebrities and athletes balance good nutrition and fitness, so as to enjoy a healthful life. The series motivates and inspires both young and old to make fitness a dedicated part of their lives.
Billy Blanks has been around for three generations. He is the Godfather of Fitness and continues to inspire men and women to bring fitness into their lives. He is more motivated than ever to make a difference in people’s lives.
Gina & Dahrio
Gina Grant is one of the leading Education Specialists for Zumba, the world’s largest branded dance-fitness company with more than 15 million fans in 200,000 locations across more than 180 countries. Certified in Group Fitness by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Gina trains fitness experts and dancers around the world to become Zumba® instructors.
After joining the company in 2006, Gina quickly became a leading authority on the program’s methodology and instruction. In addition to starring in and co-hosting a collection of top-selling Zumba DVDs, including the new “Zumba® Incredible ResultsTM”, Gina is featured in the company’s video games which have sold more than 9 million copies and are considered the No. 2 selling video game franchise of all time in the dance-fitness space.
A professional dancer and choreographer by training, Grant has more than 15 years of dance and fitness experience. She is a master of various genres—including tap, jazz, hip-hop, Hawaiian, Tahitian and musical theatre—and a former dancer/choreographer for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers. She put her dance background to good use to co-create the Zumba® Kids program (formerly known as Zumbatomic®), a unique fitness program that adapts the Zumba philosophy to the physiology and abilities of young children.
Dahrio Wonder is a San Francisco Bay Area native who fits no mold, initiates a change of mind, and continuously steps outside the box with any project he works on. His mission to inspire people around the world drives his passion for dance and making music.
Having already worked with some of the industry's top recording artists as a professional dancer and choreographer, has performed and worked with Britney Spears, Madonna, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Adrian Marcel, R&B great An’gela Winbush, Zumba® Fitness, Puerto Rican superstar Wisin and the late salsa legend Celia Cruz.
In 2012, Wonder joined the Gina & Tanya Zumba® Fitness tour as the featured music artist, entertaining crowds in cities throughout the US and Canada. In 2013 Dahrio teamed up with Zumba® Fitness creator Beto Perez to write and perform, “Came Here to Party” for Zumba’s instructor conferences, conventions and concert tours. Since their collaboration Dahrio has written, co-produced and performed “Zona Wonder”, “Sexy Ladies”, “Get Up”, “Give it To Me” and many other records that can be heard on Zumba® Fitness ZIN volumes and in Zumba® classes all around the world.
Teaming up with Gina Grant in 2014, Wonder and Grant created the Zumba® Fitness session, #HIPHOPTURNUP gaining highly acclaimed reviews at Zumba® Fitness Instructor Conventions, as well as Zumba® ZIN Academies around the world.
Kelly Bullard, Zumba Education Specialist
Kelly is an International fitness educator and a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) since 2009. She holds degrees in Exercise and Sports Science (Health and Physical Education) and a Master’s degree in Sport Administration. Her passion, enthusiasm, and experience is for fitness/ dance for people of all ages. Kelly specializes in many of the Zumba Fitness programs and has presented in over 36 countries. She is in several Zumba DVD’s, including being featured in the Aqua Zumba Vol. 6. Kelly holds a variety of certifications in many areas of fitness, and is a continuing education provider for AEA, AAAI/ISMA, AFAA & ACE.
Stretch by VeraFlow
Dance- Stretch-Relax and Learn
Lynn Blakeley has been a Group Fitness Instructor for 18 years and was in the original class of Zumba® Jammers. Lynn enjoyed creating choreographing and working with fellow ZIN members as a ZJ from 2010-2017, and was a ZINCON 2018 Presenter along with ZJ Rita Cohen of their original session, Vocal Flow.
Currently, Lynn is a VeraFlow® Master for the United States, giving instructor trainings and demo classes. This dance, stretch, relax program originated in the U.K., created by former ZES Naomi di Fabio, and leaves people feeling refreshed and peaceful.
Being part of the very first Fitness Team many years back at The Arnold, Lynn has loved seeing this event grow, and is deeply honored to present a new workshop "Stretch by VeraFlow" for the Fitness & Yoga at The Arnold this year!
CREATOR OF BELLY DANCING BODY FITNESS
Tricia has been an AFAA certified instructor since her college years and has background in nursing but discovered Zumba fitness, and the rest was history! She was immediately granted the rights to launch a “Studio Zumba” one of 3 in the world and use the Zumba name through the permission Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba Fitness . Beto Perez, creator of Zumba, in which he visited her studio twice In Steubenville and knew of her abilities, and was invited to audition at the Zumba home office in Florida for Zes (Zumba Education Specialist / master trainer of Pa ) in 2010. She was in discussions with Perlaman about her idea to create another program to help Zumba instructors. (This became the Zumba Jammer program ) then called "choreo coach " in which she ultimately decided that it was the best fit for her in Zumba rather than ZES. She traveled all over the U.S with sold out jam sessions for 3
years (presented at the Zumba convention twice, next door to Beto Perez in 2012) In order to stay close to home by her family and new baby,
She decided to focus on her own fitness format, Bellydancing Body Fitness (BDBF) in which has since then expanded to include 6 subformats. She has presented BDBF at several international fitness conventions. And now hosts BDBF trainings in order to help women live the most phenomenal life at any age
Raj Donald – Kangoo Jumps® International Trainer
Raj has been formally teaching Group X and Fitness Coaching since 2005. Through his experience in the US Marine Corps, Sports and Distance Running, he has discovered that fitness has always been an important part of his life. Raj is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness and Indoor Cycling (Spinning) Instructor. He is an International Kangoo Jumps Trainer in the KJ licensed programs Kangoo Power, Kangoo Boot Camp, Kangoo Dance, and Kangoo Kick n' Punch. He instructs Sports Conditioning Running Clinics, RealRyder Indoor Cycling classes, Indoor Cycling Instructor Group Fitness Classes, Indo-Row Rowing and TRX Classes.
“I love this fitness world I'm in! I love training in general! Whether it's business/professional courses, adjunct-faculty in the collegiate setting, or teaching Group Exercise Classes, the classroom is the best place on earth. Having fun with people while helping them reach their fitness goals thrills me to no end!”
My name is Sofia Rodriguez and I am a Fitness & Health Expert near Washington DC. In addition to having experience presenting at other expos (including NBC4/Telemundo), I have been the Go-To Expert on many TV morning shows and been featured in several magazines and online publications such as Forbes & Huffington Post. I have a Masters from the University of Virginia in Clinical Exercise Physiology and have worked with cardiac, cancer, diabetic, and injury rehab patients in the past. I am a Certified Personal Trainer ranked among top trainers in the country with many years of experience training various populations for weight loss, muscle gain, and overall health. Also, I am a published fitness writer, a fitness model and specialize in bodybuilding and nutrition. I am bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.
Jill Roth, AS,BS
Jill Roth, AS, BS, is a certified Essentrics® instructor, Function-First Pain-Free Movement Specialist, American Council on Exercise group fitness instructor, Registered Dental Hygienist and public speaker. Jill motivates her clients to regain full mobility through balanced movement.
Julie Wilkes, Owner Seven Studios, Yoga at The Arnold Chair
As a heart disease survivor, Julie believes she was given a second chance at life for a reason. She finds that that when she is sharing the inspiration behind her second chance with others, she is living into her life purpose.
Julie is the North American Wellness Lead for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company, CEO and Owner of Seven Studios (a yoga and fitness studio), published author of The 7 Life Miracles, a Life Coach, a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur, owning several companies, including: aromatherapy product lines, an online life coaching series and a public speaking academy.
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Phil Weeden, Creator, Xtreme Hip Hop with Phil
Phil Weeden is a certified personal trainer, former bodybuilder & fitness enthusiast. He originally got into fitness to transform his body and discovered a passion for helping others reach their goals. He is currently the owner of Naturally Gifted Fitness Center (the largest privately owned gym in Cleveland Heights Ohio). He is the creator/ founder of the hit cardio step class Xtreme Hip Hop w/ Phil & the calorie killer cardio class Xtreme Burn. Phil guarantees if you try one of his classes, you won't leave the same. Do what millions of people have already done & Show Out!
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