Women Fitness choose Top 10 female exercise and yoga trainers who have made a mark in the world and has influenced directly lives of innumerable celebrities and thousands of women who have watched their videos and got motivated from them and were able to change their lifestyle for ever. Here they are for you to quench your informational thirst.
The daughter of a dance instructor, Diana Ephlin, Anderson trained in dance from an early age in Noblesville, Indiana. She initially hoped to become a professional dancer in New York City. After a 40 lb. weight gain during her first year in New York, Anderson switched her focus to weight loss/fitness training as a career. Tracy has gym locations in Los Angeles, New York City, The Hamptons, and London and has a complete DVD collection for at-home training.
She also recently launched her Pregnancy Project workout DVD collection, providing women with safe and effective fitness routines during the pre-and-postnatal periods.
She may go on location with Gwyneth Paltrow and travel on tour with Madonna, but trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson, 34, says helping regular women achieve their personal goals has always been at the heart of her enterprise. She knows that by influencing the way Hollywood looks at itself, she also influences the way women around the world see themselves. That is a large responsibility for a woman who once battled her own insecurities, but one the petite trainer with the vivacious personality is more than ready to take on.
Anderson’s climb toward the top of the male-dominated fitness industry, one often besotted with bogus workouts and diets, has not been as smooth as her moves on the floor — or in the air. After she gained 30 lb. (13.6 kg) during her freshman year at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina took a drastic turn. Her frustration with her changing body caused her to seek answers. The research she began more than 12 years ago is the reason for her company’s success. Using the knowledge she gained about human anatomy and the way different muscles work and respond to exercise, Anderson opened a small studio near her hometown in Noblesville, Ind., in 2002. (This was after the failure of a basketball-and-dance facility for children that she opened with her then husband Eric Anderson, a New York Knicks forward.) There, she began designing what became the foundation of the Tracy Anderson Method, a high-energy customized cardio workout that combines elements of Pilates and dance and has helped thousands of men and women achieve leaner, more streamlined silhouettes. But as Anderson’s popularity grew, so did her legal and financial woes.
“Business is tough, especially when you’re a woman,” Anderson says with a sigh. After a dispute with a business partner who originally helped her open her second studio in Los Angeles in 2005, Anderson was forced to close her studio in Indiana and relocate to California with her son Sam. “Lucky for me, I’m not a girl that wants the next Prada bag,” the single mother says of paying back her debts and regaining her credibility. “Everything that I made, I put back into my studio. I wanted to succeed at this.”
Today, Anderson is in better shape. She has a greater sense of control over herself and her business and has even found a new partner in one of her star pupils, Paltrow. She is in the process of patenting the more than 3,000 painstakingly crafted moves and sequences she has developed over the past seven years and is taking them to the masses with a new state-of-the-art studio in New York City, a thriving business that has sold more than a quarter of a million copies of her DVDs around the world and an interactive website, TracyAndersonConnect.com, that will launch later this month. “This is not a trend,” Anderson says with determination. “This is a lifestyle. At a time when the world needs to be taken care of, people need to learn how to take care of themselves first.”
Her official site is located at: http://tracyandersonmethod.com
Top 10 Female Exercise and Yoga Trainers
Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country. Perhaps considered one of the most inspiring people on television through her role as trainer, wellness expert and life coach on her hit TV shows and regular TV appearances, Michaels has created a brand name for herself. Every week she motivates millions in every form of media from TV to publishing to the 1.6 million monthly visitors to her Web site and daily e-mail newsletter. As a motivator and role model, Jillian has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own personal journey toward wellness. Before becoming a big media success, Jillian struggled with her own weight. She was determined to reach her goals — and through dedication and hard work, she did.
Jillian has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for over 20 years. In addition, she owned and operated a sports medicine facility, where she worked as a physical therapy aid under the physiatrists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Jillian’s passion for fitness training originates from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do, in which she holds a black belt. Since 1993, Jillian has held two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In addition she is Kettlebell Concepts certified. Jillian has also developed a continuing education series for trainers with AFAA and holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA).
Books, DVDs, and video games — Jillian has them all covered. She is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including Master Your Metabolism and her most recent release, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life. Her DVDs are consistently top sellers, with her newest title Jillian Michaels Killer Abs released in September 2012. Jillian’s first comprehensive 90-day weight loss system, Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is available in retail stores across North America, and JILLIAN MICHAELS BODYSHRED, an intense group fitness class based on Jillian’s highly-effect 3-2-1 interval system, is currently taught exclusively in Crunch gyms.
Jillian’s web site, JillianMichaels.com, enjoys tremendous success as a top site for people who look to her for a comprehensive online wellness program. Her popular weekly podcast, The Jillian Michaels Show, is available for free download on iTunes and was awarded the coveted iTunes Rewind award for the best new audio podcast in its first year. This past year Jillian brought the successful podcast to life with Daily Dose with Jillian Michaels, a fun and informative webseries covering a range of topics with brand new episodes available each week on YouTube.
Jillian has a popular iPhone and iPad app, Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution, available from iTunes, and also continues her partnership with ICON Health & Fitness on a line of in-home fitness equipment. Together with BodyMedia she developed the Jillian Michaels 360° Weight Loss Navigator to be a key tool in providing accurate data tracking, tips, motivation and other crucial information for those working to get and stay fit. In addition, Jillian works with popchips in an effort to bring healthier snack options to the masses and EBOOST to provide delicious, all natural ways to boost your energy.
Jillian launched her company, Empowered Media, LLC, with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich, with the goal of creating total life solutions for people that involve all aspects of living well, including health, wellness, weight loss, and overall lifestyle. By sharing a unique and inspiring philosophy that stresses the integration of fitness, nutrition, and behavioral changes, Jillian empowers people everywhere to define and reach their personal goals, both physical and psychological. Empowered Media allows Jillian to communicate her message of health and wellness to a large audience through numerous forms of media. The company continues to work toward its objectives with a circle of experts who collaborate with Jillian to act as life architects, helping people to restructure their lives. The company’s motto is, “Inspired by Jillian, empowered by YOU!”
Jillian lives with her family in Los Angeles. When she’s not on set for TV, she enjoys traveling and getting involved in charitable activities, which include her work as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, an ambassador for Stand Up 2 Cancer, an ambassador for NFL Play 60, working with military families through the USO, her work as a champion of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation — a program dedicated to eradicating the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States — and her work with the Clinton Global Initiative.
As a personal trainer, Michaels uses a blend of strength training techniques with her clients, including kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, plyometrics, and weight training. Michaels holds certifications with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Kettlebell Concepts, and with the AFPA in nutrition and wellness.
In January 2012, Michaels released a 90-day weight loss program titled Body Revolution. The program features new workouts, meal plans and other personal training regimens.
Michaels’ business partner and manager is Giancarlo Chersich. Together they operate Empowered Media, LLC.
Michaels has released over 15 DVDs since 2005, including Ripped in 30 Extreme Shed and Shred and Killer Buns and Thighs. Her latest DVD release, Kickbox Fastfix, was released in March 2012.
In addition to her DVDs, Michaels has also authored several books on health and wellness topics. Several of these books, including Master Your Metabolism and Unlimited, have made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Michaels hosted a Sunday talk radio show on Los Angeles’ KFI (640 AM) from 2006 through 2009. Since February 2011, Michaels hosts a weekly podcast, The Jillian Michaels Show, through iTunes. In December 2011 the show was among the podcasts honored by Apple in its App Store Rewind 2011, winning in the Best New Audio Podcast category.
On October 21, 2008, she launched a new video game for the Wii, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009 A year later, she launched a sequel called Fitness Ultimatum 2010. In 2011 Michaels released two more games, Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 and Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure for the Xbox 360.
Michaels was an original trainer on the reality series The Biggest Loser when the show debuted in October 2004. On the show Michaels assumed the role of the Red Team trainer and remained in that capacity for the show’s first two seasons. After her departure in 2006 she was replaced by Kim Lyons. She returned to the show in 2007 as the Black Team trainer, competing against Lyons’ Red Team and Bob Harper’s Blue Team. Along with Harper, Michaels was also a trainer in the Australian version of the show from 2006 to 2008.On December 7, 2010, Michaels announced via Twitter that the eleventh season of the show would be her last. Michaels made her last appearance on The Biggest Loser in May 2011.
On September 4, 2012, it was announced that Michaels will return to The Biggest Loser in Season 14.On June 1, 2010, NBC debuted Losing It With Jillian, a spin-off of The Biggest Loser. In the show, Michaels focuses on one family per episode, visiting their home to work one-on-one with them for a week.Losing It With Jillian originally ran on NBC in June and July 2010. As of January 2012, all eight episodes of the series are available for viewing online.
On May 6, 2011, CBS Television Distribution announced that Michaels had signed a multi-year deal to become a co-host the panel-discussion show The Doctors, as well as serve as a special correspondent on the CTD program Dr. Phil. Michaels had been a guest on The Doctors several times previously. On the show, Michaels hosted a recurring segment called Ask Jillian, which dealt primarily with nutrition and diet topics. Michaels left The Doctors in January 2012 after only half a season on the series, stating the arrangement “wasn’t the fit both the show and I hoped for.” Her possible return as a guest was not ruled out. Michaels will continue to appear periodically on Dr. Phil.
Her official site is located at: http://www.jillianmichaels.com/
Jeanette Jenkins is also the host of Lifetime Television’s “My Workout:Powered by Podfitness.com”. She has appeared on Fear Factor, won $50,000 and the title of the first female winner of Fear Factor, and is one of 17 experts chosen for Nike Corp.’s Elite Athletes program. In addition she was the official spokesperson for The BET Foundation’s A Healthy BET Campaign.
Some of her clients have included Queen Latifah, Terrell Owens, Taryn Manning, Tia Mowry, and Amy Weber. She is also an expert on the Food Network’s weight-loss show, “Weighing In”.In 2010, Jenkins purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills with Queen Latifah.Jeanette Jenkins founder and President of The Hollywood Trainer is the author of The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan: 21 Days to Make Healthy Living a Lifetime Habit and creator of the highly successful Bikini Bootcamp & Kickboxing Bootcamp part of her internationally successful Hollywood Trainer DVD Collection, created to inspire and motivate men and women to live a healthy life.
New for 2012 Jeanette has released Sexy Abs with Kelly Rowland the first DVD in her new Hollywood Trainer Celebrity Series. As a 9 year Nike Training Club Ambassador Jeanette is a featured trainer on the Nike Training Club iphone Application downloaded by millions of fitness enthusiasts worldwide, sweating it out to unlock one of Jeanette’s Hollywood Workouts! As a Gatorade G Series FIT Team member and one of the country’s leading healthy lifestyle coaches, known best for her holistic approach, results-driven cross-training techniques, and supreme ability to motivate, Jeanette helps millions of men and women achieve their health and fitness goals through her products, social media & international appearances. Jeanette is a regular Health & Fitness blogger for The Huffington Post reaching 26million unique visitors daily and her work has been featured in media ranging from Oprah.com and Yahoo.com to NBC’s Today Show, The Dr. OZ Show, The Doctors, Tia & Tamera, BET’s 106&Park, Fox News World, The Tyra Banks Show, Access Hollywood, Extra, Kimora Lee Simmons’ Life in the Fab Lane, E! Entertainment & Celebrity Fit Club.
Jenkins studied Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa and has earned over 18 international certifications covering nutrition and various methods of training. She is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition recognized by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Columbia University. As a 9 year Advisory Board Member for Fitness Magazine Jeanette’s mission is to use her experience and education to teach and inspire men and women to live their best life! Jeanette’s expert advice and products have been recognized by several media outlets including USA Today, Fitness, Shape, Health, Self, O Magazine, Essence, Ebony, Women’s Health and Fitness, In Style, Glamour, Marie Claire, Prevention, People and Us Weekly Her positive spirit, knowledge, experience, motivation and ability to get results is what attracts an A-List client roster. It’s also what keeps her classes & special appearances jam-
packed! Jeanette’s student and client roster has included Queen Latifah, Kimora Lee Simmons, Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland, P!nk, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton Thicke, Tia Mowry, Terrence J, BET’s CEO Debra Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Nia Long, Anika Noni Rose, Chrisette Michele, Christina Applegate, Lauren Velez, Taryn Manning, Ian Ziering, Kendra Wilkinson, Carmen Electra, Holly Madison, Jordana Brewster, Mara Brock Akil, NFL’s Bryant McKinnie, Ty Law and Brian Cox.
Growing up in public housing in Canada, Jenkins was one of three children raised by a single mother and fitness is what kept her focused. A natural athlete, Jeanette found a safe haven in sports, one that taught her the value of discipline, teamwork, and most importantly instilled self-confidence and a “can do” attitude. Jeanette has benefited from social and community services as a child and dedicates her time and support to several non-profit organizations including the School on Wheels Organization, The Samburu Project and the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Shelter dwcweb.org.
Her official site is located at: http://www.thehollywoodtrainer.com/
After graduation she studied dance in Chicago, where one of her ballet instructors introduced her to yoga. A local photographer brought her to Marie Anderson Boyd, founder of Aria Models in Chicago, later acquired by Ford Models, who signed her on the spot. Boyd booked Stiles’ first casting, an ad campaign for Coca-Cola, and She moved to New York City soon after. She eventually realized that modeling was not what she was truly interested in. When Ford asked her to start making short promotional yoga videos for the agency and post them to YouTube, it was the beginning of her current career. She took a 200-hour course to become a certified instructor, and continues to make the videos, which have drawn over four million views.
Stiles was one of the first yoga instructors to use social media to attract students. The YouTube videos led a DVD with fellow model Brooklyn Decker as well as one of her own, Yoga Anywhere: The New York Session. After leaving Ford and modeling in 2007, she blogged for Women’s Health and The Huffington Post .
A 2009 post at HuffPo entitled “Help! I’m Addicted to FaceBook”, has received 1.2 million hits, making it one of the most-viewed blogs on the site. Stiles’s first book, Slim Calm Sexy, published by Rodale, rose to the #1 spot on Amazon.com and best-selling status the first week it was released, August 31, 2010.
Stiles has been featured in pictorials for W, Shape Magazine, Self, Marie Claire, Fitness, and appeared on the covers of City, Time Out, and Fit Yoga. Stiles appeared in ads for Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Target Corporation, Gap and American Apparel, as well as numerous TV commercials for the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Avon. Stiles’ health and yoga related work has been featured in such magazines as Esquire, Mens Health, Ascent, and Yoga Journal.
Stiles has been the Face of Women’s Health, a Rodale, Inc. publication, since April 2009. Stiles is also a spokesperson for Nissan Motors, along with Ryan Hall and Lance Armstrong.
In 2008 Stiles met her husband, Michael Taylor, at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York. “He was normal, he’s straight, he does yoga … I’m done for”, she joked. After a civil ceremony in New York, they honeymooned in Negril, Jamaica.
The couple founded the New York City yoga studio Strala later that year. They made up the name, which is Swedish for “radiates light”. In addition to continuing to make her videos and other media appearances, she currently teaches a quarter of the classes and oversees 13 other instructors at the 3,500 square feet (330 m2) studio, which has become profitable enough for her to consider opening a branch. Deepak Chopra and Jane Fonda are among her students; the former considers her his personal instructor. “I have been doing yoga for 30 years,” he says. “I have had teachers of all kinds. Taking lessons from her has been more useful to me than taking yoga from anyone else.”
Stiles does not follow any school of yoga or instructor and focuses purely on its physical aspects and health benefits, with no philosophical or spiritual dimension. She eschews the Sanskrit names for yoga positions and does not ask students to chant. She hires instructors without regard to the certification process normally required elsewhere, preferring to assess them by watching them teach, although Strala does offer a teacher-training program. Strala’s per-class fee, $10, is lower than other Manhattan yoga studios.
Her goal is to make yoga more accessible. “People need yoga, not another religious leader. Quite often in New York, they want to be religious leaders, and it’s not useful”, she explains. “I was never invited to the party anyway—so I started my own party”. Too many people outside yoga, she believes, see it as “something Jennifer Aniston does”. Fonda has praised “her ability to make yoga accessible to people who might be scared of it or think it might be too esoteric”. Stiles says she receives letters regularly from people, such as military men, who do her videos but are afraid to go to a yoga studio. “This studio is the first place I have felt comfortable”, one Strala student told The New York Times. “It doesn’t feel like it’s all 26-year-old former dancers.”
Stiles’ approach to yoga has met with some controversy in the yoga community. Jennilyn Carson of the popular YogaDork blog reports that some practitioners consider it “disrespect to what the practice is” for Stiles to promote it as a weight-loss method. “I don’t care what Tara Stiles says yoga is,” another yogini says. “It’s not about making your body beautiful.” Yoga traditionalists have also complained about her willingness to draw on her modeling background and exploit sex appeal in yoga-wear advertisements and her videos, some of which she has appeared in wearing short shorts and a tank top. “Who made these rules?”, Stiles has responded. “I feel like I’m standing up for yoga.” To critics of her videos and photo shoots, she says, “We should not be hiding behind our bodies.They should be empowering.”
Stiles was a contestant and winner of MTV’s Fear episode 9, “Fort Gains”. She has also appeared in Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle: Cremester 3. She co-hosted three segments on fitness and fashion with Pedro Andrade, Siafa Lewis, and Margherita Missoni.
Her official site is located at: http://tarastiles.com/
Shiva began exploring yoga at the age of 14 as a way to understand her name, given to her by her father, a surfer and artist. She has studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and explored Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement. Her studies and zest for life infuse her approach to living yoga and to ‘embodying the flow’. She founded Shiva-Shakti yoga infused clothing with the Marika Group, has served as Creative Yoga Advisor of Exhale yoga studios in California, and has taught on UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Program.
Shiva Rea writes on her website, I embrace yoga as a universal path as well as traditional teachings and practices to cultivate and realize our full potential. Vinyasa is a natural sequence unfolding with creative intelligence – a conscious evolution connecting each moment with unifying breath. We explore embodying and living yoga in full spectrum – sun to moon, wild to sublime, fullness to simplicity, action and being. There is yoga for everyone. Let us know how we can serve your path.Light the fire “Savor the Juice…Expand the Heart Field” May all beings flourish and peace prevail on earth…Om Shanti Shiva is an avid Ashtanga practioner who respects the core technique of the Krishnamacharya lineage (asana, bandha, pranayama, meditation) while being true to other streams of influence that have deepened her experience of yoga from dance and bodywork to rockclimbing and her extensive travels in India, East and West Africa, Nepal, Bali and the Carribean. She teaches flow (vinyasa) based yoga integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, meditation and wisdom in action.
Shiva is a long-standing teacher at Yoga Works in Santa Monica where some of the world’s best teachers have fertilized her understanding of yoga including Shandor Remete, Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffman, Lisa Walford, Rodney Yee, John Friend, Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker, Patrica Walden, Tim Miller, and the extrarodinary Kirtan of Jai Uttal and Krishna Das.
Her classes at Yoga Works are special mandalas to experience the whole range of energy cultivated in yoga from the sweaty purification of vinyasa and the tapas of standing and balance poses to the multi-dimensional opening of backbends and the release work of deep twists and hip openers and the stillness of inversions and meditation.
She works with world music in her classes and chanting as a means to help people syncopate with their natural rhythm and feel more at home in our skin. She is also on the faculty of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Program where she received her Master’s in Dance Movement Therapy while studying world dance, cultural anthropology, comparitive religions and somatics.
Her official site is located at: http://shivarea.com
Warner moved to California at the age of 18. She has worked as a model, actor, and a script coordinator for Warner Brothers, eventually writing and selling her own scripts. Warner is currently a professional personal trainer.
Athletic from an early age, Warner played inter-collegiate soccer and softball, and has been a lifelong equestrian competitor.
Warner is a lesbian and her show has chronicled her relationships with four different women. After her last relationship with Brianna deteriorated, Warner stated on the show that she wouldn’t be dating women so much younger than herself anymore. On the show, she regularly sees a therapist to discuss relationship and other problems. In an earlier season of the show, Warner made a pilgrimage back to her hometown in Ohio and visited her father’s grave. She revealed on the show that her father had suffered from mental illness and had committed suicide years earlier.
In 2004, Warner opened Sky Sport and Spa. On July 19, 2006, the Bravo network aired the first episode of Work Out. The reality show’s first season followed Warner’s daily routine, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how Warner runs her day-to-day business, juggles her personal life with then girlfriend Milenna (Mimi) Saraiva, and deals with her employees’ personal issues.
On March 18, 2007, Bravo launched a second season of “Work Out,” where it continues to show Warner handling her personal life and controversial relationship with employee Rebecca Cardon, launching a new business venture, integrating a new trainer (Gregg Butler) into the mix, and dealing with the sudden death of trainer Doug Blasdell.
There was much debate over her relationship with Rebecca, whom she began to casually date during the filming of the second season late 2006. In April 2007, Jackie stated during the Work Out “Reunion” show that due to the attention they have received, the relationship was to be kept private until decided otherwise.
As seen on season three, Jackie dated, and lived with, a 25 year-old bartender named Brianna Stockton. At the end of season three, Jackie and Brianna appeared to have ended their relationship.
Bravo cancelled the show after Season 3 of Work Out, which created much controversy. In the May 6, 2008 episode Jackie and her SkySport office manager Lisa were overheard in Jackie’s office gossiping negatively about the physical appearance of trainer Brian Peeler’s client. Brian and his client were both working out several feet away from the office. The client turned out to be well-known fitness model and breast cancer survivor Jamie Eason. Negative comments were made regarding Jamie’s breast implants and were overheard by Eason’s boyfriend, who was right outside Jackie’s office, unbeknownst to Jackie. The actual footage was not shown by Bravo, but Jamie’s boyfriend Rich Luzzi, as well as Jamie Eason herself, have stated that Jackie made most of the negative comments and Lisa only chimed in. Lisa said later in her Bravo blog that Jackie was heard making negative comments by Jamie Eason’s boyfriend.
Jackie denied making any comments herself, both in her on-the-air commentary and on her Bravo blog after the episode aired, and said the negative comments were made only by her assistant Lisa. When Brian Peeler tried to discuss the situation with her, Jackie refused to do so and fired Brian. This turn of events, when aired, caused a media maelstrom of protests, petitions, and calls to cancel Work Out due to perceived inappropriate workplace behavior by Jackie, her alleged attempts to deflect blame and to cover up her supposed part in the situation, and her lack of an apology. The episode aired on May 6, and by May 9 Gatorade, a major sponsor of the show, dropped its sponsorship and publicly criticized the comments about a breast cancer survivor made on the program. The show was cancelled shortly afterward, and Warner sold Sky Sport and Spa in 2009.
In the summer of 2010, Warner appears in promotional commercials for the Bravo network, appearing alongside stars of current Bravo series and possibly suggesting a return to the network.
On July 27, 2010, Bravo announced that Jackie Warner will return to the network in September 2010 with Thintervention with Jackie Warner. This new fitness show follows Jackie as she helps a group of eight clients lose weight, including former Real Housewives of Orange County star Jeana Keough.
By the age of twenty-two, Jackie Warner was inspired to pursue a career in fitness and nutrition after training a few close friends with dramatic life-changing results. Within a year, Jackie opened her first health center, Lift. The revolutionary fitness facility was the first health club in Southern California to accept health insurance for exercise.
From 2004 to 2009, Jackie owned and operated her next gym, Sky Sport & Spa. Employing Jackie’s complete approach to fitness, Sky Sport was the nation’s premiere full
service health and medical practice. Although frequented by fitness aficionados for years, Sky Sport was introduced to the rest of the world on Jackie’s hit television show, Bravo’s Work Out. She returned to television in 2010 in the Bravo show, Thintervention with Jackie Warner. Hailed by critics, the premiere gave the network its best ratings ever for a Monday. Jackie is one of the world’s most sought-after fitness experts by media and consumers alike. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Fitness Rx, and Fitness magazine, and she wrote the New York Times bestseller, This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever), and stars in several best-selling DVDs.
Jackie is the current face of a health and wellness campaign called Fit in Your Skin, and is the national spokesperson for Eggs of Australia.
To help people take back further control of their lives, Jackie created “Eat.Move.Believe.”, a new online fitness and wellness center. This new program will provide workouts; healthy recipes; and fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle tips.
Her official site is located at: http://jackiewarner.com/
Kathryn shares her zest for life, yoga & food as the Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert along with her contributor writings for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen. She has graced the covers of Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Om Yoga and Common Ground. Budig has been featured on E!Entertainment, The Food Network, Shape and The New York Times. She also serves as the brand representative for apparel company ToeSox and ambassador for Pangea Organics. She is currently writing Rodale’s The Big Book of Yoga.
Kathryn is dedicated to giving back to her community. She co-founded “Poses for Paws”, an organization dedicated to raising money for animal shelters through yoga. You can practice with Kathryn around the globe or save yourself the plane ticket by practicing with her weekly online at Yogaglo.com or through her Gaiam DVD, “Aim True Yoga”.
Kathryn is a lover and teacher of yoga by day, a wizard in the kitchen by dinnertime and a professional dog snuggler by night. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a double degree in English and Drama and then moved to Los Angeles where she trained to be a yoga teacher under the expert eye of Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller.
She teaches regular Vinyasa Flow at the prestigious Yogaworks in Santa Monica. Featured in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, SELF, C Magazine and E! Entertainment, Kathryn uses her love and deep knowledge of yoga, cooking, health and laughter to inspire and aid a large audience in finding their way back to their true core. She is the co-founder with Jesse Schein of ‘Poses for Paws,’ yoga events dedicated towards raising money for animal shelters.
Kathryn is a columnist for The Elephant Journal and contributes regularly to Yoga Journal through articles, print and creating their podcasts. She currently leads workshops nationally-internationally and teacher trainings for YogaPoser in Santa Monica, CA.
Her official site is located at: www.kathrynbudig.com
From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park, from the playa at Burning Man to the Eiffel Tower, Elena is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. As a coach with the Handel Group, she coaches individuals and teaches courses, and sheÂ¹s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Element Yoga for Beginners DVDs, ABC News and NBC News. As the Executive Producer of On Meditation, she is curating a docuseries of short films about the relevance of meditation and its benefits. Her first book, Art of Attention, co-authored with Erica Jago, was released in December 2012. Along with her own writings, Elena contributes to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Huffington Post, Positively Positive, The Chalkboard Mag, DailyLove, and Elephant Journal, and is an original board member of YogaEarth. ElenaÂ¹s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE that proudly benefits Women For Women International, currently developing another blend to benefit Every Mother Counts.
Elena’s voice reveals the day-to-day relevance of the practices, via thoughtful attention cues intended to situate us consistently in our hearts. From the Museum of Modern Art to the Great Lawn at Central Park in New York; from the playa at Burning Man to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, she is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but Elena’s true service is in shifting awareness within our smallest interactions. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Yoga Journal, Natural Living, the Element Yoga for Beginners DVD series, FitYoga, ABC News, NBC News Elena is also the executive producer of “ON MEDITATION,” a series of edifying, inspirational shorts on the reality of meditation. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE, benefiting Women For Women International. Take current classes with Elena on Yogaglo.com.
Along with her own writings, Elena contributes to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Huffington Post, CrazySexyLife, Positively Positive, The Chalkboard Mag, TheDailyLove, and Elephant Journal, and is an original board member of YogaEarth. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVESCENT that proudly benefits Women For Women International, currently developing another blend to benefit Every Mother Counts.
Her official site is located at: http://elenabrower.com/
Her unique approach to fitness can be attributed to having tackled her own personal struggles, transforming them into a positive philosophy and dynamic training program – making her one of the most sought-after experts in her field.
Her humor-laced candor suits all types of high profile clients, from Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield, Mandy Moore and Ryan Gosling, to the likes of New York Yankee Nick Swisher and UFC Champion Matt Hughes. Borden also works as a master trainer with fellow trainers and coaches.
Borden’s tips and techniques have been featured in InStyle, Vogue, Elle, Allure, Departures, and the Los Angeles Times, to name a few. Most recently she can be seen on The Cooking Channel’s new show Drop 5 Lbs as a co-host. She is also an advisor for Livestrong.com and Fitness magazine. Women’s Health named Borden a top “Body Transformer” in 2011, one of only six trainers in the country. Internationally, she has been recognized by publications such as Elle Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, Who Australia and London’s NOW magazine. In addition, she has been a featured expert on the Today Show, Rachael Ray, Discovery Health, the Tyra Banks Show, MTV, VH1, E! and more.
Publisher McGraw-Hill debuted Your Perfect Fit, a book co-authored by Borden and denim designer Paige Adams-Geller (of Paige Denim) in 2008. The book, the first to marry fashion, fitness and Borden’s SOS food plan, was given kudos by the Wall Street Journal. She has also released two training DVD’s with the global health media company Gaiam, and was the technical fitness director for UFC star Matt Hughes’ Fitness DVD.
After a successful three year run at the Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico, Borden brought her private and corporate luxury fitness retreats to the 5-star Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California. The four-day experience included personal training, spa treatments and customized meals by the executive chef according to Borden’s S.O.S. Food Plan. Her retreats are now available to be tailored for individuals or companies at any resort property.
Borden volunteers with the physical rehabilitation of breast cancer survivors and also worked with with at-risk youth through the Chaka Khan Foundation, helping children to improve their knowledge of nutrition and fitness.
An avid dancer growing up, she always felt an inherent connection to fitness, yet battled a vicious eating disorder throughout her teen years. Hitting bottom at 18, Borden finally found a peaceful balance of exercise and nutrition through Overeaters Anonymous. “After having such a profound recovery experience, I felt inspired to share my insight on exercise and nutrition with others,” she says. Borden currently trains privately at Fitness Factory in Los Angeles.
Her official site is located at: http://www.ashleyborden.com
Nia was also rated one of the 15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web and she was also included in The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2012.
She received her personal training certification in 2004 and continued her education at the University of Louisville where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology with high honors.
Nia is an author for Greatist.com, TribeSports.com, BreakingMuscle.com, Beautifully Hardcore, Contributor’s Corner for Experience Life Magazine, Fit Girl World, BodyBuilding.com, EliteFTS, Muscle and Strength, and has contributed to TMuscle.
The training philosophy that Nia promotes focuses on getting individuals the best results in the least amount of time. Her motto is: revolve your eating patterns and training around your life, not vice versa. She strongly believes that diet and exercise should be made as simple as possible.
Nia also teaches simple, no nonsense strength training and nutrition principles so people can achieve the results they want without wasting time, stressing out, or wasting their money.
Nia is also the SPF push/pull world record holder for her division with a bench press of 145 pounds and a deadlift of 300 pounds at the bodyweight of 122.
Finally, Nia is the creator of the Lift Like a Girl Guide and the author of Fat Loss Detour and Beautiful Badass, and the (S)hero Training Program.
Nia Shanks is the leader of the Beautiful Badass and Lift Like a Girl revolution.
She’s devoted to all things health and fitness, loves deadlifting, and is a chronic moonwalker.
Nia Shanks is the leader of the Lift Like a Girl Revolution, co-founder of Girls Gone Strong, and graduate from the University of Louisville with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She is an advocate of simple, no nonsense workout and nutrition principles that help others achieve their goals without unnecessary stress. Nia teaches how to utilize workouts based on the experience level of the trainee, available equipment and time to workout, preferences, and unique goals of the individual.
Her official site is located at: http://www.niashanks.com/