Dr. John Spencer Ellis
President & CEO
John knew from the age of 12, when he received his first health club membership as a birthday gift from his father, that fitness & personal development would be his calling. His unique success story started in a 400 sq. ft. studio apartment where he slept on the floor. He had just $2,000. What started out as a personal training business has grown into a multi-million dollar group of corporations providing a variety of fitness and personal development products and services globally.
John competed in over 100 sports competitions including the Ironman triathlon. He also finished 5th at the U.S. National Run/Bike Championships. It was because of John’s love of cycling and triathlons that he created Endurance Plus, the name he gave his company in 1992. His passion for fitness education and business led him to develop NESTA, the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, which educates, certifies, and provides business solutions for fitness and nutrition professionals. With over 55,000 members, NESTA is one of the largest fitness associations in the world, and the fastest growing association of its kind in the U.S.
Fitness and Personal Development Expert:
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness and personal development program created by John Spencer Ellis. His programs are used in the top resorts, spas and fitness centers. John is the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA), and the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA). NESTA is the parent of Wexford University which offers Associate through Doctoral degrees in fitness, nutrition and sport psychology. John created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp system in the world. He also created Intense Mixed Performance Accelerated Cross Training (IMPACT), Kung-fu Fitness and TACTIX. His TriActive America signature series of outdoor exercise equipment is used worldwide. He created programs used by Cirque du Soleil, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).
John is the CEO of the Get America Fit Foundation (GAFF) (501c3). John’s foundation helps educate the public about living a healthy life and provides exercise equipment for schools.
John has ridden his bicycle enough miles to circle Earth. He raced in cycling and triathlon competitions for over 10 years.
John hold a 2nd degree black belt in Kung-fu, black belt in Ninjutsu, blue belt in Krav Maga, and blue belt in Kempo Karate and blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also trains in Muay Thai. John is a certified instructor of self-defense, fitness kick boxing and fitness boxing.
John holds two bachelor’s degrees (business & health science), an MBA, and a doctorate in education. He also completed doctoral level studies in naturopathic health education. He holds fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, physical education, flexibility, nutrition coaching, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. He has specialized training in ropes course facilitation and corporate teambuilding.
John has been featured on Oprah radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Reality, SPIKE and ESPN. He was featured as the fitness and lifestyle expert on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County and Daybreak OC. John has also appeared on Starting Over, Life Moments, Camp Reality and America’s Premier Experts. He is the creator and executive producer of the movie The Compass. He has hosted The Fit Show, Health & Wellness Today, Core 360 Personal Gym infomercial, Personal Trainer TV, The OC Body, The Spencer Power Hour radio show, and the Ms. Fitness U.S.A. and World pageants on Fox Sports Net. John is featured in the movie Riches.
John is the former Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine and has been featured or mentioned in the following publications: MMA Business, Muscle and Fitness, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, C magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, Fitness Professional, Cosmopolitan, Fit, New York Times, Men’s Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s World, Self and many others.
John has delivered the Commencement Speech for (IVC) Irvine Valley College and shared the stage/screen with the following luminaries: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Leigh Steinberg, Barbara De Angelis, Jon Biel, DC Cordova, Denis Waitley, Frank Maguire, Michael Gerber, Les Brown, Joe Vitale, Simon T. Bailey, John Assaraf, Brian Tracy, Larry Benet, Dr. John Demartini, Marie Diamond, Topher Morrison, Peter Thomson, Gary Goldstein, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Ryan Lee, T. Harv Eker, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and many others. He has also been an expert panelist for TEDmed and fitness expert for eHow.
The Compass, The Code, How Badly Do You Want It, Peak Vitality, Power of Champions, The Wellness Code, The Ultimate Life Coach Business Book, (forthcoming: Collaboration Economy, New Rules of Success)
John has collaborated on books with other leading experts such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gray, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Michael Beckwith and Mariel Hemingway.
Awards and Recognitions:
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “The Wellness Code”
Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Inductee
Nominated for induction to the Fitness Hall of Fame
Best Health Book: Nautilus Book Award “Peak Vitality”
Best Self-Help / Motivational Book: US Book News “Peak Vitality”
Top 10 New Release: Hudson News “The Compass” book
Communicator Award “The Compass” movie
Telly Award “The Compass” movie
Quilly Award from the National Academy of Best Selling Authors
Nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
Named One of the Top 100 Most Influential Personal Trainers of All Time
Named One of the Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs in the World
Named Outstanding Member of IDEA Association of Fitness Professionals
National Health Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Sleep Number Bed, Medical Wellness Association, Irvine Valley College, Life & Leisure TV, Health Journal Television, Fellow – National Board of Fitness Examiners
MMA Strength and Conditioning Expert
Doug owns and operates DB Strength and provides fitness and wellness education and resources to help you achieve your goals. In addition to the day-to-day operations of DB Strength, he is also the strength coach for the Alliance MMA Fight Team at the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. For over 6 years, Doug was the Operations Director, personal trainer, and strength coach at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego. He was also an assistant coach for ‘Team Cruz’ on the TV show, “The Ultimate Fighter Live” on the FX network. Doug has been in the fitness industry for the past 14 years. He is originally from Massachusetts where he earned his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and had his first personal training job. He moved to San Diego in 2000 and worked for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 5 years before starting his career at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer and strength coach. He was there from 2005 to 2011 and worked with clients of all ages and abilities.
Since being in San Diego he has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at San Diego State University, competed in multiple grappling tournaments, and has earned the following certifications: MMA Conditioning Coach Certification; ACE Personal Trainer Certification; NSCA-CSCS Certification; GRAVITY Instructor Training; TRX Instructor Training; LIFT Sandbag Certification; MovNat Training; FMS (Functional Movement Systems) Training; Spinning Certification; CPR/AED Instructor Status
DVDs, manuals, magazines including:
TRX ‘Train Like the Pros’ DVD
Multiple Total Gym DVD projects
Gatorade G Fit Video Series
Various ACE video productions
Todd Durkin Enterprises & Fitness Quest 10 video projects
DB Strength “Strength & Conditioning for the Combat Athlete” DVD
Manuals, magazines, internet, etc., including:
MMA Business Magazine
American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Manual
Krav Maga Experience: 27 years training/teaching, US and international. Yuri trained and became an instructor in Natanya, Israel under Mr. Eli Avikzar (Imi’s top student at the time). He received his black belt from Imi Lichtenfeld himself. He is a graduate of the School for Instructors at the Wingate Institute for Martial Arts Education. He was teaching the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as well as civilians and Israeli law enforcement personnel. Yuri provided training to Israeli security forces protecting embassies and consulates as well as local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. He has been teaching with Krav Maga of Orange County since 2001. In addition to Krav Maga, Yuri has trained in Aikido, Boxing, kickboxing and Thai boxing. In addition to teaching adults, Yuri is a certified km-X, (Krav Maga for Kids) Instructor and the head of the program in the Orange County Krav Maga schools. In 2009 he co-founded the Krav Maga Martial Arts and Training Center in Mission Viejo.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling, Wrestling, MMA
Juliano is the head coach for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling and Wrestling has an at Ultimate MMA and has and extensive background in these particular martial arts. He is a black belt (3rd degree) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Moises Muradi in Sao Paoulo, Brazil. He also holds a black belt in judo. He was a National Coach in 2007 for the FILA World Championships in Anatayla, Turkey; at this championship the USA took all the gold medals in an unprecedented win for any World Championships to date. Besides his grueling training schedule at Total MMA Studios, he has found time to volunteer at the YMCA teaching underprivileged children in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is currently the head wrestling coach at Mater Dei High School; 2008-2009 season he took a number of athletes to the CIF Championships. He organizes several Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments throughout the year. Juliano is also a professional MMA fighter and has acquired a Championship Belt from the Gladiator Challenge series; he is also a veteran of the King of the Cage, PFC and Rumble on the Reservation Tournament fights.
Dillon has been training in kickboxing for 19 years and has been fighting for 14. He has the following titles: USA-KIA US. Champion, PKL US Champion, and PKL World Champion. Dillon also holds the record for fastest KO in the PKL at just 6 seconds of the first round. Currently, he is an IKF top contender for the IKF world title. He has studied Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Kuo Shu Aiki Jitsu, and has been a pro fighter for 10 years. Dillon is also on the educational development team for the MMA Conditioning Association.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, MMA
Adriano Nasal hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At age five –still known as Adriano Pereira– he convinced his mother to enroll he and his brother in martial arts. Adriano Nasal then would do Judo classes for the next 4 years. Not only did he practice but he also had a great presence as he started winning many championships for his age. His drive was clear and he competed in many championships.
Soon after, Adriano Nasal started to practice Taekwondo. He studied this art for one year. His next thing would be Muay Thai. He developed himself into this sport for the next 3 years, always studying the techniques of each of the martial arts. He took a break from martial arts to dedicate his time to his education. After his senior year in high school, he started the business administration course at an University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was working towards his Bachelor degree and also held a part time job at a bank. This lasted 2 years. His friends introduced him to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Soon he decided to train full time. He realized that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the kind of martial art for him. From that day, Adriano Nasal never looked back. He immersed himself in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Fabricio’s Jiu-Jitsu facility, in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. In 2 years, he recieved his purple belt from Fabricio who was both his friend and instructor. Later, he became a very respected and accomplished instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Thanks to his dedication and outstanding performance, Adriano Nasal took part in a World Championship and a Pan-American one in Orlando, Florida. By that time, he still held a brown belt. Nasal began a close friendship with the 2 times UFC Middleweight champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend, Murilo Bustamente. Bustamente took Adriano Nasal under his wing. After becoming one of the most winning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling competitors at Brazilian Top Team, Adriano Nasal was finally awarded by his black belt by his mentor. At this point, Adriano Nasal opened a facility outside Rio de Janeiro and began training champions himself. During this time, he continued competing and winning some of the most prestigious events in Brazil, such as the Cyclone Cup and the Brazilian Nationals –which he is a 3-time champion. After having achieving his goals as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling competitor, Adriano Nasal turned his attention and training to the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
He has the following fight record:
Champion of Boston MMA Massacre Vale-Tudo – Massachusetts, U.S.A.; Champion of Conquista Fight 1 – BA, Brazil; Champion of Heat FC 3, Metamorphis – Natal, Brazil; Champion of AFC 13 – Florida, U.S.A.; Champion of Ring of Combat 11 New Jersey, U.S.A.; Champion of Gracie Fighting Championship Ohio, U.S.A.;
Pan-American Champion; Three Times Brazilian Champion; Champion of Submission Ilha – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Stone Cup of Submission, Io Duelo de Titas – RJ, Brazil; Champion of I Submission de Marica – RJ, Brazil; Champion of I Submission Wrestling de Campos – RJ, Brazil; Champion of II Copa de Submission Power Gym – RJ, Brazil; Champion of I Submission de Macae – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Submission Open – RJ, Brazil; Three Times Champion of Copa Cyclone de Submission/ RJ, Brazil; Champion of 2nd RFT/ RJ, Brazil; Champion of BIG 6 Belgium; State Champion/RJ, Brazil; Champion of Submission Sport 2 – Memphis, TN, U.S.A..
World-Wide Champion; Pan-American Champion; State Champion – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 2nd Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Copa Guto Vicente – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Copa Pedro Brasil – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 4th Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 1st Curitiba Open Cup – RS, Brazil; Champion of 1st Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of I Copa Radio Sucesso Friburgo – RJ, Brazil; Vice-Champion of Copa Company/Cyclone – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Copa Jurujuba Open – RJ, Brazil; Brazilian Vice-Champion for Teams – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 3rd Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of I Desafio de Campos – RJ, Brazil; State Vice-Champion – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 2nd Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 4th Phase of LINJJI – RJ, Brazil; Vice-Champion of I Extreme Fight – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 1st Phase of LERJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of Copa Cyclone – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 5th Phase of LERJJI – RJ, Brazil; Champion of 1st Phase of LERJJI – RJ, Brazil.
Anthony Carey, MA, CSCS, CES
Corrective Exercise Expert
Anthony holds a Masters degree in biomechanics and athletic training and is PFP Magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year. He is the owner of Function First in San Diego, California. Anthony has authored two best selling books; Relationships and Referrals: A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Doing Business with the Medical Community and the Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder and Joint Pain. His work has received national attention, including the New York Times, Time Magazine and Oprah’s “O” Magazine. His clientele includes professional athletes, entertainers, heads of industry, physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, moms, dads, sons, and daughters.
Anthony presents and writes internationally for the fitness community on biomechanics, corrective exercise, functional anatomy and motor control and their relationships to musculoskeletal pain and function. He consults for the some of the largest equipment manufacturers and health clubs in the world. His current professional passion is to bring the benefits of his invention, the Core-Tex, to people of all abilities. Visit Anthony’s site
Scott Gaines, MS
VP of the MMACA and NESTA
Scott Gaines has been training in martial arts for over 17 years. He is an experienced martial arts instructor with a 3rd degree black belt in the traditional Korean art of Tang Soo Do. He has studied under Royce Gracie and Dan Severn. He is the Senior Vice President of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) as well as an adjunct professor of Functional Biomechanics at A.T. Still University. Scott oversees the development of NESTA’s educational programs for fitness professional and is the author and contributor to many of them. He is a national speaker on fitness in areas such as biomechanics and cardiovascular program design. Scott’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Human Movement with an emphasis in Corrective Exercise from A. T. Still University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.
Martin Rooney MHS, PT, CSCS, NASM
One of the World’s Top Experts on MMA Fitness and Conditioning
Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized fitness, business leadership and martial arts expert with a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University. He is the creator of the Training for Warriors system and currently the COO of the Parisi Speed School.
Martin was a member of the United States Bobsled team from 1995-1997, 2000 and a four-time All Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman. Martin has also presented for numerous companies on leadership and teamwork including Fortune 500 companies such as Marriot International and Hasbro. He has traveled as far as Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Russia, England, Holland, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Middle East to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world class athletes for competition. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets and coach of the 2007 IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. In addition to UFC fighters like Frankie Edgar, Dan and Jim Miller, Rolles Gracie, and Rafaello Olivera, Martin has also used his training system with Jiu Jitsu World Champions like Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima, and Kyra Gracie, US National Judo Champions, and Collegiate Wrestling All-Americans. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono at the prestigious New York Athletic Club.
Martin has been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com and in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Sporting News, Stack Magazine, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Martin has lectured for the American College of Sports Medicine, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the Finnish Coaches Association, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Perform Better and has been commissioned by Nike to run speed testing camps at a number of major universities. He has written four books called “Train to Win”, “The Team Renzo Gracie Workout”, “Training for Warriors”, and “Ultimate Warrior Workouts”, the latter two published by HarperCollins. Martin is also on the editorial council of Brazil’s Gracie Magazine. Martin has also produced a 10-part DVD series on the Parisi Training Method and a 2-part series entitled “The Secrets of GameSpeed”. In all, these products have sold in excess of 100,000 copies to date.
In addition to training many world champion martial artists, Martin has also been a speed and conditioning consultant to the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, Montana State University as well as other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympians including one gold, four silver medalists, and one US Olympic Trials champion.
Over the last 10 years Martin has helped to develop one of the top NFL Combine training programs in the country producing the fastest athlete at the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NFL Combine and first place finishers at ten different positions, including five all-time records. 127 athletes Martin has trained have been drafted to the NFL including the #2 pick overall Chris Long in 2008.Visit his site: parisischool.com & trainingforwarriors.com
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS
Sports Conditioning Expert
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is a performance coach, personal trainer and massage therapist who motivates, educates and inspires people worldwide. He is the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team of 35 focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training and nutrition to help transform the bodies, minds and spirits of a broad clientele. Todd trains dozens of NFL and MLB athletes, including 2010 Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP Drew Brees. He is the head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council and is a featured presenter on the Perform Better educational circuit. He is a two-time Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE). Additionally, Todd provides motivational talks and programs to companies and conferences worldwide.
Men’s Health recently named his gym, Fitness Quest 10, one of the Top 10 Gyms in the US. Todd has appeared on 60 Minutes, ESPN, NFL Network and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, Stack Magazine, Self, Shape, Fitness, the NY Times and Washington Post. Todd has authored 35 DVDs on strength and conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork and business/personal growth. His new book, The IMPACT! Body Plan debuts in October 2010 and is a 10 Week program designed to create world-class performance. You can sign up for Todd’s FREE award-winning Ezine newsletter, the TD TIMES, at www.FitnessQuest10.com or www.ToddDurkin.com.
Brad Jurica, Psy.D.
Dr. Brad Jurica is a former Division I collegiate athlete, international presenter, author, and consultant for elite and professional athletes around the world. He is also a partner in Mental Training Inc., a performance enhancement-based consulting firm that serves as a catalyst for success by providing athletes, executives, and performers the tools and support they need to strengthen their mental skills and find their performance “zone” more often.
Starting in 2002, Brad began pursuing his graduate work in Psychology and Sport Psychology and was fortunate to work alongside many elite, professional and Olympic athletes training in Southern California. After receiving his Master’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2004, Brad began pursuing his doctorate while continuing to mentor athletes on performance enhancement issues. In 2008, Brad joined Mental Training Inc., as their new Vice President and Director of Training. Recently, Brad was appointed as the new departmental chair for the graduate programs in Applied Sport Psychology at Wexford University. His teaching experience is extensive, having taught numerous classes within the fields of Psychology and Sport Psychology over the last decade. Throughout his career, Brad has worked diligently to solidify his reputation as one of the leading performance enhancement consultants in the country. Brad’s personal mission is to educate students on the power of the mind by increasing self-awareness, facilitating cognitive and emotional growth, and being a positive agent for change as he helps each student achieve his/her personal and professional goals. Brad has published several articles in both regional and national publications as well as peer-reviewed journals throughout the country. Currently, he is a member of Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has served in various leadership positions within the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) since 2002.
Those who know Brad know of his love for surfing and all things in the ocean. As a long-time member of the Surfrider Foundation, Brad is an advocate for keeping our beaches and coastal wetlands pollution free. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, skateboarding, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ), traveling, and competing in marathons around the country. He spends his free time with his fiancée Dr. Summer Burkman and their two dogs “Sugar” and “Zehn”.
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Boxing Coach, Former Top Ranked Pro Boxer
Alan Kemp first entered a boxing gym at the age of 9 after winding up on the losing end of several skirmishes with bullies in his tough Buffalo, New York neighborhood. His father Al, a former boxer and experienced trainer, thought it was time for his young son to learn how to defend himself. Under his watchful eye and careful tutelage, Alan spent the next years transforming himself from a skinny boy into a fine practitioner of what his father called the “Sweet Science” – or the Art of Boxing.
By the time he was 15, Alan had won the first of three Golden Gloves boxing championships, going on to claim 45 wins in 52 bouts as an Amateur. Eventually becoming a professional middleweight, Kemp achieved a record of 12 victories and 2 defeats, scoring 11 knockouts.
As a boxing coach, Alan Kemp strives to bring the same dedication and passion to the sport that his father did. “Whether for competition or physical fitness, I believe that the relationship between coach and athlete is a collaborative one, with the coach guiding the athlete to reach for his or her greatest potential. The process of training is hard work for both but, it can also be fun and ultimately, very satisfying”, says Kemp.
Sean Waxman, CSCS
Olympic and Powerlifting
Sean Waxman has dedicated his life to the pursuit of improving human performance. His journey started as an eleven year old as he watched the 1980 Olympics with amazement. He had one profound question: “What do you have to do to become that strong and fast”?
From that moment on, he has sought the answers. As a boy he would spend hours reading “The Soviet Sports Review”, “Strength and Health”, “Bigger Faster Stronger”, or any other magazine or book that spoke about how to get stronger and faster.
As he became a teenager he started experimenting on himself using the very methods he was reading about. At that point, he began to understand the answers to his question. Although Sean was a gifted high school and collegiate athlete, his true passion was always in the weightroom. After giving up a promising football career, Sean decided to become an Olympic Weightlifter. From all his research and experimentation, he knew unequivocally that Olympic Weightlifters were the quickest, strongest, and most powerful athletes in the world. He wanted to find out not only why this was true, but also what he needed to do in order to illicit those changes in his body, as well as in others.
Sean then spent the next decade of his life immersed as an athlete and student in the world of Olympic Weightlifting and Exercise Science. Under the direction and guidance of USAW Hall of Fame Coach Bob Takano and NSCA Hall of Fame Strength Coach Dr. John Garhammer. Sean spent four to six hours a day, six days a week, fifty weeks a year, in the trenches training, observing, and learning with some of the best coaches, scientists, and athletes in the sport. This high level of skill driven by his passion and perseverance made him one of the top Olympic Weightlifters in the country from 1995-2001, earning him a spot on the National Team, a National medal, and five California state championships. While training as a Weightlifter, Sean attended Graduate School at California State University at Long Beach under the tutelage of Dr. John Garhammer, studying Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Biomechanics.
During this time, Sean started his strength and conditioning career. In 1995, Los Angeles City College hired him to work with Men’s Basketball. After two years working with the team, they won their first state championship. Sean had similar successes at all of his stops as a head strength and conditioning coach. After two years of working with Women’s Volleyball at College of the Canyons, they captured their first conference championship. After one year working with the boys’ volleyball team at Mira Costa High School, they captured their first National Championship. After only one year of working with girls Volleyball at Redondo Union High School, they won their conference for the first time and set a new school record for wins. He has also coached the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the I.H.L. and worked with Arn Tellum of SFX management preparing draft picks for their first NBA season.
In late 2000, Sean started Pure Strength, a private training facility located in Southern California. Since its inception, he has developed dozens of NCAA Division I-A scholarship athletes in several different sports. Included in this list are four Southern California High School Volleyball Players of the Year, three California High School Volleyball Players of the Year, one California High School Baseball Player of the Year, one National High School Volleyball Player of the Year, and four members of the USA Junior National Volleyball Team. During this time Sean has also trained MMA stars Lyoto Machida, Rico Chiapparelli, Vladimir Matyushenko, Frank Trigg, and Mac Danzig. In all, Sean has developed hundreds of athletes from a dozen sports.
Sean is the owner of Pure Strength Incorporated; a consulting company that helps coaches, athletes, and athletic organizations reach their performance goals. By identifying and solving their most critical and challenging problems, Pure Strength helps clients eliminate barriers to success. His newest client is the Nicaraguan Olympic Weightlifting Federation, which Sean is a National Coach and special advisor to President Nino.
He is a contributing writer and technical advisor to “Muscle and Fitness” and had his own monthly column titled “Power and Strength.” He also writes and is a technical advisor for “Muscle and Fitness Hers”, and “MuscleMag International” magazines.
His popular monthly seminar series that focuses on different aspects of athletic development have become the “must attend” events for anyone serious about learning how to correctly and effectively coach athletes.
Sean’s training methodologies and ability to make complex movement skills seem simple makes him one of the most sought after “coach of coaches” and lecturers in the country.
Leading Kettlebell and Hormone Optimization Expert
Mike Mahler is a fitness information provider based in Las Vegas, NV. Mike has been a strength trainer and kettlebell instructor for over seven years and has taught workshops all over the US and overseas. His current focus is on the field of hormone optimization via nutrition, training, and lifestyle. Mike is also working on a book entitled, “Live Life Aggressively! What Self-help Gurus Don’t want you to know which covers how to carry the lessons that you learn from training to other areas of lifeMike is also a respected writer, known for his honest and fluff-free style, and has written over a hundred articles for publications such as: Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Hardcore Muscle Magazine, Planet Muscle, Testosterone Magazine, Ironman Magazine, Ironman Magazine Japan, Industry Magazine, and Exercise Magazine For Men. Mike has also been featured in Muscle & Fitness, UPN News, and CBS News. Mike has done over eighty kettlebell workshops since 2002 across the United States and overseas. Some of the locations where Mike has taught kettlebell seminars include: Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, New York City, Portland, Oregon, San Jose, Miami and Phoenix.
Mike is well known as one of the leading experts on effective kettlebell training for size, strength, fat loss and conditioning. In addition to his highly in-demand workshops, Mike is the author of three best-selling kettlebell training DVD’s: The Kettlebell Solution for Fat Loss and Mental Toughness, The Kettlebell Solution For Size And Strength and Kettlebell Solutions For Speed And Explosive Strength, as well as two best-selling kettlebell training e-books: The Aggressive Strength Kettlebell Training Manual, The Aggressive Strength Solution for Incredible Kettlebell Training and The Aggressive Strength Solution for Size and Strength. Visit mikemahler.com
Josh Henkin, BS, CSCS
Leading Strength Coach and World’s #1 Expert on Sandbag Training
Josh Henkin is a graduate of Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Physical Education and was a member of the Men’s Basketball Team. Coach Henkin is the owner of Innovative Fitness Solutions, a premier strength and conditioning company in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a prominent member of the fitness and sports performance arena.
Coach Henkin often makes guest appearances on television and radio programs where he presents cutting edge fitness concepts. In 2005 Coach Henkin released Sandbag Fundamentals. The book was a smash hit and created a high demand for additional products. Coach Henkin has answered the call with the creation of The Ultimate Sandbag and High Octane Sandbag Training: the DVD, soon to be released. In addition, Coach Henkin has teamed up with strength coach, Troy Anderson, to create SMASH: Total Body Conditioning with Sledgehammers, a unique DVD guarenteed to give you that extra edge you’re looking for. To learn more about Coach Henkin’s upcoming seminars and projects keep visiting sandbagexercises.com.
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)
- Bachelor of Science-Exercise Science (Arizona State University)
- Club Coach with USA Weightlifting
- Corrective High Performance Exercise Kinesiologiest, Level 1 – Certified Instructor
- Russian Kettlebell – Certified Instructor
Creator of Battling Ropes
John Brookfield is internationally known in the world of strength and conditioning as both a coach and competitor. He is a multiple world record holder who has set many records when it comes to sustaining strength, speed and power over time. John has been featured on many television shows such as Regis and Kathie Lee, The Today Show and Good Morning America. He has been listed in Ripley’s Believe it or not and the Guinness book of world records. John has also produced over a dozen instructional training DVDs and written numerous books including Mastery of Hand Strength and is currently finishing up his new book Mastery of Physical Prowess.
Most recently John is known for his Battling Ropes training system which is being by countless athletes from NFL teams, Olympic athletes, MMA stars, elite military units and simply anyone who is trying to get in the best shape of their lives. The Battling Ropes is completely unique and unlike any other training methods due to the fact that the athlete is forced to be physically and mentally engaged at all times. This is due to the fact that the user is forced to use velocity and non momentum training instead of relying on momentum, leverage and gravity. With the Battling Ropes training there is no lull in the action and the result gives the athlete the ability to train or compete at a much higher rate of intensity for longer durations of time. The system is also very progressive and there are seven different concepts to the system and seven different levels of progression.
Just like the Battling Ropes, John has also developed several other training systems never seen before which he is just now in the process of releasing including his new Chain Reaction program and the Weight of Water program which were designed and developed to give the user a much higher level of work capacity, physical prowess and mental toughness. John has been a popular presenter at many NSCA conferences over the years where coaches and athletes have embraced his unique unconventional methods which are guaranteed to produce results.
1- Pulled a twenty six thousand pound semi truck the distance of one full mile by himself in the time of one hour and seventeen minutes. The record pull was done without the use of any pulling ropes.
2- Pushed a Emergency Medical Service truck the distance of one full mile by himself.
3- Performed 1200 kettlebell snatches with a 53 lb. kettlebell in the time of one full hour. the kettlebell was not set down during the duration of the endurance record.
4- Tore 100 decks of plastic coated poker cards in half in the time of two minutes and fifteen seconds. This record was performed for The Today Show.
5- Rolled up 1/4 mile of steel nonstop in 59 minutes. This World record was done by using 62 twenty foot steel bars which were 9/16 in diameter. Each bar was lying on the ground and had to be rolled up so tightly that they fit into a small suitcase.
Tom DeLong, RSCC*D, CSCS*D, PFT, Certified Biomechanics Specialist, USAW Club Coach
Tom is a 35 year veteran of the strength and conditioning industry not only as a coach/teacher/researcher but as a competitive lifter (Powerlifting and Weightlifting). He has a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness from Ball State University and MA from California State University at Long Beach (Individualized program in Kinesiology specializing in Resistance Training Biomechanics and Program Design). Tom’s experience includes strength and conditioning coach at Wayne High School, University of Guam, Ball State, CSULB, Californian Lutheran University, U.S. Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (Boat Team 12 and Post-Rehab Navy Seals). He also ran a private strength and conditioning facility specific to athletic development and biomechanical analysis of movement (Dartfish, Force Plates, Accelerometers, APAS). Tom is a curriculum developer for both NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) and MMACA (Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association). He recently completed a one year tour at the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) World Headquarters as the Curriculum Development Manager and Intern Development Instructor.
Tom’s teaching experience includes 11 years at UCLA Extension (Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Resistance Training Fundamentals), 7 years at CLU (same courses), and is currently a curriculum/content developer and adjunct instructor at Wexford University as well as adjunct instructor at the United States Sports Academy teaching Biomechanics in Malaysia and Thailand.
He also was a competitive Powerlifting for 30 years for the USPF and USAPL in the 181 lb class and on the Guam National Weightlifting Team (1986). He has several publications and is currently working on a biomechanics textbook on resistance training exercise specializing in optimizing technique based on somatotype/segmental lengths.