Laticia ‘Action” Jackson: Fitness Olympian, 10 X Wellness Author and globally recognized Health and Fitness Expert
After a brutal domestic violence attack at the age of 29, Jackson left her abusive situation and used fitness to overcome depression, anxiety and the effects of domestic violence. Today she travels the world using her platform as an Fitness Olympian to teach women how to build confidence, resilience and power through fitness. Come out and be inspired!
Charity Witt: ABC’s Titan Games Competitor
Witt, who is a world-record holder as a 75 kg (165 lb.) lifter, can squat and deadlift more than 400 lb.. She is an elite level powerlifter, a middleweight Strongwoman and full-time med student. But none of this comes easy. She was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia at 17, works around scoliosis (likely from being thrown from a horse as a child) and dealt with a ton of backlash from the moment she took an interest in strength sports. “My family was disgusted,” said Witt, who was approached in a gym about five years ago about trying powerlifting. “They thought it was for dudes and they told me I was going to be a disgusting powerlifter and it was only for sumo lifters and gross women. I had to basically choose myself and ignore all the negativity.
It’s been really rewarding. I wish I could tell myself back then, what it would be like now. The whole thing is learning to accept the hard road and going through all of the struggles.”
Jason Khalipa: 1st Crossfit Games Winner
Jason has competed in the CrossFit Games on 8 separate occasions. Competing as an individual for 7 consecutive years, and wrapping up an 8th year as a team competitor, Jason is no rookie to the sport of fitness. Throughout his CrossFit Games career, Jason has only placed outside the Top 10 once, has won every Regional competition he has participated in, and he won the Spirit of the Games award in 2009. Not only has Jason held all podium positions at the world championships, but he was also named to Team USA 3 times.
Jay Cutler: 4x Mr Olympia
Jay wasn't always the King of bodybuilding. Jay started his youth as just a normal kid from Sterling, MA who worked the family concrete business with his brothers. After turning 18 years old and saving his money for months, Jay signed up for his first gym membership. The rest was history once Jay discovered the gym and bodybuilding was his niche...Some of his most notable achievements in his career were the 1993 NPC Teen Nationals Middleweight Champion, 2000 Night of Champions Title (Now the 'New York Pro'), 2002,2003,2004 Arnold Classic Championships and the 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Mr. Olympia Titles.
Jay will be a special guest for the ST Classic on Sunday February 10th, come by and say Hello!
Danette May is the founder of Mindful Health LLC, and The Rise movement. She is a world renowned motivational speaker, best-selling author, and former celebrity fitness trainer, as well as a wife and mother. She has shared her unique, inspiring message on such places as Access Hollywood, Hallmark Home and Family, and CBS.
Danette has changed the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives of millions of people around the world by focusing on healing foods, healing movement, and a healing mindset. She teaches students how to transform the “muck” of their lives into inner motivation, empowering them to love the bodies they live in and love the life they live. You can visit her online at danettemay.com.
Danette will be hosting a meet and greet and book signing after teaching her HIIT class on 3pm Saturday. Hurry, space will be limited!
National winner of the Men’s Health 2015 Next Top Trainer competition, Gideon Akande is a versatile and passionate ambassador for health and fitness. Whether he’s leading an innovative workout, implementing a corporate fitness program, or delivering a motivational presentation, he is known for his engaging energy, skill, and charisma.
Gideon teaches and inspires people across the country through fitness events, media appearances, and his charismatic online presence: In 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times published a three-page spotlight on Gideon's training tips, GQ.com showcased his expertise in its online fitness series, and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global selected Gideon as one of 20 leading fitness experts nationally. He has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, WGN-TV, and FOX 32 Chicago, and in 2016 Men’s Health released RIPTENSITY™, a popular DVD fitness series created and led by Gideon. In addition, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and the Huffington Post each have named Gideon’s Instagram account (@getfitwithgiddy) as one of the best fitness accounts in the country.
Anna Shumaker, Americian Ninja Warrior National Finalist and Co-Owner of OnPoint Nutrition
Anna will be at the expo all weekend selling her supplements for OnPoint Nutrition. Come get autographs signed and say Hi!
Jon Anderson, Professional Strongman and Wrestler, Heavyweight Champion and IFBB Pro, Author and Motivator
Jon was a fat nonathletic, little boy who was searching for greatness in the battle of that ice cream container. With a very low self-esteem and a weight problem, Jon was a very easy target for the neighborhood and schoolyard bullies. Through a series of events Jon finally said enough is enough and decided to buckle down and work hard for what he believed at the time was only a dream.
As Jon developed a work ethic that was virtually unmatched he started to realize that reaching his dreams could be a reality. His journey was filled with trial and error which ultimately produced an organic system of reaching very large goals. Jon not only became a professional Strongman that was internationally recognized, he also moved on to a bigger platform of professional wrestling in Japan. He continued to forge his path even further on to bodybuilding where he became the third man in history to earn a professional status in only two contest.
Today Jon still continues to participate in bodybuilding contests, however his focus is to help others reach their own body goals through his Training Performance Complex, $10 Dollar Fit and his extensive experience in the industry.
DONAMATRIX, Superstar Fitness Trainer
CEO of Los Angeles based DON-A-MATRIX TRAINING (DMT), LLC and Creator of DONAMATRIX METHODOLOGY
The multi-platform entrepreneur is the leading fitness trainer on Team BODYARMOR. This partnership further expands BODYARMOR’S roster beyond the core MLB-NFL-NBA-NHL-WNBA Athletes. The premiere Sports Drink boasts a roll of athletes including James Harden, Richard Sherman, Kevin Love, Andrew Luck, Skylar Diggins, Dez Bryant, Kristaps Porzingas and Kobe Bryant.
DONAMATRIX is widely recognized for his signature method trusted by celebrities such as Fergie, Kardashian Sisters and Josh Duhmel to whip their bodies into the best shape possible.
DONAMATRIX’s training style has landed him work on films such as Transformers and World Tours with artists such as Kanye West and The Black Eyed Peas. His work has been featured in Allure, Elle, InStyle, inTouch, Us, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, and other premier magazines. DONAMATRIX television appearances include Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Marrying the Game and numerous shows for E! and VH1.
On April 6, 2019, for the first time ever, DONAMATRIX is hosting DONAMATIRX DAY, a Hometown Fitness Festival, in the City where he grew up, Petersburg, Virginia.
Mark Bell, Powerlifting Mogul
Mark Bell is an American professional powerlifter, patent holder, owner of Super Training Gym and a former professional wrestler. His best lifts in competition include a 1, 080 lb squat, a 854 lm bench press, a 766 lb deadlift and a 578 lb raw bench press. Be sure to catch him along with other amazing athletes demonstrating their super human strength at the expo!
Ed Checo, CEO of the world-famous Barstarzz, featured in Men's Health, New York Post, America's Got Talent and over 120 million YouTube views
Eduard has been practicing calisthenics since the age of 10. Dabbing in and out of fitness in his teenage years he came to fall in love with his old habits in 2008. After teaching himself many of the advanced movements through trial and error he went on to create Barstarzz, a fitness movement that has now gone global. Inspiring and teaching millions to control their bodyweight. Barstarzz racked up over 120 million views on YouTube and have been featured on many international publications such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, America's Got Talent, New York Post, and many more. Being the first to make consistent Calisthenics tutorials on the internet Eduard Checo has influenced a revolution in the way we look at fitness.
Sandra Augustin, Personal Trainer, IFBB Fitness Pro, CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Sandra is a personal trainer, IFBB Fitness Pro, and CrossFit Level 1 Coach. She owns and operates Sass Fitness in Sacramento. Sandra is a former IFBB Fitness competitor who co-founded Sacramento’s Sports and Fitness Co-Op where the city’s most creative fitness trainers and fitness programs co-exist under one roof. Sandra owns Fitness Rehab, the largest and oldest fitness facility in the co-op, created Heightened Yoga & Pilates. Sandra has over 25 years of experience in fitness instruction and 20 years in multiple types of women’s fitness competitions.
Maria Kang, Author of The No More Excuses Diet
Maria Kang is a mother of 3 sons, a wife to a former Marine, a business owner of elderly residential care homes and a nonprofit founder, Fitness without Borders. Despite growing up on McDonalds, sugary cereals and frozen dinners, she developed a passion for fitness and nutrition when she witnessed her mother struggle with health-related diseases. Maria started teaching aerobics classes in high school and became a part-time personal trainer while attending the University of California, Davis, where she received two majors in International Relations and Asian History and a minor in Political Science in 2002.
She has won several beauty and fitness titles including Miss Petite Teen International, Miss San Francisco Chinatown, Miss Philippines USA, Miss Bikini California and placed top five in both the Bikini and Model America National competitions. She has been on the cover of Max Sports and Fitness magazine, Shape Malaysia, Sacramento Parent, SF Weekly and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends, CNN, Meghan Kelly, Access Hollywood, Geraldo Rivera, Neil Cavuto and Bethenny, to name a few.
In her twenties, Maria battled an eating disorder and began her popular blog in 2005. She gave birth in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and started the first free No Excuse Mom group in Elk Grove. In 2014 she started the No Excuse Mom movement, where she rallied thousands of mothers to begin hundreds of free workout groups in over 25 countries. In March 2015, she is launching her first book with Harmony books, titled “The No More Excuses Diet” detailing a realistic meal plan, home workouts and her trademark goal-setting strategy of S.P.E.E.D., S.T.R.I.V.E. and S.C.O.R.E.
Bodytribe is Northern California’s hub for modern physical culture, where intensity, camaraderie and compassion create the ideal philosophy for the best relationship you can have with your body. Our ongoing mission: to increase comprehension of the role of strength and well being in self actualization and our relationship to the community. That’s our idea of health… a holistic understanding of intensity and movement, combined with embodiment and nutrition. Physically, it’s as simple as The Big 3: Train hard, eat well, rest hard. Metaphysically, it is so much more.
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