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Kira Stokes, a graduate of Boston College with a BS in psychology and a minor in health science, has excelled in the personal training and fitness industry for over 18 years.She began her career as a partner with Train Boston, New England's premier fitness and training center for serious athletes, and Boston Sports Clubs. She established herself as one of the elite trainers and fitness instructors in the Boston area, becoming a top instructor at world-renowned The Sports Club/LA and Equinox. In 2007, Kira moved to the New York area.
Since 1998, Kira has been the sole proprietor of her own personal training company, “Kira Stokes Fitness”. Today, Kira’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite health clubs including Reebok Sports Club/NY, The Sports Club/LA, Equinox and Revolve Fitness cycling studio. She has also taught Core Fusion at NYC's Exhale Spa. Kira's personal training clients include professional athletes, celebrities, television journalists and dignitaries. She has trained co-hosts of the television show “The View” and trains Sherri Shepherd. She also trains co-anchors of “CBS This Morning” and the “Today Show.” Kira trained Miss New York 2009, Alyse Zwick, for her preparation for the Miss New York and Miss America competitions where Ms. Zwick won the swimsuit competition.
Kira's focus is on innovative training, concentrating on transforming the body and mind. She has developed a signature training technique, The Stoked Method, which combines functional and traditional methods of working the body. Her personal training methods have evolved to include a unique combination of strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, sports specific drills, yoga and Pilates. Kira combines all of these disciplines into her proprietary “Stoked Series” of classes: Stoked360™, Stoked At The Barre™, Stoked Primal™, StokedAbs™, Stoked Cross-Core™, Stoked Uptown/Midtown™ and her indoor/outdoor boot camp style classes, Stoked F.I.T. Camp™. Kira holds several certifications including NASM-CPT, NASM-PES, NSCA and Core Fusion as well as specialized certifications in Schwinn Cycle, Pre- and Post-natal, TRX, SBT – Suspended Body Weight Training, ViPR and Kettlebells.
In 2012, Kira was recruited to serve as Master Instructor on the opening team for Revolve Fitness’ first NYC cycling studio. She co-created the “RIP Ride” and revamped the “Body Ride” for Revolve’s New York debut. She also created “Stoked Cross-Cycle” which serves as the standard format for all of Revolve’s cross-training classes.
In June 2013, Kira was selected by Reebok International to serve as a Master Trainer and sponsored athlete. The partnership includes appearances for the Reebok brand, featured athlete and presenter at trade shows and conventions as well as speaking engagements on behalf of Reebok International.
Kira has appeared on television, radio, print publications, websites and blogs including:
Television and radio segments on The View, Live with Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Good Morning America Health, ABC News, Live from the Couch, NY1, Fox News, Dr. Steve, Veria Living, CW11, Better TV, NECN, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WRKO, and WMDB
Magazine articles in SHAPE, People, SELF, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Fitness, More, New York, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Health, Women’s Running, Weight Watchers, Details, Reader’s Digest, and TimeOut New York
Created and stars in twelve fitness videos for Comcast On-Demand Fitness
Host of “Stoked TV” on The Health and Wellness Channel launching in 2014
Contributor to numerous on-line fitness and health sites including Betty Confidential, Well & Good, Shape.com and The Fashion Spot
Kira works with and represents some of the top fitness brands in the world. She served as an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and has modeled for Reebok and New Balance. She created and appears in the “Fila Fitness Minutes” which run on Fila’s and The Sports Club/LA’s websites.Jillian Michaels is a bestselling author, Daytime Emmy nominated television personality, entrepreneur, and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts. 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, Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, and her most recent bestselling release, Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets To Simple, Fast, And Lasting Weight Loss. Jillian’s DVDs are consistently top sellers, with her newest title, Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno, scheduled for release in September 2013. Her 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-effective 3-2-1 interval system, is currently taught in Crunch gyms and the YMCA in the US, exclusively at GoodLife Fitness in Canada, and is and expanding further worldwide this year. In January 2013 Jillian returned to her role as a wellness coach on NBC’s hit television series The Biggest Loser. She is currently filming season 15.
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.
Jillian has a popular iPhone 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. In 2012, Jillian was named as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People.
She also just wrapped her first ever live speaking tour, “Maximize Your Life,” which traveled to 34 cities across North America.
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.
Denise Austin is a pioneer in the fitness industry who has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored 12 books on fitness, and starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise's trademark zest for life, positive outlook, and can-do attitude have endeared her to millions of fans across the country — and around the world — and earned her the reputation as "America's favorite fitness expert." A top-selling author and highly sought-after speaker and TV personality, Denise has a unique ability to make people feel that she's right there with them, cheering them on, inspiring the millions who watch her on television, read her books, or follow her videos and DVDs.
A native of San Pedro, Calif., Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arizona. In 1979, she graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on exercise physiology. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost The Jack LaLanne Show in 1981. (Denise considers the late Jack LaLanne one of her role models and remained great friends with the fitness icon until his death in 2011.) In 1982, she earned her own television program on KABC in Los Angeles and released her first two workout videos, Rock Aerobics and Rock Hard Abs. From 1984 to 1988, she was the fitness expert on NBC's Today Show.
A True Fitness Legend
During more than 30 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 100 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame. Her latest workout DVDs include 2012's Shrink Your Belly Fat, Fit in a Flash, and Shrink Your 5 Fat Zones (Lionsgate), and her newest book, Side Effect Skinny: Denise Austin’s Fat-Blasting Diet, was released in December 2012 (Bird Street Books). On television, Denise has created a loyal audience with her two major television shows: Getting Fit, which ran for 10 years on ESPN and continued on under the new name Denise Austin's Daily Workout when it moved to the Lifetime Television Network. Denise appeared in Daily Workout and a second show, Fit & Lite, for 14 years on Lifetime.
In addition to her role as a popular spokeswoman for such major brands as Idaho Potatoes, Nature Made, and Skechers, Denise has championed the benefits of heart health and good nutrition throughout her career. A 2008 recipient of the American Heart Association and Woman’s Day magazine’s Red Dress Award, she has served two terms on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and helped launch the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid guidance system. In 2012, she launched her exercise equipment line Forever Fit, a collection of 33 fitness products made exclusively for Rite Aid and sold at 4,600 Rite Aid stores nationwide.
Television personality, fitness pioneer and inventor Francois Henri LaLanne, better known as Jack LaLanne, was born on September 26, 1914, in San Francisco, California. Because of his strength and endurance, even in his 90s, LaLanne was often referred to as the "godfather of fitness." He was the first to open a health club in the United States and to have an exercise show on television.
As a child, he ate a lot of sugary foods and got into trouble at school. "I was a sugarholic and a junk food junkie! It made me weak and it made me mean," LaLanne later said. But he completely changed his life around after attending a lecture by a nutritionist as a teenager. LaLanne cut out sugar and other unhealthy foods from his diet and began exercising. The one-time problem child transformed into a top high school athlete, playing on his school's football and wrestling teams.
Unheard of at the time, LaLanne opened a health club in Oakland, California, in 1936. Some doctors reportedly advised their patients not to go to his gym and labeled him a health nut. LaLanne actively looked for customers, offering to help reshape their bodies. Encouraging people to do weight training, he even developed several fitness devices, including the first leg extension machine. His club also had a snack bar offering healthy foods as LaLanne advocated good nutrition as an important part of getting in shape. "Eat right and you can't go wrong," he once said. LaLanne eventually developed a chain of health clubs that he later sold to the Bally Entertainment Corporation.
In 1951, LaLanne was chosen by a health food company to host a local exercise show, which eventually went into national syndication. He led audiences through a series of exercises, dressed in what would be his trademark look, a tight-fitting blue jumpsuit that showed off his impressive physique. Known for his on-air quips, LaLanne offered a lot of advice to his audience, including the following comments: "your waistline is your lifeline", "ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips" and "people don't die of old age, they die of inactivity." Not only did he talk the talk about fitness, LaLanne definitely walked the walk, winning the Mr. America competition in 1955.
A superb salesman, LaLanne used stunts and other marketing tactics to draw attention to importance of fitness and to lure more viewers to his show. He swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge underwater, carrying 140 pounds of equipment at the age of 40 in 1954. Making a world record, LaLanne did 1,033 pushups in 23 minutes in 1956. On the program itself, he used another successful ploy to entertain the audience. LaLanne had his dog Happy perform tricks while he did exercises.
For decades, LaLanne has followed a strict regime. He gets up early and exercises for two hours - one hour of strength training and another hour of swimming. For breakfast, LaLanne has a protein shake. Fruit and egg whites are a typical lunch for him. Salad, brown rice, and grilled fish make up his usual dinner. LaLanne had not had sweets since he was a teenager and was vehemently opposed to eating dairy. "Am I a suckling calf? No other creature uses milk after they wean," LaLanne once told Sports Illustrated.
For several generations, people woke up and worked out with The Jack LaLanne Show, which aired Monday through Friday for more than 30 years. He told audiences to "get up, exercise, and feel good!" In the 1980s, however, he was eclipsed by other popular fitness personalities, such as Jane Fonda, who scored a huge success with her workout videos, and his show was cancelled. LaLanne continued to appear on television in infomercials, hawking a variety of fitness- and wellness-related products.
At a time when many might be slowing down, LaLanne proved how strong and healthy he was when he turned 70. He swam a 1.5-mile section of Long Beach Harbor while towing 70 people in 70 boats in 1984. If that was not enough, LaLanne was also handcuffed and shackled at the time.
In 2002, Jack LaLanne scored a big success by endorsing a juicer. More than a million Jack LaLanne Power Juicers were sold between 2002 and 2004, according to BusinessWeek magazine. In addition to the juicer, he lent his support to a line of swimming pools and sold an assortment of books, videos, and other products through his own website.
Not one to retire, LaLanne worked on the health and wellness channel of VoiceAmerica, an Internet radio network, with his wife Elaine. They hosted a weekly program called Jack LaLanne Live!, which also featured their nephew Chris LaLanne. He continued to be a sought-after expert well into his 90s, giving interviews on health and fitness to television and print journalists around the country.
During his impressive career, LaLanne received many accolades. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's Council on Physical