Over the course of the last decade, Kai Greene has been more than just an icon in the professional sport of bodybuilding worldwide. He’s more than the people’s champ. He’s an artist with a very human story. One that bleeds through his athletic career, through the muscle, and permeates the air around him. Kai’s essence extends in all directions and truly comes to life in every flexing muscle, every glance, and every personal story told.
Deep inside of his soul, Kai has had a burning desire to be a visual artist. His passion and success within bodybuilding continues to spread out to other forms of artistic expression, specifically through film and the arts. Using the various experiences of his past and his willpower earned through over a decade of pro bodybuilding-Kai Greene has become a raw, emotional, powerhouse of a personality.
Emmy Award Winner, Elizabeth Hashagen co-anchors News 12 Long Island’s Morning Show which airs weekday mornings from 5-8 a.m.
Hashagen is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves fishing, scuba diving and kayaking. Hashagen and her husband Randy are the proud parents of a daughter, Allison Rae, and a son Timothy Paul.
National Digital Performer Brand Manager with Life Time the Healthy Way of Life Company
David Freeman is a health and fitness professional with 15+ years in the fitness industry. He is the National Digital Performer Brand Manager with Life Time the Healthy Way of Life Company and has been featured on the cover of Experience Life Magazine, and in Men’s Health and Men’s Journal Magazine. David and Mechelle are parents to Bayne (8) and Harley (5), and live in Frisco, TX.
Head Relay Coach for USA Track and Field National Teams and is the Founder of TrackGirlz
Mechelle Freeman is a 2008 Olympic Sprinter and is a speed and mindset coach helping to optimize mind and body performance. She is the Head Relay Coach for USA Track and Field National Teams and is the Founder of TrackGirlz, a nonprofit organization empowering girls though track and field. David and Mechelle are parents to Bayne (8) and Harley (5), and live in Frisco, TX.
Celebrity Trainer, Former Mr America of the Ukraine, Men’s Fitness Model, Owner of ONE FIT and NeoU Fitness Intructor, leading virtual classed worldwide.
Stanislav Kravchenko was raised in the city of Lviv, Ukraine. At just 5 years old, Stanislav started his career in gymnastics, marking the beginning of his lifelong interest in sports and health.
BUTI Yoga Instructor
Gladys Duarte began classical ballet training at the age of nine as a student at the Elementary School of Ballet and continued her professional dance training at the ENA National School of Art, where she performed as the first soloist dancer at “The Parisian” Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
P.C.S. (Power, Core and Strength)
Dana comes from a gymnastics and sports agility background and has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She studied physiology and anatomy classes at Farmingdale State College and has apprenticed in different physical therapy centers for over 5 years. Dana has participated in natural body figure competitions for the INBF and was featured in Muscle Mag 2006. Dana and her husband Todd founded Power Core Strength supplements which has gained attention of CrossFit athletes at the competitive level as well as many local athletes and businesses in a short time.
Dana is a proud fit mother of two with her husband and business partner Todd
Founder CocoFitCamp | Licensed Occupational Therapist
Her journey into fitness began while she was studying for her Master’s degree. At the hospital where she completed her rounds, she saw patients suffering from diabetes and other illnesses that could be prevented with diet and exercise. This put her on the path to transform her body and help others lead a healthy lifestyle.
Owner of The Fit Factory
Teacher, student and Owner of the Fit Factory Krystle has pulled all of her tools and experience to create a welcoming environment that encourages physical strength, spiritual growth and an encouraging community that embraces anyone that walks through those doors.
Former NCAA Division I Two-Sport Athlete / Creator of PLYOGA
Stephanie Lauren, former NCAA Division I two-sport athlete, is a wife, mother of 2, and the creator of PLYOGA. She has numerous years of experience in both competitive gymnastics and track & field, earning her extensive knowledge for the fitness industry.
Certified life coach | Fitness instructor | Award-winning motivational speaker
Sonia Satra is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation by integrating the mind, body, and emotion to create lasting change. She is the founder and CEO of Moticise, an award-winning wellness company that combines movement with mindset to help people reach their goals.
Colette Lee Morales
Co-Founder NY Fit Fest | Director of Programming
Colette Lee Morales, Co-Founder of NY Fit Fest, Celebrity Stylist and AFAA certified group fitness instructor. Indoor cycling, heavy bag training and soul sculpt classes are among her specialties. Colette has over 10 years experience in large scale event production, and has produced events for NYFW, LGBT, HRC and The Women’s Sports Foundation to name a few.
Colette developed a sharp eye for creating classes that are innovative, entertaining and most importantly educational and full of soul and intention. With a passion for motivating others, she keeps crowds engaged, and coming back for more.
Colette has also earned an alluring reputation amongst her peers throughout New York City and Long Island. Her relentless efforts to give back to her community have catapulted her into becoming one of New York’s finest event producers and philanthropists.
Along with event production and fitness, Colette is also a hairstylist with over a decade of experience and has traveled the world with the industries finest brands and styling teams. She has also been the lead – gathering hair and makeup teams of over 20 artists for large scale events, for celebrities, Olympic athletes and corporate events. Her team of professionals is always on point and stand out amongst the industry professionals.
RYT, JourneyDance Facilitator, Creator of Yoga Infusion™
Jennifer is the founder of Conscious Contact Healing Arts™ and creator of Yoga Infusion™ Jennifer is a RYT, Certified JourneyDance Facilitator and Reiki Master, with additional certifications in Partner Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Many of Jennifer’s classes are taught in ASL to make the healing arts accessible to the Deaf community.
Karina Melo, NASM CPT
Owner and founder of K-Fit Gym. Specialized in Womens Fitness. NEOU Fitness Instructor, Speaker & Life Coach.
Karina Melo left her 14 yr career in the Veterinary field, to build a women exclusive gym and impact the lives of others through fitness. Known for her drive, passion and community advocacy through her gym, Karina has been featured in Telemundo, Univision, news 12 and other media outlets for her empowering story and her impact during the pandemic.
CPT Master & Founder of Dimensional Training Technique / NYFF Board of Directors
Touted as a celebrity trainer with over 17 years in the wellness community, health lifestyles and nutritional disciplines. Andrew has trained mostly A-list celebrities and people from all walks of life. He is known for his unparalleled ability to perfectly assess clients, find their mechanical weaknesses and imbalances and rebuild them from the inside out by conditioning their weakest movement.
Andrew and his team at DTS will be programming the competitive aspect of NYFF 2020.
Co-Owner BeachFIT Training , Certified TRX Master Instructor
Christina has specialized in TRX group training for over 5 years. She is a Black Rank TRX Coach, a Master Instructor for BOSU and SURGE at Hedstrom Fitness, and a Certified Precision Nutrition Coach. She is a true motivator and through patience and understanding she guides her clients to find their optimal balance in life through fitness and nutrition. “Believe that you can, and you will!”
Kristi was born and raised in Middletown, NY and started her love for sports and fitness at the young age of 10. Playing multiple sports in school, she fell in love with volleyball and earned a full athletic scholarship to play for Clemson University. After graduating, she entered corporate America in the restaurant industry, which lead her to a successful medical sales career that she is currently working in today.
Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson
Retired Pro American Gold Medal Boxer - Motivational Speaker - Humanitarian
Boyd Melson, Retired Pro American Gold Medal Boxer, United States Army, philanthropist, humanitarian, is an incredible motivational speaker, who will move you to the core.
Boyd Melson has always been a fighter. Both figuratively and literally, whether proudly serving in the United States Military, boxing professionally to a 15-2-1 record over his career, or his mission to cure for chronic spinal cord injuries so that paralyzed human beings can walk again.
For over 22 years in the industry, Owner of UDAR Kickboxing of Long Beach has been
helping those who want to build confidence and lose weight by burning fat and toning
lean muscles in difficult areas like the arms, legs, and abs. His entire experience is
completely beginner-friendly. His friendly, yet hard care attitude of excellence has let many people on a journey to fitness that has changed their lives.
So much fun you’ll forget you’re actually working out!
Dr. Beth Westie
Dr. Beth is the founder and creator of the 12 Week Female Fat Solution Challenge and the author of the Best Selling book, The Female Fat Solution. She has made it her mission to change the way women view their health. Traveling the country to educate and empower women to take their health into their own hands. Using nutrition to help women work with the natural cycle of their bodies to achieve lasting weight loss results.
As CycleBar’s Lead instructor Kalliopi is a force in the industry. Her positive energy & bumpin’ playlists leave her riders feeling great and wanting more!
When not studying law at St. John’s, you’ll find Kylie rocking her riders to the best Hip-Hop, Dance & EDM remixes at CycleBar Garden City. Her happy place is the beach & traveling is her passion – Oh, and her Chic-Fil-A addiction is real! Don’t wait, no-one wants miss the Kylie-Party
Dance is her foundation & music is her soul – Katie is simply infectious. Spend a minute with her and you’ll want to be the best version of you – spend a whole class with her & you will be! Katie’s passion to motivate & rhythmic resolve leaves her riders wanting more every time. Come ready to ride, to dance & to sweat – its party time!
Stephanie Lee Franzese
Yoga and Mindfulness Educator
Stephanie is a practicing Yogi for 19 years. Certified by the NYC Department of Education she teaches Yoga and Mindfulness to the staff and students of NYC public schools. Stephanie also teaches Hatha Yoga under her 200 HR RYT certification. Her vision includes accessibility for all in Yoga.
Stephanie’s passion is bringing skillful awareness to the importance of purposeful positive action through movement and mindful practice. “A Misty Morning doesn’t Signify a Cloudy Day.”
Born and raised on Long Island, Brian has been shaking up the Zumba® Fitness community since 2012. His goal is to create a judgement free zone where anyone and everyone can come, be themselves, get a great workout, and have an amazing time. He currently has licenses & certifications in multiple Zumba Fitness formats as well as cycling, meditation, and POUND®.
Maria discovered her passion for CITYROW in 2015 after taking a class that provided high-intensity sweat, low-impact burn & total body results that left her hooked!
At CITYROW Plainview, when you HIIT the rower with Maria you can expect a class full of fun sweaty intervals that will leave you feeling energized, confident and strong! Maria can also be found at Revolve Indoor Cycling & F45 in Hauppauge & Huntington, Lifetime Athletic in Syosset & Garden City & Hofstra University.
Pilates and Barre Teacher/Dance Instructor/Nutritional Coach
MaryKate is a goal crusher who inspires others to reach their personal best! MaryKate’s dedicated participation in competitive dance and dance/theatre arts degree led to her committed career in group fitness. Her strong knowledge of the body’s anatomy and respectful coaching style provide specific technical instruction for transformative results. With high energy, fun personality and sharp musicality you’ll find every class an empowering experience.
Meet April. A woman from Long Island who has a story of a life time. As someone who has always been into fitness but has struggled with her weight her whole life. Struggled with major injuries and health complications with a the mindset of “I can’t. By living a healthier life style…Mind and body the tables have turned and the journey of losing 180lbs has inspired her in helping others achieve happiness. It’s not a matter of being skinny. It’s a matter of being happy and healthy.
Laura Shockley is the founder of Point Lookout Yoga & Wellness, where she leads Yoga and meditation classes in the seaside community of Point Lookout, NY. She is also the owner of Joyful Treasures, an adjoining boutique and spa which expands upon the holistic offerings of PLYW, providing curated inspired gifts and a space for sacred healing.
Laura has been practicing and studying Yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Her passion for Yoga has evolved into a mission to positively effect change in people’s lives through Practice both on and off the Mat. Laura recently founded Joyful Community, a non-profit organization (tax exempt status pending) rooted in the Yogic belief of selfless service that is based on the idea that change is best affected when community members can be directly involved in local outreach efforts.
Getting in shape is not meant to be a torturous endeavor. There may be a sore muscle or two along the way, but I believe getting fit should be enjoyed, not dreaded. As an elite & professional athlete, I have been pushed past my limits, overcome mental & physical adversity, I’ve failed more times than I’ve succeeded and I’ve learned how to enjoy the process. I was an ACC Champion at Clemson University, a U-20 World Cup Champion for Team USA, an NWSL Champion for North Carolina Courage and I won the Svenska Cup in the Swedish First Division for Lidkopings FK. I have taken everything I have learned throughout my journey and I’ve created a program, culture & mantra that I deem UNSTOPPABLE. With the combination of my athletic background and certifications in personal training, nutrition, youth coaching & sports exercise recovery; I believe I can help anyone that wants to get better. To be able to say that I change lives for a living is not only a privilege but incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.
Professional Dancer/Choreographer and Fitness Professional
April has been a professional dancer/choreographer and fitness professional for the past 15 years. She has made multiple tv appearances as well as danced for several dance companies based in NYC. She has appeared on virtual fitness platforms such as Beachbody on demand with Shaun T, and Class pass live. She is currently still teaching choreographing dance around Long Island, and is a Pilates coach at [Solidcore]. April graduated Montclair State University with her BFA in Dance, and recently became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. April loves to inspire and educate others with her knowledge and background in health and fitness.
Owner of Dynamic Fitness , Personal Trainer & Pilates Instructor
In what she considers her past life, Dianna worked in corporate America as a social media manager. Growing up as an athlete, she soon realized that sitting at a desk could no longer suit her energy and the constant movement that she craved day after day. She knew right away things had to change and that’s when she hit the ground running.
Dianna has been in the fitness industry for 7 years and has taught barre, pilates, bootcamp, HIIT, TRX, and row. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF), a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), a Pre and Postnatal Performance Training Specialist, and TRX, Pilates, and Lagree Certified.
Katie was a Division 1A collegiate competitive cheerleader at the University of Louisville before she transitioned into a CrossFit athlete in 2016. Katie states that her training is her medicine and that CrossFit pushes her limits, giving her confidence in all avenues of life. Katie is a 2021 CrossFit Games team athlete, as well as a Power Core Strength sponsored athlete.
Brittany started her career as a singer at the age of 13 in New Orleans, Louisiana performing at venues all over the southern states. At the ripe age of 19 Brittany packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles to purse her dreams of becoming a professional recording artist, before coming to New York, where her passion for nutrition and fitness (not to mention music and dance) ultimately led her to joining the Xponential family and establishing the first AKT franchise studios on Long Island. Brittany is a certified AKT trainer with incredible energy who wants to bring her excitement for the AKT workout and its amazing results to everyone. Brittany can be followed instagram.com/bschneller12 & instagram.com/theaktmanhasset
DJ Joey Ello
DJ & Producer
Ello is a longtime DJ & Producer based out of Long Beach, NY. He has been DJing for 25 years now and started out in the underground NYC dance music scene performing at legendary venues such as limelight, tunnel and club speed to name a few. Ello has been rocking crowds of all kinds throughout his career performing at thousands of different events including international festivals, clubs, bars, private events and more. You can find his original music on Spotify featuring some great new dance releases such as “Sweet Emotion”, “Crazy” and “reflections”. For more information about Ello visit him on the web at www.djello.comand for private events inquiries visit elloentertainment.com. Don’t miss Ello at our next NYFitFest event!
Owner & head trainer at HIIT House LI
Antonio Hunte is the Owner & head trainer at HIIT House LI,.” The best HIIT class on Long Island “
The HIIT house specializes in strength, conditioning and group training for over 12 years. Tony’s training style is always functional, creative and fun! Hiit House training challenges clients to be the best version of themselves, both – physically and mentally!
Founder and CEO of By Design Functional Elite Wellness
Coach Corey Berger, Founder and CEO of By Design Functional Elite Wellness, is a National Federation of Professional Trainers certified personal trainer and nutrition coach with over 12 years of coaching experience, focusing on athletic performance.
Michelle has been involved with the fitness industry for over 10 years. She has a love for the outdoors and is passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle. She is currently an Emmy-Nominated Journalist and currently working at News 12 Long Island. Michelle launched a “Fit at Home” series during the pandemic on Instagram LIVE for News 12…
Dance and Fitnesss Instructor
Carissa is a former Radio City Rockette who spent 15 years performing in various musical theater tours and productions around the US and Europe. She is an AFFA certified group fitness instructor who can be found teaching anything from Mat Pilates and Barre, to Zumba and master classes in Precision and Fosse dance technique. In her free time, Carissa loves to surf and spend time with her husband and two children. She now calls Long Beach, NY her home.
D J / P R O D U C E R / R E M I X E R
If you are an avid follower of the NY club scene, It’s likely that one time or another you have been uplifted by the big room sounds of legendary DJ / Producer / Remixer Andrew Mendez. His celebrated 10 hour sets week in and week out quickly propelled Andrew into big room residencies such as the world famous Soundfactory, the legendary Roxy, and the infamous Limelight to name a few.