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Meeting Paul Chek

Paul Chek and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Paul Chek and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Paul Chek is a internationally-renowned expert in the fields at developing practical and effective methods of addressing all aspects of well-being – both physical and mental. For over twenty-seven years. Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide, including his clients, his students and their clients.
Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Program. He is the author of eight books,  60+ DVDs and 17 advanced-level home study courses, as well as numerous seminars and
workshops.

Meeting Brendan Brazier

Brendan and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Brendan and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. He is now a successful performance nutrition consultant, the bestselling author of the Thrive book series and formulator of the award-winning line of plant-based Vega nutritional products.Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brendan has dedicated his life to spreading the word about an ethical, environmentally-friendly, and healthy lifestyle through plant-based foods. Brendan currently works with elite athletes all over North America, including athletes in the NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, PGA and several Olympic athletes. He has appeared on CTV and CBC in Canada, and NBC, ABC and FOX in the United States.

Taking him across North America, Brendan is a sought-after speaker for a range of audiences including Google and the United States Humane Society. He was even invited to address US Congress on Capitol Hill, where he spoke of the significant social and economic benefits that could be achieved by improving personal health through better diet. Brendan is also a guest lecturer at Cornell University and presents an eCornell module entitled “The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism.”

Brendan’s most recent book (September 2011) is Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health, which delves deep into the environmental aspects of food production and offers practical solutions that help us each reduce our strain on the environment. Brendan received a 2012 International Book Award for Thrive Foods, the latest in a stream of praise for his third book.

Brendan was named Favorite Athlete two years in a row and chosen as one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by VegNews Magazine. He made the Top 40 Under 40 list of most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser, and has been nominated for the prestigious Manning Innovation Award twice for creating Vega.

Meeting Tommy Europe

Tommy Europe and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Tommy Europe and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Tommy Europe is a professional Canadian football defensive back who played eleven seasons in the Canadian Football League. A graduate of Bishop’s University [1] in Lennoxville, Quebec,
he is the owner of TOMMYEUROPE.TV, an online fitness community that has
videos, social networking, E-Books, meal plans and fitness programs. In
2009 he released his Target Training Series of E-Books including SHRED
Core & Abs, SHRED Bootcamp, SHRED UpperZone & LowerZone and
Booty Shaper! He was voted BEST personal trainer in The Georgia Straight” Best of Vancouver readers poll for 2006, 2007, and 2009. He currently stars on the Slice reality show The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides, working as a personal trainer and fitness coach who helps participants lose weight for an upcoming special event.

Meeting Jeff Galloway

Jeff Galloway and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Jeff Galloway and me at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

America’s Coach: Jeff Galloway

Over a million runners and walkers have read Galloway books, attended his retreats / running schools, received E-coaching or individual consultation or joined his training programs. His doable plans have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. His methods have reduced aches, pains and injuries to almost zero. Jeff is in front of an audience motivating and teaching over 200 times a year–helping those of all abilities to enjoy exercise until they are 100!

  • US Olympian, 1972, 10,000 meters (also an alternate on the marathon team)
  • Trained with Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot, Jack Bacheler
  • Author of North America’s best selling running book: Galloway’s Book on Running
  • Runner’s World monthly columnist
  • Official Training Consultant for runDisney series of races- with video clips and training programs on this site
  • Founder of the Run Walk Run method- opened up running to millions
  • Founder and owner of Phidippides–the oldest running specialty store (since 1973)
  • Producer of the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program in Atlanta- which has enrolled 20,000 participants (2012 – 30th
  • Coached ESPN and MSNBC segments with celebrity runners Sage Steele and Megan Price
  • Jeff has run for over 50 years, over thirty of those without injury.
  • Over 350,000 runners and walkers have reported achieving their goals by using Galloway Training Programs.

Meeting with Todd Durkin

Meeting Todd Durkin at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Meeting Todd Durkin at the 2014 Toronto Canfitpro Fitness Conference

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally recognized performance-enhancement coach, personal trainer, massage therapist, author, and speaker who motivates, educates and inspires people worldwide.  He is the founder and creator of Fitness Quest 10 & Todd Durkin Enterprises in San Diego, CA, where his wonderful team focuses on personal training, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports performance training, nutrition, physical therapy, and chiropractic to help transform the bodies, minds and spirits of a broad clientele.  He is a 2 Time Personal Trainer of the Year (IDEA & ACE) and has received numerous industry accolades. Todd trains dozens of NFL and MLB athletes, including Super Bowl XLIV   MVP Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLV Aaron Rodgers, former NFL MVP LaDainian   Tomlinson, and athletes such as Kellen Winslow, Shawne  Merriman, and a host of others.  He currently works with 9 NFL  quarterbacks.  Additionally, he has trained one Olympic Gold Medalist,  an MLB Champion & MVP, two X-Games Gold medalists, 2 Heisman trophy  winners, and tens of thousands of other elite and amateur athletes as  well as fitness enthusiasts.Additionally, Todd is the Head of the Under Armour Performance Training Council, where he helps drive new methodologies and training techniques to help Under Armour develop the highest quality programs and apparel for performance training.  He has appeared on national television commercials with Under Armour, is a major part of the “Combine 360” program, and speaks at regular events such as the NFL Combine, Super Bowl, and Pro Bowl on their behalf.

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, the NFL Network and has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, STACK Magazine, Business Week, Prevention, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, and countless other media outlets.  Todd has authored 35 DVDs on strength and conditioning, functional fitness, massage/bodywork and business/personal growth.

Todd and his staff provide motivational and educational programs and team-building events to companies and conferences worldwide.  For more information on any of his programs or to sign up for Todd’s FREE award-winning Ezine newsletter, the TD TIMES, you can contact him below.

Todd earned his BS degree in Kinesiology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and his MA degree in Exercise & Nutritional Science with a specialty in Biomechanics and Sports Medicine from San Diego State University.  He and his wife Melanie reside in San Diego, CA, with their three children, Luke, Brady, and McKenna.

Professional Experience, Honors & Awards

  • Under Armour, Gatorade, Perform      Better, TRX, and Total Gym spokesperson
  • Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs of      All-Time (Fitness Business Interviews, 2011)
  • “America’s 10 Best Gyms” – Men’s      Health 2010 & 2009
  • ACE Personal Trainer of the Year      2005
  • IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year      2004
  • “Best Place in the U.S. for      Sports Massage” – Men’s Health – August 2005
  • “America’s Top 100 Trainers” –      Men’s Journal – 2005 & 2006
  • IDEA, ACE spokesperson on issues      pertaining to personal fitness training, wellness, massage, stress      reduction, exercise, and health-related topics

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Meeting Paul Chek

Meeting Paul Chek

Paul Chek is a internationally-renowned expert in the fields at developing practical and effective m[...]
Meeting Brendan Brazier

Meeting Brendan Brazier

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Meeting Tommy Europe

Meeting Tommy Europe

Tommy Europe is a professional Canadian football defensive back who played eleven seasons in the Can[...]
Meeting Jeff Galloway

Meeting Jeff Galloway

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