Joe DiStefano, or "Joe D.I." as he is known, is a lifestyle and fitness expert who has gained a reputation for using a lifestyle-based approach to drastically improve performance, solve chronic health problems, and reduce pain and injury in clients and athletes across the lifespan. Over the past five years, he has instructed education courses to 1,000+ personal trainers and coaches from 30 different countries, and has lectured to groups across the globe. He is an executive at Spartan Race, where he has worked since 2011. Joe founded RUNGA in 2015.
Joe's simple methods, which he first used during his own recovery from a traumatic brain injury, revolves around the optimization of breathing, emotions, movement and sleep. His work has been featured at TED, as well as publications including Men's Health, Men's Journal, and Outside Magazine.
Ben Greenfield is a biohacker, human body and brain performance coach, ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, professional Spartan athlete, anti-aging consultant, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life” (http://www.BeyondTrainingBook.com). In 2008, Ben was voted as NSCA’s Personal Trainer of the year, in 2013 and 2014 was named by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness, and Ben's articles, podcast and videos reach over a million unique views each month. Ben's website can be viewed at http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and he resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys.
Jules Lindsay began practicing yoga in 2000 when she was finishing her BA in clinical psychology. She discovered the profound healing power of yoga as it helped her get through medical issues she was told she could not overcome. Her gratitude for yoga led her to teach and share what she had found. A strong believer in tailoring the practice to the individual, Jules encourages each person to listen to the body and become his/her own teacher. Her teaching career began at the Yoga College of India in Boca Raton and continued on to various studios where she taught Bikram Yoga from 2002 to 2004.
As she recognized the importance of variation and modification, Jules became (200hrs.-RYT) certified in 2005 through Yoga Alliance training with Jimmy Barkan in Hot Yoga where she found a connection with Phillip Christodoulou and inspiration from the Anuttara Yoga method. She completed training for Hot Vinyasa levels I, II and III (500+hrs-RYT) and went on to teach at Yoga Connection, Ft. Lauderdale Yoga College of India, Hot Yoga of Coral Springs, Hot Yoga of Delray and Anuttara Yoga Shala, Yoga Aura, American yoga, Barkan Method of Boca and Awaken Hot Yoga.
Her teaching is inspired by Bikram, Barkan Method, Anuttara, Hot Fusion, Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Power and Yin Yoga. Jules has continued to train in workshops and intensives including her (500hrs.-RYT) training with her mentors, Judy and James, at Yoga South, which has given her a deep insight into the anatomical and physical assisting aspects of the practice. She is also certified in the Second Degree Reiki method of natural healing through Revs. Robin Garfield and Randy Hamlin.
Jules has led Yoga retreats at Pura Vida in Costa Rica, where she will be hosting more on a yearly basis. She is also working on her LMHC at FAU in hopes of incorporating Yoga and counseling into her healing approach. Jules’ upbeat, compassionate attitude and energy help students on all levels connect with their practice and bring the peace, clarity, and intentions achieved on their mats out into their daily lives.
She welcomes all to join her and offers a simple precept:
“Honor your level with full acceptance, humility and gratitude, go within, and free your mind, body and spirit on your own yoga journey”. And don’t forget about her happiest mentor, her faithful sidekick, Buddha. #KissesToBuddha
~ Buddha Yoga; All Paths Lead to Love.
Scott Dolly MS, ATC, CSCS
Scott is the owner/CEO and founder of Evolution Human Performance and Rehabilitation(http://evolutionhpr.com). He is a manual therapy and IASTM specialist that utilizes biomechanical movement analysis to locate imbalances and dysfunctions in the human body. Scott is a national and international speaker and educator in the field of sports medicine; and he has authored courses on I.A.S.T.M. and Advanced Training Science. Scott also serves as the Peak Performance columnist for Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine in the UK; through which his work reaches over ½ million people world-wide. Scott has over 15 years’ experience studying and working with the human body and he works with thousands of clients every year. Scott resides in Winchester, Virginia.
Christopher Rutz (@ToughTraining) is a multi dimensional athlete who current passion is obstacle course racing. He has completed over 100 obstacle course races since he began competing in 2011. In 2013 he joined Team Inov-8 and raced on the Spartan Race Pro Team in 2013 and 2014. For 2017 he has his sites set on competing in his first Ultra Beast distance Spartan Race. The Ultra Beast is a 26+ mile obstacle course through challenging terrain. Off the course Christopher is also an coach and instructor within the obstacle racing community. He coaches athletes in his OCR training program called Tough Training and is an instructor for Spartan teaching their Spartan Obstacle Specialist (SOS) course. His Tough Training program is coached virtually and at Power In Motion Crossfit in Scottsdale, Arizona. When not competing or coaching he is a professional adventure guide in Arizona guiding guests on mountain biking, road biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and rafting trips. In his free time he practices yoga and enjoys traveling with his girlfriend and their two cats in their Airstream trailer.
Andrea Du Cane is Director of Certifications for Dragon Door Publications, a Master Kettlebell Instructor, CK-FMS certified, CICS certified, RIST- ZHealth certified, and has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has written and produced two DVD’s The Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD, a top selling Kettlebell DVD on Amazon.com and The Kettlebell Boomer.
Andrea travels around the US, Europe and Asia certifying HKC and RKC instructors.
Andrea trains many different types of clients. She has trained a professional baseball player, competitive rower, professional dancers, High School coaches and students for Track and Field. She works with people coming back from injury, older clients starting a fitness program, as well as young athletes. Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths and Medical Doctors, Pilates Instructors, Dancers and other Personal Trainers make up the majority of her client list today!
She is trained in Stott Pilates, and has over thirty years of weight-training and fitness experience. She teaches Argentine Tango at the University of Minnesota and has an additional background in classical ballet, jazz dance. She has trained in a number of Eastern health and martial arts disciplines including kung fu, yoga, tai chi and qigong.