|FEI Eclipse 2016 - Presenters


David is the founder and CEO of FEI. He is a Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor with ECITS, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a Continuing Education Provider for both ACE and AFAA. He is currently finishing a B.S. in Health and Wellness, has over 20 years of training experience, worked in the physical therapy field providing therapeutic exercise and specializes in post-rehab training. He is a Flexibility Technician from MPI in Active Isolated Stretching, Level 1 and 2 Kettlebells Instructor and is a Senior Instructor for KBC, holds 2 Black Belts, a teaching certification in the martial arts, and holds a Powerstrike Impact Kickboxing Certification. He was certified through Town Sports Internationals Foundations, and holds a Speed and Power Certification from StrengthPro and worked as an assistant instructor in the program. David was a NY State Licensed Vocational Teacher for Personal Training and Group Exercise Certifications and developed curriculum and programs for many organizations. David has taught at both National and International Conferences and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Medical Fitness Network and the American Kettlebell Alliance.


Carolyn received her Master’s degree in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. With a background in competitive, collegiate-level tennis, Ms. Appel has built a career on her passion for fitness, athletics, and skill development. She has worked in the fitness industry for the last decade and has written articles for various online and print publications.

In 2009, Carolyn founded FREE RANGE HUMAN, LLC to teach a broader audience about how exercise enhances the look and function of one’s body and leads to greater skillfulness and independence. Carolyn uses movement as a way to effect change in people’s behavior so that they can achieve goals once thought unimaginable. She never gets tired of watching people become empowered by the improvement that they experience during training.

In addition to training private clients, Carolyn enjoys her role as Master Instructor for the Equinox Fitness Training Institute and relishes teaching trainers biomechanics, physics, and motor learning. She also maintains a blog at http://www.carolynappel.com

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Robert Barcia

Robert is a Marketing Communications expert and a passionate champion of small business entrepreneurs. As a thought leader in branding and content marketing, his unconventional approach to building relationships with the consumer has enabled industry underdogs to achieve “big dog” status.

Robert began his career at Equinox Fitness Clubs as a personal trainer and fitness educator. Through his love for storytelling and problem solving, Robert has created a career in the crossroads where humans meet business. He excels at uncovering the human element in entrepreneurship, knows what it takes to transform a business from “good” to “great” -- and lectures about why exceptional careers begin when we embrace our inner “underdog”.

With a career spanning more than a decade, Robert enjoys running his very own referral based consultant practice with industry clients that are recognized as some of the most powerful brands in fitness. He has provided strategic marketing guidance for international and national brands such as Equinox, Everlast, Cybex, Pump One, AAPT and FEI and has also guided startup ventures including Make A Pact, Functional Aging Institute, 30-60-90, and Speedball Fitness.

In addition to running his own consulting practice, Robert currently develops video based marketing assets in partnership with Pale Native, a company devoted to developing highly effective under five videos for crowdsourcing campaigns.

Eric Chessen

Eric Chessen, M.S. is the Founder of Autism Fitness. An exercise physiologist with an academic and clinical background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Eric has spent over a decade developing and implementing fitness and Adapted PE programs for the autism and special needs population with ages ranging from 5-55 and every level of ability.

Eric began his career as a trainer working with general population, and in a chance opportunity began providing fitness programs for teenagers with ASD. Finding limited resources on a best practices approach to fitness for those with developmental disabilities, he began creating what would become the PAC Profile approach to assessment and programming, the cornerstone of Autism Fitness methodology.

In addition to working with his Autism Fitness Athletes, Eric is a featured writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine and has been featured on ELITEFTS.com and Breaking Muscle. He author of several eBooks and creator of the Autism Fitness Toolbox. He is also the Co-Founder of custom equipment company StrongerThanU.com

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Chris Cooper is a certified personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the fitness profession. Heis the co-owner of a personal training facility in Massapequa Park, NY called Active Movement & Performance or AMP., a training facility on Long Island.

In addition to being a trainer, he is also a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, which has allowed him to blend the two worlds to not only get his clients stronger and in better shape, but to also fix dysfunctions to make them better movers overall. His firm belief in education is manifest as an educator for Fitness Education Institute, presenting at their yearly convention and as a teacher for W.I.T.S.

His writing can be seen on several websites including The PTDC, Movement Resilience, Men's Health, TonyGentilcore.com & Stack.com.

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Chris aka "FLO" has been in the fitness industry for over 17 years. He has a passion and love for training other people and seeing the changes in their lives. He has been certified by both W.I.T.S. and NASM. Chris attended Kean University for his B.S. in Athletic Training. He currently works as the head Athletic Trainer for Westfield High School.

Chris is the owner of Flo Fitness, Flo Fitness Publishing, and Rooted Rehab LLC. FLO is a people first gym geared towards helping High School Athletes and everyday Athletes reach their goals.

On top of juggling FLO and the full time High School job, Chris is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University where he teaches Strength Fitness and Personal Fitness. He is also a Preceptor for Kean University, Montclair State University and Seton Hall Universities Athletic Training Programs. Chris has become a Master Instructor for the company Animal Flow and teaches movement based training for them around the globe.


Larry Lioi is a 20 year experienced fitness and biomechanics specialist. He has served as a personal trainer, fitness manager, general manager, and Director of Personal Training. When not helping clients maintain and advance their health and fitness, Larry is busy building prototypes for exercise equipment or creating new education programs to help fitness professionals better themselves.

Education & Certifications:
• Business Administration - SUNY Stony Brook
• Kettlebell Concepts
• IFTA Personal Trainer Certification
• National Academy for Health & Fitness
• Children and Fitness
• Certified Massage Specialist
• Advanced Nutrition
• Weight Loss Specialist
• Certified Personal Trainer
• Cardiovascular Specialist
• Medical Exer-Therapist


Joey Olivo is a Master Trainer and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of Legacy Strength in the New York City/ Long Island area. Joey has earned the reputation of being a highly innovative and sought after fitness professional for training, writing and speaking engagements.

He has built Legacy Strength from the ground up. He attributes the success of Legacy to his unique combination of formal education with an MBA in Marketing along with years in the trenches of training individuals and groups.

For the last 15 years, he has been heavily involved in training individuals from college level athletes to general population clients. He has written for both Hispanic and general market fitness and health based publications. He also holds numerous certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, KBC, and USAW Olympic Weightlifting.

Heather Osswald

Heather is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in sports and medical massage. She has a passion for educating clients on how to properly recover from their workouts, whether it be through massage, SMR, stretching or other techniques. She has turned her attention towards educating other trainers on how to successfully implement safe & effective recovery strategies with their clients. Heather brings a unique blend of knowledge from her eduction as an LMT and as a trainer. Additionally she is a nationally ranked powerlifter.
Education & Certifications -

Swedish Institute AA Occupational Studies for Massage Therapy -ISSA CPT -Sports Massage.


Andrea began her career in hospitality and conference management. By simple chance, she applied for a position as conference producer for the Summit, a fitness conference hosted by Town Sports International (TSI). This was the beginning of the marriage between her two main passions-education and fitness.

For the last twelve years, Andrea has held several positions in Town Sports International, first overseeing the Summit and then as a learning manager. After taking a regional programming manager's role in group exercise for two years (also at TSI), Andrea returned to an expanded role as a learning strategist, creating practical and executable learning strategies and curriculum for leadership, sales, ops and fitness education. Additionally, Andrea has served as a contractual curriculum developer for AFAA and as a volunteer presenter for the American Diabetes Association.

She is a seasoned fitness professional and has run successful small group trainings in the past and currently serves as a group exercise instructor, teaching Les Mills Bodypump, Cycling, Piyo and barre conditioning classes at New York Sports Clubs. She is a dedicated triathlete, (if not the fastest!) having recently competed her sixth sprint triathlon this summer.


Yuriis the United States representative for the IUKL (http://www.giri-iukl.com) and is the owner of http://www.healthfactoryusa.com in Connecticut. He became a fitness specialist and strength trainer in 2001. He has a four year physical education degree, FMS/SFMA (Functional Movement Screening) Certification. KBC Senior Instrucotor, ISSA CTF (International Sports Sciences Association), & WFF (World Fitness Federation) Certified.

He became a bodybuilder at 17 year old and in four years of training he achieved 1st place in the European Championship, 2nd place in the World Championship, and had won numerous international championships (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Germany.) After moving to the United States Yuri continues to help people achieve the results they desire, applying his knowledge and professional experience.

He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won the Renzo Gracie Invitational (2009,) NAGA (National Grappling Association) (11/14/09,) & placed 3rd and 2nd in NAGA (7/27/09 and 2/6/10 respectively.) He continues to further broaden his knowledge by participating in and creating various seminars and workshops and applying this knowledge and experience to benefit his clientele.


Frank Rotella is a nationally recognized health & wellness professional.  He is the Founder/Owner of Rofami Inc., a New Jersey based corporation that offers a variety proprietary and non-proprietary Health, Wellness, Fitness and Marketing solutions to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Frank is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce with a BS in Commerce (concentrations in finance & marketing).   While at UVA, he was a member of the Varsity Football Team.  In 1996 Frank earned a full athletic scholarship and was named to the 1st Team All Academic Atlantic Coast Conference Team in 1997.

After graduating from UVA in 1997, Frank pursued his passion for business, health, and fitness.  In 1998 he created a home & travel fitness product called the FITSTRAP and he received an official US Patent & Trademark on the FITSTRAP in 2001.   Frank founded Rofami Inc. in 2000 and has seen his company grow from offering one fitness product to now offering hundreds of health and fitness products & services.  Throughout his 10+ years in the health & fitness industry, Frank has crossed paths with and conducted business with thousands of health & fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts.  In 2010 Frank launched the inaugural issue of the Rofami Inc. Health & Wellness Newsletter which is now distributed to over 10,000 people each month.  Rofami Inc. recently began offering instructional & functional fitness workshops for individuals of all fitness levels throughout the USA.

Frank Rotella and his company Rofami Inc, also give back to the community in many ways.  He is one of the founding members of a Non-Profit Organization called Fight For Mike, which benefits children with cerebral palsy.  Frank Rotella and Rofami Inc. continue to support multiple organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Children's Aid & Family Services, Make a Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Gregory M. Hirsch Foundation, UCP of Hudson County, and his affiliated organization Fight For Mike.

Frank is a Certified Fitness Trainer as well as a Twist Smart Muscle® Master Trainer.