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With all equipment, safety is a #1 factor. What I love about the gravity bar is that its anchored to the wall, so there is no room for mishaps. Having a piece of equipment that uses your own body weight is essential in a full body strength training program. I'm obsessed with the variety of strength and core moves the gravity bar offers. Even better, you can do a tremendous 20 minute workout with the gravity bar and feel challenged - for me, efficiency is always key.
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Advisory-Board-LogoOur GoFit Partners and Advisory Board Members are some of the most respected and recognized names within sports, fitness, endurance, and athletic performance. Their expertise ranges from yoga, pilates, body-building, weight loss, athletic performance, marathon running and everything in between. Their decades of hands-on fitness and personal training experience are represented in our product designs, online fitness articles, and workout programs. As industry leaders, their knowledge and understanding of helping people achieve their personal fitness and performance goals have been sought by some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities, world class athletes, and by everyday people looking to live a fit and a healthy lifestyle.

Kent Katich - GoFit Partner & Advisory Board Member

Kent Katich

Kent Katich has collaborated with GoFit to develop "Yogaletics." This cutting edge concept blends Yoga exercises with unique, athletic instruction techniques and high-performance yoga equipment, creating a dynamic training method to help any athlete perform better and decrease injuries in virtually any sport.

The physical and mental conditioning of yoga has long been recognized for its fitness benefits. But until now, yoga has been largely misunderstood and held as an unfamiliar, if not mystical form of exercise. Yogaletics removes the mystery, revealing a truly revolutionary way to train and excel in every area of fitness and sports performance. You can attain game-changing advantages in flexibility, balance and stamina as well as mental focus and agility. As any athlete will attest, these elements, among many other benefits of Yogaletics training, will help you be less prone to injury and more conditioned to win.

Kent Katich has coached some of the best athletes in the world using Yogaletics to improve performance, build a better body and decrease injuries. Katich has been implementing yoga training into athletic programs throughout the world. Using a dynamic approach to the discipline of yoga, Katich has reshaped the attitudes and training methods of hundreds of the world's top athletes including Olympic teams, All Stars and Hall-Of-Famers. He has been featured on numerous national TV shows and sport/fitness publications. Katich is the owner of The Yoga Court in Los Angeles.

Jim Stoppani - GoFit Advisory Board Member

Jim Stoppani

Jim Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue. He was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002 by the American Physiological Society.

Currently, he serves as senior science editor for Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Flex magazines and is the host of the popular online training and nutrition video series Muscle & Fitness Raw!, as seen at www.muscleandfitness.com. He has written thousands of articles on exercise, nutrition and health and is author of the book Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength (Human Kinetics, 2006), co-author of the book LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2010), co-author of the book Stronger Arms & Upper Body (Human Kinetics, 2008), and co-author of the chapter "Nutritional Needs of Strength/Power Athletes" in the textbook Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements (Humana Press, 2008).

Dr. Stoppani is the creator of the Platinum 360 Diet as found in the book, LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2010) and creator of the diet program found in the book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness (Rodale, 2008). Dr. Stoppani has been the personal nutrition and health consultant for numerous celebrity clients, such as Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mario Lopez, and has appeared on the NBC television show Extra as an Extra LifeChanger and as a science expert on the Spike television shows Jesse James is a Dead Man and MANswers.

Juliet Kaska - GoFit Advisory Board Member

Juliet Kaska

Juliet Kaska is one of the country's leading fitness experts, celebrity trainers, and fitness entrepreneurs. In 2005, she opened Emerson Hall Fitness (EHF) in West Hollywood, California, which quickly became the most sought after boutique gym in the Los Angeles area. And, in January 2009, she opened her most exclusive location at Evo-South in downtown Los Angeles.

Juliet is the creator of some of Hollywood's favorite fitness programs including the Bombshell Bride, Picture Perfect, Packin' Lite, and the Executive's Workout -- custom programs tailored to fit each client's individual needs. The upscale and discreet location of Juliet's fitness centers have attracted a wide variety of Hollywood "types," from Robert Downey, Jr. to Matt Damon, and Madonna. Juliet's personal list of clients has included Sting &Trudie Styler, Pink, Kate Walsh, Mischa Barton, Gerard Butler, Rachael Leigh Cook, Stacy Keibler, Maureen McCormick, Wolfgang Puck, and music mogul Benny Medina.

Juliet has consulted for and appeared on programs such as Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Good Day LA, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, and Access Hollywood, and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Vogue, Shape, W, Self, Us Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, and Fitness RX. She appears regularly on Extra as their on-camera fitness expert. Most recently, Juliet wrapped production on a series of videos showcasing her Red Carpet Ready Workouts in partnership with Exercise TV, (www.exercisetv.tv). Concurrently, she co-hosted the OK! Magazine Body &Soul event. In the Fall of 2008, Juliet and co-author Mark Yoblanovich published their first book, "The ABC's of Happiness: Not for Children." Which became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com. In October 2008, Juliet was honored by being asked to be a Lululemon Athletica ambassador. She was one of a few select experts appointed as a fitness and wellness panelist at the 2007 Women in Leadership Conference.

Juliet is a dual-certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE); as well as a certified Pilates instructor.

As Juliet's client body grows, so does her stellar reputation as a trainer and a leader in the fitness community. And like a good leader, she practices what she preaches, continually challenging herself, learning new trends, and expanding her knowledge of fitness. Juliet honors her body and mind every day through exercise, and encourages others to do the same.

Andrea Metcalf - GoFit Advisory Board Member

Andrea Metcalf

Andrea Metcalf, has more than 25 years working in the fitness industry, and in that time has helped hundreds of people get in shape. Thousands more have watched her on television giving tips and exercise options, and millions have downloaded her free exercise videos over the Internet.

In 2008, Andrea was recognized within the fitness industry and was named IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Finalist. She also holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Optimum Performance Training (OPT) as well as ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She has also been named Regional Runner Up at the National Aerobics Championships Team and Individual Competitions.

Andrea earned her BS in Exercise Science and K-12 Teaching at DePaul University and also holds numerous other certifications such as Paul Chek Nutrition and Lifestyle Certification, Polestar Pilates Certification, Reebok Core Certification, International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA) Personal Training, Kickboxing, Yogaball, Fitball and Kaiser Power Pacing Cycling.

Andrea has been seen on the TODAY SHOW, GMA Health monthly, NBC Chicago weekly and Better TV weekly. Check out Andrea's blog posts on Oprah.com. More.com, Bestlifedesign.com, Chicagoexaminer.com, andreametcalf.com, NBCChicago.com, and is a regular contributor to MORE magazine.

Andrea is grateful for the experiences that allowed her to be part of so many lives and to be touched by the energy, human spirit and successes of those around her.

Christopher Ross Lane - GoFit Advisory Board Member

Christopher Ross Lane

Celebrity Trainer Christopher Ross Lane has been an active part of the fitness industry for the last 10 years. He spent most of his life as an elite athlete competing on the national level as a springboard diver throughout high school and college career. A graduate of the University of Arizona with B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lane continued his love of sport and fitness as a swimming and diving coach in the U.S. and South Africa.

He furthered his fitness career receiving a certification in the Biomechanics of Resistance Training from the Cooper Aerobics Institute in Texas. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Christopher transitioned into full time personal training working with clients at two of the hottest fitness clubs in America, Crunch and Jillian's Michael's Sky Sport and Spa in West Hollywood.

Since 2003, Lane has trained some of television, film, and the music industries biggest names, such as America's top trainer, Jillian Michaels, Jenny Craig spokes models - Valerie Bertinelli and Nicole Sullivan to name a few. He's solidified a name for himself in fitness by passionately focusing on science based training techniques—especially postural core alignment.

For the last few years, Christopher has worked with Jillian Michael's as her trainer and as her back-up trainer on the hit show "The Biggest Loser". He also developed and co-starred in Valerie's Losing It workout DVD and is featured in her book 'Finding It". Christopher has been a featured keynote speaker at conferences across the U.S. speaking on the importance and integration of fitness into your everyday lifestyle. He's been featured in such top press venues such as People, SELF, and OK magazines along with numerous talk shows such as 20/20, Rachael Ray, and E! True Hollywood Story, Entertainment Tonight to name a few. Currently, Christopher resides in Los Angeles.

Brook Benten - GoFit Advisory Board Member

Brook Benton

Brook Benten, M.Ed., is President of Cardiopump Fitness, LLC. Brook obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise and Sport Science at Texas State University, and her Master's of Education in Physical Education with emphasis in Fitness Management from The University of Houston. A few of her certifications include: ACSM-HFS, ACE-CPT, and AFAA. While serving as Fitness Director at SMU, she received the 2009 President's Award for Continuing Excellence. She was the March 2009 "Wellness Spotlight" for the American College Personnel Association. Brook is a kettlebell continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is also a workout DVD presenter and choreographer.

By educating others on basic nutrition and physical fitness, she hopes to impart a passion for exercise and lifelong pursuit of health and wellness. Brook posts fitness and nutrition advice at www.cardiopump.com/blog. Brook's online cooking show, "BB's Back Burner", features simple, healthy, delicious meals in minutes. Brook's professional objective is to break negative associations to exercise, and, by teaching fun and effective fitness classes, catalyze improvements in physical, social, and emotional wellness in the lives of others. She lives in Round Rock, TX, with her husband, Daniel, and Great Dane, Kokomo.

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