Meet Our Master Trainers
Linda LaRue, RN MED, ATC Creator of Crunchless Abs and Core Transformer (Visit Linda’s Site)
It’s true that it takes only one profound experience to change your life. A traumatic ski accident more than 15 years ago left Linda unconscious and with severe, life-long orthopedic injuries. This profound life-altering event dramatically changed the way Linda lives spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This event and subsequent injuries—4 herniated discs and a badly torn left knee—made her truly began living and practicing daily what she had been preaching to her clients. That is effective, fun—not frustrating functional core training. This is the foundation for her best selling, award winning TV infomercial workout DVDs, Crunchless Abs featuring The SOUPer Slim Diet. Hollywood elites, such as Keenen Ivory Wayans, Baron Davis, Boris Kodjoe, Bridget Moynahan, and Ally Walker keep in peak performance mode using her workout system. Her new, targeted 3-dimensional constant resistance, The Core Transformer®, has recently launched as a popular new branded group exercise class within the SoCal Equinox Clubs.
Core Performance guru and trusted fitness expert, Linda LaRue, is a Registered Nurse and Athletic Trainer with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. Before going into private practice, she was the former head nurse of the Heart Institute of The Desert’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and, subsequently, head nurse of the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, California. As head nurse at both of these highly respected institutions, she was privileged and honored to further increase her knowledge and understanding of proper and complete wellness, especially sound nutritional and exercise science. At The Pritikin Longevity Center, she was introduced to the concept of eating local, fresh whole foods, simply cooked using fresh herbs and products, which is the basis for her SOUPer Slim Diet ebook.
As a Master Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert, she has consulted with some of the top fitness and sports professionals in the athletic, health, and fitness industries, including Kathy Smith; Gary Vitti, ATC, head trainer of the Los Angeles Lakers; and Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, MD, team physician for the Galaxy and the Men’s and Women’s USA soccer teams. She has also worked with the UCLA’s women’s track team for the past two decades, concentrating on rehab and FUNctional core strength training.
As a former nationally ranked competitive and college varsity swimmer, her aquatic background and love for water sports led her to develop the Aquatic Exercise programs for the Sports Club Company of America, The Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, and the aquatic programs for the Southern California National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Linda is a founding member of the IDEA Aquatic Board of Directors.
Linda has have been the featured expert in numerous fitness magazines, including SHAPE, Fit Pregnancy, Conde Nast Women’s Sports, FITNESS, and Woman’s World. Currently, she contributes to the following publications: SHAPE and Dr. Deepak Chopra’s wellness site, www.Intent.com.
As the first US Step Champion, ACE and AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and trusted, celebrity fitness Gay Gasper is synonymous with Group Fitness. Gay presents, writes and teaches exercise programs both nationally and internationally. She has traveled for Fitour across the US, having taught fitness workshops in nearly 300 cities. Gay has trained the NY Jets, as well as choreographed and stared in a step video with LaToya Jackson. She has many top selling workout DVDs including core performance fusion. Gay was chosen as one of ExerciseTV’s 5 All-Star Trainers.
Currently, Gay is a Perform Better sponsored athlete and continues to inspire fitness around the globe and of course now a valued Core Transformer Pro!
Jeffrey Scott, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer and fitness expert, Jeffrey Scott, is an International Fitness Presenter with over 20 years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry. He is a Reebok Master Trainer, a member of the Core Transformer PRO Team and the Area Group Fitness Manager for Equinox Fitness Club’s Chicago Region.
Jeffrey is recognized as a trusted, top fitness educator, instructor, personal trainer and program developer. In addition to being a gold and silver medal winning aerobic competitor, Jeffrey holds multiple nationally recognized certifications and has been voted “Best of the Best” by New York Magazine. Jeffrey has stared and/or appeared in over 20 fitness videos in addition to numerous television shows including Fox’s “Wake up New York”, “Good Day LA” and NBC’s “The Today Show”. As a writer he has contributed articles, workouts and quotes for GYM, SHAPE, SELF and Glamour magazines as well as a regular fitness columns for the CortiSlim Company and Metabolife. Jeffrey is well known for his creative choreography with a strong athletic influence and inspirational instruction.
Vanessa Sweet is the Regional Group Fitness Director and in Program Development for Urban Active Fitness, based out of Lexington, KY. She has developed and co-developed several, popular group fitness in-house programs for Urban Active, including Urban Iron, Triple FIT, Urban Warrior, PULSE and Play. With 24 years in the fit biz, she is capable of teaching on a master instructor level in numerous categories, Vanessa is AFAA certified as well as a CEC provider master instructor. Other accreditations include TRX suspension training, Mad Dogg, Yoga Fit, Beamfit, Turbokick, Balanced Body Pilates Reformer and of course Core Transformer. She has also worked as a Team Trainer for Peak Pilates as part of their MVe program (Reformer and Chair), and is currently is an Elite Trainer for Beamfit. Vanessa’s passion is teacher training, educating and motivating other instructors!
Michael Myers, BS, CPT Sweet
Native Southern Californian and Certified Personal Trainer, Michael Myers, grew up routinely training in a variety of outdoor activities including year around football, basketball and trail running in the Hollywood Hills. Michael received a full, four-year football scholarship to Colorado State University graduating with a bachelors degree in Applied Human Science. His degree and curriculum taught him how to help others achieve their health, weight loss and fitness goals. His certification from The International Sports Science Association (ISSA) has also continued his quest to further improve his physical growth, development and knowledge in the health and athletic performance field. Michael stays consistently busy with his own clientele, as well as working with A-Lister celebrity trainer and Exercise Physiologist, Jeanette Jenkins, MS, where he routinely trains her clientele. Michael currently teaches Boot Camp, core performance, and Core Transformer classes at one of America’s premier health clubs, Crunch Gym in West Hollywood, where he consistently keeps his group fitness classes full to capacity with energy and passion!
Carrie Macy, Certified Pilate’s Instructor
Carrie began her Pilate’s career in 1996. She was certified by Romana Krysanowska in 2001, and also by the Pilates Method Alliance. She has taught privately in Los Angeles and London. After receiving her second certification from Power Pilates, she joined the Power Pilates Teacher Training team in 2005. She managed two Power Pilates studios located within the Los Angeles Equinox Fitness Clubs.
In 2008, Carrie and a partner opened BACE, a Pilates and fitness studio. At BACE, Carrie developed a comprehensive Pilate’s teacher training program that has now become the national training program for Equinox. Presently, Carrie serves as their National Pilates Training Manager and Regional Pilates Manager for Southern California. She has presented workshops for Pilate’s on Tour, and currently is a presenter for the Pilate’s Method Alliance conference. Carrie is also the Pilate’s model for the current Toesox ad campaign, and of course, our Core Transformer Mindful Pilates Team Leader.
We are thrilled to have Carrie onboard to help grow and develop our Core Transformer Pilate’s Division!
Adam Goldstein, Core Transformer Mind-Body Guide
Rising young Hollywood celebrity yoga and group cycling instructor, Adam Goldstein, began his fitness journey ten years ago while completing a baccalaureate degree in Fine Arts and Acting from UConn with a primary focus in movement and dance. He is a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Works studying with yoga masters Vinnie Marino and Meaghan Kennedy Townsend. His favorite yoga practice is Vinyasa Flow with a focus on core power, strength, balance and alignment. As both a Johnny G and Schwinn certified indoor cycling instructor, Adam’s classes have gained attention on the east and west coasts due to his innovative and ever-changing music selections coupled with his infectiously charismatic and passionate coaching style.
Adam is the former Group Fitness Manager of the Equinox Fitness Club in Westwood, California. Presently Adam is the Fitness Director of Up Dog Yoga and Cycling in West Hollywood, California owned by Kennedy American royalty and hot celebrity yogini, Meaghan Kennedy Townsend. He also privately trains clients and has a very small and exclusive, hush-hush celebrity group of A-Lister’s. Adam has been featured on television on Extra and E!, and in Fitness and LA Yoga Magazines. We are excited to have Adam as our Core Transformer Yoga Guide and look forward to his helping grow our new Barefoot Mindful Core Transformer Division. ~Namaste Adam:)!
Christopher Camacho, MA, CSCS, Marketing Consultant
Christopher comes to our Core Transformer Pro Team with more than 20 years experience within the sports and fitness industry, having worked for The Sports Club/LA and Spectrum Clubs for more than 9 years as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Supervisor and Fitness Manager. He has served as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach with various sports teams for over the past two decades including his son’s soccer team! Prior to coming to Core Transformer, he served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Fitness Anywhere (the TRX) and Director of Athletic Performance and Sports Relations for Power Plate North America. He was responsible for helping create Power Plate’s certification program in Whole Body Vibration, as well as establishing both Fitness Anywhere and Power Plate’s overall brand awareness within the sports performance and fitness arena.
Chris has worked in sports marketing as a Player Relations Manager and Marketing Manager, and has worked with more than 100 professional and collegiate strength coaches and athletes during the past decade. Chris earned undergraduate degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology from Chapman University, and has a Masters degree in Sports & Fitness Management from The University of San Francisco. He is also a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
He has written numerous articles on sports and athletic performance, as well as PT on the Net “Meeting of the Minds”, lecturer in 2008. Presently, he lectures as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State College Denver Human Performance and Sports Department on the topics of sports management and sports entrepreneurship.