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Meet The Beachbody Experts…

Most people know Beachbody from its workout programs and Super Trainers—P90X, 21 Day Fix, INSANITY, Tony Horton, Autumn Calabrese, Shaun T (among many others). But if you’ve ever participated in the message boards in the Beachbody on Demand (BOD) Community, you’ve likely interacted with a whole other set of experts—men and women whose mission it is to not only help you maximize your results from every workout you do and meal you eat, but also to celebrate you for the transformation that results from leading a healthier, more active life.

Those men and women are we—the members of Beachbody’s Fitness and Nutrition Results (FNR) Department. When you have questions, we’re most often the ones who provide the answers. But we don’t just answer questions and dole out fitness and nutrition advice. We collaborate with Super Trainers to develop new workout programs and eating plans. We work closely with Beachbody’s R&D Department to integrate our nutritional products into those plans. We help design new Beachbody Live classes. We help motivate Beachbody customers to achieve their goals through contests such as the Beachbody Challenge. And for those who want to inspire others, we collect success stories and before-and-after photos to share with the Beachbody community.

In short, we’re here to help you at every step of your fitness journey. If ever you have a burning fitness question or nutritional query—or simply need some encouragement—don’t hesitate to contact us. You can always find us on the BOD message boards. And since an increasingly common question is “Who are you all and what makes you experts?,” we thought we’d tackle that one right now.

 

Fitness Team 

Stephanie Saunders, Executive Director, Fitness

Steph starting dance at the age of three, and at age of 16 became a personal trainer and group exercise instructor to avoid waiting tables. After dancing through college, she spent 10 years as a professional dancer/starving artist, and eventually moved into television, managing the production of several network television shows.

Steph joined Beachbody in 2008, and has spent the last decade helping to create and produce the best (in our humble opinion) fitness programs on the planet. She is a National Academy of Medicine certified personal trainer, as well as a certified group exercise instructor, yoga instructor, stretch technician, and Pilates mat/reformer instructor. When not collaborating with Beachbody Super Trainers, Steph can be found in ballet class or walking her three giant dogs.

 

Trevor Thieme, Senior Manager, Fitness and Nutrition Content

Competitive athlete, fitness and nutrition editor, certified TRX and DVRT sandbag instructor, postural respiration specialist, NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist—Trevor’s background in health and fitness spans more than two decades. During that time, he has worked for some of the world’s largest lifestyle brands, including Best Life and Men’s Health magazines, where he was the fitness editor. His articles and broadcasts have also appeared in (or on) Popular Science, Discover, Maxim, Golf, Vice.com, and National Public Radio.

Currently the senior manager of fitness and nutrition content at Beachbody, Trevor helps ensure the quality and accuracy of nearly everything we publish—from blog articles to social media posts. He’s also our go-to guy for fitness and sports performance questions. When he’s not managing content, leading workouts, or overseeing photo shoots, he can be found skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or just trying to keep up with his four-year-old daughter.

 

Elanit Friedman, Director, Fitness

Elanit did not grow up as an athlete, nor did she focus much of her teenage life on fitness and nutrition. It wasn’t until her early 20’s that health and fitness became a passion. She started with boxing, and quickly fell in love with the sport. Training to become a competitive boxer opened the doors to other fitness opportunities, and the more she explored them, the more she realized that she had found her calling. She decided to use her own transformation and growing fitness expertise to inspire and help others lose weight, gain muscle, and build strength and endurance through boxing, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and weight training.

Elanit joined Beachbody in 2007, and has helped create some of the most popular programs in our library, including CORE DE FORCE. She holds certifications in personal training, MMA conditioning, and fitness nutrition from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is an Onnit-certified battle ropes specialist, and is a certified TRX instructor.

 

Cody Braun, Fitness Specialist

Amateur boxing and collegiate football helped steer Cody to what is now his primary focus: helping others achieve their physical and athletic potentials.

After graduating from college, he earned two certifications (personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and spent six years training athletes and fitness enthusiasts in Los Angeles. He continued his education by collecting a slew of additional certifications (he literally has too many to list), as well as returning to school to obtain his exercise science degree, and working as a physical therapy assistant, helping people correct movement dysfunctions and gain back strength.

Since joining Beachbody in 2016, Cody has helped develop some of our most innovative programs, including SHIFT SHOP. When he is not helping people transform their bodies, he can be found indulging his inner foodie at restaurants in Los Angeles or playing flag football in the city’s Top Gun league.

 

Koyya Lewis, PhD, Manager, Fitness Research

Dr. Lewis is a certified athletic trainer and a certified exercise physiologist. Dr. Lewis earned her PhD in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Her primary research interests include the health benefits of physical activity, exercise motivation (primarily based on self-determination theory), and wearable technologies.

Dr. Lewis is the author of several publications related to these topics. Her research interests also include advancements in biometric assessments. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and Society of Behavioral Medicine.

 

Nutrition Team 

Denis Faye, Executive Director, Nutrition

Denis Faye has been answering your nutrition, fitness, and wellness questions at Beachbody since 2002. He also co-created several Beachbody nutrition plans, including P90, P90X2, P90X3, Body Beast, PiYo, T-25, 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, The Masters Hammer and Chisel, CORE DE FORCE, and SHIFT SHOP.

He holds a master’s of science in holistic nutrition, and has a background in journalism. His byline has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Surfer, Wired, Men’s Journal, and Men’s Health.

As Beachbody’s resident endurance lunatic, he’s a multi-discipline competitive cyclist who races road, mountain, and cyclocross. He’s most at home in 100 to 200+ mile suffer fests, especially if gravel is involved.

Denis has been a pescatarian for more than 20 years—and, yes, he uses Beachbody Performance supplements religiously when he trains.

 

Krista Haynes, Manager, Nutrition

Krista has been a registered dietitian since 2008 and is a certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). As a nutrition manager at Beachbody, she brings a wealth of both science-based and traditional nutrition knowledge to our Fitness and Nutrition Results (FNR) Department, where she develops eating guides, tackles tough customer questions on the Beachbody on Demand community boards, and plays a pivotal role in integrating our supplements into the broader Beachbody picture.

Krista’s diverse resume includes Capital Brands, the parent company of NutriBullet, where, among other responsibilities, she helped develop superfood supplements and co-wrote nutrition guides and recipe books. Before that, she was resident dietitian at COMO Shambhala, a five-Star wellness retreat in Bali, Indonesia. Her responsibilities included consulting on the resort’s western nutrition-based wellness programs and offering nutrition education outreach to the local Balinese community.

 

Results Team

Heather Church, Senior Vice President, Fitness and Nutrition Results

If anyone truly understands the Beachbody customer, it’s Heather. As the company’s fourth employee and current SVP of FNR, Heather has more than 17 years of experience creating and building brands such as Power 90, Slim in 6, P90X, Hip Hop Abs, Chalean Extreme, INSANITY, and 22 Minute Hard Corps.

Heather was the executive producer on P90X2, TurboFire, Body Beast, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, Country Heat, and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel before taking the helm at FNR, where she continues to play a pivotal role in discovering emerging talent and strategizing new product development. She also works with our fitness and nutrition experts, R&D Department, and digital team to assure that everything we create is customer-friendly and effective, so that you can get the best results possible.

In the rare moments that Heather isn’t working, she splits her time between her awesome brindle boxers Winston and Maggie, her 1967 convertible Firebird Farrah, and her latest fitness passion, 80 Day Obsession.​

 

Adrienne Weller, Executive Director, Results

As the executive director of Results in the Fitness and Nutrition Results Department, Adrienne leads the team that finds the incredible Beachbody success stories you see featured on Beachbody on Demand, in our ads and infomercials, and on our social media pages. She has been at Beachbody for more than six years, during which time she has completed nearly all of our programs—many of them several times—​and become a success story herself, inspiring and motivating others by example.

Originally from New Zealand, Adrienne grew up in a family of organic farmers stretching back three generations—an upbringing that led to her passion for healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Also a practitioner of yoga for more than 20 years, Pilates for more than 10 years, and running for as long as she can remember, she has a deep understanding and appreciation for fitness and wellness that helps her connect with our customers and support them on their journeys to lead healthier, fitter, fuller lives.

 

Arthur Maier, Producer, Results

Arthur is a veteran Beachbody staffer with 10 years of experience on the production and success stories teams. During his tenure at Beachbody, he created the fitness transformation contest known as the Beachbody Challenge, to which Beachbody customers can submit their transformation results to earn a free gift and a chance to win more than $100,000! To date, the Beachbody Challenge has recorded more than 300,000 success stories and awarded more than $8,000,000 in cash and prizes.

Still the producer of the Beachbody Challenge, Arthur leads a team that is responsible for both reviewing all success story submissions entered into the contest and for rewarding contestants with prizes—from the free gift everyone receives for a valid entry to the grand prizes awarded on stage at the annual Coach Summit. But Arthur is not only a witness to such transformations—he is also a success story, having lost 20 pounds in 90 days​ using RevAbs, one of more than 45 programs on Beachbody on Demand.

 

 


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