Your Compass in the Health & Fitness Journey
Total Shape is a community dedicated to making the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle both achievable and straightforward. At Total Shape, we pride ourselves on delivering comprehensive information tailored to your health and fitness journey. Our mission is to help you make informed decisions that expedite your path to your health and fitness goals.
Since 2003, our dedicated team has worked hard to create an exhaustive library of thorough and reliable information. Our team of 60+ team of writers, special contributors, fact checkers and medical reviewers are health and fitness experts, including registered dietitians, nutritionists, board accredited medical doctors, certified personal trainers, qualified coaches, and professional athletes who write, fact check, review and constantly update our collection of 2,000+ articles.
Our library of resources include:
- Healthy & Safe Supplements: Guidance on what actually works and what's safe for your body.
- Exercise & Training Regimens: Routines that fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your fitness goals.
- Fitness Equipment: Expert reviews and recommendations to equip your journey.
- Proper Diet & Nutrition: Tips, meal plans, and advice tailored to fuel your body right.
- Weight Loss Guides: Medically reviewed and fact checked information focused on losing weight.
- Advanced Calculators: Health and fitness calculators designed to customize your lifestyle and boost your results.
- All Other Fitness-Related Information: From latest celebrity trends to tried-and-true methods, we've got you covered.
Total Shape Mission
Pioneering a Healthier You
Our ultimate quest? To empower 10 million individuals on their health journey, stitching a tapestry of wellness across the world. Our extensive library of tutorials, guides, reviews, and independent news journalism paves the way.
Each person's wellness voyage is distinct, and we're dedicated to ensuring yours is both fulfilling and enjoyable. With comprehensive resources tailored to your lifestyle and choices, we illuminate your path, ensuring you confidently work towards your goals.
From Indianapolis to the World: The Genesis of Total Shape
In the bustling heart of Indianapolis, Indiana, two dedicated personal fitness trainers, Isaac and Michael, embarked on a journey. Bound by their shared passion for health and fitness, they began with a vision that transcended the confines of their local community. While they made significant impacts in Indianapolis, they soon realized that their knowledge and dedication could be a beacon for many more beyond their immediate reach.
Their aspiration wasn't just to make an impact locally, they yearned to touch lives globally.
United by this purpose, Isaac and Michael joined forces to curate and share a wealth of health and fitness information. Total Shape was founded not just a venture, it was their way to democratize health knowledge and reach anyone, anywhere, hungry for genuine guidance on their fitness journey.
From its humble beginnings in Indianapolis, Total Shape has grown consistently, now reaching and inspiring millions of individuals worldwide, fostering a global community of health enthusiasts. It stands as a testament to two trainers' unwavering commitment, a commitment that transformed into a global movement.
Who We Are
Meet the Guardians of Your Health
Total Shape consists of an extensive network of fitness enthusiasts, medical professionals, nutritionists, dieticians, and contributors with one common goal:
To encourage and support you to improve your health and lifestyle and achieve your desired fitness goals with the proper diet, supplements, and exercise regimen.
Through our collective years of experience and research, the team at Total Shape understands that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging but ultimately rewarding.
We believe each person’s wellness journey is uniquely their own, and our mission is to make that journey achievable and enjoyable. We are here to help, support, and educate you, so your journey will be a success.
With comprehensive guides and resources tailored to lifestyle choices, eating habits, and exercise routines, we aim to help you make informed decisions.
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Commitment Etched in Evidence
At Total Shape, our guiding star has always been a dedication to delivering scientifically-backed, expert-reviewed health and fitness information. We champion transparency and integrity, ensuring every piece of content is rooted in evidence and ethical considerations by following our strict editorial policy and standardized set of product review guidelines.
- Anonymous Ordering: For us, it's all about genuine product experiences. We dive deep, just like you, ensuring we face the same purchasing journey, right from the ordering process to unpacking.
- Direct Comparisons: We've set the gold standard for our reviews, ensuring they remain consistent, straightforward, and tell it like it is. No fluff, just facts.
- Transparency in Affiliations: Your trust is paramount. That's why we’re always crystal clear about our affiliations, ensuring you get unbiased, trustworthy advice every time.
Our diligent team, armed with a wealth of experience and knowledge, laboriously sifts through clinical studies, subjects products to rigorous testing, and seeks expert opinions to bring you the most reliable recommendations. We take pride in our methodical approach, ensuring that each article or guide you encounter stands as a pillar of credibility.
The result? Dependable advice that empowers you to make informed decisions, whether it's about lifestyle choices, balanced diet regimens, effective workout programs, or supplement stacks.
Having set this high benchmark over the years, our commitment is unyielding. We pledge to continually evolve, refining our content to meet your needs, and consistently provide the freshest, most relevant information. Whether you're navigating dietary challenges, exploring new workout routines, or striving to understand your body's unique requirements, Total Shape remains your steadfast ally.
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Navigating the Health Odyssey Together
For deeper insights or personal queries, we’re just an email away at [email protected] or by visiting our contact page. For a tailored approach to your health journey, explore a personalized fitness solution with the Total Shape coaching program.
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Meet The Total Shape Founders
Isaac is a dedicated personal fitness trainer and nutritionist based in the vibrant city of Indianapolis, IN, and has contributed to Men's Health, The Independent, Insider, Business Insider, Bustle, Men's Journal, Yahoo, FoxNews, and The Register.
He has spent the last 8 years staying at the forefront of the health and fitness industry. He has helped hundreds of people lose weight, get in shape, and maintain their healthy lifestyles through proper training and eating habits.
When it comes to fitness, he focuses on simplicity -- creating a custom plan that fits your lifestyle. He won’t force you to eat chicken breast and broccoli everyday or drag you to the gym six times a week if you hate it.
He crafts personalized workout and diet plans that would be enjoyable and easy to throw into your daily routine until they become a part of your lifestyle.
Email Isaac: [email protected]
Michael is a personal fitness trainer and nutritionist who has contributed to Healthline, Forbes Health, HealthCentral, Medium, and Express. He’s helped hundreds of people shed excess weight and get into shape through proper training and healthy eating habits.
A graduate of Indiana State University College of Technology, Michael helps develop the Total Shape brand, builds partnerships with like-minded companies, and identifies opportunities for further corporate growth.
He trains hard 5-7 days a week, plays basketball for leisure and exercise, and spends time in his kitchen meal prepping.
A dedicated family man to his wife and daughter, Michael is also a basketball coach at a local school in Indianapolis, helping mold the next generation.
Email Michael: [email protected]
James Cunningham is a fitness enthusiast who has turned his knowledge and passion for health and fitness into a successful career.
He holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire, which helps him work with clients looking to lose fat, gain muscle, improve performance and achieve better health.
He understands that every person is different and requires an individualized approach to reach their goals.
That's why he combines science-based nutrition, training, and peptide therapy to help his clients reach their goals faster than they ever thought possible.
Email: [email protected]
Lisa Lorraine Taylor, Owner of Taylor Made Fitness is Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist, PN Level 1, Health Coach, University Instructor and Group Instructor.
Lisa’s mission for over 25 years is to help others through decipher the misinformation and hype regarding health and fitness.
Her dedication is unmatched as she strives to equip her audience with actionable, scientifically grounded guidance.
She strives to empower people of all ages to Live, Love and Learn how to move their bodies daily for lasting health, happiness, and confidence.
Benedict is a Professional MMA Fighter, Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset coach from Singapore.
He has over 10+ years of experience in the Health and Fitness industry and has helped hundreds of people get into the best shape of their lives.
In order to help others get in shape and stay in shape he works on what he calls the 4 Pillars of Winning: Nutrition, Lifestyle workouts, Mindset Reframing, and Exclusive Accountability.
Benedict leads the Total Shape coaching program where he implements his 4 Pillars of Winning approach.
He is also a real life Super Saiyan and a big time Anime Lover!
Email: [email protected]
Christiana Mikesch is an Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Coach who’s contributed to publications including Chicago Tribune and Yahoo.
She specializes in supporting individuals, especially women, with their weight loss goals.
Her unique approach to a “Lean Lifestyle” incorporates a well-rounded balance of an energy-fueling diet, a goal-oriented workout program, and daily weight loss habits.
Christiana is the founder of the 15/21 Ultimatum, a 21-Day Challenge that kick-starts your lean lifestyle.
Email: [email protected]
MD, DABPMR, DABPM, DABEM, DABOM
Suzanne Manzi, MD, co-founder of Performance Pain and Sports Medicine, is quadruple board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Obesity Medicine, providing care in Houston and League City, Texas.
Dr. Manzi is an esteemed member of various medical societies and has been recognized as one of "Houston's Top Doctors" by Houstonia magazine, year after year.
Dedicated to education, she serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and teaches and consults at an international level.
In 2022, she created “Pain Diaries” a patient-centric television show focused on education and treatment options
Email: [email protected]
MS, FNP-C, ENP-C, CHC
Valerie Sinady is a nurse practitioner, certified personal trainer, and certified health coach with over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field.
She is the owner of Val+You Wellness, LLC and offers one-to-one, group, and corporate health coaching programs.
Valerie specializes in weight management and body recomposition. She is known for teaching people about their metabolism in a way that is very easy to understand and very difficult to forget.
She loves helping people design a healthy lifestyle that is flexible and sustainable. Her goal with every client is to help reduce their risk of chronic disease and improve their quality of life.
Email: [email protected]
George Yang holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a relentless passion for fitness.
This lead him to become a Founder and Chief Designer of the website of Yanre Fitness, an international fitness equipment manufacturer established in 1997.
His deep knowledge of fitness and analytical yet digestible writing style helps individuals embrace a healthy lifestyle through science-based strategies during his free time.
In his free time he likes to crack jokes and take to many photos of his dog Max.
Email: [email protected]
Melissa Wasserman Baker
Melissa Baker is a nutritionist who is on a mission to provide answers to all the silly queries related to food and storage through her website FoodQueries.com.
She is a registered dietitian who runs her own clinic in Greenville, New York. She provides 1:1 consultations to people who are suffering from nutrient deficiency.
With an experience of about 4+ years in the food and nutrition industry, she is very passionate about helping people live healthy lifestyles.
Email: [email protected]
Tyler Sellers is a trained athlete who’s contributed to Men’s Health, The Healthy, Fox Business, NerdWallet, Weight Watchers and MSN. He utilizes scientific methods such as progressive overload and macro calculations to power through his workouts.
He also effectively incorporates mental techniques like flow state and mind-muscle connection as part of one’s physical health.
He came to really master these as he understood his body, mentality, and drive over the years as an athlete and leader in the fitness industry.
His ideology revolves around helping go-getters take a bold approach towards the things they want most in life with health and wellness at the core.
Email Tyler: [email protected]
Connor Sellers is a personal trainer with the mission to inspire people to relentlessly pursue their fitness and lifestyle goals.
He believes staying fit has an overall positive effect on one’s body, mind, and spirit.
His main influence in physical fitness is his older brother, Tyler, who consistently pushed his limits in school, sports, and the gym.
Connor became adept with a unique blend of hypertrophy, mobility, and conditioning training paired with well-balanced nutrition, which helped him coach his clients to reach their fitness objectives.
Email Connor: [email protected]
Jess is a host, spokesperson, and model living in NYC.
She is a fitness enthusiast, plant-based eater, healthy baker, and lover of nature.
She loves to share her experiences using different products in order to help others discover what might work for them!
Email Jess: [email protected]
Alex maintains a career in entertainment and has worked as a host for numerous news agencies.
He's also passionate about fitness, nutrition, and loves to play the guinea pig, trying out various products and supplements and sharing what he learns!
Email Alex: [email protected]
Meet Our Medical Review Board
Our medical team safeguards the integrity and accuracy of the information presented through the Total Shape website. As experts in their respective fields, they and their network of medical professionals provide medical advice and guidance that back up Total Shape’s content and product recommendations.
Dr. Harshi Dhingra, MBBS, MD is a prominent Pathologist, boasting over a decade of rich experience spanning diagnostic, clinical, and research fields.
A proud alumnus of Bharati Vidyapeeth, she secured her MBBS degree there and later achieved an MD in Pathology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
Currently, Dr. Dhingra imparts her knowledge as a faculty member at the Adesh Institute of Medical Science and Research, which is affiliated with a state-of-the-art 750-bed tertiary care hospital.
Beyond her teaching and clinical endeavors, she has enriched the medical literature with multiple peer-reviewed papers, cementing her status as a respected figure in the Pathology community.
Dr. Dhingra actively contributes by medically reviewing and fact-checking health publications, ensuring the accuracy and quality of medical information available on the internet.
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Kristy June Dayanan, BS, MD is a distinguished General Medical Practitioner with nearly a decade of experience.
After earning her BS degree from University of the Philippines and an MD from University of Perpetual Help System, she now leads the EREID unit at the City Health Office, Davao City.
With a well-rounded educational foundation, Dr. Dayanan is known for reviewing and contributing to general health-related articles with a comprehensive, well-informed perspective.
Her ability to bridge ecological and medical viewpoints makes her a valued medical fact checker and reviewer, capable of dissecting complex health topics for a wider audience, bridging the gap between specialized medical knowledge and the general public's understanding.
Email: [email protected]
Julio C. Lopez
Julio Lopez is a personal trainer and nutrition specialist with over 8 years of experience and a master’s degree in Nutrition from Lamar University.
While serving in the U.S. Navy from 2003-2007, he received honors ranging from Sailor of the Quarter to the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal among others.
After completing his service, Julio graduated from the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he was a collegiate athlete in rowing.
He is a certified strength & conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer.
Dr. Len Lopez
DC, CCN, CSCP
For over 25 years Dr. Len Lopez has taken his training as a clinical nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach, and chiropractic sports physician to help people get healthy and fit.
Over those years, he has evolved from doctor to speaker, author, formulator, and inventor.
He follows two simple mottos, “Eat Right, Train Smart”, and “Think Better and Treat the Cause – Not the Symptoms”.
Amy is a registered dietitian nutrition (RDN), a certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES), and the owner of Nutrition Insights PLLC. Amy has a variety of experiences in providing nutrition care and services to all ages.
Amy's goal when working with people either one on one or with groups is to provide the most current scientifically based information in a language that people can understand and most importantly implement into their day-to-day life.
The simpler the changes are, the easier it is to accomplish. Amy feels that the best part of being a dietitian is the never-ending learning not only for the people she works with but for herself and her family as well.
Dr. Wang LuShun
MBBS, MRCS, MMed, FRCS
Dr LS Wang is an internationally published, award-winning, double-fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with more than 18 years of clinical experience.
He has pioneered advanced minimally invasive techniques for robotic knee and hip surgery that result in enhanced recoveries.
He is currently the Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Medical Director of Arete Orthopaedic Clinic.
Evander Nelson is a seasoned personal trainer with a NASM certification and has ten years of experience in fitness, martial arts, and nutrition.
His challenging childhood, marred by racism, led him to kickboxing, a journey he's passionately pursued.
Today, Evander is not only a dynamic entrepreneur but also the chief editor at Menprovement.com.
Committed to inspiring personal growth, he uses his expertise to guide others toward achieving their best selves through physical fitness and a wholesome lifestyle.
Gary has been training for 17 years. He is a fully qualified personal trainer and has experience in weightlifting, kettlebells, H.I.I.T, and M.M.A, and has done extensive research on the role of hormones in training.
With first-hand experience of T.R.T., he is well placed to not only give an expert opinion based on testosterone and its role in training but its effect on individuals on a personal level. Years of training clients have given Gary a huge amount of experience in the field of muscle growth and diet.
When Gary isn't training clients, he is working hard learning new skills in a local M.M.A gym.
Simeon Slavchev is a chief assistant professor at the Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Sofia. With expertise in public health, dietary supplements, disease prevention, and health risk factors, he plays a pivotal role in advancing research and education in these areas.
His work focuses on improving public health outcomes through identifying and mitigating health risks, emphasizing the importance of preventive measures, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Driven by a passion for improving population health, Dr. Slavchev's contributions contribute to the field's understanding of public health strategies and their impact on individuals and communities.
Dr. Raj Singh
MD, FACP, FASN
Dr. Raj Singh, MD, FACP, FASN is a highly qualified physician with dual board certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, specializing in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.
He is an avid researcher and serves as the principal investigator for numerous ongoing clinical trials.
Dr. Singh believes in a comprehensive approach to healthcare, treating existing conditions while also emphasizing preventative measures through anti-aging techniques, overall wellness, medical weight loss, hormone management, LGBTQ+ services, and sexual dysfunction therapy.
His passion for improving the lives of everyday people has led him to develop cutting-edge treatments that help patients achieve a higher quality of life.
In addition to his work with traditional patients, Dr. Singh takes pride in assisting transgender patients with hormone replacement therapy and guiding them through the changes associated with transition.
As an educator at heart, he has been teaching for over a decade and is a sought-after speaker who regularly presents at medical conferences and on his YouTube channel. Dr. Singh has also co-founded multiple health startups and maintains an active blog.
As the owner of HEALOR and RAREV, Dr. Singh is committed to providing top-quality care and innovative treatments to all of his patients.
MS, RDN, LDN
Gina Jones MS, RDN, LDN is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition.
Gina holds a Master's Degree in clinical nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and is both academically and professionally trained by Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Gina is currently the owner of INW Center, where she provides individualized nutrition care to help clients balance their gut and hormones to improve health and vitality.
Dr. Charlie Seltzer
Dr. Charlie Seltzer is board certified in obesity medicine and internal medicine.
He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is the only physician in the country to hold all three certifications.
Driven by his past personal struggles with weight and binge eating, Charlie’s mission is to help any who wants to improve their health.
He evaluates and addresses all of the factors contributing to sub-optimal health, including medical problems and medications, sleep issues, stress, depression, food addiction, busy work schedules, and social commitments.
Beata Lerman is a biochemist and an Immunologist with a passion for improving health in the most effective ways possible.
I have been in many roles over my 23-year biomedical research career from academic Research and Drug Development to industry consulting and Medical affairs.
I strive to bring you the most evidence-based and reliable educational content to put you back in charge of your health. Find me on LinkedIn, and try some of my gourmet, sugar-free chocolates at Sinless Treats.
Mike has been a personal trainer since 2008.
His personal training philosophy is anchored in developing an effective mindset:
Once you have a solid mental foundation to commit to fitness, you can achieve greater fitness goals.
He believes that when you develop the mind, you can develop the body.
Mike’s expertise covers athletics, rehabilitation, fat loss, nutrition, awareness, and mindset.
Anisha Gupta is a registered dietitian, nutrition coach + author in Ontario, Canada.
She specializes in weight management, blood sugar balance, and PCOS.
She loves helping individuals learn how to create sustainable lifestyles, all while enjoying the foods they love! If you’re curious about starting your best life, check out her program video here.
Dr. Jason Winkelmann
Dr. Winkelmann is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Chiropractor in the Denver Metropolitan area.
He specializes in treating chronic pain completely naturally without the use of medications, injections, or operations. He treats all patient demographics and types of chronic pain, no matter how severe or how long someone has been suffering, even if all of the conventional methods have failed.
You can find him at his clinic, True Health Natural Pain Center, in northern Denver.
Michelle Saari is a registered dietitian and founder of The Dietitian Prescription website.
She is a passionate educator in providing people with knowledge on how to eat well to age well.
She believes that it’s important for people to eat diets that promote longevity, reduce chronic disease risk, and improve quality of life.
PT, DPT, RYT
Maura is an experienced physical therapist, RYT 500 yoga teacher, and certified fitness instructor in group fitness, barre, and mat Pilates.
She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics for over 15 years, working with a wide variety of patients with musculoskeletal injuries.
Maura is a lifelong fan of exercise, especially group fitness, promoting fun and engaging ways to move and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Maura enjoys combining her expertise across disciplines to help people understand their injuries to facilitate healthy and pain-free movement.
Brian Clark BSN, MSNA is the founder and CEO of United Medical Education.
For over a decade he has leveraged his clinical expertise to develop innovative approaches to medical education, business development, and marketing.
Through his leadership, United Medical Education has become a trusted source of continuing education for healthcare professionals, offering a wide range of courses.
Rob is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and owner of the website fizznessshizzness.com.
He's also a husband, stepdad, and owner of too many animals.
For the past 10 years, Rob has been navigating the health and fitness landscape in a quest to better himself and those around him, focusing on tools such as calorie and macro counting, intermittent fasting, and mindset improvement.
Kiran Campbell, RD
Kiran Campbell is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kiran Campbell Nutrition, LLC. She has over 14 years of experience helping adults manage weight and overall health through nutritional interventions and lifestyle change.
Kiran has a degree in psychology as well as dietetics and strives to help patients overcome behavioral barriers to reaching health goals.
As a proud member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Cardiovascular Health and Well-being Dietetics Practice Group, Kiran provides and promotes the most up-to-date, scientifically-based nutrition information on all things nutrition-related.
MSACN, LCSW-R, CPC
Jack is a holistic nutritionist & holistic health coach, but also works as a psychotherapist and life coach. He's helped countless people to lose weight, decrease their sugar consumption, and to live better, healthier lives.
Jack's approach is individualized, helping people make better food choices, and recommending supplements and herbs. When not helping people, he's banging on his guitar, catching waves, or reading something thought-provoking.
Kellie K. Middleton
Dr. Kellie K. Middleton is a physician specializing in shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries while treating general sports and orthopedic injuries.
She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Georgia, focusing on health policy in Management and attended Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh.
She was also a three-sport high school athlete and a professional fastpitch softball player before medical school.
RDN LD CDCES
Cheryl is a health professional passionate about helping people improve their lives. She worked as a contractor for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 8 years helping CDC employees make positive lifestyle behaviors.
She led a Nutrition and Diabetes Program as the Coordinator for a multi-site physician practice which included general and specialized medicine for 17 years.
She currently has a private practice utilizing telehealth/virtual care.
She has expertise in cardiovascular health, weight management, gut health, autoimmune disease, nutrigenomics (genetic testing as it relates to Nutrition), PCOS, prediabetes and Diabetes. She considers herself a change agent.
Dr. Matt Tanneberg
Dr. Matt Tanneberg is a sports Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), owning and operating Body Check Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation in Scottsdale, AZ.
He takes pride in helping people achieve their goals and empowering them to help themselves and others.
Matt played both NCAA hockey and baseball as well as coached both sports at a high level, still holding his USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certification.
Matt was named Best Chiropractor by Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley in '19 and '20 and by AZ Central's Best of our Desert in '21.
Katie Tomaschko Tout
MS, RDN, CDN
Katie Tomaschko Tout is a self-professed nutrition nerd.
She has been studying Dietetics & nutrition for almost 10 years now and has a master's degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
She provides 1:1 and group nutrition counseling to individuals with an array of different health conditions and health/wellness goals through her private practice.
Mary Sabat MS
MS, RD, LD
Mary Sabat is certified in personal training by the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and upholds the highest standards in the field of exercise science.
As a personal trainer, Mary will work with clients in person and online, customizing programs to account for any physical limitations or injuries.
With so many years of nutrition counseling under her belt, Mary not only develops personal Lifestyle Diet Plans for her clients to follow but acts as their coach, motivating and advising them as they learn to make permanent lifestyles changes.
Robert Iafelice, MS, RD, LDN is a functional nutritionist and freelance medical writer.
He is the author of “Hold on to Your Muscle, Be Free of Disease,” a unique perspective on wellness and disease in the context of muscle health.
Robert has also written continuing education programs for nutritionists, including “Intermittent Fasting: Evidence-Based Approaches to Optimized Health and Disease Resistance” and “Clinical Strategies to Combat Food Allergies and Intolerances.”
Robert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Dr. Saara Haapanen
BSC., MSC, PhD
Dr. Saara helps humans live happier, healthier lives and has been coaching for 22 years. She combines kinesiology and health promotion with sports and exercise psychology to transform her human's lives utilizing approaches that are fun, engaging, and exciting.
Saara was an elite athlete who found out 12 days before the Olympics she wasn’t going.
She is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of motivation, optimal performance and the coach-created climate.She is also the creator of the Move at Work Challenge program which combats the negative effects that being seated has on our bodies.
Dr. Saara is passionate about helping her humans find the most efficient and sustainable path to health and life success.
Krutika Nanavati is a registered sports nutritionist and dietitian based in New Zealand.
She is currently pursuing her PhD Candidate and is researching the effect of curcumin-fortified whey protein.
She is an expert in planning meal plans for specific sports, training schedules, food preferences, and lifestyles.
Her holistic plans contain recommendations for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, pre and post training meals, hydration, and supplements (only if needed).
She also has 3 years of experience in making plans for weight loss and muscle gain and nutrition in general
Dr. Carrie Lam
MD, DABFM, ABAARM, FAAMFM
Carrie Lam is a board-certified physician specializing in primary care and functional and integrative medicine, focusing on anti-aging, lifestyle medicine, and nutrition.
Dr. Lam, who won a Medical Scholarship Award for Preventive Medicine, has authored several internationally best-selling books, including “Advanced Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome: A Metabolic Approach” and “Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Cookbook.”
She is part of the Lam Clinic, a team of doctors and health professionals with over half a century of combined clinical experience in natural healing.
Dr. Lam advocates for holistic care and empowers people to regain control of their lives through fitness and nutrition.
Lisbeth W. Roy, D.O.
OM, A4M, IFM, SMSNA
Dr. Roy earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is fellowship-trained and Board Certified in Anti-Aging, Functional and Corrective Medicine and an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), and Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA).She is an author and speaker with more than a decade of experience in functional, regenerative, and longevity medicine. She is consistent, never gives up, and is dedicated to offering her best 100% of the time.
Dr. Demetris Elia
Dr. Demetris Elia DC, CFMP is a licensed chiropractor in the state of Texas and a Certified Functional Medicine Provider with studies in kinesiology and post-doctorate education in functional neurology, and functional immunology.
He is an advocate for preventative medicine and optimizing his patient's performance. He is currently running PEAKiropractic, a mobile chiropractic clinic.
BS, MS, ACSM, ISSN
Melissa Morris has a BS and MS in exercise science and a doctorate in educational leadership.
She is an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist and an ISSN-certified sports nutritionist.
She teaches nutrition and applied kinesiology at the University of Tampa and writes for Clearsurance.com.
Meet Our Contributors
Chris Bolt is an online content creator and copywriter with a passion for health and fitness-related subjects. He covers wide-ranging topics from dieting to supplements and exercise to lifestyle management. If it improves your life and wellbeing, it’s going to spark Chris’s interest.
Chris is also devoted to researching every angle of a topic to bring readers the most accurate information and help them make the most impactful lifestyle changes. Knowing that his content can improve people’s lives gives him great satisfaction
Radmila is an experienced content specialist and plant-based diet enthusiast with a knack for a holistic approach to health. She believes prevention is better than cure and loves finding natural paths to healing and wellness.
So, Radmila puts all her passion and expertise into crafting inspiring, research-backed content. She hopes her strong SEO skills applied in her writing will help it reach many people worldwide and empower them to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Email: [email protected]
PT, DPT, OCS
Tim Schuckers is a licensed physical therapist and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist that confirms his expert-level knowledge in treating all musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, he is a Level 1 certified running coach and a United States Army combat veteran.
Dr. Schuckers has performed many roles as a physical therapist throughout his career. He has served as a clinical instructor mentoring physical therapist students, conducted research studies at a leading research university, and assisted in the development of his company’s first sports residency program.
In 2021, he established PT Time with Tim, an educational website and YouTube channel where he teaches others how to treat and prevent common injuries through physical therapy exercises, stretches, and awareness.
Dr. Schuckers strives to encourage others to “Restore to Explore,” as he firmly believes in restoring optimal physical function to allow his patients to return to the activities that they love performing in their daily lives.
Schimri Yoyo is a writer for publications such as exercise.com and totalshape.com, a certified personal trainer and fitness educator in Philadelphia who thinks in numbers but communicates in the narrative. Schimri is an avid sports fan, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco 49ers.
He also enjoys discussing his favorite movies, music, and television shows.
David Dack is an established fitness blogger and running expert, who runs the Runners Blueprint website.
When he’s not training for his next marathon, he’s doing research and trying to help as many people as possible to share his fitness philosophy.
Farah is an experienced content writer and data analyst specializing in the fitness industry. She is passionate about fitness and nutrition in her private life, and she conveys this through evidence-based content combined with modern techniques to help you stay fit.
She makes sure that the articles she writes are fact-based, stimulating, and educational.
Christopher Meckes is a seasoned culinary professional with a passion for teaching and sharing his expertise. As a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary School, he honed his skills and quickly ascended to the position of Sous Chef at the prestigious Country Club of Buffalo.
Recognizing his calling to inspire others in the culinary arts, Christopher now serves as a dedicated culinary arts educator in Buffalo, NY. Alongside his wife, he co-founded twinsandteaching.com, a website catering to culinary arts and family consumer science teachers.
Through their blog, they provide valuable resources and guidance, aiding fellow educators in lesson planning and teaching cooking skills. Christopher's extensive experience and commitment to teaching make him an invaluable resource for aspiring chefs and educators alike.
Chef Chad Kelley is a restaurant industry chef turned stay-at-home dad. With over 25 years of experience in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the Dallas area, his website Chef Made Home aims to bring his chef's perspective to you in your home with tried and true recipes to expert tools of the trade.