KIRSTY GOSSART   In her youth, Kirsty was national gymnastics champion and a competitive coach in Scotland. A severe elbow injury ended her career as a gymnast. But, in her thirties — and now living in Canada — she rediscovered the joy of handbalancing and bodyweight fitness... in her garage. It took a while to strengthen and trust her elbow, but she now shares her passion for balancing and bodyweight with an online community of students in her online handstand course, in gymnastics classes in Toronto and in workshops and events, worldwide.  She loves helping people develop strength and flexibility at the same time as learning cool moves and tricks... plus she thinks this stuff makes you a flat out better person.

KIRSTY GOSSART

In her youth, Kirsty was national gymnastics champion and a competitive coach in Scotland. A severe elbow injury ended her career as a gymnast. But, in her thirties — and now living in Canada — she rediscovered the joy of handbalancing and bodyweight fitness... in her garage. It took a while to strengthen and trust her elbow, but she now shares her passion for balancing and bodyweight with an online community of students in her online handstand course, in gymnastics classes in Toronto and in workshops and events, worldwide.

She loves helping people develop strength and flexibility at the same time as learning cool moves and tricks... plus she thinks this stuff makes you a flat out better person.

GINNY MACCOLL   Ginny MacColl is an actress, dancer and athlete known for Poms (2019), Outcast (2016) and American Ninja Warrior (2009-2010). Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ginny began her acting and dancing career in NYC appearing in Off-Broadway and Broadway (Pippin 1973-76) as well as over 100 national and regional commercials (1976-1991) with a 20 year hiatus from acting to work in radio and raise her children, Jessie and Darren Graff with her incredibly supportive husband, Dick Ishler, Ginny rekindled her acting career recently in Southport NC. There, at age 63, she began strength training inspired by her daughter, Jessie Graff, stunt actress, and record breaking female from American Ninja Warrior. She is now 67 and continues to compete in ANW and regional ninja competitions as well as swim meets. With her slogan, Strength is Ageless, Ginny continues to inspire Seniors to get stronger! Poms which will be released Mother’s Day… puts it all together with the spunky 8 cheerleaders who are not afraid to reach for their dreams! Ginny is the proud grandmother to Marley Graff (4) and 3 stepchildren, Talon (10), Kyle (21) and Courtney (16).

GINNY MACCOLL

Ginny MacColl is an actress, dancer and athlete known for Poms (2019), Outcast (2016) and American Ninja Warrior (2009-2010). Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Ginny began her acting and dancing career in NYC appearing in Off-Broadway and Broadway (Pippin 1973-76) as well as over 100 national and regional commercials (1976-1991) with a 20 year hiatus from acting to work in radio and raise her children, Jessie and Darren Graff with her incredibly supportive husband, Dick Ishler, Ginny rekindled her acting career recently in Southport NC. There, at age 63, she began strength training inspired by her daughter, Jessie Graff, stunt actress, and record breaking female from American Ninja Warrior. She is now 67 and continues to compete in ANW and regional ninja competitions as well as swim meets. With her slogan, Strength is Ageless, Ginny continues to inspire Seniors to get stronger! Poms which will be released Mother’s Day… puts it all together with the spunky 8 cheerleaders who are not afraid to reach for their dreams! Ginny is the proud grandmother to Marley Graff (4) and 3 stepchildren, Talon (10), Kyle (21) and Courtney (16).

JAIMIE LEE   Jaimie is a North Carolina native with over ten years of experience as a dancer before trading in her leotards and transforming her body into a weapon. Jaimie is a certified Krav Maga instructor, close-combat instructor, personal trainer, and instructor in Pilates/Barre. Jaimie holds Instructor certifications under the Krav Maga Worldwide Federation, the Alliance Krav Maga Federation, and Atlas Krav Maga Federation. Jaimie has also completed instructor certification at the esteemed Wingate Institute in Israel. Jaimie served as Lead Instructor and Business Manager of Triangle Krav Maga in Durham, NC from January, 2013-September, 2017. Jaimie trains and coaches clients with various degrees of physical and emotional health, and assists them with developing a healthy physical and nutritional lifestyle. Jaimie works with adults and children and provides a safe, healthy environment for all of her clients. Through self-defense training, Jaimie is passionate about empowering adults, children, former professional athletes, law enforcement, military, and survivors of assault or PTSD.   Jaimie enjoys finding connections with people, no matter how diverse their backgrounds or experiences. Jaimie embraces exchanging ideas and exploring development strategies to enhance the self-defense community’s ability to empower all citizens despite age and ability. Her sessions are intense, but she maintains a spirit of joy and positivity.

JAIMIE LEE

Jaimie is a North Carolina native with over ten years of experience as a dancer before trading in her leotards and transforming her body into a weapon. Jaimie is a certified Krav Maga instructor, close-combat instructor, personal trainer, and instructor in Pilates/Barre. Jaimie holds Instructor certifications under the Krav Maga Worldwide Federation, the Alliance Krav Maga Federation, and Atlas Krav Maga Federation. Jaimie has also completed instructor certification at the esteemed Wingate Institute in Israel. Jaimie served as Lead Instructor and Business Manager of Triangle Krav Maga in Durham, NC from January, 2013-September, 2017. Jaimie trains and coaches clients with various degrees of physical and emotional health, and assists them with developing a healthy physical and nutritional lifestyle. Jaimie works with adults and children and provides a safe, healthy environment for all of her clients. Through self-defense training, Jaimie is passionate about empowering adults, children, former professional athletes, law enforcement, military, and survivors of assault or PTSD.

Jaimie enjoys finding connections with people, no matter how diverse their backgrounds or experiences. Jaimie embraces exchanging ideas and exploring development strategies to enhance the self-defense community’s ability to empower all citizens despite age and ability. Her sessions are intense, but she maintains a spirit of joy and positivity.

 
 
DANIELLE ALMEYDA   With more than 10 years in the fitness and health promotion industry, Dani has found her place as a sought after coach. With many years of competitive sports behind her, her body was beaten up and she was feeling broken. She opened her eyes to new forms of training outside of her love for volleyball and discovered Pilates, kettlebells, and the power of bodyweight exercises. This brought her into a new world and she helped discover and grow the  Original Strength System as well as open the doors of the  OS Institute in North Carolina.  Dani is constantly driven with a fierce passion, to make the world a better place through introducing people to movement and hope. She is traveling the world teaching for Original Strength as the only female Master Instructor and currently lives in Fuquay-Varina, NC with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog.

DANIELLE ALMEYDA

With more than 10 years in the fitness and health promotion industry, Dani has found her place as a sought after coach. With many years of competitive sports behind her, her body was beaten up and she was feeling broken. She opened her eyes to new forms of training outside of her love for volleyball and discovered Pilates, kettlebells, and the power of bodyweight exercises. This brought her into a new world and she helped discover and grow the Original Strength Systemas well as open the doors of the OS Institutein North Carolina.

Dani is constantly driven with a fierce passion, to make the world a better place through introducing people to movement and hope. She is traveling the world teaching for Original Strength as the only female Master Instructor and currently lives in Fuquay-Varina, NC with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog.

SARAH SMITH   Sarah Smith is on a mission to help women conquer their pelvic health struggles and build STRENGTH and SKILLS! She is a strength coach, RKC2 Kettlebell Instructor, Original Strength Pro Instructor, certified personal trainer, postnatal fitness specialist and pelvic floor and gut health advocate with a Masters in Soil and Agricultural Science. Sarah works online and in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a Believer, wife to her best friend, Jeremiah, a mom to three boys and one English Bulldog. She loves soil, coffee and not folding laundry.

SARAH SMITH

Sarah Smith is on a mission to help women conquer their pelvic health struggles and build STRENGTH and SKILLS! She is a strength coach, RKC2 Kettlebell Instructor, Original Strength Pro Instructor, certified personal trainer, postnatal fitness specialist and pelvic floor and gut health advocate with a Masters in Soil and Agricultural Science. Sarah works online and in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a Believer, wife to her best friend, Jeremiah, a mom to three boys and one English Bulldog. She loves soil, coffee and not folding laundry.

KELLY MANZONE   I live a life in movement, so a career in the fitness industry was pretty much a perfect fit for me. In my 20's I was often approached by MY fellow gym-goers to discuss this move or that piece of equipment and I realized, I love helping others learn to BE FIT, to embrace their physical-ness. I dove head first into training + certification courses -- and I LEARNED that in each client there is a uniqueness, but we are also very much the same - and more than anything -- we all rely on each other.  In 2008, I found kettlebells and I now have become known for this dynamic piece of equipment. I find them to be uniquely challenging, requiring exacting strength and deep concentration. I embrace fitness tools, like kettlebells or barre work but I also know that sometimes we need nothing more than our own mind + body to create the very best workout of the day.  As A lover of all things strong + focused, I work deeply to accept each person into my world who comes with a passion to move. The rest, we can train (more on that  here ), but the desire to move -- that is in one's heart.

KELLY MANZONE

I live a life in movement, so a career in the fitness industry was pretty much a perfect fit for me. In my 20's I was often approached by MY fellow gym-goers to discuss this move or that piece of equipment and I realized, I love helping others learn to BE FIT, to embrace their physical-ness. I dove head first into training + certification courses -- and I LEARNED that in each client there is a uniqueness, but we are also very much the same - and more than anything -- we all rely on each other.

In 2008, I found kettlebells and I now have become known for this dynamic piece of equipment. I find them to be uniquely challenging, requiring exacting strength and deep concentration. I embrace fitness tools, like kettlebells or barre work but I also know that sometimes we need nothing more than our own mind + body to create the very best workout of the day.

As A lover of all things strong + focused, I work deeply to accept each person into my world who comes with a passion to move. The rest, we can train (more on that here), but the desire to move -- that is in one's heart.

 
SARAH SCOZARRO   Sarah is a certified Personal Trainer, Running Coach, Restorative Exercise Specialist and Original Strength Level 2 Coach. She’s had the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life and abilities, including working with and consulting for an NFL team. Sarah loves the challenge of creating just the right program for each of her clients, thriving on helping each individual reach their goals. An avid ultrarunner, she has raced distances from half marathons to 100 milers.

SARAH SCOZARRO

Sarah is a certified Personal Trainer, Running Coach, Restorative Exercise Specialist and Original Strength Level 2 Coach. She’s had the opportunity to work with clients from all walks of life and abilities, including working with and consulting for an NFL team. Sarah loves the challenge of creating just the right program for each of her clients, thriving on helping each individual reach their goals. An avid ultrarunner, she has raced distances from half marathons to 100 milers.

 
LAURA MEEKS   Shy as a child, Laura stuck to spelling bees, science fairs, band and biscochito bake-offs rather than anything that required her to move her body in public. As a challenge to herself, she took on learning kettlebells for her 30th birthday and quickly fell in love with learning her strength, owning her space and wanting to help other women feel the same way.   As a native born New Mexican, she transplanted to North Carolina in 2015. That move brought her to exactly where she was meant to be - and began her career as a coach. She loves helping people realize their power and taking back their lives. She continues taking on a new challenge every year as a nod to what kickstarted her passion with movement and loves to try new things. You can often find her on a Razor scooter with her kids, hiking or itching for a new adventure.

LAURA MEEKS

Shy as a child, Laura stuck to spelling bees, science fairs, band and biscochito bake-offs rather than anything that required her to move her body in public. As a challenge to herself, she took on learning kettlebells for her 30th birthday and quickly fell in love with learning her strength, owning her space and wanting to help other women feel the same way.

As a native born New Mexican, she transplanted to North Carolina in 2015. That move brought her to exactly where she was meant to be - and began her career as a coach. She loves helping people realize their power and taking back their lives. She continues taking on a new challenge every year as a nod to what kickstarted her passion with movement and loves to try new things. You can often find her on a Razor scooter with her kids, hiking or itching for a new adventure.

JEANNIE LANDIS   As a Professional Exercise Specialist Jeannie has spent her life learning about movement and how it affects the human body in both academic and practical settings.  She’s passionate about helping people to explore, discover and embody the flow of energy and strength that comes from letting the moment take over and the body lead.  Her training techniques use art, light, video, and music in various ways as inspiration to achieve a spontaneous, unrepressed spirit of playfulness to reconnect the brain and body, unlock human potential, and expand possibilities.

JEANNIE LANDIS

As a Professional Exercise Specialist Jeannie has spent her life learning about movement and how it affects the human body in both academic and practical settings.

She’s passionate about helping people to explore, discover and embody the flow of energy and strength that comes from letting the moment take over and the body lead.

Her training techniques use art, light, video, and music in various ways as inspiration to achieve a spontaneous, unrepressed spirit of playfulness to reconnect the brain and body, unlock human potential, and expand possibilities.

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AKIRA ARMSTRONG

Akira realized there wasn't a platform for women with voluptuous curves in mainstream media so Ms. Armstrong sought out to create the platform today known as Pretty BIG Movement.

Akira teaches West African, hip/hop, and modern dance routines and conducts workshops, and travels internationally providing empowerment tools for women who need to be inspired, elevated, self-aware and reminded of their inner and outer beauty.

It is her personal mission to utilize her artistic background to inspire Pretty BIG members, the community, and workshop attendees. Her goal is to empower and encourage everyone she meets to reach their full potential and convey these messages in each workshop, appearance, and panel event, through dance, proving that size has no barrier.