Fitlife’s 2015 List of The 50 Most Influential People – Health and Fitness
POSTED ON April 3, 2015 BY Drew Canole
Hey there, my friend.
As you are likely well aware, there are a ton of amazing, influential people in the wonderful world of health. We wanted to make sure you knew who some of our favorites were so you could head over to their sites and check out all the goodies they have available for you! While we try to do our best to bring you as much information as possible, there is so much more to know! And it changes all the time.
In our opinion, the passionate people we’ve listed below are a great starting place to get an array of information to support your goals for a happy and healthy lifestyle!
Head over and give these peeps some love, friends!
Who are your favorite health peeps to follow? Comment below and let us know!
Where do we even begin?! We may be biased here at Fitlife, but I am willing to bet you agree with us if you’re part of our awesome community…
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time. What started as an encounter with a friend and a fresh pressed green juice was soon followed by a series of YouTube videos to help teach people the powerful effects of proper nutrition, moving your body and having a positive mind.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articlesabout health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
Drew is an action-packed innovator, an inspiring leader, a total goof-ball and an all around awesome person to be around. What you see in his videos is really who he is, making him one of our favorite influencers, hands down! His ideas fuel the fire of his passionate team to continue pushing one another forward and challenging eachother towards their goal as a company – to transform 1 million lives around the world.
Keep an eye on this guy, my friends. Big things are coming and as Drew always says, we’re in this together. We hope you’ll join us on the amazing journey to make the world a happier and healthier place. We do what we do because of YOU! You are appreciated!
Search for any health related topics like 101 Ways To Use Coconut Oil, natural home remedies, brain boosting snacks for kids, or 3 Ways To Exercise As a Family and Wellness Mama will almost always come up in the top 5 search results. A passionate wife, mother, Podcaster, natural beauty product junkie, health researcher, writer and chef, Katie has provided the health community with priceless information about keeping your family fit, strong, healthy and well-fed. Her wellness journey began as she was holding her first baby at a doctor’s office one day and a magazine article caught her attention. It said “..For the first time in centuries, the current generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents…” The phrase changed Katie’s life. From that day on she decided to do anything she could to change that statistic.
Dr. Josh Axe is “on a mission to transform the health of millions across America.” And he is definitely on his way! As a athletic physician, clinical nutritionist, certified nutrition specialist, radio show host, cofounder of BurstFit, writer and creator of one of the most popular health-related sites in the world, the influence of Dr. Axe has been spread far and wide. Just remember, “Food is Medicine.”
Kristina is just as smart as she is beautiful! Armed with her triple major in Kinesiology (she specialized in Health Science, Raw Foods and Fasting) and with her contagious passion for healthy living and involvement in local movements, Kristina is a fireball in the health industry! She has proven herself by overcoming hyperglycemia at the young age of 18 (with raw foods of course!), co-founding the non-profit organization Rawfully Organic at age 20 and coaching and inspiring thousands of others to transform their own lives with raw foods. Kristina’s goal is to “inspire people to find their rawness within so that they can find their own health freedom and zest!”
Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Counselor, TEDx speaker, author, FOX nutrition expert and the founder of Whole Journey, Christa Orecchio is living proof that leaving the standard American diet and experiencing full health transformation is absolutely possible. Christa went from a life of coffee, candy, cookies and swinging between anxiety and depression to filling her life with whole, REAL foods and exercise and having energy all day long as well as enthusiasm and peace of mind. Now she is passionate about helping everyone else experience the same life-changing transformation! She had her own private practice for 8 years and is now working on expanding her influence to reach thousands through online programs and courses.
Vani Hari’s first name means “voice” in her native language and true to her name, Vani has become a voice to reach millions in her passionate efforts to help people understand the food industry and what they can do to live truly healthy lifestyles. Health became Vani’s number one priority when the typical American diet put her in a hospital ten years ago and her once small blog became one that would “change the world” and empower countless Americans to take control of their own food and health. Vani is powerful and determined to be a voice loud enough for the food industry to take notice and has already made progress in helping companies like Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Kraft, General Mills, Subway, Panera Bread Company and Starbucks to remove harmful ingredients from their foods. Join her Food Babe Army today!
With a doctorate degree in medical biophysics, Sarah has spent many years in academia researching everything from gene therapy to vascular biology to cancer. Through her career-focused years she won many awards, published 14 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 25 abstracts presented at international conferences. Influenced by her own upbringing Sarah decided to become a stay-at-home mom once her first daughter was born. At this time she was also suffering from obesity and over a dozen immune and autoimmune related diseases, which she was able to overcome using the Paleo lifestyle. Over time, she lost 120 pounds, discontinued 6 prescription medications and healed from a long list of health complaints. Now she is out to help others do the same and has already done an amazing job. Author of award-winning blog www.ThePaleoMom.com, Podcaster and author, Sarah is reaching millions with her passion for health, healing and family.
Joe Cross began his journey feeling Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and chronicled his road back to health in his so-named documentary. He went from being 100 pounds overweight, suffering from a rare autoimmune disease and taking steroids to being quite the energetic, passionate, healthy, steroid and disease-free man that he is today. How did he do it? Juicing, of course! Joe vowed to only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 DAYS… and succeeded! (Please don’t try this at home – Joe had the constant monitoring of medical professionals). Founder of Reboot With Joe, juicing extraordinaire and now creator of two documentaries, Joe is on his way to educate anyone who will listen about real foods and living life fully and healthfully. Juice on!
Kris Carr is indeed crazy (“out-of-the-box, game-changing, trailblazing”) and very sexy (“empowered, whole, awake, active”) and inside and out a beautiful, inspiring woman. Diagnosed with an incurable stage-4 cancer over ten years ago, Kris found a deep desire within herself to “stop holding back and start living life like [she] meant it!” Although she had a weighty diagnosis, she decided to live her life to the fullest and with the best health possible. Her energy and passion has inspired countless others (Kris even got Oprah’s attention!) to start their own wellness revolutions and listen to their “brilliant inner guides”. Kris has written 5 books and is a New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author. She is also creator of a fantastic documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer and regularly lectures at wellness centers, hospitals and large corporations as a wellness activist. You may know her by her motto: Make juice, not war!
“Eat real food” says New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Solution- The Original Human Diet, former research biochemist, podcaster, review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, co-founder of the nutrition and athletic training journal and former California State Powerlifting Champion, Robb Wolf. Robb’s education and experience have helped him transform thousands of people’s lives around the globe. Not only does he teach about diet, real foods and how to live celiac and gluten free, but he can also teach you about intermittent fasting, the proper way to squat and how to maintain overall fitness.
Talented and passionate writer, Michael Pollan has authored nine successful books; four of which are New York Times Best Sellers. One of his most popular, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by Washington Post and New York Times. We don’t have enough space to list all of the rewards Michael and his books have won, but suffice to say the list goes on! Through his writings and appearances in the media, Michael is determined to help thousands of people understand REAL food, the simplicity of eating, gardening and our relationship with nature.
Amelia LOVES food. When she began learning about nutrition and health, she felt afraid and miserable. Suffering from multiple health issues she knew she needed to make some big changes, but she also didn’t want her relationship with food to be one where she felt restricted, fearful and lacking in power. So slowly but surely, she began creating her own comfort foods using healthy ingredients and eventually found herself dairy, gluten and refined-sugar free. She doesn’t believe in changing “cold turkey” or in following a diet. She believes that all her clients are unique and that what works for one may not work for another. Amelia is now a qualified Nutritional Therapist, amazon Best Selling author and has been featured in dozens of magazines and several media events.
Named a “gluten free guru” by Philadelphia Magazine, Jennifer is on a mission to get people with gluten sensitivities on track and feeling their best! Back in 2008 Jennifer learned that many of her energy and health woes were being caused by gluten, casein, and eggs and has since managed to turn her health around and live a life full of energy. She went from not being able to wake up in the morning, dealing with terrible digestive issues, and holding on to excess weight to feeling consistently energized without caffeine, maintaining a healthy weight and having a calm, healthy digestive system. Now a certified Health Coach, podcaster, author, founder of Gluten Free School, sought-after speakerand expert on shows such as Doctor Oz, Yahoo! News, eHow, Huffington Post, Philadelphia Magazine and CNN, Jennifer is out to change the world.
Jonathan Bailor is an internationally recognized wellness expert who strongly believes in the connection between science and nutrition. He is the author of New York Times and USA today bestselling book The Calorie Myth, as well as founder of SANEsolution.com, which is a website dedicated to busting long-believed nutrition and weight-loss myths and helping people reach their health goals and aspirations. Jonathan has also spoken around the world at TED conferences and Fortune 100 companies and even helped create programs like XBox Fitness and Nike+ Kinect Training.
Karen is a mother of 10 children, Holistic Health Practitioner, EDS Technician, passionate speaker and motivator, health consultant, author, founder of Karen’s Energy and creator of the Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor Certification program offered worldwide. Karen has been studying and teaching health and nutrition for decades and continues to travel all over to audiences eager to transform their lives. Karen’s fire is contagious and she has inspired thousands to begin questioning their diet and turning to whole, raw, living foods and finding lives full of energy. Karen and her husband operate two Health & Wellness centers and stores in Wisconsin and Utah. She recently packed as much knowledge as possible into one book LIVE With Outrageous Energy! Thrive Without Fear, Sickness and Disease!, which is a highly researched project designed to help readers to understand and take charge of their own health.
Globeln calls Deepak “one of the top ten most influential spiritual leaders around the world.” TIME magazine credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” True to his titles, Deepak is an expert when it comes to mind-body healing and is a talented speaker and author of over 75 books, as well as the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in La Jolla, California. Born and educated at a top medical school in India, Chopra eventually came to Boston with dreams of a career is Western medicine. Although he rose quickly and was extremely talented at what he did, he was “disenchanted” with Western medicine and its reliance on prescription drugs. The stress of work took a toll on his health and he was smoking and drinking daily just to cope. Luckily, a book he read on transcendental medicine changed his life and he quit his job and began working for Maharishi Ayurveda Products International. From that point on, he never left the field of alternative medicine and has become a successful professor, author, teacher and motivator.
Dave is all about becoming Bulletproof; in mind, body and career. Dave’s book The Bulletproof Diet is a New York Times bestseller and contains concepts that took Dave two decades and $300,000 to figure out. Dave’s famous question that powered his quest was: what are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything? Dave went from hidden EEG facilities in Canadian forests to monasteries in Tibet to find his answers. He was eventually able to lose 100 pounds without counting calories or exercising obsessively. His IQ went up 20 points and he even lowered his biological age by learning techniques to help him sleep more effectively in less time. Now, through his health podcast Bulletproof Radio, his book, and even through his unique Bulletproof Coffee, Dave is teaching people all over the globe how to improve their biochemistry and live life far above average.
Joy believes that it is never too late to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. One of the nation’s leading health authorities and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, Joy is constantly reaching out to the world with information of how to eat better and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Joy has begun many motivating programs included the Joy Fit Club, PBS special Joy Bauer’s Food Remedies and even begun her own food line. She is also a New York Times bestselling author with 11 books, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine and is often featured in publications such as the Washington Post, US weekly, Vogue, SELF and Wall Street Journal. She won the 2010 National Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the 2012 American Society of Nutrition Science Media Award.
Dr. Hyman’s influence has stretched far and wide from the individual lives of his patients all the way to the White House. Dr. Hyman believes that everyone deserves a life of vitality – and that everyone has the ability to create such a life. He has dedicated his time to finding the root causes of chronic disease by focusing on preventive and integrative medicine. He has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention and was nominated to be in the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative Public Health. Dr Hyman is a successful author, speaker, director, educator, founder of The UltraWellness Center and medical editor of The Huffington Post.
Yale graduate, inventor, media personality and clinical instructor and director of the university’s Prevention Research Center, David Katz, keeps himself very busy! Author of 15 books, 200 scientific papers and thousands of blogs David is passionate about what he does. And what is that, exactly? Well, recently David wrote a book that teaches you how to reduce the risk of disease by up to 80%! He is also known for his expertise in nutrition, weight management, cells, DNA and for the system he developed to teach people how to read the nutrition labels. David lives in Connecticut where he and his wife have worked together to create nutrition training programs and even cooking classes for young children and adults alike. David has taught in countries on four different continents and continues to move forward in his quest to create a better future for the health of millions.
With over 1 million subscribers to her DAILY emails, Hungry Girl has become wildly popular for food lovers around the globe. What originally started out as just an email to her friends and family soon became a newsletter that filled up inboxes around the nation. Lisa may not have a fancy degree or title, but she does have a captivating voice and a love for food that goes far beyond lame portion sizes and depressing diets. Now a New York times bestselling author of nine books, founder of www.hungrygirl.com, face on The Dr. Oz Show and columnist for weightwatchers.com and people.com, Lisa is keeping herself busy and living her passion of teaching people to enjoy food… and stay healthy!
Bethenny is all about feeling skinny and helping other women feel the same. In 2009, she published her first book, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself From a Lifetime of Dieting. Bethenny is not only an author, but also a reality television personality, talk show host, blogger, business woman and entrepreneur. On her website you can find all kinds of delicious, guilt-free recipes as well relationship advice and, most famous, her Skinnygirl Cocktails.
“It doesn’t matter if you were born an athlete – or you were born without an exercise-loving bone in your body – health and fitness is your birthright.” Well said, John! Co-founder of Precision Nutrition, author, coach, professor, researcher, speaker and athlete, John has dedicated his entire career to helping every and any type of person achieve great health and fitness. His favorite pastime is writing about nutrition and fitness – I would definitely recommend his cookbook Gourmet Nutrition. John began Precision Nutrition because of the influence of his own mentors and coaches. They made all the difference in his life and gave him motivation and knowledge he needed to become who he is today.
Robyn and her seven siblings were raised eating produce leftovers from the warehouse of Romney Produce Company, which her grandparents owned. Eating lots of produce was the most inexpensive way to eat – and when Robyn was an adult she didn’t even know how to cook meat. In college and working at a desk job, Robyn began eating white bread, sugar, meat and other typical American foods and eventually ended up over 200 pounds and with 20 diagnosed chronic health problems. What really turned Robyn’s world around was the health of her son. As a baby he suffered from terrible asthma attacks and when the doctors could offer her no hope but growth-stunting steroids, she began doing her own research and decided to take him off of dairy and sugar. The results changed Robyn and her family forever. Now Robyn and her very healthy, energetic family teach a whole-foods lifestyle that has helped thousands lose weight, improve digestion, have more energy and overcome disease. Creator of the 12 Steps to Whole Foods program, author of several books, speaker, educator, researcher, blogger, traveler and green smoothie extraordinaire, Robyn continues to touch lives and inspire wherever she goes.
For over three decades, Dean has been working to help us all eat healthier. Professor, author, researcher columnist, adviser and leader, Dean was one of the first medical professionals to realize that heart disease can be avoided through changing to a more healthy lifestyle. He has created programs to reverse the effects of heart disease as well as ones teaching people how toavoid it altogether. His six books have all been national bestsellers whose topics range from stress to weight loss to how to achieve overall better wellness. Dean is the founder of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, which helped to create one of the first lifestyle programs ever to be covered by Medicare. Dean also writes a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines and is a medical editor for The Huffington Post. His influence stretches from his readers all the way to the White House and he has received numerous awards for his many accomplishments.
Kimberly’s clients, including Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore, all speak about her in glowing terms. A very cultured nutritionist, Kimberly found her passion for wellness and nutrition when she embarked on a three-year solo journey across 50 countries around the world where she learned about different culture’s modalities and beliefs about beauty and health. Kimberly is a Nutritionist for the Mind, Body & Soul, founder of the juice and cleanse company Glowing Green Smoothie and is a New York Times bestselling author. She was named one of the top “results oriented nutritionists” by Vogue magazine and has appeared all over the media on shows like Good Morning America, Elle and The Today Show. One of her mantras, “Outer beauty is a reflection of inner health”, describes well her belief that health begins at a cellular, mental and emotional level and moves up to make us who we are on the outside.
James understands the influence the media has on the American people and uses it to his advantage. Writer and senior editor at The Atlantic, James uses his knowledge from medical school as well as private research and experience to write the monthly health column. He also hosts the humorous and informative video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, which is probably what earned him the title “the most delightful MD ever”. His work has been featured all over the media in places like The New York Times, Politico Magazine, Slate, NPR, BBC, etc. Write on, James. America is reading.
Chris is the bestselling author of Your Personal Paleo Code as well as creator of one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world, ChrisKresser.com. Chris’s journey began in his early 20’s when he began experiencing symptoms of what turned into a chronic and debilitating illness. Visiting multiple doctors around the world searching for diagnosis and treatment, Chris’s life finally took a turn for the better when he decided to take his health into his own hands and began his own extensive research and training in integrative medicine. Now recovered, he is determined to share what he knows with the world through his blog, podcast and private practice. Chris realizes the biological uniqueness of each patient and seeks to address symptoms by finding and treating the underlying cause.
Mark, a former elite endurance athlete, has made health and fitness his life’s work. His mission? Empowering people to be responsible for their own health and changing the lives of ten million people. His motivation? Enjoyment. Happiness. FUN. Mark does indeed work hard to maintain his good health and physique, or as he says, his LGN (Look Good Naked). But he never overworks to the point of compromising his health or happiness levels. Mark is here to help us peel through the hoards of misinformation being fed to the population by BigPharma, BigAgra, and the general media. Mark is an author, creator of The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge, mentor, founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, bold education and happy family man. I think he’s on to something – just check out the success stories of people who have tried his methods!
Dr. Weil is passionate about the progression of integrative medicine and the well being of his patients. So much in fact that he founded the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through education, research, and training. Andrew donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties directly to the foundation to ensure its continuance. Dr. Weil is committed to teaching a diet of whole, real foods. If you’re lucky you may live by one of his restaurants that follows the principles of a whole-food diet. Dr. Weil is an author of over 13 books, creator of the Weil Lifestyle, director at the Center for Integrative Medicine and a gifted holistic healer. Have a health-related question that needs answering? Ask Dr. Weil!
Named the top Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post in 2009, Dr. Mercola has wasted no time in becoming a legacy in the world of health. Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Dr. Mercola became interested in health during his school years and eventually graduated from the University of Illinois and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. After spending a few years working in his own private wellness clinic and prescribing prescription medications, he realized that the drugs weren’t working and began the bold journey of exploring natural medicine. He has since seen drastic improvements in his patients health and now holds the dream of “transforming the traditional medical paradigm in the United States.”
Joel Fuhrman is all about living a life free from illness and disease. He speaks publicly to corporations, professional organizations and schools all around the nation and is known among scientists for his longevity equation “H=N/C,” which basically means our length of life is determined by the micronutrient quantity and diversity in each calorie we eat. Joel is a family physician, nutritional researcher, New York Times bestselling author and advocate for natural medicine. His book Eat to Live has sold over 1,000,000 copies and has even been translated into several foreign languages. Joel believes that we should focus on food as our source for cure-alls insteading of becoming overly dependent on pharmaceutical drugs.
Get a taste of Africa with Dr. Frank Lipman, whose initial medical training took place in South Africa in the 1970’s. Dr Lipman is a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine and his passion for combining both Western and other healing modalities has help thousands regain health and vitality. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City where the staff is committed to creating sustainable wellness. Dr. Lipman practices of “Good Medicine”, is the author of 2 books and is very involved with non-profit work in South Africa. He also lectures all around the world about health and his methods of healing.
Jillian has been a fitness expert and wellness coach for 20+ years and just finished her first speaking tour “Maximize Your Life”. She has a fantastic and intimidating television personality and has inspired millions through every form of media including television, radio, her bestselling books, DVDs, phone apps and even video games. Jillian co-founded the company Empowered Media with the goal of helping people find life solutions for living well including weight loss, health and overall lifestyle. Jillian also created her website, which receives 1.6 millions monthly visitors. Jillian acquired her incredible passion for fitness over 17 years of martial arts training in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do. You may know her famous quote, “Transformation isn’t a future event. It’s a present day activity.”
Chris is an American transformation specialist and trainer for ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. He is an author, personal trainer, reality show personality and talk show host. Chris has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as well as a TLC documentary. Chris hasn’t always had it easy; when he was 14 he was the smallest kids in school. But because of his parents and his own determination, he took up weightlifting and eventually obtained a degree in Exercise Science as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Now he holds a legacy for helping David Smith lose 400 pounds and along with David founded the weight-loss program, ReShape The Nation. He continues to be a pioneer with his own unorthodox methods in fitness and is a regular of Good Morning America and The Doctor Oz Show.
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t bought a P90X DVD before and done a push-up with the energetic Tony Horton and his big smile? And why not? His program is one of the bestselling fitness programs in America and rightfully so! Tony is an expert in post-rehabilitation training, yoga, weight and resistance training, aerobic training boxing, kickboxing, interval and cross training and stretching. In Santa Monica, California, Tony operates a top-notch training facility called ASH Fitness. He has also traveled the world visiting soldiers, teaching them be “Ripped and Ready” for the rigors of their job. And don’t forget how he prepared the crowd for Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move” campaign. Tony is well rounded and has made many appearances in the media and has even tried his hand at writing books. To end with a Tony Horton quote, “Do your best and forget the rest.”
Jen Sinkler is one tough cookie. Not only is she a “fitness eclectic,” but she played rugby for 13 years. Jen also spent ten years as the fitness editor and editorial director of fitness for Experience Life magazine and now she writes for a number of national publications. She is passionate about what she does and also about making sure her work is interesting for you to read. Jen owns a gym with her husband, The Movement Minneapolis, where she trains clients using biofeedback-based training methods and is a Olympic lifting coach through USA weightlifting. She was named one of the “Top 30 Motivators of 2013” by Shape magazine and a “Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013” by Greatist’s. Jen spends whatever spare time she has with her husband (deadlift aficionado, David Dellanave) and her dogs.
Cassey loves teaching people how “to live to their best potential” and does just that with individuals all around the world via her YouTube channel and blog. She discovered her passion for teaching when she taught Pilates as a sophomore in college at a small studio near campus. She loved it so much in fact that she changed her path from pursuing medicine to becoming a certified instructor who’s worked at numerous gyms and even created her own form of Pilates, POP Pilates. Now creator of oGorgeous Bags, blogger, author and passionate instructor, Cassey is living the dream and changing lives wherever she goes. “My job is my passion and my passion is my job.” She was named “#2 Most Influential Online Personality” by Sharecare (coming in second to Jillian Michaels!) and was also named “Best Healthy Living Blogger of 2012” by FITNESS magazine.
Rich’s story is one of hope that no matter where we are on life’s road, it is never too late to change. It was the eve of Rich’s 40th birthday that he found himself wheezing up a simple flight of stairs and buckled over in pain. Although sober at the time, Rich’s past was lined with the pain of of addiction and struggles that had begun in his college years. Now he was overweight, sadly out of shape and in desperate need of a major life change. Something inside Rich clicked on that flight of stairs and the next day he became a dedicated vegan and laced up his running shoes. Once a swimmer, Rich dove into the water again and decided he was going to participate in Ultraman. Not only did he accomplish that goal 2 years later, but he became the first vegan to ever complete the 320 mile event and he even finished in the top ten! Now famous for his plant-fueled athletic lifestyle, Rich has been featured on CNN, The Huffington Post, Stanford Magazine, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and was named one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World” by Men’s Fitness Magazine. How’s that for transformation? Now a wellness and nutrition advocate, blogger, motivational speaker, podcaster and author, Rich is inspiring others to make their own transformations.
Adam has been in the fitness industry for a long time, mostly behind the scenes. He has written for every major publication including Men’s Health, New York Times, ESPN and LiveStrong.com. Adam has interviewed hundreds of experts in the fitness industry and has reached over 100 million people through his blog, videos, books and articles. Now he is bringing his own knowledge and programs into the limelight and is committed to giving you the best information in the industry, without you having to search through any “crap”. In the words of Adam, “I’m here to rewrite the rules so that you can tell a better story.”
Not only is Chalene a fitness celebrity, but she is also the #1 female in direct marketing and a powerhouse in the business world. Currently, Chalene is the CEO of Team Johnson where she has taught her development systems to thousands of people. Chalene is a talented motivational speaker, blogger, podcaster, New York Times bestselling author, television personality and founder of SMART Success Academy and Impact Academy. Her fun in-home fitness program DVDs have sold over 10 million copies. Wow!
Known for her philosophy, “Aim true,” Kathryn is all about finding your inner strength and courage. Kathryn once struggled with body issues, but is now known for being confident and very influential. Certified yoga instructor, blogger, speaker, creator of the online yoga program YogaGlo, author, cofounder of Poses for Paws and certified skydiver, Kathryn is adventurous and well rounded. She trained to become a yoga instructor in Los Angeles under Maty Ezraty and now travels the world teaching and inspiring others with her challenging but fun classes. She also loves food… you can find her organic, eco-friendly recipes as well as yoga tips in publications such as Women’s Health magazine, The Huffington Post, New York Times, Forbes Women, The Food Network Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen and Om Yoga. Not to mention she’s been the cover photo for several of these journals.
“Age is never an excuse to stop living,” says the 83-year-old Burt, known by his numerous fans as The American Monk. Burt is a meditation master spiritual coach, author, artist, musician and mind power expert. He created several successful programs, including The American Monk Mindbox and Quantum Jumping. Burt calls his methods for improving the lives of thousands the “lazy man’s way to achieve enlightenment”. Care to learn how to use visualization exercise to jump into alternate universes where different versions of yourself exist? Want to observe the successful you and learn how to become that version of yourself? Want to learn a new skill or enrich your life? The possibilities are endless with Burt. Just before his 80th birthday, he learned how to paint, sing, write novels and started a multi-million dollar online business… like I said, the possibilities are endless with Burt.
Gabrielle, named the “Miracle Motivator” by Greatist, a “next generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey and a “new role model” by New York Times, is one of those powerful female figures that leaves you with new energy and motivation to make the most of your life. She’s been a public speaker since 2004 and has hit such events as TedxWomen, The Chopra Center, Omega Institute, L’Oreal, The United Nations and Philosophy. Be sure to check out her inspiring articles on The Huffington Post. Gabrielle is also a successful author, certified Kundalini yoga instructor, trained in EFT, meditation teacher and student of Transcendental Meditation. Looking to amplify your intuition or receive private coaching? Consider looking into Gabby.
It’s time to get your Zen on, folks. And Leo is just the man to help. Leo is “a regular guy” who just so happened to create one of the Top 25 Blogs and Top 50 websites in the world. Not only that, but with over a million monthly readers to his website, Zen Habits, is uncopyrighted. On Zen Habits, Leo teaches how to merge eastern philosophies and western self-help techniques to unclutter our lives and learn to enjoy the journey, instead of constantly focusing on a destination. Leo himself has experienced many personal transformations as he has moved from having a somewhat unorganized, complicated and less than healthy lifestyle to becoming focused, goal-oriented, fit, vegan, an early-riser and a minimalist. Now he operates three blogs, runs marathons, writes books and programs, earns his own income without a boss, supports his wife and six children and teaches other people how to find their own “Zen”.
Spirit Science… the wildly popular website that brings together nature and the universe, science and spirit, male and female energy and our connection to it all as human beings. What started off as an animated video series by Jordan Pierce expanded to become a worldwide community of people searching for their own inner voice and creator as well as a sense of enlightenment. From chakras and energy to human history to indigo children, spirit science has it all. In short, their passion is teaching us that we are all connected; the sooner we realize that the sooner we can start changing the world. Some of us have already started! Be sure to check out their YouTube channel!
Higher Perspective has harnessed the power of the internet in order to create a community where people can focus on personal growth, connection and expansion. Their mission? “Connect. Reveal.Transcend.” They share the “big stories” happening in the world that might not be found in mainstream media. Also tips for health and wellness, science, spirituality, how to become self-reliant, how to connect with nature and much more. They even have a shop with hypster materials like tie-dye, barefoot sandals, hippie dresses, jewelry and more! For a daily renewal of perspective, follow their Facebook page.
Come here if you are ready to break the barriers of traditional thinking and start changing the world! The Mind Unleashed is all about the huge shift in paradigm they sense going on in the world right now and they are riding the top of the wave. This website mixes a digestible amount of activism, awareness and personal growth and is all about changing the world’s view on war and peace, politics, religion, social justice and the most basic of human endeavors. Prepare yourself to become an out-of-the-box thinker as you begin diving into articles on finding your flow, lucid dreaming, meditation, positive affirmations, mind control, pollution, theories of the universe and more.
“We aim to challenge the current status quo by shaking up how we currently think about the world.” Indeed, Collective Evolution is all about ACTION and thinking outside of the box. What does it really mean to be a human on planet earth? How can we live sustainably and maintain healthy lifestyles? How do we find balance? You can find all the answers to these questions on Collective Evolution along with information on alternative news, health, science and a “non-new-agey brand” of spirituality. Collective Evolution also creates documentaries, holds events and makes an effort to engage with the community one on one in order to inspire change. They won the “Best Inspirational Film Award” in 2012 from the Best of Canada Awards For Natural Health and won the “Culture UNplugged: Spirit Enlightened Film Festival”. They also have a popular YouTube channel.
Elephant journalis all about the present. The right-now. The moment. They love sharing the “good life beyond the choir” and spreading the fire for yoga, organic food, sustainability, enlightened education, the arts, spirituality, adventure, family and conscious consumerism. Elephant Journal actually started off as a magazine 11 years ago, but decided to go “green” and move their content to be mostly online. They believe strongly in honesty and in living the mindful life. Elephant life is dedicated to bring people together to work (and play) to create an enlightened society. They have a passionate and talented crew that will keep you reading and waiting anxiously for the next post.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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