Exercise ETC. Faculty
All of our instructors have a Master's Degree or Ph.D. in Exercise, Physiology, Wellness or a related field. All have one or more national certifications or licensures, and all work full time in their respective fields. All Exercise ETC. instructors are carefully trained and screened to provide you with a high-quality, enjoyable learning experience. Included below are biographies for our faculty.
Guy is the Executive Director of Exercise ETC. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA as well as a Senior Fitness Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist, both through NASM. He has worked in the fitness field since 1983 as a boot camp instructor, group fitness instructor, group fitness director, personal trainer, fitness director and health club general manager. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and holds multiple fitness certifications. Over the years, Guy has worked with many population groups, especially the older adult population, and has worked in a variety of environments including corporate fitness, hospital-based wellness centers, municipal and community centers and major health clubs. He currently teaches "Brains & Balance Past 60" programs for the City of Wilton Manors, FL and has presented cognition-retention programs to the residents at the Edgewater Assisted Living Community in Boca Raton, FL. Guy has been with Exercise ETC since 1992.
Laura Abbott is an NCTMB certified and Georgia licensed massage therapist having graduated from Academy of Somatic Healing Arts in Atlanta, GA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and her Master's Degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University, and she interned in the Emory University Cardiac Rehabilitation Department and at the Georgia Institute of Technology Athletic Department. Laura worked with Federal Occupational Health training and educating Federal Law Enforcement officers and traveled around the country presenting continuing education programs for many years. She has been quoted in Ladies Home and was a featured speaker for the Speaking of Women's Health Expo for 2 consecutive years and she has presented at the National American College of Sports Medicine conference. Laura currently teaches in the Kinesiology and Health department at Georgia State University and is a guest speaker at Atlanta area massage schools and at the Georgia State University Physical Therapy department. Since 1991 she has owned and operated Premier Performance, Inc. in Atlanta, specializing in exercise and massage therapy. She is the author of the book, Massage Therapy Review: Passing the NCETMB and NCETM published by McGraw-Hill and available on Amazon.com. Laura joined our faculty in 1996.
April has a diverse background in personal training, aquatics, group fitness, boot camp and yoga. She has two Master's Degrees: one in Public Health from the University of Illinois/Chicago, and another Master's Degree in Public Health Management from the University of Arkansas. April has a passion for using fitness and proper eating habits as the foundation for sustainable lifestyle change. As the Fitness and Aquatics Center Coordinator at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, April works with a mix of students and faculty as well as community residents to design and implement effective training programs in a variety of land and water-based applications. At Loyola, one of April's main responsibilities is to plan and organize the annual "Welcome Week Event" for over 2000 Freshmen per year, to emphasize proper nutrition and consistent activity to overcome the dreaded "Freshman Fifteen." A popular boot camp instructor, April is certified by ACSM, ACE, AFAA, and YogaFit and is also a certified Lifeguard and CPR Instructor. April is finishing her PhD in Wellness at Kent State University; she joined our faculty in 2008.
Mike is the Director of Education for Exercise ETC and he is also the cofounder of San Diego Premier Training, a private personal training studio located in Carlsbad, CA. With a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from UConn and a Master's degree in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of Florida, Mike has personal training certifications from ACE, NSCA, and NASM, giving him a wide range of educational and experience to draw from. A former All American Track Athlete from the University of Connecticut, Mike has specialty certifications from Functional Movement Systems, Certified Functional Strength Coach, the Functional Aging Institute, Spartan SGX, the Flex Diet Certification and he is a Certified Conditioning Coach. He has worked with hundreds of clients including youth athletes, older and overweight adults and professional athletes. Mike is also an adjunct faculty at Miramar College and a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise. Mike joined our faculty in 2008.
A 20-year exercise and fitness industry professional, Pete Rohleder has helped thousands achieve their health, fitness, and performance goals. Pete holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS-NSCA) since 2011; he has been teaching in higher education since 2011 and is currently an Instructor of Exercise Science at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Pete is an expert at bridging the gap between movement science and real-world application. His passion is to provide tangible takeaways to his students and clients so they can achieve efficient, lasting results. Pete owned and operated Pure Fitness Rx, a training studio focused on fitness, performance, and movement improvement through innovative, science-backed strategies. Pete was the State Fitness Consultant for the Miss Kansas America Pageant, and continues to consult with contestants, athletes, clients, and trainers. He is also the host of the 'More to Movement' podcast, where he discusses the science behind movement and provides solutions to help his listeners properly apply the science to enhance training outcomes and improve movement discrepancies that hinder success. Pete has been with Exercise ETC since 2020.