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Fitness Expert * Speaker * Spokesperson *TV Personality * Author * Race Announcer

Fitz Koehler is a fitness innovator with a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida, who has been teaching fitness around the globe for over two decades. She’s president of Fitzness International LLC, a fitness company that specializes in fitness education via mass media, and fitness programming for children (Morning Mile). Along with teaching to millions in person via corporate speaking engagements and seminars in over a dozen countries…Fitz has promoted fitness through every avenue of mass media; books, television, films, radio, magazines, journals and online. Fitz’s mission is to tack ten years on to everyone’s life she comes across. Fitzness is not only an aggressive force in the worldwide push to increase health; Fitz has created a brand. Fitzness is a gimmick free, innovative, concise, fun and attainable form of fitness.

TV Personality: Fitz frequents national outlets like The Daily Buzz and Daytime TV regularly while appearing on FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC network affiliates over 200 times. She also regularly fills in as cohost of the nationally syndicated talk show, Emotional Mojo.

Corporate Spokesperson. Fitz has served to tie several Fortunate 500 companies to healthy living as a proud spokesperson or brand ambassador for corporations including: NuStep, Office Depot, Oakley, Tropicana, Everlast, Therafit and more. Known as a true expert, (honest, educated and experienced) who never sells out on the consumer by pushing phony or ineffective products. Her list of previous clients demonstrates, Fitz only works with the best – companies she truly believes in and audiences respond to that.

The Morning Mile. Fitz is changing the health of the next generation with her creation and widespread implementation of this before-school walking/running program, which allows students to begin each day in an active, healthy and fun way. The results have been spectacular so far with the children of 180+ schools completing almost TWO MILLION MILES! Fitzness International LLC is excited to have spread this energizing and effective program throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. 

Speaker.  Fitz brings a truckload of passion and the masterful art of coercion to the podium. She likes to joke that she has a PhD in harassment, but the fact is … when Fitz talks, people respond! She speaks on a variety of health and fitness related topics, does keynotes, speaks to athletes and can customize her message to fit your needs. She also speaks at universities to help college students choose the right career path and how to excel in any profession. Her client list includes: Disney, Tropicana, Sports Authority, NY Life, Nordstrom, runDisney, Big Sur Marathon, Unilever, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Moffitt Cancer Center, Everlast, the University of Florida and more.

Race Announcer. Fitz is one of the premier race announcers in America, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious races from coast to coast. Her job is to organize, engage, entertain, inform, excite and launch each race making every participant feel like a star as they cross both the start and finish lines. Her commanding style is big, bold and fun, fun, fun. Races aren’t just races when Fitz is on the microphone; they are experiences! Fitz has had the luxury of hosting the following incredible events and is still adding more to her calendar.

  • Los Angeles Marathon
  • Big Sur Marathon
  • Buffalo Marathon
  • San Diego Half Marathon
  • Monterey Bay Half Marathon
  • OC Marathon Weekend
  • Long Beach Marathon Weekend
  • Battle At Sea: Functional Fitness Events on Decommissioned Naval Ships
  • Detroit Women’s Half & 5K
  • BattleFrog Obstacle Course Races
  • Dirty Girl Mud Runs
  • Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
  • Encinitas Half Marathon
  • Mermaid Half Marathon and 5k
  • Tri Goddess Triathlon
  • Standing Stone Half Marathon
  • 3k By the Bay
  • Wahoo’s 5k
  • Aquarium of the Pacific 5k
  • Reindeer Run
  • Morning Mile Miami Zoo 1-Miler and more …

FLIP FLOP ABS. Fitz’s core training DVD hit the market in December of 2013 and has achieved tremendous critical and sales success. This Fitzness International production includes three 12-15 core workouts designed to hit your core at every angle leaving it dazed, confused, lean and strong. Through a unique series of innovative planks, side-planks, bridges and crunches, this workout targets the abs, hips, low back and glutes in an unprecedented way. With 100% five-star reviews on Amazon, these workouts are guaranteed to please.

Author. Fitz’s book The Everything Flat Belly Cookbook: 300 Quick and Easy Recipes to help drop the belly fat and tone your abs (Everything (Cooking))published by Adams Media hit shelves early in 2009 and was one of the highest ranked books on Amazon.com. She’s publisher of the popular online fitness magazine Fitzness.com, and has published over 2,000 articles as a freelance writer for many major news organizations.

Celebrity Trainer and Journalist. Fitz has worked with hundreds of the biggest stars in television, radio, film and sports. Brooke Shields, Christina Applegate, Donnie Osmond, Cameron Mathison, The Wiggles, Vanessa Williams, Venus Williams, Carl Lewis, dozens of Olympians and more have trained with Fitz or taken time to share their personal fitness story and suggestions with her audience. She’s an effective trainer to those of any status and a trusted journalist famous faces enjoy working with.

Athlete. Fitz has appeared on ESPN several times as a result of her prestige as a competitive full-contact kickboxer. She’s retired from fighting, but enjoys water sports and running distance races as a more easy breezy form of fitness. It’s full of completely different kinds of challenges, but Fitz loves the people,    the struggles, and of course … the medals.

Presenter. Fitz is a prominent speaker on runner training who has upped the game of amateur and professional athletes across the world. Her passion for the subject is pretty intense, as proper strength training, stretching and cross-training workouts can reduce runner pain and punishment significantly while increasing speed and overall enjoyment of the sport. Fitz loves that fun runs, OCRs and endurance races inspire so many people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to participate. The challenge is that many runners only run, therefore race participants are often not well-prepared athletes. Fitz’s job is to make sure everyone is properly educated and prepared so they can have a quality experience without pain or injury. Her expertise in sports conditioning doesn’t stop there. She’s trained everyone between youth and pro sports at the University of Florida, Detroit GM Headquarters, ESPN Wide World of Sports and more.

Top Presentations for Runners

  • Strength Training for Runners
  • Pain Prevention and Management for Runners
  • How to Achieve your Ideal Weight while Training for Endurance Racing     (It’s an annoying secret that many runners, cyclists and swimmers gain weight while training for big races. ).
  • Race, Fails, Fun and Motivation – a comedic presentation on Fitz’s funny race flubs along with those from other runners, paired with some solid race-prep and race-day pointers.

Running Radio: Fitz is a regular guest on shows like the The Marathon Show,  ESPN radio and the Mickey Miles Podcast. Fitz shares expert advice on training wisely, eating nutritiously and answers audience questions. She also hosts her own podcast, The Fitzness Show.

The Fitzness Show. Launched in 2016, this fitness podcast is a hit on both Podbean and iTunes, earning rave reviews, ratings and is successfully changing lives.

Sport Performance Specialist. Fitz has a long history of training both elite and amateur athletes from all disciplines in over a dozen countries around the world. Of note, Fitz was a conditioning coach for USA Soccer Star Abby Wambach when she won the NCAA Division 1 National Soccer Championship at the University of Florida. Fitz has also trained collegiate national championship tennis teams, fighters, football, baseball, basketball players and more.  Fitz understands how an athlete’s body needs to function for competition and is skilled at taking them to their next level of peak performance. Strength, endurance, speed, mobility, balance, explosiveness, athleticism and skill. Both low level and high level athletes should understand and train for these elements of sports and fitness.

Awards. Winning the University of Florida’s “Outstanding Young Alumni” award in 2011 was an incredible honor, which continually leaves her beaming with Gator Pride. In 2013, Fitz received the “Community Leader” Award by the President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She was also recognized with the YMCA “Sportswoman of the Year” and Business in the Heart of Florida Magazine’s “40 Under 40” award.

Charitable work. Most important to Fitz is her time spent working with nonprofits and children. Over the years, she’s spoken, performed and written for amazing organizations such as: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts of America, March of Dimes and more. She’s also very grateful for the regular opportunities with UF’s College of Health and Human Performance and College of Journalism to give back by speaking to students and hosting interns. Fitz is a Leadership Council Member for the University of Florida’s Diabetes Institute.

Resume
Fitness Expert * Speaker * Video Host * Writer * Author * Spokesperson
Education
June 1998: Masters in Exercise & Sports Sciences: University of Florida
August 1995: Bachelors of Liberal Arts & Sciences: University of Florida
Major: Political Science Minor: Communications Minor: EducationCertifications Earned
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA):

  • Group Fitness

National Association of Fitness Certifications (NAFC):

  • Master Level Certification Specialist in the following areas:
    • Personal Training
      • Weight Room Training
      • Lifestyle Consultation
      • Wellness Consultation

American Red Cross- CPR
Greatest Hits Stunt Training

Professional Experience
Instructing Fitzness Since 1989
President of Fitzness International LLC
Fitness Expert for ABC News
Founder of Morning Mile
Leadership Council Member: UF and Shands Center of Excellence for Diabetes
International Sport Kickboxing Assoc. (ISKA) World Fitness Director
Fitness Expert for America Online
Advisory Board Member: peerFit.com
Host of Fitzness Radio
ISKA Kickboxing for Fitness- Cofounder, Author, Chief Instructor
Publisher: 2007 TheMenInUniform.Com Calendar *Featured on Live with Regis & Kelly
Cardio Jam Television Show- Host of daily half hour fitness program
Co-host of Radio Martial Arts, Los Angeles
Fitness Expert for ABC news
Fitness Expert for SHE’s Active Health Network
Content Editor for The Everything Fit Pregnancy Book, Adams Media
Starring in Extreme Force Action Movie
Trainer of University of Florida National Champion Soccer & Tennis Teams

Corporate Partners
Spokesperson for Office Depot 2014
Brand ambassador for Oakley 2012 – present
Brand Ambassador for Therafit Shoe. 2013-present
Brand Ambassador for Tropicana 2009-2011

Awards
President’s Council on Sports, Nutrition and Fitness: Community Leadership Award 2013
University of Florida: Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2011
Business Magazine’s Hot 40 Under 40 2014

Books
Author of The Everything Flat Belly Cookbook, Adams Media, March 2009
Contributor to 35 Things to Know to Raise Active Kids, 2010
Contributor to How to Travel Fit, 2011
Content Editor for The Everything Fit Pregnancy Book, Adams Media, 2003

Celebrities Fitz has worked with:
Brooke Shields, Christina Applegate, Megan Mulally, Donnie Osmond, Jack Lalanne, Vanessa Williams, Kathy Ireland, Eric Stoltz, Marilu Henner, Kellie Pickler, Venus Williams, Tony Horton, Cheryl Tiegs, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Cheryl Ladd, Bob Harper, Giuliana Rancic, Good Morning America Anchors Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion, CNN Anchor Don Lemon, Sean Astin, Olympian Dara Torres, Survivor Host Jeff Probst, Bobby Cannavale, Sarah Paulson, Amber Tamblyn, Gilles Marini, The Wiggles, Bear Grylls, Cameron Mathison, Stacy London, Kevin McKidd, Paige Davis, Kerri Strug, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Rowdy Gaines, Dominique Dawes, Kristi Yamagucci, Jenny Fincher, Connor Dwyer, Mike Eruzione, Fred Willard, Kirk Herbstreit, James Tupper, Bob Greene, Desmond Howard, Gregory Harrison, Colin Egglesfield, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Jay Harrington, Alicia Minshew, John-Paul Lavoisier, Aiden Turner, Sasha Cohen, dozens of Olympians, the Harlem Globetrotters, and more!

Articles Published in Magazines, Journals, & Online
Glamour Magazine Contributor: August & October 2009
America Online: ThatsFit.com: February 2007 – present 660+ articles
America Online: Ask Fitz! Columnist March 2007 – 2009
America Online: Celebrity Fitzness Report March 2007 – 2009
America Online: The Holiday Hottie – 2008 holiday season
Power-Systems.com 2007, 2008
Featured in Glamour Magazine April 2009
SheKnows.com – 2008
CharliesAngels.com – 2008
Police & Fireman’s Insurance Association Journal: January 2007
Good Life: Feature Sept.2006
Ultimate Athlete: Columnist Nov. 2002 – Aug. 2003
Self Defense for Women: Features July 2002, Dec. 2003
Martial Arts Digest: Feature Feb. 2003
Combat Europe: Cover Spring 2002
Irish Fighter: Cover Spring 2002
Black Belt: Feature May 2002
Martial Arts & Combative Sports: Feature April 2002
Martial Arts & Combative Sports: Feature May 2002

Guest Appearances on Syndicated Radio Shows
David Essel
Dr. Fitness and the Fat Man
Lex and Terry
Sports Performance & Nutrition Show
Bob Rose
Kiss 105.3 Morning Flakes

Guest Presenter for:
FOX News
ABC News
CBS News
Daytime TV
Everlast Boxing Gear
Century Martial Arts Gear
Disney
The Sports Authority
San Jacinto College of Houston, Texas
University of Florida
TRUTH & SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco)
American Cancer Society
Girl Scouts of America
Children’s Miracle Network
American College of Sports Medicine
Merck Pharmaceuticals
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Jaeger
Cloud 9 Spa Salon Franchise
Alachua County Fire Rescue
Dine By Design
Gainesville Police Department SWAT Team

Popular Seminar Topics
Fixing your Life with Fitness
Climbing the Corporate Ladder Requires Strength!
Achieving Your Ideal Weight
Raising Fit Kids
Training While Traveling
Nutritious Delicious and Uncomplicated Cooking
Innovative Training Tools and Techniques for Kickboxing and Martial Arts