Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS

Fitness Expert, author, speaker, barely boomer

Debra has 28 years experience as a fitness professional. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science and M.S. in Exercise and Sport Psychology. She has been a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, director, manager, owner, and University Senior Lecturer. 

She is certified in numerous areas including yoga (200 hr RYT), Pilates (Stott), Strength & Conditioning (NSCA), Advanced Exercise Specialist (ACE) and is a Professional Speaker member of the National Speakers Association and an international presenter in the fitness industry. She provides continuing education for fitness professionals on core conditioning, cueing, business tactics, assessment and exercise prescription. She presents for IDEA, Canfitpro, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a regular contributor to industry publications. Debra trains the trainers.

Very early in her career, right before she was to begin a graduate assistantship that would consist of teaching group fitness classes twice daily four days a week, she was thrown from a horse onto a pile of lumber. Her own recovery from that back injury was both a curse and a blessing. Core conditioning and back care has been a key focus for her since that day in 1988. 

Currently working on a book for Boomers who want to navigate fitness in the second half, she will present at the International Council on Active Aging in November 2013.

Debra knows both the art and the science of exercise. She will communicate to you the things you need to know in a way that you can understand and apply them in your own life.

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