Stephanie Main, NASM-CPT, CF-L2, RYT 500

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Au­thor of “The 10-Minute Squat Chal­lenge,” Page 23 Stephanie Main has been prac­tic­ing yoga for nearly 14 years and cred­its dance for her affin­ity to­ward the dis­ci­pline. “I grew up as a bal­let dancer, so flex­i­bil­ity has al­ways been a fo­cus, es­pe­cially the splits,” she says. “How­ever, I still strug­gle with deep back­bends. I am not nat­u­rally bendy, so I have to work hard to­ward that aim.”

Main cre­ated her own brand called En­dure Yoga, which is specif­i­cally tai­lored to the needs of ath­letes. She cur­rently lives in San Diego with her hus­band, and on the week­ends, she loves to cook Paleo desserts and run by the beach. Donna Gast Hair and makeup artist for “Healthy New You,” Page 34, and “Lev­er­ag­ing Your As­sets,” Page 40, among oth­ers If life had taken a dif­fer­ent tack, Donna Gast might have been work­ing on Fright Night zom­bies in­stead of fit­ness mod­els. “I at­tended a spe­cialty school in Hol­ly­wood for makeup and spe­cial ef­fects for film,” she says. “But I found a stronger love for print and com­mer­cial ad­ver­tis­ing. Now I get to put my ‘sweat ef­fect’ skills to work on sports shoots!”

Gast cred­its the in­spir­ing peo­ple she works with for her longevity in the in­dus­try. “The in­for­ma­tion I gain from lis­ten­ing to ex­perts on shoots makes its way into my per­sonal life,” she says. “I love try­ing the recipes and adopt­ing ideas for my work­outs.” Nikki Snow, NASM-CPT In­ter­na­tional Les Mills pre­sen­ter, ex­pert and model for “18 Min­utes to Fit,” Page 18 To say that Nikki Snow has been in the biz a while is an un­der­state­ment. “I be­gan teach­ing Les Mills classes straight out of col­lege and have been go­ing strong for 10 years,” she says. Though she now trav­els the world as a Les Mills trainer and pre­sen­ter, her fa­vorite place is still at home in Chicago.

Be­ly­ing her out­go­ing per­son­al­ity, Snow is, in re­al­ity, cir­cum­spect. “In the gym, I'll try any­thing, but out­side the gym, I am a del­i­cate flower!” she says. “My goal is to con­quer things that scare me. Last year, I surfed in New Zealand, which blew my mind!”

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