Our head instructors Doug Blake and Corey Ritter lead the team at Body Design University.
Collectively, Doug and Corey have helped hundreds of Personal Trainers become industry leaders. Both began their careers in the “trenches”, with years of training clients and managing/operating successful Personal Training businesses.
Doug Blake, known by most as the “Scientist,” has been teaching trainers the science of nutrition and the human body for 30 years. Mr. Blake is one of the nation’s top educators in the sciences of exercise and nutrition. Doug is truly a walking encyclopedia, and he possess a very rare ability to help personal trainers comprehend complex sciences in a fun and engaging way.
Corey Ritter has been featured on CNN, FOX, CBS and many other publications and news networks. He built a personal training franchise employing over 300 personal trainers in 6 states. He has over 15 years of industry experience and is known as one of the most effective personal trainers. Corey has helped hundreds of personal trainers launch their own successful businesses/brands!
Gida Hammami is Body Design University’s Marketing Manager. She also helps with administrative duties such as student intake and marketing of courses and workshops. She is a past graduate of Body Design University, and has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Agnes Scott College. When she’s not at Body Design University, she enjoys cooking plant-based meals and volunteering with refugees that have resettled in the Atlanta area!
Bobby Edmonds is the Club Manager at Body Design Personal Training where he operates a studio with over 100 clients. He earned his personal trainer certification with the American Council on Exercise after completing the 2-Week Intensive Personal Trainer Certification Course at Body Design University. He was a Marine for several years and decided the fitness industry was where he wanted to be after completing his service.
Warren Lickson is a former pole-vaulter who decided that personal training is the career for him! He is committed to helping clients reach their fitness goals no matter how big or small! Warren completed Body Design University’s 2-Week Intensive Personal Trainer Certification Course whereafter he was quickly recruited to become a full-time Personal Trainer at Body Design Personal Training.
Steve Payne is an NPC/IFBB Expeditor at both local and national level bodybuilding shows as well as being one of the top posing coaches in the country. His clients range from beginners to IFBB Pros and he prides himself with helping them become both physically and mentally prepared so that each client presents the best possible package on stage while keeping their health in the forefront of the end goal. Steve is also one of the Master Presenters for the International Association of Fitness Sciences Personal Training Certification Program.
Rachel Payne, the founder of Train With Payne brings with her over 27 years of fitness training experience that has helped her formulate numerous approaches to fitness that enables her to pass her success on to her clients. Rachel also wrote and published her first book, A Real Story of Real Success: My Journey to a Successful Personal Training Business and Proven Secrets to Building Yours, and serves as the Director of Marketing for the International Association of Fitness Sciences.
Marzia Prince is an award-winning health and fitness expert with over 12 years of experience. Competition coaching is just one of her many specialties. She’s an IFBB pro with an impressive competition history including several wins. She teaches the Women’s Bikini Competition Preparation Workshop available online. She is currently writing a book inspired by the #healthinista lifestyle she is known for!
Dina Blair started in the health and fitness industry over 20 years ago as a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Consultant and Group Exercise Instructor. Her passion lies with teaching fitness professionals how to grow a thriving robust business. She is known for her positive, encouraging, engaging, no nonsense approach, to leading fitness professionals to success. Her customer service, leadership and sales trainings have helped numerous departments; including personal training, membership sales, group exercise and massage exceed company expectations and standards.