HOW TO 'AMP' UP YOUR CLUB (7 pages)
Fabio Comana, M.A, MS
Senior Fitness Educator for the National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM), and faculty member in Exercise Science and Nutrition at San
Diego State University, and UC San Diego. Previously, Fabio was an
exercise physiologist and certification manager for the American
Council on Exercise (ACE) where he, during his tenure, was the origi-
nal developer of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model™ and all
their live personal training educational workshops. His previous experiences include
collegiate head coaching; strength and conditioning coaching; and opening and managing health clubs for Club
One. As a national and international presenter, he is frequently featured on television, radio, internet, and in print
publications. He authored chapters in various textbooks and publications, and is presently authoring upcoming
academic and consumer books.
Amanda Harris, MEd
Amanda Harris is an Exercise Physiologist/ Medical Exercise Specialist with over 15 years of experi-
ence in the health, fitness and wellness industries as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor,
Fitness Manager, and Fitness Industry Educator. Amanda has presented at Club Industry, IHRSA,
Athletic Business Conference, and MFA, among others. Her articles have been published in Fitness
Business News, Club Industry Magazine, ACSM’s Health Fitness Journal, and Norm Cates’ Club
Industry Insider. She is currently the Director of Personal Training and Medical Fitness at ACAC in Midlothian
Virginia, where she also runs a busy medical fitness practice and serves as the Vice President of the newly-formed
American Society of Fitness Professionals.
Greg Mauer, New Paradigm Partners
Greg is a seasoned fitness professional with experience in all facets of the industry including in-
venting The Training Camp Slide which he also marketed and manufactured. In this capacity he
created and edited five instructional videos for instructors and users; and managed a network of 75
Lateral Motion Trainers who trained and certified instructors in the correct use of the slide. After
selling the rights to the Training Camp Slide which was distributed in Europe, Japan, Canada,
South America, and the U.S., Greg developed a proprietary weight management program used in 12 centers and
managed a team of 15 trainer/instructors. Prior to becoming the general manager of Hockessin Athletic Club, Greg
held similar positions at the Pike Creek Fitness Club and the Tilton Fitness Club in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Greg’s professional experience combines in depth functional knowledge with "real world" business experience.
His hard work, leadership, passion, and knowledge of health and fitness provide clients the opportunity to improve
all facets of their business and operations.
Maria Parrella-Turco, New Paradigm Partners
Maria has been working in the fitness and wellness industry since 1990. She and
New Paradigm have assisted hundreds of centers in the aspects of conception, busi-
ness plan development, finance, facility development, management and staff train-
ing. She and New Paradigm own and operate a highly profitable and successful
30,000 square foot “consulting model” health club that is used as a testing and uni-
versity center for the firm. Her mission is to optimize her clients mission and profit
objectives and her consulting has facilitated increased profitability for many clients.
As a Senior Partner of New Paradigm Partners, Maria serves as a professional con-
sultant to the fitness industry. As a facilitator, she is a lead trainer for the NPP Uni-
versity and Franklin Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective Health Club Managers. In
addition to her senior partner role with New Paradigm Partners, Maria serves as a
founder and COO of fitrewards
MACMA Annual Conference, How To ‘Amp’ Up Your Club, July 12th