Tony Berlant has been involved in the health and fitness industry for the last 25 years. He is a health and fitness industry business consultant with his company Thoughtful Leadership Consulting. Berlant has a master's degree in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon, where he completed an additional two years in a doctoral program focusing on exercise and sport psychology. He participated in a number of research studies, served as an assistant editor for the Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport, and authored and/or co-authored several published peer-reviewed research papers before leaving academia. He serves on the advisory council for the Association of Fitness Studios.