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SUCCEED! Announces Next Wave of Speakers

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(OAKLAND, CA, July 16, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced that another four fitness industry leaders have agreed to be presenters at SUCCEED! – the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners - April 12-14, 2019 at Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, CA.

The four newly confirmed speakers are Rachel Cosgrove, Robert Linkul, John Heringer, and Khaled ELmasri. They join keynoter Todd Durkin, Rick Mayo, Shannon Fable, Mark Nutting, and Amanda Vogel, all announced earlier. 

“These four industry leaders are experienced, exceptional presenters, with expertise in a variety of fitness studio business applications,” said Josh Leve, AFS founder and CEO. “We’ve promised the fitness studio industry to deliver the best of the best at SUCCEED! and the inclusion of Rachel, Robert, John, and Khaled to our growing roster of presenters does exactly that.”

Rachel Cosgrove...

Rachel Cosgrove is co-owner/operator of Results Fitness in Southern California, voted one of the top ten gyms in the United States by Men’s Health magazine. She and her husband, Alwyn, own a second company where they coach and consult with top gym owners to model what they have done at Results Fitness through 

The 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, Rachel has authored two best selling books, The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes published with Rodale and created the Drop Two Sizes DVD set. 

She lectures nationally and internationally on strength training, fat loss, business and nutrition. A consultant for Nike, she is also on the advisory board and is a columnist for Women's Health magazine and has been featured in almost every fitness magazine on the market.

Robert Linkul...

Robert Linkul is the head personal trainer and owner of Be STRONGER Fitness, a Sacramento, CA strength and fitness facility geared toward training clients who want to improve their quality of life.

Robert has a Masters Degree in personal training from the United States Sports Academy (University of Alabama) and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University of Sacramento. He is the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was named NSCA's 2012 Personal Trainer of the year. Robert serves as chairman for the NSCA's personal trainer special interest group and is the career development columnist for PTQ, the NSCA's personal training quarterly publication. 

Linkul is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT *D) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS *D) with distinction. Robert has been in the personal training industry since 1999 and has developed a semi-private group training style that few in the industry have mastered. 

John Heringer...

John Heringer is the Chief Motivator of Method3 Fitness, a thriving fitness studio in San Jose, CA, and the founder of, an online results tracking and social proof automation software for fitness professionals and studio owners.  

John has been in the fitness industry for over 14 years and loves sharing insights into leadership, marketing and what it takes to build and sustain a purpose-driven business. Since early 2010 John has built Method3 Fitness into a seven-figure business with over 400 clients and an amazing team dedicated to changing lives, one person at a time.  

Prior to owning his own businesses, John worked as a trainer and fitness manager in the trenches, helping trainers increase their clientele and build prosperous careers with his specific sales and marketing techniques. John’s stated purpose is to help people achieve their goals, live the best version of themselves, and have fun doing it!

Khaled Elmasri...

Khaled is a San Luis Obispo, CA native and has been a leader in the fitness industry for over 10 years. He is founder of the RISE Fitness Business Summit (formerly Nor-Cal Fitness Summit) as well as owner of RISE Elite, a consulting business helping fitness entrepreneurs lay the foundations needed to become successful. 

Both of Khaled's companies serve to connect fitness professionals worldwide and bringing them together at a world-class venue to educate, motivate and grow. During the past 10 years, Khaled has developed, coached, and led more than 200 personal trainers.

Khaled’s expertise is in showing trainers, coaches, gym owners, and fitness entrepreneurs of all levels how to build and grow a fitness business for more income and personal freedom.


SUCCEED! will be an event like none other in the fitness industry with 2.5 days of education solely dedicated to fitness businesses of all sizes, disciplines and tenure for entrepreneurs looking to take the next step in their career. The event will feature three pre-cons, over 50 sessions in six educational tracks, a 70-booth Expo highlighting new technologies and equipment, with networking and social events throughout.

About AFS

The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) is the only membership community dedicated solely to the business of fitness studios. AFS provides studio owners and developers a wide array of business-specific products, services, and benefits that enable them to more effectively manage and grow their businesses, building on the passion, compassion and courage they’ve already shown – including SUCCEED! - the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current  and aspiring studio/gym owners

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