REBELS FOR THE CAUSE
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THE REBEL COACH
He won a combined 10 Olympic medals, nine of them gold. Carl’s five Olympic appearances alone are a record for a male athlete, but many of his Olympic performances were also in world record time. His impressive track and field performances not only earned him international respect, but they also won him the title of ‘Athlete of the Century’ – securing him a place in history as one of the greatest athletes of all time. An activist for family, youth, education, wellness, and fitness, Carl uses his international recognition to attract awareness for the challenges and opportunities that surround these issues around the world. Since his retirement from competition, Carl has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to charity. Carl founded his own organization, The Carl Lewis Foundation, which serves as an umbrella for the various charities that he supports, including the Best Buddies organization, The Wendy Marx Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and many youth fitness groups. Carl is also a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agricultural Organization and a sprint coach at the University of Houston. Carl often stresses the importance of an all-encompassing wellness program. He credits proper nutrition, aerial yoga, and meditation with improving his strength and athletic performance.
Michelle Ricker, RDN
THE REBEL DIETITIAN
She is one of the country’s most respected authorities on nutrition and nutrigenetics with over 20 years of experience. Michelle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and certified health and fitness instructor with NASM & ACSM. She has been key in the research and development of various projects with powerhouses like 24 Hour Fitness, DaVita, Apex Fitness, and the U.S. Air Force. She also provides high-level consulting for world-renowned institutions and entrepreneurs, designing nutrition programs and speaking on a wide-range of topics within the fitness & nutrition arenas. Michelle is passionate about creating a healthier approach to nutrition, focusing on lifestyle changes rather than trendy diets and pop-science. She’s the mastermind behind all Rebel recipes and nutrition direction, making sure that the food Rebel Labs features is equally healthy and delicious. Deeply passionate about giving back and creating social impact, through her non-profit organization (Project OPENmotion) Michelle created several programs at the Hand in Hand bilingual school in Jerusalem, Israel. Michelle is an Ohio girl at heart but also a true Californian, who lives by the beach, enjoying the sun, the sea and the sand.
THE REBEL YOGI
She assisted a designer and worked at a high-paced fashion PR firm for a number of years. However, Heather realized that she needed balance, and a way to escape from the busyness of the world. A friend recommended yoga, and she was hooked. Heather started going to yoga classes a few days a week, and after a year of consistent practice, she decided to take a 200-hour foundation training. She became a certified yoga instructor through the Mukti Teacher Training Program in 2007 and then went on to receive her 500-hour RYT. For the past 11 years Heather has been teaching all levels of Vinyasa/Hatha yoga classes, as well as Restorative/Yin classes with Pranayama and Meditation. She is also a beloved teacher at various Yoga Festivals, and loves leading wellness retreats in desirable travel destinations like Costa Rica, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Bali. Heather has always been an athlete, playing volleyball and swimming. But it is her daily meditation and yoga practice as well as her continued education that keeps her inspired. In addition to that, she maintains her balance with ongoing gratitude, and regular life-enhancing experiences. Heather’s intention is to inspire all of her students to love themselves fully, and to stay mindful in their actions.
THE REBEL CHEF
Afterwards Jeffrey completed a term at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, and graduated with high honors from the California Culinary Academy. At just 24 years old, Jeffrey opened his first restaurant: Sweet Heat in San Francisco, which led to two more successful locations. He went on to partner with several restaurant concepts in San Francisco, most recently creating La Ventura in Studio City, CA. From San Francisco, Jeffrey moved to LA, and was first-runner up in season 5 of Next Food Network Star. This led to his own series: Food Network’s The Spice Smuggler, and 3 seasons of Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America. Jeffrey was also the host of FYI Network’s World Food Championship, and has been featured on PBS’ Moveable Feast, Chopped All-Stars, Iron Chef America Countdown, Rachael Ray Show, and Grill it with Bobby Flay. He also wrote his own cookbook, Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders. Jeffrey is a 2nd degree black belt who aside from practicing martial arts, also surfs weekly in Malibu, to maintain his sense of wellbeing. He lives in Los Angeles with his beloved wife, Nadia, and their two teenage children, Isabella and Sebastian. Aside from cooking, he loves nothing more than traveling, learning about different cultures and cuisines with his family. Jeffrey loves paying these experiences forward by teaching home cooks how to “cook locally and eat globally”.
THE REBEL TRAINER
With nearly 350,000 followers on Instagram, Scott provides his active community with workout videos, fitness inspiration, and funny clips for comic relief. Scott grew up in Sonoma, California, playing football and soccer, but it wasn’t until his first year of college that fitness became a deep-seeded passion. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Scott immediately accepted a job at an accounting firm and began passing his CPA exams. After crunching numbers for seven years, Scott realized his daily life was leaving him drained and unfulfilled. Doing crunches at the gym not only made him feel better, but also resulted in killer abs others kept asking him about. With that, Scott moved to Los Angeles and decided to dive deep into the world fitness. He surrounded himself with mentors and top trainers, and soaked up everything they taught him. He kept sharing his learnings with his social media followers, who were using his posts and videos to change their own lives. Scott could not be more excited to have fitness as his full-time career. Although he follows a low-carb, intermittent fasting nutrition plan for most of the year, Scott believes in balance. His fitness style combines weights, calisthenics, and parkour/free running. When not at the gym, Scott can be seen doing backflips on top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or picking out an 8-foot-tall Christmas tree by effortlessly lifting it overhead.
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