Debra Atkinson

Debra Atkinson is the founder of Voice for Fitness, LLC. She first began her career in the fitness industry in 1984, and, since that time, has led thousands of fitness classes, conducted thousands of personal training sessions, managed group-fitness classes, and supervised over 200, 000 personal training sessions as director of programming. She served as a senior lecturer in kinesiology at Iowa State University, where she taught 14 years. She has also been a private wellness coach for over 18 years. She uses the science of fitness, together with the art of exercise psychology, to create programs that work. 
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    Over her 30-year career, Debra has: 
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    • Been a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) 
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    • Presented for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, Can-Fit-Pro, National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the International Council on Active Aging 
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    • Written over 250 articles for various organizations, including IDEA and NSCA 
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    • Served as the captain for the Live Healthy Iowa Dream Team, as well as speaker and challenge administrator for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women _x000D_
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    • Spoken to thousands of audiences about the art and science of finding their “fit” 
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    In addition to her experience in fitness, coaching, writing, and speaking, Debra takes the time to walk the talk. She is a five-time Ironman starter, a four-time finisher in that challenging event, and a barely boomer that can connect with an audience of one or 1000. _x000D_
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    She has the dual blessings of calling Iowa home and living in Boulder, Colorado. Her son, Dustin, is a business major and member of the men’s golf team at the University of Northern Iowa. _x000D_
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    For more information about Debra, you can visit www.voiceforfitness.com, or reach out to her After 50 community on Facebook and Twitter at: 
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    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/navigatingfitnessafter50 
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    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/after50fitness_x000D_
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