Experts

Experts

Life Time has a variety of health and wellness experts available to speak with the media. Please contact Dan DeBaun (ddebaun@lt.life) if you’d like to speak with or get quotes for your story from our experts.

 

National Experts

Ryan Dodge
Executive Chef, LifeCafe

 

Ryan Dodge is the creative force behind LifeCafes nationwide.  Dodge joined the Company in February 2010 as the Life Cafe Department Head in Omaha, Nebraska. His culinary-driven approach coupled with his technical expertise in the kitchen has not only welcomed back former patrons but has also introduced new ones to the now thriving restaurant.

As Executive Chef, Dodge spearheads Life Time's "If it's here, it's healthy" philosophy by identifying and creating emerging culinary trends, products and recipes for more than 100 LifeCafes nationwide.  He cooks with wholesome ingredients that are organic, locally-sourced whenever possible, humanely-raised, and free of artificial additives, which is evident in Life Cafe's menu offerings. 

  • Available for interviews on: Healthy recipes, trends in healthy food and ingredients, healthy restaurant operations
Ajay Pant
Senior Director of Racquet Sports for Life Time

 

Ajay is currently Senior Director of Racquet Sports at Life Time.  He oversees more than 30 Life Time Tennis clubs and 300 coaches across the United States. Pant was the Senior Vice President Operations for the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), in Maryland and JTCC satellite operations in Florida and Connecticut.

Ajay is one of ten global tennis pros who have earned the designation of “Master Professional” by both the PTR and USTA.  Ajay is an ambassador for USTA’s Net Generation initiative and also serves on USTA’s Junior Competition National Committee. 

  • Available for interviews on: How kids and adults can get started playing tennis, how to grow interest in tennis across the country, the health benefits of tennis and pickleball
Megan Flynn
Nutrition Project Manager, Life Time Foundation

 

Flynn joined the Life Time Foundation in 2015 as the Nutrition Program Manager. In her role she works directly with school districts to eliminate harmful processed and artificial ingredients from their menus. Flynn, a Registered Dietitian, received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus on nutrition at the College of Saint Benedict and completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Before joining Life Time, Flynn worked with the Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District as their Wellness Coordinator where she managed the district’s wellness committee and student wellness initiatives. Flynn’s experiences give her a vast understanding of working with school districts to improve student’s nutritional knowledge and eating habits.

  • Available for interviews on: Healthy recipes for kids, the impact of sugar on kids, scratch cooking in school cafeterias, interpreting nutrition labels
Cliff Edberg
Director, Strategic Growth Initiatives, Life Time

 

Cliff is a Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian and seasoned bodybuilder who prides himself on coaching others who want to get on stage. His extensive background in kinesiology and exercise programming for fat loss makes him a vital asset to your team.

  • Certifications: Registered and Licensed Dietitian; Certified Personal Trainer – NSCA; Certified Personal Trainer – NASM; Sports Nutrition Certification – CISSN; Precision Nutrition – Pn1; BS in Exercise Science; BS in Dietetics
  • Available for interviews on: Lab Testing, personal training, the future of fitness, nutrition coaching, weight Loss Coaching; Physique/Prep Coaching
David Freeman
National Digital Performance Manager, Life Time Training

 

David is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he was named 2005 Team Captain of the Spiders Football Team. His career continued in the UEFA League (Euro Football) where he received MVP of the Denmark Mermaid Bowl National Championship and later in the FAFF (French American Football Federation) in 2007. After two seasons in Europe, he discovered that he had a unique skill set and desire to help people elevate their training and energize their behaviors. After starting his career in personal training, David was named Life Time Personal Trainer of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and has been awarded Life Time Most Valuable Trainer in both 2012 and 2013 when he led his group training programs to #1 in the nation. In 2016 David became the National Signature Program Manager of Alpha Training and in less than two years he helped establish Alpha as the fastest growing business in Life Time. The brand continues to grow at an amazing pace.

  • Available for Interviews on: Group training workouts, Olympic weightlifting, athlete training, building strength and endurance
Jamie Martin
Vice President of Content Strategy and Editor-In-Chief of Experience Life Magazine

 

Jamie Martin is the editor in chief of Experience Life, Life Time’s award-winning whole-life health and wellness magazine that empowers readers to live their healthiest, happiest lives, most authentic lives. Her career at the magazine began in June 2005, and over the last decade she served as digital director and executive editor, before being named editor in chief in January 2016.

Since taking the helm, Jamie has focused on an integrated print and digital content strategy, while continuing the publication's mission to provide realistic, actionable, empowering healthy-living information on a variety of topics: health and wellness, nutrition, fitness, personal development, life balance, sustainable living, and more. Under Jamie’s leadership, the publication has won numerous regional and national awards for print and digital. Jamie is also leading enterprise content strategy for Life Time, with the goal of leveraging Experience Life’s expertise in content development to further establish the larger organization as a thought leader in the health-living space.

  • Available for interviews on: Experience Life magazine, healthy lifestyle habits, print and digital media
Alan Arlt
Founder, Ultimate Hoops and Senior Director, Basketball Operations

 

Alan Arlt has more than 20 years of success across the TV, advertising, sports, fitness, and health and wellness industries. As Senior Director of Basketball Operations for Life Time since 2008, he has continued on with the company after it acquired the basketball entertainment company Ultimate Hoops, which he founded in 2006. He has since scaled Ultimate Hoops with Life Time to 112 locations to become the largest recreational basketball and skills training organization in the U.S.

  • Available for interviews on: Ultimate Hoops recreation leagues, basketball drills, basketball for kids, basketball trends, how to play basketball your entire life