MS Fitness Challenge Team
David Lyons: Founder
"When I first set out to compete in a bodybuilding contest, after my MS diagnosis, I never thought I would impact so many people's lives. I am honored and humbled to be able to help and empower others with MS. With an amazing team behind me, the MS Fitness Challenge is now a nationwide cause helping people with MS to live a lifestyle I have lived my whole life."
David Lyons, founder of the MS Bodybuilding Challenge and co-founder of the MS Fitness Challenge with wife Kendra, has dedicated his life to helping people with MS understand and be educated on the importance of fitness in their lives. He is the faith based author of David's Goliath, a book on his journey to a bodybuilding stage with MS; a speaker/writer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; writer for www.everydayhealth.com reaching 30 million visitors monthly; owner of the Naturalbody fitness brand www.naturalbody.tv; and president/executive producer at Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, one of Hollywood's top production companies www.bishoplyons.com; amongst other endeavors. It is obvious that David does not let MS define him or hinder him on his road to success and living a full life.
Darren Barnes: Training
"As a trainer, I always enjoy a challenge, but when I met David Lyons, I had no idea what I was in for. The first challenge of training someone for a bodybuilding competition, at 50 years of age, is a monumental task in itself but when David told me that he wanted to do this as a means to battle Multiple Sclerosis, I questioned whether or not I was getting in over my head. David had a passion and a conviction in his voice when talking about this goal, so it didn't take long for him to change my mind. We have traveled this road together since 2008 and now, after successfully getting David to a bodybuilding stage, I am honored to be part of helping others with MS through the MS Fitness Challenge."
Darren Barnes is a lead Fitness Trainer for MSFC and a champion bodybuilder who worked one on one with David Lyons in 2008-2009 daily pushing him to extremes and getting him to the bodybuilding stage. Darren is a former martial arts champion with over 20 years experience. He has held certifications in several aspects of the fitness industry including group certification with AFAA; Martial Fitness Cardio Kickboxing Instructor certification; IFA personal trainer; and now MS certified.
Darren began his career as a competitive bodybuilder at the age of 38 and has competed in many NPC bodybuilding contests winning and placing in the top 3 of them all.
Robert Ferguson: Nutrition & Fitness
Nutrition and Fitness expert Robert Ferguson has joined the TEAM and will be at the Fitness Evolution gym to help all Challenge participants with Founders David and Kendra Lyons.
"The MS Fitness Challenge is an opportunity for all to participate and benefit from. It's truly an opportunity to both experience your best body, but more importantly your healthiest life!" – Robert Ferguson, M.S., C.N., America's Diet Free Life Coach
Robert Ferguson, MS, CN is a nationally recognized voice of wellness and weight loss, CEO of Diet Free Life, LLC., entrepreneur, TV personality, motivational speaker, author, certified nutritionist and fitness expert who currently serves on the Presidential Task Force on Obesity for the National Medical Association. In addition to working with a myriad of Fortune 500 companies as a speaker and consultant, Ferguson has worked with celebrities to include LaToya Jackson, Ricki Lake, Toni Braxton, Bobby Bonilla, Fernando Vargas, Mariel Hemmingway, Chaka Chan, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Chuy Bravo, Lynn Whitfield and the soap opera Days of our Lives to name a few.
Robert's hypothesis is that you can eat your favorite food, customize carbs to your unique metabolism, lose all the weight you want and live diet-free for life!
Kayla Kloss: Challenge Coordinator
"Being diagnosed with MS two years ago I have found that the best way to treat my MS is not through all the drugs the doctors were trying to push on me but through exercise and healthy eating habits. It is a great honor to be a part of this team and share with others my success dealing with MS through fitness."
Kayla Kloss is Challenge Coordinator for MSFC and also Operations Manager for Fitness Evolution locations in Arizona. Kayla was brought up in the fitness industry helping her dad open his first gym at the age of 14 and has been involved ever since. After being diagnosed with MS she has taken her challenge with MS in her own hands by working out and eating healthy. She has seen great results and has been "attack free" since December 2011.
Kendra Lyons: Co-founder
"I founded the MS Fitness Challenge, with my husband David, so we can give back to everyone with MS that wants to live a lifestyle of health & fitness. Our focus is not on what David accomplishes with MS but what we help others to accomplish. Through our faith and God's strength and guidance, the MS Fitness Challenge will enrich the lives of people with MS"
Kendra Lyons, R.N. is co founder of the MS Fitness Challenge and works hand in hand with Kayla Kloss as a Coordinator. Kendra brings more than 15 years of experience in nursing and working with MS patients to the cause. Her heart is to help as many people with MS get the support and guidance needed through the MS Fitness Challenge to live productive lives through exercise and nutrition. Kendra has been instrumental in helping David at every step along his MS Bodybuilding Challenge and now she is a driving force behind the MS Fitness Challenge to enrich the lives of others with MS.
Brad Kloss: Director
"I am proud to be a part of the MS Fitness Challenge, but even more proud to know David. It isn't very often that one comes across a person that has goals and ideas closely aligned with your own. David Lyons ideas of launching the MS Fitness Challenge was exactly what I seen as a missing component for people with MS, and that is to help them lead a more active life through exercise and nutrition. We are both very proud of the fact that every dollar raised will be in support of helping people with MS achieve a more active lifestyle."
Brad Kloss is a Director for the MS Fitness Challenge. Brad was raised on a dairy farm near Royalton, MN. He worked as a dairy consultant for 12 years for Divisions of Tate & Lyle and Cargill. In 2000 he started his own Independent Nutrition Consulting company and has remained active helping farmers across the US care for and nourish their animals. Brad also has a passion for fitness and in 2001 built his first full service fitness center growing to 17 locations by 2007. In the summer of 2012 Brad launched FitPro, an all natural, high protein, low carbohydrate beverage. FitPro has quickly gained recognition by being placed in National chains such as GNC, Whole Foods, and Life Time Fitness. FitPro is the ONLY functional beverage in its class to earn the Real Dairy Seal TM.