(San Juan, Puerto Rico) 2016
FITNESS TRAININGS, LECTURES, AND SPA CONSULTATION
Lawrence Biscontini, MA, has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist as the first recipient of multiple awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA since 2002, currently serving on the Advisory Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and as Senior VIP Consultant for Power Music®. He creates group fitness and personal training programming on an international level for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold's Gym International, Bally, and Golden Door Spas, where his creations received the Conde Nast Traveler Awards' tenth place in the world for innovative spa programming. Lawrence has been Spa Consultant and Trainer for leading international spas in Europe, Asia, and the USA. As Nutritional Counselor, Lawrence has created complete nutritional menus for spas from Manhattan to Mykonos. Lawrence as Movement Specialist enjoys celebrity clients like cast members of ABC TV's soap opera "General Hospital," and appears on news (CNN Headline News) and television ("LIVE! With Regis and Kelly"). He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (E-RYT 500), an AFAA Certification Specialist and Contributing Author to industry magazines like AFAA's American Fitness, IDEA's Fitness Journal, and Spa Asia. His affiliations have included FG2000, BOSU, Beaming, Bender Ball, G Series Fit Gatorade, Gliding, and Savvier. His books include the most recent Musings & Meals, and Cream Rises: Excellence in Private & Group Education. A percentage of all of his website sales goes to his charities of choice, and to inspire career wellness development, he has instituted several Biscontini Scholarships for the fitness and spa community and "Yo- Global," a program to take yoga to the underprivileged. Find Lawrence at www.findlawrence.com.
In the summer of 2004, Lawrence participated in the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympics with yoga and T’ai Chi. Fitness Magazine named Lawrence one of the Top Ten USA Trainers in 2003 (where he served on their Editorial Advisory Board from 1999 until 2007), and cast members of ABC’s “General Hospital” in ABC Soaps in Depth magazine named Lawrence “fitness guru,” to boot.
When not teaching, Lawrence is author for such international fitness publications as the Human Kinetics release "Early Morning Cardio Workouts" with June Kahn, AFAA’s Theory and Practice industry standard textbook, and he contributes regularly to ACE Faculty News, AKWA Newsletter Magazine, AsiaFit, SELF magazine, among others. Lawrence’s books include "The One-Percent Factor: An Eccentric Unicorn’s Approach to Touring and Traveling", and two fitness yoga texts with eight accompanying videos: Yoga Fundamentals I and II: A Fitness Approach, and Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Fundamentals (available through www.scwfitness.com). On an international scale, Lawrence serves on both IDEA Group Fitness & Steering Committees, Fitness Advisory Board for Fitness Magazine, and Faculty Advisory Board for the American Council on Exercise. For the fitness and consumer market, Lawrence appears in over 40 internationally-sold fitness videos and DVDs.
Lawrence continues to inspire the world to fitness via various modalities. First, his company, FG2000, is a group of leading continuing education providers who offer accredited training at an international level in a variety of languages with a concentration on developing countries who otherwise would not be able to afford this training. For up-and-coming instructors, Lawrence established the Biscontini Scholarships to offer the opportunity for a promising instructor or personal trainer to attend the International World Fitness IDEA convention on the west coast USA or the SCW and East Coast Alliance events on the east coast, yearly. He also began a NOTICE M.E.! program through which he helps empower instructors who have innovative ideas in the fitness industry.
Lawrence’s mind-body study is extensive: with dual Master’s Degrees in Spanish Literature & Translation and Education, and a minor in theology, he has studied yoga in India (2006) and in the USA: at Kripalu Center in New York state with yogis from India, under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga, India), Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Donna Rubin (Bikram, NYC), and Molly Fox. Lawrence also has studied T’ai Chi under David Dorian-Ross, and Pilates under Lolita San Miguel (student to Joseph Pilates), June Kahn, Moira Merrithew, and Elizabeth Larkham, Elizabeth Giles. Lawrence studies Feldenkrais under John Link in NYC.
Lawrence seeks community involvement via fitness. His company FG2000 takes premier fitness programming to developing countries with a non-for-profit mission, not to make money but to provide education. He founded a T’ai Chi Wellness group in Puerto Rico at a local church community, and taught yoga to incarcerated teens in the Centro de Detención on the island. At the many IDEA Conventions, Lawrence helped raise over thousands yearly for the National Aids Fund at charity workouts, teaching both yoga and T’ai chi to fitness enthusiasts with friend Constance Towers from ABC’s General Hospital. His cause of choice in the USA is to help the Sisters of Saint Joseph Villa based in Philadelphia, a retirement community where both Catholic religious sisters and lay community members alike find care in a wonderful place to live when forced due to health reasons from an active life of nonstop service to others. In the spring of 2004, Lawrence brought fitness professionals together for the plight of New York City animals for the Broadway Barks Foundation begun by friend Bernadette Peters. Lawrence served on the board for Immunocise in Dallas, Texas, and other organizations that use fitness to help those challenged in some way by HIV and AIDS. He has volunteered for Workout for Hope, and was the chief catalyst for Puerto Rico celebrating its first annual Workout for Hope in ‘98. In 2001, Lawrence initiated a “Fitness Unites” marathon in Puerto Rico to raise money for the September 11th Fund.