An overwhelming total of 69,001 votes were submitted during Round 2 of this year’s competition…Congratulations to Sarah Carlson, the People’s Choice winner with the greatest number of votes! Sarah receives an automatic spot in the Top 15, along with another 14 individuals selected by HOTWORX Executives to advance to the FINAL ROUND of this year’s Virtual Instructor Competition:

The Top 15 will participate in the Final Round of the HOTWORX Virtual Instructor Competition at our annual franchise convention at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on July 22nd – 24th.  After a series of judging interviews, a Virtual Instructor Q&A, and live outdoor workout, the 5 winners will be announced as our Virtual Instructors and will receive a prize package worth over $10,000 each!

Yasmin Anders

(Birmingham, AL)

Bio: I am a mom, UFC wife and fitness competitor. I’m from Brazil. I speak 5 languages and I’m passionate about traveling around the world to compete.

Motivation: I love the concept of the franchise and it would be a dream come to become one of the instructors, the money is not even relevant I’d accept doing it even without payment. The passion I have for the fitness lifestyle rewards me beyond that.

Jessa Arevalo

(Stafford, TX)

Bio: My name is Jessa Arevalo. I started my fitness journey in 2013. At the time, I was a girl who felt lost and didn’t have a vision. I was living life day by day and I felt as if there wasn’t a purpose. Then suddenly, an unexpected event changed my life forever. My mother informed my little sister and I that she was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer. There was a brief period in my life where I fell into the restaurant industry which led me down a path of drinking every weekend and I used this as my escape from the pain I was experiencing. As time progressed, I was called in to try out a personal training session and because of this event, my life’s trajectory changed completely. I felt as if fitness gave me a purpose and helped me discover my gift in which I was meant to share with the world. I was told many times how much I had the potential to compete in bodybuilding but, I didn’t truly unleash my potential until I pursued fitness as a career. I became a personal trainer after a year and I met many mentors along the way. All of the people I have met during this journey of mine has helped me improve and contributed to the success I have achieved. I was always a skinny girl growing up and the beginning of my fitness journey was incredibly hard because although I had a vision in mind, I just had to continue to believe in myself that I would get to where I dreamt I would be. Since 2013, I was able to achieve the following: become a certified personal trainer, fitness model, be on the front page of a magazine, won model of the month, sponsored by multiple clothing companies, won first place and become a nationally qualified NPC Figure Competitor, represent 8x Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, and I will be an EMT/Firefighter by the end of this year! I am also a social media influencer and I have people who follow me on my journey. I love to vlog because social media gives you the platform to help people all over the world.

Motivation: When I was a lost girl at the beginning of my fitness journey. I saw that social media was a big reason as to why I am as successful as I am today. I looked up to many fitness models and bodybuilders for advice and inspiration. I set fitness models as my wallpaper or lock screen to push me through a bad day and to always tell myself, everyday I am one step closer to being to where they are. I want to be that person. I want someone to look at me one day and say: “because of you.. I did not give up”. We are all able to change at least one person’s life.. and I want to cause a ripple effect. I want my HOTWORX videos to produce more success stories!

Chelsea Rae Barton
(Los Angeles, CA)

Bio: Chelsea Rae has been passionate about getting and staying active her whole life. In addition to having her BS in Nutrition and Exercise Science, she also grew up as a competitive dancer, danced as a Division 1 Student Athlete in college and later went on to be an NFL Cheerleader with the Washington Redskins. During her second year with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, she was given the honor of being selected as one of the 6 members of the Fitness Committee, where she led the WRC team workouts, nutrition and fitness educational workshops, and helped the team reach its fitness goals. Chelsea Rae was also selected to lead several community outreach events promoting getting active, where she led workouts with hundreds of participants and headed up teaching nutrition seminars at the events as well. She was also one of 12 women selected to represent the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders throughout Southwest Asia and Eastern Africa on a military appreciation tour with Armed Forces Entertainment. Throughout this time, Chelsea Rae has also been teaching fitness classes, both in person and online. She was also selected as one of 4 BMAX Fitness ambassadors to travel to Las Vegas and lead the workouts for the Money 20/20 convention. Additionally, she has modeled swimwear and fitness gear since 2014, traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean to shoot 2015 and 2016 Swimsuit Calendars. Chelsea Rae also has commercial and print work experience and has worked as a brand ambassador at promotional events all over the country for countless companies over the past 4 years. She is also a professional actor and has appeared in several award-winning films and online projects with a collective viewing of over 250 million views.

Motivation: People are what drives me. I want to empower more people to reach their fitness goals. Whether they want to improve the way they look, the way they feel or their overall health, being a HOTWORX Virtual Instructor is a way for me to do what I love for an even greater number of people!

Sarah Carlson
(Hattiesburg, MS)

Bio: I cheered in college after doing gymnastics for thirteen years. Shortly after college, I opened a 24/7 gym. Now I am a mother of two boys and work out regularly.

Motivation: Fitness has always been a part of my life and I love being able to help people accomplish their goals while allowing me to achieve mine.

Brittany Copeland
(Washington, DC)

Bio: Brittany Copeland is a fitness addicted former television sports anchor and reporter. She grew up in a gym literally, her mother was a bodybuilder and owned a gym in Pennsylvania. Brittany started her own fitness journey on foot. She’s run over a dozen marathons and just three days ago crushed her own goals, setting a new PR of 3:23:46. Brittany has also started sharing her love affair with others. She is currently a coach at Orange Theory Fitness where she leads members through interval training workouts on the treadmill, bike, strider and rower as well as weight training exercises utilizing various equipment. She also is an RRCA certified running coach and builds half and full marathon training programs for clients as well as incorporating exercises targeted specifically for runners. If she’s not at the gym or pounding the pavement you may find Brittany on set, she also is an actress and television host.

Motivation: Virtual instructors are the way of the future for the ever growing fitness industry. I want to be on the ground floor of something up and coming like HOTWORX!

Jenny Dean
(Frisco, TX)

Bio: I am a wife, mom of two and a yoga/bootcamp instructor by day. I love to be active and always be on my A game. My passion is helping others find their true selves, I do this with fitness as my avenue. I push people to live outside their comfort zones… because that is where the magic happens!!

Motivation: I love that I can reach and impact so many people world wide!!! That is my purpose in life to touch as many people as I can and affect them in a positive, motivating way.

Amee Fisher
(Brookshire, TX)

Bio: Amee Fisher has been teaching group fitness for over 22 years. Amee is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Myofascial Therapist and certified Sports Nutrition Specialist for over 10 years. Amee is an AFAA certified fitness professional, certified Les Mills Body Attack, R.I.P.P.E.D., Stroller Fit Associate, BTS Group Power, BTS Group Centergy, Pilates-Body, AFAA Aqua, Turbo Kick Gold, Piyo Strength Gold, Hip Hop Hustle, Piloxing, Zumba, Zumba B2, Zumbatomic, Jillian Michaels Body Shred trainer and Certified Pound Pro. Amee is also a certified Define Body and Mind Body/Barre, Yoga/Mind inversion and Define Bounce instructor.

Motivation: Teaching health and fitness is my God-given mission in life! God is giving me the opportunity to help people change their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Leading and teaching in person for 21 years has brought so many incredible people into my life and now I am able to offer my knowledge to the virtual world, which allows me to reach more people! I am always striving to educate myself in order to bring my absolute best to my clients whether in person or virtually. HOTWORX is offering such a new aspect to the fitness world, I know if I can feel the incredible results from my session at HOTWORX then, I can offer this to so many people! I truly feel HOTWORX will impact so many lives and I am so excited to lead them in their sessions! Seeing and hearing the exciting stories of accomplished goals and healthier clients is what keeps me motivated to work harder!

Courtney Harness
(Prairieville, LA)

Bio: My name is Courtney “CJay” Harness, I am 31 years old, and I am currently a middle school teacher and fitness instructor. Throughout my entire life I have been engaged in some form of physical activity; I have played basketball, softball, in gymnastics, and ran/coached track, but the sport that I fell in love with was cheerleading. Since 2001, I have been involved in cheerleading in one way or another: high school and college cheerleader, professional MLS cheerleader, and now coaching cheerleading. It is by far my favorite sport. When I am not coaching cheerleaders, I am teaching. Teaching is definitely my passion and my mission. Currently, I am teaching middle school math, but I actually began my career as a Physical Education teacher. While, I was teaching PE, I convinced my principal to let me start a junior/senior women’s fitness class as an elective for the young ladies on campus. It was my favorite class. In class we were able to explore various types of workouts, learn about proper nutrition and healthy weight to lose and manage weight loss/weight gain. It was definitely a highlight my teaching career. Even though, I transitioned into teaching math, health and fitness was still a big part of my life, so last year I began my career as a certified group fitness instructor. Last summer, I began teaching a Hip Hop Cardio and Cardio Kickboxing class at a local studio. I am excited to continue my fitness career by possibly becoming a HOTWORX virtual instructor.

Motivation: I am passionate about health and fitness. I want to help other people develop a passion like mine. I want to help them develop genuine joy for working out and crave that feeling you receive (endorphins) after a great workout. I feel in love with HOTWORX after one workout and I would love to be apart of the team.

Kai Kelly
(Dallas, TX)

Bio: Hi there! My name is Kai Kelly and I have over 12 years of experience as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Coach and Mindful Movement Specialist. I owned a gym and yoga studio in Irvine, CA and was featured in multiple publications. I have a burning passion for fitness that is contagious to those around me. I possess an outgoing, personable, and professional personality. I create unique exercises based on elements from yoga, pilates, and strength training.

Motivation: I feel I would be a great asset for the HotWorx brand. I possess a genuine desire to help others achieve their fitness goals.

Keeley Kourvelas
(Dallas, TX)

Bio: I’m Keeley and I’m a 27 year old aspiring HOTWORX Virtual Instructor living in Dallas, TX. I’m the General Manager at HOTWORX Dallas (Skillman and Abrams) and I have a passion for health and fitness that began from a very young age. I feel so blessed to be working in a career that I absolutely love. I tell people all the time that there isn’t a day that goes by that I dread my job and let me tell you, it took some trial and error to get to this point.

Aside from working and getting all my friends and family to workout with me, you can find me at the dog park with my pup, taking weekend road trips, scoping out the best brunch spots in Dallas, belting songs and dancing my heart out (with my not-so-good singing voice and questionable dance moves) at any live show, or spending time at my happy place: the lake.

Lover of Jesus, all things Texas, and a regular Sunday Funday goer, I never run out of things to talk about and I’ll always be here to keep you entertained.

Motivation: My goal is and always will be to make a difference day-to-day, whether it be big or small. I feel like I’m accomplishing that as a General Manager by helping people with their health and fitness goals and being a HOTWORX Virtual Instructor would take this to the next step. I want to encourage others, share my passion, and keep people excited about working out.

I also love being involved in multiple avenues. Life is short, you have to keep things interesting. And what an amazing experience this would be!

Blake Lemmon
(Tyler, TX)

Bio: Hi, Blake is my name. I am the owner of the HOTWORX Tyler location. I am a mother to a 19 month old little boy, Knox and I am engaged to Shaun who I will be marrying this upcoming November. I graduated from Texas Tech University with two degrees, a bachelors in Human Sciences and associates in Nutrition. I am currently continuing my education at the University of Texas in Tyler as I am in the BSN nursing program. I am working towards my BSN, then I plan to continue on to become a Nurse Practitioner. My dream is to work at Children’s hospital in Dallas Texas on the pediatric oncology unit.

Motivation: I am huge into fitness and love everything about bettering yourself and your body. After completing each session I just think to myself how much I would love to be the one helping people transform their lives. I absolutely love everything about the overall HOTWORX concept. HOTWORX has not only become the business in which I own but my life and I would love to continue expanding on this company and making it the best it can be at all times.

Cole Monahan
Nashville, TN

Bio: Small town farm boy interested in athletics & nutrition becomes professional model/actor at 21 & begins to travel the globe. Cultured from travel, Cole learns what it means to create family in new cities. Forms passion for uniting community through athletics & educating those on a healthy mind, body, spirit lifestyle as he continues to grow his platform. Also building the non-profit, Green Thumb Initiative, based in Canon City, CO.

Motivation: A platform & opportunity for me to touch lives. Specifically, helping them live a healthier, more adventurous lifestyle and keeping a smile on their face in the process.

Aaron Murphy
(Chicago, IL)

Bio: I have been working independently as a personal trainer in Chicago for the past 10 years now! I grew up playing any sport I could be a part of eventually playing football and baseball throughout high school and football in college then competing in Golf Long Drive so training came very natural to me after getting my first certification. Since starting I have evolved as a trainer to stay current getting more certifications and learning more about the industry.

Motivation: As HOTWORX continues to grow I want to be able to help that growth and be a part of that growth to help as many members across the country stay active and get fit all while having fun doing it!

Natalie Nocentelli
(New Orleans, LA)

Bio: I am currently a senior at Tulane University, finishing my BA in Dance. As a student, I work flexible jobs, such as a versa climber instructor at Body B Fit, a model for Growhaus Studio, and a dancer for Justin Garner. My experiences in perfecting my art at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and with the NBA Pelicans Dance Team has influenced me to work in the fitness world.

Motivation: I have done HOTWORX for the past 3 years and have seen the benefits of relaxation and detoxification in my body and skin. I love doing HOTWORX because it keeps my body lean and toned. I want to be able to share this experience with others because it truly works wonders.

Lacey Pruett
(Coppell, TX)

Bio: Hi! I manage my own business as a speaker, yoga teacher, and author and am passionate about helping women squash their limiting beliefs to level up. I was a communications manager in corporate America for 12 years before pursuing my health & wellness goals, becoming a certified instructor in indoor cycling, kick boxing, and as a run coach. I obtained my 200 RYT in May 2017 and became a yoga teacher that same month. Part of my background is on-camera as a commercial actress and former TV Host for a local show here in the DFW area. I speak to groups of women regarding various holistic wellness topics, a role I started serving in as Mrs. Texas in 2012.

Motivation: I am a big believer in the health benefits of infrared heat! I first learned about it a while back, but it was a fairly new concept, and I recall most people poking fun of me for working out in a heated room. (I don’t hang around those people any longer…) I would love to promote a quick, detoxifying, healthy solution to people’s health goals, and show busy people that they CAN prioritize a workout around their schedules. I want to use my God-given compassion to meet people where they are at and inspire them toward their best self. That fires me up! I also love challenging myself and seeing what I am capable of. The pageant girl in me is attracted to the virtual instructor competition process. 🙂