Books Published in 2017

Author University

By Greg Justice and Kelli O’Brien Corasanti

When people dream of writing a book and getting published, they normally dream of a big publishing house picking up their book and distributing it all across the country in every bookstore that exists. That’s a huge dream and it has happened before. But, it doesn’t happen as often as you might think.

Self-publishing has established itself as a legitimate way to get a book in the market. It’s a multi-million dollar a year business. If you pay attention to the trends and learn what works, then anyone who wants to write a book can make a splash in the publishing industry today.

Does that sound intriguing to you?

Are you ready to take your idea and write a book?

Then let’s get started.

10 Stories of Strong Living

By Greg Justice, Kelli O’Brien Corasanti, Preston Smith, Jill Ruth Rooks, Preston Smith, Jill Ruth Rooks, Ralph Roberts, Tim Rhode, Christine Thomas Parker, Lisa Berman, Christa Pryor, Amanda Mittleman, Todd Durkin (Foreword)

When you read this book and glean out some of the top themes and lessons, the following 5 things will happen for you:

  1. You will strengthen your BELIEF in You. With all the champions and entrepreneurs I work with, so much of success is between the ears. I often tell my clients and athletes to “Get your mind right.” Well, throughout this book, you will not only learn about the importance of mindset, but you will strengthen your own mindset and beliefs also.
  2. You will use fear to propel you, not paralyze you. Fear is a real emotion that everyone experiences. And instead of having fear rob you of your dreams and destiny, we want to use fear as a motivator to accomplish the things we desire. If you have fear in your life, run AT the fear, not FROM the fear. You will learn that with time, effort, persistence, and dedication, your fear will soon be triumphed. Remember, “Fear, frustration, and failure is overcome with faith, fortitude, forward-thinking, and follow-through.” Thank you, Wayne Cotton.
  3. You will dream bigger than ever before. Dreams stir your emotions and fuel your passion. The life stories, lessons, and wisdom shared in this book will certainly help motivate and inspire you to dream big and keep grinding.
  4. You will be inspired to have more grit, determination, and heart than ever before. It’s important to dream and have a great vision of what you want out of life. But it’s even more important to match your dream with a tenacious work ethic, mental toughness in the face of adversity, and the grit necessary to overcome any challenge or obstacle that you may face.
  5. Your mind, body, and soul will be STRONGER and you will be ready to share your message and “voice.” If your body is not strong, you can’t function at your best. If your mind is weak, there is no possible way you can tap into the mindset necessary to build what you want. If your spirit is not singing, you can’t soar in the stratosphere you desire.

The words, stories and lessons in this book will help you develop the STRENGTH necessary to optimize your full personal and professional potential, develop your voice, and spread your message and purpose.

*Proceeds from this book go to The Todd Durkin Impact Foundation

DiVa Writes

By Diane Morelle vanderKraan

DiVa Writes is an eclectic and savvy collection of 37 stories. It is a candid and witty posthumous publication, sometimes based on the author’s life, often written without regard for political correctness. It promises to engage the reader by taking a comical peek at such topics as childhood, dieting, television, male/female relationships, celebrities, fads, romance, sex and dating, to name a few. It’s a humorous, often ironic look at frustrations and situations common to most adults. Reminiscent of the works of the late Erma Bombeck, and today’s Chelsea Handler, DiVa Writes reflects a novel exploration of life and human nature. A child of the 50s, the author often regales her readers with funny events about growing up in her hometown of Utica, NY. Her writing also tackles the trials and tribulations of modern day life as seen through the eyes of a middle-aged woman. Her writing reflects tremendous insight into her male associates. They are vigorously reviewed with humor and perhaps cynicism that captures eccentricities which surface in their behaviors.

The stories are all different. Some are warm, reverent and whimsical reflecting on a time when life was simple and uncomplicated. Others are pure fantasy. The book is a time capsule of sorts, in which the reader is reminded of Mallo Cups, Bullwinkle the Moose, the Beatles, F.W. Woolworth and rubber boots with fur trim. As you read, you may find yourself walking down Memory Lane.

If you want to laugh, to be challenged to think outside the box, or to enjoy a memorable story, then pick up this book. It will engage and entertain you and leave you feeling like you have seen the world in a whole new light.

Fuel Your Soul, Transform Your Body

By Eric Ruth, Aaron Crocker and other fitness business owners

People who want to lose weight and get fit naturally tend to focus on physical change – how they’ll look better. What they rarely realize going into it is how much almost every aspect of their lives will transform. The physical benefits of consistent exercise and supportive nutrition are significant, but the emotional changes – the growth in confidence, outlook and attitude – are nothing short of awesome.

Fuel Your Soul, Transform Your Body chronicles dozens of these amazing stories about real people who changed not just their bodies, but their lives, through fitness. These stories are the fuel that uplifts, inspires, educates and affirms everyone who has struggled to change, and hasn’t let that dream die. We all need motivation, inspiration and direction. This books gives it to you in small, daily doses that keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Almost every person in every story in this book tried and failed at least once before breaking through. Their stories show you how they did it, and how you can do it, too.

Listening for Echoes

By Pam Saffran

Listening for Echoes is the true story of a woman jolted from her picture-perfect life when she comes face-to-face with loss and red tape. She had three kids in school, a mother in a coma, and a husband undergoing chemotherapy. Pam Saffran shares her innermost thoughts about running out of options and being unsure how she would manage. This intimate portrayal of a woman fighting her way out of darkness—and ultimately accepting what she could not control—is a profound story of deep love and resilience.

Build Your Best Body, Build Your Best Life

By Darla Andrews

Darla Andrews is a mom of five, fitness professional and entrepreneur who, at the age of 49 became a Masters Figure Champion and earned her Pro Card in the International Natural Bodybuilding Association at age 51. Starting her career as a group fitness instructor at age nineteen then later becoming a certified personal trainer, she has helped people of all ages improve their health and fitness over the years.

In her book, Build Your Best Body, Build Your Best Life, she shares her story of how she overcame struggles and challenges that she faced early in life and how those challenges do not define who she is today. In her book she gives tips, tools and solutions on how to transform both body and mind regardless of age or circumstances. Learn how building YOUR Best Body can lead to building YOUR Best Life.

52 Amazing Journeys

By Travis and Cyndy Barnes, Destiny Barnes, Ambir Case, Jeff Case, Kurtis Hall, Jesse King, Wendy Lupo, Logan Peters, Jeremy Purifoy, Nicole Wilbur

52 Amazing Journeys – Weekly Inspiration as You Travel the Path of Life is about the members at Journey Fitness that are inspired by each other.

There are 52 stories of inspiration and transformation in this book. Remember, it’s the journey that matters, and the people you meet along the way.

This book is like Chicken Soup for the fitness soul.

The Stroke of an Artist

By Tracy L. Markley

This is a journey of a personal fitness trainer and a stroke survivor client. This inspiring journey will bring hope and encouragement to those in recovery and their friends and family.

The anatomy illustrations help bring more awareness and knowledge of the body and why specific muscles must be strengthened to bring back safety, strength and spatial awareness with movement.

Books Published in 2018

Mind Over Head Chatter

By Greg Justice and Art Still

As an athlete, you are often asked to handle significant pressures in your everyday life.

Pressure to be: Bigger. Faster. Stronger.

With so much pressure weighing in, it’s no wonder so many athletes often lose touch with the passion and fire that inspired them in the first place.

Athletes may seem outwardly confident in their own skills, but as an athlete yourself, you know that there’s plenty of room for self-doubt and anxiety in your head.

Perhaps you beat yourself up too much after a loss, or maybe you were injured during training and now you’re having a hard time getting back into the swing of things.

No matter the reason, it’s completely normal to find yourself plagued by self-doubt, anxiety, and the pressure to succeed.

Luckily, that’s where this book comes into play.

It’s designed to help athletes of all ages, skill-sets and talent levels to overcome the prevalent fear and anxiety that can prevent them from achieving real success.

Throughout this book, you will learn the following vital tips and techniques:

  • How to get back in touch with the passion that inspired you to become an athlete in the first place.
  • How to build a powerful support system that will give you the assistance you need to push harder and faster.
  • How to create a personal highlight reel of all your past successes, so you never give in to any of the self-doubt that plagues your head.
  • How to set goals that are so powerful, you’ll not only achieve them – you’ll feel like you were forced to achieve them.
  • How to build your mental toughness so that you’re able to achieve a “winning mindset” – the kind of mindset that makes it possible for you to push forward in your athletic endeavors while silencing any doubt in your head.
  • How to emulate your favorite athlete and learn valuable lessons that can be applied to your own life.

This book is designed to be the best athlete you can be! If you’re ready to get started, let’s go!

Smart Money Moves: A Practical Approach for Earning, Growing & Protecting Your Money

By Frank Pucher


Fitness professionals do an amazing job helping others build better bodies and live better lives through improved fitness.

This book is written to help fitness professionals build better businesses and live better lives through improved financial literacy. The topic of money is an uncomfortable one for many, but this book is written by a fitness professional for fitness professionals.

Whether you’re a personal trainer working as an employee, the owner of your own business, or someone who employs many, the lessons in the book are a must-read.

Never before has someone addressed the topic of money to fitness professionals in this manner. Quite simply, your business and financial life depends on it.

Rise Above: 8 Portraits of Life Transformation

By Greg Justice, Kelli O’Brien Watson, Nancy Troast Waldeck, Jeremy Belter, Jenn Arnold, Donna Fatigato, Gonzalo Perez, Tiffany Gustafson

Each portrait in this book will leave you with something to consider, but one thing you will find in all the stories is that it begins with making a choice. That’s right – in order to change your life, you must first decide to do it. Mindset matters, and it’s something that athletes, students, teams and clients often hear from these authors. You’ve got to get your mind right! These inspiring stories are full of ideas for you to consider. Let those ideas marinate and give yourself the time and opportunity to discover how you can use these lessons in your own life. We guarantee you will find something in these pages that will help you on your journey to live a life worth telling a story about!

*Proceeds from this book will be donated to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (

Filling the Gaps: Discover What Prevents You From Achieving Extraordinary Results

By Michael Gee, ATC

There has never been a better time than now to learn and grow your expertise. In today’s world there is a high demand for knowledgeable health care providers and fitness professionals who have the skills to help individuals achieve their greatest potential. The information contained within these pages will require a changed perspective and a willingness to go beyond what you currently know and believe, but you will soon discover that this book describes a system and method that will help your patients
and clients improve.

If you’re ready to discover something new, then open these pages. Filling the Gaps addresses injury prevention, recovery and improved physical performance from a unique perspective. Beyond developing a sexy body, these pages contain the secrets that will help anyone achieve the results they expect and deserve. The Gee Method and the ACM System provide the foundation you need to get better.

Tipping Toward Balance

By Tracy L. Markley

A range of personal and specific factors may play a role in the body’s balance and walking gait as they become off-kilter. This leaves people feeling unsafe in their movements, which, in turn, causes the walking gait to change and slow down because they feel out of balance or unstable. At this point, individuals may find themselves tripping often and/or falling down.

At any age, but often as we get older, the body can become weaker. That can be due to illness, lack of exercise, neurological challenges or a diagnosed condition. In many of these cases, the body begins to move more slowly. You can feel unsafe in everyday movements, even just walking. The center of the body, known as the core, must be built up in strength for the rest of the body to be able to perform movements at their best. Frequently, building core strength is thought to be achievable only when you get down on the floor and do crunches. Many clients with weakness or stability issues do not feel safe getting down to the floor. Consequently, that leaves them thinking it is a lost cause to attempt to strengthen the core muscles. Thankfully, this is not the truth.

In this book Tracy shares eight exercises and the reasons why they have helped clients regain their balance. These particular exercises have helped clients stop tripping and falling and to regain the ability to feel safe in movement again. I also share some short stories of clients who all have various reasons for losing their balance.

Q2: A Healthy Recipe for a Balanced Life

By Donna Fatigato

During Donna’s life journey and wellness profession, she tried different approaches to help people recognize their habits. These habits may have inhibited them to reach their goals, so she have encouraged them to take steps to make changes in order for them to live a better quality of life. She came to the conclusion that you truly have to want to change.

Preparation is the key to change and ultimately to achieve your goals. Preparation begins in the mind. Action follows – without action, your goal is just a dream. What is your why? Your goals? Your obstacles? The quality of life that YOU want to live? These are all questions that we are going to explore, and along the way, find solutions through inspirational client stories, awareness of YOUR life goal and purpose, finding balance in your life and a diet-free approach to a healthy, quality life.

Toned 4 Life: Empowering Women in Business, Love and Life

By Andreya Tornes

Andreya’s goal with this book is to help both struggling entrepreneurs and those who are still dreaming of becoming successful small business owners. As a bodybuilder and owner of a thriving fitness studio, she achieved that gratifying state, and learned a lot in the process. Now she feels obligated to share my experience in the hope that it will make life easier and success more readily attainable for you than it was for her.

If you are looking for the secret to success in your life, you will have to look elsewhere, for she has no secret to share. What she can and will share are simple, effective ways to get you off the frustrating treadmill that keeps you busy but doesn’t get you anywhere. If you want to learn practical ways of dealing with the never-ending hurdles that life invariably puts in your path to success, then you are reading the right book.

Mindful Athletic Performance: Winning the Game On and Off the Field

By Greg Justice, Kelli O’Brien Watson, Art Still, David Justice, Nathan Yamnitz, Joe Drake, Jenn Waller, Debbie Roberts

This book is written by eight fitness professionals who train both the ‘Joes’ and the pros. Through their experience, they have learned what it takes to create champions – whether you are playing on the field or off. In these pages, you are going to read their stories and discover their ‘secrets’ to becoming a top performer whether you are a youth athlete, a professional athlete, or anyone in between. They are going to show you that being an athlete goes way beyond sets and reps. It is about being your best, digging deep and unleashing the power you have within.

Are you ready to do that?

Then it’s time to start reading. Allow these stories to move, inspire and motivate you. Take notes. Re-read the sections that resonate with you. There are many lessons to be learned, and I want you to absorb all of them as you read.

*Proceeds from this book will be donated to Chad’s Coalition