“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” 

Body Helix Brand Ambassadors embody this quote.  Our ambassador program supports athletes of all sports and all ages that strive to make injury prevention and injury management a part of their everyday routine.  To learn more about becoming a Body Helix Ambassador, click here!

Please click on a sport below to see particular Ambassadors involved in each sport. 

TENNIS | RUNNING | CROSS-TRAINING | WEIGHT-LIFTING/CROSSFIT | GYMNASTICS | PICKLEBALL

ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) | runner | tennis player | yogi | orange theory fitness enthusiast

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

I have played tennis for as long as I can remember (probably pushing 35 years at this point). I was a competitive junior tennis player and played college tennis at Washington State University.

Earlier this year I completed my first half marathon—and although I don’t particularly love the (length of) training runs, I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the race, supportive running community, and the mental and physical challenge of completing 13.1. I would label myself a “beginner” runner and am a member of Oiselle Volee.

I also have become a fan in the last year of Orangetheory Fitness—and go to that 4-5 days a week.

I am also an amateur yogini. Love all types of yoga, but in particular in the hot room.

What do you love most about your sport?

Tennis: it’s never easy and it’s such a combination of mental and physical. It also has provided me with so many opportunities: two degrees, my career, lifelong friends, unreal memories!

Running: I’m not very good at it, so it’s an amazing challenge.

OTF: Toughest workout out there for me—and time efficient. As a mom with two little kids, time efficient is KEY! I love the camaraderie of the location I go to and the coaches there and HR monitoring keeps me pushing my upper limits.

Yoga: Makes you go inside and be in touch with your body. I LOVE the hot room as the heat is therapeutic and I find it is easier for me (a less than naturally flexible person) to ease into some of the more challenging poses.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love my Patella Helixes!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Keep stretching my upper limits—especially as I get older—while still being kind to my body and investing in physical and mental recovery. 😊

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman who teaches by being.”
-Maya Angelou

Lizl Kotz
physical therapist | tennis player

Lizl is a nationally ranked tennis player and owns her own physical therapy practice in Charleston, South Carolina: Lizl Kotz Performance.

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

I have played tennis ever since I was eight years old. I played competitive junior tennis in both South Africa and the United States.  I then played college tennis for Indiana University.  I took most of my 20’s and 30’s off from competing in order to focus on my family but have now enjoyed competing again at a national level.

What do you love most about your sport?

I value the exercise and friendships tennis provides. Tennis is incredible exercise for an aging body and mind.  The balance required in tennis is a great skill to have as an adult.  Winning a tennis match requires both physical and mental efforts.  The strategy involved in winning a point and then a match helps me stay mentally fit.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I really like the Full Thigh Helix and the Elbow Helix.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

I know the medical field is continually advancing with new medical technology to help humans live longer.  I am passionate about movement and how it affects the human body and brain for the better.  Unlike some medical treatments that may work for some but not for all, physical exercise is of great benefit to all at any age with no side effects.  I plan on using fitness to help me live longer and feel stronger at the same time.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Advice From a Tree:
Stand tall and proud.
Go out on a limb.
Remember your roots.
Drink plenty of water.
Be content with your natural beauty and
Enjoy the view.”
-author not known

shaun northrup
avid runner

In the past several years, Shaun has completed 29 half marathons and two marathons. He is a member of the 100 Half Marathons Club and has recently registered for his first Spartan race.

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Having been active my entire youth, playing baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and running track, I wanted to avoid falling into the 9 to 5 sedentary office routine. I turned my focus onto running.

What do you love most about your sport?

Peace of mind. Competition with myself. Always trying to achieve the next level.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love the Patella Helix compression sleeve. I recently tried the Thigh Helix because of some hamstring issues and I am enjoying it.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

To stay healthy. To continue to better myself and to push myself to the next level.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“HHH: Head. Heart. Hustle.”

“Train your mind and your feet will follow.”

daniel ancheta
owner and head coach edge performance training

Fitness and martial arts have always been a part of Daniel’s life. His background in Karate and Tae Kwon Do helped him transition into competing professionally at Muay Thai and MMA during college. After completing his degree in Exercise Science at the University of Georgia Daniel continues to strive for new and innovative ways to challenge his clients.  Devoted to always expanding his knowledge and understanding Daniel holds the following certifications:

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach NSCA, Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Movement Screen Specialist, Original Strength Level 1 Coach, Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Standup PaddleBoarding

What do you love most about your sport?

Technique, Being on the water

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love the Full Elbow Helix and the Full Knee Helix.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Staying mobile, active and offsetting my enjoyment of eating.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

-Gandhi

Tyler Green
Gymnast

Tyler is heavily involved with the sport of gymnastics. He coaches, judges, is a Board Member for the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) and he also works for the nation’s largest gymnastics magazine, Inside Gymnastics. 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Gymnastics

What do you love most about your sport?

The results! Gymnastics will get your body in better shape than any other sport! Also the ability to do different flips and skills is a fun perk!!

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

Shoulder Helix

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

My goal is to continue competing in the NAIGC through my 30s and continue to be a leading force on pommel horse.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!”

Lisa Horrigan
IFBB Women's Physique Pro

What sport do you play (if any)?:

Women’s Physique competitions

What do you love most about your sport?:

The challenge to be the best version of myself.

What Is Your Favorite Body Helix Sleeve or Wrap?:

Elbow

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?:

Put on muscle & remain healthy as I age.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?:

Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life.

Peter Popovich

Peter Popovich
PICKLEBALL CHAMPION

Peter is an avid pickleball, racquetball and badminton player with National Senior Games Gold Medals in all three sports. He is a former state tennis champion and member of the Case Western Reserve University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

 

What do you love most about your sport?

Pickleball is a perfect blend of all racquet sports … and it’s ageless!

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

Full Elbow Helix

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Today is the first day of the rest of your life … be thoughtful about how you invest in it!

STU SAIKI
tennis player

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

As a kid growing up in Hawaii I surfed and also played baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball. I started playing in junior tennis tournaments when I was sixteen, played college tennis at the University of Hawaii, and then played on the ATP tour for a couple years. I continue to compete today in national and international senior tennis tournaments.

What do you love most about your sport?

Not only does playing tennis provide a healthy lifestyle that I enjoy, it provides me with a continued challenge to find new ways to develop and improve as a competitor.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

Definitely my Thigh Helixes!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Increasing my strength, endurance, and flexibility in order to remain injury free and compete at the highest levels in national and international competition.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” -Arthur Ashe

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

-Henry Ford

Victoria Sekely

Victoria Sekely
physical therapist | Runner | tennis player

Victoria earned her B.S. in Human Sciences from Georgetown University, and continued her education at New York University where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is a physical therapist with Star Physical Therapy in New York, New York.

During her undergraduate years, she competed on the varsity women’s tennis team and was named captain her senior year. Though her tennis days are behind her, she has since trained for and competed in several half marathons and triathlons. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys attending SoulCycle classes, and exploring everything NYC has to offer.

What do you love most about your sport?

I love the feeling of getting completely lost in during a workout – when you have no idea how much time has passed. A complete mental and physical rush!

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

My Calf Helix!

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

To keep both mind and body healthy!

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you? 

“You’re only one workout away from a good mood.”

Megan Kearney-Sebold
obstacle course racer | orange theory fitness enthusiast

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?

I never felt I was an athlete in high school or college. When I entered the “real world” I realized that I needed something in my life to help manage stress and stay healthy so I began doing group fitness classes.

 

These classes pushed me to realize that I could do more- after I fell in love with RPM spin classes, I realized I could do the Tour de Scottsdale. When I found Orangetheory Fitness four years ago, my fitness routine was really revolutionized. Interval training has taught me that I am strong enough to do the obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and Spartan.

 

What do you love most about your sport?

Group fitness classes inspire me because of the people that you meet. Everyone has a reason for being there and you will always find support for your goals. I have been with Orangetheory for over four years and I still go five times a week. The different class templates and variety of coaches means I never get bored.

Three years ago, I decided to do my first Tough Mudder and I completely fell in love. The mix of physical challenges and the value placed on the power of teamwork made it unlike any other race I had ever completed. I’ve become a fan of obstacle course races as a whole and challenged myself to do the Spartan race as well. These types of races make me realize how strong I truly am.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

The X-Fit Ankle Helix was the first compression product I ever tried and it changed my running after one workout.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

My biggest goal with my fitness is to be a role model. In my work, I am in schools all day. I want to show students that even if they aren’t involved in sports now, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a path for them.

For my own children, I want them to see their mother challenging herself and being brave enough to get outside of the comfort zone. I want them to value their health and be able to appreciate their own strengths and abilities as they grow.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Before you do Tough Mudder, there is an amazing rally. The question they always ask is, “When is the last time you did something for the first time?” I try and live by that in all parts of my life. 

Jen Turner
CrossFit enthusiast and coach; runner; fitness junkie

Jen earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she was a member of the varsity swim team and on the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times. She went on to earn a JD from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. While at Emory she began running marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She has since given up running 50+ miles per week in favor of 8 minute CrossFit workouts or Flywheel classes.

Jen is currently a Corporate Compliance manager for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and coaches at CrossFit Bullpen in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband reside in Raleigh with their three small children. 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

I sort of dabble in sports, lol! I was a swimmer and runner growing up, and eventually swam Division 1 for Duke. I gave up swimming after graduation but really amped up my long distance running, eventually completing 8 marathons and twice as many half marathons. Then babies came along and I turned 30. My body started getting beat up. I began dabbling in triathlon which I really enjoyed. After a spinal injury, I turned to indoor cycling and I still do it from time to time. CrossFit has become my real love though.

What do you love most about your sport?

I love that I can do different workouts every day. Some days are strength, some are gymnastics, some are endurance. My running background comes in handy for sure, though I definifely wish I were a gymnast too! That is definitely my weakness. I also really love that as a woman in CrossFit, you can truly focus on what your body can DO, rather than how it looks. I spent so many years wrapped up in this ideal body image that is ridiculous and does not equate to strength or happiness. Now my focus is on performing to the best of my abilities each day, improving, and of course, setting a great example for my kids.  

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love my Full Knee Helix compression sleeves for squatting, and the Full Calf Helix compression sleeves for rope climbs and running.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

I want to stay healthy/injury-free first and foremost. But beyond that, I would like to keep learning how to push my body beyond any level I thought was ever possible. My stretch goal, which would require an incalculable amount of dedication, smart training, and sacrifice, is to compete in the CrossFit Games as a Master’s Athlete once I am 40, so I still have “plenty” of time to get there. 

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you? 

“Decide what to be and go be it.” -The Avett Brothers

Paul Mancini
tennis player

Paul is a top natinally recognized tennis player, ranking as high as 379 in the world.  He achieved National Rankings of #1 in the 30’s, 35’s and 40’s winning over 25 National Tournaments.

 

Staying in top physical shape and taking care of his body has always been a priority.  It’s one of the reasons he loves Body Helix because it allows him to compete at a high level while minimizing injuries.  

 

What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played? 

Tennis

What do you love most about your sport?

Love that I can still compete at 49 and can get a great workout in an hour with a buddy.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I love the Calf Helix and the Thigh Helix .

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

Always pushing to be in the best shape I can for my age. Enjoy cross training to keep things fresh.

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Practice makes perfect. 

Jansen Morris
Gymnast

At only 13 years old, Jansen is a Level 9 Competitive Gymnast training at WOGA Gymnastics in Plano, TX. 


What do you love most about your sport?

Gymnastics is about pushing yourself to be better every single day. I get a great sense of accomplishment when I master a skill or push myself to try something new. There are so many different elements to gymnastics, so there is always something to improve upon or a new goal to work towards.

What is (are) your favorite Body Helix product(s)?

I have severe Osgood Schlatter’s Syndrome in both of my knees and it is incredibly painful. My ability to train fully was heavily impacted by this until I discovered the Knee Helix Compression Sleeve. From the moment I put it on, I felt immediate relief – I couldn’t believe it! This product made it possible for me to continue training and compete.

What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?

I want to stay physically healthy so that I can continue in this sport for as long as possible. My #1 goal is to compete for a Division 1 college gymnastics team on scholarship. 

Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.