Debra Atkinson

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Speaker and Bestselling Author Debra Atkinson, MS, CSCS, is Flipping 50 TV and Flipping 50 podcast host. She's an international fitness presenter, master personal trainer, and online celebrity fitness coach. She's a prior Senior Lecturer at Iowa State University, and highly successful Personal Training Director. She known by her clients as the You Still Got It Girl. She provides coaching, workshops and CECs for fitness pros who want to earn a living doing what they love. and the fitness pros blog at

Verified Cert/Training
IDEA Author/Presenter
IDEA Member

About Me


  • BS, Exercise Science, Iowa State University
  • Master's Degree, Sports & Exercise Psycchology, Iowa State University

Certifications / Trainings

Merrithew™ - IR or CMR - Reformer (L1)
NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Expires: Dec 31, 2020

CPR Certified

AED Certified

Liability Insurance

  • NSCA

Additional Information


$95.00 / hr, average rate range

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 1st Place Parent/Youth golf club championship 2009
  • Presenter for Athletic Business, International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, CanFitPro, NSCA
  • NSCA Personal Training Committee
  • ACE Subject Matter Expert and Mentor Medical Exercise Specialist
  • ACE Subject Matter Expert Personal Trainer

Languages Spoken




5 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Jennifer Long on May 19, 2014

    I have had the great pleasure of working with Deb for the past year and a half; first through the Live Healthy Iowa Dream team and for the last 9 months as a personal coach.I have also done a teleclass series and a program on aging. I am presently enrolled in her webinar classes.
    In the beginning, I was pretty hesitant about having a coach but Deb has managed to change my perspective. She brings a wealth of knowledge with her in whatever she is doing. Things I value most from Deb besides her experience is her dedication to staying up-to-date with current research and education and her concern for prevention of injuries. I know I am getting the most current information available. I also appreciate her openness, honesty, and her great sense of humor. I know she has my best interest in mind when making decisions. I'm not sure where I would be without her help.

  • by T. L. Durkin on May 18, 2014

    Debra was my personal training Director for 8 years, when she started we were doing about 150k per year. When she left we were doing 850k per year. She hired, trained, and scheduled the entire personal training staff, and also marketed and designed all programs. In my experience of 35 years in the fitness industry, she is as complete of a finished product that I have ever seen! She conducted sales meetings, role played with trainers, and did all program designs. If you want to be a better trainer, or you need to improve your training program, she is your answer!! 6 stars.

  • by User on May 16, 2014

    My challenge when I had foot surgery was to figure out how to do some cardio exercise while not being able to bear weight on my foot. Deb suggested that a swim lesson would be a good idea. She gave me a swim analysis and designed a program of laps to reach optimum heart rate. Deb is exceptional in assessing, designing, communicating, adapting, and involving her audience, whether that is a one-on-one personal trainee, a staff of personal trainers, or a local group interested in hearing about the latest and best available information about diet, exercise, and active aging. Deb engages. Everyone wants to listen.

  • by Tami Janssen on May 16, 2014

    I have worked with Debra for over 8 years and her knowledge of the fitness industry and the business of personal training is excellent. She has great strategies to get you out of your comfort zone and gain confidence in selling in order to grow your business. I attribute much of my success as a personal trainer to her guidance. If you have questions on growing your personal training business I would definitely contact her!

  • by User on May 16, 2014

    Debra was our choice for a personal trainer; she's instructed, encouraged and been keenly aware of our strengths and areas of concern. Prior to her assistance we were somewhat involved with our own exercise program. Her thoughtful, articulate and thorough instruction has provided us incentive that prior was less than 100%. We continue on our own with thoughts of her vibrancy and enthusiasm
    foremost in mind.