June 03, 2013 // Category: Fitness Community
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel” - Maya Angelou
I have to admit that I honestly thought I was the victim of some sort of prank. The email open on my desktop screen congratulated me on winning the 2012 Personal Trainers to Watch award. Scrolling down to the bottom of the screen, I eyed the Life Fitness signature, hit the reply button and responded with a less than impressive “Are you kidding me?”
I was in a suspended state of shock as I stared at the subsequent replies. It was true. I won the award. I was not, contrary to what you might imagine, jumping up and down and screaming. How could I be the one out of over 1000 worldwide entries? I didn’t know what to do. What does the World’s Top Trainer do?
November 04, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community
Please join me in congratulating the official 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch, Joanne Blackerby. The competition was strong (nearly 1,000 of the top personal trainers from every corner of the globe), but in the end, the honor went to Joanne, a trainer based in Austin, Texas, USA and the founder of Spirit Fitness.
Life Fitness and FitPro gathered an esteemed group of judges, including 2011 PTTW Nicole Nichols, who rigorously evaluated entrants based on a number of criteria in categories like member experience, community and volunteer involvement, education level, and tenure. In only the second year of competition, the invitation to enter was extended to personal trainers across the globe. Our judges had no easy task on their hands, narrowing the field first to 20 semi-finalists, then to 10 finalists (see list below), and finally selecting Joanne to receive the top honor, which includes a package of valuable prizes such as a one-year membership to continuing fitness education resource PTontheNet, a piece of premium Life Fitness equipment, global recognition, and $5,000 to put towards her business, Spirit Fitness – a personal training co-operative in Austin, Texas.