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.

Chris Clawson
 

October 01, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community

The Personal Trainers to Watch judges have poured over applications from around the world and have chosen this year’s top 20 semi-finalists. These personal trainers have the chance to be named as one of 10 finalists and the best of the best will be named the 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch by Life Fitness and FitPro North America.

Narrowing it down to 20 was not an easy decision. This year’s pool of nominations was outstanding and we thank all those who applied. Personal trainers have an opportunity to truly change lives through their career, and so many of our applicants are doing just that. 

Lauren Kraft
 

September 14, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community

This week the web is a buzz about a recent Reuter’s article that points out, “As the American waistline continues its spread, fitness is shaping up as one of the hottest careers of this tepid economic recovery.”

While the obesity epidemic continues to sadden us, this presents an opportunity for anyone looking for a career in fitness—now is the time to get started. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of fitness trainers is expected to grow by 24 percent in the decade to 2020.

If you have a passion for fitness and helping others, and want to know how to become a personal trainer, keep some of these things in mind:  

Deborah McConnell
 

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