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 26, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor

A few weeks ago, TV broadcaster Jennifer Livingston in LaCrosse, Wis. defended herself against Mike Thompson, a viewer who criticized her for not being a responsible role model as an overweight, public personality. He asked her to reconsider her responsibility to promote a healthy lifestyle. Livingston made a public response where she said she’s more than a number on a scale, and that Mr. Thompson was out of line with his email. While the dust has settled on that exchange, the story brings to the surface a great weight loss question for discussion: What’s more motivating, positive or negative feedback?

Chris Freytag
 

July 09, 2012 // Category: Fitness Community

Heads up! You have until July 31, 2012 to visit www.LifeFitness.com/PersonalTrainers and nominate yourself or someone else deserving of the 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch title. The grand prize includes $5,000 toward a personal training business; a select piece of Life Fitness equipment; a one-year membership and continuing education course package from world-renowned educational resource PTontheNet; and international media recognition. 

Lauren Kamm
 

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