October 13, 2015
Rosemont, Ill., Oct. 13, 2015 – Selected from nearly 1,000 nominations and a record-breaking 49 countries and territories, 10 elite trainers have emerged to compete for the title of world’s best Personal Trainer to Watch. On Oct. 30, Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, will gather these finalists at David Lloyd Club Turó in Barcelona, Spain, for one last challenge: a final judging event to evaluate their training skills.
“From Sacramento to Sweden, these Life Fitness top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists come from five different countries that span the globe, but they are united in their commitment to exceptional client support and motivation, and as well as their passion for personal training,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “Each finalist was an inspiration to our judges, and we’re honored to recognize their outstanding achievements.”
The top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists are:
- Cris Bradley, Manchester, U.K.
- Chris Clough, Virginia, U.S.A.
- Amelia-Jane Hoffmann, Auckland, New Zealand
- Charlene Hutsebaut, London, U.K.
- Greg Johnson, California, U.S.A.
- Patrick Rapp, Västerås, Sweden
- Will Taylor, Tennessee, U.S.A.
- Michael Warren, Newcastle, U.K.
- Dave Whiteis, Alabama, U.S.A.
- Lisa Workman, Edmonton, Canada
Finalists were selected based on personal values, innovative training philosophies, education and experience. Judges included experts from Life Fitness and its educational arm, Life Fitness Academy, as well as the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, American Council on Exercise (ACE) and past competition winners.
The top 10 finalists will compete in the program’s day-long live judging event on Oct. 30, 2015, where they will be evaluated on their ability to motivate, praise and collaborate with a client, as well as enhance the workout experience using the Life Fitness SYNRGY BlueSky outdoor training system.
“The multi-functional aspects of the SYNGRY BlueSky outdoor training system offer the ideal opportunity to evaluate a trainer’s knowledge, flexibility and client interaction,” Clawson said. “We look forward to evaluating these elite trainers first-hand as they share best practices and develop customized workouts on this cutting edge equipment.”
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment and billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information on Life Fitness and its family of brands, please visit www.lifefitness.com, www.brunswickbilliards.com and www.scifit.com.
About David Lloyd Leisure
The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 81 clubs in the U.K. and a further 10 clubs across Europe, comprising David Lloyd Clubs , Harbour Clubs and Next Generation, plus the new high street concept, David Lloyd Studio. It has approximately 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800, while it contracts the services of more than 400 tennis professionals. Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoors) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 12,500 learn to play tennis. Its racquet facilities are unparalleled with 800 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.
ICREPs, EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and ACE are dedicated to ensuring that fitness industry professionals have the necessary skills and training to provide their clients with the highest quality workout and fitness guidance available.
The International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is an international partnership between registration bodies around the world that register exercise professionals. ICREPs members operate over four continents, in seven countries, and collectively register over 60,000 individual exercise professionals.
EuropeActive, formerly known as The European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), with its origins in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization, remains as the unique voice for the European health & fitness sector to all of the main EU Institutions. Its mission is to turn back the tide of inactivity and ensure that MORE PEOPLE become MORE ACTIVE, MORE OFTEN as a result of a functional synergy between all of the sector’s actors. EuropeActive has, among its membership, more than 10,000 facilities, 19 national trade associations, sector leading suppliers, education providers and individuals.
Life Fitness Academy
Life Fitness Academy delivers exceptional standardized fitness education, accredited by global certifying bodies, around the world. Its mission is to ensure that Life Fitness continues to be the top choice in the industry for both products and education.
The nonprofit American Council on Exercise® (ACE®) educates, certifies, and speaks for a growing network of 50,000-plus fitness professionals, a community ACE is leading in the fight against the obesity epidemic. ACE makes available to the public science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and general healthy living. ACE is the largest provider of health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence.