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Calling All Personal Trainers: Life Fitness Begins its Search for Top Global Trainers

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July 21, 2014

Nomination Phase Now Open for Annual Personal Trainers to Watch Contest

ROSEMONT, Ill., July 1, 2014 – Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, today announces its call for nominations for the world’s best Personal Trainers to Watch, in partnership with the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and the American Council on Exercise® (ACE®). Now in its fourth year, the Personal Trainers to Watch program recognizes and rewards elite trainers around the world who embody the same passion and commitment to the profession as Life Fitness. Nominations will be collected throughout the month of July, and the top 10 finalists will compete in a live global competition this fall to determine the winner.

“The 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch program earned worldwide support and recognition, with nearly 1,500 entries from personal trainers in 43 countries,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “This year, we continue to expand the reach and impact of the program, and we look forward to finding those trainers who share our passion for enhancing the profession’s growth and success.”

Exercisers, personal trainers and gym owners alike can visit between July 1 and July 31, 2014, to nominate a trainer who supports a powerful vision, exemplary commitment to enhancing client experiences and pursues continuing education for mastery of the profession. Nominees also will be judged on leadership, client motivation and inspiration. Ten finalists will be invited for a final round of judging where they will be immersed in popular training techniques incorporating the Life Fitness Synrgy360, a state-of-the-art functional training system.

All finalists will receive an expense-paid trip for final evaluation, continuing education course credit from Life Fitness Academy, international recognition and a personalized award plaque. 

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 USD toward his or her personal training business, international media recognition as the global 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch, continuing education course credit from the Life Fitness Academy, personalized award plaque, a prize package from Life Fitness Apparel  and a one-year subscription to PTontheNet.


The Personal Trainers to Watch program will be judged by six esteemed fitness industry experts:

  • Alexis Batrakoulis – Member of the Standards Council of EuropeActive 
  • Richard Beddie – Chair of ICREPs and CEO of Fitness New Zealand
  • Anthony J. Wall – Director of professional education for ACE
  • Joanne Blackerby – 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and owner of Spirit Fitness Training in Austin, Texas 
  • Kim Ingleby – 2013 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and founder of Energised Performance in Bristol, England
  • Chris Clawson – President of Life Fitness

Finalists will be announced in the fall, and the top Personal Trainer to Watch will be announced globally following the live event later in the year. To nominate a personal trainer and to view official program rules, visit starting July 1. Nominations are limited to one entry per person; however, trainers can be nominated by multiple people.

The 2014 Personal Trainers to Watch program is presented in partnership with ICREPs, EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and ACE .

About Life Fitness

Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment, as well as game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its well-known strength and cardiovascular equipment under its Life Fitness and Hammer Strength brands. It also offers billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the iconic Brunswick Billiards brand. Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and Brunswick Billiards equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., the company is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).



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