Nomination Phase Now Open for Fifth Annual Personal Trainers to Watch Competition


ROSEMONT, ILL., JUN. 1, 2015 – Today, Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, kicked off its search for the world’s best Personal Trainers to Watch. In partnership with leading global fitness organizations, including the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and the American Council on Exercise® (ACE®), the fifth annual 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 from June 1-July 15, and the top 10 finalists will compete in a live global competition in Fall 2015 to determine the winner.

“The Personal Trainers to Watch program seeks the best in the profession, and is our way of recognizing those who share our passion for helping people live healthier, more active lives,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “The 2014 program was truly an international competition, and this year, we are excited to reach even more personal trainers across the globe.”



Nominations Open


Anyone can visit between June 1 and July 15, 2015, to nominate a personal trainer who supports a powerful vision, shows exemplary commitment to enhancing client experiences and pursues continuing education for mastery of the profession. Nominees will be judged on leadership, client motivation, inspiration, certifications and previous recognitions.

The top 10 finalists will be invited to the final round of live judging in the fall, where they will be immersed in popular training techniques and fitness equipment. To nominate a personal trainer and to view official program rules, visit starting June 1. Nominations are limited to one entry per person; however, trainers can be nominated by multiple people.




All finalists will receive an expense-paid trip for the final judging event, a continuing education course credit from Life Fitness Academy, international recognition and a personalized award plaque. The grand prize winner will also receive $5,000 USD toward his or her personal training business.

“I am beyond humbled and grateful to have been a part of the Personal Trainers to Watch program and to have been given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn and compete with the best trainers in the world,” said Cristiano S. Parente, 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch winner. “Winning the award has lifted up my business and pushed me to become an even stronger, healthier and more successful trainer. I encourage all my colleagues to enter this prestigious competition to shine a global spotlight on the industry and their training expertise.”




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

  • Richard Beddie – chair of ICREPs and CEO of Fitness New Zealand
  • Anthony J. Wall – director of professional education for ACE
  • László Zopcsák – member of the Standards Council of EuropeActive
  • Kim Ingleby – 2013 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and founder of Energised Performance in Bristol, England
  • Cristiano S. Parente – 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch winner and CEO of Koatch in São Paul, Brazil
  • Chris Clawson – president of Life Fitness

Finalists will be announced in September, and the top Personal Trainer to Watch will be announced globally following the event.


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). For more information, visit


About Partners


ACEICREPsEuropeActive, and Life Fitness Academy 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.