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2020 Greatmats National Fitness Trainer of the Year

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Ascend Experience

Cherrywood Village

Element Personal Training Anytime Fitness of Ohio

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Herbo’s Self-Defense & Fighting, LLC

Krav Maga Experts

Rock Steady Boxing

Workout! with Erica Nix

Ascend Experience

2020

Clinton, CT

Alex Brandy knows how much a little fortitude can do for you. A former New England Patriots cheerleader, Alex endured some grueling workouts. This year, she endured opening a brand new fitness business amid the COVID-19 pandemic and excelled during the transition from in-person training to personalized virtual classes and outdoor classes.

Cherrywood Village

Oct. 2020

Portland, OR

Jennifer Simpson, front, deserves this award for the life she breathes into the CherryWood Village retirement community in a time where people are struggle to motivate themselves to keeping moving and active. Not only does she raise activity levels, but spirits as well. She is a shining light on gloomy days.

Element Personal Training Anytime Fitness of Ohio

June 2020

Jackson Ohio

Scotty Gehlbach is driven and genuine and gives more to his clients and his team than any other individual I know. He is passionate and invested in the success and wellness of those he works with and strives for personal growth and greater knowledge every day. Scotty gives tirelessly, without hesitation and always reassures his members in hardship and celebrates alongside them in success. ----------Scotty is a great trainer and keeps me motivated! He pushes me to do the best that I can. I am forever thankful for him and in one year lost 137 pounds.

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OCTOBER 5 2020

Brooklyn, NY

Nate Nugent is a brilliant fitness coach, who takes the time to get to know his clients and to constantly improve himself for their benefit. He has extensive knowledge of nutrition and calisthenics and he is eager to learn more.

Herbo’s Self-Defense & Fighting, LLC

September 26, 2020

New York

Mark Herbert is an excellent teacher who is committed to providing excellence in his classes and gives his utmost to every student.

Krav Maga Experts

August 2019

New York, NY

Zavier Barnhart is a supportive, attentive, patient trainer that goes above and beyond for his clients. You can tell that he genuinely cares about the mental health and wellbeing of all his students. If he sees a student that is struggling, he goes out of his way to make a terrible day better for them through his classes. He gives so much of himself to everyone that he trains to the point where even if it is your first day with him you immediately want to come back for another session because he pulls you in with his knowledge and effervescent teaching style. For Zavier, no question is a stupid question. He takes the time to make sure that every person feels important and heard. Zavier pushes his students to reach their fullest potential. While his classes are incredibly difficult, he never makes someone do anything that he doesn't believe they are fully capable of. He sees the best in his students when they can't see it in themselves. He forces you to face your fears and more importantly, he makes you realize that you can do much more than you think you can. Bottom line, Zavier trains people because he truly cares about his clients. Plus, you can tell he really loves what he does. Personally, I am eternally grateful to have Zavier as my Fitness Trainer. He has changed my stamina, my mental strength, and my life. Respectfully, I believe there is no one more deserving of this award than Mr. Zavier Barnhart.

Rock Steady Boxing

2020

Largo, FL

I'd like to nominate Ryan Beck for National Fitness Trainer of the year. Ryan uses his skills and knowledge to make the world a better and healthier place. Committed to his goals, he even hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease - amid the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. During his hike, he also lost his grandfather to Parkinson's and kept pushing forward, honoring his grandpa's wishes. The hike took him 160 days, but it didn't mark the end of his quest to help those with Parkinson's as he also trains Parkinson's patience through his Rock Steady program.

Workout! with Erica Nix

2020

Austin, TX

I nominate Erica Nix for her playful approach to motivate other to become fit. Erica does not let herself fall into the box of traditional workouts and we love her for it. Photo by John Leach
Want to honor a fitness trainer for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style, humanitarian efforts, etc.? Then nominate him/her for the National Fitness Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize Fitness trainers and coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their clients and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality. Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

To nominate the trainer for this award, email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Oct. 26, 2020. Nominators will not be identified.
  1. Trainer/Coach's Name
  2. Name and location of the training facility (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this trainer, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality
  4. A photo and/or video of the trainer

How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place on the Contest Page Nov. 2-26, 2020. The two personal trainers or fitness coaches with the most votes will be named grand prize finalists.
  2. Greatmats will interview the two finalists to determine the winner.

Prizes

Grand Prize:
  1. $250 in Greatmats Products for the Facility
  2. National Dance Instructor of the Year Certificate
  1. Runner Up: $150 in Greatmats Products
  2. Third Prize: $100 in Greatmats Products
  3. 4th-10th Place: $50 Greatmats Coupon toward purchases of $200 or more

Voting Instructions:

Visit the Contest Page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Personal Trainer of the Year. Click the vote button next to the photo of the Personal Trainer you'd like to win. Each person gets one vote. Feel free to share a photo or the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two personal trainers with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats National Fitness Trainer of the Year History

More than 80,000 votes have been cast in the first 4 years of the contest, which is part of the 6th annual Greatmats National Award Series. The Greatmats National Award Series is designed to recognized instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive difference in their communities and the lives of their students.

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