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Greatmats Annual National Fitness Trainer of the Year Award

2018 Fitness Trainer of the Year Finalists Named

Congratulations to Adam Cayce for being named the 2018 Greatmats National Fitness Trainer of the Year! Read about Adam and fellow National Fitness Trainer of the Year Finalist Maria Pro.


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, visit the Contest Page or email the following information to before Nov. 1, 2018. 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 from Nov. 15 through Nov. 29, 2018. The two personal trainers or fitness coaches with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
    1. Demonstration of Service
    2. Demonstration of Integrity
    3. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the training facility
  2. Trainer/training facility profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on Dec. 14, 2018.
  3. National Fitness Trainer of the Year Certificate

More than 4,000 votes were cast in the first 3 years of the contest, which is part of the 4th 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.

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 (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats is a gym and weight room flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

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Read about previous winners of the award:

2015 National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Jeanette Raichle
2017 National Personal Trainer of the Year Thea Jorgensen


2017 Nominees

(Click on the name to see his/her nomination.)


Cassey Ho - POP Pilates - Los Angeles

Jen Widerstrom - The Biggest Loser - Calabasas


Shannon Olberding - Corkledings Fitness, LLC - Atkinson

New York

Steve Tanen - Transformation Fitness Studio - Staten Island

North Dakota

April Lund - Gold's Gym - Bismarck

Thea Jorgensen - Thea Ward Fitness - Bismarck


Ted Hart - Frisco Lakes - Frisco
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