Our Mission: To honor the world’s most significant contributors and icons in the field of personal training, and to provide a the best possible learning experiences for those who wish to follow in their footsteps.
The Organization: Founded by martial arts legend and fitness pioneer, Dr. Ted Gambordella in 2011 with the first inductions taking place in 2012. Dr. John Spencer Ellis was one of the personal training pioneers to be recognized and inducted that year. There were no inductions in 2013 or 2014. In 2015, Dr. John Spencer Ellis became the CEO of the PTHF. The PTHF recognizes the biggest contributors to our industry from around the world.
Legal: Personal Trainer Hall of Fame™ is a registered trademark (serial number 4159416) with the U.S.P.T.O. and owned by Martin Management Group, LLC, the parent of the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame™.
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CEO & Director
Dr. John Spencer Ellis
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness and personal development program John created. He is the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA), MMA Conditioning Association (MMACA), Get America Fit Foundation and the Fitness Hall of Fame. He also created Adventure Boot Camp. He’s a 3x Amazon #1 best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker. John competed in the Ironman triathlon and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships. He has created over 500,000 jobs around the world. John helps fitness and coaching pros become successful through education and dynamic marketing. http://www.johnspencerellis.com
| Rachel Cosgrove
Rachel is the 2012 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, co-owns and operates Results Fitness, located in Southern California open since 2000. She has authored two best selling books, The Female Body Breakthrough and Drop Two Sizes published with Rodale and created the Drop Two Sizes DVD set. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics such as strength training, fat loss, business and nutrition. A consultant for Nike, she is also on the advisory board and is a columnist for Women’s Health Magazine and has been featured in almost every fitness magazine on the market. She oversees a team of 22 who help her run the gym while she works full time coaching up-and-coming fitness professionals through ResultsFitnessUniversity.com, a resource for trainers to join in to the mission of changing the way fitness is done.
| Jamie Eason
Jamie Middleton (Eason) is one of the most recognized faces in the fitness industry. She holds several fitness titles, most notably Hard-body Entertainment’s World’s Fittest Model, and has been featured as a writer and a model in hundreds of thousands of magazine layouts. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in Communication; is the official female spokesperson for Bodybuilding.com, Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Expert and is a syndicated writer and columnist for numerous websites and magazines. As creator of the popular LiveFit Trainer and Post Pregnancy Trainer (www.bodybuilding.com/livefit) and her own Labrada Lean Body For Her Signature Supplement Series, Jamie has helped hundreds of thousands of people reach their fitness goals.
Billy Beck III
As an inspiring leader and in-demand speaker, trainer, and peak performance coach, Billy has helped thousands of people to gain control over their bodies and lives. His client list includes professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and super achieving entrepreneurs.
Billy’s expertise has been featured on NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC as well as on the pages of Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, GQ, Rolling Stone and dozens of other magazines, radio shows, and interviews. Billy has a Masters Degree in exercise physiology and multiple certifications in fitness, performance, and nutrition. He, alongside his elite team of trainers, delivers unprecedented results at the innovative and inspiring BB3 Personal Training & Performance Center in Weston, Florida, located at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa. You can find more information about the center and Billy Beck III at BillyBeck.com.
| AJ Roberts
Exponential Growth & Marketing expert, Bestselling author, and Fitness Hall of Fame inductee, AJ Roberts has helped build the businesses of storied names like Ryan Lee, Eric Cressey, James Smith, Dave Schmitz and Zach Even-Esh as well as a host of other Fitness professionals. He engineered much of the worldwide expansion of Brian Grasso’s ‘International Youth Conditioning Association’ and for a period of time, served as the Chief Marketing Officer for ‘Fitness Consulting Group’ – one of the most prolific and profitable organizations in the world. Considered as one of the leading marketers and copywriters in the world, AJ now works as a consultant to Fitness entrepreneurs helping them grow their businesses both online and offline. He also hosts both the The Fitpreneurs & Barbell Business podcasts. http://www.ajroberts.com/
| Dawn Terwilliger
Dawn is the founder and CFO of LoDo Media, inc., a Denver based internet marketing and video production company focused on helping fitness and personal development professionals maximize their online presence. Dawn is a Psychological Kinesiologist, NLP Master Practitioner and graphic artist, as well as a successful fitness competitor and sports model who has been featured in a number of fitness books and infomercials.
| Jennie Cwikla
World renowned Masters Sports Nutritionist and World’s Strongest Woman Competitor, Jennie Cwikla is the owner of Valkyrie Athletics, which specializes in working with elite level athletes in a multitude of sports to prepare them for peak physical performance. She began her career by working as one of Hollywood’s TV Infomercial secret weapons for rapid weight loss transformation before launching her own bootcamp & personal training studio in San Diego. Cwikla currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Mueller College’s PFT program and is a Licensing instructor for the National Association of Sports Nutrition. http://www.valkyrieathletics.com
| Emile Jarreau
From military trained muscle, bodybuilding and extreme fat loss, Emile Jarreau, aka, Mr. Fat Loss has served over 10,986 others lose Over 4+ tons of fat and has finally found his niche…”The Ability To Teach The Fine Art of Fat Loss.” He’s a certified fitness professional,writer and author with a background in performance nutrition. He is a former candidate of the US NAVY SEAL TEAMS with over 27 years of experience in fitness training and coaching at www.M2ProDesign.com or www.M2FitnessProsLBC.com
|Steve Krebs is co-founder of The Pack Fitness Business and Changing the Game: The Fitness Business Event. Steve coaches fit pros and facility owners on how to run a high profit performance and fitness facility. Steve has been running fitness and performance facilities for 12 years, and has successfully operated Next Level Athletic Performance Inc. for 8 years in an area ranked top ten places to own a business in Forbes Magazine. The Pack Fitness Business Mentorship is known for transforming businesses, in turn transforming the lives of its members and their families. http://thepackfitnessbusiness.com|
|Dax Moy is the Chief Inspiration Officer of The DaxFIT Group Of Companies. For more than 15 years Dax Moy has been exploring, explaining and expanding the realms of change science for the public, health professionals and personal trainers alike.As one of the World’s leading educators and practitioners, he has delivered change science education to hundreds of organisations and thousands of trainers, coaches, therapists and health practitioners from all around the world as well as impacting well over quarter of a million people through his world renowned Elimination Diet program.As the CIO of the DaxFIT Group Dax regularly circles the globe delivering high-level education programs focused on creating rapid yet long-term change strategies to individuals including Royalty and and Celebrities and to executives, multi-national companies and executives.Dax’s perspective on change science has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Evening Standard, Mens Health, Mens Fitness, Vogue, Grazia, Cosmopolitan as well as CNN, Fox News, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky TV.Dax’s is the author of The MAGIC Hundred Goal Achievement Plan and is currently working on his new book The Gift, to be released in September.Dax is a walking paradox; fiercely peaceful, stubbornly helpful, flexibly structured, takes fun seriously and (as anyone who has ever met him will testify) profanely profound. His favourite colour is Sunset. http://www.DaxFITLife.com|
|Luka Hocevar is an entrepreneur, author, strength/fitness/business coach (yes, all that), world traveler, life enjoyer (is that even a word?) and former pro-basketball player who is working on hooping consistently again. There’s a lot more to him, but he’ll tell you those stories over a drink some time (or maybe you can read about them on his blog). Since he was wee little kid, Luka was entrepreneurial Unfortunately, many times it took him down the wrong path. Sports and fitness saved him. That is why these days he is all about running his businesses that are his purpose – his gym Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance which is located in Seattle, WA, and the gym he started in Slovenia, Vigor Move & Live. To serve his clients and change their lives is the internal alarm clock that gets him up in the morning.Luka also co-wrote the national best seller, The Fit Formula and self-published The Fitness Business Mixtape. He has also written for a number of top fitness and lifestyle blogs. More than anything, he loves writing to get all the things in his head out on paper and help people find solutions (or maybe help tip them out of ambivalence on a certain matter). Sport and fitness saved Luka’s life. He was a knucklehead when he was younger. His coaches, team, family and drive to be the best basketball player (and the most capable athlete) is what tipped the scales and made him turn down a different path. When he was done with playing professional basketball, he went into fitness (he was actually in it all that time, but that’s a story for another day) and for the last decade he has been purposeful about helping people change their life through the vehicle that changed his. Luka trains athletes, youth, and anyone that has a goal and desire to change for the better (those who don’t; he helps them find it!). http://www.vigorgroundfitness.com|
|Tom Terwilliger: For almost 20 years Tom Terwilliger was known as the face and voice of body building. As the on camera host and co-producer of one of the sport’s most watched television shows ‘Muscle Sport USA’ on Fox Sports Net Tom delivered Body Building and Fitness into the homes of millions. His credibility came from having captured the coveted the NPC National Body Building Championship (Mr. America) but it was is charm and likeability that kept people watching. As an IFBB pro Tom qualified for and competed in the sports “Super Bowl” equivalent – the Mr. Olympia in both 1989 and in 1991 and was voted #1 all time greatest performer/poser by Muscular Development Magazine. Tom has graced the covers of countless fitness and body building magazine and has written for Flex, Muscle & Fitness, Iron Man, Muscular Development, Shape, Muscle Mag, Men’s Health, Personal Trainer, IDEA Fitness Journal and much more. As a number 1 bestselling author, motivational speaker, and achievement coach Tom continues to contribute the sport of body building and the world of fitness today. His many contributions, blog and Muscle and Fitness Max Mind Set videos inspire thousands to be the best they can be through mental and physical strength.|
|Funk Roberts is President and Owner of Funk Roberts Fitness and FunkMMA.com. He is a former Professional Beach Volleyball player turned Certified Personal Training, MMA Conditioning Coach and online fat loss expert. With 20 years experience he has helped thousands of fitness enthusiast, combat fighters, trainers and coaches reach their fitness goals and improve athletic performance through his programs. Each week, Funk reaches over 250,000 combat athletes worldwide through his newsletter, social media and online programs and has helped fighters prepare for battle in most of the major MMA and Combat promotions including UFC, Bellator, Glory, K1, ADCC and Grapplers Quest, making him one of the strength and conditioning leaders in the combat sport community. He is also a Certified Metabolic Trainer, MMACA Conditioning Coach and Kettlebell Specialist who has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates. You can connect with Funk through his http://www.funkmma.com blog which has over 200 workout videos, nutrition tips and training advice all targeted to MMA, martial arts and combat athletes around the world.|
|Curtis Mock is an entrepreneur, marketing expert, author, and founder of several companies in the fitness industry. His mission is to help fitness business owners market their business effectively. Curtis maintains a popular marketing website at www.FitnessMarketing.com where gym owners can access hundreds of marketing resources as well as his popular TV show for fitness entrepreneurs, Fitness Business Television. His candid personality and willingness to help others become successful has created raving fans among gym owners here in the U.S. and abroad. Curtis and his team have helped thousands of fitness business owners with all of their fitness marketing needs.|