Competition Received Nearly 1,000 Nominations From 49 Countries and Territories
ROSEMONT, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/03/15 --
Ten of the world's top personal trainers converged from all corners of the globe at David Lloyd Club Turó in Barcelona, Spain, on October 30 as finalists -- but only one trainer emerged the winner. Today, Life Fitness announced that Greg Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., has won the Life Fitness 2015 Personal Trainers to Watch competition. Johnson rose above the other trainer finalists, all of whom demonstrated their elite training skills and passion for fitness, at the Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch live judging event competition. The Personal Trainers to Watch program is held in partnership with the Life Fitness educational arm, Life Fitness Academy, as well as the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
"I'm truly honored to be among this collection of talented and passionate personal trainers, let alone to have been named the international winner," said Johnson. "Personal training improves clients' lives by revitalizing their health and inspiring positive change. I wouldn't be in this position today without the support of my family, the trust of my clients and support from companies like Life Fitness who recognize the value of our profession."
Johnson is the owner of Varimax Fitness and lead trainer of FitGolf in Sacramento, Calif. He holds a bachelor's degree in Fitness and Rehabilitation from Plymouth State College with a minor in Health and Wellness, and a master's degree in Kinesiology from California University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. Among his qualifications, Greg also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Using fitness as a driver to form positive life changes, Greg's motivation is to help people be more healthy and fit, as well as happier and healthier in all aspects of their lives.
"Greg's accomplishments are an inspiration to his clients, his peers and his industry," said Chris Clawson, Life Fitness president. "He embodies the kind of strength, determination and humility that every personal trainer should strive for, and we are proud to name Greg the 2015 Life Fitness Personal Trainers to Watch winner."
Live Judging Event
The Personal Trainers to Watch program is in its fifth year, and this year's competition brought in nearly 1,000 nominations from a record-breaking 49 countries and territories. The live global judging event was held at David Lloyd Club Turó in Barcelona, Spain. The top 10 finalists, hailing from five different countries, were flown in to demonstrate their training skills in front of a panel of five elite fitness industry professionals. Each finalist was randomly paired with a volunteer that acted as their client for the demonstration. Finalists developed workout routines utilizing the Life Fitness SYNRGY BlueSky outdoor training system based on the client's fitness level and goals. Judges then scored the trainers on their ability to enhance the client experience with criteria including building client confidence, motivating the client, appropriately adapting exercises and progressing and regressing exercises as needed.
To view a video profile on Johnson along with the other nine finalists, visit http://bit.ly/1RpXUCw. For more information on the Personal Trainers to Watch competition, visit www.lifefitness.com/pttw.
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment and game tables and furnishings. The company manufactures and sells its strength and cardiovascular equipment and billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture under the brand names Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards. Its equipment is distributed to more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). For more information on Life Fitness and its family of brands, please visit www.lifefitness.com, www.brunswickbilliards.com and www.scifit.com.
ICREPs, EuropeActive, Life Fitness Academy and ACE 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.
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Source: Life Fitness