Life Fitness Names Finalists for Personal Trainers Competition


ROSEMONT, Ill., SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 – From New Zealand to Brazil and Spain to South Africa, the Life Fitness top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists may span the globe, but they are united in their commitment to exceptional leadership, client support, motivation and inspiration. Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, announced the top 10 finalists in its global competition, who have been selected from more than 1,700 nominations from 43 different countries. The 10 elite finalists will compete on Oct. 17 at DavidBartonGym – Astor Place in New York City to win the title of the world’s best Personal Trainer to Watch.

The top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists are:

·         Nick Freemantle, Gauteng, South Africa

·         Rachel Hobbs, Surrey, England

·         Cristiano Arthur S. Parente, São Paulo, Brazil

·         Matt Parvis, North Carolina, United States

·         Adrián Cardín Pereda, Cantabria, Spain

·         Isaac Rojas Rivero, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

·         Fiona Ross, Taranaki, New Zealand

·         Austin Ryan Toloza, California, United States

·         Andreya Tornes, Minnesota, United States

·         Ryan Vivar, Oklahoma, United States 

“The Personal Trainers to Watch program continues to draw in some of the top personal trainer talent from around the world, and this year’s finalists are no exception,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “Each of the finalists’ nominations demonstrated an inspirational and diversified commitment to the personal training profession and their clients. We look forward to evaluating these elite trainers first-hand as they share techniques and develop course material that can be used on our cutting-edge SYNRGY360 functional training system at DavidBartonGym in New York City.”

Finalists were selected based on personal values, innovative training philosophies, education and experience. Judges included experts from Life Fitness and its educational arm, Life Fitness Academy, as well as the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), EuropeActive, American Council on Exercise (ACE) and past competition winners.

The top 10 finalists will compete in the program’s live judging event on Oct. 17, 2014, where they will be evaluated on their ability to motivate, praise and collaborate with a client, as well as enhance the workout experience using the SYNRGY360 system. The entire day will be streaming live on

A video of the top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists can be viewed at:

About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing. The company manufactures and sells strength and cardiovascular equipment under the brand names Life Fitness and Hammer Strength and distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Rosemont, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

About DavidBartonGym
Founded in 1992 in New York, DavidBartonGym has world class trainers with unrivaled success in changing bodies, state of the art equipment, exhilarating energy, and award-winning design. With locations in New York, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, DavidBartonGym is devoted to its members and to helping them “LookBetterNaked.";;

About Partners
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.

The International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is an international partnership between registration bodies around the world that register exercise professionals. ICREPs members operate over four continents, in seven countries, and collectively register over 60,000 individual exercise professionals.

EuropeActive, formerly known as The European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), with its origins in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization, remains as the unique voice for the European health & fitness sector to all of the main EU Institutions. Its mission is to turn back the tide of inactivity and ensure that MORE PEOPLE become MORE ACTIVE, MORE OFTEN as a result of a functional synergy between all of the sector’s actors. EuropeActive has, among its membership, more than 10,000 facilities, 19 national trade associations, sector leading suppliers, education providers and individuals.

Life Fitness Academy
Life Fitness Academy delivers exceptional standardized fitness education, accredited by global certifying bodies, around the world. Its mission is to ensure that Life Fitness continues to be the top choice in the industry for both products and education.

The nonprofit American Council on Exercise® (ACE®) educates, certifies, and speaks for a growing network of 50,000-plus fitness professionals, a community ACE is leading in the fight against the obesity epidemic. ACE makes available to the public science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and general healthy living. ACE is the largest provider of health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for assessing professional competence.

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