Culver City Man Nominated for National Fitness Trainer of the Year

Sixteen fitness coaches from across the Unites States are vying for the annual award, which honors trainers and coaches who have made a positive impact in the lives of their students and communities. These instructors have been nominated by members of their respective communities.

An online vote will take place at from Nov. 14 through Nov. 28, 2019. The two instructors with the most votes will be named finalists. Then Greatmats will choose the winner between the finalists, based on their demonstration of service/community impact, integrity and quality of instruction. The winner will be announced on Dec. 13, 2019.

This year's nominees are:


Eric Guilleminault - Off The Grid Fitness - Scottsdale


Josh Gallegos - Paradiso CrossFit - Culver City


Micah Morgan - MMFitness - Tampa


Dee Henry - The Dzone/Deez Fit - Byron


Jim Lathrop - Illinois State University - Normal

New York

Jacinto Bonilla - CrossFit1939 - Brooklyn

Pete Isip - Krank Systems - Queens

North Dakota

Miranda Klatt - Funfit LLC - Mandan


Ed Brown - Anytime Fitness - Harrison

Allison Papenfuss - Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green

South Carolina

Katie Capitano Small - Beast Ninja - Myrtle Beach


Dawn Thelen - Stretch Fitness/Dawn Thelen Fitness - Hixson


Kimmie Maler - Formula Fitness - Houston


Derron Flood - Fitness First Training Services - Norfolk

Tony Jackson - TheGym - Charlottesville


RaeAnna Devey Riding - CrossFit Federal Way - Federal Way

The National Fitness Trainer of the Year Award is one of eight annual awards given out by Greatmats as part of its Fifth Annual National Award Series.

Other awards include:

National Horse Trainer of the Year

National Dance Instructor of the Year

National dog Trainer of the Year

National Striking Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year

National Grappling Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

and National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

Greatmats is a national fitness flooring retailer based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. 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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