I can think of several but my top 3 would have to be Bill Phillips for the inspiration I felt reading & then doing “Body For Life” & seeing and feeling the awesome physical and mental changes in myself. Next would be Tony Horton – his interval style of training from power 90 to P90x is phenomenal. Last but not least, while growing up – Denise Austin – her variety, positive approach, and staying power were all forms of inspiration for me.
A man I met in Basic Training. I don’t even remember his name but he was a personal trainer and over 9 weeks I watched him accomplish extraordinary things with his fellow troops. I studied what he did and how he did it. I implemented it into my own training and have never forgotten a wrestling match with him that ended in my own defeat. He wasn’t better, he was more conditioned and that made me worse. “Well never again” I said, and I’m still trying to prove it.
I’d have to say that the fitness professional who has inspired me the most has been the fitness director at my university. He taught my ACE personal trainer course, and he’s been a source of information and motivation for me since I met him and got to know him. The best piece of advice that I’ve ever gotten came from him. “Be yourself, and good things will happen.” It’s so simple, but so true. It doesn’t matter what happens, if you’re being “yourself” then you can look at every experience as a positive experience, and you’re more likely to do better in life and develop successful and lasting relationships.