In September, the latest crop
of fitness trailblazers and innovators were inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. The NFHOF recognizes individuals who have made significant efforts in promoting health and fitness to the public.

Here is a list of this year’s inductees:

  • Fitness instructor Debbie Drake, who was the first woman to star in her own daily exercise show
  • Joe Lupo, who began his personal training career over 50 years ago and has worked with more than 5,000 clients
  • Gary Yanker, who devoted his life to making walking the top form of exercise in the U.S.
  • Thomas K. Cureton Jr., PhD, who is regarded as “The Father of Physical Fitness” and served on
    the President’s Council on Physical Fitness under five presidents
  • Business maven Gilda Marx, whose fitness fashion products are sold in more than 5,000 stores on four continents
  • The National Federation of Personal Trainers, which was first conceived in the 1980s and has certified more than 30,000 personal trainers since then

To learn more about the 2015 inductees, visit

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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