Life Fitness and FitPro North America Announce Last Call for Entries in Global Personal Trainers to Watch Program

International Competition Searching for World's Best Personal Trainer Closes July 31

SCHILLER PARK, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) -   Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, and FitPro North America, a premier provider of high-quality educational resources for fitness professionals, today announce the final call for entries in the 2012 global Personal Trainers to Watch competition. Designed to reward personal trainers who demonstrate a passion for helping clients achieve a healthy lifestyle, the Personal Trainers to Watch program has been expanded for the first time to accept entries nominating personal trainers from around the world.

Participants across the globe have until July 31, 2012 to visit and nominate a personal trainer deserving of the top prize: $5,000 toward a personal training business; a select piece of Life Fitness equipment; a one-year membership and continuing education course package from world-renowned educational resource PTontheNet; and international media recognition as the world's 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch.

"Response to this year's Personal Trainers to Watch program has been tremendous, with a high-calliber entry pool representing personal trainers from all over the world -- from Canada to Australia to China," said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. "We encourage people to continue recognizing and supporting the personal trainers they see taking strides toward a healthier world by nominating a trainer today."

A panel of five esteemed industry experts will determine one grand-prize winner and 10 finalists based on pre-determined criteria including trainers' community involvement, client testimonials and industry accolades.

"Seeing the numerous ways this year's nominees are helping their clients succeed in their health and fitness goals is truly inspiring," said Andy Jackson, global commercial director for FitPro. "We are proud to recognize these leaders as part of the Personal Trainers to Watch program, and look forward to further enhancing our winners' knowledge base and training opportunities through the resources we offer."

Last year's winner, Nicole Nichols, was pronounced America's Personal Trainer to Watch for her work as a trainer and expert at, an online fitness community. She has since gone on to release a fitness DVD and secure national media coverage for her work. Nichols is part of the 2012 judging panel that will decide this year's top personal trainers.

Join in the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #PTtoWatch. For official program rules, please visit Nominations are limited to one entry per person. Entries must be received by July 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Winners will be announced globally in November 2012.

About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in providing commercial fitness equipment. 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 Schiller Park, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).

About FitPro
FitPro North America is the premier provider of high quality educational resources for fitness professionals, including personal trainers, group fitness instructors, coaches, fitness managers and health club owners. Specializing in continuing education and expert resources, FitPro North America was founded on the premise that a well-educated fitness professional will inspire clients and succeed.

Life Fitness is a registered trademark of Brunswick Corporation.
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Media Contacts:
Cory Dimitrakopoulos
JSH&A Public Relations (on behalf of Life Fitness)

Jenny Kingslien
FitPro North America/PTontheNet

Participants across the globe have until July 31, 2012 to visit and nominate a personal trainer deserving of the top prize.