The Personal Trainer of the Year Award recognizes an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) for exemplary service to the advancement of the personal training industry.
Nominations for the Personal Trainer of the Year Award are available online from March 1 through March 15 of every year. The award is presented annually at the NSCA's National Conference.
Chad Landers is a 1991 graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and in 2007 became the first American to graduate with a Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Chad has been a personal trainer in Los Angeles for 25 years, and has owned his gym, Push Private Fitness, for more than 15 years.
He is the former CA State co-chair of USA Powerlifting (USAPL), and is a USAPL Masters Athlete, Coach and State Referee.
Chad lives in Studio City, CA and is married to two-time Oscar-winning Sound Editor, Karen Baker Landers.
|Current NSCA-CPT or CSCS certification|
|Be a current member for two consecutive years|
|Actively working as a personal trainer for at least 20 hours a week|
|Shall not have won this award previously|
|3 letters of recommendation from certified NSCA members in good standing|
|Nominated by a current member|
Additionally, all nominees must qualify using an evaluation criteria (PDF download) and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualifying nominees will also be asked for media/public relations/communication officer contact information, a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a shot bio, Twitter handle (optional), and a signed media release.
|2017 - Michael Rickett, MS, CSCS,*D, CSPS, NSCA-CPT, RCPT*D||2007 - Jeffrey Segal, CSCS, NSCA-CPT|
|2016 - Nick Tumminello, NSCA-CPT||2006 - Michael Yu Seril, MS, NSCA-CPT|
|2015 - Brandi Binkley, MS, NSCA-CPT||2005 - Michael Ranieri, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2014 - Heath R. Pierce, MEd, RSCC, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, HFS||2004 - Maria Teresa Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2013 - Chat Williams, MS, CSCS,*D, CSPS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA||2003 - Gina Lombardi, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2012 - Robert C. Linkul, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT||2002 - Patrick Hagerman, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2011 - Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS, NSCA-CPT||2001 - Anthony A. Abbott, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2009 - Mark Nutting, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D||2000 - J. Henry Drought, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D|
|2008 - Benjamin Greenfield, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT|