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Personal Trainer of the Year

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.

Current members are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual for Personal Trainer of the Year. Nominees must meet the Award Eligibility outlined below to be considered.

Congratulations to the 2019 Winner!

Melody Schoenfeld, MA, CSCS,*D, RCPT*E

Melody Schoenfeld has over 23 years of personal training experience.  She is the owner of Flawless Fitness, a small personal training studio, and Evil Munky Enterprises, a small custom fitness equipment manufacturing business.  Melody holds a master's degree in Health Psychology.  She has held state and American records in all three lifts in powerlifting, has competed in strongman events, and performs oldtime strongman feats of strength such as tearing phone books and bending steel bars.  Melody speaks nationally and internationally on various subjects regarding strength and nutrition.  Her expertise in health and fitness has been featured on numerous television programs throughout the United States, and she been published and quoted in many newspapers, magazines, and online media such as Shape, Oxygen, and Men's Fitness.  Melody has several manuscripts published within the Strength and Conditioning Journal.  She is the author of Pleasure Not Meating You, A Science-Based Approach to the Vegan Lifestyle (And Some Recipes, Too), and is in the process of completing a second book as well as an ebook.  When she is not in the fitness world, Melody is in the performance world, singing lead and playing electric cello for a number of heavy metal projects.

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Award Eligibility

Current Member for 2 consecutive years*
Resume or CV received
20 hours a week minimum as Personal Trainer
3 letters of recommendation from certified NSCA members in good standing

*Consectutive membership is counted back from the date the award is to be conferred.

Additional requirements listed in the General Awards Criteria, include but not limited to, nominee must be nominated by a member in good standing and nominees will be sent a criteria sheet to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline. 

Past Award Recipients Include:

2018 - Chad Landers, CSCS, RCPT*E 2008 - Benjamin Greenfield, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
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

How is the recipient selected?

1. The process for selection shall be as follows:
    a. Nominations must be received before the established deadline.
    b. NSCA Headquarters will verify of eligibility requirements, minimum category requirements, and overall points for nominees have been met.
    c. Qualified nominees will be notified.
        i. If there are no qualifying nominees, the award will not be given.
    d. Top three nominees based on points for the award will be sent to the Personal Trainers SIG Chair. The Chair will:
        i. Determine if any of the nominees are part of the current Executive Council.
            1. If none are, the Chair will submit the nominees to the Council for vote. The Chair may participate in this vote.
            2. If members of the Council have been nominated and rank in the top three, the Chair will create an impartial Task Force of five to vote on the winner. The Chair may not participate in this vote.
                a. The Task Force will be comprised of >50% Chair selected NSCA members and <50% past award winners.
        ii. If the Chair is a nominee:
            1. The top three nominees will be submitted to the Chair of the Membership Committee for committee vote.
            2. The Chair will notify NSCA Headquarters and the Awards and Honors Committee Chair of recipient. The Executive Council will not notify the selected recipient.
2. The Awards and Honors Committee Chair will:
    a. Notify the Board of Directors of the recipient.
3. The NSCA Headquarters will:
    a. Notify the recipient of the award.
    b. Send regret notifications.
    c. Create a Press Release announcement of the winner.
    d. Will verify attendance at the National Conference awards banquet.

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