July 12, 2024


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IDEA Health & Fitness Association Names Finalists for 2024 Awards

IDEA Health & Fitness Association Names Finalists for 2024 Awards

Finalists are a cross-section of industry leaders who inspire healthier lifestyles and elevate fitness standards

IDEA Health & Fitness Association has revealed the finalists for the 2024 IDEA Industry Awards. These prestigious awards recognize excellence and leadership in the fitness industry, celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions to health and fitness.

The winners will be announced during the 2024 IDEA World Health & Fitness Convention in Los Angeles, scheduled for July 10-14. The event will feature a Gala of Distinction where the award recipients will be honored.

The IDEA Industry Awards have a long and auspicious history, dating back to 1985. Previous awardees include Tony Horton, Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons and Andre Agassi. This year, the IDEA Jack LaLanne Lifetime Achievement Award has been renamed to honor iconic fitness couple Jack and Elaine LaLanne. Elaine LaLanne will present this year’s award to Gilad Janklowicz, fitness trainer and creator of Bodies in Motion, the longest-running televised fitness show in the United States.

“We are committed to celebrating those who elevate the standards of our industry and inspire others to pursue healthier lifestyles,” said Amy Boone Thompson, IDEA CEO and owner. “The nominees for the 2024 IDEA Awards embody the passion, innovation and leadership that drive our mission forward.”

The finalists for the 2024 IDEA Industry Awards are:

IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year

  • Desi Bartlett, Oahu, Hawaii: Founder of Desibodymind.com
  • David Geslak, Chicago, Illinois: Developer of the Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate with ACSM
  • Ingrid Knight-Cohee, Vancouver, BC: Fitness programming overseer for Fitness World Canada

IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year

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  • Marc Coronel, Vancouver, BC: Global fitness consultant and educator
  • Stephen Holt, Timonium, Maryland: Owner of 29 Again Custom Fitness
  • Rocky Snyder, Capitola, California: Expert in human movement

IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year

  • Yoav Avidar, Tel Aviv, Israel: Co-owner of “Hagymnasia”
  • Ellen de Werd, Eugene, Oregon: Creator of the WARRIOR fitness programs
  • Aimee Nicotera, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts: International presenter and virtual studio owner

IDEA Emerging Trailblazer of the Year

  • Haley Manning, San Diego: Senior head coach at Orangetheory Fitness
  • Ruben Pereyra, Federal Way, Washington: senior fitness director at Wesley Senior Homes
  • Lanie Schrubba, Benton Harbor, Michigan: Fitness director at Renaissance Athletic Club

The IDEA Industry Awards Gala will take place on Friday, July 12th.