Fit&Well Awards: take a look at the shortlists...

The Fit&Well Awards 2021 are getting ever closer - and here's who and what is in the running...

Fit&Well Awards shortlists
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The Fit&Well Awards 2021 are really hotting up, and today we're thrilled to reveal the shortlists for all categories!

Below you'll find the nominees for the awards in each of our five categories, including Home Workout Wonders, Hot Fit Kit, Top Fitness Tech and Healthy Home Heroes. 

The final category is our exciting Headline Awards, which features the public-nominated - and much-anticipated - Trainer of the Year title. We shared the long-list for this award a couple of weeks back, which featured every name (all 70 of them) put forward by members of the public for this very special award.

The brands, products and people listed below are all winners in our eyes - although, of course, only one can be crowned the actual winner of each award. We'll be revealing just who that is during Fit&Well Awards week, starting April 12.

Until then, take a look at the shortlists below and have fun guessing which ones you think will take home the gongs up for grabs!

Headline Awards

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Our headline awards will celebrate the fitness brands, products, services and faces that have helped so many people achieve their goals this last year. One thing's for sure - our panel have got their work cut-out for them when it comes from choosing from the shortlists below...

Brand of the year

  • Adidas
  • Biosynergy
  • GymShark
  • Kettleboobs
  • Nike
  • Nimble Activewear
  • Pursue Fitness
  • Under Armour

Retailer of the year

  • Decathlon
  • Escape Your Limits
  • Footlocker
  • Lagree Rental
  • NordicTrack
  • Wiggle

Fitness launch of the year

  • Apple Fitness +
  • Bowflex 2080 Adjustable Barbell
  • The Body Coach app
  • Fitbit Sense
  • Her Athletics
  • LiveNow Fitness
  • Nuurv Run Smart Insoles
  • Shreddy Fitness Kit

Fitness influencer of the year

  • Born Barikor 
  • Carly Wilkinson
  • Julie Creffield
  • Massy Arias
  • Paul Olima
  • Richie Swan
  • Sophie Butler
  • Shakira Akabusi

Trainer of the year (nominated by the public)

  • Barny O'Neill
  • Elaine & Jay Stott
  • Emma Goodman Horne
  • Esther Shortt
  • Garry Kerr
  • Highland Sizer
  • Kim Valente
  • Kate Rowe-Ham
  • Kimberle Smith Austin
  • Mollie Millington
  • Sabrina Ferro

Fit&Well hero award

  • Dina Asher Smith
  • Joe Wicks
  • Marcus Rashford

Home Workout Wonders

Best treadmill for home use

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This category pays tribute to the essential equipment that have made working out at home as good - if not better - than hitting the gym. Our shortlisted products are as follows...

Best elliptical machine

  • Branx Fitness Magnetic X-Fit
  • NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i
  • ProForm 225 CSE
  • Sole E95
  • Technogym Synchro Forma

Best exercise bike

  • Apex Bike
  • Carol Bike
  • JLL IC300 Indoor Cycling Bike
  • JTX Cyclo-5
  • Peloton
  • Technogym Bike Personal
  • Wattbike Atom

Best treadmill

  • Domyos Smart Treadmill T540C
  • JTX Sprint-7
  • Kettler Sport Arena Treadmill
  • Life Fitness T3 Treadmill
  • Peloton Tread
  • Technogym MyRun

Best rowing machine

  • JLL R200
  • JTX Freedom Air
  • Hydrow Rower
  • NordicTrack RW900
  • Technogym Skillrow
  • WaterRower Natural

Best dumbbells

  • Bodymax Deluxe Hammertone Dumbbell Kit
  • Bowflex SelectTech 552 
  • Domyos Weight Training Dumbbell Kit
  • Ironmaster Quick-Lock Set 
  • Power Block Sport 24 Adjustable Dumbbells

Best kettlebells

  • Gorilla Sports Competition Kettlebells
  • JaxJax Kettlebell Connect
  • Men's Health Cast Iron Kettlebell 
  • Opti Vinyl 10kg Kettlebell 
  • TRX Kettlebells

Hot Fit Kit

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We'll be toasting the best fitness apparel and accessories on the market - because the right kit only elevates your performance. The shortlists are...

Best running shoes for men

  • Adidas Ultraboost 2021
  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
  • Brooks Ghost 13
  • Hoka One One Rocket
  • Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
  • ON Running Cloudventure Peak
  • Saucony Kinvara 11

Best running shoes for women

  • Asics Gel Nimbus 23
  • Brooks Ghost 13
  • Adidas Duramo SL
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 
  • ON Running Women’s Cloudflow 

Best shoes for walking

  • Merrell MQM Flex 2.0
  • New Balance Relaxa
  • Nike Revolution 5
  • Sketchers Go Walk 5
  • Vans Ultrarange Exo

Best sports bra

  • Lululemon Enlite Bra
  • M&S Extra High Impact Serious Sports Bra
  • Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra
  • Sweaty Betty Stamina Bra
  • Triumph Triaction Energy Lite

Best yoga mat

  • Jade Harmony Mat
  • Liforme Original Yoga Mat 
  • Lululemon The Reversible Mat
  • Yoga-Mad Warrior Yoga Mat II
  • Yogamatters Eco Rise

Best foam roller

  • FitBeast Foam Roller Set
  • Hyperice Vyper 2.0
  • JAXJOX Foam RollerConnect
  • Meglio High Density Foam Roller
  • MyProtein Muscle Roller

Top Fitness Tech

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Our pick of the top fitness tech that helps you go harder, faster, stronger. These are the products we'll be picking from...

Best fitness watch

  • Fitbit Sense
  • Fitbit Versa 3
  • Garmin Vivoactive 4S
  • Huawei GT 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  • Withings Steel HR

Best workout earbuds

  • Apple AirPods Pro
  • Bose SoundSport Free
  • Huawei Freebuds 4i
  • Jabra Elite Active 75t
  • JayBird Vista 
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Sony WF-SP800N

Best heart rate monitor

  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Fitbit Sense
  • Garmin Forerunner 945
  • Polar H10
  • Wahoo TickR

Best Fitness Tracker

  • Fitbit Charge 4
  • Fitbit Inspire HR
  • Garmin Vivosport
  • Honor Band 5
  • Huawei Band 4 Pro
  • Xiaomi Smart Band 5

Best running watch

  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Coros Apex Pro
  • Garmin Enduro 
  • Garmin Forerunner 45 
  • Polar Vantage V2 
  • Suunto 9 Baro

Best running headphones

  • Adidas RPT-01
  • Aftershokz Aeropex 
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro
  • Bose Open Sport
  • B&O Sport E3
  • Jaybird Tarah Pro
  • Plantronics Backbeat 500 Fit

Healthy Home Heroes

Best blender: KitchenAid K400

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To coin a phrase, good health starts at home - and never was that more true than now. From kitchen to bedroom and the now-essential home office, these are the Healthy Home Heroes shortlists...

Best steamer

  • Bella Two Tier Food Steamer
  • Cuisinart Cookfresh Professional Glass
  • Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Cooker
  • Morphy Richards Compact Intellisteam
  • Magimix Multifunction Steamer
  • Oster Double Tiered Food Steamer
  • Salter EK2726 Healthy Cooking 3-Tier Steamer

Best air fryer

  • Tefal ActiFry Genius+
  • Philips Airfryer XXL 
  • Tower T17005 
  • Ninja Air Fryer AF100UK 
  • Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1

Best blender

  • Breville Blend Active Colour Mix
  • Cuisinart Easy Prep Pro Blender
  • KitchenAid K400 
  • Philips Innergizer High-Speed Blender 
  • Ninja Foodi HB150UK 
  • Nutribullet 1000 Series Blender 

Best health grill

  • Cuisinart Griddle & Grill
  • George Foreman 25810 Fit Grill 
  • George Foreman Griddle & Grill
  • Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Grill Pro
  • Tefal OptiGrill+

Best office chair

  • Amazon Basics Mesh Back Office Chair
  • Hag Capisco 8106
  • Herman Miller Mirra 2 
  • Ikea Hattefjall
  • Ikea Jarvfjallet

Best wake-up lamp

  • Beurer WL75
  • Coulax Wake Up Light
  • FitFort Wake Up Light
  • Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300
  • Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light
Stephanie Wood

Stephanie is Editor of GoodToKnow and was previously the Editor of Fit&Well. With 15 years experience, she has worked for titles including Woman&Home, MSN and Stylist, covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle including health and fitness. Her preferred way of staying fit and well is sport: she regularly plays tennis and has been a keen netballer since her school days. She plays with her London-based team, Cool Runnings, and is also a qualified Level 2 Netball Coach. Stephanie recently started strength training, and can now regularly be seen hobbling around her local area as DOMS kicks in. Happily, she’s since discovered the joy of recovery days. As a result, her top fitness tip is: invest in a foam roller!