Fit&Well Awards Trainer of the Year - all the nominees!

See all the names to make the long-list following our public call for Trainer of the Year nominations

Fit&Well Awards Trainer of the Year nominations
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Last month we invited you, our readers, to nominate your favorite fitness professional for the title of Trainer of the Year as part of the Fit&Well Awards 2021.

The nominations window has now closed - and we've been truly overwhelmed by the response.

Over a thousand of you got in touch to tell us about the people who have made staying fit and well over this frankly nightmare year possible, resulting in a long-list of 70 names - which you'll find listed in full below.

The nominations spoke of endless enthusiasm, of bringing brightness during dark days, and of going above and beyond in the most challenging circumstances. 

We heard tales of trainers loaning their clients equipment worth hundreds just to make sure they could continue with their training plan; of sponsored fitness events that raised valuable cash for in-need charities; and, above all, of unfaltering support through both the physical and mental challenges Covid-19 presented.

Above all, each and every nomination left us feeling inspired and uplifted - which is exactly what makes a great trainer.

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their fitness professional, and congratulations to all of the names listed below! The Fit&Well team are already working on the tough task of drawing up a shortlist, and it will then fall to our brilliant judging panel to undertake the even tougher task of choosing who most deserves to take home the title.

All the Fit&Well Awards winners will be announced during a special awards week, starting April 12th. Keep an eye on fitandwell.com and @wearefitandwell on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out who is victorious!

Trainer of the Year Award - Long-List

Congratulations to all our nominees!

Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood

Stephanie is Editor of Fit&Well. She has previously 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 is obsessed with netball, which she's played since the age of seven. She currently plays with her London-based team, Cool Runnings, and is also a qualified Level 2 Netball Coach. During lockdown, Stephanie started strength training at home, 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!