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The Top 10 Personal Trainers of 2016

As you many already know, getting ready for a pageant can take a whole village. From hair to makeup to gowns to interview prep, you need all the help you can get to capture that crown. One of the often disliked parts of getting pageant ready is going to the gym.

Do you have one or all of these 15 Thoughts You Have During Your First Day Back To The Gym?

Admittedly, it can be harder on some days than the others to get up, but that is why we hire a trainer. If you are just working out on your own, a trainer could definitely help push you beyond what you think you can do.

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Top 10 Personal Trainers of 2016

10. Steve Hernandez

Steve Hernandez’s motto is “Find Your Inner Strength.” A longtime coach and trainer, Steve has worked with people preparing for all competitions, including pageants. His goal is to push his clients because many people are simply too afraid to push themselves hard enough to discover their inner strength. (Read: 3 Simple Methods to Track Success in the Gym)

Steve Hernandez is located in San Jose and works with people in all phases of their fitness journey. Photo: Personal Strength Training
Steve Hernandez is located in San Jose and works with people in all phases of their fitness journey. Photo: Personal Strength Training

9. Josh Rogers

Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007, said that Josh Rogers is the best trainer on the east side of the Mississippi River. She credits him for allowing her to dominate the swimsuit competition at Miss USA. Rogers co-owns RESULTS Fitness in Nashville, Tennessee. He specializes in personal training, group fitness and nutrition.

Josh Rogers provides both fitness and nutritional help for his clients Photo: Joshrogersfitness.com
Josh Rogers provides both fitness and nutritional help for his clients. Photo: Joshrogersfitness.com

8. Julie Blackwood

Making our list again this year, Julie Steele Blackwood has been helping women look their best for Miss America, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Miss USA and Miss International among other systems since 1995. The certified personal trainer can create either a one-on-one or a Pageantfit plan, depending on the client’s needs. She has recently worked with Miss Arkansas USA 2016Abby Floyd. (Read: What to Wear to the Gym During Pageant Week)

When she is not upholding the law, Julie Blackwood is owner of Pageantfit Photo: Pageantfit.com
When she is not upholding the law, Julie Blackwood is owner of Pageantfit. Photo: Pageantfit.com

7. Jeff Butterworth

Since 2005, Jeff has been whipping men and women into serious shape for competitions. He specializes in boot camp, circuit, kettlebell, strength and conditioning training. He helps his clients achieve the body they desire. He said that people often have the motivation to get fit, but they just may lack the knowledge to do it.

Jeff Butterworth helps his clients to retain the information needed to keep up fitness goals even past competitions Photo: yourtrainer.com
Jeff Butterworth helps his clients to retain the information needed to keep up fitness goals even past competitions. Photo: yourtrainer.com

6. Katie Boyd

Katie Boyd’s Miss Fit Club is the official sponsor for the Miss Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire USA pageants for the last 10 years. She recently resigned to create her own fitness-oriented pageant, the Miss Fit Contest, with the winner receiving over $100,000 in prizes and cash. A former pageant queen herself, Katie’s gym design is laid out to be like a boutique.

Katie Boyd makes her facility like a boutique instead of a typical gym. You can catch her show Wicked Fit on The Style Network Photo:
Katie Boyd makes her facility like a boutique instead of a typical gym. You can catch her show Wicked Fit on The Style Network. Photo: kbmfc.com

5. Brian Attebery

A former body builder himself and no newcomer to our list, with an extensive resume likes his, it’s no wonder so many titleholders trust Brian Attebery with their fitness goals. He has trained 28 contestants who went on to win the swimsuit preliminary competition at various Miss America state competitions. He’s the official trainer for the Miss Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas USA and Teen USA pageants along with the Mrs. Oklahoma America, Mrs. Oklahoma United States, and Mrs. Texas United States competitions.

Brian and his team works with 5 different states in the USA system Photo: resultsok.com
Brian and his team works with five different states in the USA system. Photo: resultsok.com

4. Rafael Ulloa

Next on our list, Olivia Culpo can thank Rafael Ulloa for helping her achieve her Miss USA and Miss Universe goals in 2012. Rafael has also worked with Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, and Victoria’s Secret models. Working off 56th Street in New York, New York, Rafael holds certifications in six different specialties. He works with a nutritionist to help his clients achieve their perfect pageant bodies. (Read: What to Wear to the Gym During Pageant Week)

Rafael not only coaches in person, he takes clients virtually online as well Photo: Linkedin
Rafael not only coaches in person, he takes clients virtually online as well. Photo: Linkedin

3. Mary-Marsha Riley

The former Mrs. Tennessee International 2011 definitely knows a thing or two about preparing for a pageant. She placed 3rd Runner-up, taking home the fitness and evening gown awards at the Mrs. International competition. She offers full-service pageant coaching based out of Tennessee. She helps her clients with everything from one-on-one training to stage presentation, paperwork, wardrobe selection and, of course, the fitness competition.

Mary serves as the official personal trainer for the Miss Memphis, Miss Shelby County, Miss Collierville, Mrs. Tennessee, and Miss Junior High, High School, and Collegiate America Pageants. Photo wellhousefitness.com
Mary serves as the official personal trainer for the Miss Memphis, Miss Shelby County, Miss Collierville, Mrs. Tennessee, and Miss Junior High, High School and Collegiate America Pageants. Photo wellhousefitness.com

2. Scott Keppel

Scott Keppel, owner of Scott Keppel Fitness, has worked with titleholders on the West Coast from Arizona to Utah for the Miss USA and America systems. He helps women track their progress at the gym so they are able to see and recognize when they are hitting their fitness goals.

(Check out our recent interview with Scott: What You NEED to Know to Prepare For Pageant Fitness Wear)

Scott has helped hundreds of people prepare their bodies for pageants and fitness competitions Photo: Scott Keppel
Scott has helped hundreds of people prepare their bodies for pageants and fitness competitions. Photo: Scott Keppel

1. John Morris

Taking the number one spot this year, John Morris believes that health and fitness is a complete lifestyle. He specializes in pageant preparation and is the official trainer for systems out of the DMV metro area. This pageant judge knows how you get a contestant into shape for her next pageant. He is even working with Ghana to get their representative in tip-top shape for Miss Universe.

John Morris is the Director of Training at Styrkefit and is a pageant judge on the weekends Photo: Styrkefit.com
John Morris is the Director of Training at Styrkefit and is a pageant judge on the weekends. Photo: Styrkefit.com

There you have it for this year’s best trainers. They have helped some the top winners achieve their best, healthy and fit bodies.

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