HYLETE Fitness Professional of the Year is an initiative to acknowledge and award those who have inspired others and encouraged positive change in their community.

how it works

Who is eligible?
Everyone in the fitness industry such as trainers, nutritionists, and subject matter experts are all eligible. Nominate someone who influences your life so their work does not go unseen or unappreciated.

meet the judges

Christmas Abbott

Author of National Best Seller The Badass Body Diet

Owner/Coach of CrossFit Invoke

NASCAR front tire changer

CrossFit H.Q. Seminar Staff

Drew Manning

Creator of Fit2Fat2Fit.com

Author of N.Y. Times best Seller Fit2Fat2Fit

Creator of A&E TV Series, Fit to Fat to Fit

Host of the Fit2Fat2Fit Experience Podcast

Mike Fantigrassi

NASM Master Instructor

Director of Professional Services (NASM)

Oversees NASM's Live Education

Member of the Fitness Industry since 1994

meet the sponsors

SKLZ makes Performance Training solutions that prepare athletes to be ready for their sport. Their warm-up and recover line includes products to help you maintain healthy muscles and reduce the likelihood of injury.

For training tips, visit their blog and click on "Recovery."

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced specializations for fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and specializations including the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).

XD Performance serves as a product development company whose objective is to improve on existing designs as well as create completely new concepts. Their fitness equipment such as medicine balls and sand bags are reinforced with DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber, making them the toughest on the market.


past FIT PRO winners

Kristen was a senior at Kent State when she contracted an illness that required treatments and medications, the side effects of which, combined with depression, caused her weight to balloon. After treatment she was too uncomfortable in her own skin to work out in public, so she began at home with a fitness DVD and late night runs so no one would see her. Kristen shed her unwanted weight and in 2008 she left her marketing position and returned to Kent State to teach in the Physiology Department. Kristen decided she didn't want to be on the treatment side of health, but rather, she wanted to pursue the proactive side of health. Since then, she has become the Owner of youthryve.com and has dedicated her life to helping others stay fit.

Shadston grew up in Detroit knowing he had a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals. He left his job with G.M. and moved to Texas with no training certifications or documented fitness experience. After getting his certification in North Texas, he moved to Houston, where he became the Fitness and Health Ambassador in charge of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. With this position he helped get Houston off America's Fattest City List by creating Go Healthy Houston and the HPARD wellness brand. Shadston affects over 2 million Houstonians through his work on advisory boards, partnerships with schools, corporations, and the medical community.