The 2016 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. Below are some of our favorite stories after one week of nominations.

Eric Basek

“Eric Basek puts others first. He proved that when he put his life on the line as a police officer, and he continues to do so with every decision he makes regarding his coaches, gym members, cops, TUF Team athletes, recovering veterans, friends, and family.”

Eric is the owner of Blue Titan Fitness & Self-Defense, where he offers free law enforcement seminars in self-defense, use of force, handcuffing skills, and active shooter scenarios. In addition, he provides training in anti-bullying and self-defense to children, and empowerment seminars for women in rape prevention and self-defense.  

Tina Compton

“I want to nominate Tina for her determination, motivation and commitment to her clients and to herself…. This lady deserves so much more!”

When Tina Compton’s father passed 14 years ago she began to struggle with her weight. In the last three years, she has not only lost 126 lbs. through nutrition and daily exercise, but has opened up her own fitness studio. She is a mother of three, works a full-time job, and runs her own business. While juggling all of this, she makes an effort to keep her services affordable for those who are struggling financially.

Braden Rubey

“I do not have some heart wrenching story about loss or overcoming devastating illness. All I have is a great man and coach that sacrifices and motivates every single day, for the greater good and love of his community.”

Braden Rubey is an owner/coach at CrossFit Argyle/Unicus Athletics. He works with athletes of all ages and levels from beginners to competitive athletes, moving around his own schedule to accommodate his members. Braden is a competitive athlete himself, and has shown that he is willing to pause his own training and competition prep to put his members first. He always makes sure they have everything they need to be successful.

Nominate a fitness professional you know so their work does not go unseen or unappreciated.

Learn more about The 2016 HYLETE Fitness Professional of the Year contest.