Bob Delmonteque was born on November 9, 1926 Alvin, Texas, Dr. Bob is known as America's premier senior fitness consultant. Bob has trained Hollywood legends like John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and contemporary stars like Matt Dillon.
Since appearing on his first magazine cover in 1939, Dr. Bob has spent over 65 years helping tens of thousands of people achieve proven, dramatic results with a celebrated method that combines expert training advice and sound nutritional counseling. His expertise was recognized by NASA who recruited him to provide the physical and mental health programs to the first two sets of Apollo 11 astronauts. Dr. Bob was the personal trainer to astronaut John Glenn in the 1960’s and for his heroic return to space in 1998. During the Lyndon Johnson administration he was on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness.
After WWII, Bob was in Hollywood, but didn’t feel very comfortable in acting roles. Since he had a naturopathic doctor’s degree, he became the doctor of the “Stars!” Bob also became a part owner/operator of Executive Health Clubs International, which operated 500 health clubs worldwide.
Dr. Bob cites a highlight of his career as, “working with Jack Dempsey (one of the greatest fighters ever) and thanks the following people: Joe Weider for helping me build my image as it is today. Ray Wilson for letting me work with him as his partner. Dick Minns for his great innovative ability in helping me market myself. Rocky Marciano, for letting me train him for the Jersey Joe Wolcott fight. And the millions of people that I’ve helped to a better way of life.”
Esther Gutiérrez Sloan, a native Colombian, is the President and founder of SALSArobics, Inc. In 1965, at age 12 she moved with her family to the United States. In 1978 she received a bachelor’s degree from NortheasternIllinoisUniversity. In 1988 her love of people, music and dance drew her to change her career and create SALSArobics®, the pioneering form of aerobic exercise that combines authentic Latin rhythms with the steps to popular Latin dances.
Esther created and managed the FITKIDS children’s fitness program for the Lake Forest Health and Fitness Institute and is currently the Director of the Youth Fitness Program for the Lake ForestFitnessCenter. She also teaches land and water master classes, certified personal trainer and a highly sought after motivational speaker and presenter.
Esther and husband, Walt have been married for 44 years and have two terrific daughters.
Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., FACS, is Professor and Vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, health and nutrition expert and Ironman triathlete. He is regarded as a premiere specialist in the surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spine, particularly with microscopic and minimally invasive procedures. He had done extensive research into brain tumors, concussions and diseases of the spine that have led to many innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating these disorders.
Team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1981, Dr. Maroon has successfully performed surgery on numerous professional football players and other elite athletes with potentially career-ending neck and spine injuries, safely returning them all to their high level of athletic performance. Dr. Maroon is frequently quoted as an expert source by national media, recently including the New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and ABC News Nightline.
As a health and fitness expert he is Chairman of the Medical advisory board of GNC and has research interests in the use of omega-3 fatty acids as a safe and natural alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in treating neck and low-back pain in patients with disc and arthritic causes as well as for general good health. He wrote the book, Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory, which highlights many of the benefits of fish oil. He has recently authored the book, The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a longer and Healthier Life. In 2012 this book was made into a PBS special and featured in TV stations throughout the country.
As an undergraduate at IndianaUniversity in Bloomington, Indiana, he was named a Scholastic All-American in football. In 2011 he was selected as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of IndianaUniversity—one of 5 selected annually from 500,000 alumni from the university. Dr. Maroon has successfully maintained his personal athletic interests through participation in 9 marathons and more than 72 Olympic-distance triathlon events, including seven international Ironman triathlons. (Hawaii—1993, 2003, 2008, 2010; Canada 1995; New Zealand 1997; Europe 2000). In July 2012 he was second in his age group in the Muncie, Indiana Ironman triathlon.
Melissa Orth-Fray - 2010 Inductee
Born: December 1962
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Melissa, a well respected exercise physiologist and a single digit handicap golfer, has built her practice around helping others – golfers to business professionals – improve their games, their health and well being. Melissa coaches a select group of individuals and makes her ideas, health philosophies and best practices available to all through her lecture series, books and videos. Melissa says raw courage is doing the tough stuff it takes to be a champion. She fearlessly goes after her dreams and goals and she’ll show you how to do the same!
Along with her athletic accomplishments, Melissa graduated from George Williams college in 1985 with her Bachelor in Science. She went on to achieve her MBA in 1987 from AuroraUniversity.
She has worked with several PGA tour players, as well as members of the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs. She’s worked with individuals ranging in age from 3 to 90!
Today, Melissa coaches a select group of individuals and makes her ideas, health philosophies and best practices available to all through her lecture series, books and videos.
Bill Pearl - 2010 NFHOF Inductee
2010 NFHOF “Lifetime Achievement Award"
Born: October 31, 1930
Hometown: Yakima, Washington
Bill was born in 1930 in Prineville, Oregon; however, because of the depression, the Pearl family was on the move a great deal and finally settled in Yakima, Washington.
From an early age Bill had an intense desire to be strong and well built. He was quite a stocky kid and interested in sports. He played softball, ran track, was on the school swimming team and played football. There were two particular sports in which he made rapid progress: wrestling and bodybuilding. In 1950 Bill entered the U.S. Navy and was eventually stationed in San Diego, California, where he joined Leo Stern's Gym. He entered his first physique contest in 1952 and placed third in the Mr. San Diego contest. Come 1953 and Bill Pearl took the physique world by storm winning the Mr. Oceanside, Mr. Southern California, Mr. California, Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles all in one year.
After competition, Bill was in constant demand as a guest poser. He also had a fabulous strength act which included blowing up hot water bottles until they would burst, spike bending, chain breaking, and tearing auto license plates in half with his bare hands.
Bill opened several health clubs and gyms and for many years he was a consultant for Life Fitness helping to educate the public about the numerous benefits of exercise training.
Bill and his wife Judy, moved to Southern Oregon, where they found their ideal haven in a healthful, clean environment, overlooking the beautiful RogueValley. The climate and their wonderful neighbors suit them perfectly, while the surrounding hills and the valley provide them with a deep sense of peace and tranquility when they are at home. Bill still gets up regularly at 3:00 a.m. to train six days a week and enjoys working on his antique automobiles in his spare time.
Forbes Riley - 2010 NFHOF Inductee
Born: April 25, 1960
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Forbes is an award winning TV host, author and a 2010 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for her lifetime commitment to selling quality in-home fitness and wellness products. To date, Forbes has sold more than $2 billion dollars worth of products in this category. She is known worldwide for promoting the Jack Lalanne Juicer, the Living Well Health Master and for starring in the feature film about raw food called “Super Charge Me!”
Forbes is on a continuing mission to promote health, vitality and fitness as a lifestyle and not a fad. She can be seen on television with a variety of health and fitness products on HSN, Ideal World-UK, Canadian Home Shopping and soon on QVC Germany and Japan because as Forbes says, “It seems living well and getting fit has no cultural barriers!” The mother of twins, she and her husband live between Los Angeles, California and St. Petersburg, Florida.
Finally and foremost, Forbes believes that fitness needs to be a way of life. She says, “My personal philosophy about health and fitness is that it is a lifestyle, not a fad. Just like a sailboat in water, turn just one degree and over time you’re heading in a vastly new direction. Your body will thank you!”
Fitness is a Lifestyle, not a Fad!
Fred Schutz - 2010 NFHOF Inductee
Born: October 28, 1932 - Died: 2021
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Fred was truly a renaissance man having expertise in numerous areas. Received his Masters Degree from LoyolaUniversity. He is a retired Chicago Teacher. Recipient of Superintendent's Quest for Quality Award 1977, Fred participated in the l985-86 "Teacher in Space Program."
Fred is also an accomplished actor having done stage, screen and TV and can currently be seen in an American Cancer Society commercial. As an athlete Fred is well versed winning the Mr. Chicago title in 1958 and Mr. Universe over 70 in 2003, with many titles in between. He lettered in shot put in college and had an extensive weightlifting career beginning with the National Weightlifting Champion 1958 to becoming the World Masters Champ in 1988 (Of course with many titles in between).
Fred was married to his lovely wife, Kathleen over 29 years before her untimely death from cancer. They have three children (oldest son Richard was member of the '88 & '92 US Olympic Team) and six grandchildren.
Raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York, Dennis Tinerino grew up surrounded by poverty and crime. Surrounded by his large Italian-American family, Dennis learned the ways of "the family" along with his family values. The sport of bodybuilding removed him from that environment, but it took the Lord to change the inner man. As former Mr. America, Mr. Natural Universe and four-time Mr. Universe, Dennis understood power and strength, but only in the physical sense.
Exposure and fame in bodybuilding brought acclaim in TV, movies, magazine articles, exhibitions, seminars and great success in business and every area of life. This success came with a price, however, and his efforts to maintain the lifestyle of his rich and famous friends eventually caused him to be sent to prison. There, Dennis came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of his life through the ministry of Ray McCauley. This champion body builder is now called and anointed by the Lord as a Prophet/Evangelist to partner with the Lord in helping build up His Body, the Church. Since his conversion to Jesus Christ and his call to ministry in 1979, Dennis has an understanding of real power - moving in the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Dennis now has a mandate as a Prophet/Evangelist, and is called to the churches and the nations. His vision is to help stir up, equip and edify believers to flow in the supernatural, overcoming power of the Holy Spirit, trusting the Lord to move in signs, wonders and miracles that follow the Word and to impart the gifts of the Spirit. The anointing God has placed on Dennis' life takes people to new heights and depths in their personal relationship with God, helping them to enter into the presence of the Lord. At Holy Ghost meetings and revivals, many accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and are shaken by the changing power of Jesus as the fire of God is loosed over the meetings. The Lord has blessed Dennis with the ability to impart a desire and hunger within the hearts of God's people to tap into the supernatural, miraculous realm. Many testimonies follow this ministry of God's children having received a new boldness, the Spirit of power and might.
Terry Todd, PhD - 2010 NFHOF Inductee
Born: December 31, 1937 - Died: July 7, 2018
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Terry was an American powerlifter and Olympic weightlifter. He was co-founder of the H.J.LutcherStarkCenter for Physical Culture and Sports, co-editor of Iron Game History and and creator and event director of the Arnold Strongman Classic. Todd has also held a career as a journalist on the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, as well as doing commentary for CBS, NBC, ESPN National Public Radio.
Todd began as a weightlifter in 1956, and won the Junior Nationals in Olympic weightlifting in 1963. He then turned to Powerlifting, and won the first two national championships in 1964 and in 1965 (the first official Senior Nationals) as a superheavyweight. At the 1965 Nationals, Todd became the first man to squat 700 lbs. in competition at a bodyweight of 335 lbs. His best official lifts were: a 720-pound squat, a 515-pound bench press, and a 742-pound deadlift. Todd retired from competition in 1967.
Once he stopped competing, he became a college professor in 1967 at AuburnUniversity. Todd taught at several universities in both the United States and Canada before finally returning to the University of Texas. Todd retired from the classroom in the 1990s and was the Director of the H.J.LutcherStarkCenter for Physical Culture and Sports, a 27,500-square-foot library/museum, which is housed in the football stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.
David Webster – 2010 NFHOF Inductee
Born: September 18, 1928
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
David Webster was born in 1928. He completed a degree in physical education at TeachersTrainingCollege, in Aberdeen, and as a public school teacher before turning to community recreation and sports promotion work in Scotland. As an author, Webster has published hundreds of articles in a wide variety of academic and popular journals.
David is currently the Scottish Weightlifting Chairman and served as the Scottish weightlifting national coach, as well as referee, and competitor in that sport. He attended the 1960, 1968, and 1972 Olympics as part of the Scottish delegation and worked at the World & European Championships in 1961, 62, 63, 64, 65, and 66 as either a technical official, referee, or coach. Webster was coach of the British team at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Malta in 1983, and he also served for many years as Scottish National Weightlifting Coach. Webster also competed in weightlifting and in the sport of powerlifting. Webster has also been an official in bodybuilding, and was a founding member of the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association (NABBA)
2010 NFHOF Induction Ceremony
“Fitness Legends Gather for Memorable Occasion"
March 14, 2010 - Addison, Illinois
Many legendary fitness professionals were on hand to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the National Fitness Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremony as nearly 200 people packed the Shiners’ banquet facility in Addison, IL on the 14th of March.
NFHOF Founder John Figarelli, “I am both proud and honored to bring together so many quality fitness professionals and have the Hall of Fame recognize their wonderful careers.
In attendance were Bill Pearl, Fred Schutz, Terry Todd, Ph.D, David P. Webster, Esther Gutierrez-Sloan, Melissa Orth Fray, Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, MD and Forbes Riley. (Dr. Bob Delmonteque was unable to attend because of illness).
One audience member proclaimed, “This year's event was EXCELLENT in every respect! The venue, the menu and all the fine people you brought together all added up to a most memorable experience.”
Dr. Bob Goldman, 2006 HOF inductee, helped co-host the event and present Bill Pearl, five-time Mr. Universe and the most widely traveled Mr. America with the this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The always helpful, Del Reddy received the “Volunteer of the Year” Award.
For the past five years, the HOF event was held in conjunction with the “Don of Sports” Awards Dinner. This year, Don Figarelli honored Addison resident, Rick Aiello and Joliet native, Frank “Rudy” Ruettiger. At the end of the evening, an attendee commented, “I had a ball, thank you so much for everything!”
Fitness & Strength Superstars - Bill Seno, Ernie Franz, Bill Pearl, Fred Schutz and John Hansen
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