Callan (1939 –2012) was an American fitness professional. She achieved unprecedented success with her Callanetics exercises. Her 9 books all became international best-sellers and the video series that followed went on to sell over 6 million copies. Pinckney's first video release "Callanetics: 10 Years Younger In 10 Hours" outsold every other fitness video in the US. Within 3 years it had pushed Jane Fonda into second place on the all-time individual best-selling fitness video chart and it remains the all-time fitness bestseller in both the US and UK.
Callan Pinckney was raised in Savannah, Georgia. She trained in classical ballet for twelve years and studied other forms of dance, movement and exercise. She had to restore her own body to health when, after an eleven-year backpacking odyssey around the world, the rigors of travel, combined with a congenital back defect, led to physical collapse.
On her return to the U.S. she experimented with various exercise techniques, using her early ballet training to develop the program which finally solved her physical problems. Callan taught her revolutionary exercise program from her New York apartment and had many famous and distinguished clients worldwide, all of whom testify that Callanetics is a unique, safe exercise system for transforming bodyshape.
John (born: December 2, 1951) is considered by many the most successful trainer in the world. He was born in Persia, in a small town near the Russian border. A young child with big dreams. At the age of six he would visit the town's gym to be with his cousin, a heavy weight boxing champion. By the age of twelve, "The Beast", as his mother affectionately called him, was training his cousin and he realized he had found his calling. "The Beast" set out to become the best trainer in the world. He devoted his life to training in order to achieve his dream. He had to overcome many obstacles and barriers along the way as he acquired nearly four decades of knowledge and wisdom never before seen in the world of health and fitness. His intelligence, wisdom and intellect are beyond anything imaginable. He is restless in his pursuit of perfection and believes that anything is possible. He is a student of life. He is called "Coach", "Mentor", "Big Brother", but those who know him well, call him a "Living Legend".
There are hundreds of testimonials on file from people of all ages who have achieved astounding results in a short period of time using John's unique training methods. The "John the Beast System" is for anyone, male or female, teen or adult, of any age - who wants to be the very best they can be in order to live their life to the fullest!
John has a Black Belt in Judo from the United States Judo Federation. He is an inventor of 2 fitness machines; both with U.S. Patents and Trademarks. His is also the published author of "WAKE-UP!". This powerful book details how the simple and scientific training methods developed by John are combined with natural nutrition and a philosophy of good living resulting in improved health, greater mental acuity and physical independence. It is a promise for a healthier lifestyle and a plan for living life to its fullest potential.
Fred, aka, Dr. Squat (Born: October 21, 1942 / Died: May 14, 2017) earned his doctorate in philosophy from TempleUniversity with competency examinations taken in sport psychology, motor learning and sport sociology. Dr. Hatfield is President of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a major provider of continuing education and a certifying agency for sports training, fitness therapy and personal fitness trainer professionals.
He has provided research and development and marketing consultation to several nutritional and fitness equipment manufacturers and other fitness-related corporations around the world. He has been both a principal in, and consultant to, numerous commercial enterprises involved in fitness, nutrition, publishing and education since 1970, and has been directly involved in establishing and consulting for numerous health and fitness clubs across the U.S. He has taught sports psychology, strength physiology, and physical education at the University of Wisconsin, Newark State College, Bowie State College, TempleUniversity and the University of Illinois. Early in his career he was cited in "Who's Who in American Education," and voted "Outstanding Young Men in America." He was a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB), the West German Bodybuilding Federation, Australian Powerlifting Federation, FOX Network and CBS Sports. He was coach three times for the U.S. National Powerlifting team and a member of the executive committees of the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Federation and U.S. Powerlifting Federation.
The founding editor of Sports Fitness magazine (now Men’s Fitness), he has written more than 60 books and over 200 articles on sports fitness, weight training and athletic nutrition. He is a former standout college gymnast, Mr. Teenage Connecticut, Mr. Atlantic Coast and Mr. Mid America in bodybuilding. He was the Wisconsin and Connecticut weightlifting champion, broken over 30 world records as a powerlifter competing in five different weight divisions, and won the World Championships in powerlifting three times in three different weight divisions. In 1987, at the age of 45, Hatfield established a world record in the squat at 1014 pounds (255 body weight), the most anyone had ever lifted in the history of competition. His frequent world record-breaking performances have gained him the nickname of "Dr. Squat." He remained competitive in Masters Level Olympic Weightlifting until recently, having represented the USA in the 1998 World Masters Games in Oregon. In June of 2000, Dr. Hatfield was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame, located in York, PA.
Professor Len Kravitz - 2017 NFHOF Inductee
Len Kravitz, PhD earned his degree from Health Promotion and Exercise Science, University of New Mexico, May, 1994, and a M.A. in Physical Education from San JoseStateUniversity. Dr. Len is the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and a Researcher at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award.
Throughout the years Dr. Kravitz has been honored with a multitude of awards, including the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award, chosen as the ACE 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year” and received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional “Lifetime Achievement Award” to name a few.
Dr. Len has been a key provider in research in a variety of exercise science fields, dating back to 1982 through today. While published in books, magazines, manuals and journals, Dr. Kravitz thoroughly enjoys educating eager learners through written materials as well as live education.
He also enjoys his spending his time sitting on many different advisory boards for AEA, ACE, IDEA, AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal, SouthwestAmericanCollege of Sports Medicine, Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals, Journal of Exercise Physiology, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
2016 NFHOF Induction Ceremony & the National Fitness Hall of Fame Re-opening in Addison, IL
For Immediate Release: 6/26/2016 – Addison, IL
On June 26, 2016 the NFHOF re-opened its doors to the public. Closed since 2012, the new facility is something to behold. The 1,100 square foot museum, affectionately known as "The Hall" is divided into several rooms, each with unique décor relating to "Fitness History" and those who inspired it.
One such room, the Gadgets & Gismos room displays numerous products designed to inspire the public to get fit. Some products were good, however most were gimmicky like the “twist board.” Inspired by the popular dance-craze, “the Twist;” the twist board promised to get everyone in great shape by “dancing the night away” on this little board. Several versions were produced and many were on display for all of see and try!
Current year inductee, Dr. Len Kravitz shared these great words, “the Grand Reopening re-established the important linkages between the past and present knowledge of the growth of fitness. Understanding our past is the best way to shape our future. The History of Fitness enables us to keep delivering our message of health through physical activity and exercise.”
“I get the best feeling when I hear all the kind words from the people in attendance,” said John Figarelli, NFHOF Founder. “Like the one from Dee Pinckney” who said, “What a spectacular event! Everyone was extremely welcoming and it was so wonderful to meet so many people who have devoted their lives to helping others! Loved looking at the history of fitness and was fascinated by all that John has collected to preserve that history! Thank you John!”
2011 NFHOF Inductee, Jim Everroad from Indiana said, "this year's event was great again!” The evening event, of course, was the annual Induction Ceremony where fitness professionals and fans gathered to see Fitness Legends & Superstars receive the highest accolade in the health & fitness industry. For a lifetime career devoted to helping others “Get Fit & Stay Healthy;” NFHOF Inductees are forever enshrined in “The Hall.”
The NFHOF’s Class of 2016 included: John “The Beast” Azari, Dr. Fred Hatfield, Dr. Len Kravitz and Callan Pinckney
VIP Presenters included: Sara Kooperman, Kathy Kaehler, Bill Crawford and Frank “Rudy” Reuttiger
The NFHOF’s Volunteers of the Year: Beth & Charles Kuntzleman
Living Legend, Dr. Fred Hatfield summed up his NFHOF experience saying…
“Being nominated and chosen to be inducted into a Hall of Fame isn’t something I had ever aspired to achieve. Of course, I was honored beyond words, but I didn’t know what to expect when I showed up in Chicago. I was very pleasantly surprised that it was an extremely happy group of dedicated fitness professionals who showed up.
I am, as every one there, just a guy who has had a passion for fitness throughout my entire life. The “History of Fitness” exhibit was a huge hit for me. I recognized every one of the fitness gadgets there, and most of the books. Waves of nostalgia were powerfully in the air for everyone there. The re-opening ceremony was fun too. I learned that the exhibit was closed for a period of time, and I hope it never closes again. Maybe with the generosity and help of other dedicated fitness professionals, it will remain open for all time. It was exceptionally memorable to hang out with all of the former inductees and the current class of 2016. I knew most by reputation only, and it was a thrill for me to finally get to meet them in person. Thank you one and all!” ~ Fred
Everyone seemed to have a great time during this historic day as several inductees expressed tremendous sentiments of gratitude.
“It is truly an honor to share in recognizing and being with individuals who are making a difference in the lives of so many people.” ~ Regards, Esther Gutierrez-Sloan (2010 NFHOF Inductee)
“Dear John - Thank you so much for including all of us. It was a fantastic experience. Such an honor to be part of this incredible family of fitness professionals. We sincerely appreciate all you do!” Kind regards, Sara Kooperman (2012 NFHOF Inductee)
“The 2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame was a celebration of the devoted passion of inductees who have dedicated their careers to helping others through exercise. I seek to provide some meaningful education, research and impact to my colleagues and students. In many ways the induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame is an empowering inspiration for me to continue on this journey.” ~ Best Wishes, Len Kravitz
We would like to thank all of our fantastic supporters, volunteers and of course give a special “shout-out” to our terrific sponsors, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for helping to make this event possible.
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