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William “Bill” Crawford –

2012 NFHOF Inductee

“Pioneer in Modern Fitness”

Born: September 3, 1953

Hometown: Ouray, Colorado


Bill Crawford has been a leader and visionary in fitness since 1977. In 2012, Bill was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his lifelong contributions and was elected to chair the board in 2015. In 2016, Bill represented the NFHOF in Washington D.C. at the Surgeon General's Call to Action for the "Step it Up" Program in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, ACE, MFA, and others. This historic event featured former US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murth, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, along with leadership from Congress, the health care system, and the fitness industry.

Bill was trained for musculoskeletal evaluation and rehabilitation at the Exercise Science Center, University of Florida in Gainesville, and was personally trained by the late Arthur Jones, inventor of Nautilus and MedX. Over the past 39 years, Bill has provided fitness training for thousands, exercising muscles in isolation to muscle failure with equalized resistance through the full range of motion using a safe and effective protocol. You may have seen his national TV ads for the Resistance Chair, his features on CNN and Fox News, or read his stories in countless publications. Bill is a recognized fitness columnist, consultant, lecturer, and educator. His fitness program with the U.S. Navy led to the development of his iPhone app: Gym-To-Go and, featured in Men’s Fitness magazine. Bill has trained major sports teams, athletes and Hollywood celebrities and developed careers of many fitness professionals.

Bill was born and raised in the rugged mountain town of Ouray, Colorado where being fit is incidental to the environment. He spent his youth competitive skiing, hiking and climbing fourteen thousand foot mountains. Bill has received numerous accolades as a longtime community leader in municipalities across the country investing valuable time serving in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, boards, committees, and volunteer organizations.

Bill has owned and developed fitness centers around the world. Since 1997, Basic Training has been located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is owned and operated by Bill and his wife Debbie.  Today the Crawford’s clients enjoy their dedication to personal service and state-of-the-art cardio and MedX equipment.  Their knowledge and motivational skills help people attain their fitness goals.  There is no substitute for decades of Bill’s practical experience and expertise.  Bill continues to promote fitness worldwide.

For more info visit:

William "Bill" Crawford

Basic Training MedX

4390 N. Miller Road, Ste C-107

Scottsdale, AZ 85251