National Fitness Hall of Fame Museum & Institute

Educate * Motivate * Inspire



Several years ago, John Figarelli found that little was being done to recognize and remember the efforts that so many have made promoting heath and fitness to the American public.   The National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF) was founded on December 2nd, 2004 to provide a both physical and virtual place, where the lifelong efforts of individuals and organizations are acknowledged and showcased.


Mission:  To recognize and support fitness professionals for their dedication to helping others "Get Fit & Stay Healthy" and provide programs and services that helps all individuals achieve a better level of health and fitness.


Vision:  The National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF) is a national showcase that recognizes the accomplishment of yesterday’s fitness legends and today's fitness superstars whose passion is to help individuals get fit & stay healthy.

Motto: "Educate * Motivate * Inspire"


There are many sponsorship opportunities at the NFHOF.  Please contact us for complete details.


The National Fitness Hall of Fame is comprised of four divisions:


NFHOF - “The Hall” recognizes individuals for their career work in the field of fitness and health.  Induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame is the highest honor a person working in the fitness industry can achieve.  The Hall also presents other special awards of merit.  Hosts an annual ceremony where can fellowship.


NFHOF Museum:  Located in beautiful downtown Minooka, Illinois, this quaint little museum offers free guided tours to both the fitness professional and the general public.  A fantastic online virtual tour can also be experienced at our website –   


NFHOF Membership:  The backbone of our organization is our members.  NFHOF Members receive many benefits which includes our quarterly News-Magazine: “Educate * Motivate * Inspire.”     Members can also participate in the many contests and events that we conduct each year.


NFHOF Institute:  The newly formed institute serves as an outreach to Educate, Motivate & Inspire fitness professionals as well as the general public.  Fitness Professionals can now earn the National Fitness Hall of Fame Institute’s Advanced Fitness Education Certificate and become a NFHOF Certified Fitness Expert. 



Any Professional Member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame can be nominated for induction consideration if they meet the minimum criteria listed below.  A Sponsor will have to complete the Nominee application and gather all necessary signatures and photos and submit by the current year deadline.  (2018 application period TBD) 

  • 30+ years of full-time service as a professional in the health & fitness industry.
  • Genuine concern for the welfare of others.
  • Extensive and diverse work experience
  • A "Body of Work" that is national recognized
  • Reached the age of 60. (minimum age was raised to 60 y/o in 2018)
  • Induction categories include: Instructor, Trainer, Educator, Medical/Sports Fitness & Executive


Telephone: (630) 865-5512

Mailing Address: 
National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF)
P.O. Box 520, Minooka, IL  60447