We’re on a mission to recognize the fitness instructors who don’t just look great on Instagram—but actually inspire us to be better. So together with Reebok, we asked you to nominate trainers for the first-ever America’s Most Inspiring Trainer title. After nearly 5,000 entries, we’ve narrowed down the pool to 12 amazing finalists—and now it’s time for you to choose a winner! Learn more about Dennys Lozada below, and cast your vote by December 23.
Dennys Lozada, New York, NY
Trainer at The Fhitting Room
“Stand up and finish what you started.”
His Power Jam
“Last Breath” – Future
Dennys Lozada knows what it means to rise to a challenge—the three-time cancer survivor has been handed more than his fair share. “My biological parents left me at age 11,” he says. “I grew up in the system and was fortunate enough to get my act together.”
Lozada took to sports early on, going on to play college football and become a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champ. Today though, his biggest wins are his clients’ successes.
“While boxing professionally, I realized I wanted a larger purpose in life,” he says. “I wanted to know that when my time on earth was done that I made a difference in people’s lives and made a positive impact.”
His Most Inspiring Memory as a Trainer
When Lozada was recovering from his third bout of cancer last fall, a client currently battling cancer walked through the doors of his class. They quickly bonded.
“Seeing her push herself and not want special treatment would get me so emotional,” he recalls. “She was battling this disease by doing whatever it took to regain her strength physically and mentally—not just for herself but her family. I was honored that she felt me so trustworthy to take my classes. She’s my hero.”
His Inspiring Mission
“I want to leave a positive impression on every client that takes my class or that I train privately one-on-one,” Lozada says. “I believe in constantly learning and then using my knowledge to help as many others as possible accomplish whatever they are seeking through fitness.”
The winner of America’s Most Inspiring Trainer will score an exclusive one-year contract with Reebok and major coverage on Well+Good. Cast your vote now!
Photo: Lisa Haefner