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Here’s who will be helping to choose America’s Most Inspiring Trainer

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There’s about to be a new trainer on your radar—but we can’t tell you who they are yet. Why? Because we’re conducting a nationwide search to find them.

You’ve heard about America’s Most Inspiring Trainer, right? It’s our mission with Reebok to recognize the fitness instructors who don’t just strengthen our core—but actually inspire us to be better. You know, the ones who make you feel just a little more confident, a little more empowered, and a little more able to tackle your dreams when you walk out of a session.

So we asked *you* to nominate the Pilates instructors, the personal trainers, and really any fitness pro who has moved you—and you responded to the tune of nearly 5,000 submissions.

And now, an expert team of judges (from both the Well+Good and Reebok universes) are crunching the numbers, reading your heartfelt stories, and dialing in on the 12 finalists who will make it to the next round. And trust us: it’s a dream team.

First up, Well+Good co-founder and editorial director Melisse Gelula will apply her eye for a compelling story and years of experience covering the fitness scene to the search. As the leader of Well+Good’s editorial team, she’s given a platform to stand-out trainers since 2010.

Jamie Eason. Photo: Reebok
Center: Jamie Eason. Photo: Reebok

Next we have Jamie Eason, the fitness model and writer you’ve probably seen on a million fit-mag covers. A breast cancer survivor who went on to challenge the stereotype that muscles can’t be feminine (she specializes in weight training), Eason is now a Reebok trainer.

You could say the final judge Matt O’Toole (ahem, Reebok brand president) knows a little about the fitness game. Leading the charge to bring Reebok back to its fitness roots, he emphasizes the power of fitness to push us to be the best version of ourselves (see exhibit A: the brand’s mantra “be more human”)—and champions instructors as leaders both in and out of the gym.

All 12 finalists will get a profile on Well+Good, and from there, we’ll need your help to choose a winner through an online vote. What’s at stake? A one-year contract with Reebok, major coverage on Well+Good, and, of course, the first-ever America’s Most Inspiring Trainer title!

Stay tuned! The finalists are coming at you soon. Check back for everything America’s Most Inspiring Trainer here!

Top photo: Reebok