As you many already know, getting ready for a pageant can take a whole village. From hair to makeup to gowns to interview prep, you need all the help you can get to capture that crown. One of the often disliked parts of getting pageant ready is going to the gym. Admittedly, it can be harder on some days than the others to get up, but that is why we hire a trainer. If you are just working out on your own, a trainer could definitely help push you beyond what you think you can do. To locate a trainer near you, we can help. Visit our Personal Trainer Directory to begin your search. If you're a pageant personal trainer, create an account and list your services in our directory.
Every year Pageant Planet compiles a list of the best pageant personal trainers from the previous year based on our Best in Pageantry Awards. Not only will this list help you find your next pageant personal trainers, but it can even assist when finding the pageant personal trainers best suited for your pageant system.
“There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Alexandria is. She is the perfect personal trainer! Her knowledge for fitness, health and pageantry helped me in too many ways to list. She developed a program that was custom to fit MY personal needs and wants. After working with Alexandria, my confidence was, and still is, at an all-time high! I’ve recommended her to a few of my pageant sisters, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for personal trainer, coach and a friend.” -Marlene Ortiz
Photo by: Peachy Fit Fitness
“Chelsea's Miss Fit program is customized for your specific body type and fitness needs! Within a couple of months of working with her, I was ready for the Miss VT USA pageant (of which I took the title!). Very attentive, conscious of your specific health needs, and overall focuses on not just your physical health, but also mental health as well. The meal plans taste like you're cheating but you're not! It's amazing! I LOVED the Miss Fit program! Thanks Chelsea!!” -Shannah Weller
Miss Kaua’i USA 2020 Nicholette Levinthol. Photo: Miss Fit Transformation Program @chelsea_hardin
“I first heard about Justin when I started seriously competing as a Miss. I have trained with all the "big name" trainers in the south, who quite frankly, scared me away from trainers. I had horrible self esteem and eating problems as a result from one pageant personal trainer, but several of my pageant friends started using Justin. From day one I was hooked. Nothing else to say except go check him out! He's the best! His studio is semi private so no creeps! I never imagined winning a swimsuit award until it came true thanks to his help.” -Hope Leeann
Miss Spartanburg 2019 Shaylyn Simmons. Photo: Sage Media Group
Bombshell Fitness Coach Angeles Burke. Photo by: Muenchen Photography
“He's truly amazing with working with me for a while. My mind, body, and confidence has changed for the better!” -Kaylee Hamrick
Miss CT USA 2020 Chelsea Demby. Photo: Benjamin Askinas
“There are not enough good things that can be said about Elite Fitness and more specifically Krystle Key. I have worked with several trainers across the country over the years, then in Dec 2018 I started training with Krystle. She has completely changed my life. I have never met a personal trainer as amazing as she is. Her knowledge on fitness and human anatomy is astounding. She constantly studies and researches articles and books on health and fitness in order to continue to give her clients the best most accurate information.
She has the ability to gage an individual’s weaknesses and build a program specifically for them to get the results you want! I never thought I could push myself like I can until I met her. She has the most encouraging spirit and continuously builds you up. Krystle also has an immense appreciation for the uniqueness to each body, there is no worry that you won’t see results at any point if you’re working with her. Perhaps the most unique quality to Krystle is her ability to lead others, men women and children of all ages and shapes. I have seen her transform people mentally and physically time after time.
People including myself have come to her broken and never thinking they can reach ultimate fitness. And after the first warm up your hooked. When you are around her you just gravitate in her direction knowing this is someone who really knows what she is talking about. Because of Krystle I’m in the best shape of my life and continue to set goals and reach them week after week with her expert guidance. Krystle is an asset to this industry and truly any industry regarding fitness. If you have fitness goals don’t waste your time with anyone else, go to Elite Fitness and ask for Krystle Key! You will not regret it.” -Dobriyin Orrock
“Provides great, easy to follow at-home workout and meal plans. Really helpful and encouraging.” -Sabrina Kearney
Photo: Healthy Fit
“Body by Craig is by far the best trainer I have ever worked with during pageant prep. Craig not only helped me achieve my stage body, but also gave me lifestyle changes that would improve my overall health and wellness. He is so understanding and knowledgeable. I looked forward to working out with Craig every time because I would feel stronger, healthier, and happier after each session. Craig is the BEST!” -Kiara Lin
Lead Fitness was voted in the tenth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. Mike Brooks focuses on calorie intake for weight loss and body fat reduction. He helps contestants from various systems prepare for their pageants and is the official personal trainer for the Miss Maryland USA and Miss Maryland Teen USA pageants. His clients Mariela Pepin, Miss Maryland USA 2019, made it into the Top 10 at Miss USA 2019 and Miss Maryland Teen USA 2019, Amalia Sanches, placed in the Top 15 at Miss Teen USA 2019.
Photo: Mike Brooks
The Winning Edge was voted in the ninth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. Nick Kernstock has worked with many contestants this year, including USA National Miss Wisconsin 2019 Jillian Sesing, Miss Iowa USA contestants and Miss Wisconsin USA contestants. Nick has over five years of personal training experience and works with his clients to create customized workout plans. He created The Winning Edge to help his clients prepare for fitness competitions and pageants.
Photo: The Winning Edge
Scott Keppel, owner of Scott’s Training Systems, was voted in the eighth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. He is the official and/or preferred fitness and nutrition coach for Miss Arizona, Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen and Miss USA and Teen USA state pageants in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
After a free consultation with Scott Keppel, his team of nationally certified personal trainers will partner with you to determine the best course of action to meet your personal and fitness goals based on your current level of fitness, lifestyle, and personality. He has worked with national competitors like Savannah Wix, Isabel Ticlo and Jacqueline Thomas.
Photo: Scott Keppel Facebook
Fit Body By Angelo was voted in the seventh spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. He has prepared many contestants for local, state and national pageants. He is the fitness sponsor for Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA. He is also the official US-based fitness sponsor of Miss Universe Iceland. Not only is Angelo a personal trainer, he served as a judge for the Miss South Carolina, Miss Georgia, Miss North Carolina, Miss Louisiana, Miss Teen South Carolina in the Miss USA and Miss America systems during the past 20 years so he knows exactly what to look for and how to best help his clients become stage ready!
Picture: Angelo Fraiser Facebook
The Riley Rules was voted in the sixth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. She moved up from ranking seventh on last year’s list! Riley is the official personal trainer for Miss Memphis and Miss Shelby County, Miss Collierville, Miss Tennessee Jr. High, High School, and Collegiate America, Mrs., Miss, and Teen Tennessee International and Mrs. Tennessee America.
"She is a miracle worker!!! I owe so much to her and her knowledge," said one reviewer
Photo: The Riley Rules Facebook
Bombshell Fitness was voted into the fifth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. They are the official fitness sponsors for Miss Pennsylvania USA and have worked with Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019 Kailyn Perez who placed Top 15 at Miss USA as well as Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and more! With their B-Crowned program that allows you to hit the stage with a winning fitness look, it’s no wonder they have been so successful in helping their girls get stage ready!
Bombshell Fitness trainer with some of her clients. Photo: Bombshell Fitness Instagram
Peachy Fit Fitness was voted into the fourth spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. Alexandria is a former pageant girl herself and is now a personal trainer who specializes in helping women reach their weight loss goals and keep or gain the curves they desire. She builds a custom plan based on your health, schedule and more importantly, fitness goals.
“There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing Alexandria is,” one client said. “She is the perfect personal trainer! Her knowledge for fitness, health and pageantry helped me in too many ways to list. She developed a program that was custom to fit MY personal needs and wants. After working with Alexandria, my confidence was, and still is, at an all-time high! I’ve recommended her to a few of my pageant sisters, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a personal trainer, coach and a friend.”
Photo: Peachy Fit Fitness LLC Website
Chelsea Hardin’s Miss Fit Transformation Program was voted into the third spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. Chelsea is a former Miss Hawaii USA 2016 and first runner up to Miss USA. This year she helped Shannah Weller, Miss Vermont USA 2020, prepare for and capture the crown! With Chelsea’s program, she teaches you how to cook healthy meals and customizes a workout routine because every body is different.
“Chelsea's Miss Fit program is customized for your specific body type and fitness needs,” Weller said. “Within a couple of months of working with her, I was ready for the Miss VT USA pageant (of which I took the title!). Very attentive, conscious of your specific health needs, and overall focuses on not just your physical health, but also mental health as well. The meal plans taste like you're cheating but you're not! It's amazing! I LOVED the Miss Fit program! Thanks Chelsea!"
Elite Fitness RX was voted into the second spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019. Last year they were voted into the fifth spot, but the work they’ve done this year has helped move them up in the ranks! Elite Fitness Rx is a virtual Fitness and Nutritional program written by Krystle Key and Chris Harris.
Krystle was crowned Mrs. Alabama United States in 2011 and received the Overall Fitness Award so she definitely knows what needs to be done to become stage ready. This year Elite Fitness RX helped prepare Kelly Hutchinson, Miss Alabama USA 2020, as well as helped contestants prepare for Miss Mississippi Teen USA and the Miss for America pageant!
“Absolutely love Krystle Key! She is truly the best trainer I have ever worked with,” one reviewer said. “She pushes me to do my best and I am so thankful for her. Highly, highly recommend working with Krystle!”
Photo: Elite Fitness Rx
Body By Craig was voted into our number one spot for the Best Pageant Trainers of 2019 after having placed fourth in 2018! Body by Craig focuses on workouts and making sure contestants nourish their bodies with healthy foods. Craig works with numerous Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Globe and Teen Globe United States contestants. Craig Hughes helped Rachel Stacy capture the Miss Glam World crown in Kochi, India in April 2019.
Craig loves to share his tips and tricks to help you become the best you can be on stage during his weekly livestream on Pageant Planet’s Facebook every Tuesday at 7:00pm EST.
Photo: Body by Craig Facebook
Get Fit By Rob was voted in the 10th spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has several years of experience training women for local, state and national titles. He is the official fitness trainer for Miss California Latina, Miss Malibu USA, Miss Beverly Hills USA, Miss Santa Monica USA, Miss Montana USA, Miss Idaho USA and the Queen of the Universe Pageant. He has also trained celebrities such as Angela Bassett and Anthony Anderson. He has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss California Teen USA, Miss California USA contestants, Miss Nevada USA, Miss Universe Iceland and more!
“My experience personal training with Rob Thompson has been one of the most rewarding investments I have ever made for my career. Rob made sure he dedicated his time and effort to give me the best results possible,” one review said. “As Miss California USA, I can say that without Rob’s training leading up to the pageant, I could not have done so well without him. Not only does he train hard, he cares deeply about each client’s personal goals! When you have a dream, Rob makes it his dream too! Thank you for making my dreams come true!”
Rob Thompson. Photo: Rob Thompson Facebook
Personal Strength Training Steve Hernandez was voted in the ninth spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has moved up from being voted in the tenth spot in 2017! He was featured on Pageant Planet talking about his WIN acronym and fitness! He has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Arkansas USA contestants, Miss Arizona USA contestants, 2nd Runner-up to Miss Preteen International, 4th Runner-up to Miss California’s Outstanding Teen, Miss California America contestants, National American Miss contestants, International Junior Miss contestants, Miss High School America contestants and more!
Steve Hernandez. Photo: Steve Hernandez Facebook
Justin Bowers was voted in the eighth spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has trained many contestants that have gone on to Miss USA and Miss America. His clients have won Miss South Carolina America for the past six years. He has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Kentucky Collegiate America & 1st Runner-up to Miss Collegiate America 2018, Miss South Carolina America 2018, Miss South Carolina Teen United States, Mrs. South Carolina United States and more!
“I first heard about Justin when I started seriously competing as a Miss,” one review says. “I have trained with all the "big name" trainers in the south, who quite frankly, scared me away from trainers. I had horrible self esteem and eating problems as a result from one pageant personal trainer, but several of my pageant friends started using Justin. From day one I was hooked. Nothing else to say except go check him out! He's the best! His studio is semi private so no creeps! I never imagined winning a swimsuit award until it came true thanks to his help.”
Justin Bowers. Photo: 4 Life Fitness Studio Facebook
The Riley Rules was voted in the seventh spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. Voted into the third spot in 2017, she is still one of the top trainers for this year as well! She is a former Mrs. International Fitness Winner. She is the fitness sponsor for International Junior Miss Tennessee, Miss Arkansas High School America and the official personal trainer for the Mrs., Miss and Teen International Pageants. She has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Delta Mississippi America 2018, Miss Teen Mississippi United States 2018 contestants and more!
The Riley Rules. Photo: The Riley Rules Facebook
Fit Body By Angelo was voted in the sixth spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has prepared many contestants for local, state and national pageants. He is the fitness sponsor for Miss Wyoming USA and Miss Wyoming Teen USA. He is also the official US-based fitness sponsor of Miss Universe Iceland and trained Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2018, Miss Alabama USA 2018 and Miss North Carolina USA 2018, 1st Runner-up to Miss USA 2018. He has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Wyoming USA, Miss District of Columbia America, Mrs. South Carolina United States, Mrs. North Carolina United States contestants, Miss Universe Iceland 2018 and more!
“If you haven't had a chance to meet him...he's funny, he's enthusiastic, he's knowledgeable, he loves to talk & help you understand some of the principles behind what he does for YOU, and then yes,... he WERRRK's you into the WINNER YOU WANT TO BE,” Mrs. North Carolina and South Carolina United States Pageants said.
Fit Body By Angelo. Picture: Angelo Fraiser Facebook
Elite Fitness RX was voted in the fifth spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. One of the creators of this program is a former Mrs. Alabama United States. They work with the Miss Alabama United States titleholders in their prep for nationals. They have worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Teen Alabama United States 2018, Miss Alabama United States 2018, Miss Mississippi USA 2019 contestants, Miss Alabama USA 2019 contestants (including overall fitness winner Taylor Jones), Miss Alabama Teen USA 2019 contestants and more! They have also worked with the 2nd Runner-up of the Miss Alabama United States 2016 pageant.
”Krystle and Chris are the absolute dream Team of fitness trainers,” one review said. “If you want to get in the best shape to rock the stage at your next pageant, Elite Fitness is for you! Highly recommend!”
Elite Fitness RX. Photo: Elite Fitness RX Facebook
Body By Craig was voted in the fourth spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has a worked with several Miss USA contestants around the country. He has worked with many contestants this year, such as Miss Georgia USA 2019 contestant Rachel Stacy, Miss Ohio USA 2019 1st Runner-up and Miss Maryland United States 2018. Additionally, he has worked with Miss & Ms. District of Columbia United States 2016, four Miss Virginia USAs and two 1st Runner-ups!
“Not only has my entire mindset shifted, but my overall outlook on life, since training with Craig,” Emily Sullivan, titleholder for Oceania, said. “I used to be one of those girls who just wanted to “get skinny” in prep for my pageant. Now, all I want to do is get as strong as possible so I can subsequently build the body I know I’m capable of for future international competitions.”
Body by Craig. Photo: Body by Craig Facebook
Josh Rogers was voted in the third spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. He has worked with celebrities such as Victoria Secret Model Sofie Rovenstine, Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and Savannah Chrisley! He has also trained several current and former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders such as Miss Tennessee USA 2019, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2018, former Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith and more!
One review from Miss Teen USA 2009 Stormi Henley says, “Thank you Josh, for your kick butt approach to getting me in shape! When I left your sessions I felt 100% better about my body, and had fun too! I love you…you’re the BEST!!!”
Josh Rogers. Photo: Josh Rogers Facebook
Scott Keppel Fit was voted in the second spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. They are holding their number two spot as they were also voted into the second place spot in 2017. They are an official Miss USA and Miss America Contestant Trainer. He has worked with many contestants this year, such as the current and former winners of Miss Arizona USA, Miss Arizona Teen USA, Miss Colorado USA, Miss Colorado Teen USA, Miss Utah USA, Miss Wyoming USA, Miss Wyoming Teen USA, Miss South Dakota USA, Miss South Dakota Teen USA, Miss Arizona America and more! Several of his clients have gone on to place top 15 or higher at Miss USA!
“Scott believes in me and encourages me to be the best version of myself,” one review said. “He is truly my personal trainer, nutrition coach, counselor, life coach and friend all at the same time, and I couldn’t be more blessed and thankful to have him as a trainer.”
Scott Keppel Fit. Photo: Scott Keppel Facebook
Bombshell Fitness was voted into the first place spot for the Top Fitness Trainers of 2018. They are the official fitness sponsors for Miss Pennsylvania USA! They have a great track record of training winning women, and have worked with Miss Alaska USA 2018, Miss Louisiana America 2017, Miss Bikini USA 2017, Miss Black US Ambassador 2016, Miss Connecticut USA 2016, Miss Nevada USA 2015, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2015, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2015, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez and more! With their B-Crowned program that allows you to hit the stage with a winning fitness look, it’s no wonder they claimed the top spot this year!
“I am incredibly thankful, honored and blessed to have the most amazing fitness sponsor…,” Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019 Kailyn Perez says. “ Thank you to the CEO of Bombshell @shannondey for providing me with all the tools and her expertise in order to meet my fitness goals for Miss USA!...So thankful for my incredible team! It truly takes a village!”
Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019, Kailyn Perez and Bombshell Certified Trainer. Photo: Miss Pennsylvania USA Facebook
Steve Hernandez is all about getting out of your comfort zone. He understands that a lot of women are afraid of weights because they don’t want to look bulky, and he also gets that pageants require a very specific type of physique. It’s that kind of compassion and mastery of his craft that draws pageant girls to him from near and far.
His fans agree, saying, “He's an actual expert in diet and nutrition and knows exactly what to do to get the body we want for competing. He's approachable and flexible with his plans. Steve makes sure that he is setting each girl up with a plan that suits her lifestyle to optimize her success.” Hernandez has clients all over the country, but they’re still able to utilize his services, according to another fan. “Steve trains you to have the body that is most flattering for pageantry. Best of all, he can help you wherever you are situated. His online workouts and Skype sessions allow you to workout anywhere and anytime.”
Steve Hernandez with some of his clients. Photo: Steve Hernandez Facebook
Adam Spiker of Spiker Fitness in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has a legion of dedicated fans who praise his commitment and personal connection to his clientele. His knowledge and understanding of every facet of competing make him one of the top fitness professionals when titleholders are preparing for a pageant. The following review is indicative of the type of comments that always seem to come up when Spiker’s specific brand of training is discussed. “Adam Spiker is the best trainer I have ever had. He listens to me and my body.
During our workouts, he pushes me to my limits in a respectful way so that I won’t get injured or that I can’t complete the reps. He always sends encouraging messages on days where I do not see him either. He always speaks positively to me when I am hard on myself about what I look like, and he has NEVER called me unhealthy or fat or anything but says I am just helping IMPROVE my inner self. I can’t imagine training with anyone else.”
Adam Spiker with client Stephanie Kay. Photo: Adam Spiker Facebook
One of Rob Thompson’s clients called him, “A quiet storm, a gentle giant” and further explained, “He has this very calm, gentle quiet demeanor, but his workouts are fierce, effective and on point. The visible results leave you wanting to come back for more.”
Thompson, who owns “Get Fit by Rob” in Los Angeles, knows precisely what his pageant clients need, and the glowing reviews say it all. One titleholder wrote, “I would get so excited every time I was on my way to train with him. It is a 500 percent guarantee that you will rock the pageant stage after training with him. If you ever have the luxury to train with him, do it!!!”
Rob Thompson. Photo: Rob Thompson Facebook
Visit Brian Attebery’s Facebook page and you will see photo after photo of famous titleholders, but don’t think for a minute that Attebery thinks of himself as a celebrity. He is beloved by so many people in the pageant world for the simple reason that he invests himself in his clients' personal lives as well as their fitness training. His clients trust him to get them pageant ready because of his expertise of health, nutrition and fitness, but they also trust him because he makes it clear that he is their friend, not just their trainer.
Brian Attebery with Triana Browne. Photo: Brian Attebery Facebook
Josh Rogers co-owns RESULTS Fitness in Nashville, Tennessee, and his results-driven training regimes make him the go-to trainer for countless girls in the pageant world. Rogers has helped many titleholders rock the stage during their state and national pageants, and his success is well known throughout the United States.
One nominator wrote, “Josh is the perfect balance of work and play. His workouts are no joke, but he makes them fun so I don’t lose motivation. He has produced many winners and was responsible for the best body I’ve ever had. He becomes a friend to all he works with, and all too deserving of this award.”
Josh Rogers. Photo: Josh Rogers Facebook
On Craig Hughes’s Facebook page you will find this statement, “I not only train winners, I identify and create them from scratch.” Body by Craig, the thriving personal training business of Craig Ian Hughes, in Salem, Virginia, is all about an individualistic, holistic approach to getting in shape and reaching your personal fitness goals.
This philosophy is echoed by one of his grateful pageant clients, “Craig Hughes has completely changed the way I approach preparation for competition! Instead of working just the body, he does a full overhaul of mind, body and well being.”
Craig Hughes with client Ashley Volrath Miss Virginia USA 2018. Photo: Body by Craig Facebook
Angelo Frasier, who owns, “Fit Body by Angelo” in Charleston, South Carolina, is a unique trainer with an extensive history working with a variety of athletes as well as pageant beauties. He has worked with football players, baseball players and professional golfers. His understanding of the human body and what it takes to develop muscle, strength and flexibility makes him a highly sought after fitness coach.
His 20-year history of preparing contestants for local, state and national level pageants with every pageant system imaginable makes him a leader in his field. He is also the official swimsuit trainer for the Mrs. United States pageants, as well as the Miss South Carolina USA, Miss North Carolina USA, Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Alabama USA pageants.
Miss Alabama USA 2017, Baylee Smith, Angelo Frasier and Miss Alabama Teen 2017, Clair Scott. Photo: Angelo Frasier Instagram
Scott Keppel writes, “My mission is to empower, educate and motivate millions.” He is extremely passionate about helping individuals realize their full fitness potential and believes that we need to focus on mental health, spiritual health, nutrition and fitness.
Keppel specializes in a unique and systematic blend of fitness training and is the official trainer for many Miss USA and Miss America contestants. His abilities as a coach are widely utilized up and down the West Coast, but he also offers training across the country by employing online programs.
Scott Keppel. Photo: Scott Keppel Website
Mary-Marsha Riley is no stranger to our list of favorite personal trainers, nor is she a stranger to the competition stage. She is the former Mrs. Tennessee International 2011 who placed third runner-up at nationals and took home both the fitness and evening gown awards.
She doesn’t just help you with your fitness goals. Whatever your pageant needs, this talented lady can assist you. From stage presentation to paperwork and wardrobe selection, Riley will get you pageant ready in no time. Her dedicated clients value “how she makes each girl feel so good about herself and trains each individual on a personal basis.”
That sentiment is shared by yet another client who writes, “Mary-Marsha goes above and beyond for each of her clients. She provides a unique personalized workout to fit the individual's needs. Mary-Marsha is the best personal trainer who can motivate clients to not only work towards a better body but also a healthier lifestyle.”
Riley is also the official personal trainer for the Mrs., Miss and Teen International Pageants.
Mary-Marsha Riley. Photo: Mary-Marsha Riley Facebook
Once, again, the number one trainer as voted on by the readers of Pageant Planet is the incomparable John Anthony Morris, the Director of Health and Fitness at Styrkefit. Morris knows just about everything there is to know about pageantry and pageant fitness as he has not only worked with countless state and national pageant winners as a trainer, but he frequently serves as a pageant judge.
He is adored and revered by clients and colleagues alike for his integrity and commitment to excellence in all that he does. His passion for pageantry and female empowerment has left an indelible mark on the pageant world, and it is no surprise that he would occupy the first place spot on our list yet again.
John Morris. Photo: John Morris Facebook
Steve Hernandez's motto is "Find Your Inner Strength." A longtime coach and trainer, Steve has worked with people preparing for all competitions, including pageants. His goal is to push his clients because many people are simply too afraid to push themselves hard enough to discover their inner strength.
Steve Hernandez is located in San Jose and works with people in all phases of their fitness journey. Photo: Personal Strength Training
Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007, said that Josh Rogers is the best trainer on the east side of the Mississippi River. She credits him for allowing her to dominate the swimsuit competition at Miss USA. Rogers co-owns RESULTS Fitness in Nashville, Tennessee. He specializes in personal training, group fitness and nutrition.
Josh Rogers provides both fitness and nutritional help for his clients. Photo: Joshrogersfitness.com
Making our list again this year, Julie Steele Blackwood has been helping women look their best for Miss America, Miss America's Outstanding Teen, Miss USA and Miss International among other systems since 1995. The certified personal trainer can create either a one-on-one or a Pageantfit plan, depending on the client’s needs. She has recently worked with Miss Arkansas USA 2016, Abby Floyd.
One of Julie's clients. Photo: Pageantfit.com
Since 2005, Jeff has been whipping men and women into serious shape for competitions. He specializes in boot camp, circuit, kettlebell, strength and conditioning training. He helps his clients achieve the body they desire. He said that people often have the motivation to get fit, but they just may lack the knowledge to do it.
Jeff Butterworth helps his clients to retain the information needed to keep up fitness goals even past competitions. Photo: yourtrainer.com
Katie Boyd’s Miss Fit Club is the official sponsor for the Miss Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire USA pageants for the last 10 years. She recently resigned to create her own fitness-oriented pageant, the Miss Fit Contest, with the winner receiving over $100,000 in prizes and cash. A former pageant queen herself, Katie’s gym design is laid out to be like a boutique.
Katie Boyd makes her facility like a boutique instead of a typical gym. You can catch her show Wicked Fit on The Style Network. Photo: kbmfc.com
A former body builder himself and no newcomer to our list, with an extensive resume likes his, it’s no wonder so many titleholders trust Brian Attebery with their fitness goals. He has trained 28 contestants who went on to win the swimsuit preliminary competition at various Miss America state competitions. He’s the official trainer for the Miss Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas USA and Teen USA pageants along with the Mrs. Oklahoma America, Mrs. Oklahoma United States, and Mrs. Texas United States competitions.
Brian with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan. Photo: Results Fitness Facebook
Next on our list, Olivia Culpo can thank Rafael Ulloa for helping her achieve her Miss USA and Miss Universe goals in 2012. Rafael has also worked with Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, and Victoria's Secret models. Working off 56th Street in New York, New York, Rafael holds certifications in six different specialties. He works with a nutritionist to help his clients achieve their perfect pageant bodies.
Erin Brady Miss USA 2013. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
The former Mrs. Tennessee International 2011 definitely knows a thing or two about preparing for a pageant. She placed 3rd Runner-up, taking home the fitness and evening gown awards at the Mrs. International competition. She offers full-service pageant coaching based out of Tennessee. She helps her clients with everything from one-on-one training to stage presentation, paperwork, wardrobe selection and, of course, the fitness competition.
Mary serves as the official personal trainer for the Miss Memphis, Miss Shelby County, Miss Collierville, Mrs. Tennessee, and Miss Junior High, High School and Collegiate America Pageants. Photo wellhousefitness.com
Scott Keppel, owner of Scott Keppel Fitness, has worked with titleholders on the West Coast from Arizona to Utah for the Miss USA and America systems. He helps women track their progress at the gym so they are able to see and recognize when they are hitting their fitness goals.
Scott has helped hundreds of people prepare their bodies for pageants and fitness competitions. Photo: Scott Keppel
Taking the number one spot this year, John Morris believes that health and fitness is a complete lifestyle. He specializes in pageant preparation and is the official trainer for systems out of the DMV metro area. This pageant judge knows how you get a contestant into shape for her next pageant. He is even working with Ghana to get their representative in tip-top shape for Miss Universe.
John Morris with Miss Virginia USA Jacque Carroll. Photo: John A. Morris Facebook
Julie creates customized training and diet programs for contestants to be at their best. Her clients include Alyse Eady (Miss Arkansas 2011 and 1st Runner-Up at Miss America) and Karen Bartosh (Mrs. International Fitness Winner 2011)
Tia is the owner of Tia Falcone Fitness and was the trainer for Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri.
Tia Falcone with Nina Davuluri. Photo Credit: Syracuse Post-Standard/David Lassman
Josh has trained numerous pageant girls including Stormi Henley (2009 Miss Teen USA), Rachel Smith (2007 Miss USA) and Ashley Durham (2010 Miss Tennessee USA & 1st Runner-Up at Miss USA).
Jenny May is the owner of Fitness Together. She has researched diet and exercise for more than 25 years to understand better how a healthy lifestyle affects body physiology. She specializes in personal training and coaching.
Jenny May Clermont. Photo Credit: JOHN CARL D'ANNIBALE / 518LIFE
Brian is the official trainer to Oklahoma USA, Kansas USA, Missouri USA, Nebraska USA, Arkansas USA, Miss Oklahoma, Miss Missouri, Miss Washington, Mrs. Oklahoma (America), Mrs. Oklahoma (United States) and Mrs. Texas (United States). His objective is to help pageant contestants nation wide achieve their fitness goals for their competition and make it a lifestyle of health and wellness by utilizing proper nutrition and exercise individualized for their needs through personalized, online program consultations.
Miss Teen Oklahoma USA and Brian Attebery
The go to pageant trainer in Hawaii. Matt has coached Teen, Miss and Mrs contestants. With his meal plans and training girls have won the crown in the USA, America, Earth and many other systems.
Matt Jones' client Lauren Cheape, Miss Hawaii 2011
Mary-Marsha is certified by the National Federation of Personal Trainers as well as a pageant coach. She is your one stop shop when it comes to pageant prep and this is why she is one of the top pageant trainers of 2014.
Mary Marsha Riley
Fit Body by Angelo clients include Megan Tyler Pinckney (Miss South Carolina USA 2013), Lauren Rickabaugh (Miss Aiken USA 2013) and Sydney Perry (Miss North Carolina USA 2012).
Angelo training one of his clients
John is the official trainer for Miss Ghana Universe as well as state organizations including District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. His motto, “I can tell you, but I’d rather show you!” is how he characterizes his accomplishments.
John A Morris
Katie Boyd is the owner of Katie Boyd's Miss Fit Club. She sponsors the Miss Massachusetts, Miss New Hampshire and Miss Maine USA and Teen USA pageants. She is also the official sponsor to the Miss Massachusetts America Pageant. As a former titleholder herself, she knows what pageant girls need to be ready for their upcoming pageants.
Clients of Katie Boyd
Julie trains out of Arkansas. She has NFPT and ACE certifications and was a three time Ms. Arkansas Lightweight bodybuilding champions and one of Arkansas' first certified personal trainers. Some of her clients include Alyse Eady, Ashlen Batson, Sarah French and Karen Bartosh (all recent America and International title holders). She has fitness winners in the America, USA and International systems.
Chris knows the model type body that girls are looking for because he once was a model! He had to stop playing college soccer due to an injury and took that opportunity to get all of his fitness certifications. He then created, Modelfit, a training system devoted to applying the principles of movement and athletic training to aesthetic improvement. He is also known as "30 minutes to train a Beauty Queen".
Brittany wrote the official "Health and Wellness Guide" for various Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America competitors. She has a lot of different certifications and has her Personal Training certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine. She works throughout NYC at different fitness clubs and is a writer for some of the top women's fitness brands!
If you want a more glamorous pageant fitness experience turn to Courtney! With Ms. Bikini California and Miss Australia Galaxy under her belt she is no stranger to the pageant stage! She helped beauty pageant competitor, Alexia Castillo, transition from teen to miss and prepare for swimsuit!
When the ladies of South Carolina want to get to Miss USA or Miss America, they go to Angelo! He prepares contestants for the local, state and national level in pageantry and has trained hundreds of beauty pageant contestants for Miss South Carolina, Miss Georgia, Miss North Carolina, Miss Louisiana and Miss Teen South Carolina in the USA and America systems. He also has experience with judging in those systems as well so he knows exactly what the judges are looking for!
Angelo with Miss North Carolina USA swimsuit winner and 1st Runner-up. Photo: Angelo Fraiser Facebook
Based out of NYC, Rafael has a few different certifications to make him qualified to train the beautiful Olivia Culpo (Miss Universe 2012). He offers many different training and nutritional services and from Olivia's gorgeous body and many titles, Rafael knows what he is doing.
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
Body Design by Mike is one of the most well known pageant fitness training businesses in the industry. Mike has a Personal Fitness Trainer certification by the National Federation of Professional Trainers. His client list includes Susie Castillio (Miss USA 2003), Jalee Fuselier (Miss Hawaii 2011), Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA 2005) and Ali Rogers (Miss South Carolina 2012) just to name a few! He trains the best in the business and has a list of winners as clients!
Brian has helped pageant contestants nation wide achieve their fitness goals at the Results Fitness and Nutrition Center! He became a National Certified Trainer and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Health and Sport Sciences. He started and expanded his business from there. His clients include Lauren Nelson (Miss America 2007), Stevi Perry (Miss Teen USA 2008) and Lauren Lundeen (Miss Oklahoma USA 2012) and is also the official trainer to Miss Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas USA and Teen USA.
Brian with Miss Oklahoma 2013 Alicia Clifton. Photo: Results Fitness Facebook
Tia is Miss America Nina Davuluri's, personal trainer and the owner of "Tia Falcone Fitness" located in Syracuse. Tia first met up with Nina weighing 150 pounds and by the time she was competing for Miss Greater Rochester (the title before Miss NY and Miss America) she just weighed 117. Tia is extremely responsible for Nina's transformation and Nina raves "Tia has taught me that the most important thing we can do for ourselves is to take care of our health and well-being".
Scott Keppel, founder of Scott's Training Systems, is out of Arizona and is the official trainer for Miss Arizona USA, Miss Utah USA and Miss Arizona America. Our Founder Steven Roddy is also using him to prepare for his first fitness competition. Steven says, "What I enjoy most about working with Scott is that his strategies are based on science and he is highly professional. Where other personal trainers will sometimes call you back and sometimes go MIA Scott has dedicated his business around his clients." Scott trains fitness models, pageant girls and bodybuilders throughout the country. He can do this remotely because of his digital platform, which also makes him very affordable. When working with Scott you email him pictures, measurements and food logs once per week and based on the information received he tweaks your diet and workouts so that you look your absolute best come swimsuit time.