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.
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. 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. 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.” (Read: 8 Pageant Preparation Mistakes You are Probably Making)
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. 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. Photo: Craig Hughes 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. (Read: What You NEED to Know to Prepare for Pageant Fitness Wear)
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.
When she is not upholding the law, Julie Blackwood is owner of Pageantfit. 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 and his team works with five different states in the USA system. Photo: resultsok.com
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. (Read: What to Wear to the Gym During Pageant Week)
Rafael not only coaches in person, he takes clients virtually online as well. Photo: Linkedin
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. (Check out our recent interview with Scott: What You NEED to Know to Prepare For Pageant Fitness Wear)
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 is the Director of Training at Styrkefit and is a pageant judge on the weekends. Photo: Styrkefit.com
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 with 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.
Personal trainer, 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!
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.
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.
Tia is Miss America's, 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.
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