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2015 Exercise Industry Awards

The New Zealand exercise industry recently held its annual black tie industry awards ceremony, which
was attended by over 330 individuals, held at AUT University’s Sir Paul Reeves Centre.

Award categories include a range of awards for exercise facilities of various sizes, as well as for exercise

professionals ranging from personal trainers through to group exercise and mind-body instructors.
Categories also exist for education roles, as well as the ever important use of exercise in community

Judges commented that the calibre of entrants in 2015 was exceptionally high, with many categories
having previous winners knocked off their place by new finalists. 

We are thrilled to announce that....

Kelly Howarth was awarded Group Exercise – Pre-choreographed Instructor of the Year


Northern Arena was awarded the Large Exercise Facility (over 1200 members) Award

A massive congratulations to Kelly Howarth. 

Kelly's tireless work ethic, passion and contagious energy made her an absolute standout, "The very best of the best". Kelly would like to thank everyone for their continued support and for inspiring her every day.


A huge congratulations to YOU and Northern Arena

for taking out the Large Exercise Facility of the Year Award. Without the ongoing support and feedback from YOU, our valued gym family, we wouldn't have been able to achieve this amazing accomplishment. 

A huge thank you from everyone here at Northern Arena - we are thrilled to end the year on such a high! Bring on 2016!!

Every year in November the exercise industry celebrates its people, its facilities and organisations at the
New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards. This year’s awards were held on Saturday 21st November.
It’s a night to pay tribute to those who raise the professionalism and standards across all areas of
exercise including personal trainers, group exercise instructors and commercial facilities. The night also
honours those who are leaders in the area of community projects and delivery of exercise in areas outside
the gym.

Categories include the Initiative Award, where an individual or organisation that has implemented a
particularly innovative initiative involving exercise is acknowledged. Another award is the Community
Excellence Award, which honours those who offer initiatives or programs to the wider community that
encourage exercise participation in a population that would normally find structured exercise difficult to

The best exercise facilities and professionals are those who show professionalism and have an ability to
adapt to the changing needs of their clients, putting their results, and their safety, first. Their focus is not
just being the best they can be, but also helping their clients be the best they can be, through maintaining
standards, keeping up to date with ongoing education and making sure they operate a well managed

Every year the standard of winners is raised with the competition to make it to the top spots getting
harder; this year is no exception with winners from the far north through to the deep south showing just
what it takes to be the best in the country at what they do.

Judging Process

The awards entry process is a thorough one and potential winners must make it through three stages in
order to make it to the finals. Entrants must submit written information to show why they should win, a
video recording of themselves in action and if they are chosen as a Finalist they are then mystery
shopped. Facilities must undertake an independent assessment scoring them on a range of Key
Performance Indicators (KPIs), as well as an independently audited Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey of
their member/client perceptions.

Finalists in the Personal Trainer, Up and Coming Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Small Group Trainer
and Student categories must also attend a live judging session where they were put through their paces
to see how they perform with clients under pressure.

Industry Standards

All exercise prescribing entrants must be currently registered to the appropriate level with the NZ Register
of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Registration with REPs is the recognised standard to ensure safe and
effective exercise advice. These standards are benchmarked internationally to ensure global recognition
meaning trainers that receive awards in NZ are up with the best across the world.

The Exercise Industry Awards are run by the Exercise Association of New Zealand and have been
running annually since 2010. They recognise excellence in exercise professionals and facilities, as well as
awards for community contribution and support. It’s a chance for clubs and individuals who positively
contribute to the health and wellbeing of New Zealander to get recognition from their peers for their effort.
The overall effort these finalists have made during their careers has made New Zealand a healthier fitter
place to live, there is no doubt these trainers and facilities change lives.

To get in contact and find out more about the story behind any winner please contact the Exercise
Association of New Zealand via or call 0800 66 88 11.