Bobby Hinds | Beth Kuntzleman | Leslie Sansone | Kathie Davis | Peter Davis
Kathie Davis - 2014 NFHOF Inductee
Recognized as a leading authority on fitness-related information, Kathie is frequently interviewed by international and national news outlets. She has appeared on national television, including NBC’s Today Show, and has been profiled in various newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Shape and San Diego magazines.
Kathie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from San DiegoStateUniversity in 1979 and was awarded its Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 1993. Kathie, having taught group exercise for 10 years, maintains an active personal fitness program while visiting various fitness facilities around the country.
Kathie is the co-founder of Executive Director if IDEA Health & Fitness Association. IDEA is a company that creates products, tools and solutions to educate and grow the fitness industry so that they can continue to change lives, be more successful and better our world.
Kathie truly exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit. Upon graduation from college, she embarked on a journey to pursue her passion and dedicate her life’s work to what she believes in. Together with her husband Peter Davis, Kathie co-founded IDEA in 1982 on the strength on one basic premise; that by fostering professionalism in the health and fitness industry, millions of people around the world could live healthier, happier lives.
In 30 years, IDEA has grown to more than 65,000 members and subscribers in more than 80 countries who carry out the IDEA mission to “Inspire the World to Fitness®.”
Today, Kathie and IDEA continue to lead the way, guided by a common mission to create a healthier planet in concert with professionals who are on the front lines of making this vision a reality.
Kathie is a key supporter and influencer of several national initiatives that contribute to conquering the global obesity epidemic including First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” and “Joining Forces” initiatives.
Peter is the President and CEO of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. IDEA is a company that creates products, tools and solutions to educate and grow the fitness industry so that they can continue to change lives, be more successful and better of world.
Peter received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from San DiegoStateUniversity in 1980. In 1981 and 1982, he was awarded Coach of the Year honors as coach of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) men’s tennis team. Coming from the strictly regulated world of tennis, the Davis’ understood the importance of organization and ethics in sports, as well as business. They met a tennis camp at age 13, both competed during college.
After establishing IDEA, the Davis’ introduced the first formal professional fitness certification organization in 1985, the IDEA Foundation, now known as the America Council on Exercise (ACE). In 30 years, the grass-roots effort, which started in the Davis’ spare bedroom with minimal funds and zero staff, has grown to more 65,000 members and subscribers. Today, Peter and IDEA continue to lead the way, guided by a common mission to create a healthier planet in concert with professional who are on the front lines of making this vision a reality. With the launch of IDEA FitnessConnect™ in 2010, IDEA has created the largest national industry-wide directory linking over 250,000 US fitness professionals to more than 16 million consumers.
In March 2011, Peter began the largest cultural transformation in IDEA’s 30-year history, dramatically shifting priorities from a traditional “work until you drop” environment to a new, original model that emphasizes wellness and happiness. “Exercise your Happiness” corporate wellness model fosters happiness and supports personal and professional growth of employees in a fun and healthy way.
Peter remains quite active as a tennis player, golfer and runner. He and his wife Kathie have two children, Jason and Kelli.
Bobby "Sugar" Hinds – 2014 NFHOF Inductee
Nickname: “The Jump Rope King” | Born: September 22, 1931 | Hometown: Kenoha, WI
Bobby, the visionary founder of LifelineUSA and legendary "Jump Rope King," pioneered the use of resistance bands and became thier greatest advocate. Now, nearly 40 years later, Bobby's premium bands permeate the training regimens of professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts all over the world.
Bobby "Sugar" Hinds boxed at Wisconsin from1951-1955 where he went undefeated in duel meets and won 38 straight matches. In 1973, he created his famous beaded jump rope that officially launch Lifeline. After overcoming poverty, a speech impediment and time in reform school, Bobby has truly lived a rags-to-riches story.
Bobby's first jump ropes were manufactured in his backyard and were sold as one of the first fitness-oriented businesses in the United States. First nicknamed the "Jump Rope King" by Time magazine. Bobby traveled everywhere promoting the benefits of his smooth-action-high-speed-rope. He created spectacles and when he wasn't on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, he was jumping alligators in Louisana.
The ambitious founder took his jump rope from a backyard factory to being the hottest fitness product in Sears and JC Penny stores in 1976. His passion for jumping rope also led him to helping start "Jump Rope for Life" with the American Heart Association.
Bobby took his next invention, the Lifeline Portable Gym into production in 1977 promoting the idea of "Pumping Rubber" and setting the stage for Lifeline's growth as a functional fitness pioneer. Bobby has worked tirelessly to improve the health and lives of people everywhere for more than 40 years.
Beth Kuntzleman - 2014 NFHOF Inductee
Hometown: Spring Arbor, Michigan
Beth received her BA degree and MA degree from SpringArborUniversity and MichiganStateUniversity, respectively. She studied under the legendary physiologist Arthur Steinhaus. She is the author of The Complete Book of Aerobic Dancing (1979) and co-author of Aerobics with Fun (1982) and Feelin’ Good® Fitness Report (1984). In the early 70s she provided physical fitness/weight control and stress management/relaxation classes while a professor at JacksonCollege in Jackson MI. In 1977-1980 as Department Chair she increased the number of community fitness classes for adults from 4 to 60, the number of professional full-time staff doubled and part time instructors increased from 0 to 12.
In 1979 she became President of Fitness Finders, Inc., a fitness consulting and program development company that trained more than 1,000 YMCA professionals peppered across the U.S., Canada and Australia. The company also created numerous wellness programs for the likes of Phillips Petroleum (Operation Lifestyle), Campbell’s Soup (The Turnaround), YMCA of the USA (Feelin’ Good and Activetics), McDonalds (Healthy Growing Up), and Pacific Life (Families in Training®). In 1980 she and her husband Charles received a large grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate their cardiovascular risk reduction program for youth (Feelin’ Good®). In 1982 she was named Senior VP for Living Well, Ltd. (a NASDAQ company) after successfully selling the Fitness Finders’ Living Well program to the Houstonian.
In 1990 she became Director of Research and Development Initiatives for the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. From 1996 to 2000 she continued her services with the University as a Research Associate for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield funded Fitness for Youth Program that tested more than 35,000 children annually on fitness, BMIs and blood cholesterols.
Under her leadership Fitness Finders currently has more than 20,000 USA schools in North America. Fitness Finders® and its Shaping America’s Future® mission has 10 different motivational programs and over 300 awards designed to develop the body, mind and character of America’s youth. The company’s current most successful program, the Mileage Club®, last year (2012-13, school year) encouraged America’s youth to exercise a total of 372 million minutes. That translates to 31 million miles of walking, running and jogging a year.
Leslie Sansone - 2014 NFHOF Inductee
“America's Walking Expert” | Born: February 14, 1961 | Hometown: New Castle, PA
Leslie is a nationally recognized fitness expert, and creator of the Walk at Home program. Her philosophy is simple. She believes that our bodies were made to move and we can walk our way to health and wellness. FITNESS WALKING has proven to be the most beneficial of all healthy lifestyle choices in reducing disease and improving the quality of life!
For 25 years, she’s taught people of all ages how to get fit, stay fit and feel better about life. What started as a few classes in her fitness center has grown into the no1 walking program in the world, grossing over $250 million. Leslie’s energy is contagious. Her enthusiasm for walking, and life, is unmatched. She’s a walk guru on a mission: to promote healthy lifestyles, to ward off illness associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyles, and to improve public health one stride at a time.
Leslie’s life’s work also includes being a mother of three. So when she’s not leading walk events, producing DVDs, making TV appearances, or supporting national health programs, she’s busy keeping up with family life! Leslie is a contributing editor to many magazines and Web sites including Woman’s Day, Real Age, iVillage, Family Circle and more!
She contributes her time, her expertise, and financial support to health organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetic Association, and MDA. She served on the Leadership Council for IDEA and holds eight certifications including the prestigious AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine and Cooper Institute: Group Exercise Leader.
National Fitness Hall of Fame Superstars Gather for Special 10th Anniversary Induction Weekend!
May 4, 2014 - Addison, Illinois
For 10 years now, The National Fitness Hall of Fame has held its induction ceremony, recognizing and honoring the best in fitness. This year was truly something special as twenty-five superstar inductees, current & past, were present to participate in the weekend activities. Billed as “The Greatest Gathering of Fitness Professionals Ever,” the event lived up to just that! Guests were treated to a VIP Meet & Greet reception and a “Super Seminar” (100 Years of Fitness) and at the Sunday evening induction ceremony everyone got the chance to mingle with other fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts alike. In a letter, Illinois Governor Quinn greeted the audience saying, “I want to commend the National Fitness Hall of Fame for encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, which are important for the strength and wellbeing of our state and nation and congratulate all of this year’s inductees.”
The ceremony has taken place at the beautiful Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights, Illinois for three straight years. “The facility, food and staff are all top-notch,” said John Figarelli, founder of the National Fitness Hall of Fame (and an Addison Trail graduate ’80). “We have been coming here since 2009 they always treat us well.” Addison’s own “Don of Sports,” Don Figarelli conducted the Red-Carpet interviews looking ever dapper in his traditional black tux. The house was packed as the crowd participated in an abundance of activities which included glamour shots, silent auctions, merriment and more.
The eclectic Class of 2014 included Leslie Sansone (Walk-at-Home, Inc), Kathie & Peter Davis (co-founders of IDEA Health & Fitness Association), Beth Kuntzleman (President of Fitness Finders) and living legend, Bobby “Sugar” Hinds (Inventor and founder of LIFELINE Fitness). The Master of Ceremony, 2006 inductee, Tony Little got things started with his “You Can Do It” energy and humor as past inductee presenters; Tamilee Webb, Gilad Janklowicz, Tom Campanaro, Mark Rothstein and Brenda Dykgraaf all had wonderful things to say about the current year inductees. Brenda showed sincere tears of admiration as she introduced the vibrant octogenarian, Bobby, who dazzled and delighted the crowd with wit & humor.
“Special thanks to all the guests and volunteers we have had over the past 10 years,” said Figarelli. “We look forward to seeing you for 10 more!” Of course all of this would not be possible without the support of our terrific sponsors, Total Gym Global, The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). “We thank you all!” More photos can be seen at our website – NationalFitnessHallofFame.com
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