In a world where health and physical fitness are becoming increasingly important to people of all ages, these individuals are leading the way in shaping the future of the industry.
From developing innovative fitness routines to creating cutting-edge health advice, these leaders significantly impact how we live our lives.
In this list, we’ll highlight some of the most influential figures in the world of health and fitness and discuss how they’ve made a difference in the lives of countless people.
Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast looking for inspiration or a health professional seeking guidance, these industry leaders are sure to inspire and inform.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in and discover the top 10 fitness, health, and well-being industry leaders for 2023.
1. Maik Wiedenbach
Maik Wiedenbach, though a man of many talents, is first and foremost a fitness coach. Over the years, he has added sports, business, and writing to his knowledge base. But his greatest achievement is making getting in shape more straightforward and down-to-earth for the average person.
Maik invented the 4-3-2-1 system, revolutionizing physical health for all fortunate enough to be under his wing. A true professional can’t leave any stone unturned if they want to get the best results. So Maik’s programs also include nutritional guidance on protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake.
Above all, he puts his clients’ success down to consistency, not jumping on the latest diet or exercise trend. You don’t survive in the fitness industry if you don’t get results. Maik uses good old-fashioned science to make sure his clients see their dream physique when they look in the mirror.
2. Elizabeth Colen
More people than ever realize that everything has an impact on their well-being. But Elizabeth Colen, CEO of Ms. FitOne Lifestyles, is discovering that getting wellness right could be the key to weight loss and better health.
It’s not about rigid plans that only create temporary solutions. Elizabeth’s clients come to her to experience long-lasting wellness and vitality. If a slimmer physique comes from that, so be it.
Her formula is aptly named ‘F.I.T.’—for Focus, Fitness, and Transform—which her clients can follow through online courses. Beside her coaching work, Elizabeth also presents her insight on TV, radio, and more. As a result, women unsatisfied with themselves have spent less than ten minutes speaking to Elizabeth and achieved significant improvements. A 12-week course with her could go a long way towards complete physical and mental betterment.
3. Yash Vardhan Swami
Whatever the fitness question, Yash Vardhan Swami has the answer. As the founder and CEO of two businesses, TrainedByYVS and Fitness Business Accelerator, he helps his clients realize their personal and commercial fitness goals.
The Indian fitness industry is growing, and by covering all the bases, Yash Vardhan Swami wants to be one of its first pioneers. TrainedByYVS makes its clients’ next diet their last by working on the mentalities that keep them stuck in unhealthy lifestyles. As a result, over 4,000 have lost weight and seen a change due to the program.
If you’re just as excited about this emerging market as Yash, Fitness Business Accelerator may be to your taste. All of its clients receive the tools to be the next pioneer in the fitness market. It’s a venture for the more entrepreneurially-minded fitness enthusiasts who just need a mentor to reach that coveted six-figure revenue.
4. Nicko Dumadaug
Coach Nicko, CEO of Goal Crusher, understands that you know your body best. But he also has some universal steps to get business owners, C-level executives, ex-military service people, and healthcare practitioners started on their fitness journeys. This combination of a sustainable pace and proven methods makes him an award-winning coach—between himself and his clients, they’ve won 50.
Over a thousand clients have lost between 20-30 lbs due to Nicko’s techniques. The core of his approach is a nutrition system (which Nicko calls ‘no-nonsense’) combined with workout plans and a military-grade accountability system. For hard-working people who just need a bit of guidance, staying on track should be a breeze.
Everybody has the opportunity to apply to work with Nicko and his team. It’s all flexible from there, as Nicko constantly adjusts his strategies to ensure his clients keep progressing. That includes sleep, hydration, recovery, energy, discipline, and stress levels.
5. Cory Roboch
Cory Roboch is the CEO of Elite Lifestyle Coaching, where he’s helped over 1000 people, from high-level business people to professional athletes, reach their fitness goals. At a young age, he knew that helping people transform their lives through fitness was his calling. So, he graduated college with a degree in kinesiology, sociology, and psychology.
Afterward, Cory spent 8 years as an in-person trainer before opening his own gym and now runs a successful online fitness business. With a total of 13 years of experience, he’s seen it all and been through challenges himself. In fact, he struggled with bulimia for a while, meaning he fully understands where his clients come from and knows how to serve them best.
By giving them simple and easy strategies, Cory helps his clients restore their metabolisms while bringing overall balance to their health. His approach is fast, easy, and effective. He is also a motivational speaker and uses humor to educate his audience and highlight the brighter sides of health and fitness, making the gym, working out, and eating healthy more enjoyable.
6. Daria Johnston
Daria is a 29-year-old female yoga instructor and owner of a boutique hot yoga studio named The Yoga Spot Gladwyne, PA. She offers a unique yoga experience by incorporating detoxing infrared heat in all her classes, which are known for being fun, hard, and never the same flow twice.
Her classes are open to all levels and ages and are based around a great playlist. Daria’s studio is designed to be a community where she gets to know each client and creates relationships with them.
She has a background in dance, pilates, barre, and yoga, which she incorporates into her classes, and her classes are based on music and feature vinyasa-based flows that link breath to movement.
Daria’s biggest achievement is opening her own yoga studio in April 2022, which has been her lifelong dream. She started and runs her business on her own as a 29-year-old female with no investors, and her clients have become addicted to her classes and the space, especially the infrared heat.
7. Amy De Seyn
Amy is a sports performance coach and owner of Momentum Strength and Endurance. She helps runners prevent injuries and become faster, stronger, and more efficient by providing them with strength and conditioning training.
Traditionally, runners have simply been expected to “run more” to improve their fitness or to just “add hills!” to improve their strength. However, as a runner herself, Amy has found that this approach can lead to serious body imbalance and injuries. She believes in order to get better as a runner. You have to dial in all aspects of your life, not just the running part. You need a strong body, a healthy mind, a good diet, and so much more.
So far, Amy has helped her athletes on their journeys to the Boston Qualifying times, Olympic Trials-qualifying times, and opportunities running at Division I, II, or III-level colleges. She’s also been just as proud to strengthen women through and after their pregnancies and to help tackle the root of their adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues.
8. Charlie Johnson
Charlie is the CEO at CJ coaching, where he helped over ten thousand clients, mostly busy executives, transform their bodies and become better versions of themselves. He does that by tailoring a specific program to each of his clients. As Charlie explains, every person leads a certain lifestyle with different schedules, workloads, and situations, so they must be treated individually.
Charlie believes that the body is the temple of the mind, and one can’t operate at full capacity without the other. This explains why his executives perform better in all aspects of their lives when their health and fitness get dialed in. Hence, taking care of yourself is not simply a fun hobby but also an investment.
At CJ coaching, the team is committed to getting their clients the results they want, so they frequently organize live events, training seminars, and photo shoots to keep the morale and motivation present.
9. Soraya Zidane
Soraya Zidane is a no-nonsense health, fitness, and nutrition coach who is passionate about helping her clients transform their bodies and lives.
She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach who believes that movement and food are medicine and should be mandatory for optimal health. Soraya’s unique approach is to create customized programs that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs rather than relying on cookie-cutter plans or restrictive diets.
She is also a business-minded coach who understands the challenges that busy executives and entrepreneurs face in maintaining their health and wellness. Soraya’s biggest achievement is seeing the positive impact that her clients have on their families, children, colleagues, and friends as they improve their health, mindset, and lifestyle. She is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their goals and does not tolerate excuses, keeping them accountable every step of the way.
With Soraya, you can expect to not only look your best but feel your best as well.
10. Ana Katic
Ana Katic is a highly qualified personal trainer and online coach who has dedicated her career to helping others achieve their fitness goals. With a background in hospitality, Ana has always had a passion for fitness and decided to pursue it as a career in 2017.
She began working in London, offering face-to-face sessions in a public gym before starting her own business. Since then, Ana has worked closely with Coach Mark Carroll and has competed in the WBFF London show, winning her PRO card in her first competition.
Her unique style of coaching is science-based, and she has invested in a number of seminars and courses on nutrition, comp prep, biomechanics, and program design. Ana’s goal is to inspire and change other women’s lives and help them be the best version of themselves. She offers personalized coaching through her app and a supportive community of women from all over the world.
In conclusion, the fitness, health, and well-being industries are constantly evolving, thanks to the innovative ideas and dedication of industry leaders like those on this list.
These individuals have significantly impacted how we approach our overall well-being and have inspired countless people to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
We hope this list has introduced you to some new leaders in the industry and has inspired you to take control of your own health and wellness journey. Remember always to prioritize self-care and to seek out the guidance and support of industry professionals when necessary. With the help of these top 10 fitness, health, and well-being industry leaders, you can reach your goals and live a happier, healthier life.
Sabrina Stocker is a Features Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, she is originally from the UK and has a storied career in the events and awards business.