2016 Candidate for NFHOF Induction Consideration (Click photo to enlarge)
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(Brief biographies of 2016 NFHOF candidates - Listed Alphabetically - For more detailed information, please visite their websites)
John "The Beast" Azari (born 1951) is considered by many the most successful trainer in the world. He was born in Persia, in a small town near the Russian border. A young child with big dreams. At the age of six he would visit the town's gym to be with his cousin, a heavy weight boxing champion. By the age of twelve, "The Beast", as his mother affectionately called him, was training his cousin and he realized he had found his calling. "The Beast" set out to become the best trainer in the world. He devoted his life to training in order to achieve his dream. He had to overcome many obstacles and barriers along the way as he acquired nearly four decades of knowledge and wisdom never before seen in the world of health and fitness. His intelligence, wisdom and intellect are beyond anything imaginable. He is restless in his pursuit of perfection and believes that anything is possible. He is a student of life. He is called "Coach", "Mentor", "Big Brother", but those who know him well, call him a "Living Legend".
There are hundreds of testimonials on file from people of all ages who have achieved astounding results in a short period of time using John's unique training methods. The "John the Beast System" is for anyone, male or female, teen or adult, of any age - who wants to be the very best they can be in order to live their life to the fullest!
John has a Black Belt in Judo from the United States Judo Federation. He is an inventor of 2 fitness machines; both with U.S. Patents and Trademarks. His is also the published author of "WAKE-UP!". This powerful book details how the simple and scientific training methods developed by John are combined with natural nutrition and a philosophy of good living resulting in improved health, greater mental acuity and physical independence. It is a promise for a healthier lifestyle and a plan for living life to its fullest potential.
Bill Bowerman’s (1911-1999) legacy in track and field is undeniable. He served as the University of Oregon’s head track and field coach from 1949-72 and remained active at the University and in the coaching world even as the shoe company he cofounded, Nike®, grew into a global sports giant.
Bowerman was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Medford High School before attending the University of Oregon. At Oregon, he played basketball and football and joined Bill Hayward’s Ducks as a quarter-miler. After graduation in 1934, he began his coaching career at the high school level, first in Portland and then as the head football and track and field coach at Medford. He continued to coach at the high school level until 1948, with an interruption while he served in the Army during World War II.
In 1948, Bowerman returned to his alma mater, and a year later, with Hayward retiring, Oregon hired him as the head track and field and cross country coach. Over the next 23 years, the Ducks experienced new levels of success, winning four national team titles and finishing twice as runner-up.
Bowerman’s contributions extend far beyond the University of Oregon. Bowerman served as the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association’s (NCTCA) vice president in 1958-59 and took the helm of the organization as its president in 1959-60. The NCTCA is one of several predecessor organizations that now form the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Bowerman also served as head track and field coach for the 1972 Olympic Team and played a leading role in Eugene’s successful bids to host the 1972, 1976, and 1980 Olympic trials.
Bowerman also helped inspire the jogging boom in the U.S. in the 1970s. During a trip to New Zealand in the 1960s with the Oregon track team, Bowerman witnessed the jogging boom in that country, which led him to write a book on jogging and to start a jogging/running club in Eugene. As the cofounder of Nike®, Bowerman also achieved international recognition. He famously invented the waffle sole by pouring rubber on his wife’s waffle iron.
Frederick C. Hatfield, PhD (born 1942) earned his doctorate in philosophy from Temple University with competency examinations taken in sport psychology, motor learning and sport sociology. Dr. Hatfield is President of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), a major provider of continuing education and a certifying agency for sports training, fitness therapy and personal fitness trainer professionals.
He has provided research and development and marketing consultation to several nutritional and fitness equipment manufacturers and other fitness-related corporations around the world. He has been both a principal in, and consultant to, numerous commercial enterprises involved in fitness, nutrition, publishing and education since 1970, and has been directly involved in establishing and consulting for numerous health and fitness clubs across the U.S. He has taught sports psychology, strength physiology, and physical education at the University of Wisconsin, Newark State College, Bowie State College, Temple University and the University of Illinois. Early in his career he was cited in "Who's Who in American Education," and voted "Outstanding Young Men in America." He was a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB), the West German Bodybuilding Federation, Australian Powerlifting Federation, FOX Network and CBS Sports. He was coach three times for the U.S. National Powerlifting team and a member of the executive committees of the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Federation and U.S. Powerlifting Federation.
The founding editor of Sports Fitness magazine (now Men’s Fitness), he has written more than 60 books and over 200 articles on sports fitness, weight training and athletic nutrition. He is a former standout college gymnast, Mr. Teenage Connecticut, Mr. Atlantic Coast and Mr. Mid America in bodybuilding. He was the Wisconsin and Connecticut weightlifting champion, broken over 30 world records as a powerlifter competing in five different weight divisions, and won the World Championships in powerlifting three times in three different weight divisions. In 1987, at the age of 45, Hatfield established a world record in the squat at 1014 pounds (255 body weight), the most anyone had ever lifted in the history of competition. His frequent world record-breaking performances have gained him the nickname of "Dr. Squat." He remained competitive in Masters Level Olympic Weightlifting until recently, having represented the USA in the 1998 World Masters Games in Oregon. In June of 2000, Dr. Hatfield was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame, located in York, PA.
Len Kravitz, PhD (born 1952) earned his degree from Health Promotion and Exercise Science, University of New Mexico, May, 1994, and a M.A. in Physical Education from San Jose State University. Dr. Len is the Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and a Researcher at the University of New Mexico where he won the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award.
Throughout the years Dr. Kravitz has been honored with a multitude of awards, including the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award, chosen as the ACE 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year” and received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional “Lifetime Achievement Award” to name a few.
Dr. Len has been a key provider in research in a variety of exercise science fields, dating back to 1982 through today. While published in books, magazines, manuals and journals, Dr. Kravitz thoroughly enjoys educating eager learners through written materials as well as live education.
He also enjoys his spending his time sitting on many different advisory boards for AEA, ACE, IDEA, American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal, Southwest American College of Sports Medicine, Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals, Journal of Exercise Physiology, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Callan Pinckney (1939 –2012) was an American fitness professional. She achieved unprecedented success with her Callanetics exercises. Her 9 books all became international best-sellers and the video series that followed went on to sell over 6 million copies. Pinckney's first video release "Callanetics: 10 Years Younger In 10 Hours" outsold every other fitness video in the US. Within 3 years it had pushed Jane Fonda into second place on the all-time individual best-selling fitness video chart and it remains the all-time fitness bestseller in both the US and UK.
Callan Pinckney was raised in Savannah, Georgia. She trained in classical ballet for twelve years and studied other forms of dance, movement and exercise. She had to restore her own body to health when, after an eleven-year backpacking odyssey around the world, the rigours of travel, combined with a congenital back defect, led to physical collapse.
On her return to the U.S. she experimented with various exercise techniques, using her early ballet training to develop the program which finally solved her physical problems. Callan taught her revolutionary exercise program from her New York apartment and had many famous and distinguished clients worldwide, all of whom testify that Callanetics is a unique, safe exercise system for transforming bodyshape.