National Academy of Sports Medicine® (NASM) Master Instructor Rick Richey Named Personal Trainer of the Year


GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the global leader in fitness education and certifications, is thrilled to announce that Rick Richey, an NASM Master Instructor, host of the award-winning NASM-CPT podcast and owner of Independent Training Spot, was named Personal Trainer of the Year at the 2022 IDEA World Fitness Awards.

“Being a personal trainer is such a fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging way to earn a living,” Richey said. “This work has allowed me to inspire and motivate people to move and exercise for the past 20 years. I am honored and humbled by this recognition.”

Richey has worked with numerous film and television personalities, professional athletes, and mainstream clients to help them achieve their goals. He holds a master’s degree in exercise science and a doctorate from PennWest California. Richey is also a subject matter expert and contributes to many NASM programs including Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and Certified Wellness Coach (CWC).

He is well known for hosting the NASM-CPT podcast which recently hit 200 episodes and won the 2021 Sharecare Award for Social Storytelling.

Richey is recognized for his exceptional leadership, business management and teaching skills, as well as his ability to motivate and inspire clients to greater personal growth and a higher level of fitness.

“Rick is dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives,” said NASM President Laurie McCartney. “We are proud to see him recognized for his tireless efforts and valuable contributions to our community of fitness professionals and the millions of clients they support.”


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About NASM: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness education and certifications. Drawing on more than 35 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and in everyday life. NASM provides an industry-unique training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on scientific research. NASM has trained more than 1.4 million fitness professionals in more than 100 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellness and fitness. NASM’s Optima Virtual Conference, October 13-15, 2022, is a free event that brings together the best and brightest from the fitness and wellness industry for 3 days of learning, networking and sharing . Learn more at


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