About the Awards

About the Fitness Industry Awards

The Exercise Industry Awards have a number of categories (a full list of award categories can be found here), for individuals, programmes and facilities that operate in and around the exercise industry.

With the exception of three awards, all awards are based on an application process that is reviewed by a judging panel, with finalists (pre-announced) and winners announced at a formal awards ceremony.

2020 Timeline

January 2020– 2020 Categories finalised – if you have entered previously please note some categories have changed or been adjusted since 2019.

February 2020 Stage 1 Entries open – Entry at stage one is a straightforward entry, with entrants asked some basic questions about their role, programme or facility.

Early July 2020  Stage 1 Entries close- Once stage 1 closes our judging team sorts through the entries and selects those to go through to stage 2. The judging Manager will be in touch if there are any queries related to your entry.

Early August 2020  Entrants progressing to Stage 2 Announced, and Stage 2 entries open –  The entry requirements for stage 2 are more in depth and require further evidence and information. The entry is online and involves a range of questions and evidence, relevant to category.

End of August 2020  Stage 2 – Entries close – The judges start the challenge of working through all the entries in categories. All referees requests are sent. It is not uncommon at this stage for more information to be requested. Mystery shoppers/ third party feedback etc. commence at the close of entries to stage 2 and continue until November 14th.

Early October 2020 – Finalists announced- Some categories have no further information required from entrants. Group and Yoga categories have a video submission, and Live judging categories attend the event on 20th November. The judging Manager will be in touch if there are any queries or requirements related to your entry.

20 November 2020 – Live Judging takes place for PT, Up and Coming Trainer, Student and Group Trainer categories

21 November 2020 – Awards Dinner and Ceremony


The award ceremony’s MC is fitness and media personality Suzy Clarkson.

For a list of past winners, please see our past winners of the fitness industry awards page.



From 2005 – 2009 the awards were run by FitnessLife and were known as the FitnessLife Awards. 

From the outset the awards were recognised by the industry association for the fitness industry (Exercise New Zealand), as well as the registration body for exercise facilities and exercise professionals (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs).

After the 2009 event FitnessLife passed on the running of the event to Exercise New Zealand.