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New York man rode his bike 900 miles to raise money for a Georgia boy with special needs.

Dave Nazaroff had never met 2-year-old Tripp Halstead when he decided to embark on a 900-mile bike ride to raise money for the young boy. He had simply been one of the more than 800,000 Facebook users who had followed the Halstead family's updates about how Tripp was recovering from the traumatic brain injury he received last year. Rather than just sitting back, however, Nazaroff decided that he wanted to do something to help a family in need, so the nine-time Ironman competitor got on his bike and began to ride for the cause. By the time he completed the journey from New York to Georgia, Nazaroff had raised almost $200,000 and he celebrated by finally meeting the Halsteads in their hometown.

Tripp Halstead was having fun playing outside the Atlanta-area daycare he attended last October when he was struck on the head by a falling tree branch. The toddler miraculously survived the incident, but he was left with brain damage and has special needs. After the worst of the trauma was over

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Fitness mogul hopes to reshape the people of Houston and start a health revolution that keeps growing.

Texas fitness tycoon Samir Becic is no stranger to thinking big when it comes to exercise. His efforts have garnered him national acclaim and a list of awards that would make any personal trainer jealous. Recently, however, he has taken his ideas one step further, hoping to make Houston, TX—which currently holds the title of America’s fattest city—into a hub for health and fitness within the next few years. Becic plans to implement his ideas using a unique base of followers and revolutionary new workouts that he has invented.

Looking at Becic’s resume of accomplishments, it’s clear that he has already had a profound effect on the world of fitness. Having been named the top trainer in the U.S. four times and the top trainer in Texas more than 20 times, Becic has carved out a niche for his personal brand of training. He began his career as a martial arts expert in Europe before moving to the Lone Star State, where he worked for Bally’s Total Fitness during its prime period

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Supportive Illinois trainer looking to change lives and help save a floundering recreational facility.

Personal trainer Quentin Hursey created quite the buzz when he began his new job at the Replex, a community recreational facility in Le Roy, IL. Not only was he the first expert on group fitness and personal training to join the staff at the Replex, but he would also enable the gym to be able to start offering an entire slate of new classes. The new offerings are just what the doctor ordered for the facility, which has had a public financial struggle over the last year and was almost shut down in September. For Hursey, however, his only goal is to help people get healthy and put an end to their fear of fitness training.

If there’s one thing that Hursey wants to accomplish in his new job at the Replex, it is to change his potential clients’ image of a fitness trainer. “People picture Jillian Michaels when they think about personal trainers,” he told the Leroy Farmer City Press. “I want you to be successful and drive you to be more successful. I don't want to be your slave

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Celebrity personal trainer was an overweight teen who turned his life around and now seeks to inspire others.

Fitness expert Michael George knows what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your own body. As an overweight teenager, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. After beginning an intensive fitness program when he was 17, however, George turned his life around and in doing so, found his calling. Today, he’s not only one of the premier fitness and lifestyle coaches in the country, but he has also worked as a personal trainer for some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Like many proponents of healthy living, George didn’t always have the prize physique he is famous for today. “I grew up a chubby kid with bad eating habits, extremely introverted and shy,” he told Epica Health. That all changed when he began a Charles Atlas weight training program at age 17. Suddenly, within a very short period of time, his physique changed and his self-esteem skyrocketed. George realized he had natural talent as an athlete and excelled at various sports. He also went to UCLA