Top 31 Most Influential People in Health And Fitness

Top 31 Most Influential People in Health And Fitness


In today’s health and fitness industry, fitness enthusiasts are an inspiration to us as we strive to create healthier lifestyles for ourselves. We’ve narrowed our list down to 30 individuals who are the “cream of the crop” when it comes to their commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle and their goal of helping others to achieve comparable success.

31. First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is committed to health and fitness by being personally accountable, by implementing nutritious school meal plans, and by encouraging children to stay active.

30. Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner

A former self-professed soft drink addict and cheese junkie, actress Marilu Henner is the very embodiment of her renowned book, Total Health Makeover. She successfully adopted a macrobiotic diet and fitness routine and has published a multitude of books on health and fitness.

29. Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers

Author of revolutionary health and fitness books, such as Eat Great, Lose Weight and The Sexy Years, Suzanne Somers has conducted respectable research. As a breast cancer survivor herself, Somers has armed herself with knowledge and personal experiences that help people of all ages.

28. Jorge Cruise

Jorge Cruise

Formerly overweight himself, Jorge Cruise beat the belly bulge and wrote five successful books, such as his ever-popular 8 Minutes in the Morning. His eating plan outlines successful methods for dropping belly fat by managing blood sugar levels.

27. Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

For years, Kathy Smith has practically been a household name in the health and fitness industry. In recent decades, Smith created many easy-to-follow exercise videos, such as “March to Fitness,” that encourage a manageable, healthy lifestyle.

26. Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno

You might remember this powerhouse from his Subway endorsements. As an 8-time medalist in the Olympics for speed skating, Apolo Ohno is a commanding presence as both an athlete as well as health/nutrition enthusiast.

25. Donna Richardson

Donna Richardson

Creator of the popular workout series, “Body Gospel,” Donna Richardson has for years been an established fitness instructor and has received countless accolades, such as membership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

24. Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell

A former principle dancer with the Royal Ballet, Bussell has branched out as a successful author of Pilates for Life: A Practical Introduction to the Core Programme as well as an outstanding, inspiring how-to for children and young adults, The Ballet Book.

23. Jack LaLanne

 Jack LaLanne

Known as the “Godfather of Fitness,” Jack LaLanne was a health and fitness guru and personal trainer who dedicated his life to promoting a vibrant lifestyle.

22. Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons

The peppy founder of such famous workouts programs as “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” Richard Simmons has enjoyed a long time career as a fitness instructor.

21. Paul C. Bragg

Paul C Bragg

Paul C. Bragg was a crucial contributor to the fitness revolution as we know it. Bragg focused on the incorporation of “power foods,” such as apple cider vinegar and unfiltered olive oil, into the everyday diet.

20. Patricia Bragg

Patricia Bragg

The daughter of Paul C. Bragg, Patricia Bragg continues to promote the healthy lifestyle endorsed by her father. As an author and speaker, Patricia has made a name for herself as both a health expert and motivator.

19. Bob Greene

Bob Greene

Noted for his popular diet program and fitness book, The Best Life Diet, Bob Greene is an expert in his field who encourages a practical nutrition program.

18. Dr. Robert C. Atkins

Dr. Robert C. Atkins

As founder of the popular “Atkins Diet Revolution,” Dr. Atkins was dedicated to helping others to lose weight while enjoying low-carb, high-protein foods they loved.

17. Anne Louise Gittleman

Anne Louise Gittleman

As a renowned nutritionist and author of such books as Fat Flush Plan, Ann Louise Gittleman promotes the many health benefits of detoxification.

16. Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

As a survivor of stage-three cancer, professional cyclist Lance Armstrong started the Lance Armstrong Foundation–an organization that assists cancer patients with financial, health, and emotional challenges of cancer.

15. Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

Fitness coach and trainer who is famous for the popular show, “The Biggest Loser,” Jillian Michaels adopts a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to getting fit.

14. Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil

Noted for both his books as well as his informative website,, Dr. Weil is a healthcare professional who is popular for his holistic health remedies.

13. Dr. Mehment Oz

Dr. Mehment Oz

Famous for his television program, “The Dr. Oz Show,” Dr. Oz has an incredibly ability for bringing tricky health topics into the public spectrum, creating practical health solutions for everyday issues.

12. Mary Jane Butters

Mary Jane Butters

A former park ranger, carpenter, and a host of other gender-busting professions, Mary Jane Butters founded her own farm. In her books, she consistently sings the virtues of organic eating and a greater connectivity with nature.

11. Denise Austin

Denise Austin

The creator of countless fitness DVDs, Denise Austin is a sparkling fitness personality and author who promotes a lifestyle of eating “real” foods and keeping active.

10. Jane Fonder

Jane Fonder

For years, Jane Fonda has been praised for her sculpted figure and commitment to health and fitness. Her video, “The Jane Fonda Workout,” achieved enormous popularity, and Fonda continues to both follow and advocate healthy life choices.

9. Leslie Sansone

Leslie Sansone

As a fitness professional, Leslie Sansone creates dvds that unlock the numerous health benefits of simple walking. Her programs are relaxing and a great way to introduce fitness for beginners.

8. Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron

Spending her earlier childhood as mildly overweight, the actress and former child star of “Full House,” Candace Cameron Bure, developed a negative body image. She took control of her health as outlined in her heartfelt and inspirational book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.

7. Victoria Principal

Victoria Principal

Actress Victoria Principle has created a series of superbly healthy lifestyle books, such as her latest work, Living Principal, that address all types of simple solutions for living long and living well.

6. Dr. Don Colbert

Dr. Don Colbert

Dr. Colbert is a New York Times Bestselling author, and he writes books on how to cleanse and detox the body through fasting, supplementation, and healthy food choices.

5. Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway

Although noted for her career as an actress, Mariel Hemingway is a yoga enthusiast and has authored health and fitness books as well as cookbooks.

4. Carl Daikeler

Carl Daikeler

As the founder of BeachBody health and fitness products, Daikeler has created an empire that now includes the home-based business opportunity, Team Beachbody.

3. George Foreman

George Foreman

The two-time World Heavyweight Champion of times past, George Foreman is a virtual fitness powerhouse. He invented the ever-popular George Foreman Grill, which cleverly extracts unhealthy, saturated fat from meats.

2. Drew Brees

Drew Brees

As the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and now an advocate for Advocare nutritional products, Brees is the prime example of a committed, health-conscious athlete.

1. Ellie Krieger

Ellie Krieger

Originally hailed as a nutritionist, Krieger now hosts a popular television program on Food Network, “Healthy Appetite,” which provides viewers with nutrient-dense, practical meals.

Each of these individuals possessed a powerful gift for remaining personally accountable while helping others every step of the way. We can be inspired by these stories and encouraged to implement their ambition into our own lives by getting active, fit, and healthier.

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