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FRED HOFFMAN, M.ED.

RECIPIENT OF THE 2007 IDEA HEALTH AND FITNESS ASSOCIATION FITNESS INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD



Education + Professional Experience

Fred Hoffman began his career in the fitness industry thirty years ago. A registered respiratory therapist, Fred holds a Masters Degree in Health Education from Boston University and a Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Northeastern University.

Currently, Fred is the Director of International Services for The Club Synergy Group, a network of award-winning consultants, and an executive consultant for Batuka. Since 1990 Fred has worked with Reebok France in several capacities inculding Fitness Marketing Consultant, Team Manager and National Master Trainer. Additionally, as a Global Master Trainer for Reebok International, he contributed to the development of numerous educational programs and products, conducted Reebok University instructor training for +5000 instructors in over 40 countries and represented Reebok as a spokesperson at press conferences, program and product launches and industry events. Fred is also a Master Trainer for the BOSU® Balance Trainer and BOSU® Ballast Ball, TRX® Fitness Anywhere, Beamfit™, Body Bar and Gliding. Previously he was a part time faculty member at the University of Paris for the DEUST, Métiers de la Forme (University Diploma for Technical Science Studies in Health Careers), regularly conducted training for the French State Diploma, Métiers de la Forme at the Greta Antipolis and was a guest lecturer for KineForme, a continuing education provider for Physical Therapists in France.

In 2005 and 2006 Fred held the position of Fitness and Lifestyle Director for Buddha-bar Spa, where he played an integral role in the development of the company's first Spa. In 2004 Fred completed a 7-month mission in Moscow as the Fitness Director for the Reebok Sports Clubs in Russia.

Fred continues to give weekly group fitness classes in Paris for employees of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

He has introduced fitness programs in almost 50 countries on six continents. These include Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Dubai, England, Finland, France, Guadeloupe, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Poland, Reunion Island, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, Zimbabwe, and in the U.S. where he has trained teachers in numerous states.

From 2000-2002 Fred was a featured presenter for Reebok's INNOVASIA/ REEBOK RESOLUTION tour, which took place in seven countries throughout Asia.

Fred has presented fourteen times for the IDEA International Conventions, and has presented at over 200 international conventions and events worldwide. He was the coordinator for The Reebok University Resolution Convention from 2000 - 2004 held in Paris, France, as well as co-organizer of the Reebok University Convention in 1994 -1996 and 1999, and Fitness Fiesta in 1997-2001 and 2003.

Co-founder of B.E.E.P. (Boston Elder Exercise Program), he is the former fitness director of the Joy of Movement Center in Boston. Early in his career Fred's class was voted "One of the Ten Toughest Workouts in Town" by the Boston Herald.

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Certifications

Fred is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

As a recognized provider of ACE CECs, Fred regularly organizes and presents continuing education programs, conducts workshops and gives master classes in France and throughout the world.

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Media

Fred gives lectures on fitness as a private consultant, is a published author and has appeared on numerous TV, radio, and web-based programs.

He has authored numerous articles for both print and e-media, and during the last 28 years has appeared in over 130 international journals, magazines and newspapers. These include The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal Magazine Smart Money, The Boston Herald, Spa Business, Pulse, Men's Health, Esquire, Fitness Magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, IDEA Today, IDEA Fitness Manager, IDEA Fitness Edge, IDEA Personal Trainer, IDEA Health And Fitness Source, IDEA Trainer Success, Fitness Business Canada, ACE Certified News, ACE Professional e-Newsletters, Health Club Management UK, Club Business International, Club Business Europe, Reebok Instructor Alliance (France, Spain, U.A.E. and the U.K.) Gala Magazine, The European, Health & Fitness U.K., Pro Link, France's Elle, Cosmopolitan, Votre Beauté, Jasmin, Vive La Forme, M Magazine, Femme Actuelle, Réponse Santé, Muscle & Fitness, Vital, Dépeche Mode and Marie France. Full listing of press.

For several years, Fred was a featured fitness expert on www.women365.fr, a French sports, fitness and lifestyle web site.

Fred produced and starred in 4 fitness DVDs released in July 2005, and in July 2007 co-produced a music CD, Step Celebration with Power Music. In 2008, Fred's sessions 'Get to the Core with Circuit Training' and 'Fat-Free' Step were filmed at IDEA events and are available on DVD, as is his Core-ography session filmed in 2006.

In 1993 and 1994, Fred could be seen daily on the Step REEBOK program televised worldwide on Eurosport and Star TV.

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Competitive Aerobics

From 1991-1993 Fred was France's Head Judge for the ICAF Aerobics Championships, representing France two years as a Skill Judge for both the World Championships and the European Championships. He also implemented a training course in France, which trained and prepared participants as Skill, Presentation and Line judges.

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Community Service

Throughout his career, Fred has been involved in community service and charity events. In 2010 he co-organized a fitness fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, in 2005 he co-organized a fitness fundraiser for the victims of the tsunami in South East Asia, and he co-led an aerobic marathon for Fight AIDS Monaco, in Monte Carlo the same year. He has previously given his time to the AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE and The Great American Smoke-out in Boston, The Paris American AIDS Committee, and the Dublin Rape Crisis Center in Ireland.

In July 2004 Fred graciously accepted to validate a thesis project of a Linguistics and Terminology student at the ILMH in Brussels, Belgium.

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Professional Activities

Fred is currently a member of the IDEA Group Fitness Membership Committee (2006-2011), the Beamfit™ Advisory Board, the Educational Committee for the Fit-For-Me Foundation, and was recently appointed to a 3-year position as a Steering Committee member for the ACSM Health and Fitness Summit.

He is a spokesperson for IDEA and ACE and is a regular contributor to ACE publications.

In 2004-2005 Fred was a member of the development team for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Group Trainer instructor manual.

In 2003 Fred served as a member of the steering committee for the review of applications and presenter selection for the 2004 IDEA educational events.

In 2002 he was part of the development team for the Rep Reebok program for Reebok International.

In 2001 Fred wrote the curriculum for Spain's A.E.M.A. Personal Training course, and participated in the successful launch of this educational program.

In May of 1999, Fred participated in the First International Certification Meeting held in Milan, Italy. The primary goal was to create the first international exam for the ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructors Certifications.

He was a guest faculty member of 'Children and Aerobics', a two day workshop presented by Lasell Junior College in Newton, MA., USA

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Awards

Fred is the recipient of the 2007 IDEA Health and Fitness Association Fitness Instructor of the Year award, the most prestigious of it's kind in the Fitness Industry.

He was honored as a finalist for the 2006 IDEA Health and Fitness Association Fitness Instructor of the Year award.

Fred is the second runner-up for the 2006 ACE Achievement Awards, Group Fitness Instructor of the Year and was first runner-up in 2005 and 2004. In 2003 he was the second runner up for the ACE Group Fitness Professional of the Year Award.

In November 2005 he was awarded as International Presenter of Excellence at FitCamp 2005 in Blackpool, UK.

Fred was elected to the International Who's Who of Professionals in 2001.

Click here to see Fred's Convention Presentation Experience.

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