2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame inductees
2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame inductees (l. to r.): Lauren Epperson (for inductee Callan Pinckney), John "The Beast" Azari, Fred Hatfield and UNM's Len Kravitz.

Len Kravitz, associate professor of Exercise Science and researcher at The University of New Mexico, has been chosen as one of four to be inducted into the 2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF). 

Kravitz has been a key provider in research in a variety of exercise science fields since 1982. He enjoys educating through written materials as well as live education. Kravitz's research interests include energy metabolism, exercise product evaluation, energy expenditure and exercise program measurement and assessment. He has published in several fitness publications.

“Being an inductee in the 2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame represents a celebration of my contributions to the Fitness industry,” Kravitz said. “With every article I write, conference lecture I present, and class I teach, I seek to provide some meaningful education, research and impact to my students and professional colleagues in the fitness industry.”

Kravitz has spent many years in the real world of the health and fitness industry, which has helped him to become a successful professor with a balanced approach of theory and applied exercise science in his classes. He encourages students to do critical thinking and problem solving as they apply the theories and concepts of exercise science. Kravitz regularly involves graduate and undergraduate students in independent research and writing projects.

Len Kravitz acceptance speecch
Len Kravitz, associate professor of Exercise Science and researcher at The University of New Mexico, giving his acceptance speech at the 2016 National Fitness Hall of Fame iinduction ceremony.

Kravitz has been honored with multiple awards throughout his career  including the 2009 Canadian Fitness Professional “Specialty Presenter of the Year” award, chosen as the ACE 2006 “Fitness Educator of the Year” and received the prestigious Canadian Fitness Professional “Lifetime Achievement Award” among others.

The NFHOF was founded in 2004 as a non-profit educational institution that provides a place where the lifelong efforts of individuals and organizations are acknowledged and showcased. Their mission is “To Preserve the Past while Promoting the Future of Fitness.”

“In many ways the induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame is an empowering inspiration for me to continue on my journey in teaching and research.  My personal philosophy has always been, 'The road to health and fitness has no finish line,’” Kravitz said.

The NFHOF induction process involves a nomination of an instructor, trainer, educator, medical fitness professionals or an organization/business. Nominees must have had a career in the health and fitness industry for 25 or more years, reached the age of 55 by the ceremony date and have work experience that is nationally recognized by the industry and known by the public.

For more information on the induction process, visit the NFHOF website.