Fitness Excellence Awards 2019 brought together the biggest personalities from the fitness fraternity for a night to celebrate outstanding contribution in the industry. While fitness gurus let their hair down, awards and felicitations were flowing their way. The event also saw the launch of the world’s first non-alcoholic Protein Beer by German brand – JoyBräu.
It was raining fitness stars at the Taj Palace where Messe Frankfurt India hosted the third edition of Fitness Excellence Awards (FEA) 2019. With the fitness industry in the country being scattered but progressing in every segment individually, this event was a befitting platform that brought together the country’s biggest fitness personalities covering segments like health and fitness professionals, athletes and sport enthusiasts, fitness influencers, and businesses to network with each other and their clientele. Along with high profile networking, the night also saw some outstanding contributors in the industry being felicitated for their work and innovation in the sector.
From organising B2B events to a glamorous fitness award show, Michael Dehn, General Manager – Sales & Marketing, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd shared: “The awards ceremony will serve as an excellent opportunity to network and fortify business with old and new clients alike. Along with the entertainment, I am assertive that FEA 2019 will open gates to many business prospects for everyone in attendance.”
The inauguration of the awards ceremony was a grand affair with none other than Madhukar Talwalkar making his presence felt as a chief guest. Accompanying him as the guest of honour was the was Major Dr. Surendra Poonia international award-winning sportsman, Limca book record holder, physician, former Special Forces officer of the Indian Army and founder of Soldierathon marathon. Other distinguished guests accompanying them included:
- Harmeet Luthra, Director, Fitline
- Puneet Nindra, Director, Fitline
- Pankaj Arora, Managing Director, Technogym
- Rajiv Walia, President & CEO, Cravatex Brands Ltd
- Vinod Bhati, Managing Director, KFS
- Mohit Bhalla, Director & CEO, Gymline
- Vikas Jain, Director, Anytime Fitness
- Kenneth Cha, Managing Director, Inbody India
- Paramjyoth Singh, Managing Director, SBS Spa
- Michael Dehn, General Manager – Sales & Marketing, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd
Quote from the Guest of Honour – Major Surendra Poonia VSM: “Fitness is the sign of perseverance, discipline, hard work and progress. Fit citizens are biggest symbol and assets for growth & attitude of any nation.”
Quote from Jury member - Rajiv Makhni: “The FEA Awards are a great platform and an excellent recognition of the best of the best in an industry that is not just necessary but critical. Health and Fitness are vital and FEA shines a light on those organisations and individuals that are taking it to the next level”
A special and reputed industry jury together with the official tabulators Ernst & Young honoured the stars of the night. Among these were Mr Amar Chauhan and Ms Deepa Malik who were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award to have set exemplary work for the upcoming generation. Mr Gaurav Taneja and Ms Deepika Chowdhury bagged the Fitness Influencer Award Male and Female respectively.
Other winners who bagged the FEA trophy were Mr Vinay Sangwan, Dr Anmol Jogani and Smita Dave Nagannawar as Iconic Personal Trainers, Ms Avni Kaul for Dietician and Nutan Khimasiya for the nutritionist category. Within the fitness innovation categories, Instafitness bagged the award for Online Training App, Angel Wellness for Health & Fitness Program and Nitrro for a special jury award as Gym Chain of the Year to name a few.
Apart from the long list of felicitations, Fitness Excellence Awards 2019 recognised special members from the industry for their extensive contribution. Among these were specially-abled coach working for physical rehabilitation and counselling of the physically-disabled - Mr Manoj Dawar and Amputee champion para cyclist - Mr Himanshu Kumar. Another special highlight of the night was the performance by Yoga Artist’s Group - Asia’s first-ever team of visually impaired students who performed yoga acrobatics who stole the show with their incredible and meticulous act.
One of the most interesting highlights for the fitness industry however was the launch of the world’s first non-alcoholic Protein Beer by German brand – JoyBräu. With 21g of protein per 0.33l bottle, the innovative functional beverage with its unique recipe can be a delicious and refreshing alternative to a protein shake.
The extravagant night saw the attendance of well-known gyms and related brand such as TechnoGym, Matrix, KFS, Fitline, Anytime Fitness, Gymline, Inbody India Pvt Ltd, SBS Spa, JoyBräu GmbH. With a list of highlights and captivating performances entertaining the attendees throughout the night, Fitness Excellence Awards 2019 turned out to be as one of the most glittering gala for the fitness industry.