The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Personal Trainer Recognition Programs Launched

Contact: Andrea Kirsten-Coleman

Local personal trainers recognized for commitment to health education.

DALLAS (June 20, 2012) – Whether they’re encouraging their clients to do one more push-up or discouraging them from eating that extra cookie, personal trainers play a vital role in creating healthy lifestyles.  The Cooper Institute®  understands this contribution and has launched two new personal trainer recognition programs and announced the first honorees.

Cooper Ambassadors

L-R: Tutt, Rossman, Cooper, Gentry, Benkendorf,  Patrick

Personal trainers Gary Benkendorf of Bedford, Stevie Patrick of Frisco, Laurie Rossman of Tyler, join Terry Tutt of Texarkana, Ark. as Cooper Institute Ambassadors. Jill Gentry of Allen, received the CI Honored Achievement in Personal Training Education Program. 

The Cooper Institute Ambassador Program recognizes personal trainers who have advanced their education in personal training at the Cooper Institute.  Ambassadors will represent CI in their communities and facilities where they train by sharing fitness and nutritional resources like the CI website and information about educational opportunities. The CI Honored Achievement Program recognizes trainers committed to expanding their personal knowledge of the industry. Those receiving this recognition may apply for CI Ambassadorship.

“Personal trainers play a vital role in motivating and educating their clients to develop a healthy lifestyle,” says Sue Beckham, Director of Adult Initiatives. “They are often the reason people stick to their exercise program and it’s our goal to ensure they are equipped with the highest level of education to do that. The Ambassador Program recognizes and rewards them for sharing this knowledge with clients and encouraging other trainers to enhance their education too.”

About The Cooper Institute

Established in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated worldwide to preventive medicine research and education, housing one of the world’s largest databases on exercise and health. Each year The Cooper Institute develops engaged learners in fitness and health with its courses and nationally accredited Personal Trainer Certification exam. The Cooper Institute offers web-based tools for schools to track and report on youth fitness and nutrition: FITNESSGRAM® and NutriGram®. For more information, visit