20 Finalists Announced: 2015 Top 10 Fitness Blog Contest

The nominations have been counted, and this year’s twenty fitness blog finalists have been selected.

The nominations have been counted.

The twenty finalists have been selected.

Now it’s in the hands of the judges!

We’ve spent the whole month of February collecting nominations for our third annual Top 10 Fitness Blog contest. We asked for your help in determining the best fitness blogs on the web – and we got it!

Now, it’s time for the judges to decide who makes the final cut. How do they decide the ten best fitness sites? Judges will be looking at the overall quality of a website, frequency of posts, user involvement, and the number of nominations a site was given.


Check out the top twenty for yourself (in alphabetical order):

Congratulations to the top twenty!

Our Amazing Panel of Judges:

Dan John: Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games, and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. His books on weightlifting include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple, and Easy Strength (written with Pavel Tsatsouline), as well as To Grad, From Dad. Recently, he and Josh Hillis co-authored Fat Loss Happens on Monday.

top 10 fitness blogs, blog contest, fitness blogs, contestsKaty Bowman: Katy is the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, a large organization and online training program that teaches the biomechanical model of preventative medicine to health professionals and laypeople worldwide. The author of Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet (2011), Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says (2013), and Move Your DNA (2014), Katy’s writing explore the relationship between cultural habits, movement, and disease. She is the creator and talent of the Aligned and Well DVD series and blogs regularly at Katy Says.

Gwen Sisto: Gwendolyn Sisto is co-founder of Risto Sports, the leader in weightlifting products and services, which has trained medalists and champions from the Olympics, World Championships, and the CrossFit Games. Gwen is a top 69kg female weightlifter in the USA, and she has represented Team USA internationally. Gwen holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and works in the aerospace composites industry. She enjoys equine sports, dogs, and training with her family: international weightlifting coach, Ivan Rojas and, their daughter, Gwendolyn Rojas. Follow Gwen on Twitter and Instagram.

Darryl Edwards: Darryl Edwards, MSc., is the founder of HEALTH Unplugged and owner of Fitness Explorer Training. He is an international speaker, coach, nutritionist, and author of Paleo Fitness. He has been published in titles such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Elle and has been featured on the BBC. After almost two decades as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl transformed his health after adopting an ancestral model to well being. Darryl now advises people on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – amid the epidemic of obesity and other chronic lifestyle diseases. As a recognition of the fact that physical inactivity is more detrimental to long-term health than other risk factors, he created Primal Play to help people rekindle their love affair with exercise.

Donnie Thompson: Donnie Thompson played football in the Arena Football League for six years. In 1992, he was in a feature film called The Program where he played #52, the center on the football team. Following six years of commercial health club business, Donnie started competitive powerlifting and did not turned back. He is the first human ever to total 3000lbs. From 2006 to 2012, Donnie worked in Sports Physical Therapy as strength and mobility director for nineteen clinics state wide. Industry gurus like Pavel, Kelly Starrett, Dick Hartzell and Louie Simmons have worked with Donnie personally in the past two decades. This led to his development of Performance Therapy. Today Donnie lectures nationwide and works with top athletes.