The 20 Most Influential Fitness People On The Web

October 25, 2010 by  
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Ok.. back to text.

There are some people here that I have communicated with personally. But there are also many that I have not. But being in this industry, it’s probably inevitable that I’ll stumble across these folks in person soon enough. On or offline.

This network truly is worldwide, thanks to the world wide web, and every individual I name stands for something in this fitness and bodybuilding game.

Without further a do…

The 20 Most Influential Fitness People On The Web

(In no particular order)

#1 Zuzana Light (

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I stumbled across Zuzana’s website shortly after starting Stay-Fit Bug last July and I have used her physique as an example to ladies that I have helped in fitness. Ladies that wanted to get into shape but still maintain their femininity. (Although that should be far from your worries, as women’s testosterone levels aren’t high enough to pack on muscle mass like men do).

But if there is one thing that stands out about it’s the pure comedy factor.


… OK, clever comedy

  • Good old fashioned workout routines
  • Deliberate display of cleavage (LOL moment)
  • Sexual noises disguised as gym grunts (Another LOL moment)

How the hell can I not laugh!

I might be known for entertaining the audience here on Stay-Fit Bug. But you can bet that I too, the entertainer, likes to be entertained as well. And I sure do get that from watching Zuzana’s workouts, and that of course resulted in ending up on this top 20 list.

#2 Bedros Keuilian (

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Bedros’ place in the online fitness world is a little different than everyone else’s, as he has actually transformed a non-scalable business model (Consulting) into a fully scalable one.

Fitness marketing information products ‘in-a-box’, for offline personal trainer businesses

Which goes to show, there is more than one way to skin a cat eh. But what is more important to realize is that this became his ‘calling’. A place where he would thrive. A sweet spot as such. And like most things, it wasn’t an overnight success affair. Finding something where you can be fully ‘in the zone’ is something I talk about constantly to all those I help.

Fitness lifestyle example

Finding a sport or activity that you ‘enjoy’ along side your workout and gym activities.

Nevertheless, whether you are an online or offline fitness pro, his fitness marketing tips have been proven to be affective for many. Myself included.

#3 Pauline Nordin (

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I actually got introduced to Paulines website from a friend. In fact, it was the lady that wrote this post…

The benefits of boxing training for fitness

Since then, I have jumped on to her Facebook page a few times. Spoken with Pauline and others, at which sometimes ends up being a fun filled and entertaining Facebook event. Any how, the Fighter diet concept is an interesting one for sure.

Is it just for women?

Not necessarily, but of course a lot more women will relate to a concept that has been designed by a woman.

#4 Obi Obadike


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Obi is another who I’ve yet to meet on or offline, but his contribution, passion and drive in the industry is clearly evident. Winning the WBFF last month along  side Stay-Fit Bug interviewee Miryah Jade Scott is probably a strong result of that drive.

If there is one physique that stands for what muscle definition should look like for the ultimate muscle and strength Stay-fit bug body in the upcoming program. Then this is it.

#5 Jedd Johnson (


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I stumbled across about a year ago, and it was obvious from the get-go what the website was all about.

Strength training for athletes

Or to be a bit more specific, one of the, of not ‘the best’ website for grip strength training, which of course is essential if your goal is to take your muscles to the next level.

Any how, it didn’t take long for Jedd Johnson of Diesel crew to notice a comment I left on one particular post, which then lead to us sharing a guest spot on each others websites.

I may focus on innovative ways to build muscle on Stay-Fit Bug, which of course includes grip strength training techniques. But not to the level which Jedd and crew take it, which is evident in some of their products such as…

>>>The Ultimate Forearm Training for Baseball

Nevertheless, Jedd and crew certainly deserve a spot in the top 20.

#6 Rusty Moore (

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>>>Rusty’s E-Course

This is a website that was started by experienced fitness enthusiast Rusty Moore, whose goal is to help people build the lean ‘Hollywood’ look as he likes to call  it.

Why is in the top 20?

  • Only posts articles to the website several times a month (Yet they are very detailed)
  • Simple design (An example of how less is more can work)

He’s a guy that’s an example of someone who is still into fitness in his 40’s and will most likely be better off because of it. Read my 10 reasons post to see why. Or better yet, this post…

5 reasons why the bodybuilding lifestyle will make your life better

#7 Jennifer Nicole Lee

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OK, I haven’t been following Jennifer Nicole Lee for that long, but there were two things that caught my attention from the get-go.

1) Her Youtube channel

2) Her drive and motivation in her workouts

This fitness game is all about high energy and uber motivation. Two things that have been said about myself over the years and which you’ll notice around the site.

Jennifer Nicole Lee is a great example of both. Add an infectious personality into the mix and it’s not hard to see why she makes for a great role model to women around the globe.

She also has a great back story to match (Who doesn’t have a soft spot for the before and after hero’s of the fitness world?). A Jennifer Lopez of the fitness world FTW.

Jennifer Nicole Lee’s Fitness Program

#8 Mehdi (

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There are many approaches and techniques that one can choose from when it comes to building a better body. And Mehdi of has chosen to help people do that with his 5 x 5 program.

The focus is on strength training and building muscle for men. Which too is a core part of the Stay-Fit Bug goal. However, I do get quite a few female readers here too). Nevertheless, another clean website from an individual who wants to spread the good message of the fitness and bodybuilding industry, which often gets looked down upon (Let those that do die a miserable and un-fit death)!

#9 Pavel Ythjall

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Pavel is a freelance director and ‘still photographer’ who is based in Venice, California.

I caught wind of Pavel’s photography efforts because of the ‘network effect’, namely via Facebook. His photography credentials include individuals such as…

  • Kai Greene
  • Phil Heath
  • Daryl Gee
  • Dexter Jackson
  • Jay Cutler
  • And others

Regardless of who he has snapped, nothing bad can be said about his ability to make us fitness pros look good in print.

#10 Craig Ballantyne (


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Why he makes the list?

A fat loss expert

Fat loss, building muscle, dieting, lifestyle. They are all pieces of the puzzle in this fitness and bodybuilding game. And which part you focus on will obviously depend on your personal fitness goals.

Craig focuses on fat loss and has written articles and routines for Mens Health, Mens Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers and others.

I also happen to agree with many of the concepts in his very own Turbulence training program. Nevertheless, a fitness pro that deserves a place in the top 20.

>>>Craigs Turbulence Training Program

#11 Ava Cowan (


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Why she makes the top 20?

Because she has fans everywhere…..

OK, OK… one does have to have a solid reason to be in this list, and Ava surely does have that. Other than looking great and passing for the Kylie Minogue of the fitness and bodybuilding industry, Ava has…

  • Won figure competitions 5 x over
  • Graced the covers of endless fitness magazines
  • And has a killer photo of her self performing my favorite weight assisted bodyweight exercise…

The weight assisted dip

Guys like the way she looks and girls want to look the way she ‘looks’. Having the best of both worlds is a bonus for sure. I haven’t met Ava in person to understand if there are other reasons for her wild like-a-bility, but a deserved place in the top 20 she has won for sure.

#12 Vince Delmonte (

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I haven’t met Vince Delmonte, but like most people who are influential on the web, they would have a painful back story and a present rise to glory. And that’s how I’ve been able to connect and relate and now place Vince Delmonte on this list.

Vince helps skinny guys mimic his success to overcoming chicken leg syndrome and other aspects of the hardgainer trauma. Kind of what I do here on Stay Fit Bug, but obviously in Stay-Fit Bug fashion. All current subscribers will know what that is by now. If you haven’t then join the party already. 🙂

Either way, Vince is clearly playing his part in making the world a fitter place via the WWW.

>>>Vinces No Nonsense Muscle Building Program

#13 Belinda Benn (

Why Belinda made the top 20?

Because she’s a lady in her 40’s who doesn’t look like she’s in her 40’s and is living proof of what the fitness and bodybuilding lifestyle can do for you if you take action and start today!

P.S If you’re in your teens, don’t wait up. Read this post if you are confused about my push for urgency on this matter.

Once again, we have an individual here who has a back story to which many can relate to.

A painful back story and present rise to glory.

The glory in this case is getting lean in which she created a program by the same name. The Get Lean Program

I really didn’t think about Belindas age when I first connected with her on Facebook this year, and shortly after that I ended up on camera with her on this site in a video interview hosted by yours truly, which you can watch here.

#14 Jamie Eason (

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I didn’t know too much about Jamie before writing this list, but once again, the ‘network effect’ has played it’s part again, and it has become very clear to me that Jamie is a clear role model for many upcoming athletes in the fitness and bodybuilding industry.

Pictures speak 1000 words yes (obviously she looks good). But video speaks a whole lot more and after watching videos of Jamie (especially after this years Olympia event) it’s not hard to see why she’s an influence to so many.

Key credentials

  • Spokes model for
  • Writes a column for Oxygen womens fitness magazine.
  • Professional and highly energetic (From what I can tell)

#15 Laura Harris

Aka (Chicken Tuna – Bodyspace)

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Ok, I’m not going to talk much here. I’m going to rely on stats and facts instead.

  • Inspiring: 3271 people on Bodyspace
  • A pain to successful gain back story ( Corporate drone to fitness pro)

Comments from those she inspires

– I ran into this amazing person just fumbling thru the net and she changed my prospective on life for myself and my family GO CTUNA!

– She is beautiful while busting ass to keep fit!!

– For the dedication and the drive to keep going even when you went off track a little here and there. showed me if you keep going in the right direction it will pay off. Great Job Thanks>JOE

#16 Bar-Barians (

‘I don’t like to talk much, I like to show and prove’

A quote taken from the bar-barians official trailer above.

So who exactly are the Bar-barians, and why have they made this list?

Well, you know about my very own unique bodyweight exercise ebook… right? Of course you do 🙂

Well, these guys must have been reading it because they perform the most advanced exercises from the ebook and execute them with frightening ease.

(Don’t worry, The ebook is about to get even sexier soon)

They made this list based on the simple fact that they,

1) Show features of true strength (The best I’ve ever seen)

2) Show a true display of what training insane is.

#17 Joel Marion

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Joel Marion is a fitness coach who has taken his operations online and launched products such as,

The cheat your way to thin

Xtreme fat loss diet

He mainly focuses on fat loss and his recent program was launched last week.

Either way, Joel is an individual that deserves a place in the top 20.

#18 Scooby

Scooby makes the list because of,

1) His concept (Which is the core of the Stay-Fit Bug Concept… kinda)

2) His down to earth video explanations of exercise and bodybuilding tips

#19 Israel Lagares (

Israel Lagares‘ is fighting the battle of losing weight, unlike myself, who is fighting the battle of gaining weight. He definitely presents what i value the most, ‘real life experience’ in regards to losing weight, and he has a great looking site to go with it. One of the great things on the site is the how-to videos. The videos are real, performed in real environments and average around 7-8 minutes per watch. That’s a short enough time to give the Wii Fit a break.. surely :) . Video is always a great medium to get a message across to an audience, and it is much easier to communicate than a written article, especially for how-to articles ( I do video myself here on Stay-Fit Bug, so I know). Either way, he deserves a place in the top 20.

#20 Shaun Sinclair ( 🙂

Why Shaun Sinclair makes the list?

Because of everyone’s awesome feedback (THANK YOU)!

People from everywhere having been coming out of their way to tell me that is the s***. And has it’s own unique edge. That let’s me know that I’m doing something right, which in turn motivates me even more to put finger to keyboard. stands for…

  • Innovative ways to build muscle
  • Create ways to live the lifestyle

And will soon have a new program in place to help build the ultimate strength/ Mass/ ‘ripped’ physique (Don’t worry, become a reader and you’ll get the subscriber insider low down over the coming weeks.


Tom Venuto

He indeed has influenced many, and it is indeed wrong to leave him out on this list (Also due to popular demand to include him). And he is of course famous for quite a few books including…

>>> Burn Fat Feed The Muscle Program

>>> The Holy Grail Body Transformation Program

But like I said, there may be another list in the future, but for now, enjoy what we have here.

To conclude

There are of course many people that aren’t listed here, and if I’ve forgotten anyone that I connect with personally… my bad! You’ll get mentioned elsewhere 🙂

Either way, everyone here deserves a spot on the top 20. This is your top 20.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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