Bill Crawford has been a leader and visionary in fitness since 1977. In 2012, Bill was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his life’s work and was elected to chair the board from 2015 – 2017. In 2016, Bill represented the NFHOF in Washington D.C. at the Surgeon General’s Call to Action for the “Step it Up” Program in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, CDC, ACE, MFA, and others. This historic event featured Regina Benjamin, the 18th U.S. Surgeon General and Vivek Murthy, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General, along with leadership from Congress, the health care system, and the fitness industry.
Bill was certified for musculoskeletal evaluation and rehabilitation at the Exercise Science Center, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and was personally trained and endorsed by the late Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus and MedX. In the 1970’s, Bill pioneered some of the first Nautilus clubs in the Los Angeles area implementing high intensity training principles and was one of the key players in the ignition of the fitness boom. Over the past 42 years, Bill has provided strength and fitness training for thousands, exercising muscles in isolation to muscle failure with equalized resistance through the full range of motion using a safe and effective protocol. You may have seen his national TV ads for the Resistance Chair, his features on CNN and Fox News, or read his stories and articles in countless publications. Bill is a recognized fitness columnist, consultant, lecturer, and educator. He worked with the U.S. Navy which led to the development of his Gym To Go programs featured in Men’s Fitness magazine. Bill has trained major sports teams, athletes, Hollywood celebrities and developed the careers of many fitness professionals.
Bill was born and raised in the Rocky Mountain town of Ouray, Colorado where being fit is incidental to the environment. He spent his youth competitive skiing, hiking and climbing fourteen thousand foot mountains. Bill has received numerous accolades as a longtime community leader in municipalities across the country investing valuable time serving in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, boards, committees, and volunteer organizations.
Bill has owned and developed fitness centers around the world. Since 1997, Basic Training MedX has been located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is owned and operated by Bill and his wife Debbie. Today, the Crawford’s clients enjoy their dedication to personal service, state-of-the-art MedX and Nautilus equipment and evidence-based weight resistance and cardiovascular exercise programs for strength, balance, mobility, weight loss, enhanced quality of life and good health. Their knowledge and motivational skills help clients attain their fitness goals by tailoring a program for everyone’s individual needs. People travel from around the world to train at their elite strength training and fitness center. There is no substitute for the decades of Bill’s practical experience and expertise. As a world-renowned strength trainer and fitness expert, Bill continues to passionately promote the benefits of weight resistance exercise and fitness worldwide.