Education for Fitness Professionals

About Fitness Mentors

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Mission Statement:

Fitness Mentors is dedicated to making your dreams of a successful fitness career come true in the most efficient and timely way.

Core Values:

  • Community: our goal is to bring everyone together to promote the best education and learning experience through a variety of channels
  • Growth: we want you to grow with us, not just by becoming a CPT, but also by continuing your education. We believe that personal growth is just as important as professional growth. We’re talking about self-love and sharing your love of fitness with your clients.
  • Authenticity: everything we do, we built on our own. And we’ve been really successful at doing so. Our study tools have proven to help students like you pass CPT exams and now we’re headed to becoming a lead personal trainer certification company in the market today.
  • Purpose: if our purpose is to educate you to become the most qualified and confident personal trainer, we believe that your purpose is to spread your knowledge and love of fitness with your clients, family, and friends (and the world).
  • Service: we make sure that our service to you is #1 at all times. We do this by incorporating all 5 core values into every one of our products. Our job is to go above and beyond to make sure that you’re receiving the absolute best service from our team of personal fitness mentors, teachers and industry experts. We know that if we can provide the best service to you, you’re more likely to provide the best service to your clients.

Fitness Mentors Team

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Eddie Lester - CEO


Eddie Lester is the founder and CEO of Fitness Mentors. With more that 18 years experience in the health, fitness and athletics field, he has helped tens of thousands of personal trainers transform their careers and reach their business goals. With a background in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Eddie has assisted in research that is spearheading the exercise science field.

His in-depth knowledge of the Health, Wellness and Fitness industry has earned him a place as a regular contributor on high profile sites such as the Personal Trainer Development Center, Club Industry, and AFPA where he writes about nutrition and personal training.

His contributions to help personal trainers include a weekly blog, podcast, YouTube channel and multiple books including: Business and Sales: the Guide to Success as a Personal Trainer.

Eddie is commonly found at the beaches of Southern California with his wife Courtney and four kids.

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Matt McLeod - Mentor

Registered Dietitian, BSc in Dietetics, NASM-CPT, FM-CPT,
NGA Pro Bodybuilding Card Holder

Matt McLeod is a Registered Dietitian based out of Austin, TX and has been coaching clients online since 2015. He also earned his NGA Natural Bodybuilding pro card in 2016 and while he no longer competes, he combines his academia and anecdotal experience to teach his clients how to use fitness to enhance their lives, not consume their lives. You can learn more at or connect with him on Instagram, @mattmcleod6.

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Alex Cartmill - Head Coach

BSc Kinesiology, NASM-CPT, FM-CPT
Certified Online Personal Trainer

Alex Cartmill has been a certified personal trainer since 2013, and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Oregon State University in 2016. Since then, he has trained over a hundred clients via both in-person and online. 

Alex has also been training the trainer since 2017; he built and ran the business development program Online Trainer Academy, built a business mentorship with 200+ clients, co-authored the Wealthy Fit Pro’s Guide to Online Training, and has spoken about career development for trainers at over two dozen conferences, events, and podcasts.

Alex spends his time hiking with his dog near his home in Portland, Oregon.

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Patrick Gamboa - Mentor

NPC Pro Natural Bodybuilding Champion

With academic degrees in Exercise Physiology and Biology respectively, he provides leadership in the industry as an educator, writer, consultant, coach and trainer.

Patrick is an ISSA Master of Fitness Sciences, an ISSA Master of Sports Sciences and the Head Master Trainer for the ISSA with more than 15 Fitness and Nutrition related certifications.

Upon completing his degree Patrick worked in a variety of different settings, working primarily as a biology teacher, trainer and strength and conditioning coach where he contributed to leading the John Muir Mustangs Outdoor Track Team to a 1997 High school outdoor State and National championship.

During these initial years Patrick developed his love for the sport of natural bodybuilding and is natural bodybuilding champion with the NPC, UNBA, ABA and the ACBA having competed in each of the last ten years.

More About Us:

We promise to support you every step of the way through your personal trainer certification and as you continue throughout your career. Whether you’re just starting your certification process, or looking to open up your third gym location, look no further than Fitness Mentors.

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We are 100% dedicated to supporting your dream of starting a successful career in Fitness as a Personal Trainer.

Welcome to Fitness Mentors, your go-to destination for certification and career information to succeed as a personal trainer. Our team is passionate about helping our students take their personal training businesses to the next level by learning how to train their clients online, get new clients and scale their online businesses.

The Fitness Mentors team is comprised of college professors with vast experience in preparing students to succeed in taking the personal trainer certification exams necessary to achieve in the fitness field. These mentors combine their experience with a customizable approach that can be tailored to each individual student to ensure success. When students choose Fitness Mentors, they gain the required skill sets needed to provide as much value as possible to their clients as an online personal trainer and ultimately, experience the most success with their business.

Being an online personal trainer requires the wearing of many hats. To be successful, an online personal trainer must be a salesman, a coach, a scientist of the body and a mentor. Mastering each facet of online personal training is essential to the success of the business and Fitness Mentors helps their students learn, master and apply each aspect to their real-life endeavors. Through a partnership with Fitness Mentors, students receive a one-of-a-kind education that is guaranteed to set them up for success in the online fitness training world.

In order to start the process of living your dream as an online personal trainer, students must obtain certification so that’s where the Fitness Mentors journey begins. Through providing all of the necessary education needed to master the required skills to become a successful personal trainer, Fitness Mentors provide a customized plan that is guaranteed to work for you. They also offer mentoring in order to determine which certification is best for getting you on your desired path. Fitness Mentors helps their students navigate through the often-tricky world of online personal training certification with ease.

In addition to the education and advice provided by Fitness Mentors, students can find more information that is specifically tailored to help them find success on the Fitness Mentor blog or through listening to the podcast that will help them uncover the secrets to becoming the most successful personal trainer they can be. These facets, combined with free and premium study resources make Fitness Mentors the ideal place to start doing what it takes to take your dream of becoming an online personal trainer and make it a reality. Have questions? Please feel free to contact us. We can’t wait to help you become the best online personal trainer you can be.


Phone: (800) 614-7004

Address: 4430 Mar Escarpa, San Clemente, CA 92673

Hours of Operation: 8am – 7pm M-F

I feel like the practical knowledge and hands on education of the Fitness Mentors CPT class far exceeds any certification out there.
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Shawn T.
Fitness Mentors CPT
A great wealth of information can be found in this FM-CPT Certification. It is extremely thorough and applicable allowing for true understanding of the subject matter through hands-on examples. I’d recommend it to everyone looking to become an efficient PT!
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Sarah F.
Fitness Mentors CPT