Master personal trainer and champion bodybuilder Fairfax Hackley, who for many years applied his coaching skills in support of the famed Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Sports Festival, has been named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award winner.
Hackley was presented the honor by Academy trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham of Santa Barbara, Calif., at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held on the Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala.
Hackley has spent more than 20 years in bodybuilding, winning the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IFBB) Silver and Gold Awards for Excellence in Administration. He won 12 class titles in the sport and later served as a judge and as director of the Mr. America contest. He has trained numerous celebrities and athletes, including boxers and MMA fighters.
Hackley for many years has worked closely with the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, as director of arm wrestling and leading the mixed martial arts (MMA) workshop. One of the world’s largest and most important fitness and bodybuilding events, the Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The four-day health and fitness celebration will present more than 75 sports and events 1-4 March 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The event will attract an estimated 200,000 sports and fitness fans to watch 18,000 athletes from around the world compete in 75 sports and events, including 17 Olympic events.
The Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award is presented to a person who has shown outstanding individual or cumulative achievement in fitness and has contributed to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity. As president, Eisenhower founded the President’s Youth Council on Sport and Fitness. This national committee served as the catalyst to the nation’s fitness movement. His work is evidenced today by the number of “physical fitness tests” being administered to the American youth.
A resident of Falls Church, Va., Hackley was a multi-sport athlete throughout his youth and college who went on to compete in bodybuilding. He is a member of the International Sports Hall of Fame, serving on its advisory board.
Hackley has been featured in USA Today, Muscle & Fitness, People Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, the Washington Post and Flex. He has appeared on more than 200 television and radio segments. He gives weekly fitness tips on WTOP radio, a commercial radio station in the Washington, D.C., area. He also worked six years as the fitness coordinator for the United States Marshals Service in the Washington, D.C., district.
Affectionately known as the “Sultan of Sweat,” Hackley is the owner of Body by Hack, a personal training company based in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Dwight David Eisenhower Fitness Award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport, which each year honor a wide range of accomplishments in sport and serve as “A Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete,” in conjunction with the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA). The awards recognize these men and women through the Sport Artist of the Year, Honorary Doctorates, Medallion Series, Distinguished Service Awards, Outstanding Athletes, and Alumni of the Year awards.
Founded in 1984, ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of more than 1,800 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For more information, go to www.asama.org.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.