Bill’s impressive credentials, first-class scientific education, and numerous national and international awards distinguish him as a cutting edge leader in the fitness industry.
In 2007, Bill Sonnemaker received both the IDEA International Personal Trainer of the Year and the NASM Pursuit of Excellence Awards.
He is recognized worldwide by his peers in the health and fitness industry as a highly motivated and committed leader and advocate for the advancement of fitness professionals’ training and competence standards.
Bill holds a MS in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. His superb ability to train and educate stems in part from his academic background in Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, along with his prior professional experience as a CDC Research Scientist. He has obtained advanced specializations and certifications as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He earned these and additional certifications through PTA Global, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Bill is an IDEA® Master Trainer and spokesperson. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor and the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Georgia Team, and an Examiner for the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). Bill also contributes content and teaches as a Faculty Member and Master Trainer for ACE, Trigger Point, IndoBoard, SURGE, ViPR, BalancedBells, Dynamax, and M.E.T.
Bill’s scientific foundation, superior understanding of functional anatomy, chemistry, and the composition and ultimate potential of the human body provides the platform for his ongoing quest to reach the masses. Whether he is working with Professional Athletes, CEO’s, or the General Population his passion is to help motivate, educate and train others to achieve their optimal level of health by reaching and maintaining their fitness goals. As the Founder of Catalyst Fitness, Bill thrives on using his world-class knowledge and skills when training clients and professional athletes and when designing Corporate Wellness Programs at Catalyst Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia. Catalyst Fitness is Georgia’s only fully accredited and medically recognized Personal Training and Performance Enhancement facility.