About Bill

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Bill Crawford's Biography  

Bill has been in the fitness business since 1977. After 37 years in fitness, Bill was inducted into The National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2012 for his life's work in the health and fitness industry. Bill Crawford was trained for musculoskeletal evaluation and rehabilitation at the Exercise Science Center, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and was personally trained by the late Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus and MedX.

Over the past 37 years, Bill has provided fitness training for thousands. You may have seen his national TV ads for the Resistance Chair, his features on CNN and Fox News or read his stories in countless newspapers and magazines. He has worked with The U.S. Navy, which led to the development of his iPhone App: Gym To Go and GymToGo.com. The Gym To Go i-phone App was featured in the March 2012 issue of the Australian edition of Men's Fitness Magazine as one of their favorite Apps. 

Bill has trained major sports teams, athletes and top Hollywood celebrities. Bill also writes a fitness blog and posts daily fitness tips on Twitter, both are accessible through the Basic Training web site. Bill was born and raised in the rugged mountain town of Ouray, Colorado where being fit is incidental to the environment. He spent his youth hiking, competitive skiing and climbing fourteen-thousand foot mountains. Bill found his way to Los Angeles and was one of the key players in the ignition of the fitness boom. He was fortunate to be one of the original providers of Nautilus and founded one of the first Nautilus clubs in Los Angeles, which soon developed into a chain. Those clubs evolved into two national chains and launched the careers of many well known fitness executives and personalities.

Bill has owned and developed fitness centers around the world. Basic Training has been in Scottsdale since 1997 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 equipment, knowledge and motivational skills.



  • National Fitness Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2012.
  • Member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame.
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Founder and president of The Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life 2010-2014.
  • President of Olive View Manor Home Owner’s Association 2008-2014.
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office:
  • President of the McDowell Mounted Search and Rescue Posse 2014.
  • Commander in The Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse 2014.
  • Member of the Mounted Search and Rescue Posse of McDowell Mountain; 2008-2014.
  • 2014 High Point Award McDowell Mountain Mounted Search and Rescue.
  • Member of the Qualified Armed Posse.
  • Member of the Dignitary Protection Unit.
  • Top Six 2011.
  • Overall High Point Leader 2010.
  • Platoon Point Leader 2010.
  • Mounted Posse Rookie of the Year 2008.
  • Certified Basic Search and Rescue Academy, Yavapi County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona.
  • Directly responsible for saving four lives, three in Maricopa County.
  • Candidate for Scottsdale City Council in 2004 and 2012. Active in area politics and editorialist on special municipal issues.
  • Former Board of Directors member of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Former Chairman of Council Districts for Scottsdale in 2003, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Former member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Former member of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Former Board of Directors member of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1995, Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
  • Former committee member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Celebrity Tennis Classic in 1983, Los Angeles, California.
  • Member of the USSA Ski and Snowboarding Team Foundation.
  • Former member of the USSA Rocky Mountain Division Alpine Expert Elite Downhill Division.
  • Volunteer Ouray Mountain Rescue Team 1986-1990, Ouray, Colorado.
  • Volunteer Ouray Fire Department 1986-1990, Ouray, Colorado.
  • Certified in CPR, Mesa Firefighters Association.
  • Certified in Emergency First Aid, American Heart Association.

Bill's Fit for Scottsdale City Council:

Bill leads by example, not promises.  His take-charge, pro-active past accomplishments indicate what he will do when elected.  As a 37 year business owner, he has always donated valuable time to community service including the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, various chamber boards, the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra Board , Starshine Academy, Council Districts for Scottsdale, the U.S. Navy, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life and much more.  He have been a constant voice in the discussions of Scottsdale issues since 1997. With his criticisms he offesr solutions. His columns, letters and speeches have resulted in action and change.

In the private sector, he has helped thousands of people achieve a higher quality of life through fitness and he has been recognized for his lifetime achievenebts in health and fitness by his induction into The National Fitness Hall of Fame.