Congratulations to our very own Jim Eckhart for being named Arkansas Life's Best Personal Trainer of 2016. Jim is the founder of Arkansas Fitness & Athletics, lead motivator, and community jumpstarter for everyone that knows him. When Jim started Arkansas Fitness & Athletics, he aimed to build a community around high-quality training, a friendly environment, and continuously getting people better. Being recognized by Arkansas Life's readership is validation that he is living that vision to the fullest. 



Special thanks to all Arkansas Fitness Trainees - especially those who stuck with us in the early days. To see Arkansas Fitness go from one weight rack in the middle of a warehouse to what it is today was only possible because Arkansas Fitness clients believed in what we do. We couldn't do it without you. So, thank you! 

P.S. Congrats to friends of AFA Katie Childs, Taylor Harris, and Bespoke Media on being named "the Best of 2016". For more of Arkansas Life's Best of 2016 check out their listing at