From behind the scenes in network television to the forefront of fitness, Johnson’s name is synonymous with fitness. His body exudes the hard work and dedication of a master.
In the “ATL,” Johnson balances his professional interest in fitness along with over 14 years experience in broadcast journalism, covering medical, health and fitness news for CNN.
With a “practice what you preach” approach, Johnson exemplifies a true Seal of Fitness in every aspect of his trainer career. He has been shaping the lives of Atlanta residents for more than a decade.
The clients he coaches range from young professionals to corporate executives to seasoned athletes. Always offering words of encouragement, Johnson holds firm the belief that there’s room for improvement and advancement on every level of fitness. In his personalized training program, Johnson stresses the fundamentals of fitness: nutrition, strength training, flexibility, functional, core-balance and aerobic conditioning. According to Johnson, these basic components are crucial in accomplishing any exercise related goal.
Believing knowledge is key; Johnson enjoys educating colleagues and fitness enthusiasts through workshops. When he’s not training or teaching, Johnson spends much of his spare time participating in health and wellness events. As a broadcast producer, he has produced countless segments with some of the most notable names in health and fitness. They include: Billy Blanks, ‘Tae Bo’ creator; Tony Little; Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York; Richard Simmons; Deepak Chopra; Bill Phillips, ‘Body for Life;’ Lee Labrada; and Bob Greene. Others include, Gin Miller, ‘Step Aerobics’ creator; Jake Steinfeld, ‘Body by Jake;’ Dr. Arthur Agatston, ‘South Beach Diet’; Gary Heavin, ‘Curves’ founder; former U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan; and David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States.
Johnson was instrumental in producing two popular fitness segments for CNN, entitled Feeling Fit and Fitness Friday. Some of the most well received topics were core training, cardio hoop, and urban rebounding. Early-on in his broadcast career, Johnson was a key player in developing and producing the “Better Health Show,” a one-hour magazine show seen in hospital waiting rooms nationally.
Johnson’s passion for healthy living has not gone unnoticed. He is an award-winning journalist who’s work has been honored by several prestigious organizations, including: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD); American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS); American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI); Atlanta Association of Black Journalist (AABJ); National Health Information Awards; and the International Health and Medical Media award known as the “Freddie.
Awarded journalistic excellence for Cosmetic Surgery Vacations in 2005, Johnson has a number of award-winning stories to his credit, including Minority Sun, How Safe is your Food, Weight Management, and Trampoline Dangers. He was also part of a team effort in producing television coverage for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York City.
Johnson has received accolades in Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Eternal Male” calendar, Creative Loafing, Ebony, fitAtlanta Magazine, Upscale, and SHAPE. Additional contributions include, the Georgia Games, Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Coaching Club, Workout for Hope, WebMD, CNN, Dietwatch.com, WSB-TV 2, PBS, MyFox5 Atlanta, Atlanta’s CBS46, Smooth Jazz WJZZ 107.5 FM, and the Bev Smith Urban Radio Show.
He works closely with several organizations, including YogaFit, Board of Education; Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Board of Directors; American Heart Association, as a mentor with Moving in the Spirit and the Georgia Junior Achievement. Johnson, a former Georgia Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports Advisory Board Member, holds several professional fitness-related certifications with the following: Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA); International Fitness Professionals of America (IFPA); National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); BodyPump and Keiser Group Indoor Cycling. He is also a member with IDEA Health & Fitness Association.
In 2000, Johnson was voted a runner-up to the Fittest Male in Atlanta by Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine. When it comes to fitness, Johnson embodies the true essence of mind, body and soul.
Johnson is a graduate of Georgia State University, and a native of Daytona Beach, Florida.
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