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Friday, August 21, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Thelonious “T.J.” Johnson, Top Personal Fitness Instructor and Actor

Thelonious “T.J.” Johnson spent his youth in North Branch, NY and New York City. T.J.’s father, a jazz musician, and his mother, an artist, emphasized the importance of art throughout T.J.’s life, even naming their son after famed American jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. In tandem with the personal significance of art, as a natural athlete, T.J. also grew up loving any sort of physical activity, playing sports throughout high school and college. As a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, T.J. is an avid fan of extreme sports.

Upon college graduation, the New York native sought to pursue his artistic aspirations, focusing his efforts in acting. With a natural flair for comedy, T.J. made a splash starring in a series of Capcom Viral Videos for popular video game, Bionic Commando, as well as an Old Spice Body and Hair Wash nationally-syndicated television commercial that was voted one of 2008’s “Best Commercials” by TLC and received more than 200,000 hits on youtube. As he set out to establish a successful career in the field of acting, T.J. simultaneously began to work as a personal fitness instructor, bringing a refreshing, spirited take to the realm of health and fitness.

A renaissance man, who has been named one of 2008 Most Eligible Bachelors by Extra, T.J. has established himself in many arenas. T.J. continues to prove himself as a sought-after actor while helping individuals reach peak levels of fitness.

Thelonious, “T.J.” Johnson is one of the top personal fitness instructor in New York City and is one of the brightest up-and-coming faces in the world of entertainment. In addition to top modeling stints with Vogue Italia, Details, and the cover of Maximum Fitness, T.J. has made the transition into acting with appearances on All My Children, One Life to Live, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and the widely-recognized Old Spice Hair & Body Wash national television commercial.

For those looking for a unique and effective approach to physical fitness, T.J. offers customized programs targeted to each individual client. For thrill-seekers in search of an action and adventure-driven workout, T.J. specializes in extreme outdoor training, providing fitness sessions that feature mountain-biking, hiking, “tough man” workouts and boot camps.

T.J.’s approach to fitness training combines the significance of the body and what it stands for, with the belief that each individual should treat their unique form as a temple. Accordingly, T.J. customizes each training session to fit the needs and goals of every client, providing full-body workouts that target specific desired areas.

Results-driven, T.J. organizes total, comprehensive training sessions that positively affect the client’s physical form, while helping to instate healthier, happier lifestyle choices into his/her everyday life. Whom You Know is pleased to present him as our latest Mover and Shaker!

Peachy Deegan interviewed Thelonious “T.J.” Johnson for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What are your favorite athletic pursuits?
Thelonious “T.J.” Johnson: Progressing in snowboarding

What makes your personal training sessions unique?
I help clients reach goals they never thought were possible

What is the biggest mistake Manhattanites make in regards to their own personal fitness?
Happy hour instead of working out

What have you enjoyed acting in the most?
Playing the quarterback on criminal intent

Are you still an eligible bachelor?

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan?
Acting studios and Central Park

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan?

What is your favorite drink?

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan?
IL Buco

What is your favorite Manhattan book?
Not for tourist Blackbook

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience?

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? Skateboarding the Brooklyn Banks

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience?
Schlepping my father’s equipment to Carnegie Hall and watching my dad play with his band ...

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Underrated- Is the athletic community in NY
Overrated- Meat Packing District on the weekends

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it?
My favorite column on is the Gotham Gadgets column. I like to read about the latest products on the market.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
Some people say the sky is the limit and I say there is no limit.. Just go for it and always believe

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? (347-469-0304)

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