Chalene Johnson

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Chalene Johnson (Fitness Expert)
Born (1969-02-02) February 2, 1969 (age 45)
Residence Mission Viejo, California
Occupation Physical fitness expert
Height 5'2" (1.57 m)
Spouse(s) Married, two children

Chalene Johnson is an American physical fitness authority, choreographer, author, and entrepreneur.[1] Chalene Johnson started studying dance and martial arts at age 3. As a child, she followed her mother to her Jazzercise classes and saw that they were all about music and dancing and just a lot of fun. She continued training in tae kwon do, dance, and aerobics while a student at Michigan State University. After moving to California in the early '90s, she worked as a paralegal and applied to law school. At that time personal training was becoming very popular and she began training before and after work, she quickly realized that she had a passion for fitness. Years later, she created a group exercise class that combined dance and kickboxing. This led to the creation of TurboJam home fitness exercise program. Since TurboJam, Johnson has launched the very similar TurboKick, PiYo, and Hip Hop Hustle which are all available in gyms in the United States and Australia.[2] She has also launched TurboFire, which is a Beachbody DVD exercise program.[3]

Turbo Fire[edit]

Chalene is most notable for creating the exercise video system known as TurboFire, developed and sold by Beachbody. She combined music, dancing, and martial arts as a basis for her workout system. She began working on her TurboJam idea in 1997, trying to perfect and develop her system. She continued to develop and promote it until she sold over four million products by 2006.[4][5]

Other projects[edit]

Along with TurboJam, Chalene Johnson created other workout systems including TurboKick, PiYo, Hip Hop Hustle, and All Star Presenter Camp. Also, she is the CEO of Powder Blue Productions. She was one of three finalists for fitness Instructor of the Year, awarded by "IDEA Health and Fitness Association", and was the international speaker for the 2007 IDEA Fusion Convention. Johnson has also appeared on television networks QVC and E! as a fitness expert, (often promoting Turbo Jam). In January 2009, Chalene released a new strength training program through Beachbody entitled ChaLEAN Extreme. In June 2010, Chalene introduced a new workout program through Beachbody titled TurboFire which focuses on HIIT Training. In 2014, Chalene will be introducing a new PiYo workout through Beachbody. This program focuses on Pilates and yoga-inspired moves for a high intensity, low impact workout.[6]

The Book: Push[edit]

On December 20, 2011, Chalene's first book PUSH: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin' Body, and the Life You Deserve! was released by Rodale Books.


  • 2014: PiYo Workout (Exercise video Series)
  • 2010: TurboFire (Exercise video series)
  • 2008: ChaLEAN Extreme (Exercise video series)
  • 2005: TurboJam (Exercise video series)
  • 2000: PiYo (Exercise video series)
  • 1998: TurboKick (Exercise video series)


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