Donna Richardson

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Donna Richardson Joyner
Personal information
Full name Donna Richardson Joyner
Born (1957-05-13) May 13, 1957 (age 60)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Updated on Mar 17, 2009.

Donna Richardson Joyner (born November 3, 1962[1]) is an American fitness and aerobics instructor, author and ESPN television sports commentator. Widely known for her series of fitness videos, she was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.[2] She also produces and hosts Donna Richardson: Mind, Body, & Spirit, which airs on TV One, and Sweating In The Spirit, which airs on The Word Network.

She has served on the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Trustees and is an Advisory Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.


Richardson is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland where she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. She was Blair's first African-American homecoming queen. Richardson cites Saundra Woods of Montgomery County Public Schools (teaches at White Oak Middle School as of Oct 08) as the teacher who most influenced her to excel and attain success.[3] She graduated from Hollins College with a degree in Health Education and Dance.

Personal life[edit]

Richardson met popular syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner in 1997 after being a guest on his radio show. They became engaged one year later in August 1998, while in Philadelphia en route to the airport. On July 29, 2000, Richardson married Joyner in Montego Bay, Jamaica and had a week-long honeymoon in Venice Italy.[4][5][6] A report in December 2012 announced that Richardson and Tom Joyner had separated, in May 2012, in order to divorce. The New York Daily News stated that the separation is “mutual but not exactly amicable.”[7]

She resides in Dallas, Texas. Despite this, she is a staunch Washington Redskins supporter.[citation needed]

Fitness career[edit]

Certified by AFAA and ACE as an International Fitness Expert, Richardson-Joyner began her fitness career as an aerobics instructor, after responding to a challenge to take an aerobics class.[8] She eventually moved on to teach other instructors. Eventually she began to compete nationally and internationally in aerobics competitions.

In 1992 she was hired as a co-host of the ESPN Fitness Pros Show and co-starred in her first commercial fitness tape, Platinum Buns of Steel.

Richardson Joyner was selected by The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the "Top 5 Fitness Video Instructors". She was selected by Fitness magazine as one of their "Top 10 Movers and Shakers" and was inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame.

Richardson Joyner not only was the star of Sweating in the Spirit, she was also the executive producer.

Richardson Joyner has lectured in 40 countries and has been a featured motivational speaker with several national tours including God's Leading Ladies, Sisters In The Spirit and the Pantene Total You.

Donna was named by Essence magazine for being “one out of 25 most inspiring women in America” in 2006.

Richardson Joyner is in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating and leading the world's largest line dance, with over 50,000 participants at Megafest hosted by Bishop T. D. Jakes in Atlanta, Georgia.[9]



Year Title Publisher Other notes
1998-03-01 (1998-03-01) Let's Get Real: Exercise Your Right to a Healthy Body Pocket Books

Visual media[edit]


Year Title Publisher Other notes
1999 Donna Richardson: 3-Day Rotation 2000 Anchor Bay
2003 Sweating In The Spirit Razor & Tie gospel exercise video featuring live performances by Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and Shirley Murdock
2006 Sweating In The Spirit 2 Razor & Tie features music performed by a live band and vocal renditions by Byron Cage, Martha Munizzi and RiZen

VHS videocassettes[edit]

Year Title Publisher Other notes
2006 Old School Dance Party Donnamite Productions features rappers The Sugarhill Gang
1995 4-Day Rotation Workout Anchor Bay Entertainment
1995 Donna-Mite Aerobic Workout Anchor Bay Entertainment
30 Days to Firmer Abs & Arms Anchor Bay Entertainment
Donna Richardson - 30 Days To Thinner Thighs Anchor Bay Entertainment
Back to Basics Anchor Bay Entertainment
Step & Awesome Abs Anchor Bay Entertainment
1993 Donna Richardson - Attitude Aerobics Anchor Bay Entertainment
Platinum Series: Thighs of Steel 2000 Warner Home Video With Tamilee Webb, Tracy York
1994 Perfect Balance Workout Anchor Bay Entertainment
Platinum Series: Buns of Steel 2000 Warner Home Video With Tamilee Webb, Tracy York
Platinum Series: Arms & Abs of Steel 2000 Maier Group With Tamilee Webb, Tracy York
2006 The Brazilian Workout

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Richardson-Joyner, Donna. "Birthday". Facebook. Donna Richardson-Joyner. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Members Sworn In at White House Ceremony" (PDF). President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-10-13.  or
    Scroll down to the 'News and Notes' section
  4. ^ bios
  5. ^ Broken link Norment, Lynn (October 2000). "Joyner and Richardson Marry". Ebony. 
  6. ^ Broken link "Brief Marriage Mention". Jet. 2000. 
  7. ^ "Break Time for Joyner, Richardson". New York Daily News. December 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2005 Hosts -Tom Joyner & Donna Richardson". Trumpet Awards. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  9. ^ Henderson, Shirley (March 2005). "Connecting body, mind, and spirit: Sweating in the Spirit merges praise dance and gospel music into a new workout program". Ebony Magazine. Retrieved 2007-01-04.