Chalene Johnson is an American physical fitness authority, choreographer, New York Times Best Selling author, and entrepreneur, a lifestyle and business expert, motivational speaker and the founder of the SmartLife movement. Huffington Post recognized Chalene as one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs to watch in 2017.
As the host and creator of many fitness informercials and a regular guest on QVC, Chalene has sold over 10 million DVDs and currently holds “The Guinness Book of World Records” for the most fitness videos. Chalene and her husband and business partner Bret have been married for more than twenty years. Together they have built and sold several multimillion-dollar lifestyle companies and helped countless to do the same. Today the two run a lean team focused on helping others live a simplified life through their on-line academies and seminars.
Chalene Johnson started developing businesses at the age of 13 by investing in used vehicles via auto auctions and reselling them to the public. She studied justice, morality and constitutional democracy at James Madison Honors College 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. This was when she 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. She has also launched TurboFire, which is a Beachbody DVD exercise program.
Chalene held class at the Irvine Center Drive 24 Hour Fitness in Irvine, CA every Sunday at 8:30am.
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.
The Book: Push
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)