Johnny Gillespie’s mission is to make us aware of our innate Movement Operating System. Practiced correctly, it can heal injuries and prevents us from becoming The Tin Man as we age.
In 1995, Gillespie began his career which has included the professions of personal training, strength and conditioning, yoga, and mindfulness based meditation. The movement operating system he calls Balanced Athlete® is the culmination of all his experience within these four industries. With humor and ease, he simplifies complex information into relatable terms and practices to empower a diverse population toward increased vibrancy and well-being.
Gillespie earned a B.S. in Sports Management from West Virginia University in 1995. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since 2005, he has presented annually at NSCA National Conferences under the Balanced Athlete vision. He has authored several training manuals which he uses as a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA), and Yoga Alliance.
Johnny founded Empowered Yoga® in 2002, a practical approach to the healing art of yoga. It combines modern day exercise science and mindfulness based principles. Empowered Yoga operates three studio locations. Gillespie is a certified 500-Hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. Since 2005 Empowered Yoga has served as a Teacher Training School certifying people to teach their approach to yoga. Johnny is trained as a mindfulness-based meditation teacher by David Nichtern, a senior teacher in the lineage of renowned Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Since 2005, Johnny has maintained an authentic student-teacher relationship with David.
Johnny lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife Sara. He has three children, two dogs, two birds, and five chickens.