Five Fitness Favorites: JohnJay Van Es

JohnJay Van Es

Johnjay Van Es

I have an addictive personality. My current obsessions: the kale salad from LGO, Beri Golding’s Hot Vinyasa Flow class and Johnjay and Rich in the Morning. And if you’ve ever listened to the KISSFM morning DJs, you know Johnjay has some addictions as well: Bikram Yoga, Orangetheory Fitness… and on. He famously lost a bunch of weight and has kept it off (kudos!), and to our delight keeps us posted on his adventures in eating and exercising. Here, the hubby, father of three and filter-lacking disc jockey shares all his local fitness faves…

Favorite time to workout…
Well… late morning till early afternoon. I get off the air at 10 am then usually have meetings, so I try and get to an 11:45 Orange Theory class or an 11:30 Bikram Yoga class, then I lift weights from 2-3pm with my trainer. I wrap up by 3pm so I can pick up my kids from school!  🙂

Favorite workout….
I’ve been going to Bikram Yoga at Bikram Yoga AZ since 2007. What it does for your organs, your cells, your brain is fantastic. You can actually feel your body saying “thank you” during a class. I will always have Bikram Yoga in my life! The group over at Bikram Yoga AZ in Paradise Valley is top notch, so friendly and they coach you into being a better yogi and they always push you to take your body and health into new levels!

I’ve been lifting weights with my trainer Mitch at Urban Garage Gym for about 3 years. The man knows his stuff. I’ve sent a ton of co-workers and friends to train with him and they all love him. He’s grown into this huge local trainer for competitive figure athletes in the Valley. We even went to the Olympia in Vegas a few weeks ago together (it’s the Super Bowl of bodybuilding).

Then there’s Orangetheory Fitness in Paradise Valley. I’ve been going there since August… I am totally BLOWN AWAY at how my body has changed. I run sometimes more than 3 miles a day because of this place – and I’m not a runner. I can’t believe the amount of stamina and endurance I have now because of this place… the fat has MELTED off my body. I am the leanest I’ve ever been. I am definitely addicted to Orangetheory!

JohnJay Van Es

Johnjay Van Es

Favorite local trainer/instructor…
Favorite trainer is Mitch Lewallen at Urban Garage Gym. Favorite yoga instructor would be Nicole at Bikram Yoga AZ. Fitness trainer would Be Kim and Dan at Orangetheory in Paradise Valley. BTW I invite ANYONE that wants to come with me to an 11:30 am Bikram Yoga class in PV on a Wednesday for free! It’s on me!!! Tweet me @johnjayvanes

And Fitness Queen Felicia Romero is also involved. She put me on an amazing diet that has given me energy and keeps me full all day… she’s a huge inspiration!

Favorite healthy snack…
Favorite heathy snack is by far Quest Nutrition bars – sooo good! You can get them at One Stop Nutrition… very low carbs, they’re the best protein bar out there. I’m obsessed! I have a box in my car and several boxes at home!

Favorite healthy restaurant
There’s a new place called Juice’d Life coming soon to Biltmore Fashion Park; I’ve been able to get some juice from them lately and it’s DEF my Fav! I also go with my family to Original Chop Shop in Old Town Scottsdale (raw veggie salad or a protein bowl w/ beef tips – SOOO GOOD!). And my wife Blake is an amazing cook, and makes fantastic healthy meals for dinner all the time… so there it is! my daily health and fitness routine!

JohnJay Van Es

Johnjay Van Es

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