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Your body and mind are designed to move together 

To be at our optimum, balance is key. Balance between flexibility and strength and a careful attention to the way we stand, sit, and walk are critical. By synchronizing your mind and your body, your awareness will expand and you will become more balanced.

Balanced Athlete®

Balanced Athlete is a company that is creating a movement toward a new paradigm of movement and exercise. Founded on the belief that our bodies are built to align with gravity, move fluidly, and age gracefully we have created a series of movement programs. These programs will help you understand how your body and mind work - and how to get the most out of your life.


Movement Principles. Evolved.

Seek a new outlook on exercise by developing a movement practice. Gain an intelligent understanding of how your body is designed to work. Focus on a technique that functionally improves strength, flexibility, and reduces injury. This is a program that builds you up instead of breaking you down.


Strength. Through Mindfulness.

Integrate mindfulness into your training. Where your attention goes energy flows. Mental focus combined with movement principles and techniques will create a more integrated mind and body. When you experience this state and train in this mindset, you begin developing the sixth sense.


Lifelong Wellness. Achieved. 

Realize that maintaining balance is a moving target. We wax and wane with our balance. As we live our lives, challenge our limits, seek improved performance, and along the way, age; maintaining balance becomes a lifetime pursuit. Daily awareness of the preciousness of life becomes essential.


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.

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