La. native, fitness expert educates children & those over 50 on workout safety

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 6:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 12:21 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As people are working on their fitness goals for the new year, it’s also a perfect time for children and older people to join in.

Louisiana native Aaron Johnson is helping to educate these groups by getting both body and mind in shape. Johnson has competed at the college level, doing everything from fitness, to writing books.

Starting out in Ruston, Johnson played sports as a kid and into college. He says getting injured as an athlete inspired him to help youth and people over 50 learn fitness skills while avoiding injury.

“My mission is to help people become more strong physically, mentally, emotionally so they can overcome obstacles not only in sports, but in the game of life as well.”

In 2013, he established the Aaron Johnson Fitness Club after receiving a masters in kinesiology. Along with the club, Johnson also has a book called “Don’t Be a Dumb Jock.”

He says his main strategy is to keep things fun. His courses start with deep breathing exercises and stretching.

“We take a fun approach, because a lot of my clients that are 50 and older have never worker out in their lives. We’re still trying to instill the same fundamentals: fun, deep breathing, oxygenating the body, more blood flow and movement throughout the body.”

When working with kids, Johnson says his focus is transitioning the skills they learn in sports into tools they can use in daily life, like discipline, focus and concentration.

“Once I was able to work with kids long enough, I saw that if we were able to keep them disciplined and be able to have fun, we were able to teach them the basic fundamentals of eating right, moving right. Then they would take those same behaviors throughout the rest of their lives.”

Johnson’s tips:

  1. Have fun! Find movement that you enjoy doing.
  2. Deep breathing is fundamental. Your body needs the right amount of oxygen to function properly.
  3. Increase your blood flow. Add consistent movement into your days and gradually increase what you can do!