John started his fitness career in 1981 teaching Slimnastics and Men's Fitness classes at local park districts. From 1987 to 1990, he was selected as the Mainz Community Powerlifting Coach while serving in the US Army in Mainz, Germany.
After being honorably discharged from the army in 1990, John went on to complete a master's degree in Exercise Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago. While at UIC, he worked in the Human Performance Lab testing both professional and student athletes and lay persons alike. In 1991, John earned his first official certification as a Health-Fitness Instructor with the ACSM. (He has also certified through ACE, IFA, IDEA and other organizations)
During the mid-90's John owned and operated Fig's Fitness Studio and created the NU-SHAPE Weight-Loss & Fitness Program. In 2004, he established The National Fitness Hall of Fame (NFHOF) and now serves as director.
In 2012 John started to create his now famous “Super Seminars” which not only educate, but motivates and inspire the public to live healthy & fit lives. These seminars are well received throughout the fitness community as well as to among the general public. John is the author of 5 best-selling books and has helped thousands of individuals lose weight, get back into shape and increase their zest for life!
John lives in Minooka, Illinois with his wife and two kids.