Johnny "Jay Lo" Loper of Olive Branch, MS has established himself as a fitness expert who recognizes the importance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Johnny was born in Waynesboro, MS in 1976 and established his love for fitness and conditioning by participating in four different sports during his high school years. He earned All-State, All-District, and All-Conference honors in football and baseball. After graduating Wayne County High School in 1995, he received a football scholarship to attend South Carolina State University. He graduated SCSU with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management while also twice achieving All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors on the footbal field. After playing three years of professional football in the Arena Football League, Johnny decided to follow his God-given purpose and passion of helping others achieve their goals through physical fitness. Johnny is married to Weslynne Loper, graduate of Alcorn State University with an MBA degree.
Johnny holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is the owner and founder of Jay Lo Fitness Studio in Olive Branch, MS where he manages an energetic staff of personal trainers and sports nutritionists who share in his fitness philosophy.
His vivacious personality, electrifying dance moves, and unorthodoxed "high intensity" training makes him a natural star attraction. He has been featured numerous times on FOX 13 News and News Channel 13 in Memphis and the Desoto County areas. As an avid supporter of the military troops serving across the world, he also volunteered his personal time to lead a fitness session for a group of U.S. Army Soldiers at Fort Jackson, SC. In 2007, he produced his first fitness DVD which has also gained national attention.
Johnny started 2009 off with a bang by hosting a fitness cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. His latest and greatest accomplishment to date was competing and winning first place in the America's Next Fitness Star Competition held in London in October 2009. He went on from there the following month to place second overall in the final phase of the competition. These accomplishments have opened several doors for expansion and growth of his studio to reach a larger segment of the population.
In an industry where clients are motivated by creativity, Johnny has set himself apart from his competition by being unique, innovative, yet personable. His care and consideration for his clients' health and his passion for his profession make him the undisputed champion of fitness. He is Jay Lo...America's Next Fitness Star.