About John Spencer Ellis
John Spencer Ellis is described as a combination of Tony Robbins and Jack LaLanne.
Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker | Educator | Coach
John knew from the age of 12, when he received his first health club membership as a birthday gift from his father, that fitness & personal development would be his calling. His unique success story started in a 400 sq. ft. studio apartment where he slept on the floor. He had just $2,000. What started out as a personal training business has grown into a multi-million dollar group of corporations providing a variety of fitness and personal development products and services globally.
John competed in over 100 sports competitions including the Ironman triathlon. He also finished 5th at the U.S. National Run/Bike Championships. It was because of John’s love of cycling and triathlons that he created Endurance Plus, the name he gave his company in 1992. His passion for fitness education and business led him to develop NESTA, the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, which educates, certifies, and provides business solutions for fitness and nutrition professionals. With over 55,000 members, NESTA is one of the largest fitness associations in the world, and the fastest growing association of its kind in the U.S.
Fitness and Personal Development Expert:
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness and personal development program created by John Spencer Ellis. His programs are used in the top resorts, spas and fitness centers. John is the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA), and the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA). NESTA is the parent of Wexford University which offers Associate through Doctoral degrees in fitness, nutrition and sport psychology. John created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp system in the world. He also created Intense Mixed Performance Accelerated Cross Training (IMPACT), Kung-fu Fitness and TACTIX. His TriActive America signature series of outdoor exercise equipment is used worldwide. He created programs used by Cirque du Soleil, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).
John is the CEO of the Get America Fit Foundation (GAFF) (501c3). John’s foundation helps educate the public about living a healthy life and provides exercise equipment for schools.
John hold a 2nd degree black belt in Kung-fu, black belt in Ninjutsu, blue belt in Krav Maga, and blue belt in Kempo Karate and blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also trains in Muay Thai. John is a certified instructor of self-defense, fitness kick boxing and fitness boxing.
John holds two bachelor’s degrees (business & health science), an MBA, and a doctorate in education. He also completed doctoral level studies in naturopathic health education. He holds fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, physical education, flexibility, nutrition coaching, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. He has specialized training in ropes course facilitation and corporate teambuilding.
John has been featured on Oprah radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Reality, SPIKE and ESPN. He was featured as the fitness and lifestyle expert on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County and Daybreak OC. John has also appeared on Starting Over, Life Moments, Camp Reality and America’s Premier Experts. He is the creator and executive producer of the movie The Compass. He has hosted The Fit Show, Health & Wellness Today, Core 360 Personal Gym infomercial, Personal Trainer TV, The OC Body, The Spencer Power Hour radio show, and the Ms. Fitness U.S.A. and World pageants on Fox Sports Net. John is featured in the movie Riches.
John is the former Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine and has been featured or mentioned in the following publications: MMA Business, Muscle and Fitness, Businessweek, U.S. News and World Report, C magazine, IDEA Fitness Journal, Fitness Professional, Cosmopolitan, Fit, New York Times, Men’s Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s World, Self and many others.
John has delivered the Commencement Speech for (IVC) Irvine Valley College and shared the stage/screen with the following luminaries: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Leigh Steinberg, Barbara De Angelis, Jon Biel, DC Cordova, Denis Waitley, Frank Maguire, Michael Gerber, Les Brown, Joe Vitale, Simon T. Bailey, John Assaraf, Brian Tracy, Larry Benet, Dr. John Demartini, Marie Diamond, Topher Morrison, Peter Thomson, Gary Goldstein, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Ryan Lee, T. Harv Eker, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and many others. He has also been an expert panelist for TEDmed and fitness expert for eHow.
The Compass, The Code, How Badly Do You Want It, Peak Vitality, Power of Champions, The Wellness Code, The Ultimate Life Coach Business Book, (forthcoming: Collaboration Economy, New Rules of Success)
John has collaborated on books with other leading experts such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Gray, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Michael Beckwith and Mariel Hemingway.
Awards and Recognitions:
Amazon #1 Best Selling Author “The Wellness Code”
Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Inductee
Nominated for induction to the Fitness Hall of Fame
Best Health Book: Nautilus Book Award “Peak Vitality”
Best Self-Help / Motivational Book: US Book News “Peak Vitality”
Top 10 New Release: Hudson News “The Compass” book
Communicator Award “The Compass” movie
Telly Award “The Compass” movie
Quilly Award from the National Academy of Best Selling Authors
Nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award
Named One of the Top 100 Most Influential Personal Trainers of All Time
Named One of the Top 100 Fitness Entrepreneurs in the World
Named Outstanding Member of IDEA Association of Fitness Professionals
National Health Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Sleep Number Bed, Medical Wellness Association, Irvine Valley College, Life & Leisure TV, Health Journal Television, Fellow – National Board of Fitness Examiners
Fitness Guru, Personal Development and Fitness Expert
Time line of how John’s fitness and personal development career evolved.
John offered fitness instruction through his Adventure Boot Camp for Women in Rancho Santa Margarita (2000- 2007). His training and business system is now taught to other trainers. Adventure Boot Camp has become the largest fitness boot camp program in the world.
John created a fitness resort in Big Bear, Spencer Escape. In four months time, he purchased a horse ranch and developed it into the most extensive fitness boot camp and corporate training facility in California.
John founded the Spencer Consulting Group, which offers business consulting to companies in the health, fitness, nutrition and wellness industries. In addition, he founded the Spencer Small Business Association – a free membership organization where fitness and traditional business owners can learn about operating, financing, growing and expanding their business.
From 2002 – 2004, John was also co-owner of Fast Pace Fitness, a women’s health club in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
Still feeling there was a missing link in his line up of products and services, John created the Spencer Wellness Center in Rancho Santa Margarita. It opened its doors in June of 2004 and was sold in 2007.
Beginning in 2006, John’s signature series of outdoor fitness equipment with TriActive America is now available for cruise lines, commercial and residential developments, schools, and private communities seeking the most advanced outdoor exercise equipment available.
In July of 2006, NESTA became the official personal trainer and group exercise certification for Malaysia.
In September of 2006, John launched is TV show, “The OC Body” on The Healthy Living Channel. It ran for two seasons and reached 15,000,000 homes.
Since October of 2006, You can enjoy the John Spencer Ellis Fitness Wrap at Tutto Fresco Trattoria in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
January 2007: The Spencer Power Hour Talk Radio Program launched.
February 2007: John is appointed as CEO of the Get America Fit Foundation
June, 2007: John delivers the commencement speech at Irvine Valley College
March 2008: NESTA receives NCCA accreditation
February 2009: World Premiere of John’s movie The Compass
June 2009: World release on The Compass novel
November 2009: Launch of John’s personal success coaching program – The Matrix Mind
February 2010: Launch of the MMA Conditioning Association
March 2010: Launch of Fitness Pro Directory
August 2010: John featured on cover of PFP (Personal Fitness Professional) magazine “Journey to Success”.
October 2010: Launch of the TACTIX martial arts fitness system
May 2011: Launch of FitNews.TV
October 2011: Launch of The Client Grabber
May 2012: Launch of Fitness Business Ninja
August 2012: Inducted into the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame
September 2012: Winner of the Quilly Award from the National Academy of Best-selling Authors
January 2013: First classes of Wexford University begins.
March 2013: Launch of TravelTrep.com – A resource and community for traveling entrepreneurs