Telluride WOW 2016: Jonathan Ross

Telluride WOW 2016: Jonathan Ross

W.O.W.! In Telluride, the exclamation is an acronym that stands for Becca Tudor’s wild, wooly and wonderful Weekend of Wellness – Thursday, June 12 – Sunday, June 29. The 4th annual event, offering personal training and talks, features some of the top  instructors and docs in the country (also skilled locals such as Hilaree O’Neill and Erin Gehrke, who also have chunky resumes) working in the field of health and wellness today. (Register here.)

One superstar fitness trainer and returning presenter is Jonathan Ross. Please scroll down to the bottom of the post to hear him talk about his life and work. And find Jonathan at and on social media at @JonathanRossFit.

Jonathan Ross, credit, Joanie Schwartz

Jonathan Ross, credit, Joanie Schwarz

More and more people are living longer lives – but not necessarily longer and well? The sad truth is there are more and more cases of mental decline. In fact, by some estimates, the global incidence of dementia in all its grim forms will more than triple over the next 35 years. However, there is light at the end of that dark tunnel: according to a study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (March 2016), the simple act of regular walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing, biking, rowing, even gardening, any regular – read consistent – movement program, substantially reduces the risk of dementia, including the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease.

Truth is exercise has long been linked with better mental capacity in people of all ages, not just older citizens. Now scientific research substantiates such claims.

Jonathan Ross of Aion Fitness used to be an astronomer, so his day job was to study stellar bodies. Now he builds them. His current resume includes the term “brain fitness expert.” And his accolades abound.

Jonathan holds multiple Personal Trainer of the Year Awards from various different fitness organizations including  ACE or American Council on Exercise. He blogs for SPRI, is a spokesperson for ACE, and author of “Abs Revealed.” As a fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health, Jonathan hosts the web series “Everyday Fitness with Jonathan Ross.”

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Such impressive street cred suggests Jonathan is no doubt a master of fitness motivation, but he is also an expert in keeping the “person” in personal training.

Jonathan’s empathy can be explained in large part because of well-documented personal experiences with obesity: at the time of his death, Jonathan’s father weighed 424 pounds; his mother, 370. Jonathan writes eloquently about how the memory of his father’s loss to obesity as a result of poor life choices and the fact his mom lost eventually 170 and became a runner, keeps Jonathan highly motivated.

(Read Jonathan’s backstory, “800 Pounds of Parents, here.)

Summing up his personal philosophy towards fitness, Jonathan explains:

Fitness is easier when it’s connected to what we care about. Whatever you love about life, gets better and more enjoyable when you are fit. When the right intensity in a workout also involves fun and social connection, fitness can lead to personal progress and enjoyment. That is an idea I call “funtensity.” If we lose ourselves in the moment, capture our attention, while, at the same time, express physical intensity – much like children do when lost in play – we find ourselves working harder than we thought we ever could or would and still having fun. That is the key, the secret, to motivating those among us who are not immediately drawn to exercise. Too many focus on the drudgery and the “have to’s” of a fitness routine and feel that if they enjoy what they are doing, the outcome will not be beneficial. Not so.

At Telluride WOW 2016, Jonathan offers four cardio-strength programs and two classes for the mind and body.


On Friday at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., Jonathan offers Kitchen Sink Circuit Workout:

Use everything but the kitchen sink in this fun, energetic, dynamic workout. A variety of movements, equipment, and speeds ensures a complete workout for you using agility, balance, coordination, strength, and power to challenge your muscles and delight your mind.  You’ll finish feeling like anything is possible.

Funtensity Fitness Playground takes place Friday at 2 p.m.:

When was the last time you had so much fun you didn’t realize how hard you were working until you stopped? Time to feel that again! Mix fun and fitness like you haven’t since all you knew was fun. Experience exercises and games to bring you a challenge that you will lose yourself in. Let “funtensity” work wonders for you in this wonderful workout.


Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.. is all about R-3- Roll, Recover & Restore:

Self-massage is a powerful tool to maintain healthy muscle tissue that is ready when you need it. You will discover how self-massage improves hydration, releases chronically tight muscles, and breaks up restrictions along with unique and creative exercises to enhance your warm-ups, workouts, and recovery.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Jonathan leads a rigorous scavenger hunt .

To learn more about Jonathan Ross, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.

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