High-energy, tons of charisma, and a hustle mentality are just a few ways to describe Johanna Thompson. This Pilates instructor can be found around the town bringing her special blend of Pilates to her workouts. We caught up with Thompson for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @junglejohanna.
Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I’m originally from Jersey. I started off my career as a dancer and model in NYC. I then moved to South Florida to pursue a degree in fashion. I ended up in Miami when I got signed to Wilhelmina in 2009.
How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?
I was a dancer and started practicing Pilates in 2008 as a way to slim my thighs down. I took a long break and auditioned for Jetset Pilates in 2016 and the rest is history.
What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?
Seeing people reach their goals and change their bodies.
How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?
I try and stay away from coffee because it makes me crash. I’ve been drinking iced oat milk matcha lattes for the last six months. Game changer.
What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?
That you should workout everyday. Your recovery is the most important part of the workout. Hot yoga is a great way I recover where I can still sweat but not overstress my body.
Tell us a little bit more about your specialty an instructor and what people love about the way you teach it.
I have a more HIIT approach to Pilates. Pilates can be used as a method of stretching, but I tend to add more circuits and faster transitions. I do my reformer Pilates at The Pilates Place where I am continuing my education. My mat classes are at Sol Yoga where I teach a hot Pilates three times a week.
Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?
Getting this paper.
What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?
Honestly my workouts are really inconsistent because of my training schedule. I have really good genetics so unfortunately I can sometimes get away with a little. Sometimes I run six miles, sometimes I eat French fries. Balance. I wish my schedule allowed me the freedom and energy to workout daily, but between training and modeling, sometimes it doesn’t happen.
How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?
I would say mental health is my priority over having abs. Positive self talk, healthy personal relationships, and a really safe home environment keep me spiritually fit. I also attend AA meetings regularly as I have been sober for almost nine years in April. Once your mind is right, the body will follow.
What’s your go-to healthy and cheat meals?
I love hard boiled eggs and vegan yogurt. I can’t cook and I’m always on the go, so fruit and water are staples. For cheat meals, I’ll eat anything as long as there’s no dairy involved.