Winnipeg : Polo Park

Johnny Fukumoto

Johnny is the co-owner (with his amazing wife Jen) at Fukumoto Fitness in Winnipeg, Canada, home of the Smart Group Training program for people of all fitness levels looking to look, move, and feel better.

From age 5 to 22, you would have found him on the ice more often that not playing competitive hockey in the Greater Toronto Area. He also played baseball, football, and volleyball where his passion for movement led him to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

At this time he began to really make the connection with physical activity and mental health, going through his own personal struggles with anxiety on an ongoing basis. Upon graduation, he took a job based in Winnipeg, getting to take students across Western Canada and South Africa, as they engaged in experiential learning about the world, themselves, and spiritual matters through CMU.

After moving to Winnipeg in 2008 (or deciding to stay after a friend's wedding), he began engaging in more local health and wellness initiatives locally until starting Fukumoto FItness in 2009. 5 years later, his team of great staff and clients, are known throughout the city for their care about "more than the physical", being a family, and helping charitable organizations both locally and abroad throughout the year. Their annual Pumpkin Charity Workout (this year for Mood Disorders Manitoba) and Burpees for A Cause (Sending Romanian Orphans to Summer Camp) have raised tens of thousands of dollars for those less fortunate or in need.

Johnny is on the Advisory Board for Smart Group Training, a company that leads the fitness industry in providing resources for safer and more effective group fitness training. His dream is to continue a call on all trainers and coaches in Winnipeg to have integrity and accountability in their practices (as their is no current regulation).

He invented the "Fuku-Roller" foam roller, co-authored the “Group Training Playbook”, and was named to Ace Burpee’s 100 Most Interesting People in Manitoba.

For “fun”, he competes as an elite OCR (obstacle course racer) and qualified for the OCR World Championships 2014 and will be tackling his toughest challenge to date at World's Toughest Mudder in November 2014, a 24 hour obstacle course race in the Las Vegas desert which features water, mud, electric shock, heat, cold, and climbing, where he hopes to bring more awareness to mental health issues.

Most importantly, he could not be where he is today without the support of family and friends and especially his wife Jen who joins him on his crazy adventures! They are both thrilled to raise their son Jack, who is 6 months old and maybe a years away from doing his first obstacle race!