TJ Maheras’ qualifications stem from 25 years of personal experience in the fields of dance, fitness, and nutrition. After a professional ballet career spanning 20 years, Mr. Maheras earned advanced degrees in nutrition and exercise biochemistry/physiology from Arizona State University (ASU).
Mr. Maheras joined the dance faculty at ASU where, along with his teaching, training, and nutrition counseling obligations, research kept him busy publishing and lecturing on dance physiology. His research with dancers – “The Effects on Endurance Capacity Among Student Dancers Exposed to Cardiovascular Training During Classical Technique Class” – became the subject matter for both “Research” magazine and a PBS special.
After leaving academia, Mr. Maheras furthered his exploration of movement and exercise by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), and a Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor. This extensive educational and movement background uniquely qualifies TJ to instruct a wide demographic in several training modalities.
Specifically, TJ’s GYROTONIC® specialized equipment certifications include ladder, leg extension unit, and jumping/stretching board. Additionally, he attended a GYROTONIC® for Golf Applications Workshop with golf professional Dave Rasmussen and a Lumbar-Pelvis Workshop with physical therapist Paul Horvath.
This study validated Mr. Maheras’ philosophy that a balance of exercise modalities is beneficial and accessible to persons of any age and any fitness level.