ACE certified personal trainer

About Joanne

Your Goals are My goals! Progressive, Results Driven and Sustainable Fitness. A judgement free zone on your way to improved fitness. All levels welcome and appreciation of where you are and where you are headed. I train because I love it. I am a veteran fitness professional and health coach.

My comprehensive programs include nutritional training and online nutrition and exercise workouts in addition to our sessions in person. A certified medical exercise and adaptive fitness trainer, I work with women and men, including youth  families seeking real fitness and health.

My online exercise video  programs are featured on YourVirtualTrainer as well.



My favorite client story

All my favorite stories inspired my first book: Training Effects, the Art of Personhood Training. Take a look. Above all, every client has a story. I listen. Each client's progress humbles me daily.

My favorite exercise

Single Leg Work - I like a balance challenge. It's different every day. I hate Burpees but do them. Suspension training is one of my specialties but every training toy has its place and purpose. Movement is dynamic - just like life.

My favorite quote

"Who are you NOT to be Brilliant?" - Marianne Williamson

My training philosophy

Life is Movement in Action.

My training experience

During her 20-plus year career, personal trainer Joanne "Jo" Blackerby has watched the multi-billion dollar fitness industry. promise to change bodies and lives with the latest-and-greatest programand fail, repeatedly. ! ! Why? Because there is no "one-size-fits-all" training program or method. Behind every goal, challenge and obstacle there is a person with a unique web of personal experiences striving to accomplish what they desire. ! Joanne, who was named "World's Top Personal Trainer" by LifeFitness, says that when clients walk into Spirit Fitness, her gym. in Austin, Texas, they end up trusting her with more than just their bodies they reveal emotional issues, family dysfunction, and. other challenges in their personal lives. Joanne uses the tenets of a fitness programOverload, Specificity, Endurance. Flexibility, Strength, Power and Balance to take training beyond physical fitness and impact her clients' attitudes, health and. spiritual wellness. As Joanne says, "I train bodies for a living. I train bodies for life." ! ! In her memoir, Training Effects: Reflections on the Art of Personhood Training (June 2014), Joanne interweaves the principles of. fitness with stories of how training has helped her clients to contend with life's obstacle ! Joanne teaches her clients and personal trainers to "recognize that training the body for fitness comes through acknowledging and working with each person's entire self." In their quest to be physically healthy and strong, her clients find their fitness training. impacting every aspect of their lives. The trainer's role in that relationship is to guide, educate and support their clients in caring. for their health and wellness. Joanne challenges those in the fitness industry to hold themselves to a higher level of responsibility. and professionalism, because "personal training is first and foremost personal."

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Nutrition
  • Core and Balance
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscular Definition
  • Kettlebells
  • Functional Training
  • Myofascial Release
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Wellness
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ace certification ACE Certified Health Coach
ace certification ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

Precision Nutrition Level 2, ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ACE Special Populations, ACE Behavior Change Specialist, CPR/AED

Who I Especially Like Working With

Post-rehab, Rehab, Seniors, Youth

Medical Conditions Experience

ADHD, Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Arthritis, Back Pain/Issues, Dementia, Joint Pain, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Postural Issues

At 6'4 and 250+ pounds, I was embarrassed about the way I looked and how far I'd let my body slip. With support from Jo Anne B. and Spirit Fitness I came to enjoy exercise and eating more sensibly. My weight loss was gradual and over 7 months stabilized at a lean 210 lbs. Today, I sleep better and feel better about myself and the way I look.


When renal cancer struck in April my conditioning at Spirit Fitness was one of the key factors that I attribute to my coming out the other side so quickly and in the right state of mind. Now cleared to exercise again, I look forward to adding Spirit Fitness back into my life.

Chris C.

I believe that Joanne Blackerby and her trainers at Spirit Fitness represent the most direct path to sustainable fitness and an achievable, healthy lifestyle. In the eight months that I've been working with Joanne and her team, I've lost 44lbs, gained a ton of strength and literally added years to my life. Now, I'm training to run a marathon. I feel like a new person - one capable of doing or accomplishing anything!

Stephen M.

Joanne is an incredible trainer. You will not meet anyone who is more invested in her clients' success. She helped me with every step along the way of my journey into getting healthy - from providing a meal plan, to hosting workouts at her house when the traditional gym setting wasn't working, to frequent check-ins to help me stay on track. Her fitness knowledge is very impressive, and I was amazed at my results. I can't recommend Joanne enough! - Anne C

Anne C.

Spirit Fitness Training isn't just about getting fit and losing weight. This team works together to change your life.

Kevin S.

The smartest training team in Austin. Period.

Sue J

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