Empire star and Oscar nominated actor Terrence Howard says this about Chicago celebrity fitness guru Joey Thurman, “A true health and fitness expert professional that will lead you on the right path to health and fitness. I trusted Joey to get my health back before I starting taping season 2 of Empire.” In the fitness industry for over 10 years, Joey has worked with everyone from CEO’s to celebrities. He’s on a mission to help change and renovate lives-whether it’s losing weight, adding muscle, running a marathon or eating healthier.


A hunky male model turned celebrity fitness trainer, new dad and healthy living expert, Joey is in the best shape of his life. His perfectly sculpted, buffed bod and expertise in fitness, health and nutrition is his claim to fame. Joey was voted one of Chicago’s HOTTEST and best trainers by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015 and’s top three favorite celebrity trainers. Most recently, Joey appeared in an exercise video for Good Morning Americadigital, “Tips for Dads who need to get in shape”. He was also the co-host of a weight loss lifestyle series on Facebook Watch called Home Sweat Home, was a regular on-camera contributor to Men’s Health digital, has appeared 5 times on The Harry Connick Jr Show and did a 7 week series on the Todays Kathie Lee & Hoda called “Summer Slim Down”. Joey often co-hosts on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning, a daytime lifestyle talk show in his home town. His weekly fitness videos on social gets thousands of views. Often he works out with no equipment at all, while on other videos he’ll demo the best gym tools to help carve out those abs.


As an influencer with a combined total of 559,928K social media followers – Joey was invited to do a TEDx Talkcalled, “Like Me, Follow Me, Unbrand Me”. His talk was about how the addiction to posting, gaining followers and the obsession with staying in touch has taken over our lives.

Joey’s full-proof workout and fitness advice has been featured in People Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, Shape,,,, Time Out Chicago, American Global Traveler,, Chicago Sun Times, and As a fashion model he’s worked with Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl’s, and Carson Pirie Scott. He’s also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and Time Out Chicago.

You don’t have to be a celeb to follow Joey’s get fit program.  Thurman’s newest project – his must – read book to get that bikini body, “365 Health and Fitness Hacks That Could Save Your Life”.