TJ is a fitness professional, commercial print model, recording artist and a founder of a non-profit organization. TJ started dancing at the age of 11 when he became involved with the local theatre and it was uphill after that. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, TJ’s fitness career started when he was involved in sports. He was involved in basketball, football and soccer. TJ was a very hefty kid growing up, but playing sports cut the weight down overtime.
At the age of 15, TJ was diagnosed with Gynecomastia, which is the swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. This was a very difficult time in TJ’s life at a very young age. So difficult that TJ had to under go surgery for the pain and humiliation that he felt his freshman year of high school. After TJ’s surgery he hit the gym again, and borrowed Tae Bo fitness videotapes from his next -door neighbor to get into shape before the new school year. TJ’s struggle impacted his life so much, that he decided to establish The TJ Perry Foundation for Gynecomastia for research and to share the issue across the world.
TJ was a new man after his procedure and he continued to stay in the gym and take his classes in his living room with Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks. He leaned up by the next year and decided to audition for the local step team where he was introduced percussive dance. He was able to use his entire body as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps.
TJ started modeling his junior year in high school and continued modeling while attending college. While traveling, TJ would always stop into a gym to take group fitness classes, such as boot camp and turbo kick. He also decided to teach two –stepping and hip hop classes while at his university. TJ’s senior year of college he decided to take a boot camp class in Austin, Texas that his agency recommended, which was Core Fit by Ryan Nail. Ryan became a true inspiration to TJ. He inspired TJ to become a Certified Personal Trainer. He also wanted to learn more about fitness, due to having a family history of cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Communications and Media Studies from Texas State University, he decided to get certified and received his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from PFTA in Austin, Texas.
He decided to stay in Austin after receiving his certification where he would train and work on his music. He released an EP and would preform in clubs around Austin in the evenings and he would train in the daytime.
TJ moved back to Dallas after learning of his grandfather’s illness and decided to be home with family. He decided to take classes at 24 Hour Fitness. TJ took a Cardio Dance class that was taught by his now good friend and co founder Natalia and realized that they shared the same passion for dance and fitness.
TJ believes that everything in life happens for a reason. He believes that meeting Natalia is a blessing and that RX Moves is the ultimate prescription for health and fitness.