Walking into Shad's (yes, Shad with an S) 10am Bionic Body Circuit class, the first thing that struck me about him was his big smile.
"Hi Shad, I'm Tonya, the one who interviewed you via email for this edition of the Bionic Body trainer spotlight."
He extended out his hand and greeted me with youthful enthusiasm, "Oh hey Tonya, it's so great to meet you!" I sensed a warm, friendly demeanor from him right away, and knew immediately that his class would be fun...well fun if you like getting your butt kicked and being a sweaty hot mess by the end of class.
Shad grew up playing high school basketball and baseball for four years, and also ran cross-country track, which he says he did rather poorly.
He decided to become a personal trainer, because eight years ago he was teaching a group fitness class for youth at a dance studio, and was what he says, "completely disturbed by how out of shape teenagers were."
He then signed up for his first personal training certificate later that week, and has been training clients ever since, but made it an official full time career six years ago. Shad explains, "there is nothing I’d rather do than watch someone push themselves to achieve, and know that I was a huge part of their story."
Here are some other questions I asked Shad to get to know him better:
How do you stay motivated to eat healthy and exercise?
Clients, clients, clients. Information and knowledge is the key. I only get better at what I do by living a lifestyle that requires me to have a solid physique, grounded emotional stability, and a life filled with energy. Nutrition, exercise, and attitude help me achieve that. But no one said it wasn't challenging.
If you could only eat one meal the rest of your life, what would it be?
On the record? A kale salad. Off the record? Deep dish Chicago-style pizza. That sh*t is the bomb!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I went to college on a singing scholarship, and sing back up for a couple known artists.
What does your workout playlist (songs/artists) consist of?
Sigur Rós. Most people think they are way too boring and slow. Nothing gets me through a workout like listening to them.
What was the best vacation you've ever taken?
Any skiing trip. Every year they get better. But I'm going to Aruba with my fiancé in August, and my guess is that will be my answer then.
If you could be a character in any movie, what would it be?
Chewbacca (from Star Wars). I'd like to be big and imposing for one day in life. But I'll pass on the over abundance of body hair.
What are five quirks about you?
1. I tend to randomly break out in song.
2. I can tap dance.
3. I lied to my fiancé about my age for a solid year, because I wanted to be 29 and not 30.
4. I am the world's greatest whistler.
5. I am frightened to death of the ocean.
When you're at the end of your life, what legacy do you hope to leave behind?
That I was as great of a man as my father.
Awe, I love that last one. And I don't know about you readers, but I'm curious to know about what artists Shad sings back up for! Maybe if you stop by one of his fitness classes at Bionic Body, you can get that information out of him!
by Tonya Stumphauzer