Shane’s story is about taking your life back. He is an x-collegiate athlete who had a hard time staying in shape after that structure ended. His story has a great ending ... here it is:
"I grew up playing sports all my life. In High School I wrestled and played football and was always in great shape. I went on to play collegiate football (center and long snapper) at Shippensburg, and was a couple of years removed from my last year there. I had gotten pretty heavy and really out of shape. I’d go so far as to say that my physical condition was out of control. I couldn’t get up a flight of stairs without getting winded. What’s worse is that my blood pressure was really high and my bloodwork was not good. I was getting nosebleeds from the blood pressure. I was not where I wanted to be, by far. I was a mess.
At that time, my uncle took me aside and recommended that I take a big step to get myself under control. He suggested Body Elite and set me up to come talk to Steve Vassallo about a get-back plan. He had been training there and thought that if anyone could get me back into shape, they could.
I am so grateful to him for doing that. In my six months at Body Elite, not only did I transform my physical shape, but my entire outlook on life.
I started training at BE in January, 2009. At that time, I weighted in at 340 lbs, with a body fat percentage near 34%. Steve and Chris Spence started me on a wieghtloss program like no other. I jokingly say that they tortured me. I think when I came in, they would fight over who got to train me that day. I guess the torture was enjoyable for them. In reality, it was hard, but they made it enjoyable. They supported me physically and emotionally every step of the way. Part of what you get at BE is the confidence that you’re doing the right things, at the right time, so there’s no second guessing. These guys REALLY know what they’re doing.
They mixed up a lot of cardio work (lots of running) with non-traditional weight training, a bunch of Tabata and a whole host of other techniques to constantly challenge my body. The results were amazing. I started losing weight RAPIDLY. At one point, I was losing 10 - 15 lbs per week. I started eating right, and changed my whole mentality about taking care of myself.
One of the really great things I got from the whole expereince was a love for running, which has been a great new part of my life. Since getting into shape, I ran in the Steelman Triathalon (check me out - finished 7th out of 35 in ’Clydesdale’ category), a 10k in Atlantic City and several other events. Running has become an important part of my life.
In all, I lost 65 lbs between January - June of 2009, with the help of Body Elite. My blood pressure is now a manageable 120/80, and I’ve taken my life back. They really made a huge difference for me, and I would recommend them to anybody.
A few weeks ago, I read an ad for an open tryout for the newly formed Arena Football Steelhawks. I tried out and was offered a contract the next day. Training camp starts in 2 months and I can’t wait. Needless to say, I would never have been in shape to do all of this without the fitness and life changes that I got at Body Elite."