An Uncommon Approach


Communication is my greatest attribute, paired with a deep understanding of human movement. Explaining the why, not just the how, of an exercise or workout enables you to get better results, faster.  This increases your understanding so you can better apply yourself, which benefits your training now and for the rest of your life.

I’ve worked with trainers and instructors for years and didn’t learn what Shawn taught me in the first couple weeks.
— A. Rivera, Miami

I don't just oversee your workout, simply counting reps or trying to act like a drill sergeant.  I teach you how to be a more fit person generally.  All while listening to your needs and feedback, identifying and guiding your evolving goals while providing motivation and expertise in an easy to understand way so your development continues unhindered.

Each session is specifically planned (no one workout for everyone), relating to the other sessions that week or month, which all correspond to the near and long term goals of your unique program. My approach corrects injuries and imbalances, safely and with lifelong improvement in mind.  Your program is constantly evolving, allowing for adaptation, and fine tuning, as you progress.

At 52, I'm in the best shape of my life, yet have firsthand exposure to issues of injury, substantial weight gain (and loss), lower back pain, lack of flexibility, metabolic slowdown, age degradation of body systems as well as the ever-present toll of motivation loss and exercise burnout.  And I know solutions. 


Areas of expertise

Pros and cons of Crossfit, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Spinning, Boot Camps, Barre, Pilates, Cardio boxing, P90X/Insanity, Tabata
Pros and cons of road running and other "steady state" exercises like treadmills, stairclimbers and ellipticals
Building (maintaining) muscle v. losing fat; body composition
Yoga practice as just one part of a comprehensive exercise program (barre and pilates, too!)
Avoiding Plateaus or Overtraining
Injury avoidance and correction
“Functional” Training
Calisthenics/Bodyweight movements
Anatomy & Physiology
•    Musclular movement as levers
•    Muscular agonist/antagonist pairs
•    Synergists, balance muscles
Proper Warm-up
Range of Motion (Mobility), Length/Tension Relationships, Postural Imbalances and Flexibility (stretching) – active and passive Dynamic, Static & PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) 
Strength to Body Mass ratios (typical capability based on a person’s size, termed relative strength)
Muscular Movement Strength ratios/agonist-antagonist ratios (typical relative capability of a person to perform various exercises)
Balance, Coordination and Agility; COG (Center of Gravity) and BOS (Base of Support)
Yoga for men
Weight training for women; how to firm and slim without bulking or hyperdefinition
Components of overall fitness/wellness
Foam Roller/myofascia release
Equipment overview
•    Free Weights
•    Cables
•    Circuit Stations
•    Kettlebells
•    Cardio/Aerobic steady state machines –Treadmills, Ellipticals, Stairmills & Stairclimbers, Skiing, Climbers
•    Balance/Stability tools – wobble boards, swiss balls, airex pads, stability discs
•    Bands, med balls, heavy bars, chains and other modalities
Periodization, Mesocycles and Microcyles, Deloading, Autoregulatory Progressive Resistance (APR) training
Pain, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and Recovery
Strength training v. bodybuilding (hypertrophy)
Resistance training principles
•    Volume & Intensity (Set/Rep combinations for strength/muscular density/definition toward mass/hypertrophy), 21s
•    Agonist/Antagonist
•    Rest periods/recovery intervals/HIIT
•    Warm up, Working sets, Post Activation Potentiation (PAP)
•    Pyramids/Inverted Pyramids
•    Compound Sets, Supersets, Triple Sets
•    Supersets
•    Triple Set
•    Rep Tempo/Negative reps, Rest-pause, Partial reps
•    Cheat Sets
•    Drop Sets/Stripping
•    Progressive or accommodative resistance (bands, chains)
What is Pilates should you be adding it to your existing program
Group fitness for men
Supplementation and diet
Variation for improvement and keeping workouts interesting/fun/challenging