Shawn is one of those friendly faced dudes that I'd run into at Gold's Gym several times a week. Always a friendly hello, always a pleasant conversation, and always a genuine smile. So needless to say I was VERY pleasantly surprised to hear that he was training for his first physique competition, and even happier to hear that he was on my team! (T-Zone Fitness, baby!)
Now, Shawn's fitness journey is truly an inspirational one. Here it is in his own words:
"I don't usually do long posts like this, bear with me.
2002 I was in a accident, I was in a coma for 6 weeks, and i had a brain injury, so brain surgery as needed. I was in hospitals for 6 months, then I was moved to a rehab hospital for another 3 months. I couldn't eat for about 2 years, so I had to learn how to eat again, that went with learning to talk again, and learning to walk again. I was in a wheelchair for many months, then I had to use a cane, and then I made the leap to walking again without any type of aid. When I first got home from the hospitals I had a kinesiologist, and I went to physio therapy a few times a week too. At first my kinesiologist and I would do exercises at home, then we started going to the gym. When I first began we were working on rehabbing my muscles, getting them back working, then we would try to strengthen them to do daily activities. After a while I wanted to go to the gym more and stay longer and workout more. I then started going longer and trying to build up my muscles, be stronger. That was the beginning.
Couldn't have come this far without the support, support goes further then thought."
Seriously. How fucking cool is THAT.
Shawn competed in Open Physique A, and we did this shoot at Powerhouse FX in Aldergrove. Can't wait to see what he brings to the stage next time!