Fitness Hero: Mark Shane


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AMFC Members Gary Gaspar and Julie English each nominated AMFC Personal Trainer, Mark Shane as an AMFC Fitness Hero. 

From Julie, “ I have worked with Mark for over 10 years.  I have used every excuse in the book not to work out and Mark has always just stood there with a smile J.  Mark has:
1. Good sense of humor
2.Patience of a Saint
3. The ability to make me want to work out
4. Makes me feel guilty when I skip
5. Great listener (kind of like a psychiatrist, he just nods and smiles at everything I say)

Overall, he has taught me how to work out correctly for my body.

Says Gary, “I’ve been working with Mark for over 15 years.  My initial goal was overall strength training.  Mark worked with me to set some specific goals and develop a training program to achieve them. I would work with him every other Friday and he would write up all of my workouts for the days between that I do on my own. We set a bench press goal of 315lbs, which is 3 plates on each side of the bar. (I weigh 175lbs).  After achieving the goal and surpassing it, I peaked at 325lbs.  Almost 3 years ago, I found out that I needed open heart surgery to replace a defective aortic valve that I had since birth.  Mark helped me through my rehabilitation and we set a goal of getting back to 315 on the bench prior to my 50% birthday.  We have made it to 305 several times and today I attempted 315 for the first time and came within a hair of getting it.  With 18 months to spare, I now know we will get there very soon!”