Los Angeles-based Shawnee Harkins’ true passion for physical fitness, began as a young athlete in Texas, and was reinforced during her time in the medical field as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician. A severe car and rollerblading collision left her with significant brain damage and on life support. After gaining significant experience during her employment at Gold's Gym, Shawnee used these skills, a dedication to helping others and her entrepreneurial spirit to open her own training practice becoming a Celebrity Trainer and Consultant, Fitness Expert, Motivational Speaker, Spokeswoman for people suffering from Traumatic Brain injuries, and a recognized Health and a Fitness Television/Media Personality.
Shawnee first received national attention through her time spent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai filming her first television show, "The Hydra Executives", which aired from 2008-2009 on Showtime International and Infinity TV. Her second exposure to national television was on "The Dr. Phil Show", "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race" which also aired on CBS in 2008 and 2009. Shawnee traveled the country as one of Dr. Phil's celebrity trainers helping America get fit. Shawnee has joined forces with Jillian Michaels as a BODYSHRED Instructor and future Master Trainer to launch Michaels’ newest fitness program, “BODYSHRED.” In addition, Harkins' is the creator and executive producer of the hit web series, "Empower Me in 6 Weeks", creator and producer of "Fit in The Streets", and "Fat to Fab", all web series centered on health and fitness. She recently built on her stature as a leader in the sports and fitness movement through joining Athlete Ally as an Ambassador.
In 2011 Shawnee partnered with Shake Weight as their brand ambassador. Harkins' created, developed and launched the NEW Shake Weight Class Fitness Program in Southern California. Harkins' co-wrote the Accredited Shake Weight Instructors manual, Instructors DVD and certified fitness professionals as Shake Weight Instructors. Furthermore, Exercise TV partnered with Shawnee to create and star in her own instructional workout videos, bringing her training style and flare to fitness enthusiasts everywhere.
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I sat down with Cassandra Golden, registered Dietitian for Onyx Elite, to talk about weight loss strategies for 2017. I wanted her firsthand knowledge and expertise on how the general public and clients could hold themselves accountable for their resolutions and achieve them without falling off the wagon.
Is it by pure coincidence or serendipitous that both USMNT former soccer star, Oguchi Onyewu and I have been in the realm of health, fitness, and sports professionally for fifteen years? We both have traveled worlds apart, but share so much in common. The day we would finally meet at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA would feel like a high school reunion and our mutual buddy, Chris Gorres would unite us! This particular day in my memory bank was the beginning and the future for genuine friendships and partnerships to develop.
In May, FITLIGHT TRAINER profiled and featured my sports performance and cognitive training workout programs utilizing the FITLIGHT TRAINING system. The FITLIGHT TRAINER system is a unique wireless reaction training system comprised of 8 RGB LED powered lights controlled by a tablet.
Get to know Celebrity Trainer Shawnee Harkins through this video that features celebrities, the "Dr. Phil" Show, "The Hydra Executives", and the television and film industry.
Shawnee Harkins created and designed FITLIGHT TRAINER programs that focused on sports performance and cognitive training, while helping to maximize metabolism and muscle.
In honor of each and every traumatic brain injury survivor, as a fellow TBI Survivor, I praise you with my utmost respect.
Given the adversity and obstacles in my life, I have also experienced the bright side. I am so fortunate to have been blessed with opportunities in my career that have enabled me to pursue my dreams. However, it’s by the result of multiple traumatic brain injuries, that I’ve pursued a purpose driven life and career. Having a positive mindset, your-eye-on-the-prize momentum and winning attitude ensures you focus!
The summer is here, and it’s time to get up, get out and play! In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, I encourage you to assess your health and fitness lifestyle. Evaluate your daily activities. Is there room for growth? If your day-to-day routine feels stale, ramp it up with fitness classes and sports you enjoy! This is the perfect time to include your friends and family in a newer and enriched healthy lifestyle. After all, life is a beautiful ride..
Celebrity Trainer Shawnee Harkins and "Exercise TV" hits you up with a fun and challenging 22 min workout session totally focused on a TOTAL BODY WORKOUT - KICKBOXING BLAST! Sculpt sexy arms and back with every punch, jab,uppercut, hook and kick! Build a strong core from with in, as you lay down the foundation of a strong mid- section! Prepare to have fun with Shawnee and sweat!!
Shawnee Harkins is an Authoritative Expert here on the SNSG, as an author and contributor, she wanted to share her latest interview with GLAAD.
As the conversation about LGBT athletes across all disciplines and levels gains momentum, GLAAD speaks with a celebrity trainer, motivational speaker and LGBT activist, Shawnee Harkins about her involvement in the movement. Her story began early on when as a teenager, she faced an almost fatal car and rollerblading collision. An accident that could break many, gave Shawnee the motivation to pursue her dreams and give back to the community. By following her passion, she accomplished a lot, from joining "The Dr. Phil Show" and the show's "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race" to joining Jillian Michaels as her Master Trainer to launch Michaels’ newest fitness program, “BodyShred.” But although her career as a trainer keeps her busy, Shawnee continues to be a great leader in the LGBT sports and fitness movement by becoming an Ambassador for Athlete Ally.