The March 2013 interview is with figure competitor, fitness guru and motivational speaker Shelly Sayman. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy but don’t let her combination of brains and beauty scare you away. She’s determined to help get you into shape and it helps that she’s easy on the eyes! She gave us a fantastic interview. Citynet Magazine proudly presents Shelly Sayman. Enjoy!
Where are you from/live now?
I grew up in a small town in the Midwest called Peninsula in Ohio. Currently, I reside in the beautiful desert in Gilbert, Arizona.
What was your first big break?
One of my passions in life is lifting weights. Two years ago, I began competing in local Figure Fitness Competitions to showcase years of disciplined body sculpting and weight training. Since, that first show, I have attained the opportunity to compete on the national level. On March 1st, I am competing in the Arnold Classic Amateur Figure Masters Competition. Having the opportunity to compete in this show is a dream come true for me.
What is it about fitness modeling that excites you?
The most exciting aspect of fitness modeling is the opportunity it provides to showcase my physique and the results of my hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy this endeavor because I believe it can show others what is possible by what I have achieved with persistence, discipline, and proper motivation.
How often do you work out?
Physical activities are important to me and keep me centered in direct relationship to my mind, body, and soul connection. Therefore, I try to participate in some type of physical activity every day. The duration, type, and intensity of my workouts depend on my relation to any upcoming show, photo shoot, and/or event. Most often I prefer to work out at my gym. However, I will occasionally utilize other surroundings such as a mountain trail or school track/bleachers as I like to keep my routine challenging. My sessions can also vary anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours a day and may include cardio, spinning, yoga, weight training, tai chi in the steam room, and meditation in the sauna.
You’re incredibly stunning and fit. Have people made it more difficult for you to succeed because of those factors?
Thank you for your kind words! On the contrary, I have found my hard earned physical attributes have contributed to many of my successes throughout the course of my life. More importantly, my fitness lifestyle has enabled me the ability to further connect with people on a deeper level that transcends outward appearances. Therefore my sincerest hope is to inspire the people I meet to feel comfortable and engage me in the same fashion since we all have “spiritual connection” to each other.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started in getting fit?
• Schedule time for yourself daily.
• Be easy on yourself and don’t expect outcomes that are overly-optimistic for the moment. Accept yourself in your current position and each day make healthy, consistent, and empowering choices which support your fitness goals.
• Empower yourself slowly by changing habits gradually – eat a salad with two meals a day (should be eating multiple small meals throughout the day)
• Be an advocate for your own health and learn what your options are.
Do you ever feel like you’ve deprived yourself in some way (such as not eating birthday cake) to stay in shape?
I wish I could answer “no,” to this question, but the reality is any endeavor worth achieving requires sacrifice and discipline. However, any time a person chooses to sacrifice and demonstrate discipline the universe blesses them with an amazing grace. This is the reason so many religious leaders and well-known minds/souls of the past have devoted their lives to some type of sacrifice with discipline for they know the same grace I’ve experienced. Thus, while in the moment, I may want to indulge in a piece of cake, the reward (“grace”) is far more satisfying than the food will ever be.
What do you do in your downtime?
Due to my busy schedule I have found that I need to make my “down time” a priority. Therefore, I often utilize the activity of meditation to connect spiritually with the universal source of energy in which we are all a part. Moreover, the greatest joy of my life is spending quality time with my 11 year old son as watching him grow up is a great source of inspiration to me.
Tell us about your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
In 2011 I attained my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Since graduation, I have worked mostly with special needs children with a variety of different diagnoses with gross motor delay, musculoskeletal abnormalities, and neurological conditions. I absolutely love my career for every day I change lives. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the development and motor milestone achievement of such beautiful souls.
How are you taking advantage of being a fitness guru and motivational icon?
With my unique skill set, knowledge, and experience I have much to share with the public in terms of health, fitness, rehabilitation, and motivation. On February 7, 2013, I initiated my public speaking debut with my first speaking engagement at the Medical University where I earned my Doctorate degree, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, for their annual health and fitness week. In addition, in April, I am speaking in Canada at a conference called “Everyday Heroes!” about some of the inspirational children I have the pleasure of working with and sharing their miraculous recoveries. As 2013 progresses, I look forward to future speaking engagements to share some of the great expertise, life experiences, and knowledge I have acquired to date. As for writing, I have just launched a health and wellness blog at www.DrShellyShine.com which discusses health advocacy issues relevant to the general public, nutrition and training advice, and inspiration and motivation to align the mind, body, and spirit. Please feel free to check me out.
Noteworthy upcoming projects?
• Arnold Classic Amateur Figure Masters Competition in Columbus, Ohio on March 1, 2013
• Junior National Figure Competition Charleston, South Carolina on May 18, 2013
Currently, writing an e-book on health and wellness topics, as well as posting regular blogs on nutrition, training, inspiration, and medically relevant topics/news/issues.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to be changing lives on a larger scale than I do currently by helping the public to make informed decisions about their health and wellness, providing inspiration and motivation through a variety of different mediums, continuing to work closely with my pediatric patients to reach their highest gross motor potential, and enjoying my son’s high school years with him.