If you've worked out at O2 Fitness Park Place, you've most likely seen Shannyn Burns around the club working her personal training magic with her clients. Several years ago, Shannyn was in their shoes herself, seeking a healthier lifestyle and a physical transformation of her own. After years of hard work and countless hours in the gym, she has lost 35 lbs, 12% body fat, and has completely changed her mindset on what it means to be fit.
What was your ‘rock bottom’ or your ‘aha’ moment that made you decide to make a change?
How did you begin to make the change? What worked for you?
What was the most significant or surprising change you felt?
What was O2’s role in your transformation journey?
O2's role has been very important in my transformation. I have only been in North Carolina for 8 months. I joined O2 a week after I moved from New Hampshire, but I found everyone to be super welcoming and helpful! This made me feel at home right away, which allowed me to continue my transformation without skipping a beat.
What do you enjoy most about being a personal trainer?
I love personal training because it's just that, it's personal. Not one plan fits all clients, so I get be creative when coming up with what works best for each individual. It's a huge decision to start a fitness journey and I love helping people from the first step all the way through.
When I first started training at O2 I was still working full-time as a Registered Nurse. I wanted to help people prevent chronic disease through education on a healthy lifestyle. Personal training seemed like a great fit. Once I was able to grow my clientele, I felt comfortable making the switch to training full-time. it was a huge leap of faith, but everyone at O2 has been so great that the transition was smooth! So you could say O2 has helped transform my career as well as my physique.