Body image is an important topic that we each focus on every minute of our lives. This blog looks at one man’s story and how his life is dedicated to helping people get to where they are. Shayne Wittkopp teaches in the exercise science department at Central Washington University. Below is a brief look at his personal story, a questions and answers interview which helps reveal Wittkopp’s beliefs, and an audio slideshow.
Q&A: Shayne Wittkopp
‘Athletics was a way for me to become a popular kid…and feel really good about myself’
Thursday 18 February 2016
Shayne Wittkopp, 34, was born in Montana. Training outside of normal workout hours, this Central Washington University instructor left performance training in New York after graduate school to help others achieve their goals here. Shayne now teaches scientific foundations of resistance training as well as sustainable wellness, and has an American counsel for exercise and personal training course. In seventh grade, Shayne started with athletics and played football and basketball for the first time. This all state football would have two knee surgeries, a shoulder injury, a torn ACL, dislocated elbow, broken nose, and a concussion—but not before becoming a Montana state triple jumper champion, and having been on three national championship collegiate track teams with five Olympians to share the track with. Also, Shayne graduated from college with a 3.92 GPA. After graduating, he spent most of his life training for what competition should come next, but Ellensburg drove Wittkopp to inspire and instruct other Wildcats through exercise science so they can best learn how body image impacts one’s self esteem and personal growth.
How did your journey begin to become a fitness trainer?
It really didn’t start with fitness. It starts with athletics for a lot of personal trainers.
Did you take nutritional or healthy life-style classes to get to where you are now?
…I’m the biggest nerd about the human body ever…what I really wanted to do was help people just like me.
Do you teach classes now to promote a healthy life style?
I teach people to be a personal trainer. I teach scientific foundations, and sustainable wellness.
How important is daily exercise?
Very, very important. ‘A day without movement is a day without food.’
What are some positive effects of not becoming sedentary?
That can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease by 50%. It can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s by 33%.
How does body image or that fit figure impact one’s life?
I think body image is this thing…it can be tragic sometimes.
How does society tell what a man should look like?
What should a man look like? I think that’s up to kind of interpretation I think. Little boys should be able to have emotions…and same thing with little girls.
Have you developed a discipline for how you eat?
For me I just pre-decide. You know…was it grown on a plant or was it made in a plant? I try to eat as much whole food as I can.
What’s so unique about our culture’s perception towards body image?
A big thing in the united states for me is…instant gratification is kind of the thing, right? Where we can develop a application that will have dominos send us pizza to our GPS location. We want to make things convenient.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a fitness trainer?
What I really, really do enjoy is helping students be where they want to be.