Q & A with MFG Trainer Shaun Anthony

Shaun Anthony

MFG Trainer

Q: Where are you from and where have you lived?

A: I am originally from Los Angeles but have also lived in Dallas for four years, Milwaukee for a year, and New York for the past two years. I’m trying to cover all of the points on a compass 🙂

Q: What first inspired your fitness journey?

A: I’ve always been a sportsaholic. I grew up playing soccer and got into fitness around undergrad when I noticed that the usual opportunities for sport and competition were absent from my semi-adult life. I started taking lifting classes in undergrad to supplement my inactivity and then a buddy of mine introduced me to crossfit. It was love at first sweat.

Q: What’s a healthy tip you employ yourself that’s a little unorthodox?

A: I suppose getting 8 hours of sleep in is unorthodox as an adult in our society but I always tell people that sleep and nutrition come first THEN it’s the gym. You can’t out train poor eating and sleeping habits:)

Q: Why do you love to exercise?

A: I honestly love to exercise because I love to sweat. I love the sense of completion I feel at the end of a tough workout. I am addicted to that feeling of exhaustion you get when your heart is about to leap out of your chest. It’s strangely meditative for me:)

Q: What’s the most efficient workout for you?

A: The most efficient workout for me changes from day to day. I try to pack in two hours of work in 30 minutes so I’d say the most efficient way for me to workout is to set a definitive start/end time and stick to the time frame.
Q: Why are you a trainer? 

A: I am a trainer because I love people. I enjoy the process of getting to know folks and feel a great sense of pride whenever I help someone achieve their fitness goals. As cheesy as it sounds I think coaching feels a lot like being a doctor. You can literally save lives.

Q: What are you most proud of?  

A: I most proud of my will power and consistency

Q: What style of training do you most use with your clients?

A: My style of training is specifically catered to the athlete’s needs. There is no “one size fits all” in the world of fitness. I need to make sure that the program I design is not only catered to my clients physical needs, but their mental fitness as well.

 Q: What are some of the main things you employ to make your clients successful?

A: I focus a lot on variety. I think the more you can change up routines, the faster you break through plateaus, and the more stimulating the workout is. I live by these guidelines: Variety, consistency, hard work, and fun.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in NY?

A: My favorite thing to do NY is to take a stroll through Central Park (when it’s warm!)

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A: Most people don’t know that I am currently in grad school at Juilliard (drama).