“I started on my fitness journey when I was just 19 years of age. My husband Patrick, who was just my boyfriend at the time, was always at the gym. I felt like he was neglecting me by spending most of his free time there. I wanted to spend more time with him, so I decided to follow him to the gym. Once I was in the gym with him, and saw how serious he took it I was mortified. I felt out of place. Then one day I saw this beautifully fit woman walk by. She was gorgeous. She was not overly muscular. However, she was extremely toned, yet still very feminine. I said to myself, I want to look like that. My boyfriend at the time, (now my husband) made me sign a contract, that if I was going to come with him to the gym everyday, I had to take it serious and workout. He would be my trainer, and I had to do as he said no questions asked.” -Shapprell Dallas
What an amazing way to get started on the right path to fitness. To find inspiration to become fit is one thing, but to have someone to be supportive and encouraging behind you every step of the way is even better. In just that moment, Shapprell probably didn’t realize that her life would change forever, but look at her now!
Now clearly Shapprell didn’t just wake up one day and have the body of her dreams and have a healthy lifestyle. It took a lot of work. The first step was to change her way of thinking. The mind is so important to fitness and I asked Shapprell to share a little bit about why she thinks the mind is so important to achieve fitness. “Your mindset is integral to your success, because we are what we think we are. Our mindset controls our thoughts and actions. Therefore, we must be conscious of what we think, and how we let it manifest in us. When you think something is too hard, it automatically becomes too hard. When you tell yourself you can’t do something, most times you won’t. However, it works both ways, if you tell yourself over and over you can do it. You will do it. No matter what it is. It all begins and ends with what we think,” Shapprell says.
Working of your own fitness goals can be challenging enough alone. However, Shapprell wanted to take things to the next level. Therefore, she went on to begin her own business which was another challenge. “My biggest obstacle was starting a Fitness Company at such a young age. Gaining the respect of my elders in the health and fitness industry was a challenge. However, after many years of consistency, beating the pavement, and not taking no for an answer, the hard work paid off. I did it with the help of my husband and business partner Patrick Dallas. Patrick and I have been more than husband, and wife, more than family, and more than friends. We are a Dynamic Team, and a Force to be recon with. We have each other’s back, and we fight hard for what we want and what we believe in,” Shapprell explains.
Well hard work certainly pays off. We see that Shapprell clearly reached her fitness goals and has maintained them all this time. That’s rewarding enough alone. But on top of that, the business she strived to create has been running strong for over 25 years now and is still growing each and every day! “The most rewarding part of my journey so far is to see all our hard work pay off. We have been in business for over 25 years. At age 53 and age 47, we’ve earned our respect, and success in the fitness industry. We’re in the process of expanding our brand, and developing products. I am extremely excited about the next chapter. I’m working on a new book, and fitness apparel. The most rewarding has got to be the national attention and gaining new clients and customers from around the world,” Shapprell exclaims!
What are the most overrated and underrated exercises in your opinion?
In my opinion, the most overrated exercise is squats. Most people feel squats is the only way to tone your buns and thighs. However, there are so many other exercises that you can do for your buns and thighs. The most underrated exercise would have to be the basic crunch for abdominals. Even though we all do a ton of different and advanced exercises for our stomach and abdominals, really all you need is the good ole basic crunch in high repetitions to get the job done.
What are three pieces of fitness equipment everyone should have?
The three pieces of exercise equipment everyone should have are a Multi Station machine, their personal favorite cardio machine, (treadmill, elliptical, Stairmaster, Stationary Bike, and/or a rowing machine) and finally, a Pilates machine for stretching and flexibility training.
What are your favorite go-to snacks?
My go to snacks when I’m on the run are trail mix, mixed nuts, or granola/yogurt bars.