Get To Know Personal Trainer Paul Shaffer

What do you do at BodyBusiness Fitness Club?

I am a Personal Trainer, Small Group Instructor and Rowing Instructor.

What made you want to become a personal trainer?

I went to school for an exercise science degree, because I wanted to learn how to make effective exercise programs for myself. After graduating, personal training was the natural way for me to go.

Advice for a new client on how to get started if they’re new to working out?

Start slow, with a realistic workout program that you can maintain.

What is the most challenging part of your job? And what part do you love the most?

The hardest part is convincing clients that what they’ve seen on Youtube, Google, or heard from a friend isn’t always the right way to work out. Everyone is unique and just because your friend found good results doing something, doesn’t mean its right for you.

The part I love the most is seeing results for my client, like seeing clients that have never worked out, progress to be able to barbell squat, is really cool.

BodyBusiness personal trainer RP Stuart with his wife and baby

What are your personal fitness goals?

I’m fairly aesthetics driven, but it is important to me to able to live life being able to move any way I want too. I have never been injured in the ~6 years I’ve been weightlifting , and I want to maintain that streak.

Where were you born? Grew up?

I was born and raised in the Clear Lake area of Houston.

What did you want to be when you were young?

A bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you do during your free time?

My hobbies include weightlifting, reading, listening to podcasts, video games and inventing things. I want to get into mountain biking, so mountain bikers hit me up.

Do you have any special views on fitness/health?

The expression “mind over body” is cool, but I believe more in “body over mind.” I think that the way you treat your body in terms of sleep, hydration, diet and exercise drastically effects the way people think and view the world.

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog named Blue. He’s a blue heeler/border collie mix.

What are some of your favorite quintessential Austin spots?

The Green Belt.

Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they?

Creative thinking.

What is something unique about yourself?

So something that I think is cool about me, is how I manage having Crohn’s disease. It’s something that really messed me up in the past, but it’s taught me to listen to my body and has driven me really deep into the world. I live a pain-free life without symptoms or prescription meds. This is something that I am really proud of.