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Shawn McDonald

Bio And Background

Shawn McDonald is a certified Charleston personal trainer and strength & conditioning specialist. Originally from Asheville, NC, Shawn is a masters level personal trainer and fitness expert. We welcome Shawn back to the Shape Con team after taking a few years off to pursue other business interests.

Shawn was instrumental in helping Shaping Concepts grow from a small studio with only 3-4 trainers back in our humble beginnings in 2004 to a staff of over 10 fitness professionals today. Character, work ethic, and a genuine care for others separate him as truly an elite fitness professional and one of the top trainers in Charleston.

Clients who work with Shawn frequently comment about his attention to detail, motivating coaching style, and his willingness to go the extra mile to help them reach their goals.

“When I initially started a training program my goal was to pass the Navy physical test; I had to lose weight, run 1.5 miles in under 17 minutes and do as many push-ups and sit-ups as I could in 2 minutes. At the time, I was over the weight limit, I could barely finish the run, and I couldn’t do a single “real” push-up.

But with the help of my personal trainer, Shawn McDonald, I've dropped 35 pounds, ran a half-marathon, and completed the Navy physical with a 12:52 run and 66 push-ups in 2 minutes. I would have never thought those results would be possible in such a short time.”

Lauren Golden
Daniel Island, SC


Shawn McDonald is aweomse! His workouts are creative and productive. Shawn always has a positive, energetic attitude with me and pushes me to go to the next level. This is far different than any traditional weight-training program I've been enrolled in. I get a full body workout in my sessions with Shawn. This program sure brings RESULTS! Thanks again for all your help getting me started."

Denise Stanton
Charleston, SC


“I just want to say that Shaping Concepts and working with Shawn McDonald as my personal trainer has been one of the best things that have happened to me. I have always been a "part-time" workout person. Go for a few months heree, a month there, and so forth. Have Shawn there waiting for me is the best motivation.

Your trainer knows you, your body, and your limits. All you have to do is go and do what they tell you. I used to get so bored going to the gym by myself...I had no idea what I was really doing...now I don't have to think about it! Even though some days kick my ass, some days I'm tired, and some days I just don't feel like it, I still go because I know I CAN get through just 30 minutes. Thanks to everyone at Shaping Concepts."

Leslie Fitzhugh
Charleston, SC


“I am 6 months into my training with Shawn McDonald at Shaping Concepts and I could not be happier. Before I started my program I lacked coordination, strength, and had little knowledge proper nutrition. Shawn has gone above and beyond in developing a program that has led me to lose about 30 pounds, a significant amount of body fat, and at the same t ime gain strength and greatly improved overall fitness through both personal training and nutrition coaching.

Working with Shawn you can expect a personalized experience to suit your needs and goals, a high level of motivation, accountability, and results. I have never been healthier or felt better. I'm only sorry I didn't decide to start sooner!"

Jason Hightower
Daniel Island, SC


“I have exercised almost all of my life and staying in shape was always very easy. However, a knee replacement 5 yrs ago, a broken hip, a full-time job, grandchildren (not complaining!), and age were conspiring against me, and although I did not consider myself overweight by any means, I knew I was not fit. No upper body strength and major muscle imbalance from injuries. Plus I was tired – which made it even tougher to exercise and just get throught the day.

Shaping Concepts is near my house, so I checked out the website, read Shane’s philosophy, and went by to try it out. Best decision ever. After going over my diet with Mandy, I made changes, the results of which I felt almost immediately. The trainer I was assigned to, Shawn McDonald, is awesome – I had no idea you could work so hard or do so much in just 30 minutes. After 2 months and a loss of about 5% body fat, I’m a believer.

I don’t have to think about anything or keep track of anything – just concentrate on the work. No session is the same so it is never boring. It is always challenging and motivating, and I come to my sessions pumped up and leave the same way. Although I cannot do anything about getting older, I am determined to stay fit as I do."

Susan Whelan
Mt. Pleasant, SC