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 Specializing in serving middle-age and mature adults
Locally owned, operated since 2004!



After 20 years as one of the Charleston area's premier private personal training studios having served over 3,500 Lowcountry residents, specializing in middle-age and mature adults, we've decided to redefine personal training as you know it. How did we do it? By creating a revolutionary new model that improves time efficiency, produces better results, and enhances the client experience. The foundation for the new model is centered on the client and coach having their own personal semi-private workout area within the gym. By still keeping an open floor plan you'll still find the positive energy and camaraderie of being part of a gym family. You'll also love the difference of our collaboration-based model of providing clients with peer-reviewed training programs. Instead of being "placed" with a specific trainer like at most health clubs and studios, our clients are part of the selection process with selecting a primary coach. By utilizing this unique approach, we can simply provide MORE of the following benefits:

Our clients benefit from a model we've mimicked from the medical profession where physicians collaborate on treatment options, by having fitness professionals collaborate on exercise programming designed through a peer-review process, giving them the benefit of having multiple experts providing input rather then, relying on one individual's knowledge. Our team utilizes a cloud based storage system for workouts and other technology to ensure a seem-less delivery of pre-planned exercise prescription, regardless if it was the primary or secondary coach providing instruction that day.

 A lot of personal trainers provide you with set times for workouts and if you can’t make it in at the time they provided you, rescheduling can often be difficult or perhaps not even an option. This just means you missed out on a workout!

At Shaping Concepts, we provide flexible scheduling so you can always schedule workouts at days and times that BEST fit with your busy schedule. With our unique TEAM® TRAINING system we can also simply provide MORE availability for scheduling workouts than our competitors (due to having both a primary and secondary coach) which ultimately helps our clients stay more consistent with making it to the gym and therefore seeing better results. 

Let's face it, not everyone wants to be in a big box gym or health club environment. The reality is these are simply large spaces filled with exercise equipment rented out for people to use on their own. With that often comes an element of unwelcome stares, intimidation, confusion, and a feeling like you're more of number and just another "member" than part of a family.

You'll love the difference of being in a private studio gym environment where it's like "Cheers" - where everyone knows your name and treats you like one of the gang. It brings a totally different experience to workout sessions. An experience that you'll look forward to because of the relationships that are made with the other clients and coaches. In short, you'll feel like part of the "Shape Con Family." 

Truth be told, having accountability is one of the main reasons people hire a personal trainer in the first place instead of going it alone. The problem is sometimes when you hire a personal trainer you don’t always get the level of accountability and support you should be expecting.

With our unique Team Training model, you’ll have not just one trainer providing you with support, but both your primary and secondary coach along with our entire staff who are dedicated to seeing you be successful through a combined effort of providing accountability, follow-up's, and support.

The dirty little secret in the personal training industry is most trainers are simply providing workouts NOT a program that includes individualized routines with built in progression to deliver optimal results. At Shaping Concepts, we believe that fitness professionals develop programs for their clients while personal trainers merely provide workouts. Each client has their own customized workout program design built around individual needs and goals. Both your primary and secondary coach has access to your program that will include not only your workouts, but also exercise limitations, weights used for various exercises, risk factors, preferences, and other information. That means regardless of which coach is training you, you can be assured they’re following your individual program designed for the results you want. 

Far too many personal trainers provide little or no progress measurement except for the occasional weigh-in or body fat measurement. Getting feedback on your progress is extremely important as it can help keep you motivated so you stay the course. At Shaping Concepts, we provide our clients with monthly progress reports that include feedback on how they’re improving in several areas related to their fitness training objectives.

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Our Programs and Services:

Our Charleston personal training programs utilize our unique Team Training system, individual workout areas, and customized exercise routines that combine strength training, cardio conditioning, mobility, and nutritional guidance for the complete fitness solution - leaving you feeling better, looking better and performing better than you ever thought possible!  Select a program below to learn more. 


1009 Anna Knapp Blvd #101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Phone: 843-971-8665




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"I started working out at Shaping Concepts to lose weight for my wedding day. With the help of my trainer I was able to lose 18 pounds and 7% body fat. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I loved the fact that he took the time to build workouts just for me and he knew the best way to push me. Everyone at Shaping Concepts makes you feel so comfortable when you're in the studio. It's not intimidating like a traditional gym. The personal trainers here are wonderful and they do a good job of targeting the areas you want to work on. The exercise routines and Shane's diet strategies provide a great combination of working hard and eating right that can change your life forever. I think it's one of the best investments you can make for yourself. Hopefully people who see what I've done realize that they can do it too."

Laura Smith
Johns Island, SC

"Since joining Shaping Concepts, my trainer has help me lose 37 pounds, 10 inches, and 10% body fat. I was faithful in following his advice in regards to how to eat, what to eat, and how to do my cardio outside of the studio. And what can I say, it worked! I've been a member at several Charleston gyms but I never pushed myself like my trainer does and that has made a big difference. He coaches me, pushes me, and most of all, he cares. I don't feel like I'm just a number on a list with him. He wants me to succeed and he helps me do that. I love being thin, but more than that, I love seeing the definition in my body. I feel strong and healthy but best of all I feel younger at 41 than I did when I was 20. I can't thank Shaping Concepts enough for helping me change my life!"

Kim Hulsey
Mt. Pleasant, SC

"I attribute my success to working out hard, the excellent trainers here at Shaping Concepts, and most importantly the changes they've helped me make in my diet. It's been hard for me to eat healthy in the past because of my lifestyle, but with the help and instruction from my trainer I've made huge progress. Since starting my personal training program I've lost 35 pounds, 8% body fat and over 15 inches! I can go up stairs now without gasping air and I feel better about myself when I'm out in public. What I like best about Shaping Concepts and their Charleston personal training program is the trainers. Everybody here is personable and they really want to see you reach your goals. I recommend anyone thinking about starting a personal fitness program to go see the staff at Shaping Concepts."

Neal Allmond
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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