Shawn was born August 9, 1979, in
Peoria, IL. Since High School he has been athletic, and passionate about
fitness. Upon graduating from high school in 1998, Shawn enlisted in the
United States Marine Corps. His first experience training individuals was as a Non-Commissioned
Officer (NCO). While enlisted he conducted several platoon physical training
sessions, in addition to providing individual training to Marines. Shawn
served 7 honorable years of service and separated in 2005 as a Sergeant (E-5).
Late 2014, Shawn launched his body sculpting company, Coach Shawn
80/20 Fit, in order to help people with different fitness levels boost their
confidence and achieve their body goals. His business model incorporates
training programs that encompass resistance training, cardio, and nutrition.
In 2014, Shawn made history by becoming the first to win 1st place
in the world’s first FTM transgender body building competition, FITCON, in
Atlanta, GA. He went on to win 1st place two years in a row, in 2015, and was
interviewed by CNN, and Al Jazeera. While preparing for a 3rd year win
in 2016, he suffered an injury which prevented him from competing. Although he was
unable to compete, he was offered a position to stand as a guest judge. Since
2016 Shawn has judged every annual FTM competition in Atlanta, now known as the
International Association of Trans Bodybuilder (IATB). In 2019 he accepted the position as head judge for IATB.