November AOM – Shade McMillen

Live Big.

It’s written everywhere you look at TrAk.

It’s the concept of using your health and fitness to pursue the things that are important to you and grow as a person.

Our November Athlete of the Month personifies Living BIG, whether it’s with his fitness, his family, or his business.

He comes four days a week at 6 am and brings it. All effort, all the time. It’s been a true pleasure to watch him not only get stronger, leaner, and faster over the past year, but also get out of his comfort zone with our rafting trip.

He really needs no intro but here he is, our November 2016 TrAk Athlete of the Month, Shade McMillen.

What have you accomplished in your life that you are most proud of?

Family. My wife and kids. I am blessed.

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

Watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee and a fishing pole in my hand. The beach and a boat. Simple.

If you were in a band, what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

This is tough because I like all kinds of music, but if it was a group probably Journey … maybe OutKast. Weird?

Favorite place to travel to?

Rome or Florence, Italy

What do your kids remind you that it’s OK to do?

Run, laugh and don’t worry about the little things.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

Growing up and working in a family business since I was 13, I have made almost every mistake possible. This has made owning and running a business much easier. It lets me see mistakes before they happen and put steps in place to prevent them. Having the respect of your employees is a huge asset when running a business. Working hard, making mistakes and learning from them is the only way to gain that respect.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

My man Justin attempting a 500-lb. deadlift.

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

Robert Shade McMillen II (Grandpa), Arnold Palmer, and Theodore Roosevelt

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Catfish noodling (look it up). It’s on my bucket list. It does scare me a little.

Funniest things you’ve seen your kids do?

Poop in the backyard after watching the dog do it. TMI?

Favorite movie?

Rocky (any of them)

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t worry about the things you can’t control.

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

Today, age 35

Goals … personal, professional, family?

  • Personal: Sub 10% BF, slow down and enjoy what I have.
  • Professional: Continue to grow current businesses. Start a new business.
  • Family: Spend more time with them. Teach my boys the value of hard work. Protect my little girl from everything.

Words to live by or favorite quote?

The key to success: Get your ass out of bed.

What adventure do you plan to have in the future?

Spearfishing (date unknown)

Favorite book and why?

The Power of Now. It stresses the importance of living in the present and not worrying about the past or future.

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

My real first name is Robert. I love 80s music and yoga.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

The atmosphere in the gym. People actually smiling and having fun.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

255-lb. x 3 bench press

Something you’d like to beat James in?

His sock game.