Monday, 31 October 2011 by Matthew Girard
Almost 14 months ago, former University of Mary Hardin-Baylor runningback Ike Shaw's life took a dramatic turn.
On Sept. 4, 2010, Shaw, who was a member of the UMHB football team from 2000-04, was involved in a car accident. Thankfully, he survived the accident but he broke his neck and his right arm was paralyzed for five days.
At the time of the accident, Shaw was a manager at Gym X in Temple and also ran "boot camps" for people looking for quicker results from their workouts.
"When I got done playing college football, I didn't know what I wanted to do," Shaw said. "I started working at Gym X selling memberships and became a manager.
"While I was at Gym X, I wanted to do something that was going to help people change themselves and change their appearance by not doing the same-old thing. I started doing some personal training then."
Because of word of mouth, Shaw's group soon grew to 15 participants by June 2010. Then he was involved in the car accident.
After the accident, Shaw wore a neck brace for the next four months and was unable to train.
During that time, Shaw realized he wanted to take his "boot camps" to the next level.
"While I was down, I wrote down about 200 workouts and I felt like this was my true calling," Shaw said. "While I was sitting there, I thought that I really wanted to do something I love, which is make people smile.
"When I was down and couldn't move and had the neck brace on for four months, people helped me stay up and my energy was drawn from them," Shaw said.
After recovering, Shaw put his plan to give Central Texas residents a new training experience into action.
Although his "boot camps" were successful before the accident, the camps were held at different locations and Shaw wanted to give his clients a more permanent place for them to come and train.
Last Saturday, Shaw realized that dream with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for his Titan Total Training Fitness Center located at 2327 S. 57th St., Temple.
"I wanted to give the area something they never had before, which is a nice, upscale, upbeat building," Shaw said. "People have told me that this building is something you would see in Austin or Dallas."
Shaw said all anyone interested in joining needs to do is "just bring yourself."
"The foundation is that as soon as you walk in, you can tell it's an energetic environment," Shaw said. "I wanted to give people a comfortable-energetic facility."
Currently Shaw has 200 clients and said he wants everyone in the area to come by and check out him and his facility.
"It's been a blessing to be able to do it," Shaw said. "The next step is to give people a trial. I want people to come try it and see it."
For more information, call Ike Shaw at (254) 493-9300 or visit www.titantotaltraining.com.