A leader in health and fitness Donny Shankle is a three time national champion and world team member in the sport of weightlifting. He is the only weightlifter in the United States to defeat in competition a defending world champion in over 30 years. At the 2007 annual Arnold classic Donny was named the country’s most inspirational weightlifter. He is the only American weightlifter to have trained both as a resident athlete at this country’s regional Olympic training complex and under the tutelage of the world’s greatest weightlifting coach and teacher Ivan Abadjiev. Donny is a marine corps veteran of the Iraq war and resides in San Ramon, CA. He is currently in pursuit of the London Olympics and is a full time personal trainer with more than eight years experience certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.