Shaka Smith is a fitness model, hollywood actor and a certified personal trainer.
Location: Hollywood, CA
I have always lead an active lifestyle – I started swimming competitively by the age of 8 and playing water polo at the age of 12 which I continued into college.
In college, strength training was part of our team regimen and that’s when I began training in the gym.
When you’ve always been active, when you get sedentary and start to feel like you’ve lost your fitness edge, you feel it.
I guess you can say I am addicted to the feeling of being in shape and feeling healthy.
As a fitness competitor, I am also motivated to bring my best physique to the stage. Having a set goal like a competition where I know my physique will be critiqued is big when it comes to the motivation department. No one wants to step on stage bring anything less than their best.
I’ve always been big on daily full body workouts employing light weights and heavy reps. Time under tension principles governs a lot of what I do. I like to keep my rest times short and often superset so I am constantly moving in the gym.
No one workout has worked best – I find constantly switching up my routine to keep my body guessing has been the best element of my training.
I do have a few go-to exercises that I can always on rely on to keep me lean and stage ready year round; squats, kettlebell swings, and burpees. I always hit 100 reps for each exercise – depending on the weight I choose it can vary from 4×25, 2 x 50, 1 x 100 etc.
I have slowly been leaning towards a more vegan diet, with the hope in 2 years I can be completely vegan. I’ve moved away from red meat and rely on fish a lot more. I don’t mind grains but generally don’t have them daily.
For the most part, I try to get all my carbohydrates from vegetables & fruit.
I stay lean year round. As a fitness model, it is important that I can be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.
When I have bulked, I did a clean bulk and remained lean throughout.
I use vegan Shakeology, especially when I’m on the go. It’s a protein shake filled with phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, prebiotics and digestive enzymes.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” –Woodrow Wilson