Shane MacKinnon

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the hard-working and handsome entrepreneur Shane MacKinnon.

By: Joshua Conner

Shane MacKinnon is a vegan athlete, founder/owner at Small Seed Bar and book cover model, from San Diego, California and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. MacKinnon inspires me because of his relentless work ethic, physique, introspective posts, and ESPN Body Issue worthy stories.

Would MacKinnon ever consider posing for ESPN Body Issue and what does he imagine the spread to look like?

“Well, yeah, I would consider posing for ESPN Body Issue, that would be amazing. What do I imagine it to look like? That’s a good question, I don’t really know what I could envision it would look like, I’m not very creative. Which is weird, because a lot of the things that I do are creative, but I’m not. I feel like it would be a lifestyle pose, and I think it would probably be the facade I give when people first see me, then it would loosen up, and I would have a more laid back look, with me half-smiling and looking more inviting,” said MacKinnon.

What are MacKinnon’s underwear preferences?

“Boxer briefs and I always wear Hanes,” said MacKinnon.

What would be the title of MacKinnon’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“I would really like, British actor, Tom Hardy to play me in a movie. The title of my life story would maybe be something like Gangster gone good,” said MacKinnon.

What was MacKinnon’s most memorable year?

“Memorable year, probably, oh that’s a tough one, probably the year I got out of prison, that would be 2012,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon’s mantra was a hashtag it would be hashtag never settle.

“It, I would think, my mantra would probably be something along the lines of never settle. That’s just because you should never take what people give you, you should take what you want,” said MacKinnon.

MacKinnon has two missions, one is personal and the other is the business brand mission.

“Well, I have two missions. I have a personal mission, and then I have a business mission. My personal mission is to help free people from their own chains that they enslave themselves in. My business mission is to change the world from their current health habits,” said MacKinnon.

Although MacKinnon describes Small Seed Bar, as “impactful” which bar best matches his personality?

“Which of my bars, let’s see if I was a flavor. I would have to say espresso, even though it’s not my favorite, just because it’s caffeinated,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon could produce a podcast on any topic, what would it be about and why?

Well, that’s easy, because my wife and I are making a podcast in the next 2 months. I think we are calling it Planting Seeds. I think it goes along with both of our brand missions of helping people see there are alternative ways of living,” said MacKinnon.

If MacKinnon could leave his daughter one quality, what would it be and why?

“Work hard, for the simple fact that you can achieve anything with that one piece of knowledge,” said MacKinnon.

Extra content: I ask Shane MacKinnon if he could have a conversation with anyone who would it be, and what his favorite inspirational quote is. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @mrjoshuaconner to see what he says.

You can learn more about Shane MacKinnon by following him on Instagram @shanemackinnon & his company pages Instagram @smallseedbar, Facebook @smallseedbar and www.smallseedbar.com/

Trevor Michael Opalewski

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trevor Michael Opalewski, Michigan’s astute personal trainer & handsome model.

By: Joshua Conner

One of my main motivations for featuring Trevor Michael Opalewski, is because: we both were successfully raised in single mother households, both are Aries and we are both fans of fitness legend Greg Plitt. His passion, work ethics, motivational social media presence, and dedication to health and wellness inspires me personally & professionally. Opalewski is a: personal trainer/sports performance/injury prevention at Built by Trev, certified personal trainer/strength coach at Jax Fitness, ambassador at Proteinfactory.com and model for DAS Model Management Miami. With every post Opalewski produces, he inspires the masses with his mantras & incredible physique.

What is a day in the life of Opalewski like?

“A day in the life, first & foremost, you know being a personal trainer, I am always looking to help my clients and my people. I usually start personal training from about 5 am in the morning to about 10 am. I usually have some down time after that, probably about from 10 am to 2 pm. I either get done with some chores, do some research, run errands, and slowly implemented another step into my online training business, that I am working on,” said Opalewski.

“Then, I’ll get a workout in myself, if I am feeling pretty adequate. After 2 pm, usually I go to personal training at about 3 to about 7 or 8. Then after that time, if I haven’t worked out, then I would get it done. Otherwise, I’ll probably prep dinner. Then I’ll have something to eat, do some reading, some research and maybe watch football if it’s on. Other than that, I really don’t try to watch television, or movies too much, because it just sucks the life out of you. Then, I’ll go on social media for a little bit, and usually end up falling asleep anywhere from 11 pm or 1 am,” said Opalewski.

What would be the title of Opalewski life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title of my life story would be: the fight from within. Who would play me, oh, I mean of course I would love to have Morgan Freeman do the voiceover, haha. He’s pretty notorious for that, but who would play me, jeez, that’s a tough one. I am going to have to go with one of my favorites and that Jean-Claude Van Damme,” said Opalewski.

What is Opalewski underwear preference?

“You know, growing up, I was always a boxer kid, just because of the freedom haha. Now, getting into working out and everything, boxers probably wasn’t the best route to go. But, once I noticed boxer briefs, was kind of like a weird thing growing up, hey things kind of stay close-knit in here, you know while you’re working out. So these are a bit nicer, when you just lounge around with nothing to do,” said Opalewski.

“If it wasn’t for the modeling industry, I would have to say boxers,  but I don’t have a favorite brand. Since, opening up into the modeling industry, I would have to go with the briefs. Just outside of that bro, honestly on a regular basis, I like some sort of spandex, but day-to-day, I have to say neither,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has also modeling Richard Dayhoff underwear.

“Oh, Richard Dayhoff, his product was honestly really nice. If I were to wear briefs or something, that would be it. Like I said, the whole modeling thing, kind of opened me, back up to that realm thankfully. It was nice, comfortable material, it was very form-fitting, which is kinda hard for me, since I have a small waist and bigger lower half, but they fit very well. I definitely recommend them,” said Opalewski.

Opalewski has a great body of work, would he ever consider posing for Bodybuilding.com Bodies of Work similar to Greg Plitt?

“Bodybuilding.com Bodies of work or bodies of art, kind of like the whole ESPN series. Honestly, that’s like one of my goals that I have for myself. I would definitely like to do one of those editorials or shoots with myself, I think it would be really cool. Obviously, out of all the athletes, the one that inspired me the most was Greg Plitt. Just seeing the guy, it’s just phenomenal, what he is able to obtain and do with himself,” said Opalewski.

If Opalewski mantra were a hashtag what would it be?

“I am going to have go with my life’s work #builtbytrev. I think it’s all about the dream, I have made ever since my buddy,  brought me into the fitness world when I was about 15 or 16. Learning from him, he was an avid Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, as I was too, but he was like a fanatic. I mean the guy, literally built a basement when he was 16 years old, his dad was a carpenter, so he was a great craftsman. He built a basement shrine, with: every single movie poster, magazine he was on the cover of, vhs tape, and a couple of action figures, he literally had it all,” said Opalewski.

“So coming from him, and all the bodybuilding magazines, I was involved and kind of engulfing myself in the industry. You know I always wanted to be involved in fitness in some way. You know I always, just tried to find the best ways possible of obtaining the physique I wanted. You know the athletic & performance driven physique that I wanted,” said Opalewski.

“You know it’s the constant giving back to the chalkboard, taking notes on everything, I was doing, trying & relearning. Even when I thought I had it right, my body would tell me, hey you don’t have it all figured out bud, you gotta go back to the drawing board. I think especially over the last 5 or 6 years, I have really I don’t want to say mastered my craft, it’s been always kind of learning and progressing, but I think I definitely got a better handle on it now, then back then,” said Opalewski.

You can follow Trevor Michael Opalewski on instagram.com/trevor.michael.opalewski & instagram.com/builtbytrev

Extra Content: If Trevor could do one workout with Greg Plitt what would be it? You can follow me on Instagram & like my on Facebook page to find out.