Los Angeles-based Shawnee Harkins’ true passion for physical fitness, began as a young athlete in Texas, and was reinforced during her time in the medical field as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician. A severe car and rollerblading collision left her with significant brain damage, paralysis and on life support. After gaining significant experience during her employment at Gold's Gym, Shawnee used these skills, a dedication to helping others and her entrepreneurial spirit to open her own training practice becoming a Celebrity Trainer and Consultant, Fitness Expert, Motivational Speaker, Spokeswoman for people suffering from Traumatic Brain injuries, and a recognized Health and Fitness Television/Media Personality.
Shawnee first received national attention through her time spent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai filming her first television show, "The Hydra Executives", which aired from 2008-2009 on Showtime International and Infinity TV. Her second exposure to national television was on "The Dr. Phil Show", "The Ultimate Weight Loss Race" which also aired on CBS in 2008 and 2009. Shawnee traveled the country as one of Dr. Phil's celebrity trainers helping America get fit. Shawnee has joined forces with Jillian Michaels as a BODYSHRED Instructor and future Master Trainer to launch Michaels’ newest fitness program, “BODYSHRED.” In addition, Harkins' is the creator and executive producer of the hit web series, "Empower Me in 6 Weeks", creator and producer of "Fit in The Streets", and "Fat to Fab", all web series centered on health and fitness. She recently built on her stature as a leader in the sports and fitness movement through joining Athlete Ally as an Ambassador.
In 2011 Shawnee partnered with Shake Weight as their brand ambassador. Harkins' created, developed and launched the NEW Shake Weight Class Fitness Program in Southern California. Harkins' co-wrote the Accredited Shake Weight Instructors manual, Instructors DVD and certified fitness professionals as Shake Weight Instructors. Furthermore, Exercise TV partnered with Shawnee to create and star in her own instructional workout videos, bringing her training style and flare to fitness enthusiasts everywhere.