My name is Anna Shumaker and I am the Owner of ShuFit Personal Training. I lived a very active lifestyle growing up. I had a big family which contained some very competitive people, especially my brothers. My older brother, twin brother, and I were always outside playing games trying to beat one another. Naturally, we all wanted to win! This is just one of the many reasons I have always had a very competitive mindset. This proven to be even more true when I started competing in the sport of gymnastics at 9 years old. Fast-forward 9 years and I was competing for the Division I Gymnastics Team at UC Davis for the final four years of my career. That competitive nature gave me the drive, determination, and work ethic to achieve my goals. That mentality has suited me in every aspect of my life, and continues to motivate me everyday.
Gymnastics was my life and my escape from reality for 18 years of my life. I learned some of my most valuable life lessons through the sport, all of which have helped me to become the person I am today. One very important thing gymnastics always gave me was a strong support system. My coaches and teammates alike helped me stay on track when life got tough. They kept me motivated, focused, and most importantly happy, which in turn helped me experience some amazing athletic achievement. It goes to show just how vital a solid support system is to achieving your goals and dreams. It’s important to be self-motivated and driven…but it is crucial to not only be pushed but also to be acknowledged for your hard work and achievements. It’s what keeps our minds wanting more and keeps you on track to achieving whatever you set your mind too.
The last 8 years of my gymnastics career was plagued with injures. I had two surgeries, one for my shoulder the other for my ankle; plus, countless broken bones and muscle injuries. Every injury I sustained required a rigorous rehabilitation and strength-training program to get me back on the competition floor. As mentally tough as it was to be knocked down so many times, I never let it keep me down. I always it my mission to come back stronger than I was before, and I was always successful. After completing so many different programs for all my injuries I learned exactly what it takes to rebuild the body from the ground up. Mentally, there is a lot of tenacity and patience, and physically there is a lot of tedious strength, flexibility and balance training. All of which made me into a better, well-rounded athlete, personal trainer, and human being. I have a strong understanding for what it’s like to be hurt and what it takes to become healthy again. Gymnastics gave me some of the toughest and some of the most rewarding times of my life. I learned that the harder you work for something the more rewarding that outcome will be. It’s an indescribable feeling, but once you feel it, it’ll leave you wanting more every time.
American Ninja Warrior/Team Ninja Warrior
After I retired from gymnastics in April 2014, I wanted more. I wasn’t ready to give up the challenges and excitement that gymnastics brought me, and that’s when I discovered American Ninja Warrior. It was mentally and physically the perfect replacement for what gymnastics left behind. I started training for ANW in August 2015. It’s a fun and different way to challenge and strengthen my mind and my body. After 8 months of training I tried out for the season 8 show, unfortunately I did not receive a call, but I didn’t let that deter me! I continued my training and just a few months later I was cast to compete on Team Ninja Warrior Season 2 on Team NorCal Ninjas! My team made it to finals on Team Ninja Warrior and it was one of the best athletic experiences I've had thus far. After TNW, I was called to compete on 2017 American Ninja Warrior L.A. Season 9! I plan to continue to train and apply to compete on ANW for years to come. It’s extremely important to find what you're passionate about and what motivates you. Then use that interest to your advantage to help keep your body and mind strong and active!
Education and Certification
In July 2014 I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Biology. I am truly fascinated by what our bodies are capable of and I was able to learn so much of that through my years at UCD. I learned about biomechanics, human performance, cardiac health, exercise psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and my favorite human gross anatomy! I also obtained a certification through the National Council on Strength & Fitness for personal training. I am a current member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association pursing my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification and I am CPR/AED Certified.
With everything that I have been through at this point in my life, there is one lesson that has always stuck with me and that I will continue to live by. One of my favorite quotes says it best, “Our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” –Confucious. Life is about perseverance. Nothing is ever handed to you; you have to work hard for it. Sometimes, you will fail, but you have to keep pushing through because then you will find success. I have experienced hardship and I have also experience great success. With the right support system, the right program, and the right mindset, you can do it. My mission is to help others overcome their life obstacles and experience the indescribable joy of achieving their goals! I have experienced the numerous benefits of living a healthy and fit lifestyle and you can too!