Family Standards

January 31, 2015


Family that lift together live together.

Haven Schulz and family (28)

I had the pleasure of chatting with the aesthetic Schulz family.  This was by far the most rewarding and important interview I’ve done yet.  I’m sure the people I featured in the past will agree.  I started my journey as a personal goal and because of people like the Schulz family, it has turned into a global purpose driven goal bigger than me.  I go to global fitness expos to meet fan, friends and followers.  The more I go the more I find out that it is I that comes to receive.  The love, feedback I get is way more than I could ever put out.  What you receive from me and my platforms is what you’re actually giving me.  I can’t take the credit for what I do and so I thank you for following me, supporting me.  The love is coming right back.

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I first met the Schulz family in San Jose Fit Expo last year.  I met Haven who told me about her mom, sister and last but not least the man of the house, her father David.  It was a shock to my system.  They reminded me that this wasn’t just a personal goal and challenged me to pay attention and strive for progression.  People are watching, listening and expect you to excel.  Haven brought it to my attention that they were following me online and were inspired to meet me in person.  I thought to myself, for what.  All I do is lift, LOL.  On the serious note, my goal is to be a light to who ever I reach and the Schulz have shown me that I’m doing something right.  I challenge you to use your platforms to do the same.  I’m confident after you read this interview, you too will be inspired to live in purpose.

MAX THE BODY: What’s are your full names?

David Daniel Schulz (46)
Leslie Allyn Schulz (51)
Shayanne Jayde Schulz (21)
Haven Allyn Schulz (19)

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MAX: Do you have nicknames? If so, how did you get them?
THE SCHULZ: We call Shayanne “Shay” just to shorten her name.

MAX: What’s your height and weight?

David: 6’ / 190lbs
Leslie: 5’9” / 140lbs
Shay: 5’7” / 125lbs
Haven: 5’5” / 125lbs

MAX: What’s your nationality? What languages do you speak?
SCHULZ: All American (Caucasian).

MAX: Where you from? Where do you live?
SCHULZ: California

MAX: What do you do?
DAVID: Leslie and I own a Construction Company “The American Edge, Inc.” We specialize in Decorative “Concrete Artistry.” I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer.

LESLIE: I work with my husband at our construction company. I am also a Certified Massage Therapist.
SHAY: Senior in college studying Business Administration with a job as a Bridal Specialist at a jewelry store.
HAVEN: College student with a part time job and NPC Figure Competitor.

MAX: Do you offer personal training service? If so, where?
SCHULZ: No, not yet but I (Haven) am planning on getting certified as soon as I graduate with my Behavioral Science Degree this May.

MAX: How did your family get started with exercise? How long have each of you been training? What was the motivation to start and what keeps you all motivated?
DAVID: My Dad, John was always physically fit. Seeing him run wind sprints and lifting weights are some of my earliest memories. I began wrestling when I was 5 years old. Exercise and lifting weights has been a way of life as long as I remember. There were always feats of strength competitions involving my brothers growing up. I began seriously lifting weights when I turned 14. This truly began a life long love affair with iron. I have never stopped training my entire life. Training my body is just part over my training program. One cannot neglect his mind or soul for complete and overall fitness. I attempted to lead by example to show my family the importance of taking care of your body. To stay healthy and in shape has been and always will be a life pursuit. This body is a gift from God. I believe it is my responsibility to take care of it. Like I say,” you are either in shape or out of shape.” Stay in shape!!!!

LESLIE: When I was 15 years old, I was overweight despite being an active athlete and having a mom who made yogurt, sprouted seeds, grew a garden, and shopped at the health food store. My mother worked at a local gym and challenged me to follow her instructions regarding nutrition and exercise for 30 days, and if I did not like the results, I would never have to go to the gym again. Needless to say, after 2 weeks, I was hooked and ended up losing 25 pounds at the end of the 30 days. I eventually competed in three bodybuilding competitions over the next few years and worked as a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, and massage therapist. My lifestyle revolved around health. I have continued to work out on and off over the busy years of raising my girls, but not nearly as consistently as I wish I had. When my youngest daughter, Haven, was in need of gaining some weight, I decided to join her by losing some weight so we would be striving for a goal together. We both met our goals and I am hooked again. My husband has been a steady source of strength and encouragement for me throughout our entire marriage. Even when I was down on myself he would help get me back on track. My family is truly an encouraging factor in my life in all aspects. The benefits we have gained from living a healthy lifestyle is a continual motivator to all of us. Setting attainable goals and achieving them is very rewarding. It is wonderful as a mother to see my daughters work diligently to be healthy along with taking charge of their own bodies. Not for what others think they should look like, but for how they want to look and feel for themselves. It is a very empowering thing.

SHAY: Mom and Dad have always been into exercise and working out, so they directly influenced both Haven and me to get into this lifestyle. I personally began to work out on my own initiative when I got a scholarship to play volleyball in college. The next year, I really got dedicated more so to working out to get into shape rather than for performing athletically, so I left volleyball behind and created the good habit of working out and exercising to live a healthy life. I have now been training for about a year and a half, and have never felt better. Competitive sports was definitely a motivation factor for me to really get into training habitually, but also seeing my little sister thrive from the hard work and dedication also amped me up to change for the better. Staying motivated is easy as the whole family is on the same page about working out, mentally, nutritionally, and physically. Seeing such visual changes in my own body after steadily staying on a training program while eating clean is a good personal motivation factor, as well.

HAVEN: My parents introduced me to exercise, weightlifting, and exercise. They would take my sister and me to the gym with them when we were very young. At that time we did not actually lift with them, but the exposure to that healthy lifestyle was definitely a huge influence on my lifestyle today. I started really lifting weights with my dad when I was in junior high; we have a little set up in our garage and he would constantly invite me out to lift with him. My mom would encourage me to go on walks with her or do exercise tapes on a regular basis. Once I was in high school, I became dedicated on my own to exercise on a regular basis. I am now an NPC Figure competitor, which is something that keeps me motivated, however I have a few individuals in my life that remind me of how blessed I am to be physically able to exercise. One individual in particular is one of my old volleyball teammates who, a few years ago, was in a car accident and is now a quadriplegic. She was an amazing athlete, and her current positive attitude and faith is a constant reminder to me that these abilities I have to run, jump, lift, walk are blessings and that I should not take them for granted. Seeing my family members workout and eat healthy is also another source of inspiration that keeps me going and pushing towards my goals. I love this lifestyle and I thank the Lord each day for blessing me with it.

Haven Schulz and family (31)

MAX: How do keep followers like Max Philisaire motivated? 😉
DAVID: Social media has changed ones access to motivational individuals and athletes. By allowing others to see you complete the daily grind that it takes to be in shape is a motivation both for the followed and the follower. If I love to lift and be in shape, it is infectious to people I am in contact with. I hope people see what can be achieved as an individual and a family and it has a profound effect on them.

LESLIE: I think sharing your personal experiences will always make an impact on someone out there. So many of us have similar stories and it is nice to see you are not alone in your struggles and in your victories as well.

SHAY: Sharing the day-to-day activities with others can show that the person behind the posts is a real human being just like everyone else, but with a lifestyle focused on exercise and healthy living. Honesty can motivate others in better ways than just trying to be amazing or showing off. Making a connection with followers is fun and exciting especially if they seem to share a common goal such as the fitness lifestyle.

HAVEN: I feel that being very honest with others, about both my struggles and achievements, really gets them motivated. None of us are perfect, therefore I find no use of trying to hide my imperfections from people I want to inspire. Real stories and real people inspire me each day, so I try and share before and after pictures, workout tips, and nutritional information that will hopefully help others meet their goals.

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MAX: What is your purpose in life and what motivates you all to fulfill your purpose?
DAVID: “Mans chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” If my life effects no one for an eternal purpose, it will be a wasted life. I love this incredible life I’ve been given. My purpose of life is simple: Love The Lord my God. Love my Beautiful wife Leslie. Love my beautiful Daughters Shayanne and Haven. Provide for them. Love my family and friends. Always be a true Warrior.

LESLIE: Living a life that pleases Christ. Loving my husband and daughters and being an example of Christ to those around me.

SHAY: My number one purpose in life is to live as an example of Christ and to motivate others for him. Motivation to fulfill this purpose comes directly from God, since he loved us first, we should love him and live for him. Living the healthy lifestyle that we have chosen stems from that idea, since we are striving to be the best we can be physically.

HAVEN: My purpose in life is to follow God’s Word. He knitted me together in my mother’s womb a saved me from my sins. Without God I am nothing. I believe I have been given this passion of living a healthy and active lifestyle to bring joy, inspire, and help others in their own lives. Scripture really keeps me motivated like nothing else. For example:
Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

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MAX: What is your religious belief?
DAVID: I am an undeserving born again Christian. Saved by the mercy and amazing grace of Jesus Christ.
LESLIE: Sinner saved by Grace.
SHAY: Born-again Christian.
HAVEN: I am a saved believer of the Lord Jesus Christ; he alone can save.

MAX: What do you do for fun other than lift things up and put them down?
DAVID: I am a participant in numerous activities that I refer to as fun. I am a “Cowboy” and I team rope competitively. I rope the heels of the steer. Keeping my horses in shape is important to their well being. I archery and rifle hunt. I love to surf, paddle board wake board and snowboard. I love to play golf when time allows. (Used to be obsessed…) I trained in Karate and Jujitsu for several years. Riding my mountain bike is both fun and exercise. I am also an Artist and love to sculpt in clay.

LESLIE: Pull and push them J I love to travel and vacation with my family. I enjoy anything to do with the beach and sun. I like to cook and bake and create new healthy recipes with my daughters. I enjoy working in the yard and growing a garden and being outside. Reading is a source of relaxation for me.

SHAY: Spending time with friends and family, relaxing on my days off of work and school, travelling whenever possible, and playing with our dogs.

HAVEN: I love to travel and spend time with my family. I love meeting new people and I absolutely enjoy competing in NPC Figure. I like learning new things; I am currently taking classes at our local junior college and I plan to get certified as a personal trainer this coming summer.

MAX: What does health and fitness mean to each of you?
DAVID: As I stated earlier, true health and fitness is a balance of your mind, body and soul. If one gets out of shape, the others will be affected. Your Physical health can affect your mind. Your spiritual health can affect everything. If you can keep all of these “healthy,” you will be truly be “Fit.” This allows you to take on all of the trials and challenges of life. This is what I attempt to achieve in my life.

LESLIE: Health and fitness to me is like a balancing act. Trying to remember ALL areas of our life are important and actually doing something to keep it in balance is what it takes.

SHAY: Both are goals that I plan to reach and keep for the rest of my life. Having good health and living a fitness-oriented lifestyle is a way to stay sane mentally and focus on the important aspects in life.

HAVEN: Health and fitness means balance to me. This lifestyle completely balances out every area of my life. For example, when I get a workout in before I go to work or school I perform better and have a stronger focus. I love setting new goals and having the challenge of eating healthy and working out each day gives me satisfaction. Since I have discovered this balance, I have become a more positive and less stressed person.

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MAX: How does exercise and nutrition influence your daily lives?
SCHULZ: Exercise and nutrition influences our lives throughout the entire day. Once you begin to realize just how much regular exercise and a healthy diet affects you, you become conscious of how every actions makes you feel. Many people never realize that certain foods or lack of exercise could be the main cause of their mood, depression, pain, sickness, etc. Food is the factor that takes up the most time in our day because we are quite conscious of what we eat. For example, we have to go shopping quite a bit to make sure we always have fresh fruits and veggies, we raise quality meat and eat wild caught fish, and none of our dinners are pre-made or “microwave ready” from the store. Most of the time we just eat at home but, if our family does go out to a restaurant, it will be thoroughly thought through and we check the menu to make sure there is a good healthy option for each of us. When it comes to exercise we are blessed to have a pretty good gym set up in our garage with a spin bike and a treadmill. So, we really don’t ever have an excuse not to workout. And for that we are thankful!

MAX: What would you say to families that look up to you who struggle with obstacles?
SCHULZ: We would say to families struggling with obstacles to team up and help one another succeed. Creating new habits can be quite difficult, especially when those around you are constantly working against you. So, when everyone (or just two family members) has the same mentality and goal in mind the obstacles become much easier. Having a partner, when creating a lifestyle of health and fitness, not only makes the journey easier, but fun, memorable, and enjoyable! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all have weaknesses and there are numerous resources to help. Seek out a personal trainer, nutrition expert or health and life coach. Achieve small goals first and before you realize it, you will achieve your big goals.

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MAX: Do you listen to music while you exercise? If so what’s on your playlist?
SCHULZ: Yes! Every workout we listen to music every single workout. HAHA we do not have a playlist, we are Spotify and radio station kind of people. Our music varies from Taylor Swift, Pit Bull, to Def Leppard. As long as the songs have a good beat and don’t make us fall asleep we’re good with it!

MAX: What’s a family workout like? Do you train all week? Please include a few details – training split, sets/reps, exercises, types of cardio, days off etc.
SCHULZ: We all train at least five days a week. We never really get a chance for all four of us to be in the gym all at once, but it is usually two or three of us together because of our different schedules. When we work out together, we tend to have better workouts because we can spot each other and push each other to the places we would not have been able to reach alone. Squats we all pretty much agree are one of the best exercises; on leg day we usually do at around five sets of barbell squats. On leg day we also like to do leg press, lying leg curls, seated leg extensions, and stiff legged deadlifts. For the girls, one of favorite glute exercises are cable kickbacks (use an ankle strap on the lower cable). When it comes to cardio we all believe in interval/Tabata training (we have a treadmill and I spin bike). Abs workouts are done at least three times a week; some of our favorite ab exercises are hanging leg raises, Russian twists, and reverse crunches.

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MAX: What is your diet philosophy? Are you all on a strict diet? What are your cheat foods?
SCHULZ: For about 10 years now our family has been wheat free, other than that we have a very simple diet. We try and eat as organic and high quality as possible. We grow a garden at our home and have chickens for eggs. If we don’t get enough, we buy eggs and veggies from local farmers. We raise our own beef. This year we raised a “Peidmontese” cross. This is an extremely lean beef that has very little inter muscular striated fat. Delicious!!! We also eat wild game, Elk, Deer and Pigs.
Protein: lean beef, lean turkey, chicken, venison, eggs, tuna, salmon, egg whites, whey protein, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, low fat milk.
Carbs: brown rice, red potatoes, black beans, sweet potatoes, oats, Ezekiel Bread, fruit, veggies
Fats: avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, nut butter
Sugars: We use stevia as our main sweetener. Honey is the other option if needed.
Cheat foods for our family would be our homemade peach pie, crepes, and dark chocolate.

MAX: Do any of you compete? Why or why not? Who is your competition?
DAVID: I competed as a natural bodybuilder on my twenties. I may compete in a physique competition in the future… old guys’ class.

LESLIE: Years ago, in my teens, I competed in 3 different bodybuilding competitions. No plans for competing in the future.

SHAY: I don’t compete, mainly because it is just not something that I could see myself doing. I would say it’s not exactly in my personality, besides the fact that I am a full-time college student and basically have a full-time job.

HAVEN: Yes, I compete. I just started this past year and I am loving it. I living an active healthy lifestyle, setting goals, meeting new people, and traveling so this sport is just perfect for me. I love this sport because I focused solely on being better than the person I was at my last competition, not focused on being better than a specific person.

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MAX: Who do each of you look up to and why?
DAVID: I still look up to my Dad. He is now 82. He has been a man of God, unwavering in his convictions and beliefs. He is still very active and fit. He did 19 pull ups in the gym recently. He always taught me to lead not follow…

SHAY: I look up to my family, as they are all hard workers, and would pretty much do anything for me and one another. They have all taught me how to have a good work ethic, which has directly contributed to how I perform in school, at work, and in my workouts. I am so privileged to live around such great influences.

HAVEN: I look up to my parents because they have been coaches, trainers, cooks, drivers, hair and makeup artists, workout partners, and even suit designers for me. Not to mention they are two of my best friends. I also look up to the two of them for maintaining healthy and active lifestyles since they were young. I believe that leading by example is one of the best methods of teaching and my parents have most definitely taught me more than they know by just being great examples.

MAX: What else are you all passionate about?
DAVID: This question would take a chapter to answer fully. I am passionate about life. Life and the pursuit of it should a passion. Live and love this beautiful life. Get outdoors. Get away from the rat race. Get in the ocean. Get in the mountains. Get on a horse, “time spent in the saddle, is never wasted time…” Winston Churchill

LESLIE: I am passionate about my family and the time I get to spend with them. I love planning and going on family vacations; those memories are priceless.

SHAY: I am passionate about reaching goals, whether it be concerning fitness, education, work, or anything else that excites me.

HAVEN: Honestly, besides fitness and nutrition and am extremely passionate about family. There is nothing better than helping out those who have done so much for you. My parents have given me so many opportunities and experiences. My family means so much to me and I try and do all I can to help each of them out. I am so thankful to the Lord for giving me such wonderful family members that I can also call my best friends.

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MAX: What is your most prized possession?
DAVID: The gift of my salvation. My family. ( …is my gift from God not a possession.) I try not to place too much on material possession. I possess quite a few fantastic things, but the ability to “go and see” the beauty in this world, is more valuable that anything I could possess.

LESLIE: My family. Need I say more? (:

SHAY: I guess I would have to say that my health and genetics are probably my most prized possessions. Both are direct gifts from God, not material things, so I am always thankful to have them.

HAVEN: Other than my faith, salvation and my relationship with Jesus Christ, which nothing in this world comes close to, I would have to say that my dad, mom, and sister are my most prized possessions. In life, friends come and go, but no one will be able to replace my parents and my only sister.

MAX: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? What are some of your goals?
DAVID: Continuing the relentless pursuit of this race called life. Hopefully traveling more of the world. Looking over the next horizon…. Continuing to be a positive impact on those around me. Helping my girls in their pursuits. Sculpting more… (with clay)

LESLIE: Continuing on the path to stay healthy and encouraging my husband and girls to do so as well. I hope to travel more with my family and make more fun lasting memories.

SHAY: Enjoying life without having to go to school, figuring out exactly what I want to do for a living, and continuing to stay in shape and be healthy.

HAVEN: In the next five years, I see myself, Lord willing, still competing I figure. I also want to get my personal training certificate and begin doing some personal training, along with a website that has my personally built workout programs and nutritional advice.

MAX: Do you have any upcoming projects, shoots or travel dates you’d like to share with our readers?
DAVID: Traveling with the family and going to Haven’s upcoming competition.
LESLIE: Our Nation’s capital this summer with the family. We all love history.
SHAY: I am graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business after 4 years of university this April, travelling to Florida and Washington, DC this summer, and just enjoying my time without school.

HAVEN: Yes! Hopefully in March I will be competing at the Governor’s Cup presented by Spectrum Fitness Productions. I am very excited and I am just beginning my cut for the competition.

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MAX: Any favorite quotes you’d like to bless us with?
DAVID: The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
LESLIE: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
SHAY: Nothing worth having comes easy.
HAVEN: In fifth grade I had to learn this poem and recite it in front of my class, it has stuck with me ever since. The following is a section of that poem; It Couldn’t be Done by Edgar Guest:
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

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