Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Shape Up with Shana!
Believe it or not, I actually got my own spot on Channel 3 morning news!  My first segment "3 Ways to a Fit New Year" will air Monday morning during the 6-7am news, and will be replayed in the 9-10am news spot as well!  I can't wait!  Thank you so much to Doug for setting this all up!
Messages have been lacking recently due to EXTREME busyness at work (this is the time of year to get in shape ya know) and laptop hiccups. 
My Holidays were GREAT and filled with food and family as usual.  I'm looking forward to Ken flying back home tomorrow and having a great New Year!  Please be safe tomorrow night, which means NO DRINKING AND DRIVING. 
Happy New Year everybody.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
Media Fun!

There is always a silver lining to every cloud, and my silver lining came in the form of some great media exposure from my weekend of pain.
Ian Sitren wrote a great article for
Also John Stutz posted his favorite photos from our shoot.  The last 14 are from November 17th (just the other week).  The first few were shot exactly one year earylier.  These can be found at:,shana_martin
Lastly, I've been informed that many of you are unaware of the awesome Yahoo Group that was created for me.  To take a peek and maybe even join, just visit:
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.  I sure did... <burp>  :)

Monday, November 29th, 2004
Fitness America Nationals 2004... a Bust!
When somebody told me to "break a leg" at Fitness America this year, I must have taken it literally!  No, actually nothing was broken, but I did blow out my knee fairly bad. 
My week in LA started off wonderfully... seeing old friends, visiting Meridian (the awesome club I used to work out at out there), several photo shoots, and was even able to squeeze in a bit of surfing with Matt and Maggie!  And MAN was that surfing beautiful.  The waves were pretty closed out, so we didn't really catch anything, but the sunset we saw out ranks any I've ever seen.  It was so wonderful just sitting on my board back in the ocean watching that.  Those days were a bit busy between rounding up all of my props for Fitness America (a HUGE thanks goes out to Maggie for lending me all of my lumberjack stuff) and going to photo shoots.  I had yet another VERY successful photo shoot with John Stutz.  We spent the day in BFE California under the hot sun shooting in some of the most beautiful areas I have seen.  I got to play in the sand half-naked along a busy highway, cut my feet on a historic railroad car, and hang off of a bridge about 60 feet over a rocky stream.  Needless to say John's shots turned out AMAZING (see the "before" shot on this entry), so I will have some of those posted on the site ASAP.
Then it was off to Disneyland for Fitness America Nationals.  Day 1 was meetings, media stuff, and learning our opening number.  It was so wonderful seeing everybody again!  All of us girls have such a sense of closeness because of all the hard work that goes into preparing for a contest like this.  No catfights here.  During media time I got in a few more photo shoots (again, I'll post some of those shots once I get them), and opening number rehearsal was MUCH shorter than last year's.  Ken arrived that evening only to be freaked out by how dark and skinny I was, but I think he got over it once the initial shock wore off.  I mean seriously, how weird is it to have to paint your girlfriend brown with a foam brush before bed every night? 
The morning of prelims I felt great.  Beside the normal number of butterflies, I was totally ready.  I started my routine, did my first back tuck, them BAM... my knee went in a way it totally wasn't supposed to.  So did I stop?  Do I look that bright?  So yeah, thinking the injury was all in my head, I continued my routine, tumbling pass and everything.  Each landing my knee wobbled in and out, and after looking at some of the stage photos, I looked petrified.  Finally I realized the injury wasn't just in my head, and I collapsed on stage.  I was carried off stage, and hauled to the ER in an ambulance.  Thank god Ken was there to hold my hand the entire time.  In the ER I could not stop crying for the life of me, and it wasn't even because of the pain.  I worked SO hard for months to make this my big year at Fitness America, and with one little landing, it was all over.  Not just that, but there was (and still is) a possibility I wouldn't be able to logroll in the summer of 2005.  The nurses kept offering me morphine, and I had to explain that I wasn't in pain... just an emotional wreck.  They put me in a brace, gave me some drugs, and sent me on my way.  I spent the rest of the weekend hanging out backstage with the girls, or watching from the audience.  I can't even explain how hard it was to watch the finals... especially with the thought that I possibly could have been there this year. 
Anyway, Sunday Ken and I had a super fun Character Breakfast (Hawaiian themed!) at Paradise Pier Hotel in Disneyland.  I totally embarrassed Ken with my excitement over all of the Disney Characters... especially Stitch.  :)  Pluto was really nice, he held my leg and licked it to make it all better!  After breakfast I took Ken on the grand 1-day LA tour.  I showed him my old apartment, Meridian, Malibu, Hollywood Blvd., and the Grove. 
The next day I got my MRI back at home, and the results SUCKED.  I completely tore my ACL, and the MCL is just about gone.  So now I get to gimp around until surgery sometime in December.  I think I'll survive this one though, and now I'll get to learn all about knee injuries!  Plus I get to see Ken more because he has to drive me everywhere.  hehe.
BTW, the hot girl in the "after" shot with me is Stephanie Beeken.  Her and  Liana were my buds the entire weekend, and both made finals! 
Well, I'm going to try to lift a bit (upper body of course) so I'm out.  But first, I want to thank all of the wonderful girls who supported me through my crazy weekend at Fitness America... it's amazing how many of these girls had knee surgery and are still at it!  And I really need to thank Ken... I've never had anybody care so much for me.  I got carried across Disneyland on his BACK... how amazing is that?  I am one lucky girl.

Sunday, October 31st, 2004
Happy Halloween!!!
This is a shot from my most recent photo shoot with Jim Berkvam, who I've totally already reserved for my wedding!  No worries, no wedding plans in the near future, but when I do get married, Jim will be there!  If anybody is interested in having him photograph your wedding or event check him out:

So today is Halloween!  Sweet!  At first I thought this was going to be the world's most boring weekend, but it ended up being a blast!  Friday I purchased my costume, and even entered a costume contest!  The only reason I had the guts to do that was because the grand prize was two trips to Vegas!  I didn't win, but saw some other sweet costumes!  Yesterday was spent being lazy, and finding a costume for Ken.  Every year thousands of people hit State Street in downtown Madison, for an insanely crazy Halloween party.  We couldn't go costumeless!  We started the night off at Doug's house, but once we were flooded out with high school kids we went over to State Street.  (I know daddy, I told you I wouldn't go... but we only stayed for a little bit!) Our costumes?  I was the one and only Wonder Woman, and Ken was sporting the Michael Phelps look... with no shirt!  I chickened out and covered up with sweats, but Ken made it the whole way!  I think he's still off shivering somewhere though...
A huge thank you also goes out to the Madison Police and Fire Department for making this year's event safe and under control.  No riots... and there was free pizza for everybody!  And yes, I'll find some of those pics when I can and try to get them up here!

The recent days have been filled with working at Supreme, picking up some new awesome clients, training for Fitness America, surfing at Kalahari, and spending time with Ken!  I'm currently three weeks out from Fitness America at Disneyland... and I'm so excited!  The routine is finally coming together, diet is going kind of well, and I took the whole week off to play in LA!  Alright, I'd write more but I just worked out and I'm hungry for dinner!  More updates to come... please remember to vote on Tuesday...I've done a good job of keeping my mouth shut on political stuff...but as a volunteer for planned parenthood, and an advocate for stem cell research here at the University of Wisconsin.... I'd like you all to REALLY sit back and think about how important your vote is to me, those affected with neurodegenerative diseases, and women throughout America, this time around. 

Thursday, October 7th, 2004
Summer's End

I know, it's been eons since this website has been updated, but I have a real excuse!  As you probably have noticed, my website was redone by the wonderful Mike Betz.  Mike and I are both busy people, so it took us this long to hand the web log section over to me!  Hopefully this site will be totally finished before the year is up! 
The picture above is of some of our logrollers at the Lake Wingra program this past August.  Isn't our spot just beautiful?  From where we roll, you can't see a single building!  Last week we took the logs out of the water and packed them away for winter.  BUT for those of you still interested in rolling over the winter, Olivia and I (and sometimes Ken) teach a class at the Madison West YMCA.  Also, Olivia and I are doing several logrolling demos and classes at Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells!  We'll be there all day Saturday and Sunday this weekend, Sunday Oct. 24th, and Nov. 13-14.  On top of that, I am finally going to take my surfing lessons and start using the flowrider!  The answer to my prayers... indoor surfing in Wisconsin.  It's quite a bit different than regular surfing, so we'll see how it goes. 
It's also that time of year again... getting really skinny for photo shoots and Fitness America Nationals in Cali!  I had my routine choreographed by the absolute BEST in the business, Cathy Savage out in Boston.  Now it's just a matter of me being able to pull off this hard routine!  I'll be flying out to LA (yippee!!!) November 15th, and staying the entire week.  You can bet your butt I'll be hitting the waves in Malibu once again!  But on that note, I am also loving life here in Madison.  I start each day with a smile on my face, and a sense of being complete. 

What else?  After logrolling season I had some new found free time.  So I've started volunteering for planned parenthood (no worries, political beliefs will stay off this site from now on) and the adapted fitness class I used to be a TA for.  It's also been nice to have extra time to spend with my mom. 
Now that the web log is back in my hands, expect much more frequent updates!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
Air Dates and Times
Last weekend the ESPN Great Outdoor Games were held here in Madison, WI.  This year I competed in the boom run and the mixed doubles boom run.  Unfortunately I was 9th for logrolling (they take the top 8) so hopefully I will roll in the games next year.  The boom run was over for me fairly fast, Mandy Erdman smoked me.  But with the help of J.R., I was able to win my first ever Great Outdoor Games Gold in the mixed doubles boom run! 
Thank you SO much to everybody that was able to make it out and cheer the competitors on last weekend... I LOVE competing in front of the home crowd! 
Here are the air dates and times for my events (these is all Eastern):
Saturday 7/17 ABC Wide World of Sports: Women's Boom Run 2:30 - 3:30pm (this is where I get my butt kicked pretty quick)
Sunday 7/18 ESPN: Mixed Doubles Boom Run 1 - 3:30pm (I get lots of TV time here!)
Monday 7/19 ESPN 2: Mixed Doubles Boom Run 4:30pm - 7pm
Saturday, July 10th, 2004
GOG Gold
Thanks J.R.
Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Me teaching Z104's sexiest DJ Ben Casey how to logroll on-air this morning.
ESPN Once Again
It's happening again folks!  But to make the Great Outdoor Games 10 times as wonderful.... I don't have to travel anywhere!  They are right here in my hometown of Madison, WI.  Before I talk at all about the games, I'd like to thank everybody who helped me promote the games, my logrolling program, and Huntington's Disease awareness: Channel 27 and Jake Zimmerman, Channel 15 and Jeremy Woods, the CBS morning show, The Wisconsin State Journal and John Nolan, The Capital Times and Adam Mertz, Z104 and Ben Casey.  ALL of these wonderful media sources made me feel so special this week!  Not only that, but many of them also discussed Huntington's Disease, the brain disorder my mom suffers with and I am at risk for. 
Now... logrolling.  I returned from the beautiful land of Cali about a month ago to this rainy, tornado filled state of Wisconsin, and I couldn't be happier.  I'm back working at the BEST health club in the nation (and now I can say I've been all over to prove it!) Supreme Health and Fitness, enjoying my favorite sport of all time (logrolling), and with my best friend in the whole world (Erin Hallen)*.  Not to mention I am around my wonderful parents all the time as well.  Olivia (my partner in crime) and I have rolled just about EVERY day since I got back to Madison, and my legs sure are feeling it!  We are teaching four classes at Lake Wingra, and two at the YMCA, so needless to say, this summer is busy busy busy! 
This weekend I will be competing in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games boom run and mixed doubles boom run.  Because I totally blew it at the World Championships last year, I JUST missed qualifying for logrolling by one spot.  But hey, I'm still in the games and I'm going to have a BLAST this weekend! 
I will be competing this Saturday 7/10 at 11am and 4pm.  4pm will probably be a better time to watch, because I hopefully won't be eliminated as fast as I will in the morning!  So stop by the Allient Energy Center and have a look at the WONDERFUL production ESPN puts on.  For more scheduling information or TV air dates/times visit: 
Wish me luck this weekend!!!
* Tiffanie, you too!  Thanks for the phone message!  hahahaha
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Wisconsin Summers
Yep, I'm back in the great state of Wisconsin.  I had a VERY hard time at first, because I do miss Cali very much, but after plenty of logrolling, and playing up north, I can honestly say I'm glad to be back.  Last weekend I went up to Mike's place in the middle-of-nowhere-northwoods-Wisconsin.  What a blast!  Lots of pig roasting, four-wheeling, volleyball playing, bonfire building, and of course, beer drinking.  Talk about getting thrown back into Wisconsin life at full speed! The photo above is my favorite puppy in the whole world... Harley.  Little does Mike know I now call Harley my own and plan to drive up there and abduct him.  ;)
I'm currently back in Madison staying busy with starting the new logrolling program, my new position at Supreme, and buying a new car.  I got the car thing taken care of last week.  I didn't end up getting a super-sexy convertible like I wanted;  I actually grew some brains and bought inexpensive, reliable car that gets great gas mileage: the Scion Xa.  So yeah, it's not the prettiest car in the world, but it runs great and saved me a lot of money!   The problem is it's SO new it won't be here for another two weeks.  So a HUGE thanks to Jake for loaning me won't believe this...NEON for the next few weeks.  I just can't get away from those darn cars!  The logrolling is also going wonderful.  I've been on a log just about everyday since I got back!  I probably won't have a super stellar ranking in the logrolling circuit because I am WAY out of practice.  But hey, as long as I'm having fun and doing the sport I love.  Also, if you know of anybody in the Madison area interested in logrolling, I have plenty of spots open in my Lake Wingra Class.  Drop me an e-mail at:  for more info.
Well, I'm off to the lake to do some rolling... have a great day!
Saturday, June 5th, 2004

Cleo-Patrick Martin 1987 - 2004

The day I thought would never come has... I lost my baby.  Just after my 8th birthday my parents finally decided I could have a pet.  We went to this pet store down the street and I had the pick of three cats.  Two were sound asleep and the third was going insane!  Of course I picked that one.  :)  Even though this cat was a male, I decided to name him Cleo, changing "Patra" to "Patrick".  After a bout with ear mites, destroying our new blinds, and trying to pick the perfect cat food, Cleo was settled.  Cleo was something special to everybody in this house.  My mom was starting to become seriously ill with Huntington's Disease while Cleo was young.  He was one of her last remaining joys in this house.  After Cleo became a member of our family, my mom fell in love with Cats.  Almost everything she owned had a cat on it!  To this day pictures of Cleo and other cats are all over her room at the nursing home.  This may sound insane, but Cleo was the sibling I never had.  My childhood memories are filled with playing and snuggling with him.  When things were scary at home, I would curl up with Cleo in my room and cry.  It always seemed like he understood.  When I went off to college I had some more hard times, and would come home to my dad and Cleo.  That cat wouldn't leave my side for a minute when I was sad.  My mom left for the nursing home in 1993, and I moved out in 2000, which left my dad here alone with Cleo.  I always worry about my dad, but I knew he would be alright with Cleo here to take care of him. 
I arrived back in Madison yesterday to an empty house.  Cleo passed away last February due to organ failure.  My dad decided to keep the news from be because I was having such a wonderful time in California.  I knew Cleo was over 16 years old, and he didn't have a lot longer, but he's my baby and some small part of me hoped he would just live forever.  Cleo is a part of almost all of my childhood memories, and will never be forgotten. 
Monday, May 31st, 2004

Good-Bye California
This is it.  The van is packed, we are heading out in the morning.  I know I have great opportunities coming to be back home in Madison, but I never imagined I'd be this sad leaving California.  LA is the most amazing city.  Such a diverse population of ambitious people.  Not only are the people great, but there is SO much to do.  I mean, in the last few weeks I went surfing at 5 different beaches, visited one of the oldest churches in the nation, rode horseback under the Hollywood Sign, went on several beautiful ocean-view hikes, was on the Ryan Seacrest Show, and met some of my favorite celebrities of all time.  And this was just the past two weeks. 
I also managed to choose the best health club in the state to work at.  If anybody in the LA area is considering joining a club, please visit   I worked at the one in Century City and had the most wonderful experience.  EVERY SINGLE person I worked with was wonderful, and helped me grow in some way or another.  Alberto, you put a smile on my face at the butt crack of dawn every morning.  Jodi, you are so beautiful and mature, I know you will make it so far with whatever you choose to do.  Johnny, thanks for always making me laugh, you helped start off everyday right.  Selah, thank you for being such a good friend and listening to EVERYTHING I had to say, even if it was the same thing over and over and over again.  Jenny Lynne, thank you for responding to my resume and giving me the job that I dreamed of out here in LA.  Rob, you were a great mentor and are such a wonderful person, please keep doing what you do and call me about that club when you start it. Dave, sorry I didn't stay long enough to become the next "Tiffany" but thanks for giving me the confidence that I could.  Deb, thanks for letting me teach kickboxing right off the bat... and we will totally have to go "big butt, small waist" jean shopping when I come back to visit!  Jin, thanks for giving me so many classes to sub, and for teaching me even more about boxing and kickboxing, it's also great to know I'm an Orange Monkey.  Justin, it was great hanging out with you, I only regret not spending more time with ya outside the club, you are way too much fun.  Shawn, you are drop dead sexy and I have NO DOUBT you will become a famous fitness model... let me know when I should buy that Men's Fitness.  Eyal, you're the sexiest Israeli I know...stay away from those speeding tickets.  Rebecca, thanks for always making me laugh and being totally goofy all the time... sometimes you make me feel normal!  Walter... "shut the front door"!  Wayne, send my love to your munchkin and keep running.  I hope you guys find a new farmer's market bouncy ball blonde.  Last but not least Matt... thank you for being you.
So I'm sure it's pretty obvious I worked with a great bunch of people... which makes this much harder to leave.  I can't believe I'm not getting up at 4:30 to drive over the canyon tomorrow morning!    All of this sadness really brought me to realize... maybe I do belong out in California.  Who knows... I sure have no clue.  Now it's off to Wisconsin to do my dream job at a club very similar in atmosphere to Meridian. 
I've decided not to bring my surfboard back to Wisconsin.  This will give me an excuse to come out here at the end of the summer and purchase a SWEET board, surf for like a week, then bring the sucker home for some Great Lake SurfingSo as our governator would say, California, "I'll be back".