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Mackie Shilstone: Bio

America’s Premier Sports Performance Manager and Career Extension Specialist, Mackie Shilstone is one of America’s most influential fitness, wellness, and sports performance experts. His expertise has played a pivotal role in the success and longevity of a multitude of world-class athletes and celebrities.

More than 3,000 professional athletes and teams over the past 43 years have turned to Mackie for performance enhancement and wellness guidance.

In addition to working with Serena Williams,  Mackie has helped two-time Superbowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning, Hall of Fame NFL kicker Morten Anderson, and boxing greats – including World Light-Heavyweight & Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks,  World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe, World Light-Heavyweight Champion Andre Ward, Bernard Hopkins and World Light-Heavyweight and Heavy-weight Champion Roy Jones, Jr – along with champions in all pro sports.

Mackie’s professional team consults have included: New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timber Wolves, Indiana Pacers, Washington Bullets, New Orleans Hornets, St. Louis Blues Hockey Team, New Orleans Brass Hockey Organization, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, to name a few.

As a result of his work with Spinks on his historic 1985 win against Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes, KO Magazine voted Mackie among the top 50 most influential people in the history of boxing. 2002 Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith credited Mackie in his induction speech, as he felt the partnership earned him an additional 11 outstanding years, after the age of 30.

Mackie’s celebrity clientele has included:  Broadway actress Jennifer Holiday, along with actors Wendell Pierce and John Goodman – transforming 63-year old Terminator 1&2 star Linda Hamilton’s body and performance to a level not seen before in Hollywood for her role of Sarah Connor in the 2019 Terminator Dark Fate movie, at the request of Hollywood creator, producer, and director James Cameron.

While countless professionals – athletes, actors, law enforcement, and special forces – have received career-extending help from the health and fitness guru, Mackie has also transformed the lives of hundreds of non-athletes struggling with health and weight problems, poor nutrition, and a lack of motivation in his hospital-affiliated wellness programs.

Over his 43 year career, Mackie has designed and directed Fitness, Nutrition, Wellness, and Sports Performance programs at such medical facilities as the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Health Systems, East Jefferson General Hospitals’ Mackie Shilstone Fitness Principle, and Wellness programs at St. Charles Parish Hospital.

Mackie is President of Mackie Shilstone Inc., a sports performance, fitness, and wellness consulting company, with clients such as Serena Williams, chosen as “Female Athlete of the Decade” by the Associated Press; and the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball’s Umpire Medical Services Division.

With a Master of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration, Mackie has served as a Clinical Instructor of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center, Adjunct Instructor in the School of Allied Health at Nicholls State University, and Adjunct Professor at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Mackie has also served as a special advisor to the United States Olympic Committee on Sports Nutrition, and on the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Mackie’s column can be found on WWLTV.com/health – along with his weekly TV segment – Workout Wednesday. Mackie’s weekly podcast – Maximum Wellness – is available on Itunes, Spotify, and Android sites.

His seventh book, Stop Renting Your Health—Own It: A Three Step Approach, was published in January 2012, and outlines the same unique, science-based approach Mackie uses with celebrities and sports professionals to improve health, performance and image.

Mackie’s previous book, Body Plan for Kids, is a comprehensive guide for parents to gain control of their child’s weight. It is the first book of its kind to offer specific strategies for eating healthy, getting fit and increasing self-esteem targeted at 8-12-year-olds.

His other books include Lean & Hard: The Body You’ve Always Wanted in Just 24 Workouts, the ultimate strength-building workout for a powerful muscular physique; The Fat Burning Bible, 28 days of foods, supplements, and workouts that help you lose weight, (January 2005); Lose Your Love Handles: A 3-Step Program to Streamline Your Waist in Only 30 Days (Perigee 2001);  Maximum Energy for Life (John Wiley 2003), and  Feelin’ Good About Fitness (Pelican Publishing, 1986).

Mackie has written articles for health and fitness publications including “Muscle and Body” Magazine, the American Medical Athletic Association Quarterly, The Physiologist, Nola.com, and the Washington Post’s Fantasy League website – The League.

In January 2020, Mackie was appointed to the Advisory Board, Tulane University School of Professional Development, Department of Kinesiology.