Arron Sain is a dual-threat fitness pro. The Chicago native combined his expertise as an NPC bodybuilder with his extensive culinary background to become a sought-after trainer and chef by NFL athletes as well as celebrities such as rapper and TV host Nick Cannon.
In other words, Sain can whip you into shape by day then whip up a mouthwatering roasted corn and salmon power bowl by dinner time. Last season Sain landed a huge break when he became the personal chef for Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
For 2020, Sain headed East, where he’s been helping fuel Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner with power meals such as banana honey roasted peanut butter oatmeal pancakes for breakfast or Caribbean mango salmon with lemon parmesan orzo and lemon butter asparagus for dinner.
Conner went on to rush for six touchdowns this season as the Steelers went on to win the AFC North title. Working with pro athletes is the latest step forward for Sain, whose professional evolution can be attributed to his sports background.
“Growing up I played basketball, football, and baseball,” Sain says. “I didn’t realize as a kid how impactful sports can be in a person’s life. They’ve taught me about discipline, controlling emotions, building relationships. Sports and bodybuilding prepared me to excel in this realm of food and fitness.
ARRON SAIN’S ALL-PRO SHOULDER WORKOUT
This past summer, Sain worked with Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner in the weight room prior to training camp. Sain shares the shoulder routine that’s helped the Pro Bowl running back stay physically healthy this season.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Dumbbells, resistance bands
Dumbbell Lateral Raise: 4 sets of 15 reps
Dumbbell Overhead Press: 4 sets of 15 reps 40lb
Front Dumbbell Raise: 4 sets of 15 reps
Upright Row: 4 sets of 15 reps
Rear Dumbbell Flye: 4 sets of 15-20 reps
Cable Face Pull: 4 sets of 15 reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 25 reps
Reverse Flye: 3 sets of 25 reps
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by Jeff Tomko