Shabaka Amen is the creator of the PlantFit​ Gym and owner of PlantFit Charlotte Bootcamp, Charlotte's 1st Plant-Based Fitness Bootcamp.  He's a thought-leader and pioneer of a new category called 'Plant-Based Fitness Training'.  

Shabaka is a certified personal trainer and Lifestyle Performance Coach.  He is the owner of the Body Of Your Dreams Personal Training Studio in the NoDa area of Charlotte, which has been operating since January 2006.

Shabaka Amen's journey into fitness began in Atlantic City, NJ at the age of five when he fell in love with exercise.  His childhood passion evolved into his life's purpose and professional career in 1998 after obtaining certifications as a personal trainer through IFPA and AFAA.

During the summer of 2014, Shabaka released and self-published his 1st eBook titled the "Costco Healthy Foods Shopping Guide."  He is the creator and host of an iTunes podcast titled, "Celebrity Vegan Radio".

As Charlotte's 1st Vegan Personal Trainer, Shabaka led a 7-day Vegan Challenge and Vegan Foods Tour LIVE on the Charlotte Today show with host Colleen Odegaard.  Shabaka has been vegan for 27 years and has served as a speaker, coach, and certified personal fitness trainer for 17 years in the fitness and wellness industry.  

As a public speaker, Shabaka was an invited speaker at Charlotte Veg Fest 2013, and spoke as a panelist at the National Black Girl's Run Conference in 2013.  Mr. Amen has spoken at several luncheons for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and conducted 'Lunch and Learn' talks for Merrill Lynch and Sonic Automotive corporations.

His life's work has been devoted to serving people, by helping them experience breakthrough results in health and well-being, fitness performance, and body image.