Jordan P. Vappie
2014 Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
Jordan P. Vappie, Shape Sherpa has been on the path to wellness for over 17 years. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, a place known for its delicious but unhealthy cuisine, Jordan loves to eat, drink and party. With a hometown dubbed “The Big Easy,” where the natives are laidback and visitors go to laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll), Jordan promotes balance and moderation above total restriction.
Before becoming a fitness junkie and the poster-child for his budding empire, Jordan was more than 50 lbs overweight. He worked as a home health prep nurse and licensed phlebotomist. His work as an in-home agent most often involved rendering range of motion exercises as part of his patients’ rehabilitation therapy. Whether due to genetic predisposition or self-induced, Jordan quickly concluded that with a little guidance, daily exercise and a proper diet that the health of many of his patients may have been drastically different. Moreover, his work prompted him to improve his own health and wellness.
Upon taking his health by the reigns and committing to a lifestyle of exercise and smart food choices, Jordan became a Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist in 1997. He has also served as a Health Promoter with WellCheck and as an Ambassador for Pfizer, Cholestech and the American Heart Association. His roles in these companies enabled him to travel throughout Louisiana and the Nation to educate families about cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis.
In 2000, Los Angeles became Jordan’s permanent home. He started his own business as a trusted fitness professional and has become the go-to fitness guy for many celebrities, television personalities, corporations, and families. His innovated ideas, infectious personality and unique training style have taken him from the gym to the television. He has shared quick fitness tips and simple exercises using household and office items via TV One and Walmart TV, which aired in over 2000 retail stores in the Western region.
He is certified by International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), and in Reebok Core Board, Reebok Spinning and BOSA. He is charged with pioneering a movement to achieve a healthier human landscape and will make a mark on the fitness industry through the design and development of fresh ideas and innovative fitness products.