- L'Dshawn Wright
L. D’Shawn Wright is an international speaker, radio talk show host, author, champion bodybuilder, community leader, renowned personal trainer and award winning CEO. After years of working as a trainer at various gyms, in 2009 D’Shawnwas blessed with the opportunity to start Body By D Gym & Fitness Center. In seven short years Body By D has gone from its original 75 members to over 400 current members, has more than doubled in square footage and has opened a second location, Body By D 24:7, in Gloucester, Virginia. Body By D has won the Coastal Virginia Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Best Gym in the area several times. D’Shawn has become a serial entrepreneur, starting Primetime Wrestling Alliance (PWA), a school that trains people to become professional wrestlers as well as L. D’Shawn Wright Enterprises focusing on his passion of motivational speaking, and lastly opening The Wright Cuts, a family barber shop and salon. Additionally, D'Shawn is a member of the Gloucester Courthouse Players and made history as the first African American male to have the lead acting role since the organizations inception in 1980.
D’Shawn is varied in his accomplishments. He was awarded the Rapid Results Winner Award from Bally’s Total Fitness, was a Peninsula Sports Club Table of Champions recipient, the Rashad Cartwright Entrepreneurship Excellence Award recipient, was 2014 Runner-up in the Hampton Roads Celebrity Giant Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, was awarded the 2015 York County Citizen Hero Award, and most recently awarded the York County 2019 Small Business of the Year Award.
D’Shawn has helped 27 student athletes obtain athletic scholarships ranging from Iowa University to VMI. He has also trained OCB Bikini Pro competitors, national prep champions, pro baseball players, pro football players, collegiate All-Americans, Miss Virginia Pageant Winners, World Champion Race Car Drivers and bodybuilding champions.
L. D’Shawn Wright has become a well-known figure in the Virginia bodybuilding community. His love of the sport and charismatic showmanship have won him several titles and appearances. He was on the cover of the September 2014 edition of Performance Press Magazine. He is a national level bodybuilder and has guest posed in several shows across the state of Virginia.
Mr. Wright has built a reputation for proven results both athletically as well as mentally. Known for his positive attitude and “Never quit. Never Surrender” outlook on life, he has branched out beyond the gym to become host of the “Convocation Radio” talk show and motivational speaking engagements including speaking to troops at Guantanamo Bat, Cuba, Sweetbriar College, Hampton University, Anti-Bullying rallies, and schools ranging from elementary to high school level. Giving back to the community is of utmost importance to D’Shawn, whether through fitness, volunteer work, motivational speaking, interviews with other community leaders, or simply being a good mentor. D'Shawn sits on the Board of Directors for the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club. D’Shawn has been featured on CBN, PBS, NBC’s The Hampton Roads Show, has been featured in The Health Journal Magazine and beliefnet.com and is a contributor to both, and has been featured in numerous statewide and local newspapers.
D’Shawn has overcome many obstacles on his journey. From being sexually abused as a child, physically abused, and homeless. His message is that “no matter what you go through you have the power to change your story because how you confine yourself is how you define yourself.” Being a good role model and wonderful, active father to his two children, Aliyah and Cristian, is first and foremost in his life and the ultimate reason for everything he has and will accomplish. His first book “Life Treats You the Way You Treat It - Motivation the D Way” was released in early 2015 and is available at Barnes & Noble and at dshawnwright.com. D’Shawn continues to expand his brands, show people that the American Dream is not dead and keep on motivating people to never give up on their dreams.
D’Shawn’s many accomplishments include:
Business / Community
• 2018 Business Community Honor Roll recipient
• 2017 York Educational Association Community Award Recipient
• 2016 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Gym
• 2015 York County Citizen Hero of the Year
• 2015 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Gym on the Peninsula
• 2014 Hampton Roads Celebrity Giant Runner Up
• 2014 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Gym in the Hampton Roads
• 2014 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Weight Loss Center in
• Community Award Presented By Marcellus L. Harris III
• Recipient of The Rashad Cartwright Excellence in
• 2011 Daily Press Best Personal Training
Bodybuilding / Athletic
• Table of Champions Recipient
• NPC Lenda Murray Overall Champion
• NPC VA/DC State Heavyweight Champion
• NPC VA/DC State Best Poser
• NPC Conquest Light Heavyweight Champion
• NASF National Champion
• York County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
• Gloucester Chamber of Commerce Board Member
• Gloucester Boys and Girls Club Board Member