March 31, 2016

Tight Club Check In: Shannon Elliott

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Shannon.


Shannon Elliott


What's tight in your life?

My job; I’m a tattooer and I love my work. I spent a long time struggling with my art, working bleak corporate jobs and trying to make a living from art on the side. I started tattooing just over a year ago and I never expected it to take off the way it has, but now I get to draw on people with sharp needles every day.

It’s a lot of pressure to handle people’s pain and have them put their trust in my hands, but I find it very cathartic to bring my clients through the process and create something beautiful at the same time. I’m looking forward to doing some serious travelling this year, working on some bigger art pieces, and doing something about that weird sound my back makes every time I sit up straight.

Shannon Elliott


Shannon Elliott


Signature move?

Loud involuntary groaning noises mid-workout.

Something people might not know about you?

I grew up on a boat in the South Pacific. My parents are really into travel and wanted my sister and I to have weird childhoods. Now I have a lifelong travel addiction and I spend all my money on plane tickets.

What’s your favourite workout song?

David Banner’s “Play” is totally old and gross but I never start a run without it. Also ASAP Ferg’s entire “Trap Lord” album. Rap is all about beasting out so you may as well get your swole on to some thug anthems.

What’s your spirit animal and why?

A cat. I appreciate an animal that’s entirely independent but somehow always shows up for mealtimes.

Shannon Elliott


Shannon Elliott


Who would be your celebrity best friend?

Rihanna. I can’t think of any other famous person who spends more time on yachts.

Favourite way to procrastinate?

I have an instagram meme problem. It’s warped my sense of humour so now I can only laugh at pixelated jokes containing the words “dank” or “squad”.  

What was the last thing you read?

I used to read obsessively, but I struggle with time management and now I try to get my daily literary dose by listening to audiobooks while I work. The last one I listened to was a classic sci-fi novel called “Hyperion”. I hope my roommates didn’t judge me too hard.

I’m forcing myself to get back into reading before bed in small doses with short stories. Right now I’m tag-teaming Margaret Atwood’s “Wilderness Tips” with David Sedaris’ “When You Are Engulfed in Flames”, both of which are the exact right length to peacefully pass out to.

Shannon Elliott


Shannon Elliott


If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

I’ve been dying to go to Seoul for a long time. I have a thing for big, intense asian metropolises. Very futuristic. Plus I hear they have the dankest fried chicken.

What does The Tight Life mean to you?

For me it means mental health through physical exertion. Achieving your personal or creative goals just isn’t going to feel the same when you’re tired, stressed or anxious. You need to sweat that poison out!

What is your fitness goal?

Getting a strong and bendy core. I spend so much time hunched over tiny detail work that I was plagued with constant back pain. A regular workout schedule and yoga has really helped a lot. I even did a wheel the other day in Anita’s class, which is pretty good for a low-level hunchback.

Shannon Elliott


Do you have any pre or post workout rituals?

Before every workout I eat a balanced breakfast of a veggie shake with a ghetto devilled egg (a hard boiled egg dipped in mayo, don’t judge me). Post-workout I’m just happy that I made it.

How do you treat yourself?

I treat myself way too much. Whether it’s a fancy cocktail, new clothes or a good meal; I work hard and life is short. Treat yo self.

Complete the sentence. What I love most about spring is…

Wearing less and going out more!

Shannon Elliott



Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.

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