Every Rep is a Step


Life isn’t always easy, kind or fair. I believe that no matter what obstacles or challenges you have in life, you must keep moving through them. You have to focus, invest and take action with what you want in life and that starts with good mental health and having realistic goals. Being Mentally and/or Physically FIT is a process and you can only achieve it by bettering yourself one day at a time.

I have worked with hundreds of clients and what elevated them to achieving their goals was believing that EVERY REP IS A STEP in life. You have to be consistent and every repetition you take is another step in the right direction. You can break bad habits with repetitions and/or upgrade your goals the harder you work at it. We can’t control what goes on in life but we can control our mind to be powerful, focused and clear.

As a person battling Multiple Sclerosis, YOU can take charge of your life’s direction with this disease and conquer it through the 3 Keys to Fitness: Mindset; Exercise and Nutrition.

David Lyons and I are dedicated to putting you on solid ground to have the strength both physically and mentally to win the fight against MS.

Let’s get moving and make every rep count!

Every Rep is a Step provides many benefits to the MS community:

  • Motivational video inspiration by Shanna Ferrigno
  • Ongoing support for Mental Fitness/Mindset in the battle against MS
  • MS Exercise programs by David Lyons
  • Educational programs by Shanna and David
  • Nutritional programs through the MS Fitness Challenge and Ferrigno FIT
  • Social Media connectivity to the worldwide MS community
  • Nationwide Every Rep is a Step Seminar Program


We all have something we have or continue to struggle with in life. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.

I have been mocked and shamed since the age of ten, because I didn’t live up to society’s standards of how “Lou Ferrigno’s” (The Hulk) daughter should look.

Though my parents always supported me, I never felt like I had a community that really understood or supported me in how hard it felt to break the cycle of emotional eating, finding balance with food & loving the body I had been given.

Six pack abs are lovely, but I believe in balance.

I also believe in having realistic goals and making every rep you take in life, mentally and/or physically, a step to achieving what you want.

The only way I learned to RESET myself was when I took the time to acknowledge (and accept) this:

Though it took decades to break most of my harmful habits, I had to work hard to find my authentic Blueprint so I could make the rest of my life sustainable (and fun)!

Now it’s YOUR turn to take control and write YOUR Blueprint for the rest of your life with MS.

Shanna Ferrigno at home

Shanna Ferrigno
National Speaker and Author

Shanna has been a health and fitness educator for the past decade, she has helped balance thousands of people’s lifestyle coach. Traveling throughout the world, Shanna motivates her audiences everywhere she goes to take on the challenge of healthy living.

Daughter of the famed bodybuilder and actor, Lou Ferrigno, they created a very successful company known as Ferrigno FIT. A lifestyle brand that celebrates positive, healthy living with behavioral science, education, and entertainment to build personalized transformation programs aimed at helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.

From the journey of being an overweight kid to becoming a fitness and lifestyle coach, Shanna accumulated a lot of stories and experiences from clients to help them overcome their struggles with diet and exercise. After reflecting on these topics (as well as her own from childhood) Shanna was inspired and motivated to write The Reset Plan: Lose the Secrets, Lose the Excuses, Lose the Weight.

Shanna Ferrigno

Shanna delves into the psychological triggers of weight loss from guilt and shame to loneliness and other emotions that can set person up for addiction and a constant battle with losing weight. Shanna helps her audiences recognize those triggers and helps them “RESET” cognitive patterns for successful weight loss and healing.

Shanna’s workshops and fitness programs in health, nutrition, and weight loss are brought to you with style, grace, and lots of humor her audiences everywhere adore.

The Reset Plan book cover



Nutrition is one of the 3 Keys to Fitness and an integral part of conquering MS

Paleo plan foods

Our EVERY REP IS A STEP program uses the Wahls Protocol as the foundation for the nutritional key, designed by Dr. Terry Wahls, a leading authority on nutrition for MS. Dr. Wahls is a supporter of the MS Fitness Challenge and the Every Rep is a Step program.

Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with Secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day.

She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions.

She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens.

Dr. Ronald GirardAlong with Dr. Wahls, our nutrition team brings Dr. Ronald Girard. Dr. Girard is not only an MS nutrition educator but he is an MS  patient as well.

Dr. Girard began his career with the United States Army in the late 80s. He studied at the Academy of Health Sciences in Fort Sam Houston and completed training as a US Army Dental Specialist. He went on to the University of Buffalo to complete his Doctor of Dental Surgery training and graduated with Thesis Honors for his research on diabetes and its effect on bone loss of jaw. Dr. Girard then went on to New York City where he continued his training with Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. He quickly took on a leadership position serving his final year as Chief Resident.

Dr. Girard joined a private practice on Park Ave in Manhattan and he maintained teaching with attending positions at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, St Francis Hospital and North Shore University Hospital. He lectured extensively on the topics of cosmetic dentistry, dental medicine and oral implant surgery. He was invited to lecture an unprecedented 4 consecutive years at the Jacob Javits Center at the National Conference.

Dr. Girard now lives in the Atlanta, GA area and has authored many articles in magazines and newspaper to educate on the importance of oral health and general health.   He also holds a researcher position with New York University as well as editorial reviewer for the Journal, Academy of General Dentistry. He enjoys Mission Work in Haiti and South America and works closely with many community health programs.

After many years of practice Dr. Girard was diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis. He heard this diagnosis as a death sentence.  Shortly after the diagnosis he began to need one cane, then 2 canes and soon a wheel chair.  Dr. Girard became incontinent and his brain fog interfered with his speech so badly he had to retire from dental practice. He then fell into a deep depression as modern medicine could not help.  He could no longer even roll over in bed and was considering using a diaper.  Dr. Girard was on 9 different prescription medications and even with those continued to decline to the point breathing was becoming difficult.

Dealing with many years of pain and suffering he turned to lifestyle and nutrition changes as a way of management of the disease.  Following Paleo principles and the work of Dr. Terry Wahls he began to concentrate on learning about changing nutrition, exercise, and mental health.  Dr. Girard began to study Functional Medicine and became a Wahls Certified Health Coach. As he began to implement these changes the first thing he noticed is that he was able to speak again without slurring his speech.  He slowly began to be able rollover in bed.  He said he, “started to feel human again.”  He ended up stopping all medications and used his newfound path to conquering MS.

Even though his wife is as physical therapist, he was lacking some of the practical keys to winning the battle against MS and sought the guidance of David Lyons, founder of the MS Fitness Challenge. Dr. Girard is a leader in nutrition for MS but the missing link was how to apply exercise properly to his battle. “David’s expertise with Multiple Sclerosis and neuro rehab continue to change my life,” said Dr. Girard.  They have now joined forces to bring the most comprehensive information of mindset, exercise and nutrition to the worldwide MS community.

Dr. Girard says, “Now every day is a new day.  It is filled with hope and recovery I never imagined possible.”



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