The Shaytards Are Helping America Get Into Shape

11 March 2016, 10:33 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:33

We the Unicorns

By Charleyy Hodson

Let's get physical!

If you're a big-time, long-term YouTube fan, then you will have 100% heard of the Shaytards, often referred to as YouTube's 'First Family'. Husband and wife powerhouse Shay Carl and Colette started video blogging their lives back in 2006 (yes that's 10 years ago!) and have gone from relying on food stamps to earning millions of dollars by filming and uploading their day to day life. But Shay's latest venture isn't just for the benefit of his family, but for the entirety of America too.

Starting a brand new channel called 'ShayLoss', Shay and his son Gavin embarked on a 30-day challenge to beat the bulge and get themselves back into shape. When the challenge started back in January 2011, Shay weighed nearly 300lbs and his son would struggle to get up the stairs without losing his breath. By the end of the year, he had lost 112lbs and even found the time to run three marathons.

Following the success of their weight loss channel and the obvious benefits towards their health and overall fitness, Shay and Gavin released a book in late 2015 called 'Fat Dad, Fat Kid' in the hopes it would inspire other people across the US to go from fat to fit just as they did. Talking about the motivation to lose weight, shay says that "in the book, we talk about not caring about the number on the scale. If you think about "Fit Dad, Fit Kid' (the humorous graffiti scribbled over the top of their book cover)... the meaning behind that cover is that we can become anything we want".

The Shaytards are currently promoting their fitness book by live-streaming some of their workouts to their ShayLoss channel, so if you're looking to change up your lifestyle and punch away some pounds, we definitely recommend heading over and seeing what Gavin and his dad are up to. As Gavin says, "it's not really about having the six-pack and stuff. I think it's about being healthy and living longer so I can have fun with my dad and siblings". Can we get a collective 'awww'?!