In April 2018 Max Swahn will graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering. His major, Industrial Engineering, is one of the most demanding disciplines that one can pursue. However, Max has found that fitness—specifically bodybuilding—is one of the best ways to relieve stress, relax, and increase focus. “In high school, I played hockey, and that’s how I first got exposed to bodybuilding. I didn’t fall in love with weight training, though, until I started college,” Max says. Due to the demands of his studies, Max no longer has time to play hockey. Instead, he focuses on weight training which is less time intensive but just as fun as playing hockey.
Just as Max Swahn is dedicated to his studies, he is also just as dedicated to bodybuilding. Max goes to the gym nearly every day after class and work are finished. The set schedule helps Max stay disciplined. Plus, it’s something to look forward to after working hard all day. Many bodybuilders compete in various competitions. So far, though, Max hasn’t participated in any competitions; however, it’s something that he plans on doing in the future.
When most people think about getting fit they only focus on the positive effects that getting in shape has on one’s health and physique. “Every day you go to the gym you grow and build on what you did yesterday,” Max says. “It’s something that keeps your body and mind healthy, and it helps you better handle stressful events in your life.” However, Max is quick to point out that there is one positive aspect of bodybuilding that a lot of people don’t realize. “There’s a sense of community at the gym. I’ve met some of my closest friends through bodybuilding. If you go six days a week and see the same people each day, it’s easy to become friends with them.”
Max Swahn says that taking the first step toward fitness is often the most difficult step. “If you’ve never lifted weights before you might be nervous to enter the gym, but you shouldn’t be. In general, everyone at the gym is friendly and glad to give you advice if you need it.” Max’s advice is to start small but make sure you actually get started. “There’s not one time you’ll leave the gym and feel like you didn’t accomplish something. You’ll never leave with the feeling that you shouldn’t have worked out at all.”
Besides bodybuilding Max enjoys watching hockey, working on cars, and collecting WWII memorabilia. After graduating college, Max is interested in working in a consulting capacity that’s related to engineering.
Max continues to maintain his blogs with up to date information and interesting, timely articles. Recently, Max wrote about the Arnold Sports Festival on his Medium. The Arnold Sports Festival is just one of the topics Max has been writing about recently. Max Swahn’s interest in fitness drove him to write about the importance of nuts in your diet, as well as the differences between them. You can read his thoughts here.
Regarding current trends in engineering, Max Swahn’s chosen career, he blogs about it here.
This blog, in particular, notes the emergence of 3D printing, while this blog offers specific advice for engineering students crafting their resumes. Max’s interest in engineering started very early on in his life- tinkering with toys, cars, etc. In 2017, Max Swahn worked as a researcher at Nanoproduct Lab under the guidance and Dr. Bedeway and Dr. Sanchez. The research team’s focus was on light-induced sequential self-folding, otherwise known as origami manufacturing. Max Swahn combines the essential knowledge of the industry with an innate hard-working attitude. This combination has led him to great success in both his career and life.
Max's Recent Blog Posts
Founded in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio as a 1-day bodybuilding competition named The Arnold Classic, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Arnold Sports Festival (ASF) has grown to become the largest 4-day multi-sport event in the world. Held not...
Every bodybuilder knows the challenges of getting the proper nutrition at the appropriate/desired times of the day based on their individual fitness routine. No doubt, most have done their own meal prep, and have resorted to protein bars and snacks for convenience....
Also called additive manufacturing (AM), the term 3D printing is a widely recognized and ‘relatively new’ technology. With less waste, no tooling or machining and the ability to uniquely customize each product through digital modeling, it is very much differentiated...