Shields of Strength Asks Individuals to Share Personal Stories of Strength

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#ShowYourStrength at the Arnold Classic

“Physical strength is related to mental and spiritual strength. Showing strength is about all of these components,” said James Ellis, WBFF Fitness Model World Champion.

At this year’s Arnold Classic/Arnold Fitness Expo, March 3-6, Shields of Strength will be hosting in-booth time with a number of leading athletes, including James Ellis and Ashely Nordman. The Shields of Strength booth has been a major attraction of the Arnold Classic over the past several years, with thousands of individuals lining up for the highest quality fitness jewelry at the event. This year, Shield of Strength is also managing a social media campaign to #ShowYourStrength.

“Physical strength is related to mental and spiritual strength. Showing strength is about all of these components,” said James Ellis, WBFF Fitness Model World Champion. “Whether pursuing my goals or helping others reach theirs, Shields of Strength jewelry keeps God’s word close to my heart.”

Shields of Strength is asking everyone to share individual stories and images live via the #ShowYourStrength hashtag during the event. Several of the celebrity athletes connected with Shields of Strength will be showing their strength with images of hurdles overcome, stories of perseverance and other things that they feel represent their strength. During the event, posting with the #ShowYourStrength hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will also enter customers to win one of ten $100 gift certificates toward jewelry from Shields of Strength.

“I started Shields of Strength not long after I won my National Waterskiing Championship,” said Shields of Strength founder Kenny Vaughn. “With all my years of training, what really made the difference in winning was learning to let go of the fear. When I learned to act on God’s word regardless of how I felt then fear began losing its grip. I learned that as long as I put myself or my dream first, I would be ruled by fear. When I decided to give my all for God and others, without regard for myself, I realized I had a higher calling with no chance of failing. We will give always more than we ever knew was possible for God and others and power will come from love and not fear. When love truly rules our life, winning becomes destiny.”

On site at the event? Come visit booth #5 and take a photo with our oversized dumbbell or check the schedule to see when the athletes will be at the booth. For press interested in an interview with Shields of Strength, contact to schedule time.

About the Arnold Fitness Expo

The Arnold Fitness EXPO, held in the main hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, is the nation’s largest health and fitness exposition. It annually showcases leading businesses and organizations showcasing the latest trends in the industry. More than 18,000 athletes and 175,000 attendees take part in the Arnold Classic/Fitness Expo each year.

About Shields of Strength

Founded in 1998, Shields of Strength is a jewelry company that is combining scripture and unique new designs to reach individuals that are not typical jewelry customers. Delivering hundreds of thousands of dog tags with scripture, Shields of Strength has become one of the most worn emblems by the US Military. Weight plate, dumbbell and other custom fitness jewelry with scripture has also brought the Shields of Strength offerings to the fitness and sports marketplaces. For more information on the company visit or

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David Dodd
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