Sam Jensen Page
Sam Francis Page, formerly Sam Francis, (born September 19, 1974) is a celebrity fitness coach and bodyguard in Los Angeles, California. He legally changed his surname in August 2007 via the Los Angeles Superior Court to match that of longtime partner, Bronson Page.
Early life and education
Born September 19, 1974, in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Page became an entrepreneur at the age of 13, with the opening of Sam's Candy, Inc., which soon grew to three locations. Page won the Governor of Utah's "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 1991. In 1992, he was nominated by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and later appointed to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, but instead attended Gonzaga University where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.
In 1996, as editor-in-chief of the Gonzaga Bulletin, he received three first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He worked briefly as a reporter for the Spokesman-Review, the daily newspaper of record in Spokane, Washington.
In 1997, he co-founded and published HERO Magazine for gay men which ran from 1997-2002 and won distinction as "One of the Top 10 Magazines" in the United States. HERO rode the wave of the "mainstreaming" of LGBT culture, publishing the first automotive column in a national gay magazine, the first gay wedding guide, etc. HERO differed in advertising and editorial policy from other leading gay men's magazines and did not accept adult or tobacco advertising. The magazine was also more inclusive of couples and men over forty than other magazines at the time. The September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center impacted venture capitalists negatively impacting HERO, the publication ceased operations in early 2002.
Modeling and fitness
After a year of modeling and acting, including centerfolds in Playgirl and Attitude (magazine) (UK), playing the lead in the sold-out run of the play, "My Boyfriend, the Stripper" in Austin, Texas, he decided to dedicate his life to health and fitness. He began working off-camera, training top producers of ABC's television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2004, and co-hosted a fitness program on SIRIUS Satellite Radio with gay radio pioneer John McMullen until McMullen's departure from the company in December 2006.
He currently operates two fitness studios in Southern California, and is a blogger, contributing fitness editor of HIV Plus and Horizon Barcelona, the gay lifestyle magazine of Barcelona, Spain. He also provides fitness education to the Strength in Numbers international network, and the Being Alive Coalition.
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