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Local firefighter to burn some calories on TV

Show may lead former weight lifter to recover a little of his past glory

Paul Schneider, a 42-year-old Lawrence firefighter who weighs 235 pounds, shows off a picture of himself, also shown below, when he weighed under 200 pounds and won fifth place in the Mr. Kansas bodybuilding championships. Schneider’s wife has signed him up for “The Dr. Oz Show,” which premieres Sept. 14, to help him get healthier and lose a little weight.

Paul Schneider, a 42-year-old Lawrence firefighter who weighs 235 pounds, shows off a picture of himself, also shown below, when he weighed under 200 pounds and won fifth place in the Mr. Kansas bodybuilding championships. Schneider’s wife has signed him up for “The Dr. Oz Show,” which premieres Sept. 14, to help him get healthier and lose a little weight.

September 4, 2009

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Firefighter tackling weight-gain on TV

A Lawrence firefighter is on his way to New York City to take part in weight-loss TV show. Enlarge video

Two decades ago, Lawrence firefighter Paul Schneider was a definite stud.

He was one of those mega-weight lifters who was never shy about flexing his bulging muscles while clad in only a Speedo. He always weighed less than 200 pounds despite being muscular. And he used his physique to take fifth place in the Mr. Kansas bodybuilding championships.

Though he’s maintained a lot of his muscle, things have changed. Enough so that his wife signed him up to be on a new national TV show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” which premieres Sept. 14.

“He just fits the characteristics of what they were looking for,” said Kak Eli-Schneider, the firefighter’s wife. “He needs to feel better.”

Many men might be insulted by their wives trying to make their physical situation so public, but the 42-year-old Schneider doesn’t seem to mind.

“As I’ve gotten above 40, things are starting to hurt,” said Schneider, an engineer for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Station No. 4, near Wakarusa Drive and Clinton Parkway. “I have kind of fallen away from what I’ve been in the past.”

While he has to stay in shape for his job and is by no means out-of-shape, Schneider admits he’s packed on a few pounds as he’s aged, currently tipping the scales at 235 pounds.

He’s scheduled to appear on the show for a segment with other men in their 30s and 40s who have “manly” jobs and need help getting healthy. He’ll join other firefighters, police officers, plant workers and mechanics on the show and will sport his professional Lawrence firefighter uniform during next week’s taping.

“It’s an honor, definitely,” he said. “It’s a neat chapter, a neat little adventure.”

Schneider said he is familiar with Dr. Oz and his practical health solutions, because he and a few fellow firefighters have a guilty pleasure of watching “Oprah” as they work out. The medical doctor behind the new syndicated daily talk show was made famous by Oprah Winfrey and decided to launch his own show.

Schneider’s wife signed him up when the show was recently filming in the Kansas City area. The producers liked Schneider’s character, his ability to talk a lot and his physical situation, and asked him to come on the show. He leaves for New York next week for taping.

Details about what exactly occurs during the show or when it will air haven’t been made available to Schneider, who lives in Topeka.

It’s his hope that he’ll come away with some ideas for getting healthier and losing weight.

For now, all he knows is that he’s getting a free trip to New York, a place he’s never been, and is being put up in a fancy hotel the night before taping, something he’s looking forward to.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Schneider said.

The syndicated show will air at 3 p.m. weekdays on KSHB, Sunflower Broadband Channel 14.

Comments

BigPrune 5 years, 3 months ago

Just a word of advice: A study indicates that people who watch Oprah actually have a more stress filled life than normal people.

I've used a People Magazine link so the liberal "more educated" people of Lawrence will have a better understanding of my statement.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,627153,00.html

"Meanwhile, in similar news, the New York Post reports that behaviorist Hale Dwoskin has discovered after commissioning a study on stress in the U.S. that there is a surprising link between anxiety levels and watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

"Either watching Oprah leads to anxiety, or severely stressed Americans are drawn to Oprah," says Dwoskin, whose finding reveals that 5 percent of the nation's adults, or 9 million Americans, say they are so stressed out they can't cope -- and 4.5 million of those people are Oprah fans."

Good luck firefighter.

tollef 5 years, 3 months ago

Shouldn't Dr. Oz be from Kansas? Since it is your first trip to New York and that fancy hotel, don't forget to bring your speedo for the hotel pool. New Yorkers love the speedo and will be dying to talk to you.

hail2oldku 5 years, 3 months ago

Forget Dr. Oz and where he is from, shouldn't a Lawrence Firefighter be from Lawrence?

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 3 months ago

Why does it matter where he lives, hail2oldku? I don't see how it does, as long as he reports for all his shifts and performs his job duties well.

If it helps you feel better with righteous indignation, please feel free to refuse assistance from any firefighter whose official residence is outside the city limits.

LA_Ex 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't think the city has a residency requirement. Seems like most cities that do, are dropping them to encourage a broader spectrum of more qualified applicants.

But good job focusing on the important details of the article. I love how people take a human interest story and try to make it into something bigger.

Dayna Lee 5 years, 3 months ago

I love firemen! and firewomen! The fire house @ 19th and Iowa has a pretty cool work out room. Hopefully they all do. I hope this family has fun and gets into the best shape they can. (It's better if the whole family learns to change habits.) Then share what you learn with anyone that will listen. I think sometimes this town makes a lot of excuses not to work out. It's too hot. It's too cold. It's too dark. I've used them all. Thumbs up to this guy for stepping up to the challenge!

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