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Life in Focus: Scott Henson

By: Kim Palaferri, Auburn Journal Photographer
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Scott Henson has always been driven for success, but not just in his career. The owner of Bumper Man works hard on the job, and also with his own physique and emotional well-being.

At 53, Henson keeps his daily life busy with activities that include playing his base guitar, health and fitness, working on his home-based farm and giving back to the community through mentoring.
 
Taking up the bass guitar later in life was a task Henson was ready to endure, and learned quickly as a self-taught musician. Through the 12 years involved in music, he has played with four bands, learning genres like rock, country, and blues.

“The Internet has been a wonderful tool to learn with more and more video lessons available online, so it’s easy to self teach,” Henson said.

These days, Henson plays with the well-known local band The Brazen Hussies and the Bad Boys. With their upcoming show at the Club Car in Auburn, the band is practicing each Sunday in preparation for the show.  Some songs that Henson is currently working on are “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” and “I Feel Lucky”.

Henson has always made it a lifes priority to keep fit due to the physical aspects of his job repairing bumpers.  Working out four days per week includes running or some form of cardio, weight lifting, and juicing raw vegetables.  Henson starts most days out by grinding veggies and fruit like spinach, apples, red cabbage, carrots, plus more.

 “I became more conscious on what I put in my body in my mid 30s,” Henson said.

 He has been juicing for the last five years, adding that it is a great way for someone to get in there vegetables if you are not big on eating salad.

A few years back, Henson wanted to take his fitness to a new level, and wanted to provide safety for his family.  He  joined Woodall’s Self Defense course that included a blend of extreme self defense with training scenario based defense tactics, such as a blending of system five combat karate, police tactics, kempo, and Brazilian jujitsu.

 “We learned real life possible scenarios where you need to fight your way out, like at bar, restroom, in a car, being robbed,” Henson said.

 It took Henson less than three years to earn a first-degree black belt.

Giving back is important to Henson.  After raising four boys, he decided he wanted to provide a family father figure to a family in need, that needed one, so he signed up with Big Brothers of America.

“It is a way to give back and there was such a need when the nuclear family has been broken apart, where there are lots of homes without the male role figure, so I wanted to get involved,” Henson said.

Currently Henson mentors a boy in Auburn, though it is not through the organization.  Meeting monthly gives them a chance to do boy stuff, like build things, work on the farm, and even splurge on eating a pizza now and then.