Chase McNary Takes On Scottsdale
–By Olivia Fierro
“Scottsdale is the answer. I think my heart will be happy here.”
Chase McNary is a guy on a journey. The 29 year old readily admits he is looking for something that’s eluded him…something beyond his six-pack abs and reality television show fame. He hopes he’ll find that missing puzzle piece in the beautiful resort community of Scottsdale, Ariz., which he now calls home.The crown jewel of the Valley of the Sun, Scottsdale is the perfect background for someone like him, who wants to feel as good as he looks.
Set against a background of spas and saguaros, McNary is planning his fairy tale ending: buying a house, finding a girl and settling down.
“The Bachelor Nation,” as show devotees are known, will immediately recognize McNary as a season 12 suitor to JoJo Fletcher on ABC’s The Bachelorette. They know he was one of the last studs standing in line for her final rose, and they felt for him when he was dumped in Thailand. (Viewers probably don’t know he got to lick his wounds with 12 post-breakup days in paradise—without cameras—while the show continued to film. Not a bad way to mend a broken heart, he admits, even if you didn’t get the rose.)
Exploring exotic destinations is one of the many perks that come with millions of viewers knowing your name. “Travel’s been insane,” he says, recently enjoying a golf vacation to the 2018 Ryder Cup course in France, as a guest of Private Golf Key Travel. Golf is a McNary passion, and another reason to call Scottsdale home. Here, he loves to be part of the party at the Waste Management Phoenix Open; has Ricky Fowler’s number in his cell phone; and hits the links at Troon North Golf Club.
While McNary lives an enviable life, he admits he “has a celebrity’s fame; none of the fortune.” But he’s building up business training clients at Glory Gains; booking paid appearances and endorsement deals; and has partnered with apparel company LeisureLetics to make t-shirts and yoga pants. His fitness program, Left Side Lion, (named after his tattoo) allows him to encourage clients outside of Arizona to sweat every day.
McNary truly believes that fitness works, inside and out. He knows this from experience. “I have been a little bit lost,” he says, reflecting especially on a dark time he experienced after filming a reality show for MTV, “but I find myself in fitness.” The glare of the spotlight and the pace of life in Los Angeles were “stealing some of his soul,” he says, and dynamics of the hometown visit on The Bachelorette had come between him and his father. McNary knew himself well enough to know he needed a reboot. He didn’t need more reality television, he needed a fresh start in Scottsdale.
Today, he’s achieving a sense of well-being by practicing yoga and embracing the mind-body connection as an enlightened, adventurous guy willing to explore energy healing, therapy and meditation. He finds liberation in admitting, “it is okay not to be okay” and enjoys the commitment it takes to feel better. That’s not to say he’s all peace and no party: Chase McNary is definitely enjoying his bachelor status. He enjoys a good tequila, a pool party at the W, and he compares the nightlife in Old Town Scottsdale to Cancun.
McNary’s future is as bright as his smile. Whether hiking Camelback Mountain or Tom’s Thumb Trail, he’s moving forward with enthusiasm. And as for love, he’s open to finding it right here in Scottsdale, away from the cameras. Bonus? He can swap that cheesy red rose for a wild, desert bloom.