Real Fit Podcast: Ep 2: Shannon Fable, fitness industry thought leader: Your words have power


About Shannon
Shannon Fable, 2013 IDEA and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is a sought-after speaker, author, and thought leader in business development and strategic innovation.  She has spent more than two decades helping impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn®, Power Systems, ACE, Silver Sneakers, FIT4MOM and BOSU®. Fable served as Chair of the ACE Board of Directors, co-founded GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool, and is the Director of Content & Production Strategy for Intelivideo. As a certified Book Yourself Solid® Business Coach, she helps fit pros navigate the industry and make more money.

Show notes
*Trigger warning: disordered eating, bulimia*

  • From ballet to cheerleading (and why dancing and cheerleading never felt like “fitness”)
  • Cheering for the University of Florida in college
  • Shannon’s journey from disordered eating and excessive exercise to finding joy in movement
  • Infertility 
  • Disordered exercise
  • Being on bedrest for over two months during pregnancy 
  • The moment Shannon realized she needed to change the way she cued her group fitness classes 
  • The toxic group fitness class cues that instructors should never use (and what we should say instead)
  • Trying to raise a daughter with healthy body image 
  • Being mindful about conversations around food and body image with her daughter 
  • How Zoom has made us more self-conscious about our appearances since the pandemic started
  • How gymnastics and dance can lead to an unattainable pursuit of perfection (and how it feels to have her daughter in gymnastics)
  • Why fitness instructors need to acknowledge that each participant shows up to class with their own motivation and why it’s important not to make assumptions
  • Why we need to get rid of group fitness classes with names like “buns and guns.”

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