Meet Shirley


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Shirley Archer is a meditation and mindfulness expert for high-powered women who struggle to break free from busy and be mindful from the inside out. Through her blogs, articles, books and podcasts, she’s here to eliminate overwhelm and inspire women to bring more peace into their lives, while making it all feel easy, calm and relaxing.

After working as a high-powered attorney in both New York City and Washington D.C., a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome inspired Shirley to dedicated herself to wellness and sharing better health with those around her. Since leaving Wall St., Shirley has authored 15 books on fitness and wellness, and has achieved certification in mindful modalities including yoga, Pilates and meditation. In addition to being an award-winning personal trainer, she's also a certified Spinning instructor and an award-winning group fitness instructor.

When she’s not blissed out in zen, you can find Shirley hiking with her beloved German Shepherd, Cheyenne either in the Swiss Alps or in sunny California, speaking at fitness conferences worldwide, and being featured in various high-profile media including USA Today, Washington Post, Fitness, Shape and cnn.com.


Shirley Archer is a meditation and mindfulness expert aimed at offering simple tools showing high-powered women in their mid 30s to mid 50s how to bring more peace into their lives. Shirley aims to be a leading online expert who helps women eliminate overwhelm and better their day-to-day experiences. Her goal is to grow an engaged, mindful community that experiences greater ease and calmness in everyday life.


Shirley Archer will change the way high-powered women approach the stresses of daily life. Her approach to meditation, health and wellness will inspire her community to live mindfully from the inside out. 



Shirley is a marvelous proponent of the joys and benefits of fitness. I have witnessed her success as a fitness trainer in the Stanford Health Improvement Program (a program that I founded). Her personal experience has shown her that enhanced physical fitness leads to enhanced “mental” fitness. Considerable pas indirect evidence of this link exists. She is a pioneer in leading us to a better understanding of these important “mind-body” connections.
— John W. Farquhar, M.D. Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine Founder, Stanford Prevention Research Center Director, Stanford Wellness Center in Palo Alto, California

As a university educator myself for the last 20 years, I recognize in Ms. Archer three characteristics of the most effective teachers: superior depth and breadth of knowledge about her field; solid, individualized plans for long-term, beneficial behavior change; and a remarkable ability to connect with people personally, to convey the passion she clearly has for her life’s work, and to motivate people to want and to work for the good things she offers. What these characteristics have meant to me in the last 2 years include changes that are easily measured (I’m 20 lbs leaner and at a peak of physical fitness I haven’t seen since college) and those that aren’t so easily measured (these changes are part of my life now, I want to be fit, eat right, be active and engaged in the world, be well). I also see classmates who have been similarly changed, and I see people who are new to the class staying in the class.
— David W. Schaal, Ph.D. Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery

It is truly wonderful to have such esteemed and eloquent leaders represent our fitness community and specifically the American Council on Exercise. Your collective education and experience in our industry has helped to provide positive change to the lives of many.
— Ken Germano President, American Council on Exercise Founder, Operation FitKids

Her presentation was professional, inspirational and informative. Her books were a huge hit with our patrons.
— Annya Rizzo, City of West Palm Beach Public Library

Shirley is a well-known and accomplished writer in the health and fitness field. Her insightful articles appear regularly in industry as well as consumer publications. A great example of a practitioner, who understands the science of her craft, Shirley is actively involved in teaching and training as well as writing about a variety of fitness topics.
— Michael J. Spezzano, National Director of Health & Fitness, YMCA of the USA

client list


Personal Training on the Net  |  http://www.ptonthenet.com/

Spa Business  |  http://www.spabusiness.com/

Alameda County  |  http://www.acgov.org/

San Mateo County  |  http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/SMC

City of West Palm Beach  |  http://www.wpb.org/

Palm Beach Weight & Wellness

MD Beauty Labs  |  http://www.mdbeautylabs.com/

Lite for Life, Boca Raton, Florida  |  http://www.liteforlife.com

Sandals  |  http://www.sandals.com/

Beaches Resort, Boscobel  |  http://www.beaches.com/

IDEA Health & Fitness Association  |  http://www.ideafit.com

Edward Jones  |  http://www.edwardjones.com/index.html

AFLCA [Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association]  |  http://www.provincialfitnessunit.ca/

CanFitPro  |  http://www.canfitpro.net

Fitness New Zealand  |  http://www.exercisenz.org.nz/

World Class  |  http://www.worldclass.ru/

Aquatic Exercise Association  |  http://www.aeawave.com

WaterFit  |  http://www.waterfit.com

The State Bar of California  |  http://www.calbar.ca.gov/

The YMCA of the USA  |  http://www.ymca.net/

Stanford University  |  http://www.stanford.edu/

Oak Creek Apartments  |  http://www.oakcreekapts.com/

Australian Fitness Network  |  http://www.fitnessnetwork.com.au/

AFAA  |  http://www.afaa.com/

Fitness First (UK)  |  http://www.fitnessfirst.co.uk/

Hydrorider®  |  http://www.hydrorider.com/

Chronicle Books  |  http://www.chroniclebooks.com/




Climawear  |  http://www.climawear.com/

Toe Talk - Mind. Body. Socks.  |  https://www.toetalkmindful.com/


Awards & Achievements

Awards & Achievements



Shirley was awarded the prestigious APEX Award of Excellence in the category of Health & Medical Writing.
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2014 singer island
best personal fitness training

Shirley received the Best Personal Trainer of Singer Island award, presented by the Singer Island Award Program.


2014 book works author of the week



 IDEA Health & Fitness Association selected Shirley as the international Fitness Instructor of the Year.



Shirley was a Top 3 Finalist for the  American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor Achievement Award.



Shirley Archer won the APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Health, Medical & Technical Writing.
This was Shirley's second time winning this award, as the first was awarded to her in 1999.



Shirley Archer was honored with the Australian Fitness Network’s “Author of the Year” award.


Shirley Archer, JD, MA, NSCA-CPT ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor Stanford Prevention Research Center, Health Improvement Program Palo Alto, California

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, NSCA-CPT
ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Health Improvement Program
Palo Alto, California


2nd Runner-up, 2005 ACE Group Fitness Instructor of the Year

My professional career began as an attorney. I’ve always been a hard worker, graduating from Stanford University with Honors, receiving my Master’s Degree from Harvard, and earning my law degree from Georgetown University. Practicing on Wall Street, my work weeks were stressful, lasting 100 hours or more. My health suffered from bouts of walking pneumonia and severe asthma. The eventual diagnosis was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I was sick for over one year. Half of my hair fell out. I spent weeks in bed and traveled back and forth from the hospital. My health and life needed rebuilding. Like someone new to exercise, I restored my health, one step and one day at a time, through walking, strength training, meditation, nutrition and bodywork. I progressed slowly. Each time I overdid it, I relapsed into sickness.

Through these trials, I learned patience, compassion, and most of all, respect for the needs of my body and spirit. My illness showed me the powerful connection between lifestyle choices and well-being. During this personal crisis, I searched my soul to find my true calling.

I realized that my experience could help others and I dedicated my life to learning and teaching people about the power of wellness. Showing people how to create health through fitness gave me meaning and supported my newly found appreciation for health as a life priority. This passion fuelled my new career in fitness and wellness. My journey as a professional fitness leader had begun. I became ACE Certified in 1990, earned numerous certifications and eventually became a continuing education provider.

I worked with ACE and IDEA to learn everything I could about our fitness industry and to contribute what I could. I’ve always loved writing and journalism. I studied at journalism school and did graduate course work in the Health Psychology Education Program at Stanford. I then began working at the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

In addition to teaching and training, I began writing magazine articles for fitness trade publications for which I won awards and was honoured as Fitness Author of the Year by the Australian Fitness Network. I co-authored YMCA Water Fitness for Health (Human Kinetics) and wrote The Everything® Weight Training BookThe Everything® Low Cholesterol Book (both Adams Media), The Pilates DeckThe Strength & Toning DeckThe Walking DeckPilates Fusion: Well-Being for Body, Mind, and Spirit, and Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week (all Chronicle Books), and Pilates Mat Training: A Guide for Fitness Professionals (ACE).

I keep following my dream of spreading the word of the power of fitness. My books are sold worldwide and have been translated into several languages. I’m dedicated to presenting proactive programs that make fitness an achievable reality for every body. The goals are: healthy bodies in all shapes and sizes; and, people living longer, happier, more productive lives as the result of self-empowerment. My mission is to empower people of all shapes, sizes, and levels of ability to reach for their personal best and to live fully in body, mind, and spirit.

I spread my all-inclusive message of fitness for health worldwide through public speaking, presenting at resorts and wellness retreats, appearing on radio and TV, and educating the public and fitness professionals. I teach several classes per week and provide personal training. Helping people, especially those who need it most, transform their lives through fitness motivates me. No greater professional joy exists for me than using my talents to empower people to improve their lives and the health of the planet. I intend to keep going as long as I have breath in my body and energy to move.