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Shirley Archer, a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, is an award-winning trainer, health journalist and best-selling author of 15 books. She's a former New York City attorney turned full-time wellness, meditation, mindfulness and healthy living educator and yogini.

Through blogs, over 1,000 magazine articles, books and podcasts, she inspires people worldwide to take personal responsibility for creating abundant health with simple to apply tips and evidence-based information.

It's important to Shirley to not only offer the "what to do", but also explain the "why do it" and "why NOW".

Shirley's career as a high-powered attorney in New York City was stalled by burnout and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Overcoming illness and depression and restoring health after conventional doctors gave up and told her she may never feel well again, [Shirley refused to believe that!] inspired Shirley to dedicate herself to sharing health information with others.

Her self-healing journey inspired her 15-year Stanford University career at the Health Improvement Program at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She supplemented her legal education with a course at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and classes toward a Health Psychology Education degree at the Stanford University School of Education.

Shirley draws on her personal background blending East Asian holistic traditional values from her Japanese mom [augmented by her Master's Degree from Harvard in East Asian Studies and time spent living in Japan] and a love of Western science and logic from her American dad. She's a columnist, features writer and contributing editor for IDEA Fitness publications. She's achieved certification in mindful modalities including yoga, Pilates and meditation. She's an award-winning personal trainer, a certified Spinning instructor and an internationally acclaimed award-winning group fitness instructor and master trainer of trainers.

Happily married to a Swiss man and step-mom of 3 beautiful children, you can find Shirley hiking with her beloved German Shepherd, Cheyenne, either in the Swiss Alps or in sunny California, speaking at conferences worldwide, and being featured in various high-profile media including USA Today, Washington Post, Fitness, Shape and


Shirley Archer is a mindful health educator who offers simple integrative tools that empower successful women in their mid 30s to mid 50s to optimize their health and bring more peace and happiness into their lives. As an online expert, she helps women eliminate overwhelm so they can focus on achieving the fitness and health goals they want. Her goal is to grow an engaged, mindful community of empowered people that experience greater health and happiness in everyday life.


Shirley Archer blends Eastern traditional wisdom with the best of Western medical scientific knowledge to change the way hard-working women approach the stresses of daily life, so they can make their wellness goals a reality. Her approach to meditation, fitness and wellness will inspire her community to live mindfully from the inside out. 




Why I'm A PAssionate Health Educator: How I stopped being a lawyer and started promoting health

I invite you to take a few minutes and watch the video below.  I'll tell why it's important to pay attention to evidence-based health information and how I learned this first-hand when re-building my health after burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.


Visit my YouTube channel for more helpful videos like you've watched and  subscribe to learn more. New videos are added every Thursday. 



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 past 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




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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, severe asthma and pleurisy. 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. 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 Centre.

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.




2015, 2016 & 2017 APEX AWARD WINNER

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.