I'm Shannon Baxter, and This is How I Work Out

If you need fitness inspiration, look no further than Shannon Baxter. The bodybuilder shared with Atlas Wearables more about her training, family life, and how she got into sports. Keep scrolling to learn more. 

Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey!

Well, I have always been into athletics. I was a competitive runner for 10+ years. I ran track and field as well as cross country for the majority of my childhood and teenage years.

In late 2009, I broke my leg and was in a cast for eight weeks and my muscles completely atrophied. In order to regain my muscle, I spent quite a lot of time in the gym building up my strength.

Soon, I began to enjoy lifting weights more than running and switched gears into leaning out and building muscle. I loved , loved, loved the way my body looked with the lean muscle.

My body is naturally an endomorph so I put muscle on quite fast, but I also put on fat fast, so I tuned into my nutrition as well and learned how to fuel my body properly for my goals.

After a few years of lifting, I started flirting with the idea of competing, and in early 2013, I began training and prepping for my first show. I stepped on stage in early 2014 and won the overall in the NPC woman's physique division, and I was addicted.

Now, my long-term goal has been to become an IFBB professional.

I am a military wife. My husband is a disabled veteran. I have a beautiful 11-month-old daughter 'and we currently reside in Michigan with our two cats.

How did you get into fitness?

My parents actually forced me into running to let off steam after I would come home from school super stressed with the amount of homework I had.

I also was a little chunky and my parents wanted me to be healthier.

What's your fitness specialty?

Bodybuilding - women's physique division. I love lifting weights.

How do you track fitness goals?

I track all my nutritional intake using MyFitnessPal and I wear a Myzone heart rate belt during all of my workouts that are then logged into an app.

What metrics do you track for your goals?

I track my heart rate. I definitely have specific heart rate goals I need to hit during my workouts. I also always look at the calories I burned to make sure I am always burning more than I am eating.

How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or sets and duration?

I have a very erratic training style. There are days I lift heavy. Like 5 sets of 6-8 reps of heavy weights and days where I am doing 5 sets of 12-15 reps. It depends on how my body feels and also how many weeks out I am from my next competition.

Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?

Mentors: Phill Stublensky

Coach: Bill Tocco

Inspiration: Dana Linn Bailey, Helle Trevino, Jill Blondin, Dorian Yates, John Meadows

What is your favorite food?

Peanut butter.

What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?

I love anything 90s alternative/punk rock. Blink 182 is my favorite band.

What are three interesting facts about you?

-I love to play Pokémon

-I love to cook (and not health food, like delicious savory, comfort food

-I am a clean and organizing freak. I love organizing containers and I think my husband gets mad because of how uptight I am about keeping everything in order (especially because we have an 11-month-old!).

What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?

Becoming a momma after battling bulimia nervosa for 19+ years. It has helped me appreciate the female body in so many more ways and how amazing we can rebound back. Women are badasses.

If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?

Oh, that's tough. I think to be able to learn a different language. I have tried so many times but my attention span does not keep me motivated to learn!

Where would you like people to follow you?

Instagram: @shanisfierce

Facebook: Shannon Baxter