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Fit Body, Happy Joints

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Your body doesn't have to hurt because of your workouts.

In Fit Body, Happy Joints, Shannon breaks down myths, popular philosophies, trends, and mindsets to determine what actually creates sustainable fitness. 

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Latest Episodes

Why your muscles aren't growing part four: nutrition addition with Katherine Andrew

Building muscle is extremely important, especially as we age.  Nutrition is a big part of how we recover and build our bodies stronger after workouts. Katherine Andrew is a Functional Registered Dietitian who gives some education and tips on how to fuel your workouts to build muscle.  We talk about amino acids, when to eat after your workout, the importance of carbs, how under-eating can backfire, protein powder, and more.

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Chronic inflammation could be why your muscles aren't growing (part three)

If you're choosing effective, late-phase loaded exercises, not over-training or under-training, and you're STILL not seeing muscle growth, chronic inflammation could be why.

Chronic inflammation can lead to muscle wasting, fatigue, pain, and more. It could be a reason why you're working out, but not seeing great results.

In this episode, Dr. Shannon discusses what contributes to chronic inflammation, why these things can happen, and how to address them to ultimately see better results.

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Why your muscles aren't growing Part Two: under-training, over-training, and both

There is a paradox that isn't well understood in the fitness industry, and it's that overtraining can lead to under-training. This can inhibit you from results from your workouts.

When you are chronically inflamed from overtraining, muscles don't receive great input, and muscular results decline. If you feel like your results aren't matching the amount of effort you're putting into your workouts, you should listen to this episode. I give suggestions on how to know if you are overtraining, under-training, or a combination of both, and what to do about it.

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Why your muscles aren't growing Part One: poor muscle stimulus

Listen to this episode to learn about resistance curves, phase loading, levers, and how much to stimulate a muscle to see better muscular growth.

Muscle is the most metabolically expensive tissue in your body. It burns more calories and takes more energy to maintain than any other tissue. Therefore, the more we have, the better our metabolism and the healthier many other processes in our bodies. We also resist aging, and are able to stay limber and fit and independent for much longer. We all need to be focusing on building muscle as we age, it’s extremely important for our longevity.


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Elevated cortisol: how it can hold you back, and how to workout to reduce chronic cortisol

If you feel like you’re doing everything right - putting in work at the gym, you’re trying to eat less, and still not seeing results - it COULD be because of cortisol imbalance. In this episode, I want to explain how too much exercise and too little eating can have the reverse effects that you’re hoping for because of potentially messing with your cortisol and hormonal balance.

One of my goals, which I hope is evident by my content, is to encourage people to get away from the damaging “grind yourself into the ground if you want to look good” mentality. Not only do I believe this is damaging to our body image, joints, and mental health, but it doesn’t work for most people long-term, and one of those reasons is related to cortisol.


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Cardio Part 2: How much steady state cardio is best?

In this episode, Dr. Shannon discusses steady-state cardio. She speaks on how the body adapts to cardio, and some cardio can be beneficial, but how too much can blunt protein synthesis and inhibit results. She provides a framework on how to implement cardio, both steady-state and HIIT, into your routine.

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Cardio: How much do you really need? (Part one)

Dr. Shannon discusses the research behind how much high-intensity cardio is good for you and how much could be negative for your health. She discusses how exercise can either aid in improving insulin sensitivity or reduce insulin sensitivity and the consequences to your overall health and fitness. Shannon provides a framework for how to implement cardio based on your body's needs. 

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Why you can stop doing exercises you hate

Dr. Shannon has another HOT TAKE for this week's episode. You don't HAVE to do exercises/workouts that you hate. This will either frustrate you or relieve you. Shannon discusses her perspective on this and breaks down three exercises specifically in this podcast. She offers that you can take these exercises out of your regular routine and STILL be balanced, strong, and fit.

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How to utilize your nervous system to improve fitness with Justin Prier

This interview is with Justin Prier, a physical therapist and personal trainer from BioFit KC. BioFit was Shannon's first job out of physical therapy school, where her eyes were opened to a new fitness philosophy that has shaped her method now. Justin talks about the nervous system and ways to use neural inputs to improve your fitness results. You can work with Justin by visiting

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How to cut your workout time in half but double your results

The amount of time you spend in your workout isn't necessarily an indicator of the effectiveness of that workout. In this episode, Shannon will guide you on her principles for getting a more effective workout in less time. 

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Muscle confusion or progressive overload: what works best? 

Dr. Shannon breaks down where and why the philosophy of muscle confusion came about, if it is effective, where this philosophy could potentially have a place, and the best way to see results from your workouts. 

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How to know if your workouts are productive or "just hard"

You want to make sure your workouts are moving the needle for you and creating the highest payoff. This podcast will teach you some basic principles behind what makes an exercise "productive" and what types of exercises are "just hard," but maybe not as productive. 

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Exercise can be aging OR anti-aging

Exercise can be anti-aging, but it can also accelerate aging. Find out how this happens and Shannon's three suggestions for creating a routine that is anti-aging.

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3 reasons you aren't seeing results

If you're working out consistently, eating well, and STILL not seeing results after several months, it could be for one (or all) of these three reasons. Shannon discusses how these three common workout elements can cause plateauing or declining results, and eventually cause frustrating joint pain.

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Why I don't Stretch

Dr. Shannon speaks on why she has decided to take stretching out of her regular routine and why she doesn't recommend regular stretching for her clients. 

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Exercise can INCREASE or DECREASE your metabolism 

To have a lean, fit body that isn't falling apart, you have to be wise with your workouts. In this episode, Dr. Shannon discusses some common workout mistakes that can actually decrease your metabolism and lead to less desirable long-term results. She also discusses how you can use exercise to IMPROVE your metabolism using four training concepts.

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More is not better

Dr. Shannon Ritchey, PT, DPT explains how exercise that is too frequent and too intense can lead to undesirable results over the long-term. She describes how long it takes to see visual results from strength training, and how we've internalized soundbites from the fitness culture that are damaging to our bodies.

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