Hi! I am Frances Shavers, and I am a health and fitness coach, 200-hour certified yoga instructor, multiple sclerosis and trigeminal neuralgia survivor (more on that later), and founder of the BeachBody team, “Rising Phoenix.” I am most proud to say that I am a wife to my husband, George, and mama to my two dogs (Hannah and Wrigley) and cat (Naya). I’m also someone who has strong faith, which is the thread that connects and supports every part of my life. And oh yeah...I'm proudly
I am passionate about helping people— women especially — get healthier, more fit and grow their own businesses. You see...I know what it's like to live a crazy, running-around-all-day, trying-to-do-your-best-at-everything life. I used to wake up and go to bed with my computer or phone in my hand. I was traveling almost every week, and I seemed to have meetings all day long so the only time that I could catch up was in the evening. And although I LOVED my job, it was near impossible to find ME time. But I knew I had to do it because I felt the stress and exhaustion of the job weighing on me, and also, let's be honest, I wanted to look smoking hot. So I figured it out for me and want to share all I've learned over 30 years with you.
As a coach, my goal is to provide the necessary tools to help you achieve and sustain your health-related goals. These tools include exercise programs that can be done at home or anywhere there is Wi-Fi, healthy eating meal plans, portion control, online group accountability and one-on-one coaching. Whether someone wants to lose weight, gain weight, improve muscle tone, train for an event, or something else, I can help. From personal experience, I know just how difficult it can be to stay on track with busy schedules, stress, demands from work and home, and travel. I also know about the changes that happen to your body over different stages and ages of life – from having kids to being blessed with another decade of life. But you don’t have to do it alone. It makes me so happy when I hear from a client who fit into those jeans from the back of the closet (even if they’re outdated!), received a glowing doctor’s report, signed up for her first 5K, is sleeping better, or is able to walk her dogs without getting winded.
As a business mentor, I love helping motivated, tenacious, and hardworking men and women step into their God-given purpose and pursue their passion and dreams. I get tremendous joy from watching people succeed beyond their imagination, gain confidence, and achieve the freedom they desire. I am so grateful that I can share the coaching opportunity with others the way my coach shared it with me. It has changed my life, and it’s a blessing to be able to guide, train and mentor others so it can change their lives as well.
My Health and Fitness Journey
So how did I become a coach, you ask
I’ve always been active. Since college, I’ve lifted weights and done nearly every group fitness class – barre, boot camps, Zumba, cycling, CrossFit, Body Pump, step and HIIT – and love outdoor activities like hiking. I’ve always loved movement and find that I feel so much better – physically, mentally, and emotionally – from it that I wanted to find ways to share my passion with other people.
In 2010, I became a yoga teacher and began teaching vinyasa and power yoga classes. I also became a certified barre instructor in 2013. But fitness and health were always my hobbies and side hustle. In fact, I would joke that I planned to have a full-time fitness-related career in my next life. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t have to wait until the next life!)
My full-time career was in higher education. After receiving my master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard, I planned to continue working in a university setting. But life is not linear. In 2010, I was chief of staff to a university president when I unexpectedly became sick. After several months of tests, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and a rare and painful neurological condition called trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Over the next 3 years, I had 6 brain surgeries and tried numerous medications and treatments. But with little relief from the symptoms, I resigned from my university job in 2013. It was heartbreaking because my work was my vocation, and I feared that I would never find other work as rewarding, fun and meaningful.
Because of all that my body was going through during that time – lack of sleep, numerous medications, stress and depression -- I gained weight and felt tired all the time. I felt completely out of control of my body and found each day a struggle. But I had faith that my journey had to be for a greater purpose. I wanted my experience to be able to serve others, but I wasn’t sure how. So I kept my mind and heart open to the possibilities.
In September 2017, I connected online with a woman (who became my coach) who shared with me about the coaching opportunity. I had no idea what it was and knew no one who was a coach. Although I was an instructor, I also didn’t have any specific training in coaching. I had a whole lot of questions, hesitancy and self-doubt. What would my friends and family think? What do coaches do? How would I be trained? How do coaches make money? And most of all, what if I failed? But my intuition was saying that I should go for it. So I signed up!
I’m SO grateful that God knows more than me! After I signed up in October 2017, I jumped right into helping people and building my business. Since then, I’ve helped many people. I’ve heard the best stories of women reclaiming their lives, ending a yo-yo dieting cycle, gaining confidence, and feeling better than ever before. I now have meaningful, challenging and fun work that allows me to engage with amazing people and fuels my passion for fitness and health. Exactly what I desired! And the bonus is that I also get to be my own boss! I work from home where I can cuddle with my fur babies whenever I want! I can take afternoon walks; and I can travel with my husband without worrying about using vacation days. Coaching is a blessing in many ways!
When I started coaching, I also jumped right into the pursuit of my own health and fitness goals. At that point, I honestly didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I was still working out and doing yoga, but largely because of my relationship with food (I loved it and I was using it to quell my stress and anxiety), I had gained weight and my body looked and felt completely different. I was beginning to cover myself up with baggier clothes to hide my expanding waist and belly. I also didn’t like the way my legs looked and started avoiding shorts and skirts above the knee. The eye opener was when I took a photo while on vacation in Mexico and I saw what I looked like. I was shocked and saddened. It was an eye-opener and wakeup call!
So when I started coaching, I faced the truth and took my first set of progress photos. I looked at them and decided then that things were going to change. I was ready! I loved the BeachBody nutrition plan because it isn’t about elimination and deprivation (something that never lasted long for me). Instead, it’s about portion control and balance. I started eating 6 small meals a day and included more protein and veggies. I was eating more food than I had in years, and the weight was coming off. My body was beginning to look and feel completely different. In January 2018, my husband and I also started 80-Day Obsession. It was not only fun bonding for us, but I was getting feeling more energized; getting stronger; and developing more muscle tone, particularly my abs.
Today, my relationship with food has changed. I continue to eat 6-8 small meals/snacks a day, but I also allow myself treats. My husband also changed his eating, and we both look forward to our Shakeology every day. My goal is to share what I’ve learned and experienced with other people so that they can achieve their own positive and long-lasting results. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to do so! Check back here for more progress updates!