Shannon Zimmerman is a National level Olympic weightlifter, 2013 and 2014 CrossFit Central East Regional athlete, and CrossFit coach at CrossFit Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also a wife, dog-mom, and full-time Director of Development for Solid Rock International, a Christian nonprofit that serves the poor in the Dominican Republic.
Her pursuit of CrossFit began around 2010 while being treated for thyroid cancer. At that time, Shannon and her husband were volunteers in the Dominican Republic, so several of her early CrossFit attempts took place in an open-air gym on top of a carwash. After moving back to the States and getting the blessing of a clean bill of health in 2011, she joined CrossFit Broad Ripple and began coaching shortly after. In late 2014 she participated in her first Olympic lifting meet and qualified for the American Open in the 63kg weight class. Attention to nutrition is also a huge focus for her as she discovered in 2008 that she was intolerant to gluten. For years she had continued to develop various autoimmune diseases that thankfully disappeared after changing her diet.
Shannon strongly believes that anyone can join the “union of the fit” regardless of life's battles. A healthy lifestyle can begin at any age and there is hope for all who dream big and work hard. Her faith, family, and friends encourage her daily and her hope is that others can be inspired by her story.
They call her sunshine warrior, she came about the nickname my first year at Broad Ripple Fit Club due to her exuberant personality. Sometimes too cheerful! Her biggest joy is when her members walk through the doors and
Introduced to Crossfit by head coach and owner, Jeff Edwards in 2011 and it was love, in more ways than one. An active soul her whole life she had found a new challenge.
“I love being challenged both mentally and physically, and Broad Ripple Fit Club is just that. I have gained confidence, self-discipline, strength, and a new family that I truly love.
I have a passion for exercise and a passion for people. My greatest pleasure in life is helping people better themselves. I have a love for motivating people and now I have the opportunity to do that every single day. I'm the luckiest girl in the world! It is so rewarding helping people break a personal record, gain the self-confidence they never had, and helping them realize their capabilities are endless if they believe in themselves.
I get to come to a job every day that I love. I get to surround myself with amazing athletes and an irreplaceable community. I have a whole new appreciation for health and wellness, and I want to share my passion with everyone.”
Originally a collegiate soccer player for Saint Ambrose University. After a string of concussions/head trauma put her out of the game forever, she had to find something to fill the void. Then came crossfit! "I wished I found it sooner! And now it consumes me." With CrossFit being the most humbling sport, she trains daily, sometimes twice daily.
Maybe her best sport lies ahead of her, she spends a good amount of her time Olympic Weightlifting. She has competed at the National level placing 5th at University Nationals in 2014 and 16th at Nationals. And if you have ever seen her on the platform you know how contagious her smile is.
When not in the gym, she can be found studying for her next adventure, being a Chiropratic student or her favorite thing to do is hangout at GiGi's Playhouse, a center for children with Down's Syndrome. My life was brightened by a 3-year-old boy with down syndrome. Now I have the pleasure of giving back to the community by bringing fitness to GiGi's, which makes her and all of us smile.