About Founder Shane Barnard

UrbanKick creator, Shane Barnard, brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience to her workshops, cardio kickboxing training sessions and classes.


She specializes in strength, sports conditioning, and cardio kickboxing; utilizing interval, strength and power work in her training and classes. As a former dancer, Shane is equally passionate about body maintenance, flexibility and kinesthetic awareness to ensure proper technique, alignment and stability.

She studied dance during her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon and continued her dance education at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC. She took her first boxing class with Dave Ekstrom (a former Golden Glove Champion) when she moved to California in 1996, and in 1999, she expanded her training with the International Kick-Box Aerobics Federation. Her dance and boxing background blended perfectly to create the foundation for her UrbanKick class format. Shane began teaching cardio kickboxing in 1999 and currently teaches at Crunch, the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), and is a fitness blogger for MyFitnessPal and Under Armour. She is a continuing education provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Shane is a former lawyer and current personal trainer, instructor, health coach, functional movement specialist and sports nutrition specialist. A former performer with dance companies, her current athletic activities include: marathons (multiple half and one full), and obstacle course races such as the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder.

Check out her blog on Under Armour HERE.


NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine, CPT
ACE, American Council on Exercise, GPX
AFAA, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, GPX
USATF, USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach
FMS, Functional Movement Specialist
AASDN, Sports Nutrition Specialist
Certified Health Coach, Lifestyle Management
CPR/AED, American Red Cross


2017 Master Mentor, Group Fit
2016 Nominated for Best Presenter, SCW MANIA
2016 Nominated for Innovated Program of the Year, SCW MANIA
2013 lululemon athletica ambassador
2013 Larabar ambassador
2013 Berkeley Half Marathon ambassador
2011 lululemon athletica ambassador
2010 UrbanKick voted best boot camp SF Gate
2008 ‘real runner’ model for the Adidas Fall/Winter running collection

Check out Shane’s blog for myfitnesspal.com:

Shane at myfitnesspal.com