Shannon Bynum Adams
founder & co-owner
Shannon Bynum Adams, NCPT® is a nationally acclaimed trainer and wellness consultant. After learning the healing and corrective benefits of the work post orthopedic surgeries – including two hip replacements, she founded Urban Body San Jose in 2016 as the only boutique studio featuring both Classical Pilates and The GYROTONIC® Method in Northern California’s largest city. Mrs. Adams is a fully comprehensive Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, licensed in both The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods, certified in the specialized equipment and many specialized application courses in the GYROTONIC® Method and holds a GYROTONIC® Pre-Trainer license. As a teacher trainer, she deeply enjoys mentoring new teachers in both modalities. Originally certified by Power Pilates, she later completed Benjamin Degenhardt’s 360® Pilates which was a course Benjamin hosted prior to launching his online launch of 360pilates.com. Prior to the wellness industry, she enjoyed a decade-long professional ballet career with the former Ballet San Jose. Mrs. Adams is known for advocacy of investing in one’s body. She has been featured in media as a wellness industry thought leader and her work has been covered widely in regional and national news stories including NBC news, ABC news, Content Magazine, Gentry Magazine, The Mercury News and Pilates Style Magazine where she was a featured cover in 2014 and again in 2018 in the March issue as the body for Benjamin Degenhardt’s feature on touch cues in the mat work. In 2019, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mrs. Adams among the top 100 most influential women in the region. In 2020, Urban Body San Jose was named a top wellness destination by Silicon Valley Magazine, and named a top Pilates studio by Metro Newspaper. A certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in all levels, she also works with dancers throughout the Bay Area in Classical Pilates and The GYROTONIC® Method for cross-training, conditioning and rehabilitation from dance-related injury. She is also a certified trainer in Progressing Ballet Technique®. Mrs. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Fresno and is working towards her MFA at Saint Mary’s College researching Somatic movement, nervous system regulation, and breathwork for healing emotional and physical trauma. Shannon is also a certified mindfulness and meditation coach and enjoys teaching her students and clients how to use breath and meditation for overall health and wellness in all that we do. With an additional passion for teaching in an academic setting, Shannon has taught at Ohlone College and currently teaches as an adjunct lecturer for Santa Clara University. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, time with her husband and family, and being a mother to her child.