Emily: How long have you been coaching with clubbells?
CHARLEEN: I BEGAN MY CLUBBELL JOURNEY IN 2013. GOT MY CBA CERT IN JANUARY 2014. I BEGAN COACHING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CERTIFICATION AND HAVE BEEN CONSISTENTLY COACHING FOR A 2 FULL YEARS NOW.
Emily: What attracted you to clubbells in the first place…why did you want to become a CBA instructor?
CHARLEEN: I HAD BEN DOING MOSTLY KETTLEBELL AND CALISTHENIC TRAINING WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CLUBBELLS THROUGH TACFIT AND CLUBBELL YOGA. ONCE I EXPERIENCED THE WHOLE BODY ACTIVATION AND DIVERSITY OF THE CLUBBELL, I KNEW I WANTED TO DIVE DEEPER. I WAS EXPERIENCING SUCH HUGE BENEFITS IN MY CORE STABILITY, SCAPULAR STRENGTH, AS WELL AS WRIST STRENGTH AND MOBILITY. I KNEW I HAD TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE.
Emily: What do you feel is the biggest benefit clubbells have to offer your clients?
CHARLEEN: CLUBBELLS OFFER A FUN AND DIVERSE WAY OF TRAINING IN A WAY THAT BUILDS YOU UP AND STRENGTHENS ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR BODY, FROM THE MUSCLES, TO JOINTS AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE; RATHER THAN WEARING OUT AND TEARING IT DOWN! ADDITIONALLY, EVERY SINGLE MOVE IS A CORE EXERCISE. I BELIEVE A STRONG CORE IS THE FOUNDATION OF ANY AND ALL MOVEMENT. THE DIVERSITY OF THE CLUBBELL EXERCISES HELPS PREVENT OVER TRAINING AND OVERUSE INJURIES OFTEN FOUND WITH REPETITIVE MOVEMENTS WITH A SINGLE PIECE OF EXERCISE EQUIPMENT.
Emily: What piece of advice would you offer newcomers to clubbells?
CHARLEEN: MY ADVICE TO NEWCOMERS IS TO BUILD THE COMPONENTS! EARN YOUR SWINGS AND COMPLEX MOVEMENTS. IT’S EASY TO THINK “I’M FIT, I CAN WATCH THAT VIDEO AND DO JUST THAT!”. RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO SHORTCUT THE MOVEMENTS AND JUMP IN TOO QUICKLY. THE COMPONENTS ARE THERE FOR A REASON; YOU MUST BUILD THE MOVEMENT FROM THE GROUND UP. THEN WITH A SOLID FOUNDATION, THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS.
Emily: How has training with clubbells enhanced your own experience as both an athlete and coach?
CHARLEEN: WORKING WITH CLUBBELLS AND THE CST SYSTEM HAS TOTALLY CHANGED MY TRAINING. I FEEL BULLET PROOF. BEFORE I WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO TAKE TIME OFF OF TRAINING TO RECOVER. NOW I CAN TRAIN ALL THE TIME WITHOUT INJURY OR EXHAUSTION. AS A HAIRDRESSER FOR 26 YEARS IT IS A MIRACLE I DO NOT HAVE CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME OR ISSUES WITH MY SHOULDERS ELBOWS, AND WRISTS, OR BACK PROBLEMS. I CAN STAND AND DO HAIR FOR 10 HOURS A DAY AND NOT LEAVE IN PAIN OR FEEL OVERLY TAXED. I HAVE ALSO JOINED AN AMAZING SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED HEALTH FIRST FITNESS PROFESSIONALS.
Emily: What classes are you currently teaching?
CHARLEEN: I AM CURRENTLY TEACHING MORNING & EVENING CLASSES WHICH INCLUDE: CLUBBELL YOGA, FLOWFIT (ORIGINAL AND 6D), CLUBBELL ATHLETICS, & TACFIT.
Emily: How can people get in touch with you if they are interested in working together?
CHARLEEN: THE BEST WAY TO REACH ME IS EITHER ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE (LIVING WHOLE FITNESS) OR ON MY WEBSITE www.charleenhess.com
Emily: Thanks so much Charleen! Stoked to spotlight you!