Okay, moment of honesty: I've fallen off my workout regimen once again. I always get super focused for a couple weeks...meal prep, make smoothies, workout, the whole nine, and then I burn myself out and quit. I do too much too soon, and always have to start over again. It's frustrating, and I knew with summer on the way, I'd have to make some changes.
Well, recently I was on a podcast called The Get Well (if you havent heard my interview, check it out!), and after my interview I stayed to hear who was up next. I'm SO glad I did. I was able to meet and connect with Taylor, an amazing personal trainer.
We decided to team up, and she's helping me get back on track and drop these unnecessary pounds (the angels and my abs are rejoicing).
I'll be spending two days a week with Taylor working towards my goals, and of course my MC crew is coming along on this exciting (and challenging) journey! Before we get started, I wanted to sit with her to talk all things health and fitness and get us all acquainted.
Ready? Let's jump right in; maybe it'll even help you get on track with your fitness goals!
How did you get started in fitness training?
I got started in training after pursuing my masters in Exercise Sport Science (now known as Kinesiology) at East Carolina University. My concentration was Physical Activity Promotion, which is the study of promoting, assessing and measuring physical activity. I also learned behavioral techniques and the psychology of promoting physical activity, which gave me the confidence I needed to begin implementing the principles I was learning in school through personal training.
When did you know fitness was your passion?
My passion has always been based in empowerment-particularly in females. I discovered that I was able to do this best through health and fitness at the tail end of my college career. I ran Track & Field from the ages of 12 to 20, but it was the type of environment where someone was always telling me when to exercise, what to do and how to do it. I discovered that fitness was my passion when I had to rely on it as a means of coping with my eating disorder and finding that it was one of the most consistent things that made me feel strong, balanced and in control of who I chose to be. Fitness was also the only thing that helped me to become more grateful for what my body could DO instead of focused on how it looked (or didn’t look). I am passionate about passing that type of strength and empowerment along to others. Everyone deserves to feel strong, capable and worthy. For me…fitness represents that.
When did you know you wanted to be your own boss?
I always knew I wanted to be my own boss since middle school. I had this concept that I wanted to bring to life and didn’t want anyone to be able to stifle it or dictate what that looked like to me. I knew the time was right when the morals and values of the company I worked for, no longer aligned with my own moral code. Its important in life that you feel good about what you do-from an integrity standpoint. I am blessed to be able to do what I love and get paid for it…its important that I surround myself with individuals who feel the same. Even from a collaborative standpoint, I am very intentional about only working with people who are passionate about what they do. I am a firm believer that as you find more ways to serve the world, the money will flow…
What's the most difficult part about being an entrepreneur?
The most difficult part about being an entrepreneur is that the work never stops. You are working with a living, breathing entity that constantly needs to be cared for and looked after. You can’t start a company and think that you can work on it when you feel like it…it will never grow like that. I work long days and it can get really lonely. No one is going to care as much as you do about YOUR business. The beautiful thing about that is you get to determine how successful your company gets to be. It is completely up to you…and that can be both exciting and frightening.
What's the most enjoyable part about training clients?
The most enjoyable part about training clients is experiencing their joys and successes right along with them. I use the term “success” very loosely when discussing health because it implies that there is a failure-and there isn’t. Your health and fitness is a journey, so it’s rewarding to see clients implementing lifestyle changes that improve their health and quality of life. My clients (people in general) deserve the best. It is a humbling opportunity bear witness to a person’s decision to treat themselves better- starting with their health.
How many times should someone exercise a week?
At a minimum, you should be physically active for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week in order to achieve health recommendations. Physical activity and exercise are different in the sense that physical activity is any large body movement that is performed to improve health. Exercise is a structured activity that is performed to improve fitness levels and aid in weight management. If you are looking to lose weight, I would recommend you workout for 30-90 minutes for 4-5 days and include some form of strength training and cardio.
Is there a such thing as too much cardio?
I wouldn’t necessarily say there is such a thing as too much cardio unless you are feeling completely fatigued, overtrained or not eating enough to account for your daily caloric expenditure. What I will say is that women tend to do more cardio and not enough weight training. Much of that stems from not knowing what to do in the gym or the fear of getting too bulky. EVERY woman should be lifting weights. Not only is it necessary for health reasons, but it also helps to sculpt and increase overall muscular tone. General rule of thumb: Cardio burns fat and weight lifting sculpts.
How many meals should you eat in a day?
In general, you should be eating 5-6 meals per day. The first thing that people tend to do when looking to drop weight is severely cut their calories. This creates a starvation type of environment where the body tends to hold on to calories instead of burning them. By not eating consistent small meals every 2-3 hours, you are teaching your body to live in a deprivation mode where it does not feel comfortable shedding weight. Even if you are looking to maintain or gain weight, you have to eat on a consistent basis so that your body feels comfortable enough to perform at its optimal potential. Think about increasing the quality of your food choices (ie. Fruits, veggies, complex carbs, lean proteins…ect.) and you will see and feel major improvements.
How important are fitness goals?
Fitness goals are extremely important. They help with motivation, adherence and exercise prescription. The body responds to different stimuli and if you don’t define an exact goal it can be difficult to determine which type of stimuli should be implemented to get the best results. Fitness goals also serve as the road map to ensure that you stay focused and striving to live the healthiest life possible.
Aside from one-on-one training, what other services do you offer?
I offer online training, workout plans, nutrition coaching, health workshops and boot camps.
What three tips would you give someone that wants to be in your profession?
Just three? Lol.
I would say:
- Get Certified: Nothing says I’m serious about my craft more than investing money or time to become a credible source of guidance and information. With social media, everyone can market themselves as whatever they choose to be. Make sure you stand out by building some credibility.
- Get Started: It bothers me when people contact me to tell me they want to be a personal trainer and they have made absolutely no steps to pursue it. Get in motion!! Help a friend or family member work out. Read the latest findings in the health and fitness industry. Sign up for a certification class. Shadow a trainer at your local gym. Just do SOMETHING. People are more willing to help those who are already in motion.
- Build your brand by building YOU. The most valuable thing you have to offer in this profession is yourself. That includes: your personality, your experience, your background… By working on becoming the healthiest and fittest you, it will build a reputation of authenticity that is important in this industry. Not only that, but the art of practicing what you preach builds the confidence you need to work with others in helping them reach their health goals.
Where are you located and how can my followers get in touch with you?
I own TC Lifestyle Fitness, a private personal training studio that is located in the University area of North Charlotte. I specialize in one-on-one personal training and work specifically who individuals who prefer personalized attention to help them reach their goals. My information is provided below and I am now accepting new clients!
Phone #: (704) 605-1222
Instagram: @prettyfit_trainer & @tclifestylefitness
Facebook: TC Lifestyle Fitness
So, how many of you are feeling inspired and ready to get fit? Make sure you follow TC Lifestyle Fitness and Melissa Chanel on Instagram so you can keep up with my journey and get the inside scoop on the workout regimen I'm running with to get in tip-top shape. And as always, I'll be documenting it right here on the blog, adding in fitness tips, ideas, and even progress pics (if I say it, that makes it real, so yes, you're getting progress pics!).
To be honest, it gets a little discouraging when people post before and after weight loss photos and make it seem like it was a joyful experience, full of happiness and rainbows and inches dropping left and right. I plan to get REAL with you guys, discussing how I'm feeling, what I'm struggling with, and what my weak points are. The goal is to truly bring you along this journey with me, so I promise to be 100% candid with my crew!
Taylor and I are also thinking about holding a Curly Girl Fit workout bootcamp right here in Charlotte. Would you come? Let me know in the comments below so we can start planning. And no, you don't have to be a curly girl to come out; anyone can join us!
The next few months are about to get really interesting. I'm excited, and ready. Are you?