10 Questions with REBEL Trainer Charis Cook

10 Questions with REBEL Trainer Charis Cook | Blog by The REBEL Workout
Have you guys met Charis yet?

This girl is AWESOME. She's a Personal Trainer and she teaches our REBEL, CYCLE + PILATES, and CYCLE classes. Charis and Gina taught our REBEL Outdoor Series last month, and this month they are leading our REBEL MissFits class! There is nothing that she can't do!

Alright Charis, break it down for us!

I was born in Germany, grew up in South Korea, and have generally bounced all over the place my entire life. In 2012, I was training on the side while I was teaching English in Seoul and was fed up with my life. So I decided to pick a place in the US I could see myself living and devote myself entirely to fitness, my true passion. I moved to Fort Collins with my dog and cat not knowing a single person or even how to drive and eventually made my way down to Denver last year. My life is so different and I've never been happier!

1. What inspired your journey to become a Personal Trainer and REBEL coach?

I was overweight my entire childhood and in my freshman year at the University of GA decided to take control of my body. I started running distance, lifting, practicing Pilates, and eating clean and haven't looked back. I love helping people find their inner badass and REBEL supports me as a part of the team and lets me develop my own ideas, too. I am so lucky to train here!

2. What's your favorite thing to do on your day(s) off?

Chill on the couch with my dogs and boyfriend and watch Seinfeld. A close second is going to concerts.

3. If you could time travel, where would you go?

I would probably stay put. As much as I wish I could change some things in the past, life has a way of working itself out. And knowing the future just takes the fun out of it.

4. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Strong. Loyal. Passionate.

5. Who is your fitness role model?

Jen Sinkler, Keira Newton, and the entire Girls Gone Strong organization. So much in the fitness industry seems to center around making people feel inadequate. It's exhausting trying to live up to those impossible standards. These women are the voices of counter-movement.

6. What's your fav activity to stay in shape? [outside of TRW, obviously ;)]

Kettlebells! Russian kettlebell complexes are simple but killer. And kettlebells are just plain fun as hell.

7. What's your biggest guilty pleasure?

Dried mangoes. Only guilty because once I get into them, I.CANNOT.STOP.

8. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University inspires me so much. My favorite line is: "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

9. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza. Forever pizza.

10. What is the best part about being a REBEL?

Oh man. It is such an honor to be a part of a team of such talented trainers from different backgrounds with such diverse and unique skill-sets. It's really unlike anything I've ever been a part of.

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