// FAST FACTS //
Major + Year: Exercise Science Pre-PT + Senior
Hometown: Pemberville, OH
Fav Sweat Sesh: Yoga
Workout I Want To Try: Surfset + Aerial Yoga
Fav Healthy Snack: A handful of mixed nuts + berries.
FitGoal: I struggle so much with upper body strength, I would love to be able to do 25 full pushups in a row.
// THE MOMENT //
The moment you knew you wanted to start a CHAARG chapter at your university… I had just joined CHAARG for the first time during the first semester that CHAARG was an *official* chapter at the University of Toledo. I was still recovering from a back injury + the poor body image ++ damaged self confidence that unfortunately came with it. During my first semester as a CHAARG girl, I not only took on workouts that I never thought I would be able to accomplish, but I also met so many amazing girls who supported me + pushed me to become the best version of myself. I realized during my first semester of CHAARG that CHAARG was *way* more than an organization. CHAARG is a community of amazing women who not only share a love for fitness but also love each other, radiate positivity + continually lift each other up. This group of girls not only showed how to pursue a positive fitness lifestyle, but they showed me that every girl has their own story along with their own unique fitness journey + how to embrace that. After that semester, I knew that I wanted to be a leader for an organization as uplifting + positive as CHAARG. I wanted to share my amazing experience with others in hopes that CHAARG would change their life in some way, just as it has changed mine.
My passion for health + fitness was ignited when… I had always been an active child. Any sport you can think of, I’ve probably tried it. Throughout the years, I participated in a small number of sports that I loved for fun + being active was part of the package. When I entered college, I decided to no longer participate in sports because of my desire to focus on school. During my first semester in college I realized that although I played sports for fun during my years growing up, being active + healthy is something that was a part of who I was. This is when my passion for health + fitness was truly ignited. This is when I began to #takeCHAARG *wink* + when I began to visit the Rec Center ++ lead a healthy lifestyle because it was something that I loved it. Ever since I realized that a healthy lifestyle was MY lifestyle, my passion has been + still is ignited for health ++ fitness.
// EAT //
Favorite Meal… I love pasta. All kinds of pasta. You really can’t go wrong with a plate of spaghetti + meatballs or a nice big bowl of fettuccine alfredo. *YUM*
Favorite Indulgence… I can’t resist donuts… all types of donuts. Donuts covered in chocolate, powdered donuts, plain donuts… you basically can’t go wrong.
// SWEAT //
If you could work out with anyone dead or alive, what workout would you do + who would you work out with? Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind was ballroom dancing with Patrick Swayze. + I don’t mean any ballroom dancing… I mean ballroom dancing to Time of my Life aka the final dance in Dirty Dancing.
A song that gets me pumped to take on a #sweatsesh is… Sorry by Justin Bieber is definitely my go-to song.
// INSPIRE //
My passion is… helping other girls through the same struggles I have been through whether it be body image, physical injury, or finding a workout they like. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I can have a positive impact on those around me.
I am #inCHAARG because… I love my body. The thought of all the work that my body does to keep me alive + breathing amazes me. The least I can do is take care of my body. The *added bonus* is that I can take care of my body all while being surrounded by the most amazing + supportive women I’ve ever met.
// LIVE //
3 words to describe you are… personable, quirky + kindhearted.
Fun Fact… Two years ago while vacationing in Hawaii I learned to “surf”. And by “surf” I mean I learned how to stand on the board + stay standing until A) I fell dramatically after losing my balance, B) I surfed into another surfer *whoops*, or C) I hit land aka I rammed my surfboard into the beach.
Favorite life quote…
“TRUST YOURSELF. CREATE THE KIND OF SELF THAT YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO LIVE WITH ALL YOUR LIFE. MAKE THE MOST OF YOURSELF BY FANNING THE TINY, INNER SPARKS OF POSSIBILITY INTO FLAMES OF ACHIEVEMENT.”
Keep up with Brooke on instagram + make sure to say hello if you see her at the University of Toledo. : ) If you or any friends go to Toledo — email Brooke at UTCHAARG@gmail.com + learn how to get involved in CHAARG.
Are you interested in starting a CHAARG Chapter at your university? Apply to become an Ambassador! Head here for more info + email firstname.lastname@example.org for an app : )