This girl rocks. ++ in fact, this girl is my rock. I am so thankful that Sarah reached out to me over two years ago with hopes of starting CHAARG at University of Cincinnati. Little did I know that over the course of a couple years, she would grow to become such a huge part of the CHAARG movement. I can honestly say that CHAARG would not be where it is today without her. I think all of the Ambassadors can attest that Sarah has the unique ability of making people feel comfortable instantly + cracking a smile out of everyone she comes in contact with. Her friendliness, drive, + passion for CHAARG + PEOPLE is what makes her the perfect Chapter Trainer. I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather have training all of the Ambassadors to become not only a successful leader, but also a positive role model to all CHAARG girls. ++ without further adieu, meet Sarah!
Sarah Clem | Chapter Trainer
What ignited your passion for health + fitness?
I am by no means ‘an athlete’… but I always wanted to be. I remember in middle school always wishing to be good at basketball, volleyball, softball, etc [you name it- I tried it] but I never found ‘my sport’. Then, in 7th grade I tried Cross-Country and had finally found my passion. I’m not sure if I loved running from the get go or loved just being not the worst at something… but the feeling I would get after racing and just running became my fuel for pushing myself farther. The feeling is contagious, so of course it [and some awesome coaches] encouraged me to start trying some other workouts as well and the rest.. is history!
How did you hear about CHAARG?
It was the summer before my 3rd year of College when I heard about CHAARG from my best friend Kellan who went to Ohio State. Her words to me were, “Dude, you have to check this out”. So, back when CHAARG was just a blog, I checked it out and was immediately hooked. I emailed Elisabeth that night telling her that I HAD to bring it to UC [I really don’t think I was going to take ‘no’ for an answer]. I just knew this was something that college women everywhere needed and I wanted to be a part of it.
When was the moment you knew you had to bring CHAARG to UC?
Reading the words ‘liberating girls from the elliptical’. This was such a powerful statement to me and was something that I wanted to help do. Although, I’ll admit, I stuck to the track or my runs alot, I always wanted to see more girls lift [and be one of those girls]! But as soon as I saw that, I knew CHAARG had to come to my school.
You were the first person to expand CHAARG to a university outside of OSU! What was that experience like?
It was a whirlwind! I honestly had no idea to expect [[and I don’t think you did either]] so it was definitely a rollercoaster ride of things to do and figure out. It’s crazy to see how much the process has changed since I became an ambassador. Everything was such a learning experience since it was the first time for expansion but I loved every minute of it and had a blast. I also learned so much about myself [I had no idea how late I could stay up and how early I could get up at the same time] and I also realized I would say, “Hey have you heard about CHAARG?” over a thousand times that semester :-p.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to the current CHAARG Ambassadors?
Take a step back and take it all in. Sometimes I think I was so focused on getting things accomplished and planning the next steps that I forgot to take a look at the big picture. It’s so easy to get caught up in the minor details– but you need to remember that this is a once in a lifetime journey and that you are a HUGE part of this movement- a movement growing with such momentum that it’s important to take a step back and admire it every once in a while ! Appreciate the work you’ve done, refresh your perspective, and then keep going.
Is there a workout you love that CHAARG exposed you to?
Yes, HOT YOGA!! I remember taking my first hot yoga class [a bikram yoga class] because I wanted to make sure that I could do it if I was going to be having other CHAARGies do it… it was so hard— but totally worth it. After my first class, I joined a hot yoga studio near campus and have been pretty addicted ever since.
Aside from working out, what else do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I do three things [[besides workout]]. 1) I’m a huge foodie. I love to go out to eat with friends and am down to try anything. 2) I also love art– illustrating, typography, paint, watercolors– you name it and I dabble in it! 3) Finally, I shop till I drop! I can always find something to buy… probably not my best quality [definitely not a saver] but it is what it is!
After being the UC CHAARG Ambassador for a year, you took on a larger role as the Chapter Trainer. How was that transition? What is your favorite part about the national side? Is there anything you miss that was unique to your Ambassador role?
The transition to chapter trainer was pretty easy– since I had started the first chapter it was really me relaying what I had learned from my experience to the other ambassadors [and now of course it’s more of a process/program] but I’ve found that I’ve been able to grow with CHAARG — which is incredibly rewarding and has made the transition really easy. My favorite part of working on the national side has been able to work with all of the chapters and spreading the movement to campuses across the country. I love the fact that I get to meet girls from universities across the country and hear there stories — it’s incredibly inspiring and rewarding. The only thing that I miss from being the UC ambassador are the close relationships that I had with my exec team. I loved having meetings with them every week and the relationships we formed… I definitely miss having a team like that surrounding me [although the national team is obviously great too]!
What excites you the most about being such an influential part of the CHAARG movement?
I am so excited to change women’s perspective on health and fitness to a broader term of ‘lifestyle’. I firmly believe that CHAARG isn’t just an organization, but it’s a movement- it’s a lifestyle. CHAARG influences the choices I make not only about food and workouts, but my perspectives of things as well. I choose to live a healthy and happy lifestyle because I am surrounded by a community of women choosing the same thing — that is such a powerful thing to be a part of! I hope that I am able to inspire other women to become a part of this powerful community — and that is definitely what excites me the most about working with CHAARG.