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TV Trainer Chris Powell on Balance and Wellness

Bring fitness to your company culture: TV trainer Chris Powell shows you how.

Bring fitness to your company culture: TV trainer Chris Powell shows you how.

Not everyone has the willpower of a professional athlete when it comes to exercising on a consistent basis: exhibit A, the author of this feature. But there are more people out there than you think that find true enjoyment in pushing their bodies to the limit—running farther, lifting more weights, or contorting into an advanced yoga pose. Balancing fitness with the rest of what life throws at you is no easy feat.

There are fewer still that not only find a passion for fitness, but who find their calling in the field.

As the smallest kid in his classes growing up, Powell constantly struggled with being underweight. At several inches shorter and many pounds lighter, he was bullied throughout his primary school education. When high school sports came around, his love of football overruled his size and he tried out for the team.

“I was railroaded every time I was out on the field,” he said. “It discouraged me and broke my spirit. I knew I didn’t have the size I needed to have to be out there, so I quit.”

But with supportive parents and a weight lifting set, things soon turned around. Every day after school, Powell tried lifting a little more than he did the day before. After a month, he began to see and feel the results.

“I felt strong again—mentally and physically. It empowered me. It was the beginning of everything for my path going forward.”

Today you know the super fit trainer from Extreme Weight Loss, which ran successfully for five seasons on ABC. On top of being a reality TV trainer, he’s also an author. He and his wife, Heidi, have coauthored a book titled Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days. But it’s been a long journey from finding his love of fitness to turning it into a viable business and living.

The Future of Fitness

Hope is something the American people need right now. There’s no way around it: the numbers are daunting. Adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states, and are above 20 percent in all states.

The childhood obesity epidemic is even scarier. Five states and the District of Columbia have a childhood (ages 10 to 17) obesity rate about 20 percent.

“It’s going to take a full generation of education and providing access to different health and wellness venues before you see a change,” Powell commented. “The previous generations were used to preparing all of the food at home.”

Today, everyone is looking for convenience. In this instant gratification society, the quick fix is a lot of calories, a lot of sugar, and a lot of sodium.

Powell is a proponent of a cultural shift to get people excited to cook at home again. Convenience, he said, has to become healthier.

The Quest for Balance

Wellness and fitness has always been about balance. Eating the right amount of calories and nutrients, burning the right amount to build muscle and burn fat. But there’s a misconception about balance—in fitness and in life—that once you find it, that you can keep it, and that it will always be there.

Powell knows the end destination isn’t the most important part of the journey, but that the journey itself will prove to be the most rewarding. And just as he learned this in his own life, he will continue sharing this message with his clients.

“Balance isn’t a noun, it’s a verb,” Powell said. “No matter where you are in life, you’ll always search for it. As a parent, an employee, a friend, a trainer, you’ll never feel like you have complete balance. That doesn’t mean you stop searching, you just have to adjust your expectations to understand that striving for balance will be just as rewarding as finding it.”

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