Health and Fitness Talk recently caught up with National Physique Committee competitor Kendi Charls, to talk about her life as a fitness competitor, her training and her diet.
One hundred percent, my greatest fitness accomplishment was stepping on stage for the first time. I had no doubt that if I had the guidance from a trainer that my body would be where it I needed it to be when the time came. I had 10 weeks and although my trainer wasn’t even sure if I would be lean enough, I assured him I would do everything I needed to do to make it happen. For me, that was the easy part. What I didn’t realize was how important and perfect the hair, makeup, tanning, nails, suit and everything else had to be to make this happen. Wow.
It was a new world for me – that is for sure. I also was not into the idea of putting on a tiny suit that covers basically nothing and prancing around in front of a large audience. Going into my first show, I knew this would be the only thing that may make me turn around and forget the blood, sweat and tears I had put in with dieting and gym time. However, with enough studying and trying to figure this world out I made it happen and I had to say I was pretty proud of myself. I placed 4th in my very first show and I didn’t even know for sure what I was doing or what I had gotten myself into.
I think at this point my personal and professional goals in fitness are one in the same. I love everything about this industry. I thoroughly enjoy watching people’s lives change for the better because they decided to wake up one day and be a healthier version of themselves. It doesn’t always take grueling workouts and two hours a day in the gym. For some, it’s just eating healthy and that alone can create a new you from the inside out. How we feel internally reflects on our whole being. If I feel like crap on the inside, I drag that feeling through my whole day and I push that onto others. What is the point? Why be unhappy with yourself when you can do things to change.
I would love to someday be an IFBB Figure Pro. I keep up on all the Pro Shows like most guys would follow football. I have my favorite athletes. I like to make bets with my fitness friends on who we think the top 5 will be and it’s now become “my thing!” I am currently qualified at a National level, which means I would need to do very well at my shows this year – very well as in 1st Place. There is work to do. I know this. I love pushing my limits, working on my weaknesses and being the best me I can be in all aspects of life. With fitness it’s no different.
I enjoy helping people along the way as they begin their journey, but most importantly, I love watching people go from an “okay” person to someone with so much more potential and most importantly a happier person. You can’t be happy with anyone or anything until you are first happy with yourself.