Meet the Trainers

{The Basics}

Name: Charity Helvie
Age: 39
Family: Scott, Husband (19 years); Kids – Madison (18 – Freshman at UT Knox) and Alex (15 – 10th grade at Arlington)
Profession: Rodan + Fields Consultant
How long have you been a part of the LiveFit team? Since 2014
What classes do you teach? Currently, TRX Pilates, but I sub cycle, barre, and butts & guts

{Your Story}

What inspired you to start a career in fitness? I’ve been a part of LiveFIT since Adina started bootcamp at the park with paper plates. Through the friendships I formed at LiveFIT, I began to actually fall in love with working out because I could do it with my friends. I loved the feeling of getting stronger with each class! I struggled with depression several years ago, and the first thing my counselor asked me was whether or not I exercised. I did a little but not consistently enough. Now when I start to feel that struggle again, I quickly remind myself to get to a class because I know I’ll feel better afterwards. I love helping people feel stronger and more capable of doing the things they think they can’t do.
What do you love about your job? Hands down, the people I meet! LiveFIT is special – more than a community, it’s my family. I try hard to remember the names of everyone who comes to my class. I love getting to know them and hearing their stories.
What is your favorite workout to do on your own? You know it’s TRX! Ha! I have my own straps and love trying new things on them that I can also bring into class. I also love the mind body connection that comes through Pilates and Yoga.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Quality time is my love language, so time with my husband, kids, and friends fills my cup. I also love to travel and read books that challenge me to be a better me.

{ Help us!}

What are 3 things people may not know about you?
1.) I was born and raised in Knoxville and miss the mountains terribly. Go Vols!
2.) I love to write.
3.) I have a fear of commitment and have a gypsy soul, but I’m really working hard to say yes more!
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is on a journey to lose weight, but feeling discouraged? Remember that it IS a journey. We never truly arrive because the ultimate goal is to live your best life. Your best life is not going to look like anyone else’s. It will look unique to you and who God created you to be. Show yourself some grace and love and just keep going! The only way to fail is to quit, so don’t quit.
Anything else you would like to share? When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and went through multiple surgeries and 15 rounds of chemo, I realized in a whole new way how important it is to take care of our bodies. Exercise and eating clean did not prevent me from having cancer, but it did give me the foundation I needed to heal quickly and recover quickly from each step and bump I encountered. Then exercise became so much more to me than a way to look better, but it truly became a way to feel better and stronger and who doesn’t want that?!