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CHARLENE MUSKEGO

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I’m a wife and a mother of two amazing daughters who are elite gymnasts. What inspired me was being indigenous, and witnessing struggles in the indigenous community. I lost my mother and sister to those struggles and I want to help and uplift indigenous communities through health and wellness. Essentially, anyone who wants to improve their lives through health and fitness!

I have been a WNBF Bikini Pro since 2017 which gives me experience with physique athletes. Placing 1st in my Pro debut in Edmonton in 2017, then placing Overall Top 5 at the WNBF World championships in 2021.

Age:
36

City/Country:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Occupation?
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)/Business Owner of TOSUM Ltd.

What are some common mistakes people make when starting a fitness journey, and how can they avoid them?
Not hiring a coach and properly learning technique and form is more crucial than the weight itself. Master the basics and the weight will come. It’s about performing safely and efficiently over rushing and weight. Also, a lot of people quit before they start seeing more results. It takes a lot of patience and consistency. You’re sculpting! It takes time!

Describe your experience working with clients who have different fitness levels and goals.
I love helping the new mom/new gym members and my daughters, who have no experience with weights. Seeing the excitement on their face as it becomes easier, and the weight becomes heavier.

It also excites me to work with my autistic client who enjoys playing the guitar when we are finished our session. Warms my heart because fitness is truly for everyone.

I love working with new physique clients for their first show as well. Being a Coach/PFT is such a rewarding experience and I love it. I’d like to say my passion chose me from the moment I competed in 2015 to now. I had no idea it would lead me to where I am today.

What is your training philosophy or approach when working with clients?
Remember…”Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent, and be patient.” -unknown

Emote (Thank you), for choosing me to help you along your fitness journey, whether you choose to stay for a little or a long time. I am happy to help.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I check all the ingredients of what I put into my body—especially being a natural athlete; you have to pass a urinalysis and lie detector for the federation that I compete with. As for sugars, moderation is key. I personally eat 80% healthy and 20% intuitive eating. While I’m in prep, I clean-eat according to my coach’s macronutrient numbers. I tried the strict diet approach at the beginning of my fitness journey; in which I developed an allergic reaction to apples which I had been eating my entire life until that moment.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
As previously stated, I lost my late mom and sister in 2020/2021. 6 months apart right before I competed in 2021. Never experienced grief and I was shocked by the news. Having to plan my late mother’s funeral in BC during COVID-19, I didn’t get a chance to attend my late sister’s funeral due to Covid restrictions. I chose to continue with my competition as I have been prepping for the last two years for it. Working with a therapist, that would be my highest recommendation is to have a professional help you. Plus a great support system as I had my husband help me through it all. I also dived into books and websites to grasp a deeper understanding of what I was going through and feeling. Gabor Mate is a fantastic read and helped a lot. The gym was also a huge help and outlet, and staying busy while training for the 2021 show. It was by far the hardest prep of my life. With the amazing experience of my placement (Top 5) on my late mom’s birthday on a World Stage, It felt so surreal. The best part was coming home and seeing how excited my daughters were and my eldest saying she wanted to compete one day too. My family was so proud of me and it felt that all the blood, sweat, and tears were worth it all.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor-in-Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
I don’t have a question, but I would love to say thank you for this amazing opportunity. I only hope that my fitness journey can inspire the next person!

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
OMG!! I absolutely idolize Arnold Schwarzenegger! Wow! Thank you so much!! I am beyond grateful and excited!! It brought tears to my eyes!! I had no idea!! I will ask Arnold to sign my books LOL! His was the first bodybuilding book I read back in 2014 when I first started this journey.

What are your long-term career goals as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue growing in this field?
I would love to open my own gym one day! And help others with their fitness goals. As a WNBF Bikini Pro, I hope to one day become an overall World Champ!

What are your future goals and aspirations as a fitness trainer, and how do you plan to continue making a positive impact in the fitness industry?
To help others with their fitness goals and continue leading by example.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
To be PATIENT. I am not a very patient person and this was by far the biggest lesson I have learned. But also to be grateful. To appreciate and be more present.

What does success look like for you?
My family. Seeing my children happy and thriving with their own goals in life.

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Photos By: Shari Luchko

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