As a part of our Black Leaders Day celebration, we are sharing the stories of our Black instructors and supporting the causes that matter most to them.
Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Charis Ruth. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Hip Hop Instructor who helps build self-esteem, confidence, results, and strong bodies.
Read more about Charis below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for a class.
Q&A with Charis
- Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a fitness instructor. How did you get started? Is there an achievement you’re particularly proud of?
I started my fitness journey in 2010 teaching Hip Hop, Zumba, and Chairotica at an all-women gym in Lake Mary, Florida. It was a total vibe learning to love myself and view what I see in the mirror as something powerful.
I’m extremely proud of the fact that 11 years later, I’ve trained thousands of people through dance aerobics, fitness (strength, cardio, abs, HIIT and etc.), gymnastics, stretching, yoga, and boot camp. I’m also proud of creating my very own CharisJoyBeautyFIT mobile and virtual training.
- What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
CharisJoyBeautyFIT is all about changing the inside first so that your outside can match. It all starts with nurturing the mind to care for the body.
- What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership to me is being a product of the product –– making affirmative influences, by showing the path, going the path, and also fulfilling the goals.
- How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
It is extremely important for me to represent not just the black community, but women of color in the wellness industry because there is socially and physically a lack of representation. We all look different, are built differently, have different faces, but our goal is the same – to look and feel our best; to lead for the love, health, and wealth of our community.
- We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
I am supporting Truth for Raleigh. It’s a social and economic campaign lead by Dr. Terrance Ruth. He’s a 37-year-old lecturer at N.C. State’s School of Social Work and executive director of the Justice Love Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for social justice causes. His commitment to community engagement and development has been something that is so special to me and pretty remarkable because I’ve watched him help in improving public trust by caring about what the community thinks, not just doing what’s expected. Not to brag, but he is also my brother.
- Is there someone in the Black community or a figure in history who inspires you and whom you wish more folks knew about? We’d love to hear about them!
Christopher Ruth is the store manager of the Ferguson, Missouri Community Starbucks. The Ferguson, MO Michael Brown incident was a big eye-opener for the community and the world around it and it was important for them to turn tragedy into a victory. So the Mayor, James Knowles III, and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Shultz graciously stepped in to help give back jobs to the youth and help them get what they needed to be productive citizens. Ruth, not new to Starbucks, transferred to Ferguson and he is already providing training, creating local jobs, and building up his exceptional team of future leaders.