• Charlie McCarson

How Fitness Saved My Life (part 1)

Hey guys, my name is Charlie and I used to eat Mcdoubles and taco bell for dinner. Every other day. It was pretty bad. I guess it never really hit home until I saw a picture of myself on facebook when I was 18 and a picture of myself at 26 (thanks social media). My boss at the time had dubbed me “big guy”. I thought it was endearing at the time until it hit me. My nickname wasn’t always “big guy”. In fact, I practically lived at the basketball court as a teen. At 26 years old I was 60 lbs overweight, smoked a pack of Marlboro’s a day, and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without at least 2 or 3 expletives pouring out of my mouth.


Now, my grind has definitely changed. I’m a certified personal trainer, the gym is my second home, and I eat pretty darn healthy (yes, I do have cheat meals, don’t judge me). I’m 32 and I feel like I’m 22 (most of the time). My video game collection still exists, and I probably won’t be winning the ninja warrior crown anytime soon, but I’ve come a long way. I’m sharing my story because i hope that my experiences will help you realize that any and ALL of your goals can be attained. For realsies. Anything. You CAN lose that weight, you CAN get that promotion, you CAN ace that exam.

You just need a plan!

So here’s my story, I hope you guys like it.

Richmond, VA. Another day at work. God it was boring. I couldn’t wait for my next smoke break. At least I could get off the sales floor for a little bit and “breathe” (or smoke a cigarette in this case). I was a glorified supervisor at a grocery store. Coaching people always seemed to come second nature to me, and I had a good bond with the crew I had been working with at the time (Coaching is way more fun when you aren’t at a grocery store). But something felt wrong. I wanted better for myself, my girlfriend (who is now my wife, love you babe!), and my overall health. I used to be in such good shape what the heck happened?

This… this is what happened. A LOT

So I decided I’d start working out and reading nutritional info online to get some direction. I promised myself and my g/f that I would start being honest with myself and sharing my feelings and thoughts (this was super important, at least for me). You know, Stuff that I’d never let go of. It helped. A LOT. Cardio was my workout of choice when I had gotten started. I would go to my apartment gym everyday and run about a mile, sometimes a mile and a half and clocked myself. After about 2 weeks I started seeing some pretty decent improvements on my time, but I was still smoking. So I decided it was time to stop abusing myself. I called a quit hotline from the breakroom at work, got myself some free nicorette, and I was off. I still ran a lot, and had eventually gotten a gym membership. Every workout I’d remind myself about how much better I had gotten, and how much better I’d be once I kicked the habit. About 2 months later, I finally put down the cigs, and am breathing and performing better than ever.

My body was feeling great, and my mind was clear. Now I just needed a plan. I knew it was time to get a better job, and to do something I loved. I couldn’t wait, But what now?

Alright guys, i'm off to the gym, but check back soon to hear about how I created a plan for my health and future, and hopefully it will speak to you too!

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Hi! I'm Charlie!


I teach busy pros in their 30's-50's how to find balance in their lives and to feel strong, healthy, happy, and wealthy. In a world full of 30-day detoxes, Instagram influencers, and fad diets it's nearly impossible to find out what works best. What makes these programs any different?

Our programs are built for the long term. No yoyo diets, no trends, just results. You will be provided with scientifically proven methods to target whatever your goal may be, as well as the direction needed outside of the gym to target those pesky behaviors that cause you to derail or give up. Ever go to the gym 7 days a week, and eat perfectly all the way until Friday just to derail from your goals? This is the sort of thing we specialize in. A little bit about me:

I've been in business for 4 years and been training myself for almost a decade. I used to play in a band, worked in retail, smoked cigarettes, and partied like crazy. I also struggled with low self-confidence and was overweight. Fast forward to today, I'm 70 lbs lighter, no more smoking, and feel confident in my own skin and daily life. I've also transitioned to fitness full time since last year, and have the education, testimonials, and experience to not only crush your goals, but to provide you with the tools to make them stick far past the age of your before and after shot. 

If you are looking for a quick fix or “abs in 30 days” and expecting to keep them, I’m absolutely not your guy. However, if you are looking to get off the trend train and start getting results that last a lifetime, give me a call or shoot me a message today. If you want to change it starts AND ends with you. By reading this far, you've already started, don't hold yourself up any longer, your time is important.

St Petersburg, Fl





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