We had the good fortune of connecting with Christa Shelton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
My mantra: The greatest risk is not taking a risk. From a young age, I always believed that there was greater risk in NOT taking a risk. My greatest motivator in life has been to not live one of regret based on fear of the unknown. So with that philosophy always guiding me, I’ve taken my fair share of risks in my life and career. The first huge risk came after college when I decided to move to Los Angeles from the east coast. Another came some years later, when I decided to move to NYC, since it was always on my bucket list to live there. Neither of these moves had any guarantees, but when I feel compelled to move, I always believe there is a reason and press forward. Another example of this was when I decided to make a career change and obtain my certification in personal training. At the time I decided to do this, I was working somewhere that I had agreed to give a 60-day notice (completely unheard of I know) however, I strive to be a woman of my word, so I knew I planned to oblige. Anyway, that meant I had to put in my notice before securing a job since the likelihood of a new job waiting a full two months for me to start was slim to none. With my certification in tow, it was my plan to seek employment training at a corporate gym to get my “legs” as a trainer. So, I took a big risk in preparing to leave without an offer in place. This risk ended up paying off because during that time, I did indeed get a job offer at LA Fitness right as my time was winding down at my current place of employment. Talk about perfect timing! I had faith that I was headed in the right path and believed strongly that all would fall into place and it did. The second risk related to my new career in training came when I decided to leave L.A. Fitness to venture out to train on my own. With only a couple of my own clients on my roster, I gave my notice in order to start trying to build my own training business. I had only been training at the gym for about 4 months (which really felt more like 12 with the amount of work I did in that short time) but I knew it was time to make a switch before I burned myself out before I really got started in this new career. So, I bet on myself again and created a path for myself. My client list grew steadily and I did take a couple of part-time jobs in the midst as I was growing and within about a year and a half, I was training my own clients full-time! Now, of course there were bumps along the way and moments of doubt that tried to derail me, but I held steady because I knew that leading others along the path of wellness was truly my calling. Every other risk I had taken in previous years (there have been several- lol) prepared me for the moments when it was time to step into my true purpose. Risk IS scary and it asks a lot of you, but succeed or fail, I believe it always brings you closer to yourself and where you need to be in life at any given point in time. I’m sure my risk taking days are not behind me, but I continue to welcome those new opportunities to expand.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
#notjustrepsandsets is what I use to describe my business. Usually when people think of personal training, they think of the workout only. I believe what sets me apart is how I strive to connect with my clients on a deeper level. The exercises I take them through are only a small portion of what I do. My goal is to always help to lead my clients down a path that not only makes them stronger in their body, but also stronger in their minds. I believe that feeling stronger and more confident in your body, only opens the door for you to feel that way in every area of your life. So, when I train, I’m thinking of the person in front of me as a whole-mind, body and spirit and how we can work together to strengthen all of those areas while getting in a good sweat session!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
L.A. has SO MUCH to offer and showing people around the city is one of my favorite things to do! If a friend were in town for a week, some of my must see spots are- The Griffith Observatory, a ride along Mullholland Drive to take in some views, a hike at Griffith Park on one of my favorite trails, Six Flags Magic Mountain, a bike ride from Venice to Santa Monica, The Getty and the Huntington Library. I also love to eat, so we would also to Perch, Gracias Madre, Flore Vegan for brunch, Crossroads and Masa of Echo Park are a few of my favorite eating spots. I would also look into taking in some events going on in the city during their stay to see what else is going on. Events at the Hollywood Bowl are also always at the top of the list as well!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shout out to my AMAZING family and close friends. Their continued unwavering support always keeps me uplifted!