We had the good fortune of connecting with Claudine Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Claudine, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As a wife, mother & trainer, I’m constantly asking myself this question: can I truly care for others if I don’t take time to care for myself? And the answer is a resounding NO. I unapologetically carve out time to hang with my friends or take myself out to eat or even just quietly sit in the car with my cellphone.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With over 20 years of professional experience in the fitness industry, I just keep on doing a job that I would do for free. In fact, I do teach a couple classes a week for absolutely FREE. No catch, no gimmicks, no sales pitch. Like free for real. In an effort to bring health & wellness to my ‘hood, I teach a couple free classes every week in the City of Inglewood.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hike at Kenneth Hahn Park. Coffee at Hilltop Inglewood. Lunch at Sage Vegan Bistro. People watching on Venice Beach. Happy Hour at Fiesta Martin. Dancing at The Savoy Inglewood.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband holds me all the way down. He is quiet. I am loud. He’s behind the scenes. I’m in front of the camera. I am an entrepreneur. He has a 9-5. Our balance is truly unique. If anyone deserves a piece of the credit for my success in the fitness industry, it is Paul Cooper. He is a silent supporter, but he calls himself my “number one fan.” Our 17 year marriage and our three children are my greatest accomplishments.

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