We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanon Finley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanon, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is my passion for learning. I’m insatiably curious and always seek opportunities to learn, explore, experience, and observe. So I train, all the time, in all kinds of different ways; discovering new methods of moving my body, which in turn keeps my mind engaged and focused hence my motto, “Work the body, Calm the mind.”
When it comes to training my clients, learning is an essential part of the work. First, I have to understand this individual – where they come from, where they’ve been, what they need and what they want to achieve. Then I have to create a specific program that will not just move them toward their goals, but do so in a positive, healthy way that allows them to acknowledge and appreciate for themselves all the work they are doing to reach said goals.
Very rarely is there a straight, linear path from where a client is to where they want to be. And I’ve found that by keeping my clients motivated, interested, and surprised by type of work we do, I make the path clearer, maybe a little shorter, and a lot more fun.
Countless clients tell me that they used to hate training but now they are excited to work out. And hearing that never gets old because it confirms that I’m staying true to my promises to them. I push my clients to demand more from themselves, to try new things and find the play aspect of training that makes them fall in love with it.
Training is not just about physical fitness. It’s not just about functional fitness. I strive to aid my clients in whole wellness. By creating new, positive habits while also facilitating a body-positive self-reflection, I’m setting my clients up for success and that is what makes my job so fulfilling.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a functional trainer that understands what it’s like to have a body that isn’t co-operating as it should.
I started training clients when I was 21 but when I turned 23, I found myself unable to do simple daily tasks. I couldn’t stand or walk for long periods of time, and was constantly in immense pain. Eventually I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I spent years doing physical therapy several times a week and it reconfirmed to me that movement was the one of the best tools we have to heal our bodies..
What sets me apart from other trainers is that I make movement mindful, playful, and accessible.
Mindfulness in movement is about being present in the moment and I strive to cultivate that presence in my clients during our sessions. Life is full of distraction, and creating time for meditation or other mindfulness exercises can be a chore. So I do the work of putting my clients to work in such a way that they get those benefits while improving their mobility and ability.
Playfulness in movement allows for curiosity, adaptation, and evolution. I want my clients to securely and safely step outside of their comfort zone, which in turn delivers a brand new experience every time we train.
Many people believe that aging is synonymous with weakness, frailty, and bodily limitations. I believe, that introducing new movement patterns, tools, and methodological styles in training keeps both the brain and the body working, which in turn, maintains health.
Accessibility is key for me. I offer one on one training sessions, group sessions, and I have a Youtube channel where I post a new workout every Saturday. I want people to love movement and I want people who may not have the means to pay for training to have access to high quality, diverse training options.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Last BookStore in DTLA and Book Monster in Santa Monica to wander and check out used books.
Harvelle’s in Santa Monica for some great live music and dive bar action.
Baja Buds for a great burrito on the westside.
High Tea at the Getty Villa
The Blind Barber in Culver City for drinks and late night grilled cheese.
Spend the day exploring the beautiful grounds and relax on the grass at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.
Kimpton La Peer Hotel in Weho for the best pool lounge day.
Circle X Ranch for hiking and exploring the great outdoors.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I dedicate this shoutout to my partner, Charlie Phoenix. Not only does she love and encourage me in everything I do, she spends countless hours training with me, playing with movement, and challenging my perspectives of what’s possible.
Also deserving of recognition is every teacher and trainer I’ve had. Every time I learn something new, it’s humbling and scary. I am grateful to those who came before me.
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