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23: Shari-Beth Susskind – Creating Community from Personal Training Clients

By March 11, 2015Podcasts
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Personal trainers around the world don’t typically call the group of people that they train a community. In fact, their clients almost never actually know one another, unless they happen to pass by while walking through the gym.

Our guests this week, Shari-Beth Susskind and two of her clients, Robyn and Gail, talk about how the Whole Life Challenge changed all this for her group of clients.

Shari-Beth is a personal trainer, and for this Challenge, she signed up herself, and got all of her clients to join her. For the first time ever, it turned a bunch of individuals into a small community. It brought them together, introducing them to each other for the first time, giving them a long-term goal, and giving them a common shared daily struggle.

The impact has been tremendous — truly life changing for many of the people on their team.

The other effect? It humanized Shari-Beth. For the first time ever, her clients could see that just because she looked great and was strong in the gym, she too struggled with various parts of being healthy.

Join us as Shari-Beth, Gayle, and Robin share their team’s story.

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.