What Being In CHAARG Taught Me
Start writing a post

What Being In CHAARG Taught Me

CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes, + Actions to Recreate Girls) is a health and fitness organization that works to empower college-aged women to find a passion for fitness!

What Being In CHAARG Taught Me
Cassie Ruml

I joined CHAARG 3 months ago, one day before my 19th birthday after attending their on-campus callout session at Purdue University. I had heard only briefly about CHAARG prior to the meeting, as my roommate had a friend back home who is a member of her university's respective chapter. Immediately following the meeting, I paid my membership dues and was welcomed to not only Purdue's campus chapter of CHAARG but the 10,000 women strong national sisterhood that is CHAARG. I have yet to regret my decision of joining at all.

Being apart of CHAARG has taught me so many invaluable lessons, all of which I am forever grateful for. From learning to be the best-fit version of myself I can be, learning to never limit myself because of my gender, and finally learning to love myself, including my mistakes and faults.

The first lesson (being the best-fit version of myself) was the lesson I expected to be taught seeing as the group is centered towards health and fitness, however it still means the world to me. What makes CHAARG unique is it doesn't set a preconceived image or standard for fit, but rather emphasizes finding the fittest version of yourself because it differs so widely from each individual woman. To do this, CHAARG encourages its members to try as many workouts offered as possible and hone in on what makes us feel the best or what boosts our confidence. Further, CHAARG also ensures that we motivate one another through our fitness journeys and never compare nor judge the accomplishments of one another, because of we all progress differently and positive support can be the best asset to success.

The second lesson CHAARG taught me was to never limit myself because of my gender. In essence, this means that I shouldn't isolate myself to typically female garnered workouts (ellipticals, bikes, etc) because society told me or I'm afraid of judgment that could arise from my decision to try something new. Workouts shouldn't be genderized and no one should be made to feel like they can't do something because of their gender identity. In efforts to change that, CHAARG routinely offers workouts that are typically more masculine such as Crossfit, weight lifting, and ROTC workouts. By partaking in these workouts, women are able to see just what their bodies are capable of doing and often left feeling unstoppable.

The third and final lesson CHAARG taught me was learning to love myself through my failures, mistakes, and faults. I've always been a hypercritical person, honing in and picking out everything I've done wrong or everything about me that is wrong so this was a hard lesson to learn but eventually hit me square in the face. CHAARG encourages us to love every inch of ourselves, from our stretch marks to our acne or the weird birthmarks we may possess because there is no right way to be beautiful- rather beauty is set by whoever possesses it. Further, CHAARG also emphasizes that because no two human beings are alike that we shouldn't spend time comparing our looks, achievements, or goals to those around us because everything is unique to the individual. Lastly, CHAARG also encourages its members to continuously support and uplift one another, so it's rough being hard on myself when I have hundreds of women hyping me up whenever I need it.

In summary, CHAARG has made me a stronger woman both mentally and physically and has truly shown me all of what I'm capable of both in the gym and in regular day to day life and for that, I am forever grateful.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments