In this interview, you will learn about Rachel Turner, a Columbus based fitness and life coach who takes a unique approach to women’s health through her business Strong Chicks Rock.
What is SCR? How do you differentiate yourself from other trainers: Strong Chicks Rock is an online platform for women who want to learn how to have more empowered relationships with food, movement, and their bodies. I differentiate from other personal trainers because I am anti-diet. Fitness is only 2% of what I do, everything else is more mindset to help women feel more confident. I help women find their worth outside of what their bodies look like.
Are there any other programs like SCR: Honestly, I don’t think there are. There are not very many programs that focus on food, movement, AND your mindset through individualized one-on-one coaching.
In your opinion, what is the best benefit of regular exercise: You feel more normal and more grounded in your body. When you utilize movement as a tool to feel more connected to yourself, you show up in the world more at ease. Movement can make you feel at least 1%. That’s the best tool that you have.
Favorite food: Toast with lots of butter.
As a mother, what is the most important thing to instill in your child: To be kind and compassionate. That’s the greatest thing my Dad ever did for me, to teach me to be kind and compassionate. My business is rooted in that and I can see that now in Cooper, my son.
Favorite tattoo and why: My lightning bolt. A lot of people in my business have told me that they love my vibe and the way I show up in the world. In high school, I never felt like myself. I was trying to be what I thought people wanted me to be. When I started showing up online as who I am and what I believe to be true, I felt like my vibe was very electric and powerful.
What did you want to be when you grew up: A writer for a magazine.
Tell me about self-care: Self-care is whatever you want it to be. The world makes self-care about to be manicures and bath bombs and massages. Those are great, but self-care is also eating a vegetable and doing things that make you feel more connected to your mind and your body and your soul. Like exercising or telling the truth. When we can see self-care as all of those things, that’s really powerful.
You change women's lives for a living, how does that feel: **I’m gonna cry** Um, it feels like the greatest thing in the world. I didn’t have my mom growing up and I didn’t know what it felt like to have a woman in my life who believed in me. Being able to offer that to other women is really important to me.
Movie every girl should watch before graduating high school: How to be Single.
What is a hidden treasure here in Columbus: Dan the Baker toast bar. That really speaks to my soul.
3 things you wish you could tell your 17-year-old self:
It is not in pretending to be something that you’re not that you will create meaningful connections.
Things that make you human, like your silliness, are so important and the things that will help you survive life.
We all feel too much and we all feel crazy and weird and like we’re alone. When we stop isolating ourselves, we can find connection.