“My mission is to motivate, inspire and encourage individuals to become more active and live a more fit and healthy lifestyle.”
– Sherina Chandra, Owner of Uplift Fitness & Lifestyle
We had the pleasure of interviewing Sherina and shining some light on her business, life as an entrepreneur, and who she is as a woman – one that left us feeling very inspired…in fact, very UPLIFTED! Enjoy the conversation below…
Who is Sherina and what are the hats you wear in life?
First and foremost I am ‘Sherina.’ I am a positive individual, who has learned to love life and appreciate the struggles that come along with it. Professionally, I am a high school business teacher and more recently, a Personal Trainer and a business woman.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I have the ability to manifest things that I say, because from the age of 5 I always said I would become a teacher. As I grew into my adulthood, I lost desire to become a teacher because I was working for an airline and loved it. However, later I realized that teaching was actually something I wanted to do. It’s funny because I fell into teaching business and I love it! Little did I know that it would actually lead to me starting a business.
What core values do you bring from your personal life to your business?
Honesty, respect, transparency, authenticity, kindness and compassion. I believe in being a nice, positive and understanding person. The one thing about me is there is that I am the same Sherina professionally as I am personally.
If you were given 5 more hours in a day what would you do with them?
I would spend it doing what I love – no doubt that I would spend it educating people about health and wellness and helping them transform their lifestyle. I may also spend some of this time just out and about talking and meeting people. I love getting to know people and hearing their stories!
What is your favourite part about living in Greater Vancouver?
The diversity of people and mix of cultures. It’s amazing to live in a place where people are so accepting of each other and are so open to sharing their cultures!
ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS
At what point in your life did you find an interest in Health & Wellness?
I openly share my life with people because I feel that it shows I’m human and also because it may help others know that they are important. In 2013, I practically just gave up. I was giving so much of time to my career, volunteering, working 2 jobs, going to school, you name it and I did it. I went through a fairly big depression. I had so much going for myself, but I wasn’t happy. I had also gained a lot of weight because I didn’t have the time to plan a proper diet and exercise. In an effort to deal with my depression and make myself get out of the house, I began weight lifting. I contacted a Personal Trainer (Dawn Alison) and she pretty much told me that I was out of shape. I wanted to prove her wrong so I started to workout hard and eat healthy. It took almost no time to transform my lifestyle, shed all the pounds I gained, take charge of my diet and think positively. Fast forward to now, I have become a certified Personal Trainer and lifestyle transformer.
How would you describe your brand to those who are being introduced to it for the first time? What’s your mission?
‘Uplifting’ – I chose the colour turquoise more than anything to represent my brand because it signifies the mind and body. It’s about increasing growth and muscular strength, enhancing communication skills, self-actualization, and protects us from negative energy. It also brings wisdom and truth. Other associations are: emotional balance, intuition, patience, spiritual grounding, energy, love and wholeness. This really is my ‘uplifting’ brand.
How important is for women to incorporate fitness into their lifestyle? What has changed for you since you have done so?
To me, based on my experiences of how fitness has not just transformed by body but my lifestyle – I would say it’s very important.
Although I take part in fitness competitions as a bikini competitor, I want women to know that body image is not what I aim for. I feel that fitness is the key to creating a life of your dreams because it it’s the very thing one needs to gain a positive mindset, to challenge themselves, and to become stronger – physically, mentally and emotionally. My whole lifestyle has changed! Things have just started to flow to me naturally because I have become positive and have learned to focus on my needs a little bit more.
What was the best compliment that you have ever received from a client?
I frequently get compliments about my shoulders. But in all seriousness the best compliment has actually been non-verbal. It’s been women, either they be clients or women a part of my circle, who have started to take better care of their needs after being exposed to my story. I am very transparent about myself. It’s because I want women to know that they have all the power within themselves to transform their lifestyles and to feel only good things about themselves.
What are 3 simple exercises a woman can do any day, anywhere to help improve her health & fitness?
Simple, yet impactful exercises are using your own body weight: squats – you are engaging your core (abs), and working out your glutes, hamstrings and quads; an easy way to burn a lot of calories. Push-ups – you are working your shoulders, chest and triceps and of course engaging that core again. Planks – again it’s very important to engage those core muscles. I actually do not do a single ab exercise because all my workouts involve me engaging my core. One more (a bonus). Jumping lunges. It’s great cardio while working out your legs and getting a good sweat without even going to the gym!
ABOUT LIFE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR
What was the best business advice you were given?
To be drive by my passion not money
What does success mean to you?
It’s simple – to wake up feeling happier each day because I am doing what I love!
What tools have helped you along the way as an entrepreneur?
People. Seriously, being approached by a stranger or vice versa and just chatting about ‘life.’ It’s really refreshing and as an entrepreneur it’s allowed me to become more compassionate, accepting and understanding of people and their experiences.
How do you achieve balance in your life?
By making myself a priority. It wasn’t an easy thing to do at first, but the minute I began to take care of needs first everything else just started to take care of itself and balance out.
What advice do you have for the young girls who aspire to be an entrepreneur one day?
Be real, know that you are worth everything and more, you are much stronger than what you may think you are, and don’t give up your passion. Lastly, learn to appreciate your struggles because it’s the resistance that makes you stronger and more determined.
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