When Charlotte Flair made the duvet of Muscle & Fitness Hers back in 2015, she appeared cool and picked up on the surface, however the daughter of professional wrestling icon Ric Aptitude was nonetheless attending to grips with life as a WWE Famous person on the within. “I had no concept what I used to be stepping into, or what I needed to perform,” she says. “I began wrestling for my little brother after which the subsequent factor you already know, it’s, ‘OK, I like this!’ and, ‘OK, I slot in!’”
Having excelled in faculty sports activities, the lady from Charlotte, NC, hadn’t grown up with plans to follow her father’s path, however this had been the dream of her youthful brother, Reid. When Reid met with WWE execs, Charlotte accompanied him, and was additionally inspired to comply with within the household enterprise. However whereas stepping by means of the ropes provided an thrilling future, Charlotte didn’t click on with the game immediately. “Sure, I’m Ric Aptitude’s daughter, however simply because he was a wrestler didn’t imply that I needed to be a wrestler,” she says. “[But] having the sports activities background, and enjoying volleyball in faculty, the athleticism got here naturally to me. I feel that was the one factor that stored me within the sport once I first began.”
When Reid tragically handed away in 2013, Charlotte determined to offer WWE her all, and have become the NXT women’s champion 14 months later.
“I simply devoted every thing to him,” she says. Whereas some observers felt that being a part of wrestling royalty would convey favor from WWE chiefs, there have been some lofty expectations for the offspring of a 16-time world wrestling champion. “Having a personality and understanding something about wrestling, performing, stage fright, none of these issues got here naturally to me,” remembers Aptitude. “However simply being within the ring and being bodily, and having the ability to outshine or sustain with the opposite guys and ladies within the ring… once I first began, that was huge to me.”
Coaching herself for greatness
At this time, her record of accomplishments makes for a dream WWE résumé. “Second Nature” has each proper to be referred to as Queen, owed to a number of world title reigns, a Royal Rumble win, and naturally, being a part of the first-ever all-female WrestleMania most important occasion alongside Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey in 2019. “Right here I’m, undertaking all of that in such a brief period of time,” she says. “It’s onerous to consider that shy lady [having a cover shoot] in 2015, after which being right here at this time.” Charlotte had been a private coach for 3 years earlier than signing with WWE, and had a very good understanding of exercise and nutrition, however today wrestling is her focus. “I feel I’d reasonably practice a wrestler than be a bodily health coach,” she says.
However how did Charlotte evolve from being a school scholar, afraid of public talking, to wrestling in entrance of 80,000 followers? “It’s about being variety to your self,” says Aptitude. “The way you discuss to your self actually issues. I by no means believed that I might be on TV, or be a performer, or any of these issues … why did I inform myself that for therefore a few years? And now, right here I’m, probably the most adorned ladies’s champion of all-time. Why can we inform ourselves that we will’t do one thing? It’s as a result of we’re frightened of it. So, do what you’re frightened of. That largest concern that you’ve…do this!” says Aptitude. “When my music hits, I rework into one thing else.”
A Aptitude for the large display screen?
With the wrestling world bowed at her ft, what’s subsequent for the queen to perform? Will she comply with her celebrity contemporaries, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena, and make her mark in Hollywood? “I don’t need to drive it,” says Aptitude. “However then it’s like, ‘Wait. Do I not need to drive it as a result of I’m frightened of it?’ So, I’m going to start out performing lessons, and if the roles come, and I’m chosen, I’d like to be in an motion film or play a superhero or one thing like that.”
For Charlotte Aptitude, being in superhero shape all-year-round is a part of the job while you’re a WWE Famous person. “I simply turned 35, and I’m like, I need to be in one of the best form of my life,” she says. “I’ve performed CrossFit and I used to be actually into working in faculty, however proper now I really like bodybuilding.”
As Aptitude has matured, she’s learned to slow her training down reasonably than rush by means of actions, taking the time to isolate totally different physique elements. “It’s important to comply with a system and monitor it, and be regimented,” she says. The queen first fell in love with Olympic lifting when she got here to WWE, searching for to emulate the coaching of John Cena, and has since grown to know the results of every motion. “I’m like, OK, can I get an even bigger butt? Can I get greater shoulders?” she asks herself with every rep.
To complement her bodybuilding, Charlotte Aptitude alternates between common cardio and HIIT circuits for 3 days per week. When COVID closed gyms, she transformed her storage right into a gymnasium and flipped tires, jumped rope, and cycled. “I’ll cycle with an app the place we do 20 seconds on, and 20 seconds off, or I’ll experience across the park. We’ll do pull ups, dips and push ups earlier than we begin the exercise.” Regardless of wrestling within the first ever ladies’s Hell in a Cell match, and persistently placing her physique on the road, Aptitude nonetheless feels as wholesome as ever. “I used to be a gymnast once I was youthful, and there’s something to understanding your physique, like how one can maintain it, and stability,” she says.
Health, future, and feminine inspiration
Since her final “M&F” shoot in 2015, Charlotte Aptitude has additionally centered on her diet, spacing out 5 meals per day, and extra just lately swapping potatoes for tortillas. “It’s about portion control,” she says. “It will depend on what your targets are.” For breakfast, Aptitude has protein enriched oatmeal, then she might select steak with two tortillas and cactus for lunch, then maybe a rooster dish with half a cup of rice, cucumbers and lettuce. She additionally enjoys rooster with asparagus.
Regardless of the future holds for the professional wrestling nice, her journey little question serves as an inspiration for girls trying to attain their very own potential.
“Being robust, and a badass within the gymnasium, it’s attractive,” says Aptitude. “I feel so many ladies are scared to select up a weight, as a result of they’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I’d get huge!’”
No, you don’t get huge … you get attractive!