When Charlotte Aptitude made the quilt of Muscle & Health Hers again 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 Celebrity on the within. “I had no concept what I used to be moving into, or what I wished to perform,” she says. “I began wrestling for my little brother after which the following factor you realize, it’s, ‘OK, I like this!’ and, ‘OK, I slot in!’”
Having excelled in faculty sports activities, the woman from Charlotte, NC, hadn’t grown up with plans to comply with 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 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 wished 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 saved me within the recreation after I first began.”
When Reid tragically handed away in 2013, Charlotte determined to offer WWE her all, and have become the NXT girls’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 deliver favor from WWE chiefs, there have been some lofty expectations for the offspring of a 16-time world wrestling champion. “Having a personality and figuring out something about wrestling, performing, stage fright, none of these issues got here naturally to me,” recollects Aptitude. “However simply being within the ring and being bodily, and with the ability to outshine or sustain with the opposite guys and ladies within the ring… after I first began, that was large to me.”
Coaching herself for greatness
At this time, her checklist of accomplishments makes for a dream WWE résumé. “Second Nature” has each proper to be known 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 major occasion alongside Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey in 2019. “Right here I’m, carrying out all of that in such a brief period of time,” she says. “It’s onerous to consider that shy woman [having a cover shoot] in 2015, after which being right here as we speak.” Charlotte had been a private coach for 3 years earlier than signing with WWE, and had a great understanding of train and vitamin, however lately wrestling is her focus. “I feel I’d relatively prepare a wrestler than be a bodily health coach,” she says.
However how did Charlotte evolve from being a school pupil, 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 could possibly be on TV, or be a performer, or any of these issues … why did I inform myself that for thus a few years? And now, right here I’m, probably the most embellished girls’s champion of all-time. Why will we inform ourselves that we are able to’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 massive display screen?
With the wrestling world bowed at her toes, what’s subsequent for the queen to perform? Will she comply with her famous person contemporaries, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena, and make her mark in Hollywood? “I don’t wish to power it,” says Aptitude. “However then it’s like, ‘Wait. Do I not wish to power it as a result of I’m frightened of it?’ So, I’m going to begin appearing courses, 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 form all-year-round is a part of the job once you’re a WWE Celebrity. “I simply turned 35, and I’m like, I wish to be in the most effective 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 discovered to gradual her coaching down relatively than rush by actions, taking the time to isolate completely different physique elements. “It’s a must 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, looking 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 larger 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 journey 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 girls’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 after I was youthful, and there’s something to figuring out your physique, like easy methods to maintain it, and stability,” she says.
Health, future, and feminine inspiration
Since her final “M&F” shoot in 2015, Charlotte Aptitude has additionally targeted on her vitamin, spacing out 5 meals per day, and extra just lately swapping potatoes for tortillas. “It’s about portion management,” she says. “It is determined by what your objectives are.” For breakfast, Aptitude has protein enriched oatmeal, then she might select steak with two tortillas and cactus for lunch, then maybe a hen dish with half a cup of rice, cucumbers and lettuce. She additionally enjoys hen with asparagus.
Regardless of the future holds for the professional wrestling nice, her journey little doubt 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 large!’”
No, you don’t get large … you get attractive!