This week for the Strong and Empowered Women series we’re highlighting a woman who has done so much to help and empower other women. She touches every life she comes into contact with at Delta Life Fitness. She is truly an inspiration to women everywhere because of who she is and the action she takes day in and day out. She embodies everything about Delta Life’s #200committed mission. She does everything while still taking care of her family, friends and everyone around her. She always puts other’s needs above her own. She does it all while smiling and asking nothing of others.
Her name is Christin Cherry, and this week we recognize her for her outstanding contributions to Delta Life Fitness. Most importantly, for the role she plays in empowering others to be the best they can be. Her goal is, and always has been, to help others in whatever way she can.
Christin grew up in a small town in Texas. She had her first son, Hunter while she was still attending high school. For some women having a baby at such a young age could easily derail their goals, but Christin didn’t let that happen. Not only was she a fantastic mother, but she competed on the drill team, worked as a waitress, and had a very active social life.
Her boyfriend, Josh, proposed and she said yes. They got married when she was 17 years old. During this time, Christin took on the role of military spouse. She took care of their small family while her husband served in the United States Marine Corps, going on deployment after deployment. She stayed strong and stood by Josh every step of the way, embodying what it means to be a supportive military spouse.
After Josh returned home the Marine Corps stationed their family in North Carolina. This was the first time Christin was away from where she grew up. She knew no one in North Carolina, but she made the best of the situation while Josh left on two more deployments.
This girl is super woman!
After living in North Carolina their family was moved to Yuma, AZ. This was where Christin began to fall in love with fitness and healthy cooking. Christin had no idea that this interest would soon grow and become a much bigger part of her life.
They moved yet again to College Station, Texas. She began a career in photography and did amazing things with her business. She also took her interest in exercise to the next level. She began working on getting certified in exercise. She completed as many fitness certifications as she was able to, all with three small children. She worked hard, learning as much as she could about exercise, fitness and health.
When Josh and Christin opened their first gym in Texas she taught Zumba and boot camp classes. She was helping others with their fitness and health goals everyday and loving it. After they were stationed in Pensacola, Florida she began offering boot camp classes in a park for those looking for an amazing and intense workout. One evening, while instructing classes an intoxicated stranger began harassing her and her members. She knew this could potentially endanger herself and others. Not instructing classes was not an option, and she decided it was time to take her fitness dreams to the next level by opening a Delta Life facility.
Christin has a drive and passion you don’t often see in people. Love that lady! – Tiffany
After that fateful day, she has since opened and ran two Delta Life Fitness facilities. She did the majority of this single-handedly while her husband was busy in flight school. She painted, laid down the floors and decorated the gym facilities. Christin and her children spent countless nights and weekends working on each of her Delta Life facilities, getting them ready to open.
She has grown tremendously, both has a person and business owner. She currently operates three gyms as well as the entire Delta Life Fitness exercise program. She has invested her heart and soul into the exercise program. She created the program to ensure that no matter where a woman is in the world she is able to get the workouts DLF produces, both in person and online.
Christin is an inspiration! She juggles a business, training, coaching, new challenges and being a single parent while Josh is across the country. She does it all energetically, with a smile on her face. I always look forward to seeing her beautiful smiling face when I come to the gym! – TJ
To this day, she works very hard to create the break down of each workout in easy to view videos for all the Delta Life facilities. She has created the official trainer certification every Delta coach uses. She has done all of this while being a full time and mostly single mother while her husband is stationed across the country, and running two of her own gym facilities.
This week instead of interviewing Christin to ask her how she has been empowered we decided to let her family, friends, Delta Life team members and gym members tell us how she has empowered them. Our stories are often times not told by how we see them, but by how people see us. Christin has impacted so many lives. She has a huge heart filled with compassion, determination and grit. Those around her are inspired everyday.
Wow, is all I can really say. When asked about Christin and the amazing person she is the only word that comes to mind is wow. The thing that is most unique and different about her is her attitude and outlook on life. She has been through so much and battled more than most will in a lifetime. From having a kid at a young age, supporting a young family with no money while her husband was constantly deployed, driving crap cars, and working crap jobs…no matter what she has faced in her life she always goes out with a fearless tenacity unlike anything I have ever seen. Even when she was driving a car that barely worked and was working at a job that barely paid you couldn’t tell it by talking to her. She was always happy. She was always bubbly, making the best out of everything. There was a time on this journey when I wanted to give up on Delta Life, and this woman has always guided me and inspired me. She is my rock. I thank God everyday for this amazing woman! – Josh
Christin and I have been best friends since we were 3 years old. I loved her so much I “tricked” her into marrying my brother and being in this family forever. She faces every challenge head on and with a beautiful smile. She empowers me every day to be like her in many ways, but mostly to be strong, kind and selfless. Christin has stood beside me through some of my darkest and best moments. She never once questioned me or judged me, but always stood beside me and supported my decisions. We’ve gone through LIFE together. For a while now we’ve had many miles between us but no matter what, if I need her she comes running…. Usually with a bottle of wine – Shylee
She always knows what to say and when to say it. She knows when to be strong and when to let go. She always puts others before herself and remembers everyone’s name. She may be petite, but she is doing big things. Thanks for being you Christin! – Hannah
Christin is simply amazing. She is kind hearted, genuine, and hard working. Since the day I met her, I knew we would be friends. She is an inspiration to me, and I admire what she has done for hundreds of women everywhere!!! – Cassandra
She is so easy to be around. You just feel like you can be you without judgement. I think that is what makes Delta Life special, and I think she was probably the inspiration for that idea. -Marion
I know I’m her mom, but this is truly the most selfless person I know. She’s more concerned with how she can lift up and help others than she is about her own well being. She’s an inspiration and I’m EXTREMELY proud to call her mine. – Michelle
She has helped show me and other women that you can own a business and still be a great mom. Life is all about balance. – Melissa
I never would have thought I could be doing what I am doing today if it wasn’t for the words Christin spoke to me the first day I met her. She didn’t even know me, but she already believed in me. – Chelsea
Christin has changed my life in ways that are hard to put into words. It began with her as my coach and turned into a friendship I am forever grateful for. She inspires and motivates me, not only in the gym but also in life. She works SO hard to help uplift and empower so many. She is a fireball (which I happen to love), and she never gives up. No matter what comes her way, she takes it and runs with it. I love her dearly and am so thankful and blessed to have her in my life. – Maryann
I wouldn’t be where I am today in the world of Delta Life if it wasn’t for Christin. I have learned so much from her and am forever grateful. – Jaid
Christin is the type of person/friend that understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you the way you are. – PaulA
Christin inspires women from all walks of life to believe in their selves and do things never thought possible. In my personal life, she has inspired and empowered me to take a leap of faith and begin a new adventure I never would have considered if she had not paved the way. She is a blessing in my life, and I’m thankful God sent her my way! – Liz
Christin treats everyone she meets as if they are family and that’s exactly what she is to me. She’s as strong as she is kind, and I’m so thankful for her friendship. She loves my kids as if they were her own and laughs at ALL my jokes. What more could you ask for in a friend? – Jenn W
Christin is such a generous person. From the first time I met her I was blown away by her generosity and kindness. She always has a smile on her face and brightens any room she walks into. – Jenn V
She brightens the room up. Being around Christin and hearing her talk has definitely taught me that anything is possible, not with just health but everyday life. – Hamilton
I have learned a lot from Christin. This amazing program she and Josh have created has given me my self esteem back when I needed it most. She was my first coach and has truly taught me so much! – Charity
Christin is an awesome chick, she made me comfortable being myself during my visit to Pensacola. She is definitely the definition of accountability and inspired me to hold myself much more accountable. With that being said, I have learned a lot from her, and I appreciate the knowledge she gave me. – Crystal
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