Photo Credit: Courtesy of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Cornell McClellan - coach for the iVillage Get Moving Now Community Challenge – is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and a fitness consultant and personal trainer to the First Family of United States of America. He is also the owner of Naturally Fit, a training and wellness facility in Chicago.
McClellan is on a mission to illustrate how fitness can be achieved through a holistic approach that enhances the mind, strengthens the body, and nurtures the spirit; he encourages achieving the proper balance in pursuit of a totally fit lifestyle.
McClellan began his journey into the world of physical fitness over 30 years ago, first as a karate student and later as an instructor. It was during his time as a coach for children in the sports of basketball and football that he realized his passion for activities involving both physical and mental discipline. His involvement with the physical fitness of youth continued throughout his career as he spent much of his time as a wrestling and fitness coach for neighborhood youth. This led him to the sport of weight lifting where he became a training partner for several weight lifting enthusiasts who went on to win titles for the Illinois Cup, Mr. Illinois, Mr. U.S.A., Mr. America and Mr. Universe. This experience set the stage for McClellan’s entrance into personal training. Having dabbled in so many different areas of fitness, McClellan possesses a variety of perspectives that contribute to his extensive knowledge of the human body and nutrition.
McClellan has served on the international board for Earth Save; an organization founded to bring the world closer to a plant-based lifestyle and is a member of Roots of Peace, a Chicago-based vegan group whose mission is to educate the children and community about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. He is a recipient of the Fit to Serve Service Award, 2002 presented by the African-American Association of Fitness Professionals and Creativity United, Inc.'s 2002 Award of Excellence.
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