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To celebrate ACE's 35th Anniversary, we interviewed 4 ACE Pros that have been with us since the beginning to gain some insight into how far the fitness industry has come and how we've evolved over the years. They also imparted some incredible career advice to the next generation of fitness pros. 

Watch Charli's #MyACEvolution below and share yours this month for a chance to win a FREE Specialist Program. 

#MyACEvolution: Charli Sue Douglas 

Meet the incredible Charli, an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer for over 30 years. Her journey began when a friend opened a gym and invited her to be a full-time fitness instructor in the 1980’s, when leg warmers and leotards were the standard dress code.

As a cocktail waitress hanging ten in Hawaii, she never thought she’d be in this field, let alone have fitness become her life. But once she started, she never had a doubt this was her purpose. She flew to California to take her certification exams and went to IDEA conventions, becoming one of the first instructors to be certified in Hawaii as well as an IDEA state representative. Today, she is a Senior Fitness Specialist, working with Baby Boomers and their families at fitness centers.

Charli loves helping seniors realize how wonderful it is to move easily and enjoy life more fully into their 90’s and beyond by educating them about their bodies, coaching them to build muscles and guiding them through meditation.

This is her ACE Evolution. 

We Want to Hear YOUR #MyACEvolution

Do you have an inspiring story to share?

Celebrate our 35th anniversary with us by posting your #MyACEvolution on Instagram and inspiring other fitness professionals and enthusiasts! Every week in October, we’ll be giving away a Specialist Program to one amazing ACE Pro who has shared their career story with us. You’ve helped us evolve, now we want to share your evolution with the rest of the world!

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