Former Ohio State University student Elisabeth Tavierne implemented CHAARG, a fitness sorority that stands for Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls. It's like a regular sorority but instead of chick flicks and pizza, the sisters connect over a passion for fitness.
Tavierne, who is a former competitive swimmer, realized that women rarely left the cardio area of the gym at OSU. Therefore, Tavierne banded together with a group of fitness enthusiasts to "liberate girls from the elliptical and find their passion for fitness."
So how is this sorority any different from a regular fitness club? In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Tavierne spoke about the "sisterly" aspects of CHAARG. She said:
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CHAARG takes on the characteristics of a sorority by requiring members to pay semesterly dues, attend weekly meetings (in leggings and sneakers rather than black dresses and pins), and being a national organization with chapters at 23 universities.
When we think of a fitness sorority, the scene in "Sydney White" when the sorority sisters eat tiny breakfasts and fat-shame Amanda Bynes' character for having a full plate comes to mind. However, Tavierne made it clear during her Cosmopolitan interview that the sorority praises health, strength, and confidence rather than thigh gaps. She said:
"We know that it's how our body feels that matters, not the size of our legs or the number on the scale."
— SHE WORE A CROWN & SHE CAME DOWN IN A BUBBLE, DOUG (@Mel__Kru) June 24, 2015
Watch this video of two besties working out together if you need a little motivation to join an organization like CHAARG:
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