Charles Austin graduated from Texas State University with a Business Management degree. He competed as a professional athlete for 15 years where he worked closely with his agent on all of his business arrangements. After winning the Olympic High Jump Gold Medal, he self published his book, Head Games: Life’s Greatest Challenge which focuses on the mental aspects of setting and achieving desired goals . In 2001, he started his So High Sports and Fitness training business. His 800 square feet So High Sports & Fitness Studio opened in 2002 and in 2008, he opened his 12,000 square feet So High Sports & Fitness Performance Center. In August of 2014, Charles successfully launched his Total Body Board at the 2014 IDEA World Fitness Convention. The Total Body Board is the most versatile single piece of fitness equipment ever created. Also, Charles does motivational speaking.
Name one other professional athlete in the history of all sports that has reached the pinnacle of their sport by being self-taught and self-coached? Charles takes pride in rehabilitating himself back from a career ending knee injury to becoming the Olympic High Jump Gold Medalist, Olympic High Jump Record Holder (7’10” – Current since 1996), 2-Time World Champion, World Cup Champion, 9-Time National Champion and American High Jump Record Holder (7’10 1/2″ (22″ over his head) – Current since 1991) being 100% natural. His professional athletic career expanded over 15 years and he was inducted into the U.S.A. Track and Field Hall of Fame. In 2014, Charles set a Master’s 45 to 50 World High Jump Record with a jump of 6′ 8 3/4″, still 100% natural. Rolling Stone Magazine listed Charles as one of the 100 Greatest U.S. Olympians of all times.
Charles Austin is the owner of So High Sports and Fitness, a sports performance and personal training company. He opened his So High Sports and Fitness Studio in 2002 and in 2008, he opened his 12,000 square feet, So High Sports and Fitness Performance Center. Charles have worked with NBA Greats such as John Starks, David Robinson and Allan Houston. Over ninety percent of his high school clients that trained under Charles for two or more years went on to receive collegiate scholarships. One of his clients lost a hundred pounds in nine months under Charles’ guidance. Charles launched his first piece of fitness equipment, the Total Body Board, into the fitness equipment market in 2014. His Total Body Board has helped him to achieve better and faster results with his clients. Charles experience and knowledge of training is second to none!
Charles Austin’s drive, determination and will to win stems from his self motivation to achieve the level of success he desires. He competes from within and challenges himself every day to be better than the day before. His passion and inner fire is extremely intense to a fault. He feels no matter what he has accomplished there is room to do and be better. Looking at his athletic career and what he was able to achieve coaching himself shows that his mental toughness, ability to focus at the highest level, his work ethic and his desire to achieve the highest level of success possible is embedded in his core. He thrives on challenges because this enables him to understand what he is truly made of and helps him to continue to work on being the best he can be!