Hello everyone! My name is Chris and I became a trainer because I love to move, eat, "bio-hack", and share my passion and experience with others. While I was unaware of the term when I began my fitness journey, I have been "bio-hacking" for as long as I can remember.
I first earned a degree in Fitness Technology at Portland Community College, where I graduated on the Dean's List and was an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa. I then went on to study a BS in Sports Management: Fitness & Wellness at California University of Pennsylvania and plan to complete my MS in Exercise Science & Health Promotion: Nutrition & Applied Sport Science in the next 2 years. During this time I have earned a variety of training and coaching certifications and specializations that are directly relevant to the improvement of our health and will continue on my journey into the distant future.
A typical session with me is more than just a smashing workout, it's an informative and rewarding experience that moves you into relaxation, excitement, and returns you into relaxation so you are prepared to flow fluidly back into your day feeling accomplished and de-stressed. I like to call it mindful movement. You see, exercise is so much more than just burning calories or building muscle, it's an adventure that when done properly should complement and integrate into your life, not take away from it. One might compare it to the difference between a devastating addiction versus a healthy habit and one of my goals is to have you looking forward to the exercise experience from beginning to end so that you and your loved ones can see and feel a difference in you. That said, everyone is unique so individual experience may vary.
I've worked with a diverse group of people from teenagers to older adults and always look forward to the learning opportunity certain conditions may bring. Likewise, I invite you to welcome the mental and physical challenge of bringing it 100% every session!
Please read the statements below to learn more about my history and philosophy.
My favorite client story
This is such a tough question because I've been blessed to have enjoyed working with so many wonderful clients. Generally speaking, my favorite client is the one who comes prepared and focused for the entire session...the one who leaves it all at the front door of the gym no matter if it's their first day or we have been training for a year. Specifically speaking, this client and I sometimes rode an emotional rollercoaster in some part due to random fluctuations in weight loss and she likely helped teach me more about people than I ever did her about fitness. She was almost always early and nearly always stayed late, an obvious over-achiever in and outside of the gym. We worked together for about a year and not only did she completely transform her confidence and ultimately lose 80 pounds but simultaneously earned a 4.0 in her graduate program. She also experienced several other major life changes during this time that could've easily placed her stress level in overload, which in my mind embodies an ideal representation of tenacity, resilience, and accomplishment. I miss seeing her smile, working with her, and enjoying the creative nutritional twists she would integrate into her traditional cuisine and kindly often share with me.
My favorite exercise
There are a handful of movements I find crucial to nearly every exercise paradigm because of their direct relevance to the activities of daily living (ADL's) or non-exercise activity (NEA). While it's difficult to choose only one because we all have unique and specific needs, it's hard to beat the hip-hinge or more commonly known as the dead-lift from a physiological demand, adaption, and benefit perspective along with the fact that it is one of the primary total body exercises critical in combatting a sedentary lifestyle as well as injury prevention when it comes to proper bending and lifting objects.
My favorite quote
"Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care." Theodore Roosevelt
My training philosophy
My fitness philosophy consists of a client-centered coaching approach that addresses the pillars of holistic health, which I have termed the MNMS: Mindset, Nourishment, Movement, and Sleep. I find this acronym easy to remember because most of us have enjoyed M & M candy at one point in our lives right? Once upon a time, my favorite kind was peanut paired with as much pasteurized skim milk as it took to wash the bag down, yuck! Of course, while I no longer consume M&M's, I do enjoy practicing and sharing my perspective of the MNMS with others so we can all be the best version of ourselves :-) I firmly believe in meeting people wherever they're at in their wellness journey with a realistic, relevant, and recordable plan towards goal assessment and achievement.
My training experience
My training experience began during youth playing a variety of sports such as swimming, football, baseball, and ending with high school basketball. In retrospect, I probably should have continued playing college ball but I choose another path and learned other life lessons. I began passionately pursuing fitness professionally and educationally at the age of 23 and haven't stopped for over 15 years. I've worked as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager for over a decade along with my most recent several years' spent health coaching.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Functional Training
- Sports Performance Training
- Stress Reduction
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, First Aid/CPR/AED, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Specialist, HPI Human Potential Coach
BS in Sports Management: Wellness & Fitness, AAS in Fitness Technology
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Middle-aged, Models, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth
Medical Conditions Experience
Addiction, ADHD, Andropause, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Celiac Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Infertility, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Menopause, Neuropathy, Obesity, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Prediabetes, Pregnancy, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Sleep Apnea, Stress
Training Areas Served
In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training