Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Christian. I am a certified fitness coach as well as an account manager and expo coordinator for the supplement company DAS LABS (BuckedUp supplements). I’m from a small town in Northern Arizona where I spent most of my life, obese, out of shape, and living a terrible lifestyle. I’m not saying my life was terrible, I loved my life. I was just involved in a lot of bad habits and made a lot of poor decisions that took its toll on my health and physical appearance.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
What I enjoy most about fitness is seeing how much a person is really capable of changing the outcome of their body. From professional bodybuilders who have incredible physiques and almost God-like structures to the marathon runner who can run for miles. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes and just seeing people who are willing to do what it takes to push their body to certain points amazes me.
How did you get into fitness?
I have been into fitness since I was about 18-19 years old, so 2009-2010 is when I started weight training and falling in love with the industry. My family owned a gym, so I was able to see and witness all aspects of the industry. But it wasn’t until around 2013 when I truly got involved in the industry by being a certified fitness coach and helping run and manage the training section of a few different gyms that has grown to what I am today.
How long have you been into fitness?
I got into fitness because like I had said before I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle and I was tired of feeling like shit. From eating and drinking whatever I wanted, and not having any real regard to what I was doing to my body that led me to being 280 lbs. at my heaviest with little to no muscle mass. It was also around this time that I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. So one day I woke up and said enough is enough and decided to make the change.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
One of the biggest turning points for myself in the industry was almost a year ago in November 2017. I was in the best shape of my life (at the time) and was in prep to do my first men’s physique show. I was ignoring all the knowledge I had about fitness and nutrition and allowing my insecurities to cause me to be working out way more than I should without rest. Hours of cardio, and doing an intense diet which led my body to shut down on me, or for better words I over trained my body. My liver, kidneys, digestive system, and immune system were shutting down and barely hanging on. I was told by my doctor I had to take a few weeks off of work, and almost a month without any training to allow my body to heal. And due to that I had put on a little bit more of my weight and wasn’t happy with how I looked. I would find myself looking at pictures of myself before I got sick when I was in great shape thinking to myself “man I looked amazing” or “I wish I looked like that again.” I was in a very fragile state and it scared me. From that I learned to love my body and appreciate where I am and also listen to my body and do what it needs to be the best it can be.
How has fitness impacted your life?
My life has been impacted by fitness in so many ways. But most of all, the best thing to this day is when I see people on the street, at an expo, or through social media and I get to talk with them and share stories of how they have seen my transformation, or heard my story and how it motivated them to do better or to not give up. To this day that is the greatest feeling, knowing that I made a difference. And I owe it all to fitness and my personal journey.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
My best advice to anyone in the industry is to just start. Don’t sit around and wait for the right time, or when you feel like it. The best thing you can do is start now. And on top of that listen to your body, there are a ton of different types of diets, training programs, and styles of training. Find one that best fits your lifestyle so that you can still do what needs to be done and you’re less apt to get burned out the first few months of starting your new habits. And last but not least never give up on yourself. If you say you’re going to do something no matter the reason just keep that promise to yourself. Do it for you and nobody else.
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