Interesting in bending iron rebar with your bare hands? Or maybe you'd just like to finally be able to do pull-ups. Follow Chris's adventures in strength training today on our Spotlight and get in touch with YOUR inner superhero!
TrueFN: How long have you been working with your trainer, Dylan?
CR: 1.5 years
TrueFN: Why did you start working together?
CR: I decided that I wanted to get into better shape and get stronger as I approached middle age, and I needed help to achieve that.
TrueFN: How has your physique, strength, and/or mindset changed since you started?
CR: I am significantly stronger since beginning training and in general, I feel much healthier. I have become fairly consistent in working out on a schedule as well.
TrueFN: How many days a week do you exercise?
TrueFN: Life gets busy and people miss workouts, what's your strategy to stay on track?
CR: Have a set time for working out and make time even if it is not always convenient.
TrueFN: On a scale of 1 to 10, how hard do you work during your workouts?
CR: 7-8 RPE ('Rate of Perceived Exertion')
TrueFN: What is your favorite exercise?
CR: Chin ups (because I can do them far better than 20 years ago) and squats.
TrueFN: How does being strong benefit other aspects of your life?
CR: In general, I can now bend iron rebar with my bare hands, so I have that going for me. Just kidding. I feel healthier in general and feel a strong sense of accomplishment in being able to track my improvement.
TrueFN: What's your #1 piece of advice for someone seeking to improve fitness?
CR: Keep a schedule and be willing to listen to improve your technique.
Trainer Perspective: Dylan Smith
TrueFN: Dylan, what is it like working with Chris?
DS: Working with Chris is a blast! It is rare to find someone as self-motivated as Chris. No matter what I throw at him he always gets his work done even with up to 5 days per week of strength training. In person, Chris works very hard and still manages to have me cracking up over conversation between sets. He is truly a pleasure to work with and a model for success for all of our clients. I look forward to coaching Chris for years to come!