Chris Zaino

Background

Unlike most bodybuilders who got their inspiration from the magazines and " Arnold", my inspiration came from my dad. My dad had a great build, and as far back as I can remember I was flexing my triceps. So, at the age of 13, I moved from Long Island, NY to Sarasota, FL. My parents bribed me with a universal weight machine in my room.

Well, that was the beginning of a monster. In a short amount of time I was able to see progress. This in turn got the motivational ball rolling for me to continue training harder and harder. I entered high school at 98 pounds and I graduated at 205... not bad. From there, I entered college and competed in my first show at 18 years old. I received 2nd in the men's open at the 1995 Jr. FL. I was originally doing the teen division, but they dropped it, so I had to compete in the open.

That was the beginning of a slew of shows and victories. Some of my best shows were the 1997 NPC Mid FL, overall; 1998 NPV Jr. FLorida, overall; 1998 Mr. America, 2nd; and 1999 NPC South Eastern USA, 1st. Since then I have been blessed to have written for Natural Muscle Magazine for 3 years and had the chance to appear on TV and magazines. Like I said, total blessing, total bonus. Years Bodybuilding: 12
Favorite Body Parts: Legs
Favorite Supplements: Glutamine and a Multi-Vitamin
Marital Status: Single And Heterosexual
Age: 26
Height: 5' 7"
Weight:
Offseason 210 lbs.
Contest 185-190 lbs.
Location: Dallas, Texas

Articles

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 2.

    Find out what you should do when you hit a training plateau, a great workout if your weak points are your shoulders, chest, and legs, if creatine will give you added weight and much more.

  • Tracking Success!

    I am about to discuss keeping a daily journal that will allow everyone, no matter what body-type, to improve and reach their goals. Find out how.

  • Ab-Solutely Crazy!

    Probably the number one question I get from my clients, gym members, and e-mail’s is What do you do for your abs? Learn how to get the ripped abs you have always wanted!

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 3.

    Find out what meal replacements are best for those with high metabolisms, what supplements are good for beginners that are starting a new program, if getting a blood test is a good idea for those who take a lot of supplements and much more...

  • Planning For The Holidays!

    In this article I am going to discuss some methods we all can do to keep the weight gain to a minimum. In fact some of you may find out that come the New Year you will be leaner. So let's take a look.

  • PASSION: How To Unlock Your Potential!

    From experience I can tell you there is one important emotion that can lock you onto your target and never look back. This powerful emotion is Passion.

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino.

    Check out this awesome Q & A from Chris Zaino. Inside your will learn what a beginner needs to know to get shredded, if having a bodyfat lower than 1 % is possible, and what kind of training routine Chris uses to get freat results!

  • The Ultimate 6 Day Split Routine - Days 4-6!

    This article is going to outline the specific training routine I follow. I will go over the exercises performed each day, sets, reps, and additional intensity tips for each body group. In this part two I will be covering shoulders, quads and arms.

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 6.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will find out what proteins are best in Chris' opinion, what is the best time to do cardio, if going to a chiropractor is necessary, what time to take supplements such as glutamine, creatine and much more...

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 5.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn how to burn fat from your midsection and buttocks, if creatine affects your kidney, how to put on strength and size for football and much more...

  • Consistency: The Key To Progress In Your Fitness Program.

    There is one ingredient that keeps people from reaching their fitness goals - consistency! Learn why and how it relates to losing fat!

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 7.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn all about cardio, how to break a plateau with creatine, if surfing is a good cardio and much more...

  • Get In Shape For Summer: Part 3!

    Well if you followed part II you should be seeing some pretty good results, it is time to keep the progress rolling with some minor adjustment recommendations in part III.

  • Take Your Physique To The Next Level With Cardio!

    From personal experience I have found cardiovascular exercise is a valuable part of my diet and exercise program during off-season and pre-contest time. Follow these tips and remember, cardio alone will not do the trick.

  • H2O: Hydrate Yourself To A Better Body!

    Listen up. I have some interesting facts that might lead you to your nearest grocery store for a couple of gallons!

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 4.

    Find out what kind of exercises you can do without a gym on a boat, how to get rid of water retention, how to get rid of stretch marks and much more...

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 9.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn how to build massive legs with a great routine, how to gain strength and lose fat before summer is over and much more...

  • The Ultimate 6 Day Split Routine - Days 1-3!

    This article will outline in detail the specific training routine I follow. I will go over the exercises performed each day, sets, reps and additional intensity tips for each body group. In this part one I will be covering hamstrings, chest and back.

  • Power Up Your Breakfast!

    It is amazing how many people skip this valuable meal. Learn why breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!

  • Get Healthy With Chiropractic! Find Out If You Need It.

    I am going to discuss and share the many benefits that Chiropractic care can have on you. I am going to explain how Chiropractic and bodybuilding/fitness correlate to provide maximum results for efforts.

  • Time & Consistency: The Keys To The Body You Desire!

    Why are more and more people failing in their attempts to achieve a healthier, leaner physique? Their workouts were great, they did their cardio, ate right too. Learn why time & consistency are the key to gains!

  • Safety In The Gym.

    The basis of this article will be to go over some safety guidelines for the most common injured areas of the body while training. The knee and the back. I will also discuss cardiovascular safety guidelines as well.

  • Take A Break!

    In my experiences over the years I have been training, taking a total week off from the gym has been a major contribution to my longevity and constant progress in bodybuilding and health in general.

  • How Training Partners Can Help You!

    Training partners will help you to stick to your fitness program creating the consistency needed for improvement. They provide the motivation needed to challenge yourself, pushing you higher and closer to your goals.

  • Contract Your Goals To Keep You Motivated!

    Everyone has goals they want to achieve, but it is the loss of motivation, discipline, and drive that gets in our way to achieve them. It is whether or not you stick with achieving them or not that makes the difference.

  • Gaining Muscle Size: Bulk Up Or Stay Lean?

    It's the offseason and you are looking to gain some extra muscle size... so do you bulk up fast or stay lean while gaining size? Here are my tips for gaining muscle the right way!

  • Get In Shape For Summer: Part 2!

    Are you ready and motivated to achieve the body you want? Well if you followed part I, it is time to keep the progress rolling with some minor adjustment recommendations in part II. So let's get moving on to part II.

  • Get In Shape For Summer!

    Well, it is almost that time of the year again, SUMMER! Everyone wants to be tighter and leaner for the summer time RIGHT! Learn how with this 12-week program!

  • All Carbs Are NOT Created Equal!

    Have you ever eaten a meal, or slammed a carbohydrate drink before you trained, to find yourself feeling lethargic mid-way through your workout? Find out why here!

  • Rebuild The Temple - Biblical Principles On Why We Should Take Care Of Our Bodies!

    The question is why you don't mind taking care of something such as a $300,000 car but choose to ignore your body which is priceless? If this sounds a bit strange then read on to get the whole story.

  • Training While Traveling!

    Chris Zaino shows you how to stay on your diet and exercise plan while traveling! Get tips on cardio, diet and learn how you can get a good full body in your hotel room. Don't let going out of town ruin your hard work!

  • Chris Zaino's Q & A - Part 11.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn about using Creatine and working the delts...

  • Improving Your Immune System!

    Attention to maintaining a healthy immune system, combined with proper nutritional practices, will keep you free from infectious illnesses that would cause you to miss regularly scheduled gym sessions and prevent you from reaching your goals.

  • How I Get Ready For A Photo Shoot - Part Two!

    In part two I am going to cover my diet, how to time your meals, how much water to drink, what supplements to take and how to get that polished look!

  • How I Get Ready For A Photo Shoot!

    Find out down to the very last detail on exactly how I train, eat, do cardio, supplementation, and final polishing tactics to get ready for a photo shoot.

  • Pre-Exhaustion Techniques!

    Even though we train each body part, there are always those body parts that respond very well and those that lag behind. Learn how to use pre-exhaust training to build your lagging parts!

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 10.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn what is better, high intensity training or volume, what anabolic and catabolic means, how to trim down your waist and much more...

  • Q & A With Chris Zaino - Part 8.

    In this issue of Chris Zaino's Q & A, you will learn how to gain muscle and not fat, all about the glycemic index, if 30 grams of protein per serving will hard your liver and much more...