Personal Trainer Of The Month: Chris Walker!
Education/Certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine/CrossFit
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Number Of Clients: 25
My life up until 2 years ago consisted of one thing and one thing only, hockey. Then in November 2009, my career came to an unexpected end when I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.
Not only was my career over but as a result of my Crohn's disease I lost 90 pounds, was weak and did not feel like myself. I took the next year and got myself back in shape.
After one year I was back up to a healthy weight. Seeing my body change over that year helped me realize I wanted to help others transform their bodies. That is why I became a personal trainer.
When and why did you become a trainer?
I was always into fitness as a hockey player. I trained myself and friends during the off-season. It was not until a year after I got sick that training became my career.
What is your training style? What methods do you use?
I use many different styles when training my clients. The foundation of all of my workouts is my athletic background.
Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
All my clients take steps forward every day - no one is any better than the other.
Who are some of your most notable clients?
Rachel LaBender, IFBB Bikini Pro
Can you please give us an example diet and training program you put together for your clients?
All programs are tailored to the client's unique needs. No two are alike.
What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
The biggest mistakes I find with new clients is their form. Often small adjustments can make a big difference in the results they receive.
What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
The most common mistake a trainer makes is to put all clients on the same routine.
Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
All clients receive a specific nutrition and cardio plan for between sessions. All workouts are personally supervised so the client can get maximum results.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
My clients are motivated by the results they get.
Do you train a male client differently to a female?
All clients are trained differently. It's not about male or female - it is about the client's personal needs.
How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
My approached to clients has not changed dramatically, it has evolved as each day I learn new things that benefit my clients.
How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
Each client receives an intro assessment. Together we discuss goals, agree to them together and set a timeline to achieve them.
Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
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i guess not being talkative can have two reasons- either he has nothing to say...or he lets the results do the talking for him- based on his athletic build and the fact that he seems to know what he is doing I would say he lets the results do the talking for him...in many ways that is better than someone who continually recycles other peoples words and phrases on how to be healthy!!!Good on ya Chris !!!