Christopher Smith, CSCS


Chris Smith is a strength coach from New York City and the founder of Train Better Fitness. Chris has experience in a wide variety of sports including track, martial arts, strongman and powerlifting. As a competitive powerlifter, he holds several world, national and state records.

Chris specializes in integrating strength training and body composition techniques to help clients become stronger and fitter. Through a dedication to education he has earned certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (personal trainer) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (strength and conditioning specialist). He also holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from St. John's University.

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  • Special Operators Tactical Fitness Plan 

    Functional strength training combines strength, stamina, and unparalleled grit to improve performance in the field for special operators when they need it most.

  • How to Train Like a Strongman at a Regular Gym

    Strongman competitors are the stuff of legend, but you don't have to move to Iceland or Poland to become one. Here's your guide to building strongman-caliber strength in an average gym.

  • The Benefits of Fish Oil: Why and How Much

    More people than ever are taking omega-3 supplements. So are you taking yours right? Here’s an expert’s take.

  • Strong Legs, Big Legs: Build Lower-Body Mass That'll Work For You!

    Are you ready for eight weeks of brutal leg days twice a week? Man up, eat up, and get ready to move up a size!

  • Strong Chest, Big Chest: Build Mass That'll Work For You!

    Some lifters want to focus on size and aesthetics. Others want bigger press numbers. Not many would pass up the opportunity to do both. That's what this eight-week program offers!

  • The Simplest Way To Build Stronger Arms

    No, you don't have to go full stringer-tank bro to effectively train your arms. This 20-minute workout, on its own or after your other lifts, is all you really need!

  • The Twice-A-Week Plan For When Life Hits

    Make no mistake: A couple of high-quality training sessions a week is far, far better than nothing at all. Use these two plans for two different life situations, and make the most of the time you have!

  • Get Maximum Results From Minimal Equipment

    Whether you're looking to stack your home gym or just make the most of the equipment at your gym, here's how to get the most out of the least—and the complete program to make it happen!

  • Build An Athletic Body In 8 Weeks!

    Whether you're an athlete in the offseason or just want to train like one, look no further than this comprehensive 8-week plan. Get stronger, faster, and look the part!

  • Get Big With The Big Three!

    Some people will tell you the big barbell lifts aren't your best choice for muscle growth. This 5-week program proves them wrong!

  • Cluster Training For Breakout Strength

    Lifting a 4-rep max 5 times in a single set is impossible, right? Not with cluster sets, the technique that redefines your limits and sets a new benchmark for strength!

  • Density Training: 4 Weeks To Strong In 40 Minutes A Day!

    Learn to use exercise density to your advantage, and you'll have the skills to make a workout fit into any time slot. Follow this efficient, fast-paced, 4-week training program!

  • Push, Pull, And Perspire: 7 Sled Workouts To Leave You In A Heap!

    Strength coaches everywhere use weighted sled workouts to condition elite athletes because they flat-out work! Get to know this deceptively simple device that's showing up in more gyms than ever!

  • The One-Month Muscle Metamorphosis!

    It only takes 10 days for a rotund caterpillar to transform itself into a monarch butterfly. Just imagine what you could do if you got your diet and training in line for an entire month. OK, now stop imagining and go do it!

  • Meet The Squats: 7 Squat Variations You Should Be Doing

    In the old days, there were two kinds of squats: 'good' and 'bad.' Today, you can shop around between multiple versions of the movement. No more excuses. Get off the machines and give the squat a shot!

  • Posterior Power In One Move!

    No matter what your physique and athletic goals may be, greater hamstring, glute, and back strength can help. Meet the glute-ham raise, your ticket to a stronger backside!

  • Pre-Exhaust Training: Order Your Movements For Maximum Growth

    There's a simple but diabolically effective way to bring up lagging body parts or spur overall muscle gains. Hit your muscles once, and then hit them again!

  • Plank Variations: Master The Most Underrated Core Blaster!

    It may not look like much, but the plank can't be beat for building strong abs from the inside out. Discover why a minute spent planking is never wasted!

  • You Can Do Dips: Your Guide To This Upper-Body Blaster!

    Whether you're working toward a muscle-up or just looking to mix up your upper-body training, dips have a lot to offer. If you've been avoiding them just because they're hard, it's time to get back on the bar!

  • 10 Reasons Squats Are A Terrible Exercise

    Don't be an April fool. Step back from the rack and save your knees and spine from the dreaded squat!