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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  • How And Why To Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    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!

  • 8 Weeks To Tactical Fitness

    We all admire the combination of strength, stamina, and unparalleled grit that typify special operators and SWAT teams. But how do you build it?

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Build Strength, Burn Fat: The World's Strongest Fat-Loss Program

    Strongman training blends multiple exercise styles into a perfect recipe for fat-burning. Lift heavy weight and watch the scale go down while you get stronger!

  • Lift To Burn: 4 Barbell Complexes To Scorch Fat And Increase Strength

    Elite athletes have long used barbell complexes to burn fat and increase conditioning. You've never done cardio like this!

  • Strong In 8 Weeks! Lift With A Plan To Maximize Results

    Pop quiz: Where do you want to be in 8 weeks, and what's your plan to get there? If you can't answer that, you need a refresher course in strength training programming, and this complete 8-week program!

  • Find Your Strength: Strongman Training In Your Average 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 any gym.

  • Explosive Back: 5 Moves For An Athletic Back

    In the arena, you need a strong back, not just a big back. The key may be as simple as making a few small tweaks to your regular exercises.