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Physical activity has always been a major part of life for Chris Wells; now he is taking the steps to push his boundaries and take his body to the next level. As a personal trainer for a number of years Chris has not only seen his own body undergo great transformations but is now also helping others achieve their fitness and nutrition goals.
I recently had the chance to pose some questions to Chris Wells to get a better glimpse into what it's like training for a bodybuilding show.
[ Q ] What made you first get into working out seriously and when did you start?
I started back in the 7th grade. I have always been a fairly big kid growing up, and because of this I was always picked on. I had no confidence and some very real self-image problems (something I still deal with to this day).
Eventually the weight just started to melt off and I found a new love. I continued to keep training for football, just to get bigger and stronger. But eventually I started focusing on bodybuilding.
[ Q ] What sparked your decision to train for a contest?
Like most young aspiring bodybuilders, I watched "
Pumping Iron" and ate up every single bodybuilding
magazine out there. Eventually, I saw a man by the name of
Kevin Levrone, and I knew that was what I wanted to look like.
So about 4 years ago, I stopped training for football and began focusing all my efforts into bodybuilding. I wouldn't change this choice for the world.
[ Q ] What would you say has been the hardest part of contest prep so far?
People that don't understand why I'm in this great sport. I basically get critiqued by the way I look day in and day out. It's kind of funny, the same thing that got me into the sport is the same thing that keeps me
The general population doesn't understand why someone would spend so much time to get big, only to shrink for the stage.
Those same people don't understand why I eat the same thing everyday, or why I can't go out and have a beer with the boys. Most bodybuilders I find say that their diet is the hardest part of their prep, which in many respects is true.
I just keep telling myself that the food will be there in a couple weeks and that no one told me to bodybuild, this is something that I have chose for myself and it keeps me focused.
[ Q ] What does your typical day look like?
My typical day of contest prep looks like this:
- 8:00 AM: Wake Up
- 9:00 AM: 45 Minutes Cardio
- 10:00 AM-1:00 PM: Train Clients
- 1:00 PM-2:30 PM: My Own Training
- 2:45 PM-3:30 PM: 45 Minutes Post Workout Cardio
- 4:00 PM-8:00 PM: Train Clients
- 10:00 PM: Bed
[ Q ] What type of fitness plan has given you the most results?
I phase train, so every 2 weeks I change my routine up. I keep the order of what body part will be hit each day, but just change the exercises. One staple I always keep is 2 no-weight days (only
cardio) with 5 weight days.
I find that if I space my days off (usually a Monday and Thursday) it allows my body enough time to recoup and grow.
[ Q ] What is your general nutritional approach for pre-contest?
My nutrition right now consists of 8 meals (6 solid with 2 shakes). I keep my meals spaced out between 2 hours allowing my metabolic rate to increase.
My diet has remained fairly decent with carbs, and I'm still dropping weight, without the grumpiness that I have experienced with past diets.
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[ Q ] Are you taking any supplements to aid your training?
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[ Q ] What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring competitors?
Stay focused, stay
determined, stay proud. You're part of an amazing life changing sport, so embrace it.
Bodybuilding isn't a sport where the final whistle blows and the game is over, you have to be ready to live and breathe bodybuilding 24/7.
[ Q ] What do you enjoy most about living this lifestyle?
The fact that there are only a handful of people that can dedicate and sacrifice so much to this life we live, and I'm proud to know that I'm one of the select few that can stay strong enough, mentally and physically, to get myself into contest shape.
[ Q ] What are your long-term plans for the fitness industry?
personal training with eventual plans to open up my own personal training studio focusing on training clients for contest prep, as well as continuing to stay healthy, happy and able to compete for years to come.