State of Fitness Personal Trainer
Master of Science in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Creighton University
National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
What do you love about SOF/What does SOF mean to you?
SOF is a community of like-minded people who want to better themselves – physically, socially & mentally. It’s refreshing to step into the doors and to enjoy working at such an awesome facility!
Posse: My fiancee, Michelle
Favorite Exercise: Running (outdoors), Anything with a stability ball (indoors)
Least Favorite Exercise: One-leg deadlift
Who do you look up to and why?
People who stay balanced & humble in their accomplishments while consistently making fitness a priority. I also admire people who are able to open their minds to new ideas in order to progress constructively and find their “why.”
Favorite Healthy Meal/Snack: Salmon with sauteed veggies, sweet potatoes, avocado, balsamic vinegar & hot sauce
Guilty Indulgence: Cookies & cream ice cream in a waffle cone dipped in chocolate
What do you do when you are not at the club?
Training for and racing running & triathlon events, pace leading marathons & half marathons, spending time with my fiancee (who is with me for many of those events, listening to classic rock & progressive metal.
Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
Chris is a 2005 graduate of Western Michigan University, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. While he was working on his degree, he was a Graduate Assistant and instructed health & wellness classes. He has over a decade of experience as a personal trainer and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Chris’s fitness lifestyle is his accomplishments as a marathon runner. He has been sponsored and traveled the country racing marathons – he has currently run 135 marathons with a personal record of 2:37:32. Although he is still active in the marathon community, his main focus now is pace leading, where he helps people accomplish their marathon goals by running beside them and being a motivating source of knowledge. Chris is also a competitive triathlete and races several multisport events each summer. His passion for fitness & personal training began when he was a high school athlete playing basketball & baseball and conditioning and strength training for those sports.
The atmosphere at State of Fitness is unique compared to other fitness centers Chris has worked at. He enjoys coming to work every day because of the family-like community and positive energy. The team aspect challenges Chris to become a better trainer to help clients bring out the best version of themselves and reach their fitness goals.