It’s sunny and almost 60 degrees here today and therefore, I am a happy girl!! Hopefully it’s starting to warm up wherever you’re at – what a crummy winter we all had. Now, bring on the sunshine and everything that comes with it!
Today I bring you Part 4 of the Community of the Committed series. I’m so happy that you all are enjoying this series as much as I enjoy featuring these amazing people. I’ve gotten some of the nicest comments and I plan to keep these posts coming for a while.
I’ve only known today’s guest for about a year and he, along with his fiance, have changed the way I look at fitness. They have challenged me, made me sweat in places I didn’t know was possible and really made me work at focusing on my goals and believing that I too, can have the body I’ve always wanted. — Now, I don’t always follow their advice, but the the knowledge they’ve given me will continually help me along my fitness journey.
Please welcome, Christopher Rhoades, one of my trainers from RENEGADE FITNESS, where I workout and am always and posting about here on F2BF.
As a teenager I was always intrigued by all the fitness icons and their amazing physiques. I started competing in natural bodybuilding my senior year of high school and my interest in fitness kept growing from there. My start in competitive bodybuilding has helped change my life in so many positive ways beyond just physical appearance.
2) What or who motivates you to workout?
My motivation comes from challenging myself to become better physically and mentally every day for my family and those around me. Life is too precious to waste and if you don’t use your body you will lose it in some way.
3) What is your workout of choice? Did it take you a while to find your soul-mate workout?
Why I train now is completely different from why I used to train.
Getting bigger for bodybuilding is no longer a priority. I’ve hovered between 195-200 pounds for the past three years or so and have no intention of going much over that.
At this stage in my life I want to enjoy each workout, stay as strong as possible and continue to improve my overall flexibility and conditioning.
My reasons for training are far more mental than just physical. I’ve become much more process oriented and much less results oriented, which is extremely important for long-term success. If you live and die by your numbers alone (scale, weights in the gym etc), you’re bound to get discouraged when you hit plateaus, which are inevitable the longer you keep at it.
I just feel so much better about life when I MOVE every day.
It clears my head, relieves stress, gets rid of pent-up anger and aggression, and almost instantly puts me in a better mood regardless of what’s going on in my life outside of the gym.
4) What’s your favorite part of your body or muscle to work and why?
I know most men will disagree with my on this one but I love anything LOWER BODY and any form of chin-up or pull up. There is just something challenging about both that I love.
5) Do you have a membership to a gym or do you workout on your own at home? DVDS?
A few years ago I opened my own training facility along with my beautiful fiancé called “Renegade Fitness.” It has been one of the best decisions of my life!
Owning a business I could probably use a few more hours of sleep each night, and a bit less stress overall but psychically and mentally I have found a good balance and feel I am in the best shape of my life currently.
7) How many days per week do you exercise?
It can change each week due to my schedule. Usually I will have a goal of 4-5 strength workouts and 2 conditioning workouts on a good week.
8) What is your mantra when it comes to food/diets? Do you watch what you eat? Have a 80/20 rule? Always eat what you want? Taste everything, eat nothing?
I follow a certain set of guidelines and when life comes up I enjoy it in moderation to meet my current goals. Some weeks that’s 90/10 or maybe 70/30. Most of our clients at Renegade are working towards a goal and not just wanting to maintain their current weight, so I would recommend more of a 90/10 plan. The 90/10 rule states that you will get great results if you follow your program and nutritional habits 90% of the time. The other 10% of the time, you are free to make mistakes, cheat, or just skip meals. You don’t have to be perfect to reach your goals.
9) Do you meal prep for the week? What’s your usual routine?
Having an unusual schedule where we work in the early morning, have free time in the afternoon, then work until late evening, I am able to make my main meals at home. After breakfast I will pack a few things for the first half of my day, cook lunch at home on my break and repeat with the evening, packing a few things in the afternoon to get me through the rest of the work-day until we get home for dinner, which usually comes around 9 or 10pm.
10) What’s your favorite cheat meal?
SUSHI and Coldstone Cake Batter Ice-cream with a lot of delicious “mix-ins”
11) What’s your goal moving forward with fitness?
At 25 I feel like I’m in a unique situation
Moving forward Each Day, each week, and each month I have an opportunity to reach a large number of people through our website, Facebook, emails and the daily interactions with our clients at Renegade. I have chosen to use that unique situation as an opportunity to try and help people lead a better, healthier quality of life overall.
My goal is to help people understand better nutrition…
My Goal is to get people to be more active…
My Goal is to help people have better relationships with those around them…
My Goal is to help people have a better quality of life…
I think you’re right on track with hitting some of those goals, Chris! Thanks for being a great trainer and for being a part of this series!
If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out Renegade Fitness!
I hope you all are having a good week – tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!