A:Oh man, what’s not to say about being raised in New York. One word, “hustle”. I learned everything here... hustle and grind. New York really doesn't sleep, non stop movement... fast pace. That's what I'm used to, it’s crazy when I go somewhere else... sometimes how laid back and calm other states are, which is good for a few days but honestly- I go out my mind when I'm not doing something. My early years was just trying to find out where the hell I was heading, if I was going to be in aviation, law enforcement or banking. But then my health started hitting a toll at a young age so I became a fitness addict and changed my way of living. This is what I knew I was good at and I decided to become a fitness icon.
Q:Do you remember the moment you knew in your heart that fitness was going to be your career?
A:Honestly this was a blessing in disguise. After I started eating and training correctly, I wouldn't take a day off. After I changed myself within a year and a half, I decided to do whatever it takes to be a fitness role model.
Q:Why a NPC competitor? That journey to the eventual IFBB pro card... describe it so far...
A:NPC competitor was something I honestly always wanted to do but never had the guts to become one until a friend of mine and my agent were like, “you need to get on this new division that NPC started called men's physique”. So I missed the first few shows and prepped for my debut at 2011 Atlantic states in NY where I placed 3rd... and became addicted ever since. It's that feeling where you feel you have to accomplish the goal of becoming pro and not giving up. So far this journey to becoming IFBB pro has been amazing, especially for me doing over 13 shows in two years. I'm still learning, meeting new people and hoping on becoming pro at every national show I do as I am getting ready for the North Americans this Saturday.
Q:What does your weekly workout routine look like?
A:Well my training and cardio is a lot different from last year. I pretty much workout every other day and focus a lot on cardio and total body athletic style training.
3 sets 25 reps leg extensions
3 sets 25 reps squats
4 sets 25 reps leg press
3 sets Single leg curl 20 reps each
3 sets Lying leg curl 20 reps
3 sets stiff leg deadlift 20 reps
3 sets T bar row 18-20 reps
3 sets low pulley row 18-20 reps
3 sets db row 18-20 reps
3 sets pull up super set with lower back extension 12 reps each
3 sets seated hammer press 18-20 reps
3 sets incline fly 15 reps
3 sets peck deck 15 reps
3 sets dips 12-15 reps
3 sets hammer press 15 reps
3 sets rear delt machine 15 reps
3 sets lateral raise 15 reps
3 sets Arnold press 12 reps
3 sets dumbbell curls standing 15 reps
3 sets machine curl 15 reps
3 sets straight bar curl 15 reps
3 sets rope curl reps
3 sets rope pushing done 15-20 reps
3 sets weighted dips 15 reps
3 sets skull crushers 15 reps
3 sets machine push down 15-20 reps
Choose any 2-3 workouts for one circuit completing back to back with a 60 sec break in between
***Example of 1 set:
Rope crouched 20
Legs raises 20
Ab machine 20
(Then continue another two sets right after.)
Q:Compare your off season diet to your pre contest diet...
A:My diet never changes, I pretty much eat the same all year long. Except when I take two months off, I'll still eat clean but more freely and a few cheat meals here and there.
Q:How is the transition to fitness model going?
A:Well I started doing more fitness modeling then anything. It has been going very well, being featured in ads for Allmax in magazine or online. Men's Fitness, Reps, Musclemag , Kravefit and Fit Figures all featured me, so I'm pretty hinted to have done this much in a short period of time.
Q:What makes you a distinct personal trainer?
A:I cater to my clients as you wouldn't believe. No trainer would do the things I do check up on clients, send text msg, pop up at their jobs from time to time to make sure they’re eating on point. I go above and beyond for my clients as I know the key is nutrition. Any other trainer would do your 1 hour session, let you walk out that door and let you go eat a pizza or whatever. I'm stricter with all my clients from eating, to supplementation.
Q:What's more difficult, being a personal trainer or getting yourself ready for the stage?
A:Both. It's hard because as I said New York is fast paced. I feel like I always have to do something but my coach tells me I shouldn't be training clients when I'm getting ready for a show. And I have such a high volume of clients it's like I can’t stay always for a long time because they get upset. I feel like a have to make sure I get them results as badly as I want for myself.
Q:What's next for you and your career?
A:Well I'm focusing on a lot of ventures I plan to keep on the hush personally, but as of right now I'm just focused on turning pro and becoming one of the biggest fitness icons this industry hasn't seen since Arnold.
Q:Can you give us your Facebook,Instagram,Twitter,Pinterest,website and blog links?
Instagram is @Chrismvilla
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC