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Fitness Reality Hunk - David Christopher

David Christopher is an actor, reality tv star, turned celebrity fitness trainer, and founder of Fit Tv Network. David is best known for his intense fitness repertoire, and many appearances on reality TV shows such as, David Spade's "Fameless" and "Steve Austin's broken Skull Challenge" on CMT.

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Health advice and training you recommend? I am a big advocate for an active lifestyle with a consistent exercise routine and healthy eating habits, as this is essential in aiding to the longevity of the body's performance and over all quality of life. I recommend avoiding processed foods, added sugars, fried foods, trans fats and foods that can spike your blood sugar, like certain breads, dried fruits and whole milk, to name a few. For a well rounded training regimen I like to combine strength training with the cardio. I utilize more explosive movements, plyometrics and resistance training to get more out of a workout. Area's of the body that are fundamental to focus on when training include, a strong core, back and legs. A strong core helps with posture and prevents you from compensating with your back. A strong back supports your upper body and your legs are essentially, the body's foundation. Some primary exercises for building these muscle groups are deadlifts, squats, lunges , Pushing movements (pushups, dips, and presses), Pulling movements (rows and pull-ups)

Vitamins or Supplements to watch out for versus one's that are effective and safe? With so many brands out there advertising to be the "healthiest " and "best" products on the market today, its hard to know who's telling the truth. Try to avoid any supplements that have any artificial ingredients, sweeteners, GMOs or large amounts of sugar per serving. Some common ingredients found in many popular products that we should try to avoid is sodium benzoate, acesulfame, aspartame and sucralose. These ingredients are found to be carcinogens in the body. Some natural and very beneficial supplements that I recommend are ginger, turmeric, zinc, magnesium, b12, Vitamin D and coconut.

We also think it would be interesting to learn about how the fitness industry works for aspiring trainers. How doe's one book clients? I think there's no better time to be in the fitness industry. There's so many options that offer different styles of gyms, online training, health and wellness knowledge. So many people are becoming more conscious about how they are treating their bodies. That being said, there is a lot of competition out there as well. So, if you are a trainer in a local gym or online, you need to really educate yourself and provide the best knowledge to truly help those that need it. Follow that with understanding how to market yourself in a way that highlights your specific niche as a trainer. You have to really hustle, but if you execute on these principles, your work will speak for itself and the word will spread. It takes some time but if you're honest in your efforts, you will see results. We live in a time where we have so much access to people and so many outlets to help us market ourselves, so be creative!

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Any Do's and Don'ts clients need to know before booking a trainer? Know what you're looking for. Narrow down what you want to achieve with your fitness goals and this will help save time and money in weaving through dozens of trainers and programs. If you are not sure what you want to achieve exactly, reach out to a few different trainers for some helpful advice. Most of the time a trainer will likely be open to providing some helpful information in hopes that you would like to train with them. You will also get a vibe of that trainer and their style, which is also very important when choosing the "right" trainer. Choosing a trainer is like being able to choose a new friend, so they should be someone who is compatible with you like a friend would be. a Do your research. Make sure the trainer is qualified with enough experience to safely and effectively help you with your needs.

And of course anything you want to share about your fitness story and what it is like training celebrities. So many people say "fitness is a lifestyle ", but it truly is for me. I played sports growing up as a kid. So an active lifestyle was always a part of my life. By the time I was 14yrs old I started going to the gym to better myself as an athlete. At first, it was about lifting weights and trying to better myself as an athlete for the sports I was playing at the time. Eventually, going to the gym evolved into more of a release and an escape for me. It became an addiction ha... It's very therapeutic and helps keep me grounded and feeling better over all. I have been fortunate enough to experience many of my dreams through fitness, with a lot of hard work. I have competed on television as an athlete, recieved support from some of my favorite brands in the industry and have had the privilege to work with high profile, influential people. As a result, I have started my own streaming fitness platform "Fit Tv Network". The platform provides a unique catalog of shows centered on health and wellness. Hosting series like "Spotlight" and "Angel City Heroes," Fit TV Network features celebrities and prominent names in the fitness industry sharing their stories and uplifting one another. I am truly grateful and look forward to helping more people along the way in their own fitness journey.

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