Chris is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), Certified Kinesiologist (CK), a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST), and High-Performance Strength & Conditioning Coach, who has been working extensively within these respective fields since 2006. After starting out of small local gyms and from the back of his car, Chris worked diligently to make his passion into a business by opening Synergy Training Center, which was founded in a 4000 sq. ft facility located in Lincoln, NB. The success of the original facility, led to the opening of a new, larger facility in September 2014 in Fredericton, NB.
Following the completion of his Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree from UNB Fredericton, Chris worked for the Department of National Defence as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, instructor, and fitness test administrator.
Chris is the Lead Developer and Programming Director for various health & wellness initiatives within the City of Fredericton, he develops and presents various rehabilitation and sports performance seminars, is a National Weightlifting Club Coach, and has worked as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for several sport team organizations in Fredericton, including the Men’s and Women’s Loyalists Rugby Club, Black Bears High Performance Wrestling team and the U18 REDS Volleyball club, along with dozens of other individual athletes.
Chris works closely with professional International, National and Provincial athletes from a variety of sports, has coached World Champions, National Champions, National record holders as well as individuals participating as Canadian World Team members.
Chris has a particular interest in chronic back pain management and approaches rehabilitation with a focus on client education paired with appropriate strategies to eliminate or manage pain. After suffering a serious back injury in 2015 and being forced to retire from powerlifting, Chris began digging extensively into back rehabilitation from world leading experts and applying this knowledge and his own experiences to his clients. Chris states that “career-ending injuries come with a change to your identity, so allowing yourself to find new outlets that you can be passionate about is the key to long-term happiness and not dwelling on the negative factors that are out of your control.”
With a personal athletic background deeply rooted in wrestling, powerlifting and strength sports, Chris has expanded his interests to include working with those competing in combative sports, rugby, powerlifting, strongman training, and many other sports and activities.
Favourite Way to Sweat
Chris loves to incorporate bench press training sessions into his own programs. He focuses on the bench press as a primary lift since the complexity of the lift is typically the reason people struggle to improve on it and its technical aspects are more difficult than a squat or deadlift. However, the retired wrestler in Chris still loves heavy circuits and strongman medleys.
Favourite Way to Recover Post-Workout
Chris believes that short naps and 8+ hours of sleep are the #1 recovery factors that are overlooked far too often. He makes sure to increase the quality of his sleep when he is in a heavy and high frequency training cycle and believes that it makes a world of difference for muscle growth and recovery.
As a coach, Chris states that having both World Champions and Pan American Gold Medalists is his greatest accomplishment. In addition, his athletes boast over a dozen national powerlifting records and Chris could not be more proud of his team.
Living Your Best Life
To Chris, living your best life means focusing on relationships and doing the things that you love, on your own terms. Chris is an entrepreneur through and through and making his own routine and life schedule is a major priority that allows him to focus on the things in life that bring him true enjoyment.