Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Ward.
Hi Chris, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started getting into fitness back in 2010 after I graduated High School. I grew up playing soccer so I was always physically active but I went through a deep depression from my junior year of high school that went into post-graduation and a lot of my depression stemmed from a lack of self-worth based on my physical stature. As a man, I think many of us go through not feeling big or strong enough. So after I began lifting at 18, my goal was to be as strong as possible. I began getting into powerlifting and did very well at it then I had a friend introduce me to more of a bodybuilding type training program which led me to do 2 Men’s Physique bodybuilding shows in 2016. At this time as well, I got into Nursing School and began delving into that as well as learning more and more about fitness. My mindset shifted away from aesthetics and strength and more to a health-based focus. After Nursing School, I decided I wanted to get into Nutrition Coaching and Personal Training so I got the necessary certifications amongst my already self-accrued knowledge and started coaching at the end of 2019. Following this, the pandemic hit and I had to put my coaching on hold as I was working in the COVID ICU with the sickest patient and my concern for getting others sick was very high. After the pandemic settled down, I had the courage to start back up again and have been a business owner working with Evolve Culture, my mentor’s business, since the beginning of 2022. I am forever grateful for fitness and nutrition as I feel like they helped me pull out of a deep, dark, depressive state as well as taught me life skills that I take with me to this day!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would say it has been the farthest thing from a smooth road. With myself fighting depression, with the pressure to finish school and go through Nursing school while also trying to be active and physically fit, then working in the COVID ICU and putting my coaching on hold, I believe there have been a lot of ups and downs but they have made me stronger.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Nutrition and Lifestyle with Chris?
I offer in-person consultations as well as online consultations over Zoom regarding leading a healthy lifestyle, nutrition planning, workout metrics, stress management techniques, and mindset training. My clients tend to come to me with physique goals and I help them through the proper measures that keep them not only heading towards their goals, but also help them do it in a sustainable way that is healthy.
I think what sets me apart from others is I don’t just give people a nutrition plan and workout program and send them off. I take the time to look at their entire life, get to know them, and discuss how we can make changes outside of those two metrics that can help them lead a healthier lifestyle. Also being an RN, I am very familiar with a variety of conditions and while I do not treat diseases with diet, I am familiar with most conditions and can work around and with them as needed.
I am most proud of the creation of my brand through the trial and errors I’ve been through. From a depressed kid to a young adult just looking to change the world through health and fitness. I believe coaching is the future and I want to be a part of the change.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
To be honest, I do not believe luck has played the biggest role in my endeavors. I feel the luckiest thing that has happened to me is being a part of a wonderful and supportive family that has allowed me to chase my endeavors; big and small. I am forever grateful for my family along my journey.