Our interview with talented creator of the Beachbody® fitness program SHIFT SHOP® Chris Downing.
Chris is a highly-experienced fitness trainer and conditioning coach for those looking to achieve peak athletic performance and health, with a wide-range of clientele that includes both professional athletes as well as those just beginning their fitness journeys and athletic careers. Chris is a NASM certified personal trainer with a unique hands-on training style distinguished by his personal engagement and motivating words. He pushes his clients to tap into something bigger than themselves!
Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Chris got his start in the fitness space through training local high school athletes with professional aspirations. He quickly realized he could use fitness as an avenue to motivate his athletes to grow not only physically, but mentally as well, helping them better themselves both on and off the field. When not training up-and-coming athletes, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, relaxing at home, taping and producing short films, and spending time at his gym, D24 Sports, in Louisville, Ohio.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Empower, Love, Inspire
What is your background?
My background is a Sports Performance type of training but my passion is to bring out the best in anyone that wants to take their life, health, and fitness to the next level regardless of their fitness level
Who is your biggest supporter?
That’s a great question. Probably my Aunt Felice Downing
How did you get started in fitness?
The death of my uncle Henry. He had a dream that I was a fitness trainer that had a program that went global impacting lives. When he passed away I went into a depression and the only way I could shake the depression was to take his advice and fulfill his dream so I became a trainer.
What is the #1 thing you like about being into health and fitness?
Bringing out the best in others
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Co-Creating Shift Shop and the success its had impacting lives
Please describe a typical day for you. What is your daily routine like?
I wake up 3:15am. Meditate for 15-20 minutes. Hit the gym and workout 4:30am-5:30am. Teach my conditioning class from 5:30am-6:15. Check in and leave videos for all my current Shift Shop Challenge Groups. Go home and work on Shift Shop content/editing videos. Check productivity/sales for my Team Downing Apparel Line. Return messages on my social media platforms. Work on paperwork for my fitness facilities. Depending on the day I may teach another evening conditioning class. Then back home for the remainder of the evening.
What type of food or supplements do you recommend before and after workouts?
I don’t eat before I workout. I use Energize from the Beachbody Performance Line before my workout and drink Shakeology after the workout.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
It’s not challenging at all. I struggle with not getting enough sleep because I’m a workaholic.
What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
High Fat/ModerateProtein/LowCarb Meals (No Starches) I eat tons of fruits and veggies
What is your favorite healthy food?
Salmon with Cauliflower Rice
And your favorite cheat food?
Kettle Corn Sweet and Salty Popcorn
What motivates you to keep going and push harder?
Empowering, Loving, and Inspiring other’s to be their best and live their best life possible
What is your next goal?
To expand the Shift Shop Program outside the coach network and into the mainstream fitness realm.
Favorite form of cardio or favorite exercise?
Shift Shop Speed Series
What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to reach their goal physique?
• Develop the proper mindset for what physical goal you want to attain
• Compliment that mindset with the proper nutrition
• Compliment that mindset with the proper workout regime.
Now tell us about your Beachbody® fitness program SHIFT SHOP®?
SHIFT SHOP is a breakthrough 3 Week Rapid-Rebuild Program that helps you see maximum results—regardless of your age or fitness level. The program focuses on cardio and strength exercises that forces you to reach deep within yourself to give birth to greatness that lies within you. We all have a definite purpose on this earth. Shift Shop Program will help you connect with that purpose so that you can live the life you were created to live.
Where we can buy it or subscribe at?
teambeachbody.com or Beachbody On Demand
Name one your greatest strengths?
How do you like to spend your spare time?
Filming and Editing Videos
What’s your favorite inspirational or motivational quote?
Everything that you need to become the person that you desire to be already lies within you. You just have to believe it.
Do you support any charity or do any volunteer work?
I sponsor athletic teams in my hometown and occasionally give away free training packages.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still putting out great fitness material, Motivational Speaking, Acting Film/Television
3 things you can’t leave home without?
• Morning meditation first thing in the morning
• Believing that day would be a day of great things happening
• My cell phones ha ha
Your idea of a perfect Sunday is?
Relaxing at home while pondering thoughts of gratitude and being so thankful for your life blessing
What do you think of Social Media?
I think social media is the best platform ever to build your brand because it’s limitless
Where we can follow you on Social Media?
@Chrisdowningfitness on Instagram
Favorite book: The Celestine Prophecy
Favorite Food: Meatloaf and Cauliflower Rice
Favorite Singer/Group: Jay Z
Favorite Restaurant:Crimson Santa Monica
Favorite Workout Song: Jay Z “A Dream”
Favorite Actor/Actress:Denzel Washington
Favorite Sports Team: Cleveland Cavaliers, Ohio State Buckeyes
Top Travel Destination: Bora Bora