I am currently live in Poughkeepsie, NY, about an hour north of NYC. As a kid growing up my first love was always baseball, like many kids all I ever wanted to do was be a professional baseball player. My dedication to become the best player I could be led me to the gym where I first came across weight lifting in high school. From the very first time I picked up a weight I was driven by the fact that no one else controlled my results in the gym, and no else could take the credit for them either. I continued to play baseball through college & my love for weight training grew over the years. When my college career finally came to end & my phone never rang on draft day I knew I still needed some way to stay competitive and active. That’s when my mentality shifted from being an athlete to a bodybuilder.
I have competed in the NABBA and also hold an active membership in the NPC. I am also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and do personal training part-time and am available in the Poughkeepsie area. I also run a website at www.chrisknickerbocker.com where I create custom diets and training programs. I have just recently started to get into fitness modeling with the suggestion of some friends and colleagues & will continue do so, since I love promoting healthy living & bodybuilding to everyone.
I have also authored a book “Commit, Focus, EXECUTE!” which is a comprehensive book covering weight training, nutrition, and motivation that will help anyone from the novice weight trainer to the competitive bodybuilder and is for sale on my website.
“Commit, Focus, EXECUTE!” is a saying I like to use in bodybuilding, but the principle applies to anything in life. First, you must commit yourself to achieving your goal. Make sure you have made this goal a priority in your life. Instead of your goal being a “should” you have to make it a “must”. Then, you focus. Come up with a plan of attack. How are you going to go about accomplishing your goal? What specifically do you need to do? As the old saying goes “if you fail to plan, plan to fail”. Then, comes the fun part, simply execute your plan with passion. To achieve anything in life, including the physique of your dreams, all you have to do is “Commit, Focus, EXECUTE!”
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” - Calvin Coolidge
John is extremely professional to work with from the first contact he made with me. He continued to follow up with me in the days and weeks leading up to the shoot to answer any questions and set expectations for the shoot. He was very accommodating in helping get to the shoot site by offering to pick up models at the train or bus station. On location John was very easy to work with. I would recommendation him to any model looking to build their portfolio.
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