Anthony Monetti - Natural Pro Bodybuilder, Fitness Specialist, MTV True Life Legend
"I met Chris back in 2011 backstage at the INBF Long Island Experience bodybuilding competition. I was a judge and responsible for conducting the competitor meeting which included explaining posing guidelines and stage presence. After he won his division,We talked briefly about how he strategized his own preparation for the contest. I was impressed with the knowledge and passion Chris presented along with his humbleness and willingness to learn even more. When it came time to make my comeback to the WNBF pro stage, I immediately asked Chris to help with this year's prep. Thankfully, Chris took me on as a client and welcomed me to the Competitive Breed team of athletes.
Chris schooled me a bit on some new science based nutrition techniques as well as some game changing adjustments to my training routine. One in particular was his simple yet very effective "how to active your lower lats for maximum muscle recruitment" video demonstration (you can check it out here). After 30 weeks of a slow fat burning transformation phase, I am happy to say I placed 2nd in the WNBF Mr Universe competition this last September 2016. I achieved my best condition to date and have already begun my "improvement season" with support from Chris. Chris is passionate about getting you better and giving his 100% to the details that give you the winning advantage. #CompetitiveBreed #ProjectMyLife
"I highly recommend Christopher Barakat from Competitive Breed when looking to take your physique to the next level or if you are looking to live life at your healthiest."
Haras Karimi – WNBF Pro Bodybuilder
"I have been a competitive bodybuilder for the past 12 years and have trained as a bodybuilder for the last 14 years. I have contest prepped on my own as well as with other reputable prep coaches throughout the years. Some good experiences and some not so much, but in doing so, I can honestly say that working with Competitive Breed has exceeded all of my expectations and has been the been decision I feel I could have made in regards to my bodybuilding career. I started off as a teenage bodybuilder, and at the time there wasn't much information out there for natural athletes for training and nutrition.
Even with the lack of helpful content, I was able to become competitive through trial and error. I have learned more these past 2 years working with competitive breed on my gaining phase and contest prep, than I have the previous 12 years. The knowledge Chris has in the field of bodybuilding, gaining mass and fat loss is vast, and coupled with his passion for the sport makes him the perfect fit for me. His attention to detail is astounding, and he has helped me understand how the smallest factors executed correctly can make drastic changes to the body. We set out a goal to win the Overall at the INBF Naturalmania, and we accomplished that goal. If you live by the motto "no stone unturned" and are willing to work hard, then Competitive Breed will be the perfect fit for you as well!"
"I can honestly say that working with Competitive Breed has exceeded all of my expectations and has been the been decision I feel I could have made in regards to my bodybuilding career."
Korey Gonzalez – WNBF Pro Bodybuilder
"Working with Chris has been one of the best if not the best decision I've made in my competitive career. I've previously worked with big-name prep coaches and had a decent experience, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Chris at first. When we talked prior during our initial screening he informed me he's big on food choices, nutrient timing and other protocols that are deemed "bro" in today's bodybuilding circle but reassured me everything would be calculated and precise and I would come in with my best physique yet. Low and behold he was absolutely right. He came up with a year long game plan to initially do a mini-cut, then reverse diet and then go into a contest prep.
Chris' coaching exceeded all my expectations. He was thorough, precise and kept lines of communication open. He encouraged me to speak up if I had any questions and would be more than happy to explain the method to his madness. After our year long journey together I'm happy to announce I got my prestigious WNBF pro card in our first show working together and are continuing together towards my 2 year offseason into my pro debut. I can't recommend Chris and his Competitive Breed coaching enough and look forward to our future together. Thanks for all your guidance Chris!"
"I got my prestigious WNBF pro card in our first show working together"
Meggie Li - INBF Bikini Competitor
"On September 5, 2016, I made a decision that I wanted to compete and knew I would hire Coach Christopher Barakat as I had seen how he transformed my fiancé, Albert Shao into. Chris has provided outstanding diet and training programs for me during competition season. He has taken my body and transformed it in ways I never thought were possible. Working on his program has taught me not only to be structured in my eating habits but also be structured in my everyday activities. I love the structure and the accountability of having a team to keep in contact with. Chris followed me every step of the way and monitored my progress weekly, even though we were 1000 miles apart.His expertise and experienced eye knew what changes needed to be made by my weekly progress photos alone!
"Thank you Chris for all the help you have given me. You are a wealth of knowledge, and a great motivator!"
Nicole Atkinson - INBF/NPC Figure Competitor, Survivor
"I decided to compete in this sport to accomplish something new in my life because I knew it took a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish and I was on my way to being 5 years in remission from having Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This goal meant more to me than anything for that reason. Working with Chris was the best decision I have ever made. When I first started, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I did know it would be worth it. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and “pure genius” as I always said when it comes to this sport and getting results. Chris helped me obtain amazing results and showed me I truly had potential in this sport of bodybuilding. He is always available to answer any of my silly questions when it comes to different exercises or counting macronutrients. He’s showed me that there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss and not always relying solely on the scale to show results. When I started I told myself it would be a one time deal, however I fell in love with the sport and everything it entails as far as eating right and working out daily. It was truly a pleasure to work with Chris and look forward to prepping for the upcoming season."
Albert "Shaotime" Shao - INBF Bodybuilder"I have always wanted to compete in natural bodybuilding. However, due to long school hours, work, and internship, I was very limited on time to be fully committed to contest prep. After graduating from graduate school, I knew it was time for me to finally begin to chase my dream to be on a natural stage. I was always on social media looking around for different contest prep coaches, so that I would have an idea who I would like to work with. It was not until a friend of mine who showed me pictures of Chris and I actually saw my friend’s physique change into a whole new level. Although, Chris is younger than these other top coaches, DO NOT let his age fool you. His knowledge about nutrition and training is SUPERB. Working with Chris has been a great experience. Chris really took his time to check in on me to make sure my prep was going as smooth as possible. He helped me not physically, but mentally as well to help push me. We just finished my two warm up shows and we definitely saw great things. Chris makes adjustments according to how I feel and how my physical state is. No cookie cutting stuff here. Chris also took his time to teach and explain, why he chooses certain methods for me. We have another show coming up and I cannot wait to see what time, consistency, and hard work will bring. Thank you again Chris!
Bart Jordan - IPE Pro Bodybuilder
"I've been following Chris on Instagram for a while reading his very informative infographics on nutrition and posts on resistance training. I finally had the pleasure of meeting him at the WNBF Muscle Mayhem in California where we both competed in. Meeting him in person revealed a very humble, generous, kind and intelligent young man who was very knowledgeable in the bodybuilding space. Talking to him was like talking a friend I've known for a long time, it was then I knew this was going to be the beginning of a great relationship.
After my third pro bodybuilding show, he offered to help me reach my potential to bring my absolute best to the IPE Worlds Championship that I had qualified for. He guided me throughout the process, from training, nutrition and with supplementation. Every time I had a question about the process he was quick to respond and was always so informative with his answers ensuring I knew exactly why I was doing things. With Chris' expert advice and constant feedback I was able to bring my best presentation to the World Championship. If you're looking for someone to guide you and ensure that your at your absolute best at your next competition I highly recommend Chris. One of the best guys I know, and I look forward to taking it to the next level with him."
Katie Dwyer-Zeman"Christopher Barakat was one of a handful of competitive bodybuilders and fitness coaches I was following on Instagram earlier this year, and he stuck out to me as the most genuine, knowledgeable, competent, real person out there in this industry. It was so clear to me that he knew what he was talking about, and he wasn’t just in this for himself. In August, he ran a giveaway for 16 weeks of online fitness coaching. I remember exactly where I was and what I was thinking when I wrote my caption/entry for the giveaway. I had never considered receiving coaching before. In fact, it made me a little uncomfortable. I was insecure about being that transparent with someone. But as I thought about learning from Chris, I got more and more excited and was ultimately lucky enough to be one of a few people he chose to give coaching to. Being coached by Chris over the past 16 weeks is truly the best thing that could have happened to me and my fitness journey. In a lot of ways, I didn’t even know how much I needed his help. I had been working on my own for 5 months at the time we started. The progress I made from that point forward compared to the time prior was as if it was on double speed. I couldn’t believe the progress I was making each week without even making major adjustments. As I look at the progress photos from week 1 to now, I am floored. I couldn’t be more thankful for Chris’s coaching. He is knowledgeable, supportive, responsive, and thorough. He doesn’t cut corners. He expects you to put in the work, trust the process, and be consistent. He supports you along the way, answers questions, and adjusts macros and training as needed. Couldn’t recommend coaching from Chris Barakat enough."
"When I linked up with Chris my goals were simple. I was already in good shape for a mom of 4 but I wanted to level up, get stronger and leaner and really carve out some details in my physique. I accomplished that beyond my expectations in a way shorter time than I thought possible. What’s more is the mental transformation. Through my working with Chris and his positive encouraging guidance, I myself became a much more positive person bent on helping others. My dedication, discipline and work ethic all exploded with his example being the spark. Chris has an amazing education and was able to coach me through everything from hormonal imbalances to properly deloading when I was tanked. I started this experience “behaving” because I had a coach to answer to and didn’t want to waste his time, but by the end I was fully driven, realizing I had to answer to myself and the goals that I had set for myself. Yes, Chris will absolutely help you meet your physique goals but man is he great at spurring you on to a more independently fueled mindset and that will set you up for a lifetime of success!"
Nicole Morgan - INBF Figure Competitor
"Before I began my competition prep for the 2015 season I had no intention of working with a coach- I had been on a different team with other coaches the previous season and felt displeasure with the package I brought to the stage. My plan was to listen to my body and try to diet down on my own- and I am so happy that things did not turn out that way.
Chris began working with me shortly after the start of my “independent” contest prep. He is very thorough and very detailed; He takes the time to both gather as much information about you and your training as possible, as well as answer any questions you may have. I found both of these things to be very refreshing as there are many ‘coaches’ and ‘trainers’ out there who are all too willing to take your money without ever explaining the “how” or “why” of what they have set up for you, or making you feel like a priority. Chris takes the time to explain, never hesitates to respond to questions, and most importantly he makes you feel confident in your prep and your results. My goal this year was to bring a better package to the stage than last year and thanks to Chris and being on team Competitive Breed I accomplished that. In fact, I ended up placing 1st place in Figure Open class Medium at the Mr. and Mrs. Natural Connecticut! That was my first ever attempt at competing in the Open class, I had planned to compete in Novice originally. I am looking forward to a strong offseason working with Chris and supporting my fellow teammates on Competitive Breed. Chris, Conductor of the ‘gain train’ – I couldn’t have done this without you!
Jay Benson -
"Working with Chris over the past 2 ½ years has been nothing short of amazing. For any nutritional guidance or advice, Chris is always the first one I turn to. In 2013 I did a mini-cut with him and he was able to get me the leanest I have ever been while maintaining all my muscle and without having to “suffer” from a severe reduced calorie diet plan. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury shortly after and needed multiple shoulder surgeries over the next two years. During this time, Chris was able to apply his nutritional knowledge to my situation to help me stay lean without doing much activity at the gym and keep me at an optimal body composition for when I returned to the gym. In May 2015 after a 2 year lay-off, I made my return to the gym and Chris was able to help me increase my caloric intake while staying lean and adding strength and muscle. He also provided me with a shoulder rehabilitation program that helped strengthen my shoulder and reduce pain during my weight training. This was a crucial step since my physical therapy program at a separate location seemed to stall with helping recovery. I can honestly say since he incorporated his shoulder rehab routine, my shoulder has made drastic improvements. I went from pressing 30 lb dumbbells for 10 reps to 75 lb dumbbells for 10 reps on incline press in just a few months once starting his rehab protocol. Today, I am back to full activity, which includes weightlifting and playing sports thanks to Chris’s guidance."
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