Chris Hunte: 2012 NPC Branch Warren Middleweight Champ Talks With Intense Fitness
Age: 22 years old
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Weight Off-Season: 200-210lbs offseason
Weight Contest: 174 contest
Occupation: Loan Service Specialist (JP Morgan Chase)
Achievements: 1st place teen and collegiate lightweight champ(2009). 2010 NPC jr. USA 1st place welterweight champ. 2012 NPC Branch Warren 1st place middleweight champ. 2012 NPC USA 8th place middleweight division.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started with training?
I’ve always lifted weights but at first I never really took it that seriously. I would just occassionaly lift after school with the other guys to try to be a little bigger and look better, but never ate, rested, knew what I was doing as far as my nutrition goes. It wasn’t until I met the right people who saw the potential I had in my physique, where I realized that if I worked hard enough I could one day look as good as the guys I saw in the muscle magazines.
What is your training philosophy?
My philosophy as far as training goes, is to always lift heavy all the way throughout my prep. I hardly change my rep ranges or even count reps when im in the gym. Your lats or quads could care less if your doing 300lbs for 15 or 50 pounds for 15. I just get in the gym and pound it out with good form until I can’t anymore.
Do you feel supplements are necessary to take your body to the next level and if so, which ones do you use?
I feel as far as supplementation goes, it is always good to have some sort of edge. Your body goes through so much day in and day out in the gym and it would help big time if there was some sort of supplementation to compliment a good food regimen. As a Betancourt Nutrition sponsored athlete, I believe that their products say exactly what they are going to do. I can’t leave the house without my D-Stunner (a preworkout mix taken right before my workouts) as well as my reaccelerator (post workout mix). I also believe that a solid protien drink, bcaa’s, omega 3’s, creatine, and multivitamins are a must for the athlete trying to take things to the next level.
What does your current diet look like?
My diet is very simple. We follow a simple carb cycling process which basically means we adjust my carb intake throughout the week according to how my body looks and responds to them. My diet will last about 12 weeks leading up to a contest. We will start with a very high caloric intake and gradually drop to little to nothing as we get really close to the show.
How strict do you follow your diet in the off-season?
I do follow a pretty strict offseason diet of high caloric, high protien whole foods throughout the day. However a hamburger and fries is definently not off limits every now and then.
How do you address post-training nutrition?
Post training nutrition to me is extremely important. Directly after my training session I use my reaccelerator and phosflex by Betancourt Nutrition on the way home from training. About 30 to 45 minutes later I eat my post workout meal usually with a scoop of my Big Blend (Betancourt nutrition protien shake).
What does your current training routine look like?
Right now my training routine is fairly simple. For the next year leading up to the 2013 USA’s I will be working on adding overall size while keeping my waist small. I have a one body part a day split which will help me focus on these areas that need to be addressed.
How often do you perform cardio in the off-season and when do you cut it from contest prep?
I’ve never done offseason cardio until now. In the past i would hate to get my body weight so high that its hard to move and tie my shoes. I didn’t like that at all. I started recently doing cardio in the offseason and noticed how much better i felt and how much longer my pumps lasted in the gym. I got better workouts and all around felt good throughout. the day. During my precontest I do cardio up until 2 or 3 days leading up until the contest.
What advice would you give someone who’s just thinking about breaking into bodybuilding?
My advice I would give anyone just starting out is to be patient and stay focused and encouraged. This sport can sometimes seem tough at times and you may have your moments like you want to throw in the towel but I encourage you to stay focused and surround yourself with positive people who want to help you succeed in your goals. Always remember at the end of the day to have fun and love what you do.
What do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be in this sport?
I feel the biggest sacrifice I’ve made in this support is financially. This can be a very expensive and demanding sport which requires alot of maintanence and can be tough with a limited budget. I continue to work because I know one day this will all be worth it.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“Professional athletes are in many ways our culture’s holy men. They give themselves over to a pursuit, endure great privation and pain to actualize themselves at it and enjoy a relationship to perfection that we admire, reward and love to watch, even though we have no desire to walk that road ourselves. In other words, they do it “for” us, sacrifice themselves for our (we imagine) redemption”. – David Foster Wallace.
What are your future plans in the sport?
My future plans are to turn professional and be a great 212 pro and hopefully one day compete for a top spot on that olympia stage.
If fans want to connect with you, where can they do that?
I can be reached on Facebook (Chris Hunte) or by email (Arcapella321@aol.com).
Thank you for taking the time do this interview and the best of luck to you!