Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

NSCA-CSCS  CPR/AED/FIRST AID

Biography:

Attended Chestnut Hill College from September, 2010 until May, 2014.
Major in Criminal Justice
Relevant Coursework – Personal Training Concepts (Science Based – Athlete Specific)
Four year member of the Chestnut Hill College Men’s Soccer team (DII)
Served 3 seasons as the team captain


Since graduating college, I became an Adult Probation and Parole Officer in Norristown PA where I have been for over 3 years. Throughout the duration of my employment I have gained great communication skills which carry over into the training/strength and conditioning world.

Shortly after my competitive soccer career came to an end, I realized that my true passion was in strength and conditioning. In my opinion, everyone should have the opportunity to work with a qualified strength and conditioning specialist to give them the best chance to succeed. With that in mind, I began to study before and after work for almost a year in hopes of passing the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. My hard work paid off in December of 2015, as I knew it would, and I was able to pass both the exercise science and application portions of the exam.

Shortly after gaining my nationally accepted certification, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with Chestnut Hill College on a part time basis. More specifically, I worked with the Chestnut Hill College Men’s Soccer Program from January 2016 to May 2016. This allowed me to gain valuable hands on experience in an athletic environment which I am so passionate about.

I then worked part time with YTP Sports (Youth To Pro Sports) for roughly 1 year. My duties includedhelping to develop youth athletes in the areas of speed, agility, and general conditioning to better prepare them for the demands of their sport.

In 2017, I knew it was time to make a change. I wanted to make a real difference in the lives of as many people as possible by offering top of the line training to the Montgomery County area.

With the help of Jim Ferris, who is a mentor, a friend, and a former Philadelphia Sixers Strength and Conditioning Coach, I was able to make these goals a reality.

With Jim’s help, I have developed my own side business, “The Chris Effect LLC.”

People ask me all the time, “what is it?” To me, the answer is more “why I do it” rather than “what I do.” I started this business because I felt that there was a lack of quality strength and conditioning coaches available for the general public. Growing up as an athlete, I was always training on my own, with friends, or with my dad. Little did I know at the time, that we were doing it wrong and reinforcing bad habits throughout my training, This all could have been avoided had that been identified at a young age and if I was taught the proper way.

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