Metroflex Plano MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Chip Kelly
We are very excited to start featuring one of our awesome gym members every month. When we sat down to talk about who the FIRST member of the month would be it was a long discussion. With so many amazing athletes in and out every day how do you choose?! As we talked through the members who have made transformations, and inspire others through their consistency, and help those around them we really felt like we should feature Chip Kelley as our inaugural Member of the Month. Chip was one of the first 50 or so members of the gym and is a perfect example of discpline, consistency, hard work, and every other adjective you can think of that explempfies what a Metroflex Plano Member is. I could brag about Chip for hours but I’m going to turn this over to his trainer and friend Tj Clark. Following Tj’s words is a brief interview of Chip so you can get to know this month’s member of the month and see what has helped Chip succeed!
TJ Clark: “ Chip is living proof of what “walking the walk” will do. He follows his diets without deviation and no task in the gym is too much to ask of him. After a pretty large push on my part, Chip stepped on stage in 2011 at the Texas State bodybuilding championships. He wasn’t quite where he wanted to be size wise (but are any of us ever), but he went out there and took home a trophy and got the much needed experience of his first show. With new motivation and a new goal in sight, Chip hit the gym as hard as ever and took a bigger and better package to the stage at the2012 Oklahoma Grand Prix. Stepping on stage 20 lbs heavier and up a weight class, Chip took home another trophy. We have big plans ahead of us. Currently Chip is growing and we plan to take him to the stage again up another weight class and turning lots of heads.
Chip has been one of the greatest clients I’ve ever had. This goes well beyond the amazing results he has achieved in the past two years. Chip is a loyal client and friend. Chip quickly went from a client that I wanted to inspire and motivate to an inspiration to me. For me to say that I’m proud of Chip and proud to be his trainer would be an understatement.”
(Metroflex in bold, Chip in italics!)
How long have you been physically active/working out?
I have been consistently been working out for 5 years. I have been much more serious about it after dislocating my knee playing ice hockey and, of course, joining Metroflex.
What motivates you to work out?
I am in my 40s now, so I want to stay fit. I like the challenge of trying to improve over time (bigger squat, etc.). It helps clear the mind after working all day as well.
About how long have you been a member of Metroflex?
I was there when it first opened, but switched to it as my sole gym a year later. I could no longer take Lady Gaga playing at the corporate gym near my house, nor did I care about Zumba classes.
Do you work out solo or with a trainer?
I have been using a trainer, Metroflex’s TJ Clark, for almost two years. Before that, I worked out solo. I do some workouts on my own, but most of the time I train with TJ. I definitely feel I have made a lot more progress using TJ than on my own. I really like working out with someone like TJ…it guarantees a spotter, and allows for forces reps, etc. that you can’t do on your own. As well, he is very knowledgeable, so it is great to have someone to ask questions to. He serves as an inspiration…he competes, so he practices what he preaches.
Do you compete and if so what have you won or paced in?
TJ approached me about doing a show after I started working with him. I told him no…there was no way I would get up on a stage in front of people, but I would diet since it was summer time and I wanted to lean up. He eventually won out (and lots of people in the gym talking me into doing it as well). I recently did the Grand Prix show in Oklahoma in November and got 3rd in the novice middleweights. It was apparently the largest show to date in Oklahoma in terms of competitors. As I have gotten older, I have been trying to do things that are out of my normal comfort zone. In front of 1000 people is not my comfort zone in any forum…particularly a show, but I did it, beat a bunch of other guys, and got a trophy.
What is your least favorite exercise?
Pretty much most shoulder exercises…it is my least favorite training day.
What is your favorite exercise?
Squat…it is the hardest, so it is the most rewarding when breaking a personal record.
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you train?
I don’t bring my own iPod, so whatever is on the Metroflex Plano sound system is what I get to listen to. Pretty much anything rock is what I would prefer.
What is your diet currently like?
I eat 6 meals/day…clean proteins (eggs, beef, skinless chicken breasts, fish) and carbs (oatmeal, sweet potatoes, etc). TJ allows me two cheat meals a week.
What are some of your training or fitness goals?
I want to keep on improving at the gym…pushing more weight, adding muscle, etc. I play weekend recreational hockey, so I want to stay conditioned.
What was the best advice you were given in regards to fitness?
From my own experience, the best advice is:
(1) Consistency. Whatever training you are doing, you need to do it consistently…week after week, month after month. I make an effort to always go to the gym. If I feel tired from work, I still go to the gym afterwards, for example.
(2) Diet. If most of your meals are poor nutritionally, you are not going to get results even if you are doing some exercise.
(3) If you use a trainer, do what they tell you. That seems obvious, but surprisingly a lot of people don’t …i.e. they make their own food substitutions on diets, not eating all the meals the trainer recommends, or eating more than the trainer recommends, etc. If you have a really good trainer who knows what they are doing, you will make progress if you follow their advice.
What’s the best advice you can give to someone just starting out training?
I would advise the same as above…be consistent, clean up the diet, and follow the advice of knowledgeable people.
Since I started working out seriously, my parents (in their 70s) started working out and watching what they eat. My father lost over 70 lbs…everyone asks what fad diet they are on and their answer is working out several times a week, every week, and watching what they eat. Likewise, I brought my brother to Metroflex last year, and he lost over 40 lbs last year from consistently showing up 3x/week and making some better diet choices.
Who is your favorite bodybuilder, fitness model, and/or athlete?
My favorite bodybuilder who have to be my Metroflex trainer, TJ. He walks the walk in terms of practicing what he preaches. I am sure he is going to kick ass when he competes in his first national level show this year. In other sports, I do admire the guys that play in the NHL. If you haven’t been to a Stars game in person, it is quite amazing to watch the speed of the players, the hits they take, and the skill to play and pass the puck. A lot of that is lost on TV; it is quite something to see how much faster it is than football and basketball when you see it in person.
What is your favorite sports supplement?
I just have a protein shake with some Karbolyn or waxy maize after my workout. I will mix in some BCAAs in my water while working out.
Is there anyone you would like to thank for supporting your fitness journey?
A lot of the gym members…particularly many in the same age demographic…encourage me. Certainly, TJ pushes and keeps me going. I have made the most progress working with him, so it has been awesome having him push me.