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SPOTLIGHT SERIES- Chris Guillory

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MODEL: Christopher Guillory
 
 
Bio: I have been in fitness all my life. It was something to concentrate on instead of the image of my mom dying slowly when I was five years old. I had a lot of energy, so I played every sport I could, and even got involved in martial arts. I walked onto the Sam Houston State track team and completed in the decathlon while maintaining my involvement with martial arts. The best part about it all was getting lost in training. Being able to lose yourself while trying to develop and improve yourself has always been my utopia. Like the symphony playing its elaborate elements into the crowd, my emotions are in constant rotation while I am the artist adding onto his canvas. Through all the ups and downs that life has brought me the one thing that remained constant was the focus in the weight room. Earlier in college I started paying attention to bodybuilding. I told myself that one day I want to be one of the best in the world. As I was serving my last year in the Navy I was finally able to sign up for my first competition and I found a connection. My utopia lingered there for those couple minutes I spent on stage as if life stood still. Then I made up my mind that I wanted to be a pro and compete against the best. My next competition I became a pro about six months later. Then there was our world competition in Canada, and I thought about that goal that I had put aside dealing with life a long time ago. While making small improvements two months later I found myself on stage with some of the best in the world for the first time. That taught me a valuable lesson. No matter what you have going on in your life, you will never be too busy to live out your dreams, and I am just getting started.    
 
Please tell us more about how the death of your mother effected you. 
I didn't just lose my mom, I watched her die for 5 days straight. As she was completely paralyzed from a car accident. In the other room the rest of my family was tearing eachother apart fighting because she was the bridge that held everybody together and without her the family started to dwindle. She was one of the most caring individuals that most people ever met. She was, also, just starting out as a nurse at a hospital. I was only 5 years old when she died but I still remember it like it was yesterday of her lying in bed trying to desperately talk to me with tears rolling down her face. Trying to deal with my mom's death wasn't easy at all because my dad brought another woman in my life who was a drug addict, alcoholic, and very abusive. I had to deal with that for a long time. Having the support of some of my family members that I was lucky to have definitely helped me get over a lot of bad times. No matter what, the one common denominator was my family members from both sides of the family telling me to never give up and to keep pushing no matter what.  
 
 
 

The best part about it all was getting lost in training. Being able to lose yourself while trying to develop and improve yourself has always been my utopia.

Training Plan- I workout six days a week from an hour in a half to two hours a day. I like to separate each body part working it to perfection.
 
Nutritional & Supplements- I like being as natural as possible and get most of my substance from food. My food intake is from five to six thousand calories a day with 35% of carbs, 15% of fats, and 50% of protein. Supplements I include BCAAs, Protein, and Pre Workout to help put me on the edge.
 
What separates Status from other fitness magazines – Status give more information about the athlete and the mind set of one. The energy in the shoots are always astonishing to see.
 
What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”- Status has always had some of the most amazing athletes featured from around the world. It would mean everything to become one of them.
 
What would it mean to you to grace the cover of Status? An honor that most people have never received. My entire life has been fixed around following my dreams and this would mean the world to me.
 
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be? What helped trigged you to bring about the vison for Status Fitness?
 
What was it like working with your photographer for you shoot for Status publication? Doing shoots with Ali Sohrab was incredible. He had so much energy I felt like I was feeding off it. He new the best angles before he was finished shooting the last one.
 
Favorite Quotes- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” Albert Einstein
 

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere” Albert Einstein

 
4 things people don’t know about you- I like to help others, there is nothing better than being out in the peaceful grace of nature, I am a nerd, I love to watch moves and especially animated comedies.
 
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why? The kid or person that feels lost and over whelmed with emotion with no one to turn too, because that was me a long time ago. I just like to give back and help others change their lives by making themselves better.  
 

I just like to give back and help others change their lives by making themselves better.

 
Who inspires you? Any why? My uncle because not only did he inspire me to improve myself after my mom died, but I have watched him inspire so many other kids and adults the same way. It’s an amazing knowing that you have the power to help someone make a positive change.
 
Occupation? Are you a trainer? Just finished my term in the Navy as an air traffic controller, and now I am back in school pursing nursing.
 

Life is full of obstacles and fitness is one of the best ways to deal physical and emotional stability.

 
Your transformation story. My transformation has recently started with my first competition. At first I just wanted to compete because I loved the feeling of being on stage and in the gym, but now I want to beat the best in the world. After being in fitness using it as an outlet from the age of five it has grown into my greatest love and moments of pure peace. Life is full of obstacles and fitness is one of the best ways to deal physical and emotional stability. 
 
 

After being in fitness using it as an outlet from the age of five it has grown into my greatest love and moments of pure peace.

About Ali Sohrab

 

Holding a Bachelor in French litterature, and a Masters degree in Stage and Lighting design as a from University of British Columbia, with years of directing performances, the Vancouver based fitness photographer, Ali Sohrab brings his broad artistic expertise into the fitness world.

Ali has captured the beauty and the true personality of hundreds of athletes with his creative touch. In his world, every model possesses a unique gift and it’s the job of the photographer to discover that gift and manifest it through professional imagery. He believes that the work  of the artist should speak for itself.

Ali’s signature lighting, his creative way of story telling, and the academic knowledge of body language creates engaging images that manifest though all his work, and has put him as an inspiring published fitness photographer under many spotlights around the globe.