RHIANNA / SEAN ‘DIDDY’ COMBS / MARC JACOBS / CHRIS BROWN / T.I. / IDRIS ELBA / REGINA KING / LAUREN LONDON / KEITH ROBINSON / CARL THOMAS / BRANDY / LOON / KELIS / DEMARCO MORGAN / CAMERON DIAZ / AMANDA ‘DIVA’ SEALES / STEPH LUVA / LAZ ALONZO / ROCSI DIAZ
Chris recognized his love and passion for fitness at a young age by being exposed to the medical field through his Mother, who was involved with illness prevention through the use of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Being the son of a military man, Chris was taught the value of discipline and hard work. As a teenager Chris saw many of his peers face the everyday challenge of balancing school and athletics. He began to fully understand the discipline and power it took to be both a great athlete and student. The idea of balancing everyday life and a healthy living intrigued Chris and ignited his passion even more to become a fitness trainer. Chris believes that each person should be allowed the opportunity for self-empowerment through living a healthy and fit life.
However, becoming a trainer to the entertainment world was more by chance than by plan for Chris. After attending The University of Texas in El Paso, Chris returned to New York City and began an internship at Bad Boy Entertainment, where he set out to learn the ins and outs of the music business. Although he became enamored with the music industry, Chris continued to stay true to his inner passion and began to train many of the top executives at Bad Boy. Through word of mouth within the office, Chris became known to all as “Major Payne”. With a nickname like that, one would expect to be noticed in time by more than just the people he engaged with on a daily basis. “I got a call at 4am from Diddy’s rep saying he wanted me to train the “Making the Band” reality show members, to help in the process of sorting out the weak from the strong. From there on, it’s history.” After Sainsbury’s involvement in “Making the Band”, his next venture with Sean “P Diddy” Combs would be training with Diddy, Mark Jenkins, Candi Shand and Ray Romulous as they prepared for “Diddy Runs the City”, a nationally televised campaign where Combs raised two million dollars for charity while training for the NYC Marathon.
In addition to celebrity clients that include Marc Jacobs, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kelis, Regina King, Rocsi Diaz, Keith Robinson, Carl Thomas and Lauren London, Sainsbury has also trained at some of the most exclusive franchise gyms in New York City and Los Angeles which include David Barton, Equinox, Crunch, BOOM, Lift, and Work Train Fight.
In 2011, Chris was featured on leading lifestyle site GiltCity.com and, during the one-hour sale of his fitness package; he sold over 400 training hours. That same year Chris was also recognized by NV Magazine as one of New York City’s top Movers and Shakers. In June of 2011 Chris embarked on a journey that not only pushed physical limits but mental limits as well. He participated in the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle “Ride to End AIDS”, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The AIDS/LifeCycle works with both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center to spread awareness and help people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco area. Chris raised and donated 5,000 dollars for the cause.
2013 is already shaping up to be an eventful year for Chris as he gets ready for the 2013 Tokyo Marathon in February, along with another Tough Mudder and Spartan Beast race. Chris continues to grow his fitness team and has developed a group of trainers to meet all his client’s needs. All his trainers are specialists in different categories ranging from Boxing/Muah Thai, Cross Country Triathlon training, Marathon training, Completive Strength training, Neuromuscular training, Endurance training, Pilates, Nutrition, Pre and Post natal training and weight loss.
Chris’ philosophy behind the team comes from his years of experience in the industry “I have enough training experience to know that clients can often get bored with their trainers. I created my fitness team so my clients can continue to work with my team and me and stay excited about their work out. I want my clients to want to make the choice for a healthy lifestyle and not just have a trainer for a certain period of time to hit a goal and then stop. My Team is a lifestyle change.”
All in all, Sainsbury believes in motivation. “To live a healthy lifestyle a person must really want to change old habits that die hard. It can be a steep walk up a high mountain if you’re not ready. That being said, anyone with will and drive can do it if they want it.”
*Chris holds a graduate degree and is a nationally certified trainer through ACE, AFFA, and NASM*