David Christopher has a background in fitness and mixed martial arts and was featured as an elite athlete on CMT’s hit show, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.” He was also featured as a fitness model in RX Power Music kick boxing fitness DVD. His backround includes martial arts consisting of karate, Jeet Kune Do, boxing and kickboxing. Christopher has also trained in wrestling with Ric Drasin and is currently a personal trainer and professional musician being branded as an “edgier” athlete in the industry.
MuscleSport Magazine sat down with Christopher and asked him about the vast repertoire.
David Christopher: Hard work. I’m always working to push my brand and a strong, positive influence. So I was contacted by the casting director. I’ve always been into fitness and I had done a some things in entertainment prior so I was known more of an edgier athletic guy to some. They asked if I would come in and do an on-camera interview for this new show they have coming out with Stone Cold Steve Austin. (I’ve been a WWF/WWE fan since I was a kid and more specifically, a Stone Cold fan. So, I was already sold.)
Now, this was the very first season so they didn’t tell me a whole lot about the show before the interview other than that it’s a physical competition show that puts America’s toughest and most elite athletes against each other and it’s hosted by Steve Austin. Again, I was sold! I love competition and continuing to push myself.
When I showed up for the interview, they had a short promo playing in the lobby of what the show would be like. It looked like this raw, intense and crazy battle that would push anyone to their limits. I guess they had it playing in there in case you decided this wasn’t for you after all…but I knew Immediately that I had to be a part of it!
Fast forward to several interviews/physical exams that the show requires and I’m sitting there in my hotel room the day before competition and the producers come in and prep me and congratulate me. At this point I know its go time. My mind is racing, adrenaline is up and I didn’t know what to expect 24 hours from then. I haven’t seen any of the competition yet and I had no clue where we would be going. Needless to say, I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep that night and come to find out, neither did the rest of the cast. I’m very grateful for the experience. It was a lot of fun. I met a great group of athletes and made some new friends.
DC: Yes, I agree that they’re very different. Although both types of training are similar in the aspect that they both require tremendous discipline/dedication.
With a competitive bodybuilder, typically, the primary focus is size and shape. Not too concerned with explosive movement or agility. With martial arts, it’s the opposite and more of an athletic requirement. The training is also entirely different from bodybuilding in the sense that the bigger you get as a martial artist, it may actually hinder you by requiring more oxygen to accommodate the muscles and slowing you down, making you less agile. (Not saying that a bigger guy can’t do martial arts.) Mentally, you have to remain completely focused, calm and learn how to channel your body’s energy.
I’m a musician but I’m also, an athlete and I enjoy various training styles. I want to continue to progress and challenge my body so I’ll train martial arts for a few hours and then go lift some weights in the gym directly afterwards. I believe its important to be well rounded.
I have a lot of respect for those in the industry and I think it’s awesome to see how far fitness has come. Personally, I don’t want to be another generic G.I. Joe look that we’ve seen for so many years now in the industry. I tend to feel like so many are copying a specific style or look as if fitness has become just a “cool” trend. I know it’s a hell of a lot more than that, so I’m not afraid to voice my opinion. I dare to be different and bring a new approach to the industry.