For me bodybuilding is the perfect sport because I can show up to practice when I feel like it. If I succeed or fail at bodybuilding, It’s all on me; It’s not on my coach, or bad play, or a player that went out and drank the night before the game – Just Me!
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: MARK CHISM
Mark Chism is 27-year-old bodybuilder and trainer from Denver, Colorado. We met him, as we meet so many people, on Facebook when he was a trainer at a gym in western Colorado. When the gym got some samples as a prelude to carrying them, Mark was hooked instantly and they became a standard part of his workout gear. We had always wanted to do a profile on Mark, and as he prepared for a show to be held this summer, he decided he was ready to talk.
BBG: Now we met when you were a trainer at a gym in western Colorado. We sent sample BBGs to the gym after meeting you on Facebook. What was your impression?
Mark: Yeah. So one day I was hanging out on Facebook in the trainers’ office in Gold’s Gym Clifton during a free hour and you guys sent me a personal message looking for feedback on Big Back Grips. When the gym samples came I gave some grips out to my fellow trainers and of course kept a pair for myself.
I LOVED THESE THINGS!!
First off, I sweat. A LOT! So my first thought was “I’ll use these for my close grip press, but I stay with my traditional straps for lat pulls.” After noticing my gripping power practically double in my close grip press, I started using them for my incline press. Still kind of set on my “old school” methods; I did not abandon my traditional straps … until I noticed that I was having severe wrist discomfort caused by the tension on the joint. I decided to just use my Big Back Grips instead of my straps and… PROBLEM SOLVED!! I use them for nearly every lifting session now. I have also noticed a huge gain in forearm strength since I am not relying on the straps to do the work. I can find myself focusing more on the mind-to-muscle connection now that I don’t have to worry about my grip slipping. These grips have completely saved my workouts since I don’t have to worry about barbells and lat bars slipping out of my sweaty hands!
BBG: Mark, let’s talk about your upcoming contest: what, when, where, etc.
Mark: I have recently begun prepping for the 2012 NPC Colorado State Championships. I plan to compete as a super-heavyweight in the Open Class in Men’s Bodybuilding this season. This competition will be a national qualifier and held in the EXDO Center in Denver, Colorado.
BBG: Can just fill us in on your competitive history? Is this your first show?
Mark: I started training for bodybuilding in 2009 with my best friend and training partner. I realized I had to build a physique that was fitting to the judging criteria, so I spent about a year and a half building up my weak points and ensuring even, overall growth. I decided to enter my first competition in 2011. I did two local level competitions that year, and got hooked on competing. In the 2011 NPC MAN SPORTS Northern Colorado Championships I took 1st Place Men’s Heavyweight Open Class and 2nd Place Men’s Heavyweight Novice Class. Then, in the 2011 Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic I took 1st Place Men’s Heavyweight Open Class.