Meet Chris Polk, profession trainer and owner of Polk Fit. In 2018 Chris won Fitness Trainer of the Year at the COSIGN Awards Dinner & Gala and was a final nominee in 2019. He’s been featured on numerous media outlets such as News 8 Daybreak, Ekoh Talk show in Los Angeles, Voyage Dallas and Life in the Cliff Magazine.
We briefly chatted with Chris to discuss his story, how Domino’s changed his life, and what motivates him to continue his journey.
Everyone has a unique story, what would you say is yours?
While working part time for Domino’s Pizza as a delivery driver, I knew that in order to take my brand to the next level I had to make a huge decision. After having a talk with God, I quit domino’s after four months. Once I quit, my clientele went from 5 to 15 clients in a week after transitioning to training full time. The process since then has been phenomenal.
That’s amazing, growing up were you always into fitness and sports? If not, how did you get into it?
Growing up I was always active in sports. I played football, basketball, ran track and field, baseball and soccer! My life always consisted of always being healthy and in shape. Fitness is just another way to express myself in multiple aspects.
Who was the first person that #COSIGNed you and inspired you to pursue your passion in fitness?
My father was the first person to inspire me to become a trainer. He’s my biggest critic when it comes to anything. During college, I was still pursuing a career in football. When that door closed I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. My dad said I should be a trainer because of my impact when it comes to staying in shape and my mental toughness. Since that day I gave it a shot and stuck with it ever since.
Having that #COSIGN from your family is definitely important. What was the defining moment or spark that inspired you to step into entrepreneurship and become a trainer?
My defining moment for me would have to be when I quit my part time job at Domino’s Pizza to pursue training full time. I was scared to do it because I wasn’t charging that much at the time and knowing I couldn’t live on my own with the money I had coming in. I trusted God more than anything and trusted myself to take on the opportunity to become a full time entrepreneur. God showed me that I made the right decision by bringing in 10 more clients on top of the 5 I had at the time. I was featured on different platforms all within that first month of me taking that leap of faith. I stayed consistent, stayed on the gas, and stayed humble about my process.
After coming to this realization, what immediate steps did you take to start bringing your vision to life?
Consistency. Taking the necessary steps that no one else is doing to get to the next level. Having that mentality that someone will give you an opportunity to showcase your skill of impacting their life. We are all one person away from where we need to be. You have to always promote your brand every single day. Rejection is also your protection. Don’t be discouraged when someone tells you no. You have to be ready for that. It’s apart of the process. All you need is one yes. Always do more than what you did the previous day. Whether it’s through social media, passing flyers around, etc. Do something that will make you uncomfortable but better at the same time. My mentality of not wanting to be complacent also plays a role in my steps to take my brand to different platforms. In order to be more you have to do more!
That’s motivation, tell us what being an entrepreneur means to you, especially in the field of fitness?
It means EVERYTHING! Having the opportunity to bring your dreams to reality is amazing. It means that the sky is the limit. There’s no end point to my brand. I can create however and whenever. I make my own schedule and can have my own time as well.
Having the freedom as an entrepreneur is amazing, but entrepreneurship can also be tough. Can you discuss the most difficult part of your journey thus far?
The most difficult part of my journey was the beginning when I first started. I was struggling to make the amount of money I needed to make at the time. I had a lot of clients but as I stated before I wasn’t charging that much. I was also trying to work for different gyms and other fitness brands to make extra money. I applied to different jobs but I didn’t feel I could be myself. I was doing entirely too much and not pouring all of my time into Polkfit. I had to regain my focus by going on a 25 day fast to give myself a fresh start. During that time, I was in a head space where my capacity for people was at its limit. Once I got off I felt untouchable and had so many ideas ready to be shared to the world.
What is one memory that you have that you reflect back to when entrepreneurship tests you?
When I first quit Domino’s to take on training full time. I can’t go backwards because my progression has been phenomenal ever since. When trial and error takes place I embrace it. With Pain being temporary I knew that it’s apart of my process. It’s never going to be easy when you want to be the best. If you don’t have hardships then you’re not going hard enough. If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough!
If you could ask one question to your business idol what would you ask and who would you ask?
I have three idols (Omar Bolden, Ron “Boss” Everline and Cory Calliet) I’ve met Omar once but meeting Boss and Cory very soon! If all three were in front of me I would ask what makes them unique and what drives them to always exceeding the expectations.
What does the COSIGN Awards mean to you? (If it means anything at all. lol)
The COSIGN Awards mean A LOT to me! When I won Trainer of the Year in 2018 it was very special because I’ve never been nominated let alone won an award in my field. It gives all entrepreneurs in the metroplex to connect and also gives the nominees recognition for being in the top of their category.
Last but not least, name 5 people you #COSIGN along with their Instagram handle.