For award-winning professional athlete and pro trainer Christopher Oketch, health and fitness is a way of life. As a multiple-winner of Qatar’s Strongest Man title and a World Champion Professional Natural Bodybuilder, Christopher follows a strict dietary and training regime to maintain his peak level of fitness. Life for a pro athlete can be demanding and pressured at the best of times, but for Christopher, there is one main priority that keeps his feet firmly on the ground. “The most important element to me is family,” he says.
A proud family man, Christopher is married to Australian businesswoman Kimberley and father to Rio, aged two, and two older step-children—Paris, aged 23, and Indigo, aged 15. Although it’s a super busy household juggling work, training, and daily school runs, Christopher has a positive approach to family life and says, “there are always challenges, but my wife Kimberley and I work as a team. We empower each other to reach our goals and dreams as a family and as individuals”.
Originally from Kenya, Christopher arrived in Qatar to further his athletic career, with a burning ambition to support his big, extended family, including his mother, six brothers, and three sisters For many Kenyans, Christopher says, working abroad in another country “is a dream” and for him, taking care of his mother and siblings is crucial.
From a young age, Christopher was immersed in the world of fitness. His elder brother, William, trained in local gyms and eventually became Mr Kenya. Inspired by what he calls his brother’s “determination and energy”, Christopher became interested in bodybuilding and won the title of Kenya’s Strongest Man, not once, but three times.
To maintain his successful and award-winning career, Christopher keeps a watchful eye on his diet, stating that “training and dieting go hand in hand”.