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Fitness Pros: New E-mail Scam!


Don’t get scammed by the newest rip-off artists.

Apparently these guys won’t quit trying to steal money. First it was general public emails and now they are targeting personal trainers and fitness professionals. The newest scam asks you to take payment for personal training by credit card. However, this is done through email or text because they are hearing impaired or they’re traveling abroad and they can’t meet with you in person. And the training is not for them, it’s for their children (usually early teens). Oh, (AND HERE’S THE SCAM), they will be taking a car service to your location and they have to pay the driver, but the driver only accepts cash payment.  So, the person pay you an extra $1,050 on the credit card and asks you to pay the driver $1,050 in CASH.

You’ve got to be kidding me! How stupid do you think I am? I’m not even getting into the detail of how exactly you get screwed, but you’ll be out $815.00 in cash (in this example) if you do this. The credit card payment will be pulled back and you’ll have a firm grip on an empty sack.

Need details? Ask me, but you don’t really need them. The following is an email exchange I had with one of these pricks. After the last exchange I never heard another peep from this guy. Notice the poor grammar and spelling errors:

Him: “Hi Im Robert i need a personal trainer for my 2 daughters they have been adding much weight lately and i believe with a trainer like you they can achieve a good and healthy body so i like to know if there any in-person training or exercise you can offer for the ladies I’m booking this on there behalf and as a surprise they are 19-22 I’m hearing impaired so we can only do text/email I only have my credit card, do you have a card reader to charge my credit card?”

Me: “I’m happy to help your daugthers. We can meet in person to discuss. I am trained in ASL and have no trouble communicating with hearing impaired.”

Him: “Thank you for your responds, as i have stated before I’m booking this on there behalf and this a surprise to them so lets do the booking and payment they are medically and physically OK no injuries or surgeries they want to lose weight and get in better shape i read about you on social media so let me have your best packages/deals, they will be training together and will be coming to you 3x a week for the session we can start with 15 session in total for both of them. I do understand consultation is important and the paperworks(waivers and liability forms) but as I have stated before this a surprise to the ladies so lets do the booking and the payments and on the first session/introduction the consultation would be done I would only be able to give you the card information manually to charge on your card reader all paperworks will be done by the girls on there first session.”

Me: “I will have forms available for your 2 daughters to sign on thier first session. Price for 15 sessions for 2 people working out together (partner training for one 1 hour workout) is $xxx.xx per session – total for 15 sessions is $xxxx.xx. Price for 15 sessions for 2 people working out individually (individual training 1 hour each, total 2 one hour sessions) is $xx.xx per session per person – total for 15 sessions  of $xxxx.xx
When would you lie the first session?”

Him: I’m OK with the price I will like to make the full payment with my credit card I would have paid the driver already but they don’t accept credit card except cash so I will like you to add an extra $1050 to the total cost the extra $1050 is for the charter bus driver that will be bringing the girls for the training and once the charges clears you will have the $1050 deposited to the charter bus bank account.” 
– I’m thinking: “Are you friggin kidding me? Ok, wise-guy, try this one…” –
Me: “The card needs to be with a bank in the U.S.. I would require bank name from which the credit card is issued, name on card, full postal mailing address for which the credit card is registered, expiration date, and cvv code on back of card. I will run the card once your daughters complete their first session and sign the necessary agreements. The driver will be paid after that time. 

When do you want your first session?”




As a Widower, PJ Found New Hope Through Fitness


“Tony’s enthusiasm & logical approach … gave me hope. He designed a program (and) I started to realize that maybe I could do this. Tony continually adapted my program and challenged me but never overwhelmed me… It not an understatement to say that Tony helped save my life.”


To Be Humbled

I have no words. Most of you know that’s a rare occasion! I stand in awe of the impact we have on other people’s lives. It’s amazing how we never truly know how big of an impact until they tell us. The biggest blessing I have been given is being able to impact people in a positive way. When PJ sent me this note, I took it to heart. It’s THE reason why I am a life coach and a fitness coach. You’ll see how humbled I am in light of his testimony.

Here are PJ’s words:

“I met Tony Bianchino in the fall of 2013. At that time my weight had risen to north of 300lbs. I was battling depression and diabetes. As the widowed father of 3 children I was desperate to get healthy again but dubious that I ever could. Tony’s enthusiasm & logical approach to weight loss & a healthy lifestyle gave me some hope that maybe I could do this. He designed a program starting with everyday movements that were essential to having any kind of productive day. Movement & flexibility were main focuses of what we did. Slowly as we moved through our program I started to realize that maybe I could do this. As I progressed Tony continually adapted my program and continually challenged me but never overwhelmed me. A year & a half later is it not an understatement to say that Tony helped save my life. I am down 80lbs and am living a much healthier lifestyle. My diabetes numbers have gone down drastically and my depression is very much under control. I can’t begin to thank him enough for the hope he has given me.


What will your story look like? Get started on your journey today and see if personal training and fitness coaching is right for you. Contact Us on our website or email Tony today for a free no-hassle consultation. If you decide it’s not for you, then we respect your decision. No spam or annoying follow up calls to badger you into working with us. That’s our promise.

I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you!

Yours in Health,

Tony Bianchino

Yahoo! Asks, “Is Sex Good For Your Skin?”

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According to Yahoo! News: It detoxifies, releases endorphins and helps drain your, um, … lymphatic system

“It’s like the benefits from massage,” explains Dr. Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. ”It’s enjoyable, and you release a lot of endorphins from the feeling of touch, which is a benefit in itself. Sweat also helps with detoxification and calorie burn, and the extra blood flow also helps with lymphatic drainage,” she says. “It feels good both inside and outside the skin, which is great for a gorgeous glow. The idea that you get turned on is an endorphin in itself. Intimacy, sweating, endorphins – it’s all good.”


Get On The Band-Wagon And Balance Your Life

Strong shoulder integrity with resistance bands

Strong shoulder integrity with resistance bands. Article by Tony Bianchino

Remaining healthy and avoiding injury is critical in any exercise program. We’re going to add some simple tips and techniques that will help you stay fit and healthy for years to come!

Ancillary muscles:
Most people work the main muscles, like Biceps, Triceps, Glutes, and Chest, and leave the often neglected “helper” muscles by the wayside. For example, without getting too technical, your rotator cuff muscles are responsible for maintaining shoulder joint stability. These four little muscles are not worked much when we use machines or many barbell movements. Here’s what happens: Our “major muscles” around the shoulder (deltoids/shoulders, chest, and upper back) get disproportionately stronger than the rotator cuff muscles. Over time this could cause too much strain on the rotator cuff muscles because our main muscles are able to handle heavier loads (because our major muscles have gotten stronger) and our rotator cuff muscles are unable to stabilize the shoulder joint with the heavy load. I’m simplifying this greatly so please forgive the lack of specificity. We’ll get to that at a later time.

The Good News:
The good news is there are MANY ways to keep the rotator cuff muscles healthy and strong. Functional movements, dumbbells, and bands are some of the ways we can achieve this. Here’s an example of my client Mike performing light bench presses with resistance bands to make the bar unstable. In this example my client Mike C. shows how to suspend wight from the end of a barbell with resistance bands for the bench press. The hanging weight can swing and bounce which will bring into play many stabilizing actions. Performing the exercise in this way increases rotator strength and over all stability in the shoulder girdle and core stability.

The Video:

Let me know what you think of this technique and add any comments or helpful tips that I may have left out.

Slow Cooker Turkey with Zucchini Noodles

A delicious way to cut down on the carbs and calories while increasing the fiber content …  by making fresh zucchini noodles!
Here’s What You Need:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (Cabernet works well)
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
Here’s How To Prepare:
  1. In a large skillet, place the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions and fennel. Cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the carrots, cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with olive oil. Add the cooked veggies, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine and the seasonings. Mix well.
  3. Add the turkey on top of the veggie mixture, breaking it into chunks. Lightly press the turkey down into the sauce, but be careful not to break up the chunks.
  4. Cook on low heat for 7 hours.
  5. Wash the zucchini, use a vegetable peeler to create long, flat noodles. Stop when you get to the seedy middle part of the zucchini. Plate the zucchini noodles and top with warm turkey spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving: 276 calories, 8g fat, 383mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 21g protein

All Hail Louie Simmons!

Westside Barbell Logo

Westside Barbell Logo

Ok, he’s not God, a King or a Prophet, but Louie Simmons is a favorite of mine. Ever since my friend Freddie turned me on to Louie’s training style my life improved dramatically. Thank God that even after 25 years of of expertise I have always remained teachable and hungry to learn.

Here we go: For years I have had fiive – count them, FIVE, herniated or bulging discs in my lower back. Anytime I did anything those nerves would get pinched, flare up and I would be in EXCRUCIATING PAIN every minute of every day for at least three weeks. Now, I have an abnormally high tolerance for pain (or I’m just unworldly amounts of stubborn), but every breath felt like someone was sawing a knife in the core of my soul. Lying down didn’t help. Stretching didn’t work. Walking was a no-go. Nothing made it stop for even a second. Nada. Zip.

I learned Louie Simmons philosophy and my friend Freddie and I began training. With Freddie’s guidance (yep, He was my trainer) and Louie’s expertise we had a long distance rehabilitation program in the works. Within two weeks my sore shoulder, knees and elbows stopped hurting. After 6 months I was deadlifting and squatting more weight than I had ever lifted in my entire life and I felt great – at 42 years old!

Now, I’m not going to get all googly eyed and profess my love for Louie Simmons, but I am truly grateful for people like him who have overcome extreme odds and have then used their experiences to have a positive impact on the world.

You can read more about Louie Simmons and Westside Barbell. Please leave us a comment here and let us know what you think.

*Disclaimer: I have no monetary interest or connection to Louie Simmons or Westside Barbell. 

Check out my friend Chef Jason Roberts

Everytime you eat you are either feeding disease or fighting it

Photo Courtesy of Chef Jason Roberts.

Gluten Free, but not taste free. I’m a follower of Celebrity Chef Jason Roberts ever since I met him at a training seminar. He’s full of passion and he’s on a mission. Check him out on instagram: http://instagram.com/chefjasonroberts or his website: http://www.chefjasonroberts.com/