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Fitness Pros: New E-mail Scam!

DontGetScammed

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?”

Silence…

 

Ever Wonder What Would Happen If You Stopped Working out?

Originally published in Men’s Journal March 17, 2015) Ever wonder what would happen if you stopped working out? A new study on identical twins published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise explores exactly that, and the results are dramatic.

In the study, Finnish researchers looked at 10 pairs of identical twin men. Each set of twins was in their mid-30s, and each had been brought up in the same household. Since they were identical, they also shared the same DNA. The only difference was that though they had maintained the same level of physical activity for most of their lives, one twin had cut way back on exercising in the past few years due to work or family pressure; on average, the active twin worked out at least twice a week, while the less active twin exercised less than twice a week. The research team put each twin through a host of medical tests to get a sense of their overall health.

Read the rest of the article here.

“I Needed To Be An Example”

Michelle Ahern lost 55 lbs in 32 weeks!*

Michelle Ahern lost 55 lbs in 32 weeks!

“I love using the BODYKEY by NUTRILITETM program, because no other company includes a genetic test for such a great value,” says Michele Ahern. “It adds a new dimension to my program, and I love that. I think it’s important for everyone to use the genetic test, whether you want to lose weight or not. It gives you a long-term direction with information on how to make food choices for your body.”

“My plan helps guide my meal choices,” she says. “I’ve learned I can mix it all up – protein, carbs, fruits, and veggies – and have a little bit of everything! The meal plans give you such a wide variety. This was great to learn and has really helped my success.”

What got Michele thinking about losing the extra weight? She says, “I realized that having a health and nutrition business isn’t possible without applying it to your own life. We have some of the best vitamins and supplements, which I knew and loved, but I had this extra weight. For people to truly understand the quality of our health and nutrition products, I needed to be an example – for my health and to inspire my customers, too.”

Michele plans to lose an additional 15 pounds to reach her goal. Where other attempts have failed, the BODYKEY by NUTRILITE program works!

I HATED Working Out… I’d Rather Get Hit By A Bus.

Still Gaining Weight At The Time This Photo Was Taken

I really looked like a bus

Fitness Pros Are Human Too
For the first time in 26 years of exercising I had finally been broken. I HATED working out. I mean I DREADED it. Couldn’t stand it. It was like Jack Nicholson said, “I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.” Ok, he was talking to Shirley MacLaine’s character in “Terms of Endearment” when she invited him in to her house. But it’s all the same. I’d rather get hit by a bus.

I was getting hit with one injury after another and I started to hate working out. So I stopped. And I did not miss it at all. Nor did I feel guilty. After taking a 6 month hiatus from working out and a 12 month binge on cake and ice cream, I found myself overweight and over “the hate.”

It could have been worse. If I hadn’t packed on 100 lbs of muscle over the last 26 years it sure would have been worse. That helped keep my metabolism higher than the average Joe (sorry Joe). Note to you cardio junkies: resistance training = lean muscle = higher resting metabolism = less body fat. Now that I’ve said that I’m ready for the hate-mail! More about how resistance training can help you can be found in another post, “The Weight-ing Game.”

The Art of Losing
So I began to eat the correct amount of calories, add resistance training and cardio. I lost one pound in one week. One pound. I told that to a friend of mine last night and she promptly laughed in my face. Just burst out laughing. For about three seconds. Then her eyes opened up big and she said “Oh,” as her face dropped to serious. She quickly apologized and composed herself when she realized that I wasn’t joking. I told her it was my plan to lose one pound per week. No more, no less. One pound. That was the goal.

Losing one pound of body fat per week means it will take around six months to reach my goal. I’m ok with that. By time July 4th rolls around my wife won’t have to roll me around. It just sucks when I crave my favorite foods and I abstain for a loooong (almost) two weeks  – and I don’t feel any different. Well, I’m a bit less bloated because I’m carrying less “stuff” in my intestines, but other than that, no difference. But, when I weigh myself on Monday i should have another pound lost because I’m sticking to my plan! That’s the key. Most people start off on a plan but they just don’t stick with it long enough to realize the compound effect of what they are doing. (Great book by the way: “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy).

Me on the side
The journey of a thousand miles (or 20-30 lbs of body fat) starts with the first step. Yeah, the rolls on my side still feel the same when I lean over though. Been almost two weeks since I decided to lose the extra fat I put on. For a guy that’s been athletic his whole life it’s a big change. I get out of breath going up the stairs too quickly. I feel my blood pressure rise as I feel my heart beat a bit in my ears. My pants (the pair that used to require a belt notched up to the 4th tightest notch) can barely button up as my belly pours over the top. Wait, what? I even have to pull the waistline down so it supports my hanging gut! I’m so ashamed. Ok, not really. But I do have to get to work.

So, I’ve got 20-30 lbs of fat to lose. My goal is to retain muscle and get back in shape. I’ll share my journey with all of you as a side note to your regularly scheduled programming. Here’s a little known trick to “chewing” your way to burning calories and now to set your weight loss goals for yourself.

The Weight-ing Game

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/10d/79964961/files/2015/01/img_4535.jpg Happy New Year! How many of us resolve to lose weight this new year?… Again. Me too. What separates those who succeed from those who don’t. The answer is not a huge amount of effort, a strict diet with chicken and steamed broccoli or even doing an hour or two of cardio every day.

The answer is weight training or resistance training. Resistance training increases your resting metabolism so you could burn more calories (think body fat) at rest. Research shows that 30 minutes of resistance training 3 days per week can have a profound effect on a weight-loss program. Resistance training can be done at home for any of us who do not wish to go to a gym. Personally I prefer going to the gym for my workouts because it ensures that I’m there to do a job and I get the workout done. But the truth is many people are intimidated by Jim’s or are not yet ready to make a commitment to join a gym. Don’t forget to drink water to stay hydrated. More on that here.

Walk don’t run: Three days a week of resistance training and 3 to 4 days of cardiovascular training perform consistently week after week over the course of time can change anybody. If you’re new to working out was almost to walk one quarter of a mile three times over the next two weeks. After those two weeks resolve to walk a quarter-mile three days in one week. That will be enough to start getting you feeling better and begin to increase your energy levels on the day you do walk. The motivation would be to walk so you could have more energy because it makes you feel good.

Our next entry will focus more on phase 2. If this is working for you drop us a note or a comment as a form of encouragement to our readers.

Take The Guess Work Out

by Chelsea King
Who knows what to do when you start changing your eating habits to try to lose some pounds?  I sure didn’t know where to start.  Should I stop eating carbs? Maybe if I give up carbs for a month I will lose that ten pounds.  Should I try that Atkins thing? I’ve been seeing a lot of people try the Paleo Diet on Instagram maybe I should research that!  This all seem to take a lot of trial and error.  

I tried reducing the carbs and found that I was grouchy and almost unapproachable.  I had low energy for my workouts and at work.  This whole low carbs, Atkins thing wasn’t working for me. Then, my friend Tony Bianchino recommended that I take the guess work out of nutrition.  I was not sure what he met until he introduced the Inherit Genetic Health Test.

I found that this test gave an individual assessment based on my DNA and was able to determine what type of health regiment and workout plan I needed to be on.  This DNA Wellness test gave me insight to the multiple ways I can manage and improve my lifestyle.   I found that I was sensitive to fats.  Therefore, it was not carbs I needed to reduce but my fats! The test was also able to determine that I need a consistent workout regiment to maintain my weight.  Therefore, I had to increase my workout intensity to lose those extra pounds! With the help of the DNA Test as well as some personal help from my fantastic boyfriend Arnold who is a personal trainer, I was able to shed 7 pounds in two weeks! Prior to this I only lost 1 pound a week.  The DNA test enabled Arnold to set up an individualized plan that was based on me! It factored in my metabolism rate, my caloric intake, as well as physical activity.  Therefore, with Arnold’s personal training insight combined with the DNA Test I have been able to maximize my efforts.  Essentially, taking the guesswork out of weight loss.  

Support Your Sneakers!

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Shoebuy.com My Fav site For Sneakers

My workouts can be tough (sometimes). I need a sneaker that doesn’t go flat or rip. Because of this I love Brooks Adrenaline sneakers for my workouts. Great arch support, true to size, long lasting and comfortable as anything! Here’s my latest pair (yes, I reviewed them also – see the review from Tony B too on the page) http://www.shoebuy.com/brooks-adrenaline-gts-13/721770/1489926 and http://www.shoebuy.com/brooks-adrenaline-gts-14/734842/1523644

Shoebuy.com is my preferred vendor. They usually are $120. When they have a sale I can get them for about $60, shipping included. Then I buy 3 pairs. LOL.

If you’re cross training, weightlifting, performing HIT workouts then you need GREAT support. Brooks Adrenaline are like crack to me… totally addicted.

Now… if only the folks at Brooks or ShoeBuy.com would pay me for this post… Helloooo… Maybe another time. LOL.