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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…

 

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Manage Your Weight by Making Four Better Choices Everyday

We are very excited and proud to partner exclusively with BodyKey by Nutrilite. BodyKey is launching its brand new program which helps you manage your weight by making four better choices everyday: exercise, snack, shake, food. They are gluten-free guilt free, natural Products that you could feel good about. Like delicious corn tortilla chips, satisfying trail mix, and outrageously good protein shakes and smoothies. 

 What I like best about the program is that it teaches you and helps you make lifestyle changes that will sustain you for the rest of your life. It’s not about a quick detox or just supplements in a box. Because let’s be honest, when it to comes to gratification and satisfaction, nothing replaces real food. 

We partner with BodyKey to offer nutritional programs, exercise and fitness programs. It starts with the genetic test. Are you carb sensitive or fat sensitive? Do you have to work out higher intensity or more moderate intensity in order to lose body fat and keep it off? These are the type of questions that most people think they know the answer to, but are definitely off the mark. 

For example my wife was eating high-protein low-carb lowfat diet. She worked out five days a week at a very high intensity level. Overall she was frustrated with her inability to lose the body fat that she wanted to lose. What she got her genetic test results back it told her that she needed to eat more carbohydrates and fat and work out less frequently, less intensely. Guess what? She ate nor worked out less often and less hard and she lost body fat within the first two weeks! I have to admit I was a little bit jealous. My results did not say the same. 😦

The next phase was to find her a good supplement program that could help fill in the gap’s of her days when she was too busy to be properly. This is the next phase of by where we started to introduce the correct supplements (think vitamins, shakes) to her daily routine. They were convenient and delicious ways for her to stay on target and lose the weight she wanted to lose. 

I’ve had over a dozen of my own clients begin with the genetic test and all were VERY surprised at the results. You can see some of their stories here

Get started with the BodyKey 4 Plan and start your weight management journey today. Come visit us to get started and learn more. 

Here I Come To Save The Day!

2015/01/img_4596-0.jpgWhether or not you remember that line from one of my favorite childhood cartoons, Mighty Mouse, I’d like to introduce our newest contributor Mighty Maus. Now, it looks like it has the same sound, but in our case Mighty Maus is pronounced “Mighty Moss.”

Maus and I go way back to the days of the dinosaurs… Ok, maybe not that far back, but we’ve known each other for about a decade. I met her through my good friend, Bob, when they started dating. They’ve been together for about 8 years, I think. I’ll let her set me straight in that. 😊

So, raise your glasses and help me welcome Maus and Bob to our blog. I’m excited for them to share their journey with us!

Just Ordered a Genetic Test

I was speaking to my friend Tony about what else?  Fitness my renewed obsession and he mentioned to me that I might want to think about getting a genetic scan / test done which will ultimately help determine how one’s body process food.  Breakdown of food and what type of workout to cater to each individual’s body “type”.

As he’s elaborating on it I’m thinking to myself, “FINALLY, I can figure out a “diet” (not diet for the purpose of dieting more like a nutritional plan) that can work with my fitness routine to help me achieve the results I want!  I was SOLD!  He picked them up for both me and my BF, we will be receiving them in the mail soon and I Can’t Wait!!!!  We should have the results in 2 weeks, once I have a game plan, I’m ALL About the ACTION!!!!

Why It’s Important To Chill Out

-by Tony Bianchino: I was mocked recently for not eating egg salad after the eggs were left out at room temperature for 3 hours. Here are the facts (sorry friends and family):

Reposted from the United States Department of Agriculture website:
plastic containers of foodIt is estimated that as many as 9,000 deaths and 6.5 to 33 million illnesses yearly are directly linked to foodborne pathogens (bacteria and other microorganisms that cause illness). And many of these illnesses are caused by food that are left out on the counter at room temperature.

Why it matters
Did you know that illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them? (And if the temperature is 90 ˚F or higher during the summer, cut that time down to one hour!) But by refrigerating foods promptly and properly, you can help keep your family safe from food poisoning at home.

Follow these top tips to keep your family safe

Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours.
Cold temperatures slow the growth of illness causing bacteria. So it’s important to chill food promptly and properly. Here’s how:

  • Pack your refrigerator with care. To properly chill food (and slow bacteria growth), cold air must be allowed to circulate in your fridge. For this reason, it’s important not to over-stuff your fridge.
  • Your fridge should be between 40 ˚F and 32 ˚F. Appliance thermometers help you know if the fridge is cold enough.
  • Get perishable foods into the fridge or freezer within two hours. In the summer months, cut this time down to one hour.
  • Remember to store leftovers within two hours as well. By dividing leftovers into several clean, shallow containers, you’ll allow them to chill faster.

Mistake #5: Letting food cool before putting it in the fridge

Why: Illness-causing bacteria can grow in perishable foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them
Solution: Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours (or within 1 hour if the temperature is over 90˚F.

I’m not the gambling man when it comes to food borne pathogens. Mom taught me, “When in doubt, throw it out.” I don’t care which friends left eggs out all day and night and then ate them after the easter egg hunt. And I’m not interested in polling our family to see if they think it’s ok.

I’d rather be safe than sorry “…as many as 9,000 deaths…” hmmm. Nope. I’ll pass. 

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

Back Up Slowly And Step Away From The Bacon! Bikini Weather Will Be Here Before You Know It.

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Love bacon!

I went to the gym today with my wife and a bunch of her girl friends were already there so I decided to join them in a bungled TRX class. There were six of us altogether. One laughed the whole time, a second worked out consistently, the next one took no crap from the squatters (seriously, I don’t think anyone left from the previous class), another wasn’t happy about the whole experience, and the fifth was ready to kick someone’s a$$. I did my best to work out, figure out what our instructor wanted us to do, and then finally took over instructing the class without him feeling like I was taking over.

Work It Into Your Plan
So, what does this have to do with bacon? Well, my wife’s friends want to get the bikini body by summer.
“Ok,” I said, “we can do that.”
One immediately chimed in and said, “But, I’m NOT giving up my wine!” And then she laughed. I knew she was serious.
I told her, “It’s ok, we’ll just work the wine into your plan.”

Work it into your plan? What kind of trainer would say that? Me. The kind of trainer who wants to help you succeed. I believe anything can be worked out (within reason). Can’t live without chocolate? Ok, we’ll work it into the plan. Bacon? Ok, we’ll work that in for someone else. Cheese? we’ll come to an agreement. Again, the key word is we can work it in within reason.

Now, before the trolls come out and flame me to death, here’s my disclaimer: I will say that some trainers are purists and don’t want their clients to eat anything unhealthy. Some people would call them bullies or unrealistic. Some people feel such trainers just don’t care about them. BALONEY!

I don’t believe that one bit so let’s stop the name calling. In my opinion, trainers who want abstinence from unhealthy foods and habits don’t preach this way of living because they don’t care – as a matter of fact they actually care too much. They want the best for you. They want you to succeed. And they know how many of us poison ourselves with unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles. They are trying to save your life! 

Only problem is most people won’t go all out and live the healthiest life they can live. So, I walk the line and help people improve. Many times people make their own choices to live healthier lives because they begin to enjoy the way good eating and exercise makes them feel. I’ll take what I can get and meet people at their level of readiness. You’re fit and ready to take it to the next level? Awesome let’s go! You’re a fragile egg who’s just getting started and is afraid of failing? Ok, take my hand and walk with me. Whatever your level, we’ll meet you there.

Three Things To Succeed
So, you want a bikini body? Ok, let’s come up with a plan. Something realistic based on your desire, level of commitment and level of experience.

    • Decide what you want
    • Decide when you want it
    • Decide what you’re willing to give up to get it

Me? I enjoy many foods… both healthy and unhealthy. I enjoy a good bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. I’ll have one this coming Sunday. Organic eggs, organic bacon, organic cheese, organic bread, organic butter. I’m down five pounds and I intend to keep going. I allow myself one cheat meal per week and one day in the middle of the week where I eat 500 calories above goal. Keeps my process going and doesn’t put my body in starvation mode. Based on my history (and a few other things) this process serves me well. My personal diet and fitness plan doesn’t work for everyone, but that’s why everyone needs a custom plan. There are just too many factors like tolerance for being uncomfortable, level of desire, physical activity readiness, overall health, physical limitations, dietary concerns, health concerns, health risks, health history, exercise history and so many others. Have a conversation with your coach and find out if a trainer is right for you. We’re available for free consultations at Out Run Your Fork.

Who am I to judge other people. It’s my obligation to inform people of the pitfalls of unhealthy living, but it’s not for me to decide their goals. I do what I have to do in order to help people win at whatever level of fitness they desire. I figure better health is better than poorer health.

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