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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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“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!

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. 

Diet and Exercising – Fighting Obesity

We are constantly inundated with facts about obesity.  What is more important diet or exercise?  Without taking action million of people will suffer from associated consequences. Should we concentrate more on diet or exercise?

Although diet is top priority, recent studies from April 2014 has turned this theory that diet is more important upside down.    Researchers at *Laudabaum U : Obesity Abdominal Obesity, Physical Activity and Caloric Intake in US Adults: 1988-2010. The American Journal of Medicine, April 2014.;  As you would expect the prevalence of obesity increased substantially of these two decades, especially in young Woman 18-39.  Surprisingly, from this study, the caloric intake between these times did not change significantly. However, the proportion of adults leisure inactivity did increase; Women from 19.1% to 51.7 and men, 11.4% to 43.5%.

As a result of these finding, the institute of Medicine has made fitness a top priority at fighting obesity in the U.S.  Research has show that when inactive people get into group fitness; physical activity, significant changes in their body composition happen without changing their diet. Furthermore, when people start exercising they gain more confidence in themselves.  They automatically want to start eating better, they become less depressed, increased energy levels, and finally self-esteem increases from being active,  Making good diet choices follow automatically!

The message we can take away from this study is that physical activity can make a significant difference and the dieting, eating healthier will follow.  If we all get a little more active and start eating better, we can start to make an impact of a very real threat to Global Health.

Avoid The Flu This Season



Nasty little stomach flu

Ok, quick post. This sucker got me last night and I haven’t slept yet. Preventative maintenance for avoiding the flu: wash your hands frequently and boost your immune system by getting plenty of rest, eating right and supplementing with echinacea, probiotics and vitamin C. 

Short and sweet. Forme, the battle continues. Wish me luck!

Rehab a Troubled Groin



Tony performs one arm kettle bell swings

If you’ve ever suffered an injury you know exactly how long the process could take. And the older we get the longer it takes. Trust me… I’m finding out. 

These exercises in the video or not for a fresh injury. The squats on my kettle bell swings are shallow and wide. Are use hip thrust as much as possible and work on my coordination. With the kettle bell squats you’ll notice how I don’t go too deep it’s only to parallel and I stays as upright as possible. I also use the hip adductor machine. I’m very careful not to allow my hips to stretch too far open. 

There’s a couple of other videos that I’ll feature in the next article; some stability exercises for the feet knees and hips. 

A healthy dose of stretching opposing muscles, working stabilizers and slowly adding in compound movements as your strength and stability improve are all good advice for rehabilitating any injury. 

For more information contact us and speak to myself or one of our qualified trainers. 



band adductors



Bosu ball for stability



Thanks Target, Walmart, GNC For The Sawdust, I mean, “Vitamins”

HOLY CRAP! You get what you pay for. $30 for a bottle of sawdust? Ok, maybe not sawdust, but HOUSEPLANTS? POWDERED RICE? I was cutting carbs! What the heck is going on?

What are you getting in your vitamins? “GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants,… Read more at NY Times.com. “

What are you putting into your body? Get more value for your money, buy REAL products from legitimate companies that specialize in nutritional supplements.