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How One Injury Changed My Life Forever

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What my bicep looked like when it started to show bruising from the tear.

When I tore my bicep it was surreal. I suffered major injuries in the past (spinal damage, torn groin, hips, knees…), but this one was different. This one made an impact. It got my attention.

 

My whole life was based around winning. Beating my previous best. It was like that in school when I failed to get a 4.0 in undergrad, but then climbed up the flag pole to snag the 4.0 in grad school.

Or when, after being told for years that my legs were too small (the judges always told me I needed “Better quad thickness and better quad separation.”) and then, five years later hearing the same judges yell at me saying, “Stop working your legs! They got too big!”

“Yeeessss!” I thought, “I did it!” What I had done was turn my greatest weakness into my greatest asset.

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There was always success. Even when I failed I would work harder and hardewr until that failure finally became a success. There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do if I didn’t apply myself and outwork everyone else.

But, when I suffered that bicep injury, I realized that I was missing an important lesson. The lesson was so obvious and so glaring that I wondered how I never saw it before.

Here’s that story:

My bicep had just been ripped off. I felt it tear in half like a carpet being torn from its mesh backing. I could almost hear the rapid fire of muscle fibers breaking away as my bicep was ripped from its tendon.

I was in disbelief. I couldn’t accept it.

“I just tore my bicep,” I thought, “No. Yes. No. Yes. No! Yes!”

The answer turned out to be Yes. It was a complete proximal tear of the long head of the bicep tendon at the musculotendon junction. Um, Tony, what’s that mean? Here’s what it means: My arm muscle tore from the tendon near the shoulder. This is unusual because typically the tendon tears off the bone, not tearing from the muscle itself. It’s probably the worst kind of tear because there very little tendon still connected to it to the muscle. This makes it almost impossible to reconnect it.

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Image courtesy of Dr. Nabil Ebraheim

It’s like this: if you look at a piece of steak, there is that really hard, tough fiberous white material on the outside. You know, the hard stuff that you cut away with your knife because it’s impossible to chew. That’s like your tendon. It’s strong. If you were to sew that with a needle and thread to another piece of steak, then you’d get a really good connection that would hold. Buuuut, if you were to cut away that protective hard fiber and then sew the loose steak to another piece of loose steak, then it would likely just fall apart. It would be like sewing together lumps of chopped meat. It just isn’t going to work.

I went in to the surgery knowing that there might not be enough tendon to hold on to and we might have to close it up and leave it as unrepaired. But, I was fortunate that there was juuuust enough good tendon left on the muscle and we were able to reattach the bicep muscle. Only, it wasn’t where it used to be. Instead of attaching to the shoulder like it used to be, we had to reattach it to the upper arm bone (the humerus. And no, it isn’t funny). This was done by pulling the bicep muscle up as high as high as we could, sewing a “tack” to the end of it, drilling a hole through the upper arm bone (humerus) and looping it through the hole. OUCH!

I was told there was maybe a 30% chance that the repair would hold. I was in a sling for 6 weeks. Day and night. Even when I slept. I wasn’t even allowed to wiggle my fingers lest the bicep muscle engage and get reinjured. I had to learn to do everything one-handed. With my non-dominant hand! Man, o man. That was a challenge. But I actually liked the challenge. I learned to button my shirts, tie my shoes, put on my belt … all left-handed. I really had to use my brain differently and I swear it made me smarter!

After surgery and months of rehab, the bicep actually held.

I was humbled. And I was… grateful. Yep, that’s right. Grateful. Crazy, huh?

But that’s a story for another day… find out the secret to overcoming this injury and how it literally changed my life.

Chug on over to our YouTube channel, subscribe to my blog and link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the real info and … quite a bit of fun! Glad to have you walk this journey with me.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

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How To Kill Your Weight Loss Goals

File Feb 07, 9 14 38 AMNot too long ago I was sitting with my good friend, Charlie, and I asked him,
“Hey Charlie, what’s the easiest way to get rid of belly fat?”

“C’mon, Tony, you know the answer to that question.” I was pretty sure I did, but I wanted to see if he knew something I didn’t. Charlie continued, “The secret to losing belly fat and keeping it off is simply a matter of controlling your levels of insulin!”

Watch This Quick Video To Learn How To Manage Your Insulin

Now, although I have been in the fitness business for three decades I’m always in the process of keeping up on any new developments. This was nothing new to me so I said,

“Seriously, Charlie,” I laughed, “there’s got to be some new trick or scientific development that targets belly fat.”

“I’ll tell you what, Tony,” Charlie said, “if I find a new trick or tip you’ll be the first person I call.” Charlie stopped and thought for a moment. Then his lips parted and his eyes flashed as he turned to me and said, “You know,” Charlie smiled, “someone should teach this at a very fundamental level.”

And there it was. My “Aha” moment.

It came to me in a rush like a movie sequence. I quickly scanned my memory for every video, book and article that I had ever seen regarding weight loss, health and wellness. Within seconds I realized that there really were no good resources that taught these topics in a simple, yet comprehensive way.  They were either too scientific or too broad. Most even teased us us with the dream of having a flatter belly and then enticed us into buying their “groundbreaking” pill or cream that would magically shrink your belly in only 10 days. But, they were all complete bullshit or, at the very least, extraordinarily inaccurate.

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It was then that I made a commitment to bringing the world the most accurate information in a fun, interactive format. If we make fitness fun, then why can’t we teach with the same level of entertainment? The answer: We Can!

Welcome to the first ever, no baloney, fun and entertaining fitness show on earth (thanks P.T. Barnum).

Chug on over to our YouTube channel, subscribe to my blog and link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the real info and … quite a bit of fun! Glad to have you walk this journey with me.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

Tony Bianchino Wants You to ‘Out Run Your Fork,’ and He’s Working with Other Westfield Businesses to Make that Happen

TonySpeakWESTFIELD, NJ — Tony Bianchino, owner of Westfield-based personal training and nutrition center Out Run Your Fork, has a lofty goal of educating Westfield about what it takes to be healthy,…

Source: Tony Bianchino Wants You to ‘Out Run Your Fork,’ and He’s Working with Other Westfield Businesses to Make that Happen

Fitness Pros: New E-mail Scam!

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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…

 

“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.

Chug on over to our YouTube channel, subscribe to my blog and link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the real info and … quite a bit of fun! Glad to have you walk this journey with me.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

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.