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October 2008

October 28, 2008

Are you too old?

A 12 round boxing fight, 43-year-old Bernard Hopkins vs. 26-year-old champion Kelly Pavlik; who is going to win the fight? With a 17 year difference I went for Kelly Pavlik, along with millions of others. (As usual my wife Johnette chose the opposite of me…psshh after all, what do women know about boxing?)

Click Play to See Highlights from the Fight

At the age of 43 Bernard Hopkins wins the best fight that he ever had! “People doubted me that I can do it, but I have strong will” states Hopkins.

Do you have that? Do you have that strong will to keep you persevering to reach your goals and obtain your dreams? Remember when we were kids and we had big dreams and aspirations? Where there was no limit as to what we could do or achieve! But look at us now; some where in between our childhood and our adulthood, we lost our hopes and dreams and got trapped in a rat race, and convinced ourselves “this is what is meant to be”, when in reality, what is meant to be is what our dreams were!

I use the Hopkins fight to convey to you that everybody underestimated Hopkins because he was supposedly “too old” to win. (As one of my favorite fighters and close friends, even I did not think he would win.) But because of his perseverance, willingness, and hard work, he was able to make his dream come true!

The same principal goes for us today! We ‘think‘ we are too old to try new things, or we convince ourselves that we cannot do the things we once used to any more.

See how these “mature” clients stay young

You may be thinking that “old age” or “physical imperfections” might be limiting you from what you want to do; it is nothing but a mind set. A mind set that will eventually stop you from enjoying life and the things around you. Notice not once was Hopkins or the clients above speaking negatively or feeling sorry for themselves, but they rejoiced in the things that they enjoyed doing and took pride in.

So, think back…What was one thing you really dream of doing as a kid? Have you done it? If not, why?

Think about it…and remember “You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing“.

(Apparently Johnette knew more than I did…And once agian I lost another bet to her! Never underestimate women.)

Sam Bakhtiar
Chino / Chino Hills Top Personal Trainer
Fitness Concepts, Personal Training




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October 22, 2008

Biggest Recession Ever…How are you doing?

I was recently having lunch at Riverside Grill this past week. (For those of you who don’t know, this is one of my top ‘get-a-away’ restaurants locally in Chino, http://www.riversidegrillchino.com/ .) Anyways, sitting next to me was an old friend with his wife, and as we started to get talking, he had asked me how my gym was doing in “today’s’” economy.

Now before I share my response, I read something interesting that had caught my eye. It stated that allegedly 67% of Americans are unhappy with the direction this country is headed. So in essence 2/3 of the population just isn’t happy and wants a change. But what could we possibly be so unhappy about?

Hear what Ana Manley                                        Liz C. (Publisher, West Coast Media)

Bedros Keuilian                                                                & Andy Ronquillo
(President, Keuilian Health &Fitness)     (Executive Director-Chino Chamber of Commerce)
Could it be that we do not have water and electricity to get ready in the morning? Or maybe having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world?Perhaps the thought of knowing that in the case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments to save you and your family? Or maybe you’re upset that as you watch your flat screen TV, if a burglar were to intrude an equipped officer would come to your aide? Possibly it could be that our neighborhoods are free of bombs & where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers? How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy (that everyone else in the world envies). Could it be that a whopping 95.4% of us have a job? Might it be the wonderful nature we have? (Beach, mountains, flowers, sun, moon, etc.)

Starting to follow me now? Just in case you’re not…Being from Iran, we had to wait in a two hour line to buy bread. We had to hide in the basement because Sadaam Hussein was dropping bombs on us! We did not (and still do not) have freedom of speech or religion!

Fact of the matter is that we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats like Paris Hilton! She has never had to go through hardship to earn a dime and has had everything handed to her. The same goes for us in the United States. We are really the most blessed people in the world who do nothing what so ever, but complain about what we don’t have and/or what we hate about the country instead of being grateful that we live here! Just because we have to try a little hard, get a little more creative and go the extra mile to make money, all of a sudden we get lazy.

The only topic on people’s mind today is how bad the economy is, and how everything is just horrible! But stop for a minute and think, in America we are encouraged to borrow money and buy things on credit, where as in most other countries owing money is considered a bad thing. We bought houses that we couldn’t even afford, and now that we can’t afford it we blame everybody else but ourselves!

We blame others for suggesting (not telling) us how to spend our money, when in reality we are liable for our personal well-being and money. We sit around relying on the government to tell us it’s okay to start making money or stop spending and then in turn wonder why we are such in an instable position?!?!

Which leads me to wonder why everybody is constantly negative? (Everybody will watch a car crash, but how many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner?) My point is that when you surround yourself around positive, grateful people you will in turn think the same way. All it takes is one look around you to see the vast amount of wonderful things you have. I am personally sick and tired of people complaining about how bad the economy is, and start to be grateful for all the things you have!

I quote my Pastor Chris when I say “We buy things we can’t afford with the money we don’t have to impress the people we don’t like”.Think about that!

This was posted by Dr. Saman Bakhtiar

Chino Hills Top Personal Trainer

Offering Personal Training to Chino & Chino Hills Residents


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October 14, 2008

My airport expierence

Discrimination.Whether we realize it or not, we all fall a victim of it. When we meet someone we, intentionally or unintentionally, judge them by their appearance, such as skin color, weight, height, social status (who is around them), etc. In which then, we mentally categorize or label them and treat them accordingly based off of our decision.

By definition discrimination is the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category rather than on individual merit.

So often we hear and witness discrimination due to obesity or overweight individuals. But this raises the question; can you be discriminated on because you’re in shape?

I recently went to Minnesota on a business trip to meet with the gym equipment manufactures to get the latest information on newest equipment. As I spent a week there, I accumulated a lot of information and incentives, such as books, clothing, and prizes; just about anything they could give me to get my business. So as I am getting ready to fly back home, I am standing in line at the airport to check in my bags, I noticed there was a very large, over 200 lbs, man in front of me checking in his bags. Anyways, he took care of his luggage, got his ticket and went on his way. Then it was my turn to check in…as what was supposed to be a quick process, the flight attendant informs me that my luggage is 6 lbs over the limit and gave me an alternative to either remove some items out of my bag or she would have to charge me $50.! So rather than arguing and making a big scene, I decided to pay, got my ticket and went on my way.

It got me thinking…if airlines are concerned about the “total weight” on the plane, I think they should have a weight limit on each passenger, combining their weight and luggage. If you and your luggage are over the weight limit then just as I did, you should have to pay.

Now wait a minute….I know you think its discrimination against ‘big’ people. But just as easy it is to discriminate against over weight people; I can turn around and say its discrimination against the people who are ‘fit’. (Not to mention, being Persian I’m used to getting “randomly” checked every time I go to the gate by a person who barley can speak English. It makes me feel like I should be checking HIS ID ‘cause he doesn’t look like he should be in this country. Beside the point I can’t blame ‘em for checking, because if I go on a plane n see a guy with a turban best believe I’m watching him like a hawk! If he goes to the restroom, I’m almost tempted to follow him.) But yes, I did make a decision to have extra weight on my luggage, and in turn I had to pay for that choice. But being over weight is a choice as well. This is a choice people decide to make, live with, and in many cases do not have to pay for. There are many alternative to loosing weight, but because there is no enforcement, nothing is done!

I think if airlines had a weight limit it will encourage people to get into shape. And rather than spending excessive money on the weight limit every time they fly, they can spend that money on loosing weight, and in turn living a healthier life! 


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