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July 2013

July 30, 2013

Obesity


Tried to put as much humor in a relatively sad topic as I possibly could:

Felicidades!

Mexico, you have now control the most coveted spot in the world….well, not really. The United Nations just announced a week ago that Mexico is now the most obese developed country in the world, edging out the US 32.8% to 31.8%.

This means that one in 3 people there has a BMI of over 30. This has HUGE (pun intended) implications for health and society. The more developed countries fall into this obesity, the worse our future healthcare concerns will be for us and our children.

SIDE NOTE: Mexico’s obesity rate among children tripled since 2003. So unless parents start changing what they feed their kids, it doesn’t look like the obesity cycle is likely to break.

Don’t get too sad though – according to the BMI calculator I AM OBESE TOO. The United Nations clearly isn’t taking into account all of the Mexican bodybuilders that are swaying their results.

Apparently being short and muscular isn’t calculated in the BMI chart for someone who is 5’ 5”.

I don’t know about you, but I think I MAKE OBESITY LOOK GOOD.

Back to the main issue – Why and how did they beat the US so quickly?

The smart people attribute it to “a more Westernized diet, physical inactivity, urbanization, rural-urban migration and some maternal-fetal factors” and “genetic factors inducing a higher predisposition to accumulate abdominal fat.”

But I think it might have something to do with all of the quesadillas, not the burgers and fries. YA KNOW?

So what does this all mean?

1) Mexico is moving up in the world, that’s for sure, but along with great power comes great headaches, and this one doesn’t seem like it is going to go away anytime soon.

2) If you are of Mexican decent, you might need to watch out even more closely to what you are eating because your ancestry set you up with some genes that might make it even easier for all of that delicious guacamole to be stored as extra insulation for the winter. NAH MEAN?

Stay away from those churizos,

SAM


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July 29, 2013

Good Self VS Bad Self

Let me ask you a question…

How do you talk to yourself?

At the end of the day, there is only one opinion we cannot ignore – our own.

“It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” -Sally Field

I don’t know why some people care so much about others opinions.

The most important opinion is your opinion of yourself.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

When we get upset or have something we need to really focus on, be it a big presentation, a really hard workout, or even while we calm ourselves down after something bad happens, we hear this voice.

Some of us have truly self destructing internal mental dialogues, while others learn how to harness this powerful ally and use it to push themselves further.

Does yours say:

“You got this.”
“Let’s go. Keep pushing.”
Or in the case of a needed calm down, “It’s alright. Just relax. Not a big deal.”

OR does your mental dialogue resemble something like this:

“Here we go again. You always mess up.”
“I don’t want to. I always fail.” others
Or in the relaxation case “I can’t believe them! They have some nerve!”

I’m not saying you have exclusively one kind of self-talk over another. I am only saying that usually you can tell, if you are honest with yourself, which tone predominates.

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them”

There has been a lot of talk in the self-improvement world over whether or not self-talk is a powerful tool or a hindrance.

I believe it can be either, depending on how you view yourself.

Self-talk will always REINFORCE what we already believe unless we take action to correct ourselves and do something about it.

For me, my self-talk usually sounds like the first list “Let’s go. Bring it” but occasionally, I find myself thinking “No, not again.”

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. Author Unknown

When I do hear a voice like that, I always stop myself and ask “Why?” Many times, the answer surprises me.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

They will be almost comical when you turn over those stones and see that oftentimes these negative thoughts are just remnants of failures in the past that have grown unchecked.

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a fitness person,’ then by all means go to the gym and that voice will be silenced” -Sam Bakhtiar

Perhaps it was a botched history presentation in middle school or a missed foul shot in a basketball game. (in my case not making the team in 9th grade) or The fact that my Dad left my mother and I when I was only 3 years old.

Yeah, here is my dirty laundry. I have daddy issues. That’s why I became the dad that I always wanted to my children.

Whatever it was, many times it does not have any real effect on your current performance.

As a matter of fact it can be used to FUEL your performance.

You are certainly a different person than you were in the past, and should expect to behave differently under pressure situations.

And if all this fails, just remember that nothing is the end of the world and that no one else in the boardroom, audience, etc. cares about this as much as you do, so they probably won’t care if you mess up or not.

So – the next time you have something major and you start getting psyched out, check your internal voices and ask them why they are saying what they are.

Oftentimes you will laugh at the real reasons, and from there, be able to correct it that internal voice to say WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO SAY.

Be your best supporter, not your worst enemy.

Talk to you soon,

Sam

PS – I am from the hood so I use “Smack Talking” as motivation to push myself. When I talk “Smack” I HAVE TO BACK IT UP. I tell these young trainers everyday that at 40 I still look better than them. Now the old man has to back it up. Yeah baby BRING IT YOUNGLINGS. FORTY IS THE NEW TWENTY.

PPS – Stay tuned as tomorrow I will talk about STRESS and how it can make you FAT. I will also introduce you to
a brand new program and a lady who turned a HUGE tragedy into a victory. DO NOT MISS

PPPS – PUT AUGUST 17TH on your calendars. Our trainers and fitness family is going to the beach. Food, fun, did I mention food and more food. I am thinking of some volleyball. I got two weeks to work on my vertical 😉


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July 23, 2013

Motivation is NOT Enough

When I started as a personal training career way back in 1992 (right after high school), I believed that a great workout and an even better nutrition plan was all they needed to succeed.

But to my surprise, that wasn’t it.

Less than 50% of my clients actually were getting results.

I was soooo frustrated.

They either missed way too many sessions or just didn’t follow their nutrition program.

I soon realized that most people simply don’t follow through with their commitments.

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you. (one of our signs in the transformation center)

I soon realized that I needed more than just a good nutrition and workout program to get my clients in shape.

I said to myself “THEY NEED MOTIVATION”

Boy was I wrong…..

I would do my best to give them reasons to work hard.

My goal was to inspire people and touch their emotions to come in and do a better job in and out of the gym.

The combination of training, nutrition and motivation did much better than training and nutrition alone, but motivation by itself has a fundamental flaw.

Motivation doesn’t last ;(

I’m still a big believer in motivation. Everyone wants to be encouraged and inspired.

But here’s the truth when it comes to permanent results.

Motivation gets you going, but DISCIPLINE is what KEEPS you going.

In fitness and life in general I believe CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

That’s why I tell our clients to have one hour of gym time Monday-Friday.

I just need them to follow the process first.

That’s why we offer THE 6 WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE where we literally pay you to lose weight. (Must Qualify)
6 WEEK WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE

That’s why we offer unlimited boot camp sessions with 9 sessions per day for less than a cup of Starbucks.

Unlimited Boot Camp sessions

That’s why we offer specialty programs like Feminine Muscle (currently sold out) to help our clients master the art of DISCIPLINE.

Feminine Muscle

 

Remember the PROCESS is always much more important than the destination.

Sam,


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