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August 13, 2009

My First Month at Fitness Concepts

Hi Sam,

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Yes, it’s been about a month since I started and since then not only do I have more energy than before but I have noticed than my jeans and clothes are a bit loose no matter how many times I’ve actually put them in the dryer.

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I have had only good compliments from my husband who is so supportive and from my family members and friends.

They have noticed that my tummy has gone down, my face has gotten slimmer and have said that my skin is glowing.

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It makes me feel good not only about myself but It gives me confidence in my trainer and your company that I have made the right decision in signing on.

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I won’t lie that there are days where I feel discouraged only because I see myself every day and It seems like the mirror is lying and that I want to reach my goal much faster.

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I know that it takes time and effort in getting there. It really is a good thing that I have appointments with my trainer, Gina cause if not, I would not be able to do this on my own.

Gina is my Personal Fitness Trainer

Gina is my Personal Fitness Trainer

Prior to signing on with Fitness Concepts, I have visited other health clubs like 24 hour fitness and LA fitness to determine which would be a good fit for me and with all the research that I’ve done on my own, your company is not only result oriented but your staff are very knowledgeable, fit and friendly.

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I would also like to add that where, at any health club would you be able to not only meet and see the owner on a regular basis, receive daily emails, updates and health information, who is very personable and make clients feel like they really matter?

Only at Fitness Concepts. I like the fact that someone can’t just join Fitness Concepts to work out on their own but rather paired with a trainer to make sure that they achieve their goals. That’s what sets you apart from the rest.

Thank You for your concern and I wish your business success !

Motivated, Kathleen Miyashita

Dr. Sam: Kathleen, Thank you for your positive attitude and the willingness to follow the program. I have no doubt that you will get excellent results for months to come.  We truly appreciate you and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.



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August 7, 2009

Coffee for Fat Loss??

 

Is coffee OK to drink?

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At just 5 weeks old, our daughter Bailee isn’t always the best at sleeping … 2 hours here, 3 hours there.

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Sometimes leaving me and my wife Johnette woozy … tired doesn’t even scratch the surface.

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But we of course need to still function during the day – me, at 4:00 AM working out and getting ready to work and throughout the day – Johnette, as she juggles feeding, being mommy, and getting some work done.

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As I sat drinking a few cups of green tea this morning, Johnette drinking her coffee, I thought about one of the most common questions we get – “is it OK to drink coffee?”   For some it’s a savior – what I call a “liquid nap.”  But is this drug (yes, caffeine is a drug) a true necessity?  It surely can help keep you alert (particularly when you have a 6 week old at home!)

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I have to be honest, I would never in a million years get between a person and their coffee.  Of course not everyone is a coffee drinker, but for some it’s a staple.

So if you’re trying to lose weight and you’re paying attention to your calories and all of your food where does coffee fit in?  I have to be honest, I’m fine with you drinking coffee … it’s not coffee itself that’s the “issue” it’s everything most people put in it.

Sugar, cream, half and half, or that horrendous artificial, imitation, fat free creamer junk.

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Those things all add up – 100 calories here, 100 calories there – and you’re left wondering why you can’t reach your fat loss goals.

A regular cup of black coffee – no calories – no worries.

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But a coffee shop latte can pack a whopping 400-500 calories!  Talk about sabotaging your fat loss efforts!  Particularly when coupled with a scone, muffin, or whatever else you may pick up on the way to the office.

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The bottom line is you need to know how many calories you’re truly taking in and how they all fit in your daily routine.  Drink an extra 100 calories each day (which would be just a bit of whole milk and 1 tsp of sugar in a coffee) and you’ll pack on 10 extra lbs at the end of the year.  Couple this with other added calories and that weight can come on pretty quickly.

And if you were to rationalize that you’re going to exercise to “balance” out those added calories, remember that walking or running 1 mile burns just 100 calories.

Therefore, drink a latte and run 5 miles – you’ve essentially stayed the same.

Not that I’m saying walking or running is the best way to burn fat, but you get the point.

Moral of the story?  You need to account for the calories you put in your body … all the calories you put in your body.

3 Things will help you do this:

1. Eat attentively – don’t eat or drink when distracted.  That means NOT in front of the TV, while reading, or in front of your computer.  Doing any of those means you’ll eat more calories, without even “knowing” it.

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2. Avoid the extra BLT’s – bites, licks, and tastes – tasting while cooking, finishing off your kids’ drinks or foods, or eating before putting food away (you know, when there’s leftover dinner and you take a few bites before you put it away)

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3. Write down what you eat and drink – this increases your awareness and will help you lose fat.

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Oh yeah, and coffee is OK – just watch those added calories.


Coffee-Good or Bad??
Coffee Good or Bad?

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July 22, 2009

Ronny Zavosky Talks About Her Training Success

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is an Ontario Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Instructor.

Dr. Bakhtiar had dedicated his entire life in studying the art of human body transformation. He currently works with clients in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire.

We offer Boot Camps, Fitness Training, Nutritional Consultations and a friendly awesome staff ready to take on all weight loss and fat loss challenges.


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July 16, 2009

Dawn Zwack’s Personal training Experience

Hi Everyone,saman-pro3

I just wanted to share this awesome testimonial with you.

Dawn, thank you very much for your kind words and we really appreciate your friendship and support. Keep up the good work!!

Hi Sam,

You recently wrote to your clients to give thanks to us, well I wanted to write to you to say thank you for everything you do for your clients!

I have been going to Fitness Concepts for 6 months now, and where I have not yet met my weight goal, I can say that I in MUCH better shape than I was.

My body is more toned and my body shape has changed for the positive. I am down almost two pants sizes at this point and getting into better physical shape, has helped my mental shape as well. I feel better than I have been in years!

Recently I walked in the Breast Cancer 3-day walk in San Diego.

On this walk you walk 20 miles a day, for 3 days, totally 60 miles for the 3
days. I walked with 7 other women, who diligently trained for months,
walking 5-7 miles a day for weeks prior to the walk,and then upwards of
14-18 miles every weekend as the 3-day got closer.

For what ever reasons, primarily selfish on my part, I did not want to give up my precious
weekend time, so I did not participate in the training walks.

I continued to train 3 days a week with Adriana, and do 30-60 minutes of
cardio 3-4 days a week.

I am thrilled to tell you that I persevered!

I walked every one of those 60 miles, killer hills included!

My team was also amazed at my success, as was I in a way.

I knew I’d felt better and strong, but did have my doubts as to being able to do so much, 3 days
in a row.

My success is a testament to your gym Sam.

Granted, the hot shower after the first days 20 miles, and the expertise of your on site
massage therapist Adrian
were absolute Godsends, but the tenaciousness
of your team at Fitness Concepts is what got me to the end!

Adriana was always awesome with me, never did a day go by that she didn’t ask
“How are you doing Dawn?” and it was never just lip service.

When I felt like throwing in the towel, she applied the firmness with caring that
would get me through.

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Now with Israel, (please let him know that I actually spelled his name right, he will be so happy!)if I don’t hear the
“DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn” 🙂

when I walk in, I get worried he’s not there. He too carries on in Adriana’s footsteps
with me, firmness, which I need to hit my goals, along with a caring style, which I need so I won’t give up.

One of the best parts of your gym Sam (notice I said “one of” because
there are so, so many) is Fitness Concepts to me is like the “Cheers” of
gyms…where everybody knows your name, and wants to know your name.
Whether the trainer is your personal trainer or not, they make your
feel welcome and not awkward what a comfort level that is from so many of
the meat market gyms out there.

Another amazing feature of your gym is how each and every one of the
staff members cares, and are there to support you. For this I again
thank you Sam. It’s so refreshing to see a business that actually walks
their talk.

Never in the 8 months that I have been there have I felt
like I am just money coming in. Everyone down there takes an interest in
how you are doing, and I believe really mean it. From Armando at the
front desk, to Christine and Loren taking care of the metabolic
training, to each caring trainer of which I personally have had two of the
finest! The team you have surrounded yourself with Sam is not only a
testament to your professionalism, but to your character, which always shows
a genuine concern for your clients!

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Along with all that is the “spirit” in your trainers. As I mentioned,
I am not where I’d hoped to be weight wise, but I have never felt like
I wanted to give up. OK, well maybe a few times, but your staff
wouldn’t let me quit, me or anyone else I am sure, and it’s not about the
“almighty dollar” either!

They want you to succeed at the goals you’ve
set, they want to bring out that success for you. They are positively
motivating, non judgemental people, never making you feel badly when you
backslide, but motivating you to continue and not give up!

Not only does your trainer support you 110%, but the others too. I distinctively
remember being pretty bummed one day, as the markeramp, scale hadn’t budged
again, and I was ready to say DONE!

One of your trainers said he’d chase
me down and bring me back because he knew I could do it, I’d know him
if I saw him, but I can’t tell you his name sadly….but what was
really memorable about it is he wasn’t even my trainer, he just cared, WOW!!

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I’ve done way too many “get in shape/lose weight programs” to mention
Sam. The wonderful part of your program is how you go about it all.
The caring, supportive and motivating team makes you want to succeed,
not only for yourself, but for your staff too. It now feels like a
family to me. I want to go to my sessions, OK, well maybe there have been a
few times I’d have rather stayed home with a good book or crossword,
but I go anyhow. I am proud to say that I think I’ve only missed 3
times, less being on vacation, since I started, which is a true reflection
on your group. I brag about your gym to everyone, there is so much to
brag about which makes it extremely easy to do!

So kudos to you Sam and your staff of amazing professionals. My thanks
to you, for helping me to make the progress I have, and inspiring me
to succeed in the progress I want to make. I will succeed because of
the inspiration, motivation and tenacious support provided by so many
caring and giving people at Fitness Concepts who there is no way in the
world I’d want to let down.

Dawn Zwack

P.S. I love your newsletters, and on a recent road trip with a friend
this summer, I read each and every one of your 10 part series on Weight
Loss, I believe Facts and Fiction or something to that extent, and we
both loved them! Have you ever thought of putting your newsletters
into one compiled booklet? I know I’d love having it to refer back to and
re-inspire myself. 🙂

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is a Diamond Bar Personal Trainer and Boot Camp Instructor.

If you know anyone looking for personal training in the Inland Empire, send them to Fitness Concepts.

We will take good care of them. He is ‘thee’ Fitness Expert and Body Transformation Specialist this side of Los Angeles and Inland Empire.

Here at our amazing Health Club we are the gym of all gyms….or also referred to as the Gem of all Gyms.

We offer Boot Camps, Fitness Training, Nutritional Consultations and a friendly awesome staff ready to take on all weight loss and fat loss challenges.


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