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August 26, 2010

Chino Hills Personal Trainer -It’s time to put up or shut up

A few weeks ago I ran into my very good friends Elaine Maxwell and Christina Del-Rosario at RA sushi in Chino Hills.

We were talking a bit and I noticed that Elaine was very unhappy about the way she looked. She said that due to a back injury she hasn’t been able to work out and therefore has gained 20lb.

Of course I knew that that’s not all there is to it.  So I asked about her diet and she admitted having an affair with In-N-Out double double on a regular basis. 🙄

So, being a proud fitness expert I issued a challenge to her. It’s called “put up or shut up”. (OK I deleted a word there that wasn’t appropriate).

You see to us fitness trainers there is nothing worse, I MEAN NOTHING WORSE than someone complaining about how they look without doing anything about it.

It reminded me of my insecure girlfriend in college who wasn’t happy about her body but when it came down to going to the gym she had more excuses than a pregnant nun.

I hope you are reading this post Ginger. lol  (yes that was her name. Real name)

Now remember Elaine actually has a valid excuse for not working out her back is really in bad shape. (she is like 6’0″ tall or maybe I am just short) but what’s the excuse with the love affair with In-N-Out.

On the opposite side of my college girlfriend is my beautiful wife Johnette. She thinks the gym is like Disneyland. If you let her,  she will workout all day and night.

Watch the video below to see the “The Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge”

Leave me a comment and let me know if you want in on the “Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge”

If you think you have what it takes to take me on “The Put Up Or Shut Up” challenge then be sure to leave me a comment and I will challenge you as well.

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August 23, 2010

Facebook Extending Lives & Literacy

Yesterday I heard from a very reliable source that Facebook has triggered a sea change in the nursing home industry.


This comes from a client of one of my business mentors.

The #1 reason people die is their friends have died or been dispersed to the four winds; their family doesn’t visit them anymore, and they have no more reason to get up in the morning.


I’m sure all of us have visited long-term care facilities and seen the blank stares and hopelessness of aged people living out their last days.

Facebook has changed that.


There are many, many 77 year old folks in nursing homes who now have 60 Facebook friends and interact with them on an hourly basis.

This is literally extending life spans – to the point of wreaking havoc in the long-term care industry.


This is because many of the payment models are based on people living only so long and their communities on Facebook are literally extending their lives.

(It’s also creating some interesting social gaffes.


Like after a person dies their friends are still getting reminders:

“You haven’t reached out to Ethel for awhile. Send her a note. Click here to POKE Ethel.”)


It’s also obliterating illiteracy.


Kids might be able to fake reading books in school, but they can’t fake writing comments on their friends’ pages.


I seriously believe that within 5 years, nearly every single kid in the developed world will be able to read, write and type – because of Facebook.


Within 10 years, the same will be true in developing countries – because of mobile phones.

***********************************Please Note**************************************

In My opinion social networks can’t substitute for face-to-face interaction, but for people who already have healthy real-world relationships, technology can help amplify them.

For those already prone to isolation, however, technology may encourage them to further retreat from society — and possibly Facebook themselves into an early grave.

If we try to substitute technological content for the interpersonal, we run into a whole host of problems. You see that on college campuses with increasing psychological stress rates. But I do think our interpersonal relationships are refreshed because we network socially. There’s a healthy balance there somewhere.


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July 31, 2010

10 Things I learned When I Was at My Lowest

As many of you already know I have been hiding out for a week and attending to my wife and little princess after a routine ultrasound on 7/22/10 revealed that my son no longer had a heart beat. We as a family just needed some time to reflect and heal. Today is 7/30/10 and I am writing you this post from Starbucks in Henderson, Nevada. It’s 6:30am and I just got done working out with my friend Justin Blum (one of the top trainers in Las Vegas Area) As a matter of fact if you are in Las Vegas you should definitely call Justin for a workout. He kicked my A** all week. Justin’s phone number is 702-882-6871

Here are 10 Things I learned from this experience:
1. God always has the Master plan. Even though sometimes we don’t understand why some things happen. We can rest assured there is always a reason and only God knows the reason.

2. Society encourages us (especially men) to keep our feelings to ourselves and not talk about our problems and feelings to other people. I am here to tell you that, “That is bulls***.” Communication is the cornerstone of being a human. By communicating we reach out to the universe and get advise and feedback from others that can help us in time of need. All of you reading this post helped me tremendously in my time of need and I want to THANK YOU.

3. When you put yourself out there and ask for help you also open yourself up for criticism. That’s just a fact of life. It’s no different than when you play sports in front of a crowd. Someone always finds something to say about you. If Kobe Bryant has one bad night he will get criticized by a bunch of people who couldn’t make a basket if their life depended on it.

4. Some people are just skeptics and that’s just the way it is. They always think that there is a “hidden agenda” in everything. (my wife used to be like that). I can’t say that I blame them for being like that. In this day and age people are being manipulated on a daily basis and I can see why they think the way they do.

5. You can’t please everybody. If you try to please everybody then you won’t please no body. I mean look at some of the greatest leaders in the world. No matter how great they were, there were always a few who criticized them. Here are some examples: John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
(OK that last one was to see if you are paying attention, lol, I like Jay Leno’s name for him he calls him Ahmadi “nut job”.) I am slowly getting my sense of humor back.

6. They say that if you have one true friend then you are already ahead of most people. I feel so blessed because I feel like I have over 700 true friends who commented and were there for me in time of need. Every comment felt like a huge hug and I THANK YOU.

7. Some people love you and some people don’t that’s just the way it is. Be yourself and don’t change for anyone. People can always tell a “fake” person vs “genuine” person. Being yourself means that from time to time you are going to pi** somebody off but that’s way better than trying to be someone that you’re not and coming off as a “fake”. Always keep it REAL.

8. When going through tough times don’t sit home and throw a pity party. It’s not healthy at all. I did that for a couple of days and found that I had a terrible attitude towards life and others. Instead I recommend empowerment activities such as yes you guessed it working out, reading, spending time with loved ones and just getting out of the house.

9. When you hurt your emotions become ultra “sensitive” and might prevent you from thinking too clearly. Never act or make decisions when you are in that “state of mind”. It’s OK to ask others for their opinion to guide you through when you are not thinking clearly.

10. As humans we all make mistakes from time to time and make the wrong judgements. If someone makes a mistake and hurts you simply forgive them and move on.


Especially if they “man up” and apologize. No one is perfect and we ALL have made poor judgements. The key is learning from our mistakes and improve ourselves.
Speaking of forgiveness I forgive Isiah B for the comment he made and accept his apology. He showed a lot of character for admitting his wrong and apologizing
See Below


Isiah B @ 7:47 pm


I was just trying to get a rise. You let a complete stranger do that. 19 years old at that. Shows you how vulnerable a person can be in heartace. Saman Bakhitar. I’ve been a complete fool. I sincerely ask for forgiveness from the bottom of my heart. I can’t believe I’d tested myself like this. You don’t deserve this. Please forgive me. And god bless your family.


Sam Bakhtiar Dr. Saman @ 7:50 pm


I hope no one ever goes through what I went through. I am not going to lie I am/was so hurt by your comments.
I absolutely love kids. As a matter of fact looking and playing with my little one year old daughter is the only thing that kept me together this week.
One day when God blesses you with children and you hold your child it will completely change your life forever.
I don’t hold a grudge against you as I am not perfect myself. All we can do as humans is learn from our mistakes.
I thank you for apologizing and I accept your apology. May God Bless you and your family.

Please share with me by leaving a comment below on:
1) What did you learn when you went through your toughest times in life?
2) Any words of wisdom for Isiah? How can we help him excel in his young life?

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February 15, 2010

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Hello there one of my most special clients and his dad recently wrote me a letter that I would like to share with you.

I have added links and photos to his letter with his permission,  but that is about it.

Check it out and support our community…………as it encompasses so many variety of people with various intellectual challenges.


I am Area Director of Pomona Valley Special Olympics which covers the cities of Diamond Bar, San Dimas, Walnut, Pomona, Claremont, Glendora and La Verne.
We provide free year round sports activities for our athletes with intellectual disabilities.


Michael is a Pomona Valley athlete and has been training at Fitness Concepts since your first 6 week class in November last year.


The transformation is incredible.

He has gone from 187 to 158 lbs and we thank you, Randy and all those trainers and clients who have been very supportive of Michael for this great improvement.


Special Olympics is holding a Polar Plunge at Bonelli Regional Park on February 27th to raise funds for our 2010 program.

Funds can be raised in several ways.
Donate direct to a plunger already registered. (Michael Evans)
Register as a plunger and collect donations
General donation
Form a team and collect donations from team supporters and friends.

This is a fun event.   Check it out!

There you can see photos from past “Plunges” and information about the event and Donate section on the left hand side.

Connect to “support a plunger” and type Michael Evans in the box.


Michael has received good support to date.

To see the improvements in athletes when they are coached, given positive support and encouragement is very rewarding
To see their faces when they compete and place is very rewarding to me and my coaches.
Just like watching the progress with the clients in your exercise programs as they achieve their goals.


It too must be very rewarding to you and your staff.

So any support you, your trainers and clients can provide to the Polar Plunge will enable us to continue our program and provide physical activities and programs for those athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Thank you very much for your guidance and support of Michael in his exercise program.

We are very proud of what he has achieved.

Thank you
Russell Evans

Russell Evans

Area Director

Pomona Valley Special Olympics

909 319 7693
Join us Saturday, February 27, 2010 at Bonelli Park for our annual Polar Plunge.
For more information, visit

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