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Can Headphones Damage Your Health?

Of all the headphones that are on offer, which of them
physically damages hearing? Or is it down to the individual
to monitor their own safety?

Well, some companies have offered a safe alternative - but
some have been discontinued due to poor sales.

Some companies produced equipment which limited volume
automatically or warned the user when the sound was set too

The public rejected the idea with the response that it was
up to the user how loud their music should be. That line of
equipment was quickly discontinued.

Today, some companies have introduced systems whereby
volumes on different tracks are corrected to the same

Others provide a system for the user to manipulate their
own preferred settings and gives better control than the
auto-corrected version.

Some governments have jumped on the bandwagon in recent
years and have imposed limits on the levels of sound
personal equipment can emit.

Of course, many have said that this is infringing on the
freedom of users and use other software to remove the

These governments have used the arguments that not only
does the hearing damage caused bring a financial burden on
the economy - future hearing loss medical interventions -
but also the burden of accident victims who have caused, or
been involved in accidents, due to the inability to hear
the surroundings when immersed in their personal music

Of course it will always be up to the individual on how
loud he/she wants their music to be. Perhaps the answer
lies in education.

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SNEAK PEEK FREEBIE: The Master's Hammer and Chisel 30 Minute Workout

I have two FREE 30 minute workouts for you... Who wants to test them out for me ???

The new Beachbody program coming out in December 2015 The Master's Hammer and Chisel just released two FREE sneak peek 30 minute workouts in our On Demand Library, so you get to try them now along with insanity Max 30 , Piyo , 21 day fix and extreme sneak peeks as well and get THIS FREE !!

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The Master's Hammer & Chisel featuring Official Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese are now available exclusively to Beachbody On Demand subscribers! And here's an incentive to see if this program, which releases in December, is right for you: You can win an entire set of the Beachbody Performance Supplement Line, $250 cash, and the actual Hammer & Chisel Base Kit and maybe even $5000!

All you have to do is show you have the intensity it takes to #BeAMaster... Starting today through 10/30, if you record a video of 1 minute or less performing a portion of either of the sneak-peek Master’s Hammer & Chisel workouts from Beachbody on Demand and post that video to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and use the hashtags #BeAMaster PLUS #Contest (must use both) you'll be eligible for that day's prize.

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My 32 Top Favorite Horror films

Anyone that knows me, know that I am a huge horror fan. I was recently on Facebook and saw someone 

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Batgirl Passed Away

I was hoping it wasn't true, but it's with heavy heart to learn
of the passing of Yvonne Craig. She lost her battle with breast
cancer on August 17, 2015.

Yvonne was a passionate professional ballet dancer before making
 the leap to TV as the iconic character Batgirl on the 1966 Batman
series. I was a huge fan and was honored that I got an opportunity
to talk to her. She told me that she wanted to come and take my Spin

She never made it  to NYC to take it. Yvonne entered the Batgirl scene in season 3 of Batman and became one of favorite female superheros. She will be missed, but not forgotten.

You can read her Obituary from her family here:

YVONNE CRAIGS OFFICIAL OBITUARY http://www.yvonnecraig.com/news/2015/08/19/yvonne-craigs-official-obituary/ via @Yvonne Craig News

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Benefits of overcoming the fear of public speaking

Many people are simply afraid of speaking before a large crowd, but are you aware that one can stand to learn a lot simply by reaping the benefits of overcoming the fear of public speaking?

There are a lot of people who tend to neglect that aside from the professional advantages one can gain from overcoming their fear of speaking before a crowd, they can also benefit from it personally and even improve one’s character and personality.

One of the most notable benefits one can get from overcoming that fear is self-confidence.

Overcoming the fear builds self-confidence in a person, especially making them more sociable compared to when they were previously allowing their fears getting the best of them, especially when they are faced with the situation of having to speak before a group of people.

Self-confidence also helps in creating a positive outlook and mental attitude in a person.

Another benefit that one gains from overcoming their fear of public speaking is self-esteem, which is how a person values or regards himself.
This is another social trait that one can gain not only for the benefit of others, but also help shapes character and personality.

Being able to overcome the fear of speaking before a crowd, one can also gain mastery in the art of communication.

Many may not be aware of it, but the secret to good communication skills also rely on a person’s ability to interact well, especially since when a person is comfortable with speaking before a group of people, he or she tends to have more focus towards the topics for discussion and may be able to comprehend matters and topics as well.

Compared to those who are more afraid to interact, especially when they are more susceptible to the fear that can envelop them, making them think of other things aside from focusing on the topics at hand.

Another good thing that one can achieve is better active listening skills, which could result to a better communication or speaking experience, not just for the benefit of the speaker but for the audience as well.
Active listening is as important as speaking well, especially since it is only through active listening that one gets to comprehend things that are being discussed or interacted upon, making discussions or interactions as comprehensive and as substantial as well.

Overcoming the fear of public speaking can also help improve one’s speaking abilities, through proper voice projection and vocal proficiency as well.
Getting the hang of speaking before a group of people can help a lot for those that may have difficulties or problems with projecting their clearly and pronouncing words correctly.

Being comfortable in front of people makes you feel less anxious, stressed or troubled, since you are less likely to experience the difficulty of being distracted from what is actually the real topic or concern that needs to be discussed.

As you can see, overcoming your fear of public speaking is not just aimed to help one become a better speaker, but has been found out to also improve one’s personality and character, thus, making your social and personal life even more fulfilling and satisfying.

One can truly appreciate the real value of how it means to gain from the benefits of overcoming the fear of public speaking.

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New Program Coming (The Master's Hammer and Chisel)

Two of our celebrity trainers, Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese, have joined forces to bring you The Master’s Hammer and Chisel™ - Coming in December 2015.

What is The Master's Hammer and Chisel™? It’s a 60-day total-body transformation program that helps you craft a defined, jaw-dropping physique using breakthrough resistance training. You will sculpt your body into a masterpiece with 14 brand-new workouts from celebrity trainers and winning fitness competitors, Sagi Kalev and Autumn Calabrese.

How does The Master's Hammer and Chisel work? You’ll focus on building muscle, power, and strength with The Master's Hammer™ workouts and trainer Sagi Kalev, while you shed fat and sculpt definition with The Master's Chisel™ workouts and trainer Autumn Calabrese. Plus, it includes a dedicated modifier who demonstrates moves at a lower intensity and adapts exercises for those with limited access to equipment.

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Hollywood Cycle

IN A LOT OF PAIN: Watched this new show called Hollywood Cycle.this show seriously gives indoor cycling a bad rep, like some other nameless indoor cycling studios that have become the craze, due to the celebrity name dropping game.

The egos of these people on show who think they are "gods gift to indoor cycling" is a real turn off and a mis-representation of true indoor cycling, first any instructor that tells a member "They don't give a fu*k!" would be considered a automatic TERMINATION! from any fitness facility. 

None of them are showing any kind of professionalism or teaching skills, this show may even hurt there reputation. How could the owners of cycle House allow them to air this kind of crap? Oh wait, "They edit it to make them look like asses." My biggest question is what kind of certifications they have. No well known certification would allow fraction like this give them a bad name. It seem like they may have a ‪#‎puregarbage‬ aka no certification at all and that its all about looks. 

The little riding "training" they did, the "trainers" were all awful and have the nerve to critique others, when they need to train themselves, Its the all ego and "AM ON TV!!" attitude game. This is rachet fitness tv and no way reflects the true teaching of indoor cycling in anyway. dont let this show give you a sour taste of what a fitness class is like. my classes are are packed because I relate to the members and have strong certifications to back up my teaching skills of being in the fitness industry for close to 30 years.

I will not be watching this show, am taking a stand on bringing back quality TV!

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Quick 5 minute Weekend WORKOUT, Plus a -exciting announcement at the end from Shaun T!

Do each exercise for 1min for a 5min EXTRA WEEKEND Burn! (Modify if needed)

1. Burpee low plank high plank R arm lead
2. Burpee low plank high plank L arm lead
3. Plié squat oblique taps
4. Supporting high scissor abs
5. Sit up/push up 30sec R 30sec L


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Does Food Make You Sick?

Do you often suffer from strange symptoms after eating certain types of foods? Do you get itchy, break out in hives, swell up or actually vomit? You could be suffering from a common food allergy.

It's estimated that over 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Most allergic reactions are mild, but around 30,000 visits to the emergency room are reported each year because of the reactions. As many as 200 deaths each year are attributed to food allergies.

Studies report up to 8 percent of children have an allergy to some type of food. The numbers are slightly smaller for adults, only around 4 percent.

Many children will outgrow their food allergies. But some will carry these allergies into adulthood and suffer from them their entire lives.

Eating prepackaged foods, out in restaurants or even friends homes can cause problems. It's  often hard to tell what's added to the foods we eat.

You hate to ask the cook "what's in this?", but sometimes you just have to. Especially when asking can mean the difference between an enjoyable meal and a trip to the emergency room.

With the increased cases of peanut allergies, most packaged foods have started including on the label the use of peanut oils and even if the processing of nuts is handled in the same factory.

There's no cure for food allergies. So the only thing you can do is avoid the foods that cause the reactions you can't deal with.

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WARRIOR ARMS-Tank top season will be here before we know it and that means those arms are going to be out for the world to see. Of course, you want them to be tank top and tankini ready, which means you’ll have to work them hard — biceps and triceps. All you need to turn those arms into sculpted works of art is a pair of free weights.

When you combine this workout with a healthy diet, you will fast track your results and make the most of the summer season. It’s easy to look great in family photos and feel amazing all summer with simple changes like drinking a delicious detox water and knowing what foods to eat to stay slim and satisfied all summer.


0:21 Hammer Curl Press
2:21 Pterodactyl Kickbacks
4:25 Band Pulldowns
6:21 Alt Delt Raise Tricep Push-up
8:57 In and Out Curls
10:56 Temp Skull Crushers
12:58 Alt Bicep Curl

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Get Rid of Procrastination, Now!

Do you put off your work for later, only to find your deadlines steadily creeping in? Then you, my friend, are one of the millions of people afflicted by the procrastination virus. Procrastination is the biggest reason for loss of productivity and late output. Though many would not admit it, they would benefit greatly if they start their work on time.
For many people, putting off their work for later is more habit than desire. It can be so hard to get into a groove where starting your tasks in a timely fashion is a priority, especially if the consequences for being late are things that one can probably bear.
If you are one of these people, yet you desire to shake off your propensity for procrastination, then you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this dilemma and become a more productive and reliable person.

1. Set schedules  It is very important that you have a list of activities to accomplish per day. This will help you realistically budget your time and resources. One of the cardinal sins people commit in regards to performing their tasks is to put off their work because they feel like there is so much time left. A journal, organizer, or calendar of events will help you plan and schedule your task so that you can start them promptly and finish them on time.

2. Save the Vacation for Later  Many people put their work off for later saying, I'll just have a little fun then buckle down to work later. While it may be true that they may have more than enough time to accomplish their tasks, it would be better if they finished their work first and relax afterwards.
Wouldn't relaxation be sweeter if it were after a taxing job? If you choose to lay back and relax before doing your tasks, you will be more prone to burnout and will have nothing exciting left to look forward to after accomplishing a task. It is always better to have slack period AFTER a job than before one, especially considering that people are wont to overusing their slack time. This is suicide if you are heading towards a deadline.

3. Never Underestimate Your Tasks  Sometimes procrastination sets in because people underestimate the resources, difficulty, and time spent for a particular task. They will usually say, It's just mowing the lawn, its easy; I could do it in a jiffy. The problem is, no matter how trivial the task, it still takes time and resources to accomplish. If you underestimate a task, you will most likely set too little time to do it and schedule it too close to its deadline.

4. Don't Allow Yourself to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing  It would definitely help if you kept a subconscious alarm whenever you are doing nothing. Get this alarm to remind you of things that may need to be done. This will help you foster the notion that jobs accomplished now means more time for relaxation later. However, even if this is the case, do not forget to put ample time in for rest and to remove all thoughts of troubles before hitting the sack. The trick here, however, is not to overdo you rest. There is a difference between resting and idling. Always set the right amount of time for rest and stick to that schedule.

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Time Management - Goal Setting

Time Management methods most often incorporate some
element of the goal setting process, as a key
ingredient for overall effective use of time. Whether
in the personal or professional realm, goal setting is
an important aspect in becoming a productive
individual, who effectively manages time.

When speaking of "goals" this term will include any
number of specific tasks which need to be completed,
from household chores to major business proposals.
Tasks to be performed are referred to as either short,
medium, or long term goals, depending on the available
time the individual has to complete them.

Short term goals may be thought of as daily goals.
These often include everyday chores, as well as
projects which need to be completed immediately. In
effective time management a list of short terms goals
is formulated, and each goal on that list is
completed, on a daily basis.

Medium term goals are often goals that need to be
completed within one week to one month of time.
Depending on the amount of time required to complete
the goal, a medium term may be broken up into smaller
pieces, to be accomplished daily. For instance, a
project which will take 6 to 7 hours to complete can
be broken into pieces, requiring only 1 hour per day.

Long term goals can reflect major undertakings, such
as obtaining a college degree, building a new home, or
any number of other such goals. These goals are broken
down into daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly

For instance, to obtain a college degree in 4 years
the individual will need to research financial
options, register for classes, take and pass specific
subjects, complete homework assignments etc... Long term
goals are best managed when broken down into small
sections, each one a step toward completion of the
final goal.

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My Babadook Movie Review:

MY MOVIE REVIEW: The Babadook is a Australian horror film about a mother who's husband is killed seven years ago and she is left to raise her son as she still grieve for him. She refuses to believe her so  when he tells her there is a monster in the house.

I read mixed reviews about this film some liked it, some didn't saying its not a true horror film. I disagree, It is a horror film a psychological, supernatural horror film, its almost like a mix of Annabelle and The Shining,  who remembers that classic? I like it and it had some jumps in but, not many as it a horror, thriller that starts slow and picks up in the middle and has a interesting end to it. The actress Essie Davis (Amelia) and Noah Wiseman (Samuel) are strong phenomenal actors.

I highly recommend this film to all true horror fans.

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The Best Thank You Anyone Can Give Me

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Success and Healthy Aging

How to understand healthy aging:
Healthy aging is defined as a process that does not implicate disabilities and disease. Living a healthy aging involves removing these debilitating conditions. To leave this world of old age is healthy living. When you can go out without having conditions that end your life sooner, you have lived a healthy life.

Someone who stays active throughout their life can reduce aging symptoms, such as crowfeet, wrinkles, etc. The person can maintain activities and take care of self can also keep their teeth longer, at least most. Most active people will enjoy life longer than those who sit on the couch holding it down.

According to medical experts, the number of elders entering nursing facilities has decreased. Yet, people 85 years of age are becoming an increasing figure. Disabilities of people between 74-85 have also decreased according to medical experts. People 65 years of age and older has reduced incapacitating illnesses as well according to medical experts. This means that people are taking life more seriously, obviously; otherwise we would see ongoing conditions in society. According to medical experts also, the average person living active cannot live past “125,” yet the number of people living past 90 is increasing. According to medical experts the average life expectancy is past 90, yet some people manage to live past 120. This is due to transience conditions and its changes according to experts.

Ironically, common aging is complex for the reason that impairments and illnesses may develop through the process of aging. Some of the diseases that cause rapid aging are due to hereditary. One must learn the processes in DNA to understand and relate to this factor causing rapid aging.

One example of common aging is seen when a person eats carbohydrates. As we grow older, carbs will increase the level of blood sugar naturally. This is common, yet it is not normal when the blood sugar rises for a person with any type of diabetes. As you can see the senescence is obvious in natural changes, while it is not always understandable with unnatural conditions.

On the same note, common aging includes forgetfulness, comprehension decline, and so on. Yet, if a person has signs of progressive conditions, such as dementia, which emerges from Alzheimer’s disease, thus its clear aging is unhealthy and unnatural. You want to understand genetics to relate to this condition.

Our body goes through many changes, which in medical terms is known as senescence. Medical experts, as well as the general population find it difficult to understand common aging signs, since avoidable illnesses, accidents, etc, and non-biological aspects play a role as well. Unnatural causes such as drinking alcohol excessively, drugging, overeating, and so forth is factored into common aging and uncommon aging. Doctors also consider prolonged existence when dealing with healthy aging.

When considering healthy aging one must take in consideration that longevity plays a part as well. Longevity has changed since the 19th centuries. Nowadays women are living well past 90 and men are living well beyond 80 years of age. Again, transience or mortality has changed, which has increased living expectancy.

To live a healthy and long life one must take steps to reduce aging. One must take care of their teeth, and overall body and mind. In fact, taking care of your teeth and gums can reduce your chances of heart disease. Experts found that the teeth and gum link to nerves that can submit poisons to the heart, thus causing heart attacks, or strokes. To learn more about teeth and gums, speak with your dentist.

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Benefits of Meditation

The benefits of meditation have been known to humans ever
since it was first practiced several millennia ago. This
article will discuss some of them in detail and will
outline the mental as well as the health benefits of this

1. Reduces stress

- since meditation helps calm the mind and relax the
individual, it helps a lot in reducing stress. This is
usually achieved through the breathing exercises that form
a part of the practice.

Stress reduction is one of the main reasons why people take
up meditation.

2. Various health benefits

- there are already documented cases wherein meditation was
shown to have helped in curing an illness. A landmark study
is the one done in 1976 by Australian psychiatrist Ainslie
Meares which was published in the Medical Journal of

The study documented how a patient’s cancer regressed after
sessions of intensive meditation. Meditation is also known
to lower blood pressure levels, which is beneficial to
patients who are at risk of hypertension and other
heart-related conditions.

3. Improves concentration

- one practice in meditation involves focusing on a
particular object such as a candlelight, or reciting a
mantra. Doing activities like these have been shown to
improve a person’s concentration.

4. Acceptance of events

- another aspect of meditation is the ability to take
things as they are. This helps a lot in reducing a person’s
frustrations over things that he/she cannot control.

People who will surely benefit from this include those who
are undergoing anger management.

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Quick Tips On How To Boost Your Metabolism

There are a lot of people who would give a lot to increase their metabolism. Having a high level of metabolism enables one to maintain burn fat and lose weight fast with the least amount of activity. Metabolism is the rate by which the body produces and consumes energy and calories to support life.

There are several factors that affect the metabolism of a person, such as the amount of muscle tissue, the frequency of the meals one consumes, genetics, stress levels, personal diet and activity levels. Metabolism slows done due to the following: loss of muscle because of not enough physical activity, the tendency of the body to cannibalize its own tissue because there is not enough food energy to sustain it, and the decrease of physical activity that comes naturally with old age.

Here are several ways to fire up one's metabolism:

1. Build up on lean, mean body mass. It is only natural that metabolism decreases along with age, but it is possible to counter the effects. The amount of muscle a person has is a very strong determinant in the ability to burn calories and shed fat. So it goes without saying that exercise is essential. Build strength and resistance by working out at least twice a week, preferably with weights. Do easy exercises in between workouts. Simple tasks such as walking the dog and using the stairs in place of the elevator can already take off calories. The key is to match the amount of eating to the amount of activity one has. Here are some guidelines in getting the right exercise:

For strength training

-Increase the amount of repetitions of a particular exercise.
-Add the level of resistance
-Utilize advance exercise techniques if possible

For cardiovascular training

-Insert intervals between exercises
-Perform cross-training and combine the exercises
-Add up on resistance and speed

2. Eat breakfast. A lot of people are ignoring the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Surprisingly, the ones who eat breakfast are thinner than the ones who do not. Metabolism can slow down considerably if breakfast is taken during mid-morning or if one waits until the afternoon to eat.

3. Avoid sugar. Sugar enables the body to store fat. It is recommended that a person consumes food that helps sustain an even level of blood-sugar. Additionally, progressive execerise 2-3 times a week should be in order to stabilize blood sugar.

4. Eat spicy foods. Hot cuisine with peppers can increase metabolism.

5. Sleep more. According to research, it is riskier for people who do not get enough sleep to gain weight. Also, muscles are regenerated during the last couple of hours of slumber.

6. Increase water intake. Water flushes out toxins that are produced whenever the body burns fat. Majority of bodily functions involves water, and lack of water causes the body system's operations to decrease its speed, and produces unneeded stress as a result.

7. Eat smaller meals. It is advisable to consume 4 to 6 small meals that are timed 2 to 3 hours apart.

8. Never skip meals. People tend to skip meals in order to lose weight, which is a big mistake since it slows down metabolism.

9. Plan meals in detail. Always prepare the right amount of food to be consumed at the designated intervals. Do not commit the mistake of eating meals in sporadic patterns.

9. Ditch the stress! Stress, be it physical or emotional, triggers the release of a steroid called cortisol, which decreases metabolism. Also, people tend to eat excessively when stressed.

10. Guzzle up on green tea. It can be used as a substitute for coffee. Tea has the ability to stimulate metabolism, and unlike coffee, it has no undesirable side effects when too much is consumed.

11. Include more energy foods in the diet, such as fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains.

Achieving the desired body weight is never impossible if one has the determination and patience needed to stabilize the metabolism level, which plays an important role in weight loss. A person needs to realize that eating right and working out is not just a passing fancy, but a way of life.

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How To Determine What You Want In Life

What do you really want in life?

Most people don’t discover what they want in life until it’s time to die – and that’s a shame.

Most people spend the best years of their lives watching television or doing things they dislike. An author described humanity by saying, “Most people die at twenty and are buried at eighty.” Are you one of the living zombies?

What do you really want in life?

Some people struggle in answering such question. When asked what they want or what their goals in life are, many are unsure. They dillydally in their decision, hardly giving any thought about what they want in life. People without definite goals are letting time pass them by. Are you one of these people?

If you are undecided about what you want out of life, do not worry.  There are many ways of discovering your purpose in life.

To discover what you want in life, try looking deep into your heart. Oftentimes, people are ruled by logic. People live by what they think they should be or by what others like them to be. The discovery process is the perfect time to listen to your heart. What your heart desires comes from the whispers of your authentic self. Your authentic self is the real you. 

Listen to your heart to be able to listen to your authentic self. What your heart says usually feels right. What your heart desires is what you usually love to do and this represents your passion. Anything done with passion is like play where the task is accomplished without hesitation. You pour out your very best and feel no pressure or resistance.

You will totally enjoy doing things that are your passion. Setbacks, difficulties, and obstacles will make it more challenging, but should not deter you from pursuing your goals. Naturally, there may be barriers that may prevent you from reaching your goal, but your heart’s desire will find ways to overcome these barriers so that you may ultimately get what you want in life. Remember this: the universe supports people who are pursuing their passion and those who are pursuing their destiny.

However, this does not mean that you don’t use your head. People are born with both the mind and heart. Your duty is to live your best life and be in harmony with your mind and heart. The poet Rumi wisely said, “Live completely in the head and you cannot feel the breath and rhythm of life. Live completely in the heart and you may find yourself acting like a love-struck fool with poor judgment and discipline. It’s all a fine balance - the head and heart must forge a lifetime partnership if one wants to live a beautiful life.” 

Listen to your instinct. Part of human nature is the mysterious and spontaneous reaction on things. Often times, these are called instincts. Your authentic self communicates with you and guides you via instincts. Instincts are those gentle nudges that urge you to act and follow a certain path. Your role then is to listen attentively.

Often times, we listen to what others say and allow them to run our lives. Parents often do this to their children. “We come from a family of doctors, so my son must also be a doctor.” How often do we hear this from parents who have good intentions for their children? Parents unconsciously block the true expression of their child’s real self and calling. Friends and critics will discourage you and point out the impossibility of your dream. Before heeding their advice, evaluate the accomplishments of the critics. Did they achieve theirs dreams? Do they dream big at all?

Remember, it is your destiny that is in line, not theirs. It doesn’t mean, though, that you will not listen to what other people say. Hear them out just the same. But the final decision should be yours.

There is only thing to remember: Every person, to live truly and greatly, must define how he wants to live and what his brightest life will look like.  Listen to your instincts and follow your heart’s desire. You will never go wrong.

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Why I Don't Want To Teach Anymore

It never fails… someone walks into one of my group exercise classes with the wrong agenda. Every once in a while (more than often actually), a new member or someone who has never taken any of my classes before, attends my class with the wrong state of mind. Let’s just say they aren’t mentally prepared to work out and are instead doing it as if it’s some type of chore rather than a choice.

I am talking about the individuals who come in late, have a bad attitude, are texting on their phones, do their own routine, have injuries that don’t allow them to fully maximize their potential and can’t really do any of the exercises or even members that think they know more than the certified instructor that was hired to teach the class. So when I address any of the issues mentioned above, I am now considered mean or a bully when the member leaves and then complains to the front desk.

So you might wonder why these things irk and irritate me so much, right? Well, let me break it down for you as to why this makes me not want to teach anymore:

LATENESS: Walking into a class after the warm up is not only distracting and rude, but can actually be a safety issue. There are a lot different warm ups and the type of warm up just depends on the class I’m teaching. Warm ups are needed to get one’s body ready for the workout they are about to do. Missing the warm up increases one’s risk of an injury. If an instructor tells you, "No, you can't come in because you missed the warm up," don't take it personally; it’s for your safety and next time you should try to arrive on time.

BAD ATTITUDE: Everyone has a bad day every now and than, even me, but the difference is I leave it outside. Members who bring their baggage into class creates a bad workout atmosphere and it’s a sure fire way that you are going to have a bad workout. 

PHONES: I don't know where this craze came from, but you’re not the President of the United States! Texting in a group exercise class is rude, disrespectful and it’s really distracting. Most gyms have signs that prohibit cell phone use in their group exercise room(s). So if you can't take a class without using your phone...just don't take the class.

DOING YOUR OWN ROUTINE: We Instructors work hard putting classes together, so we really find it rude and disrespectful when a member (or members) take our class and then do their own routine. And it’s a distraction to not only to the instructor, but to the other members, too. It also becomes a safety issue to you and the members around you since you can easily do another move that makes you hit another member or even yourself. So if you don’t like what the instructor has mapped out for the class, it’s time to find another class.

The reasons listed above sometimes make me feel as if I don’t want to teach anymore. I lost all of my weight by doing exactly what the instructor said to do in classes back when I used to be a student.  And I never thought I was better than them or anything, which is why I’m here now. I learned a lot from them and wanted to do the same for others, which is why I got into this industry.

This post is really meant to make you think about why you are taking a certain class. If you don’t like it, you can decide after the class whether it’s for you or not. But regardless, please always remember to respect the instructor and the class because after all, it’s a group class and you’re not the only one taking it.yo

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