Friday, February 27, 2015

Small Changes Or Big Ones?

Sometimes, I wish there was a simple solution.
 
            -Drink more water
            -Eat more veggies
            -Do more cardio
            -Lift heavier weights
            -Put down the cookies
 
But if I’ve tried to impress anything on the people I interact with, it’s that trial and error is about the only way to solve the health and wellness puzzles. Not only that, but some people thrive and succeed in reaching their goals through small steps and changes which build on one another. Others need a drastic 180 degree overhaul.

Much of this is personality driven, some of it is genetic or environmental. On one hand, there is a lot to say for the person who can look at the beneficial changes they need to make in their life. They can then take the easiest change, attack it full-on, make it habitual and move onto the next. I’ve seen many clients succeed with this approach.

Others need something a bit more over-the-top. The all or nothing, cold turkey approach that throws their world temporarily upside down.

Or maybe you’re somewhere in the middle.

I’ve found, for myself, that the bad habits in my life had to come to a screeching halt. No more sticking my toe in the cold water at the pool, I had to jump all in. By the same token, the healthful things that I wanted to add to my life needed to take place in baby steps.

It should also be noted that while gaining control over food in your life is the most effective and efficient way to feel better and look better, some people need to just move first. So, exercising becomes the first good habit and then food comes later. Other people need that immediate gratification of pounds lost, so food control comes first and exercise follows.

If feeling better, looking better and gaining control over your body are important to you, make a list of what you can accomplish with drastic OR minimal efforts. Then decide which route you’ll take.

And should you need help…we’re here for YOU!
 
In conclusion, I’d also like to add some very special news: Megan, my partner in crime here at RevFit will be welcoming a baby boy into the world in July. While the clients here have known about this for a bit, Megan and her husband Nick were waiting to find out the gender of their first child before making a bigger announcement to the world. So, while she will definitely be missed around here as the big day comes, I speak for myself and all of our clients that we couldn’t be happier! The RevFit extended family keeps growing!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Caveat Emptor

Late last year, I had the good fortune of taking on Dr. Michelle Bestic as a client here. After welcoming the addition of two beautiful twins into her family with her husband Dr. Dan Bestic, she decided it was time to get the focus back on her and getting her body into the condition it was in prior to pregnancy. As you’ll soon find out, Dr. Michelle is a wealth of information on all things regarding pharmacology. I am frequently asked my opinion on a variety of supplements, aids and pharmaceuticals. While I definitely have an opinion, I certainly don’t have the pedigree and background that someone like Dr. Michelle has. So, I was excited when she was willing and able to let me interview her with her thoughts on a lot of the topics that clients come to me about. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy our latest newsletter with Dr. Michelle Bestic!
 
Dr. Michelle, thanks so much for taking the time to do this. So that we can give the readers some more insight, could you briefly give a background on yourself?
 
MB: I graduated with my PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) in 2004, then did a two year post-doc fellowship in pediatric pharmacology and toxicology.  I have been working as a clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist since 2006.  I have published two book chapters, 10 peer reviewed articles and given numerous lectures to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and students about a wide range of toxicology and developmental pharmacology topics, including several on supplements. 
 
The fitness supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar monster. That tends to explain why there are so many companies looking for a piece of the pie. How do you generally regard a lot of what you see on the shelves at say, a nutritional supplement retailer? 
 
MB: Generally when considering supplements, the first thing I consider is "Do no harm." That is, I make sure that the supplement is not going to interact with any prescription or over the counter medication or potentially worsen any medical conditions.  The second thing I consider is the manufacturer of the company, does the company follow what we call "good manufacturing processes". Beware of the terms "standardized, verified or certified" as US law does not actually define these.  Look for a "seal of approval," however, this does not guarantee safety or efficacy it merely ensures the product was properly manufactured, contains ingredients listed on the label and doesn't contain harmful levels of contaminants. 
 
Finally, the last thing that I consider is that on average it takes prescription medications 17 years to make it to market from development, after tests on thousands of people. Yet, there are still medications that despite all of this testing still have to be removed from the market after hundreds of thousands of people take them and still cause awful side effects.  On average it takes a supplement less than 6 months with no FDA requirement of proving safety or efficacy. In fact, a company only has to demonstrate that it is "reasonably safe for human consumption" prior to hitting the market and typically do not need FDA approval prior to hitting the market. So yes, I tend to ignore a lot of the stuff in nutritional supplement stores, especially any "new" products out there because I know they haven't had any safety data collected.
 
 
Sadly, there are so many people looking for that "magic pill" that solves their weight loss puzzle or, by comparison, helps them get stronger, faster. Is there anything on the market that you would consider could do the job in either case? 
 
MB: There is nothing currently on the market that offers a "magic pill" for weight loss. Sorry!  I always tell people the same thing when they ask, the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies are not conspiring to keep you overweight or unhealthy.  If there was truly something out there every major pharmaceutical company would be producing it because they would make billions and there would be multiple agents out there just like there are 10 different types of cholesterol lowering agents
 
A lot of people are looking for the herbal or homeopathic remedy to cure what ails them. The belief is that if it's not a tried-and-true pharmaceutical that it "naturally" is better for them. How do you feel about that? 
 
MB: I sort of addressed the last question with the FDA testing and requirements.  However, I will add a couple of things.  First, anything and I mean absolutely anything can be a poison when taken in an incorrect amount.  Excessive water consumption has killed people. Also there is a misconception that "natural" equals "safe."  Opium and nicotine are also "natural" substances yet I don't think anyone would label them as "safe."  I had a patient once take too many fish oil tablets and ended up in the hospital with significant toxicity.  I am not saying that there aren't products out there that may help, just that if you are avoiding prescription medications because you think they aren't "safe" consider the fact that the supplement you are about to take has never had to prove safety data to anyone!
 
What do you consider the best resource for a layperson to determine whether or not they should be taking a supplement? 
 
MB: I would like to think that a health care professional would be the best source but sadly a lot of us don't really keep up to date on all of the supplement information and data.  I really like this website: http://nccam.nih.gov/  It is the national center for complimentary medicine and integrative health.  It has a pretty decent review of a lot of herbal products. I also like www.naturaldatabaseconsumer.com 
 
Because you see weight loss through a different lens than someone like myself, what would be a pharmacist's approach to safe and effective weight loss? 
 
MB: Most pharmacists don't take medications! Haha! Most would tell you however that the safest way to approach weight loss is through a healthy, balanced diet and physical activity.  Supplement use should be limited to just that, as a supplement to possibly fill in gaps in your diet.  Example, someone with low iron may need iron supplements.  If you don't eat a lot of fish, perhaps omega fatty acids.
 
What is interesting is that there are agents that will cause you to lose weight.  Taking too high of a dose of amphetamines or thyroid medication certainly works, but you can die in the process.  They are highly toxic to your heart in the doses needed to cause weight loss.
 
In your opinion, how much impact does the placebo effect have on supplementation?
 
MB: The placebo effect response varies widely in many studies depending on the condition being treated and how a placebo was introduced to a patient.  Interestingly, the more someone believes something (placebo or not) is going to work, the higher the rates of response.  There are certainly studies where the placebo effect was 0% and there are ones where the results were >50%.  In general, most references state and it is generally well accepted that the placebo effect is anywhere from 25-33% of individuals. 
 
If there were some general words of advice you could give to the public, but most importantly, to the health-conscious readers of this newsletter, what do you want them to know?
 
MB: General words of advice is that there is no substitute for a healthy diet and active lifestyle.  Nothing comes close to mimicking the health benefits produced by these two things.  To put this in perspective, the World Health Organization has estimated that if the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated which are lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and more than 40% of all cancers would be prevented.  If you wish to use a supplement in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle just consider the following - the supplement you are choosing may lack appropriate safety data, tell your healthcare provider to make sure there are no interactions with any disease states or medications, choose a reputable manufacturer and be conscious of the doses of the supplement you are taking, more is not always better.
 
I’d like to again take a moment to thank Dr. Michelle for all the great information. I also have to give credit to her for helping me with the title of this newsletter since I was having a writer’s block! I’ll speak for both of us in saying, I hope you were able to take some pearls of wisdom from our chat together!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Facing The Addict

I have a confession.
 
I am an addict.
 
Once upon a time, my addictions were of the more destructive type. That might be a story for another day. For the sake of this particular newsletter, I wanted to tell you about my addiction to something you may relate to better.
 
I’m addicted to sugar. 
 
In 12-step programs, members are told that it isn’t necessarily the amount of a substance you elect to consume but the psychological impact of it.
 
As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a sweet tooth. However, when I found my passion for this line of work, I realized that I had to temper my consumption of sweets. For me, if they’re not around I do just fine. Every so often, a craving will strike and I’ll buckle. My problem is when the sweets around, it’s as if they call out for me.
 
This past Christmas, 3 different people (clients, mind you!) brought me cookies. All shapes, sizes, flavors, etc. I had more variety than I knew what to do with. And like many of my clients who are battling weight loss, I would attempt to justify eating any of them.
 
“I’ll just eat one”
“I’ll train harder today, since I ate three”
“I worked out really hard so I can afford to eat these”
 
Now, I’d like to think I’ve got more knowledge about this song-and-dance than the average Joe. I KNOW you can’t out-exercise bad food choices. But the addict was taking over.
 
I finally had to make the decision to regretfully throw the remaining cookies out. When the sweets aren’t around the temptation to eat them and the craving for them tends to subside. But like any consistent addict, it’s the first few days of withdrawal that are the worst.
 
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give credit to my other dietary addictions in this order: caffeine and salt.
 
I joke with a lot of people that due to my long hours here at the studio, I’m nearly brain-dead at 4:30 in the morning when I go to brew my first cup of coffee for the day. Now, I still make sure I get my 20 or so ounces of water in before I start with the coffee, but it’s never far away.
 
Because I tend to internalize stress and lack of sleep when it strikes, I can always tell if I’m giving in to my caffeine addiction by how late in the day I continue to consume it. It’s usually a bad sign for me if I can have a cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage in the afternoon but still fall asleep at night. Then I realize I have to start cutting it back again.
 
But enough about me, the inspiration for this newsletter came from one of my newest clients. When I sit down with a potential new client, our consultation always covers food and dietary habits. In this most recent conversation, she said the words that a lot of people fail to admit:
 
“I’m a sugar addict.”
 
I was quick to tell her that I too, have a sugar addiction. Judging by the look on her face when I said that, she probably wasn’t expecting someone in my line of work to struggle with the same thing!
 
I relayed my cookie story to her and we were able to commiserate over the hold that sweets had over us.
 
So, how do you succeed over your addictions?
 
I realize that not everyone has a sweet tooth. Some people don’t know how to stay away from potato chips (salty foods), or cheese (fatty foods), or diet coke (artificial sweeteners/caffeine).
 
There are several different things that can play into our dietary weaknesses:
 
-stress
-mineral deficiencies
-lack of sleep
-patterning issues (my personal favorite)
 
Let’s say you have developed a habit of having dessert after dinner every night. Most dinners are salty in nature and having that complimentary sweet treat can balance things out. After a week or so of this habit, your brain starts to expect the dessert. Perhaps you tell yourself you aren’t going to indulge in the ice cream this evening. Sure enough, the pattern is ingrained and you find yourself right back in the freezer, salivating at the thought of your treat.
 
The trick is to change the pattern.
 
Find something new to do directly after dinner. Maybe you go for a walk. Or maybe you brush your teeth. Or read a book. Maybe you just need to drink something to keep your mouth occupied. No matter what you choose, a new pattern has to develop (just like it did when you started your trend of after-dinner desserts).
 
For some people, it’s just about minimizing the caloric damage. Instead of a bowl of ice cream, it’s a small square of dark chocolate. Or maybe you share the ice cream with your spouse or significant other. For other people, they have to stop cold turkey because they’ve lost the control over this particular food.
 
Where you can really run into trouble (as is the case with my aforementioned client) is when the treats (or trigger foods) are always lurking at your place of work. Despite your best attempt to abstain, just knowing that the foods are around is too much temptation.
 
You have to learn your limitations and decide the best course of action. It’s true that one cookie or one small bag of chips won’t make you gain legitimate weight. But how does that one indiscretion cascade into other issues?
 
In the case of my fellow sugar addict, one trick that recently worked was the recognition of investment. We spoke about her monetary investment in me as her trainer. I asked her to justify that expense against her cookies.
 
“Is that dessert worth the equivalent to the price you pay me as your trainer?”
 
And all of a sudden, we have a different perspective on the trigger food. More than anyone, I always want there to be a return on investment for people who train with me. Personal training is not cheap. And the fact remains: very, very few of us (see elite athletes) can out-train poor diet habits.
 
The first step towards breaking away from your respective addiction: sweets, alcohol, salty foods, caffeine, etc is realizing how it’s contributing to the problem. Then you have to decide how you’re going to change your patterns. Will you do it on your own or will you develop a support system around you? Whatever decision you make it’s on YOU.
 
Some people can have a little of their trigger food and they’re okay not to overstep boundaries. Others (like myself) have to completely distance themselves for fear of overindulgence.
 
Not sure if you have a food or substance addiction? Ask someone close to you whose opinion you value and trust. Someone who is unlikely to cast judgment on you. The truth might not be easy to hear but sometimes we’re blind to our own misgivings.
 
Ready to conquer your weaknesses?
 
We can help!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Simplicity

I think I’m on at least 15 different mailing lists regarding fitness. Some are trainers I follow, others might be nutrition or therapy based. Not to mention, the countless trainers, programs or organizations I might follow via different social media outlets. And this is the time of year that you see the words in some way shape or form:

New Year, New You.

The message remains essentially the same.

You survived the holidays, now let’s reinvent you.

In my heart of hearts, I know I’m supposed to convey a similar message. I want you to lose the holiday weight. I want you to feel better about yourself: to be stronger and have a better self-image. Contrary to what happens at the box gyms around me, I don’t really see much of an uptick in business in January. Perhaps it’s because the price point for personal training is higher than the fees of joining a place like Planet Fitness or the like. Or maybe it’s just that many people believe they can do it on their own and so that’s the first course of action at the beginning of the year.

But rather than see how many massive changes we can make in your already busy and demanding life, I would only ask that you simplify what needs to be done. Take a look at this list and see what would be the EASIEST change to make in your life starting NOW.

Not drinking enough water? Add 16-20oz to each remaining meal or snack today. Refrain from drinking more water after your last meal of the day. Tomorrow morning, wake up to 16-20oz of water and repeat the drill for the rest of the day. If you find it difficult to eat frequently enough to match water intake to your meals, I recommend setting the timer on your phone to go off every 2-3 hrs. It sounds a little tedious but it will help you develop the habit of keeping yourself hydrated through the day. After a week or two, your body will start asking for the water with signals you’ll be well aware of and you won’t need to use the timer on your phone any longer.

Eating too much in the evening? Start balancing the size of your meals at the beginning of the day so you’re not completely famished at night. One counterproductive trend I see more often than anything else regarding food is people who cram the majority of their calories into the end of the day. If you reverse this trend and keep evening consumption smaller, you will wake up with more of an appetite making this change easier to implement. This is not an easy change to make for many people because they have trained themselves on the habit of overindulgence at night.

Drinking too many calories? This can go hand in hand with the effort to drink more water in general. Look at what you drink throughout the day. Remove or drastically limit ANY drink that has more than 10 calories per serving. This will likely include juices, sports drinks, creamer or sugar in your coffee/tea, alcohol, and pop. While I can’t completely change those who drink diet pop, I would ask that you limit the intake of those drinks and switch for water instead.

Confused by what should be on your plate? The media might have you believe there are bad foods out there. As in, if you eat these foods you’ll never lose weight or look the way you want, etc. While this may be true for those with diagnosed food allergies, the general problem for many is just too many calories in general devoid of food selection. A simple change would be to look at your plate and fill it like this: 50% of the plate should be a fibrous veggie (spinach, broccoli, etc), 25% of the plate should be a protein (beef, chicken, fish, tofu, etc.) and 25% should be a starchy or low sugar carb (rice, potato, etc). No calorie counting necessary.

Crunched for time and don’t think you can exercise? Your body will benefit from ANY movement you do above and beyond what you currently do. Granted, you will need to ramp up the intensity of your movement at a certain point but there are countless studies proving that 3 bouts of 10 minutes of exercise in a day can be just as beneficial as a straight 30 minutes. The important thing is to continue to challenge yourself with the time allotted.

Find one change and implement it immediately. Then, remember to forgive yourself if you happen to derail. Life happens to all of us. Any one of these changes can make a difference for you, you just need to determine which change fits your lifestyle right now. As life and work and family continue to dictate what happens for you, some of these changes may need to revolve around that.

We’re here to help!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Lies We Tell

Growing up, I never wanted to disappoint my parents. I was never pressured to make straight A’s in school or anything like that, but I was always encouraged to do my best at what was asked of me. The problem was, I wasn’t crazy about school. So, if I liked the teacher and the class seemed somewhat interesting, I would normally do fine with grades. If the class was boring or if I had a teacher I couldn’t click with, my grades would suffer. There wasn’t a lot of extra effort to pull the grades up early on. When midterm grades would come, I would frequently hide them because I didn’t want my parents to see how bad some of my grades were. My hope was that I could get at least a “C” in the struggling classes by time the final report cards were out. I would even go so far as forging my parents signatures on midterm reports just to avoid having to tell my folks I had a “D” or worse.

My father, rest his soul, could see through me like glass. Even if he let me think I had gotten away with the crime, he was normally 3 steps ahead. Sometimes he would play along, sometimes he would bust me. The end result was still the same: it never paid to lie and I never came out on top.

Thankfully, I’ve grown out of that nonsense. But there is still that part of me that hates to disappoint people. Now, it’s more of a conscious effort to be forthright about things, even if the short term truth is unpleasant.

As this pertains to my clients and weight loss in general, being honest and forthright about problems can be just as scary or misguided as what I used to go through when I was in school. Most people are sincerely good people. They want good things to happen to them and they want to do good things to and for others. Not to mention, most people want to please others with their actions.

Unfortunately, weight loss is a tricky endeavor. It’s commonly known that most of usunderestimate how much we eat and overestimate how much we exercise. Case in point, several studies have been done with dietitians where they have to estimate (without the use of measuring devices) the caloric content of random food selections. They’re usually off by over 20%!! That may not seem like much, but if you’re trying to eat a 2000 calorie diet and your accuracy is as good as theirs, you could consume more than 2400 calories a day. In a week, you will have gained nearly a pound of fat! So, if the professionals who arguably know the most about food are inaccurate with their guesses, how do you think everyone else fares?

With clients, I see varying degrees of similar issues. Some clients will fall all over themselves to give you every gory detail of what’s happening with their diet. These are usually the easier ones to help. Others may only give a glimpse at the truth of what’s happening. By unveiling the truth about what they eat it’s like having them invite me over to their homes, perched on their shoulder watching every morsel that gets consumed. Not likely!!

Somewhere in the middle is the majority. Those who know what they need to do, they know how to fix it, they just haven’t acted on it. And as long as I’m not asking them to come clean, they can get by without admission of guilt. Sadly, guilt shouldn’t be associated with how we eat. Food, in essence, should be celebrated. Yet as we all well know, even good things can be overdone.

So my challenge to you is to indeed come clean. Be painfully honest with yourself about anything you consume that has calories: fruits, vegetables, candies, sugary drinks, cream and sugar in your coffee or tea, etc. You don’t have to live every day of your life with a measuring cup. However, it may take getting reacquainted with measuring your portions to get a realistic idea of what a true serving size looks like.

Ultimately, you have to be honest with yourself. Clients can (and have) told me all sorts of things about what’s happening with their nutrition. Fact of the matter, most people just forget. Unless you’re taking the time to journal everything you’ve been eating, you’re not likely to remember. For instance, that sandwich you got from Panera yesterday had a nice smear of mayo on it. That mayonnaise just added nearly 100 calories to that sandwich...from a condiment!!!

The other issue is some people just don’t know how to be honest about their food. It’s the dirty little secret they can’t fess up to OR it’s the disappointment they may have to face if they have to admit it. This goes back to my previous comment about how the desire to please can interfere with what we admit to.

If you’re struggling with your weight loss, remember it’s the lies we tell ourselves that can lead to the most damage.

We’re here to help!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Do More With Less

When I started this business back in 2009, the workouts I ran clients through were chock full of variety. I was driven to make sure my clients never had the same workout twice. My hope was that I could help avoid any staleness or boredom in the routines and keep clients excited to come back. It wasn’t a totally misguided approach. Clients did get stronger and they were exposed to a plethora of exercises.

The problem (among many) was there was little rhyme or reason to why it was done. Not to mention, it was near impossible to track the progress of any given exercise because it could take so long for an exercise to be duplicated. Truth be told, not every client needs to see the strength increases in the gym. Many people just need to get moving and they need to know they’re doing so in a way that leaves them at low risk for injury and feeling like they’ve accomplished something.

As the years went by, I became less satisfied with this approach and knew I had to streamline more of what happened here. I have always liked variety in a workout but there had to be a method to the madness. After running myself through a variety of different programs and testing different protocols on clients, I started putting together a system that made more sense. “Rev6” became part of the solution.

To be frank, it was inspired by two different needs: I needed a workout I could do in a minimal amount of time in between clients. In addition, my clients needed workouts that ran at a faster pace so they could get back to juggling work, family and everything else they had on their plates.

Walk into any gym these days and it can be a very social affair. Nothing wrong with socializing. It can actually be very motivating to the workout. Not to mention, it potentially can make time go by faster. Conversely, there are a lot of gym-goers who spend way too much time talking and not enough time working. Now, I don’t know about you but when I’m training, I don’t have time for that. There are too many other things to get accomplished and I need a workout that gives me the most bang for my buck.

In addition, taking too much time to talk and procrastinate between sets and exercises can be detrimental to your goals. It amazes me how many people are bound and determined to squeeze an hour or an hour and a half out of their workouts just to feel they’ve accomplished something.

To the credit of group exercise, there are some modes of fitness that do need to take a bit more time. Because more people have to be tended to, it can be a time-consuming affair. And if you’re inclined to do things like powerlifting, you definitely have to take time between sets so your body can recover appropriately from the stress.

However, for the average person who is involved with exercise most of what you need to accomplish can be done within the span of about 30 minutes. This goes for strength/resistance training and cardiovascular workouts.

But don’t take my word for it. If you’re used to spending an hour at the gym, try this approach for a change. Approach your workout the same way you normally would. This time, take no more than a 1 minute break in between sets of the same exercise and a 30 second break between different exercises. A sample workout might then look something like this:

Lunges for 12 reps each side
30 second break and then
Lat pulldowns for 10 reps
30 second break and then
Push-Ups for 12 reps
30 second break and then
Bicep curls for 10 reps
30 second break and then
Lat raises for 12 reps
30 second break and then
Crunches for 30 reps
Break for 1-2 minutes then repeat the circuit.

Chances are (if you picked appropriate weights for each exercise) you’re feeling something far more intense than what your hour-long procrastinated workout was giving you.

It was ideas like this that helped turn Rev6 into the program it is today. Shorter, more effective workouts and enough variety fused into the program to keep from going stale. In addition, you get to spend enough time on each exercise in a given cycle to actually see progress occur.

As we’re inching closer and closer to our launch date, I wanted to tease a bit more information about what you would find in store when the program is ready for mass consumption.

In conclusion for this newsletter, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. Christmas is approaching and with it comes the increase of holiday social events, family gatherings and a great deal of food that can easily derail your fitness efforts. Keep your eye on the goal, whatever that may be for each of you and brace for the remainder of 2014.

We’re here to help along the way!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gratitude

I remember sometime before Thanksgiving last year, I sent out a newsletter about gratitude. This year, I really felt the need to do the same. From a business standpoint, 2013 was a great year for RevFit. I had all hopes that 2014 would be just as good and it surpassed my expectations by a huge margin. So, with a fresh perspective as we round this year out and approach 2015, I have all confidence it will continue to be another great leap forward for us here.

So, it stands to mention, this business doesn’t survive and thrive on my efforts alone. I wanted to mention some people who have stood by my side personally and professionally to help me along the way.
 
Tori Tedesco: I’ve known Tori for nearly as long as I’ve had my business. It’s only been over the last couple of years that we have connected on a professional level and she has been invaluable to me. She handles nearly all of my current graphic work and all of my social media work. I write the newsletters and she formats them to look the way you see them now. She also keeps our presence on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. As nice as it would be to hog her all to myself, Tori is available to work with other businesses as well. I might also mention, she is a great photographer and is even amazingly talented with crochet work. At risk of stealing all her thunder, you can find more out about Tori at www.toritedesco.com
 
Joe Baker/Thomas Wittine: Joe and I have been friends for nearly 15 years. Way back then, he would design t-shirts for the band I was in. When I started this business, Joe was the person I reached out to in efforts to help me build my website (www.revfittherapy.com). Since then, he has partnered with Thomas Wittine ofwww.wittine.com and the two of them keep my web presence alive and well. Not to mention, they have both been working hard on the Rev6 program that I have continued to tease you with. I promise it will be launched soon! Joe’s portfolio can be found atwww.joesfunhouse.com.
 
Kristie Warner: Kristie was originally referred to me from another client/friend several years ago. She is the co-owner of Gavin Scott Salon & Spa (next to me here at the plaza). Not only was she the one who told me about the location we’re in currently when it became available, she has been one of the biggest advocates of our business. She runs an amazing operation at the salon and has been an incredible mentor to me. You can see more about her business at www.gavinscottsalon.com
 
Dr. Robert Ault: First, he was my doctor, then he became a client and since he has become a great friend. As a personal trainer, it helps to have people to turn to who have a vastly superior understanding of the human body, how and why it works. Dr. Robert is not only a chiropractor but a doctor of sports medicine as well. So his scope of expertise goes well beyond necks and spines. What has made my relationship with him so important is that we are able to share information with each other that not only can help his patients or my clients but we’ve worked hand-in-hand to minimize their injuries and keep them healthy. He has been a huge asset to me and my business. You can find out more about he and his wife (they’re both chiropractors) here:www.aultchiro.com
 
Megan Winiarski/Julie Boehringer: My partners in crime here at RevFit, Megan and Julie are fantastic trainers and they complement my training style perfectly. Both ladies have been with me since 2013 and I know there is no possible way that the business could have reached the levels it has without them. I firmly believe the best way to take care of your customers is to take care of your employees and I hope Megan and Julie both know how much they mean to me! Oh, and shameless plug: they’re available to train you too!!
 
Our amazing, fantastic, and particularly attractive clients!!: You guys and gals absolutely hang the moon. You continue to inspire yourselves, one another, and us!! Thank you for pushing me to keep RevFit evolving and climbing to greater heights. I hope you are tremendously proud of what you accomplish every day you’re here. Every day I wake up knowing I get to work with and for the most incredible personalities I’ve ever met. Sometimes, I just have to sit and take in all the little miracles that happen here day in and day out and be thankful that Megan, Julie and I get to be a small part of your lives. Thank you for that privilege!
 
My family: My mother, my wife, my son. The three of you make me the man I continue striving to be: more understanding, more loving, more ambitious, and more committed to giving back to you the fruits of my labor. I thank God every day that I have the people I do in my corner. I love all three of you and I could have written a newsletter alone just about that. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to throw myself into this business so I can give everything I can to the people who ask it of me.
 
Whew! Hope you kept some kleenex around for that one! Thank you to all of you: those mentioned in this newsletter, all of you readers and anyone who has ever been a contribution or inspiration for the progress of RevFit.
 
“Everywhere I go, I walk with all the strength you gave to me.
And everything I do, I do with all the love you show me”
-Vinnie Caruana