Am I Wasting My Money On a Gym Membership? [Podcast Episode #110]
Fitness clubs have one type of member that they love above all others...
You know the one I'm talking about. It's the member who gets automatically billed each month even though he or she hasn't stepped foot inside the gym for weeks. It's free money for the gym owners.
Are you one of those prized gym-supporters?
Do you wish you could get into the "gym groove," but just can't seem to make it work?
Maybe it's time to cancel your gym membership and try something new instead...
Make Your Body Work Podcast #110
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Am I Wasting My Money On a Gym Membership? [Full Text]
Dave: Hey, thanks so much for joining me in this episode of the Make Your Body Work podcast. As you know, this show is all about helping you live a healthier and happier life. I donate my money to the gym each week. Is that you? Are you someone who's paying a weekly or a monthly fee for a gym membership, but you actually don't go there? That's exactly what Janice wrote in to say.
Here's what Janice wrote, "I'm one of those gym members who donates their money each week. I would like to go, but I always find myself busy with other things. I have a family history of osteoarthritis, so I know that strength training is something I should be doing more of. Would it be better for me to commit to getting into the gym, even just once per week, or could I do some sort of workouts at home to get a similar result?"
Janice, thanks for writing in and raising this question: Is the gym necessary for fitness? I think we all know that the answer is, no. You can get fit doing other things, but to really see results, to really reach your optimal level of health and wellness, is the gym the place that we need to commit to? That's the question we're going to tackle today.
I've got an amazing guest. He has so many credentials when it comes to fitness training. You're really going to be amazed. This guy has been in the industry for a very long time and has achieved top-level status as one of the best fitness professionals in the world.
But beyond that, he worked for many, many years in corporate fitness. So he has a very intimate knowledge and understanding of the gym culture, and the gym mentality. How many people actually use their gym membership? How many, like Janice said, donate their money each week or each month? I'm really excited to introduce to you Samir Becic.
Meet Samir Becic
Dave: Hey, Samir, thanks so much for joining us today.
Samir: Thank you Dave, I appreciate you and good day to your listeners.
Dave: I'm wondering if you could start off and talk a little bit about your fitness journey, because you are the man with fitness credentials. I was reading up about you, and you have won so many awards in the fitness world. Tell us, how did you get started into fitness?
Samir: I started in sports when I was four or five years old, actually, being four years old. I was always very energetic as a child, so my parents put me in sports. I did karate, taekwondo. I started doing kickboxing, and later Thai boxing, then later Muay Thai.
Then I did boxing and everything by the age of 16, 17, and 18, I really won major tournaments in Europe, from local tournaments, all to national one and European ones, but I never really felt fully satisfied, because I am not the guy who tries to purposely hurt somebody in the ring. Even when I was fighting, I will wait opponent to hit me first before I can respond. Because I just didn't want to hurt somebody for no reason, even when it's come to competition.
But then, I went to a school in Europe, a school that's based on solely on academics and physical education. It was the original idea. Greek educational system in Germany, gymnasium, but with the time, they only focus on academics and really forgot athleticism. I was really, not joking, one or two of like, I just probably one or two athletes in entire gymnasium system.
Majority athletes were chess players. So from that perspective, I had access to information. And the first information came aboard was that, each hit, you get hit in a... If you get hit in your head, you can lose up to 5,000 brain cells. That information, from day of tomorrow, completely changed my philosophy of boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai.
And I literally told my coach, "This is my last fight. I don't want to fight anymore." Because I didn't want to jeopardize my cognitive abilities for being physically stronger or be able to hurt somebody in the ring.
Dave: So when you decided to quit fighting, then, what was your next move? Because most athletes can't just turn it off. They want to be participating in something.
Samir: No, I agree. I never stopped working out. So even when I was boxing, kickboxing, doing all the martial arts, I was always being in fitness. And I actually, at the age of 15 and 16, already was assistant coach to like, two different coaches. Even at the age of 15, 16, but preparing them to be physically more active. Of course, in martial arts, you have to be physically fit. You have to have a high level of fitness. Otherwise, you cannot perform.
So physical fitness, fitness in general, was the part of martial arts since the beginning. But I was interested more in that because I am always proponent of, "Let's make bodies stronger. Let's make brains stronger.
Let's make ourselves better as humans, as a human being" than, "Let's destroy each other." Even if the martial arts, to a certain extent, protect you from destruction. But in the process of being good, you are destructing yourself, period. So again, I started focusing on fitness.
And then, at the age of 23, from Germany I came to America and then fitness was my, literally my sole obsession, career, love. I turned my hobby into my profession. And what can I tell you else? I just did the best thing which you can do. Correct?
How Samir Was Chosen as "Best Fitness Trainer in the World"
Dave: Well, and it's worked for you. So I know that you were awarded Best Fitness Trainer in Houston and then in Texas, and then, in the world. So obviously, you've done well for yourself.
Samir: I was 29 times number-one fitness trainer in Houston. Actually, I was 31, but they disqualified me twice for the certain thing that I didn't, I was not in. And those competition were like, a 30-days' competition. So you compete every 30 days, "Who is number one in the city?" It was under Bally system, Bally's Total Fitness, at that time, was the largest corporation in the world, being spread on four different continents.
So each month, we had a competition. And then, each quarter, that competition turns… "Who is number one in the state?" And then, each year, combination of all the points together turns, "Who is number one in America?"
So I was four times, I was 29 times number one in Houston, 22 times number one in Texas. Now that goes differently, because sometimes I was number two in Houston, when I was disqualified, and still made me number one in Texas, because for the point differences. So I end up being four times number-one fitness trainer in America for Bally's.
And at the same time, when I say Bally's, it was not just America. It was America, it was Mexico, it was Canada, it was Asia, it was Europe, and the parts of Australia. Because Bally's was being operating out of different companies. But as a system, Bally's Corporation, we were competing on all against each other.
So I was competing against President, at that time, like, clubs of England and stuff, that [inaudible 00:07:07]clubs. But they were all part of Bally's. That's why we're spread to four different continents. So really, the title of Four Times Number-One Person in the Nation is actually Four Times Number-One in the World, because it was, I was competing against 30,000 trainers.
Dave: Samir, you make me feel insignificant. I was awarded Top Fitness Professional in Canada, and compared to your credentials, I feel very insignificant.
Samir: Well, let me just say something. You should not. Being a top professional fitness guy in Canada, that is amazing. And I am actually proud that I'm talking to somebody who understand what I'm talking. So when we start having a really deeper conversation about this, you will understand exactly what I'm talking, and understand me. So hey, I am honored.
What Is Health Fitness Revolution?
Dave: Likewise, likewise. So all this culminated, though, in you creating a really amazing magazine, Health Fitness Revolutioning. Can you talk a little bit about: What is Health Fitness Revolution? What was sort of your mission behind starting that?
Samir: You know what? I actually didn't want to start Health Fitness Solution. I wanted to buy a local magazine here in Houston, with a name, Health and Fitness Sport Magazine. And that's one of the stuff that you see here in the back. So the magazine was known in Houston for 25 years, didn't make any money. I went there, they were making 25, 30,000 [inaudible 00:08:19] every month. But they wanted like, a crazy amount of money.
At the beginning, I think $350,000 for me to take over the magazine that makes but between 3 and 400,000 [inaudible 00:08:31] every year. So I said, "That doesn't make logical sense. I thought you guys are going to just give it to me that so, to take a burden away from you." And I was trying to negotiate, maybe I was giving between, I was trying to offer between 50, maximum $100,000, but they wouldn't go for it.
And at the last meeting we had, she said, "Okay, Samir, this is the price. And money talks, and bullshit walks." That's what she said to me, the lady who was selling the magazine. I said, "Okay, first of all, this money that you want will never talk. And I am not bullshit, and I'll show you that." So immediately, like a month later, or maybe two months later, I don't remember exactly the time, we started the Health Fitness Solution Magazine.
At beginning, it was just a simple website. I mean, like a, if, at beginning, if I were to go now back to time, I wouldn't even open that magazine at how bad it looked. But at the time, we created the magazine that actually made already four times world news with the lists. And we are making national and regional and world news pretty much on a monthly basis and weekly basis.
So it started very slow, and expanded beyond my imagination, not only how many people go to my magazine. That's the smallest part of the magazine. The biggest part is that, many top major media outlets across the world are using our magazine as a database, is using our magazine as a pretty much, a source of credential articles-
Samir: Articles with the credentials when it comes to health and fitness.
Dave: It's amazing. And the breadth of articles there is really awesome. It's not just exercise, it's not just healthy eating, but you cover so many different topics. For the listeners, if you go to MakeYourBodyWork.com/110, that's today's show episode, I'm going to have links out to Health Fitness Revolution and everything we talk about today. So you can check that out. And be sure to go to HealthFitnessRevolution.com.
Samir, I want to use this as a transition point to talk about Janice's question. And I know this is something that you've probably talked to tons of other people, but I'm sure you've written about it, I'm sure there's content on Health Fitness Revolution talking about: Can you get a great workout at home? Or is it necessary that you go to a gym?
Home Exercise vs. Gym Workouts: The Winner Is?
Samir: Dave, you're a fitness professional. You can get a great workout in a space of five square feet. In Canada, you guys use feet or meters?
Dave: Both, but I'd say feet is probably more comfortable.
Samir: Okay, so let's say, five, six square feet, you can have a perfect workout. You know this. I mean, squats, push-ups, you can do all calisthenics, [inaudible 00:11:08], everything in a small space, without any machines.
So from that perspective, of course, I, Janice, you can do workouts in your kitchen, so long as you have fix, six square feet to work out. Now, we have a one big problem. And I will tell you which one it is. You have a gyms everywhere in the world. Gyms are becoming megagyms: 70, 80, 150, now 200,000 square feet.
In 2002 till 2006, I was running the largest club in America, was a [inaudible 00:11:41] Club Bally's. We had 125,000 square feet, including our basement. So over 100,000 square-feet space. I had, at that time, just in that club, 130 employees. So yes, it's easy to go to the gym and work out. It's convenient. It's social. You can network. Yes. But how many people have a membership and never, ever go? And that's what Janice is talking about-
Dave: She uses-
Samir: We used to have-
Dave: She uses an interesting saying, and I've heard other people say this. She says, "I'm one of those gym members who donates their money each week. I give them their money, and I never even go."
Samir: From 25,000 members I have in my club, approximately 7 to 8,000 members will come, and 16 to 17,000 members will never come, or maybe a couple times a year. Now, think about it, as a fitness director, from that perspective, it was, we were making killing when it's come to net profit.
At the end, I was, we were making millions of dollars' net profit, because people will not use the machines, people won't use facility, yet you will charge them. And people will not cancel the gyms because if they don't come, [inaudible 00:12:55] offer, you 150, 200 bucks a month, and you don't have to come. I mean, like. So everybody says, "I'll pay 200 bucks a month," but I multiply that with 17,000 people, then end up being lots of money for people who don't even come.
Now, I recommend everybody to start working out at their homes. Even people who go to gym, they should still have like, a one or two workouts in the nature, at home. Because you don't want to be dependent on gyms. You don't want to be, when it's come to healthy lifestyle, dependent on anything. Okay? And my book, Rethink Your Life, talks about it, that you can do workouts anywhere.
So from that perspective, Janice, yes, you can have amazing workout at your house. It requires you to gain knowledge, but knowledge is power. And gyms are also, I think the reason why America is right now probably one of the fattest nations in the world. And I'll explain my reasoning behind that.
Why Starting to Exercise At Home Might Be Best For You
Dave: Just before you do, just a question for you: I'm a little surprised to hear you say, "Start working out at home," as a guy who's come out of the whole gym industry. You believe in the value of gyms, obviously. Why would you say "Start at home," as opposed to "Start at the gym," though?
Samir: But let me just talk right now about America. In America, we have a 36.5% people being obese. 74, 75% in America are people who are overweight. If I were to tell everybody, "In order for you get fit, you should go to the gym," America has more gym than any other country in the world.
If that was solution, then we would be the fittest nation in the world, with the lowest problem of obesity. We are not, therefore, I'm not going to say, "You go to gym." Because chances are, according to Einstein, if you're trying to do the same thing and expecting different results, that's a definition of insanity.
I choose not to be insane, so I'm telling you right now: Don't try to go to gym. Start working out anywhere you have, because it's a higher chance that you may start working out in your living room than in a gym. So for that matter, start working out in a park, in a gym, in your house.
And what is the workout? That's the biggest problem. People don't understand what a workout means. People think workout, you have to do 100 [inaudible 00:15:03] presses. So you have to bench press. That's not the workout. We're going to go into that, what actually means to be fit and be mobile.
How to Overcome the Lack of Motivation to Exercise at Home
Dave: Now, I completely agree with you. We're on the exact same page. One of the advantages, though, of going to a gym is, there is a motivation of being around other people, perhaps taking advantage of fitness classes, using some of the equipment that makes things easier. How do you overcome that potential lack of motivation, when you're just trying to do that at home, you're just trying to do it by yourself?
Samir: Well, we already have like, a 85 or 90% people in America here, periods. And I'm sure, in Canada, it's a little bit different, because Canada, you guys are more outdoorsy. You guys go outdoors. But here in America, 85, 90% percent people are not motivated. And they have a gym access.
And I tried, for the last 15 years here in Houston, that was Houston, one of the fattest cities in America for the last 10, 15 years, every single chance: On TV, on radio, in print media, in seminars, I'm trying to motivate them to be healthy and fit. But I'm not succeeding.
So from that perspective, many people don't feel comfortable going to gyms. Gyms can be very harsh on people, especially people who are overweight, people with low self-esteem. And you, when you are overweight, the majority of Americans are, chances are that your self-esteem will may suffer. That you have a wrong image about yourself.
So starting to work out at home, by yourself, or with your family members, or people that you feel more comfortable, may bring you to that level that, one day, you may actually go to gym and go to next level, if you choose that that's your next level. You can also go to next level, and my book, Rethink Your Life, in Level One to Level Six, explains that you can have extreme workouts in your house.
Dave: So if Janice was sitting here right now, and she said, "Samir, I hear you, I'm going to start working out at home. I'm going to educate myself, I'm going to learn some exercises that I can do with no equipment," what would you advise her that she could do to maintain that motivation? So that she doesn't just do this for a week, and then, let it peter off and all of a sudden, she's not exercising again?
Samir: Well, I'll tell you, what's one of the biggest problems here in America is: that people start working out for one week. And we'll talk about New Year resolution. And they start working out, and they're saying, "Oh, my god, I'm going to wait Monday. I'm going to wait next month, I'm going to wait January 1st, or the first week of January, for me to start working out." Why?
If you work out for week, and you don't have motivation, and you stop working out for four or five days, it doesn't matter. Don't be guilty about it. Just, every chance you have to be active, just be active.
And now, we're going back to the question: "What does it actually mean to work out?" Okay, does it, a four times 25 push-ups counts as a workout. But vacuuming your house for like, an hour doesn't count as a workout. Actually, from my perspective, fitness is a moment. Doesn't matter what you do. By being physically fit, you are working out.
If you don't want to use any small apparatus, and you want to be, go and be a lumberjack. Or just move some stone back and forth. Or push your car, or clean your house, or move your furniture around, or go stairs up and down. Or go walk with your friend in a park. Or be, drive a bike. Whatever it takes for you to be mobile, to be physically active, that's, for me, is a workout.
And I think, that's the biggest problem right now in the world but people don't understand. People are scared of a workout, because they think you have to have a specific exercises in order to perform a workout. And me and you know that that's not the case. I am telling you, some of the hardest workouts I had is, when I went to the woods, and I was helping my cousins in our, in our bungalow in the woods. And I was chopping wood.
Let me just tell you something: After chopping wood for three hours, I was more sore than lifting weights for like, a one week. So from that perspective, is a lumberjack a fit person? Yes, it is, and probably more fitter than many professional athletes, from that perspective.
Dave: And as an interjection-
Samir: So you understand my-
Dave: And as an interjection, just for the audience: You mentioned you can get out and push your car. And maybe people were thinking, "Why would you use that as an example?" But literally, I was just on your magazine, and there's a picture of you pushing a Jeep. So this is something you've actually done?'
Why We Need Much More Obesity Awareness
Samir: Actually, I didn't choose to push the Jeep just to push the Jeep. I am preparing myself for extreme fitness challenge. In order to create awareness about obesity in America and the world, I'll be walking four miles with 200 pounds' weights on me. In order to prepare myself from every single angle, you understand: stamina, strength, stamina, strength, endurance. Different muscle, different angles how to use the muscle.
I am trying to build my body so strong that I'm actually capable of doing four miles by bearing 200 pounds' iron on my body. And last year, I did three miles, and I literally, to certain point, I went to the point of exhaustion. I collapsed couple times. Not losing my conscious, but physically, I couldn't do it.
So I stood up again, and I continued, and I finished three miles. Now I'm doing four miles. I'm sacrificing everything I have, in order to create awareness about obesity in America. But also, [inaudible 00:20:13] world. And for that matter, the whole world.
Because we are entering a dangerous zone, and nobody wants to listen. When you have a 36.5 people in America alone being obese, do you understand? You understand that, but do, how many of your listeners, how many people in America, in the rest of world, period, Canada, America, Australia, and Europe understand what kind of health effects.
They're destroying not only their lifes, they're destroying the lives of their children, and friends who are they motivating to be like them, and using that as a norm. It's norm to be overweight, it's okay. And then, think about this: creativity, discipline, focus, hard work. So many aspects that are associate with obesity, that people cannot be able to perform at best to their possibilities.
So if you're created to be a super-human, in terms of, like a, let's say, you're healthy, you're fit. And then, you suddenly gain 100 pounds. Your ability to perform will decrease 30, 40, 50%. So what are you doing? You're not just destroying your life. But you're destroying the life of our society, because you're in the position that you're not performing your job properly. Because you cannot.
So think about it: not only physically, but mentally as well. How many illnesses, especially mental illnesses are associated with being obese and a lack of movements? Probably exercise is the cheapest mental medication that you can possibly have.
Dave: Samir, it's neat hearing you talk, because I can just feel your enthusiasm. Like, obviously, you're really, really passionate about this. What aspect of the obesity epidemic gets you most fired up? What is it that just gets you? You talk about this extreme training you're doing for this four-mile walk. What is it that just fires you up, that makes you think, "People need to change"?
Samir: Children. When I see kids who are eight, 10, 12 years old, and they are already obese, and it's not their fault, it's fault of their parents. It's fault of their teachers, it's fault of our society that we're not getting those kids education and the possibility not to be overweight.
When I mean overweight and obese, I mean diabetes. I mean chronic illnesses that they're already creating in their early age. Our kids, the future of our nation, the future of our nations, the future of this world. The future of the humanity, is being destroyed already at the beginning. And that, emotionally, hurts me.
That's why I am surprised that there's not millions of people across the world seeing that, and not using the same measure in trying to awake people and create awareness that, this obesity, unhealthy lifestyle, lack of mobility, and extreme calorie intake, is destroying our society. Destroying our creativity. Destroying our ability to perform our tasks. Destroying our security, for that matter.
How many soldiers cannot even be accepted in the military because they're not physically fit? We're hurting ourselves from every level. And not only mention, how many billions of dollars we're losing, because of sick days, lack of performance, lack of energy. And lack of creativity, by being immobile, by being static. By being, focusing on eating vs. focusing on being creativity. So I can go into that.
My philosophy's not just, "Let's have a six-pack and let's have a big muscle." I am 41 years old, I have a 200 pounds, I work out all my life. I am not musclehead. I think of myself as somebody who thinks with his own brain and sees the future of this world, with the future that can be, and the future that we're going to. And I have a conflict with that. I have a conflict. It's so deep, that it doesn't let me rest. So that's, the closest explanation I can give it to you.
Dave: Yeah, again. You and I are very much on the same page. And one of the things that you're doing right now to help fight back is, you've recently written a book. And your book's called ReSync. And I know we've talked a lot about the problem of obesity, and we talked a little bit about exercise and the idea of just getting started.
And exercise is movement, it doesn't have to be in a gym. And that's awesome. Hopefully, Janice, if you're listening, you feel really motivated to start being active: Just do something each day, like Samir mentioned. Samir, can you talk about your book, though. What other solutions to obesity and solutions to this problem do you present in the book?
What Will You Learn In Samir's Book, ReSYNC Your Life?
Samir: My book is called ReSync Your Life. And it gives you 28 days to be stronger, leaner, smarter, happier you. But you see, I don't promise any weight loss. I don't tell you, "In 28 days, you're going to lose 28 pounds." I don't promise you, "In seven days, you're going to lose 15 pounds." I don't promise you any crash diets, that are the reason why we have obesity problem in the first place.
One of the reasons why we have obesity in the first place… How many, America is the country known for being the most famous in the world for dieting. Everybody is on diet, and yet, everybody gains weight, every single year. And we're increasing our obesity percentage on a yearly basis. So if that was working, we wouldn't have that. Therefore, the diets don't work, and we have obesity.
So in order to stop that, we have to stop diet in terms of, the traditional term "diet." Not diet as a structured meal plan, but diet on a crash diet: "Let's have 500 calories that, let's have a 700." We should be educated what's healthy for us and what's not. And be more physically fit.
And when we realize that, that this is the long-term solution, then we're going to have long-term solution. But you'll always want shortcuts. And guess what? Shortcuts don't work. Shortcuts don't work in education, shortcuts don't work in trying to be wealthier, meaning like, in terms of finances. Shortcuts don't work in anything in life. Very seldom, I mean, people get lotto, correct? And they get like, a millions of dollars just by filling out couple numbers.
But how many of those people, comparing to millions of people that we have? So from that perspective, I believe on a solid, long-term plan. So ReSync Your Life gives you a solid plan for 28 days, then gives you a solid plan for three months, six months, nine months, and one year. And when you're already in that system, then you are a part of our community. And then you can build your knowledge from something else.
So from that perspective, I don't promise you, "Hey, take this supplement. Take this pill." None of that. No, "Lose 20 pounds in two weeks." No, because you know and me know, both of us know, that that doesn't work.
Dave: What would you say that-
Samir: For long-term.
The 5 Components to Healthy and Fit Living
Dave: What would you say the components are, then, of that healthy life? You talk about a system. What are the important components that do work for the long-term?
Samir: You have to be physically fit. You have to be physically fit. Doesn't matter what that means. If you want to be a runner, if you want to be a dancer. If you want to move the furniture around, you want to be a lumberjack. Doesn't matter what you do, so long, you want to work out, you have to be physically fit. You have to understand the foods. You have to have knowledge: what's healthy, what's not healthy.
How many calories has this fruit, and how many calories has this fruit? Everybody thinks like, "Hey, let's just eat fruit every day, two pounds of fruits and we'll healthy." You know that's sugar and in a small doses, it's healthy for you. But if you eat two, three pounds a day, that can damage you, in terms of, having too much simple carbohydrates. Because sugar is sugar. So from that perspective, you have to educate yourself on nutrition. You have to be physically active.
But also, you have to work on your social, mental, and spiritual components as well. Social component would be, like a, let's have, people like to have friends around. But people sometimes take, also, the wrong friends. You don't want to be with somebody who's always negative towards you. You have to be with somebody who's constructive, positive, and to certain extent, negative. You don't want to be around somebody who's always told you, "Yeah, you can do it," even when you're doing bad stuff.
So have a good friend who means the best for you. That's a good social environment to be in. Being mentally balanced. Have time for yourself. Take care of yourself. If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of your family, your friends, your professional career, your life, period. So be in balance with yourself.
And a spiritual balance. Whatever that means, for every person, for every religion in this world, whatever that means. I'm not telling you right now, "Okay, you should follow Christian spirituality in order to be healthy and fit," to a person who's a Hindu. I'm just saying, be spiritually healthy. Be in balance with your own spirituality. Doesn't matter what that means. Your own kind of spirituality: where it is, so long you are in good terms with it. It's also very important, gives you a mental piece.
So if you have those five components: physical fitness, healthy nutrition, mental, social, and spiritual. Mental, my assistant [inaudible 00:29:05] always says, "psychological balance." It's important to have that. Because you can be physically fit and work out every single day for 90 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes. Some athletes work out three hours a day. You could eat perfectly. But if you are socially awkward, if you don't have lot of friends that you could share your burdens with, that can cause health damages.
That can causes depression. And that depression can create an obese person from somebody who actually has a healthy foundation. So from that perspective, those, from my perspective, five components: physical fitness, healthy nutrition, mental, social, and spiritual balance, are important to be healthy and fit.
Make Your Body Work Takeaway
Dave: I love it. That's so holistic. I was actually just reading your research study last week, that was talking about loneliness in America. And the stats said that, 78% of American adults identified as being either very lonely or lonely. And you talked about this social connection, social healthiness.
I think that's so important, to have community, being around people who are wanting to achieve the same goals as we want to achieve. People who don't bring us down, just as you mentioned. So yeah, I love that plan. So well rounded.
Samir, we like to wrap up the show with what's called a Make Your Body Work takeaway. And this is one action step. So I'm thinking back to Janice. She says, "I want to be physically fit. Right now, I'm one of those people who, I have a gym membership, I never go. I need to change something." I loved how you said that Einstein quote about doing the same thing and expecting a different result: insanity. She doesn't want to practice insanity. What's your one step for someone who says, "I need to get physically fit, and make change today"? Where do they begin?
Samir: I would first recommend, if somebody has a problem starting, and clearly, she has a problem starting. Because otherwise, she wouldn't have a membership for x amount of months, x amount of years without using it. Logic, correct? To find friends who have a similar interest, that way, sometimes people feel more comfortable. And they hold each other accountable.
Meaning like, if you don't feel like working out, your best friend calls, "Yeah. Hey, come on, come on, let's do that," it's a higher chance for you to do it. But if you have a friend who is lazy, undisciplined, and obese, then chances are much lower that they will ask you, "Hey, let's go for a walk." You'll never know, but chances are lower.
So Janice, have friends around you who have a same interests. Join certain groups, who are not necessarily in a gym, but they have a similar interest, like a they meet in a park, more holistic approach. Start also with learning what's healthy for you and what's not healthy for you when it's come to nutrition.
Start educating yourself more. Instead of watching TV for two or three hours, I'm not saying you do that, but some people do, maybe open a health channel or go and Google something: "What's healthy for me and what's not healthy for me?" Right now, with vast amount information available on Internet, everybody can be healthy, David. Everybody. Nobody has excuses not to be healthy.
My question to Janice: Why don't you want to be healthier? Why don't you want to be fit? Because clearly, you do not want to be fit. Because if you wanted to be fit, you [inaudible 00:32:10] already start being fit. You will find the way how to be fit. So Janice, what's your underlying motivation not to be fit? What's holding you back? Why are you holding yourself back, Janice?
That's the question right now, that I want to ask Janice. And I think that will cause this, find the proper answer. Because the only answer, the only proper answer for Janice is the one that she comes up with, after me asking her the question.
How to Connect with Samir
Dave: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yeah, and it's different for everyone. Janice if you're listening to this and you do start processing that question: "Why? Why do you want to make this change?", feel free to email me. You obviously have my email address. Or if anyone listening to this, Janice included, if anyone wants to reach out to you, get in touch with you, learn more about what you're doing, where is the best way that they can connect with you?
Samir: My magazine name is HealthFitnessSolution.com. So HealthFitnessSolution.com. We have a lot of articles, over 2,000 different articles on different aspects of healthy lifestyle, from mental to physical, from spiritual to holistic, from medical to non-research, from research to a free-thinking and philosophical approach.
Any kind of approach, you can find on our magazine and find the best way that speaks to you. Again, we really want to create a healthier and fitter America, healthy and fitter world. And like I told you already, I was in Canada, I had a great time, 42 miles hiking in approximately four-and-a-half days. I enjoyed it. Canada is beautiful. You guys in Canada have such a great outdoors. Oh, my god. You have so much, so many different possibilities to be healthy and fit, I am amazed. I wish I had a house in Canada. Actually, my assistant has a Canada citizenship, so I don't know how we can do that…
Dave: Well, you know what-
Samir: Maybe she can buy [inaudible 00:33:58]-
Dave: Samir, and we still have an obesity problem here. Even though I agree with you there, outdoors here are wonderful. But we still have a problem. Last thing I want to say before we wrap this up, Samir is, ReSync Your Life, if people are interested in learning about your philosophies, learning about this 28-day plan, and then a plan that extends beyond that, can they get that at HealthFitnessRevolution.com? Or is there a better place for them to get-
Samir: Actually, my recommendation is, go to Amazon. Amazon Canada has my book available, and I'm sure different stores across the world. Book is available in print, audio, MP3, Kindle edition. So you can really have a variety of different options to get my book. If you don't like paper, then you have a Kindle edition, stuff like that. But again, it's available, I recommend go to Amazon.
That's the easiest way to get the book, because Amazon is everywhere. We have some people from Japan call and say, "I just bought your book at Amazon Japan." So from that perspective, go get the book.
I'm not saying you need my book. What I'm saying is, I created the way that's natural, simple, easy to follow, and really, brings your overall health: the whole body and mind, spirit connection. And again, it's the book base for every religion, doesn't matter which religion you belong. It belongs to every kind of body type.
It doesn't matter if you're obese or you're extremely fit, it belongs to every kind of type of personality. It doesn't matter if you're Type A from Type Z. I'm just being funny right now, here. But that's my, I'm just telling you: It's available and I think it can help anybody, to a certain extent, in certain areas-
Dave: That's awesome [crosstalk 00:35:31]-
Samir: So again, ReSync Your Life, Amazon.com, and many other sites in the world as well, besides Amazon. Barnes and Nobles has it, and Wal-Mart has it. Now we, Sam's has it in Houston. So again, please, it will be my pleasure. And I will thank you for support, not just myself, but also for a healthy and fit world, period.
Dave: And again, for the listeners, if you go to MakeYourBodyWork.com/110, that's 110 for the 110th episode. I'll have a link directly to Samir's website, to some of the resources we talked about today, and to ReSync Your Life, so you can order your copy right now. Samir, thanks again. It's awesome, your energy is infectious. Thanks so much for being here today.
Samir: Thank you, David. It was easy for me to have a great energy, because you have a great energy. And that's why I wanted to have this audio and visual as well, because I need to feed off your energy. And you were, Canada should be proud to have you there, man. Rocked the Canada, and made the Canada one of this fittest countries in the world. I believe with all my heart that you can do it, based what I just saw that right now. I mean, you are a rock star.
Dave: Thanks again, Samir, for being on the show today. And again, for sharing that enthusiasm. I just hope the listeners, when they heard your message and heard your passion, said, "Yeah, I'm on board with this guy. I'm on board. I want to make a change. I want to contribute to a healthier generation. I don't want to be setting an example for the next generation, to be even less healthy than we've been. I want to change my life. I want to do something different."
For all the listeners out there, think about that. Think about all the things that we just spoke about: about training at home, about building community, about mental health, about spiritual health, about eating healthy food. About whether or not the gym is the place for you. About uniqueness, all these different messages apply to you.
What's the one that you're going to take away? What's that one change? Because like Samir alluded to, it all starts with us getting down to that question of, "Why do we want to change?" And then, figuring out some baby steps that are going to lead us to that change, that goal that we want to reach.
So what is that one thing for you? And that maybe, you want to learn a little bit more. Maybe it's research, maybe it is a better understanding of, "What are some things you could do?" And I highly recommend you check out Samir's magazine: HealthFitnessRevolution.com and you can obviously get a copy of his book. And again, I'll link [inaudible 00:37:43] to his book in this podcast episode: MakeYourBodyWork.com/110. So that's it for today. I'll be back again next week with another great question, another great guest. Can't wait to see you here then. Have a great week, and I'll talk to you soon.