Morning notes and fruit salad with cinnamon

Morning is my favorite time of the day. In the morning I love to do the most pleasant things: practice yoga, cook delicious breakfast, read a book, work out or just go for a walk. Recently I began to write morning notes. They say it helps to disclose the creativity. You wake up in the morning; you take a pen and write everything you have in your head (use a pen, not the keyboard or touch screen). The main thing is to write everything, even some funny and crazy thoughts!

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This morning I wrote my notes and made bright fruit salad for breakfast.

Fruit salad (for two):

  • 1 kiwi
  • ½ pineapple
  •  ¼ watermelon
  • Cinnamon to your taste
  • Home-made yoghurt or non-fat cottage cheese to your taste (optional)

Let this day be also bright and rich!

The sport takes place in all weathers

We can find many reasons to postpone our sport activities: with children and job we have no time for sport, not enough money to buy a gym membership, can’t go to workout alone and so on. But there are many people among us who can’t find any reason to refuse to have healthy lifestyle. Andrey has a wife, a daughter, a job and many additional projects. He doesn’t spend a single ruble to a gym membership because for more than a year he works out outdoors in all weathers. Yes, that’s right! He’s outdoors even in the severe Russian winter!

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Schoolboy in a gym

Andrey’s first sports motivation was Alexey Serebryakov, the son of his mother’s friend. Alexey is Powerlifting Junior World Champion; record holder of Russia in squats and holder of the Guinness record in pulling trains and a TU-134. Ninth grader Andrey wanted to be such strong and big too. He began his workouts in a school gym, and then continued in university. Alexey and other experienced guys were helping him answering numerous questions. Sports magazines were informational source for workout programs.

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Family, couch and TV-set

The adult life has begun: family, home, a child. There were no free of charge school or university gym anymore. But there were a couch and a TV-set, and even an alcohol. And also cookies, waffles and a computer chair in the office. So in a year Andrey’s weight increased from 83 to 110 kg. He still remembers his reflection and the moment when he said to himself: “I am never going to be fat again!”

Reappearance

Five workouts a week for 40 minutes each did the job. Andrey has lost 20 kg in six months! It was usual isolated workouts for different muscle groups plus qualitative nutrition and 20 km on the bike every day.

For the last two years Andrey is having workouts only on city training areas (street workout). He is doing it in the morning before going to work, when there’s nobody to interrupt, he is in the forest and birds are singing. By the way, this training area is considered to be the biggest street workout area in the world (750 square meters in Chelyabinsk city, Russia). Andrey still uses his bike every day and gets home faster than his wife driving a car during a rush hour.

Andrey uses training programs of two teams: madbars.com and barstarzz.com. You can find many motivating factors in street workout: studying different elements on a horizontal bar, combining them and forming a program with some cool music. Per se, it is a self-expression.

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Street workouts during winter

Last winter Andrey had workouts every day despite weather. He decided to use planning thinking so he had goals with specific time frames. One of his goals was to workout hundred days without a break. He was doing static exercises and planks instead of having rest. They say that a person needs 21 days to form a habit. Andrey did it in 35 days. On the next day he realized that he just was ready to get up and have a workout. His record is 20-minute training when it was -37 degrees Celsius outside! That moment when you are awesome just because you walked to the training area :). It turned out he was not the only awesome person that day as Andrey has met a man on a bike (!) and skiers in the forest!

Andrey had full one-hour workouts when it was -20-25 degrees of Russian winter in Ural. He doesn’t like to have workouts at home. Because it is some kind of ritual when you go somewhere out. And home is a place for having rest.

Motivation of the life

I asked Andrey about his life concept and he answered: “Life is a project with no specified time frames, but it is limited. All people have something in common. This is a death. Everybody lives how he or she wants to. You can drink or do something else. It is up to you. The point is that every day the time frames of your life project are decreasing. I want my daughter to have positive image of the father. That is why I quit smoking and drinking. My child sees me eating healthy food and having regular workouts, riding a bike, thinking of something new. That is my motivation”.

How a programmer from Seattle became the manager of a fitness club

27-years-old Tony is a fitness manager in one of the most prestigious clubs of 10-millionth Ho Chi Minh City – California Centuryon. He was born in the same American city as Bill Gates, Bruce Lee, companies Boeing and Amazon. Here in Seattle he grown up, was educated and began his fitness career. He is a kind and sympathetic person and always helps me with professional sports information.

Recently I have interviewed him and found out some details of his professional activities. I also asked him about life principles which directly influence the results of person who is keen on fitness.

— How did you come to sport and fitness?
— I had been studying computer science in one of the colleges in Seattle. I had been sitting in front of the computer round the clock drinking lots of coffee and eating chips and burgers. I was fat. Then I found part-time job as a sales manager in a fitness club. I got carried away by fitness and completed the course of personal trainer. At the same time I worked in the club as assistant of fitness manager. When the previous manager has left, I was offered a promotion. Thus I became Seattle fitness club manager when I was 21.

— Why did you move to Saigon? Many Russians dream of living in Seattle!
— I have a friend from Seattle, he is a trainer and fitness manager and he lives and works in Vietnam for several years. Two years ago he offered me a job in Saigon. I agreed because I want to get life experience in other countries. In the next 20 years I’m not going to return to America. I would like to live in some other countries during that time.

— Who are you now?
— I’m a businessman who helps fitness club clients to enjoy fitness.

— Do you like it?
— Yes, I do. After several years of work as a personal trainer you will know all body types, how to work with them and potential results. Of course it is nice to help specific people. But I already want more global results. Now I’m helping more than 750 clients of our club.

— How much do you work?
— 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

— Do you agree with the opinion that Americans are workaholics and prefer career to family?
— Yes, and I like it.

— What does happiness mean for you?
— To win and be the first. I had always been on the top — in school, in college, in fitness club.

— What is your life philosophy?
— To enjoy and to progress.

— What is your fitness philosophy?
— Be handsome and fit. I think that the main goal in fitness for the most clients is beauty, not the health. Exactly the beauty! And I’m glad that I help my clients to be beautiful and sexy.

— What is your nutrition?
— It comes from the following: to see health and to feel healthy is completely different parameters. But everyone can see the beauty. So if you want to be handsome you have to be healthy in the first place. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates.

— What do you think about sport supplements?
— They are very important but they cannot replace the food. Your diet should be balanced.

— What are supplements for? For the health or for the beauty?
— They are for quick result.

— How long are you going to live?
— 75 years.

— Thank you for your time and for the interview!
— You are very welcome! See you in the club!

My personal sport story

Childhood

I was lean and often sick when I was a kid. I never did sports regularly except two years of playing table-tennis and one year of shaping-up exercises in high school. I was a nerd and wanted to accomplish everything by myself.

November 2014
November 2014

What’s with the kidneys?

Around four years ago I lost weight again. As a result it was nephroptosis and frequent pains. Sometimes it was so bad that I wanted to cry. The doctor said that there were two options: get some weight or strengthen my back and waist. I chose the second variant and went to a gym to workout with a personal trainer.

I went to the gym twice a week but I did it regularly and never missed. After some time I started to do it three times a week. I would have never thought that I would enjoy doing exercises. My trainer Eugenia Bazunova helped me to understand that training in the gym is not just weightlifting. We did different aerobic exercises, body balance, TRX exercises and I started to enjoy it! Plus, my diet was in line with a diet of a sportsman at that time.

One more life test

After two months I felt better. My kidneys went to normal position but my knees started to hurt. It turned out I had chronic ailment – an osteoarthrosis. The doctors said it was hereditary disease.

That was a hard time – pain in the knees, tears… I wanted to continue my sport activities but didn’t know how. But my way of systematic thinking helped me again. I asked several doctors and they all said that I should continue to do sports, but all the exercises must be done while sitting or lying. So I found lots of information, created the special diet and exercises for myself. For the next six months I had been training every day and I succeeded!

How to deal with excess weight

I was training three times a week and was on a diet but after another months I had some hormonal problems and as a result I gained 7 kg of weight. Human organism can adapt to everything very quickly that’s why I must change my diet and exercises. And just after new workout program and new diet my body started to burn fat. Currently my weight is 50 kg. So this is 7 kg difference during 10 months.

November 2013 vs November 2014
November 2013 vs November 2014

I have been training myself about six to seven times a week. Usually in the mornings before the work. That’s why I trained myself to wake up at 6:00 AM. In the evenings and on weekends I read a lot of medical and sport literature. I make training programs and diets for myself, and then I test and correct them if necessary. Also I communicate with trainers from different countries. My weekly training schedule includes exercises for the legs, back, shoulders and arms plus I do yoga few times a week and play tennis one time a week. Sometimes I go swimming after a workout.

Happiness

The main thing is that I enjoy fitness, sports and healthy diet! My goal is the same as when I started training – health on the first place and then the beauty.