years of being involved in Wellness, 13 years of school, 5
years in Corporate Wellness...finally RJ is getting busy!
The sagging economy has a way of driving the point that
wasting money on "sick" care is obsolete! Wellness and
prevention is exploding as I said it would years ago. We
don't have much of a choice--change or implode from within
due to obesity and failing health!
With billions of dollars up for grabs on Wellness and
prevention, the sharks are circling the waters. Don't be
fooled my fitness friends. There are plenty of idiots out
there calling themselves trainers, coaches, and so-called
fitness experts that have NO business being in my
business! Many of the professionals in health, fitness,
and wellness are circling the wagons and rousting the
posers and scam artists. Case in point! The other day a
company called Beach Bodies that markets all kinds of
fitness equipment (P90X
etc.) sent me a generic e-mail saying I could be one of
their on-line fitness coaches. NO experience required!
Earn thousands! They will train me! Requirements? Buy
$50 of their BS, pay more money for monthly web fees, sign
up a couple of other coaches, and exercise EIGHT days per
month! Damn! 13 years of college wasted! Tens of
thousands in student debt I didn't need! Seriously, the
above marketing scam is completely bogus but a great
example of the caliber of people jumping into the Wellness
fire--that need to get OUT! This country needs
help--serious and professional help which is not gained by
"no experience required" fitness coaches. Eight days a
month to set the example as a fitness leader in America
Beach Bodies! Ha! I'm at 600 straight days of exercise!
Take your eight days, rip off marketing, unqualified
fitLESS coaches, and go home before you hurt someone!
I've been fixing serious back and shoulder pain for years
in minutes per week. That is REAL--not hype or a web
marketing scam. Need fitness? Hire a pro. Want to be a
fitness pro? Put your passion for doing good and helping
people before your profits. Then you can die knowing you
made the world a better place without hurting people. I
can die tonight satisfied for a job WELL done. But I'm
not dead yet--I need to get out this e-News! So let's get
it on! Lean Beret Rail rips on Energy Drinks this month,
Booty Call Buns of Steel workout, hiking with kids, and
The Lean Berets Avengers of
new website is almost ready to launch! We'll be up and
running by September!
Soon you can join the LEAN Revolution, and get on the hard
rockin' side of health.
See y'all on the front!
Give us Freedom through FITNESS,
or give us death!
"Pain Rx, Walking To School, Energy Drinks & Strokes
is gaining popularity as a pain reliever for back pain, joint
injuries, and other ailments--along with its abuse. Methadone
is now being reported as the fastest growing cause of narcotic
death. No surprises. When you have a nation obese and out of
shape, you have PAIN! Want something natural to eliminate
unnecessary pain? Exercise daily and stop killing yourself
with toxic and overconsumed foods and portions. Quote me!
"Movement heals!" Not methadone.
California kids are walking to school more! Golden
State budget issues have caused reduced bus availability.
Light in the clouds my fitness friends! California has some
of the fattest and least fit kids on the planet--some
walking will do them good! Walking is not just about
fitness though...there are numerous social and safety issues
involved like abductions, predators, traffic control, etc.
Do your part in YOUR community to promote health through
walking to school.
Red Bull, Heart Attacks, and Strokes?
I just read
that just ONE Red Bull energy drink
can elevate the risk for heart attack and stroke in youth.
I've been skeptical of these for years--especially with
kids. I've had too many personal reports from clients,
parents, and coaches about seizures that are attributed to
energy drinks. Keep your eyes on this one as it
develops...I used to say that one Bull won't kill you...now
I'm beginning to wonder...make sure to see Kevin's Gut
Check below for more on energy drink dangers!
Gut Check! "Bouncing Round the World"
month's Gut Check! by Kevin Rail
addresses the completely out of control world of energy
drinks! Obese people completely out of shape slamming
"energy" drinks just to get through the day...just send me to
the firing squad myself from the pain and frustration!
"Ecotherapy, Lean, & Green"
to pack a punch for Fit-4-Life kids in your home? Take them
outside for a hike! The photo is my corporate client Peter
O'Neil holding his two youngest children along the Central
Coast of California during our Montana De Oro nature hike.
What his children learned this day about life, nature, and
health is beyond quantification! But lets' give it a
shot...Outdoor activity has a number of benefits for both kids
and adults--here are just a few kid benefits:
- Ecotherapy: Research indicates
that a significant benefit exists with outside exercise vs.
inside exercise. Even when the same activity and exertion
rate is performed, the people exercising outside
had enhanced mood. Translation?
They felt better and happier being outside! Teen suicide
rates are way up. No wonder! They are inside too much in
front of the damn TV, video game, or computer!
- Lean: Walking outside is GREAT
exercise! It's harder to walk on a trail.
Translation? You'll get more fit, have better
balance, and improve agility over indoor static walking on a
treadmill--and probably be more LEAN!
- Teaching Green: Do you want the
next generation to be to both good stewards of their bodies
and our planet? Then get them OUTSIDE into the environment
with a nature hike! You cannot teach true appreciation for
nature by watching it on TV or a computer screen. GET
OUT--in nature with your kids!
Nutrition Nibble: "Potatoes"
Nature's "energy bar" in the form of a spud! A 10 oz. raw
potato packs about 200 carbo calories like a candy bar but
without any artificial ingredients and added sugars. They are
good sources of Vitamin C and potassium plus come with a
fiber-enriched wrapper you can eat! (Source: ACSM Fit Society
Mental Skills Training: "Omega Brain Waves"
working at the US Olympic Training Center for USA Track &
Field Elite Development a few years ago, I learned a few
points on brain waves and how they influence athletic
training and human performance. One of the most interesting
updates that year at the OTC was USA Track & Field's new
omega brain wave testing. USATF is now evaluating the
low-frequency "omega" brain waves to determine central
nervous system (CNS) recovery as opposed to monitoring heart
rate to determine recovery. The central nervous system
controls heart rate and takes the longest to recover
compared to the cardiovascular and muscular systems. The
CNS can be negatively impacted by mental as well as physical
stressors. For example, USATF has found that even when our
athletes have been in a low-demand workout cycle that did
not require maximum physical effort, if they had excessive
psychological stress it compromised their CNS and
subsequently compromised their workouts. More proof that
the mind controls the body and that the mind cannot be
disregarded in athletic training!
There is still I do not know about Omega Waves and training,
but the take home point is that psychological stress can
have a MAJOR negative impact on human performance!
Amazing Body Fact! "Blood Vessels"
You have about 93,000 miles of blood vessels in
your body! Put some good fuel into them, and
you'll have highly efficient circulation as well! Like Jack
LaLanne says, "Your bloodstream is the river of life!" And
your river is 93,000 miles long!
Wellness @ Work: "Joint Pain & Movement"
I've had a lot of inquiries lately from corporations asking
me what I'm doing and how to begin an on-site corporate
wellness process. My first strategy is to go after joint
movement with my RJ Dynamic Warm-Up.
If you can get a person moving better in the joints at their
current age, ability, weight, and level of fitness, then you
will move your employee better with less pain. More
efficient movement equals safer movements with less
compensations. Safer movements mean less injuries. Less
injuries mean your company SAVES money while maintaining
Never underestimate the power of moving WELL!
Time? Hours in a gym lifting heavy weights? Ha! Hours
stretching? Ha! Equipment Required? None! Five minutes per
day with your own body weight--that's all you need for
significant improvement if you know how to move well during
those five minutes.
Moving well five minutes per day with the RJ
Dynamic Warm-Up sure beats methadone addiction
for pain doesn't it?!
"Think Root Cause. Act
Prevention." --Ron Jones
WELLaware: "BS Billboard of the Month"
Filling station irony! We spend billions on high-tech fuel as
we worship our cars more than our bodies! Then park the car
after filling up and dump junk food into our "personal" gas
The above Double Cheeseburger FAT ATTACK?
440 calories, 210 fat calories, 23 grams fat, 11 grams
saturated fat, 48% total fat, 1150 mg sodium, and 54% of
your total fat value for the day in just 5.4 ounces! How's
that for performance? Great if you plan on speeding to the
Okay--at this point kettlebells have become so ingrained into
my training methodology that I need to make monthly KB
My best piece of advice to anyone interested in KB training
is to be SAFE! Even many experienced fitness pros do not
understand the simple and effective Russian KB. Some think
they do--but they do not. Anyone grabbing a KB like a
dumbbell weight doesn't get it or the safety
considerations. If you truly understand a kettlebell and
how to use it--you'll use it for life Comrade!
Fitness Safety: "Ankle Reflectors"
I've been using Jogalite Slimband
ankle reflectors for years. I use this product during 24-Hour
ultraendurance cycling events like the Furnace Creek 508, and
use them for routine bike rides, walks, and runs on public
streets or along the bike path in low-light conditions. These
lightweight bands are incredible! They even reflect during
daylight hours. Simply Velcro the strap lightly around your
ankle for added safety.
Cool Tools: "Tennis Ball Markers"
Something really simple this month! If you need a lot of
markers or cones for speed, agility, and quickness drills or
balance exercises, all you need are some old tennis balls!
Here are my tennis ball tips:
- Find a tennis coach! They
probably have hundreds of "dead" balls they don't know what
to do with and will give them away for FREE!
- Machine wash them on HOT then air dry.
They clean up nicely even if not quite as fuzzy due to age.
place them on a good cutting surface with heavy gloves on
your hands. Cut AWAY from
your body, and cut the balls in half.
- Place them on ground for super bright markers that
easily collapse when accidently stepped on. They are
compact and easy to store and transport. Cost? Practically
nothing with exception to some laundry soap!
On the Road with Coach RJ...
I'll be meeting other top Wellcoaches and psychology
professionals in September at Harvard Medical School's
Coaching Psychology Conference in Boston. I'm really excited
about this conference that has been over two years in the
out in September when I slow down enough to write the next
Health--it's ALL good. Keep moving
America...we need it more than ever.
Please pass along my Coach RJ Health e-News
to people interested in High-Performance Health.
In Life-Long Health--ALWAYS!
Ron Jones, MS-LLC
Buns of Steel Matrix!!!
Booty call y'all!!! This is a great
workout for increasing hamstring strength along with core
stability, and yes, lighting up your own butt like it's on
FIRE! Got hammy weakness? Fear not! Get on the ball with this
workout and fix it fast!
Avengers of Health!