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January 22, 2016

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With all of the award shows going on, celebrities are under the microscope the second they step onto the red carpet and therefore need to make sure they show up looking their best. Not only do they have to maintain good shape year round, knowing that the paparazzi could be lurking around any corner– just waiting to catch an image of them in a moment of weakness. Yet when it’s awards season, celebrities must bring their A game. These celebs know that the TV shows about how they look at the awards shows are nearly as important to their brand as the awards themselves.


Having worked with many celebrities and professional athletes over my 12-year training career, I’ve had to implement these secrets countless times. They always work as long as the celebrities are in the right mental state to put forth their best effort.


Here are 5 tricks to getting camera ready before the big dance:




When I start working with a celebrity, they are usually looking for the competitive edge. They want a little magic pill or energy drink that will increase their energy, improve their stamina, and give them ultimate fat-burning. Sadly, such a solution doesn’t exist. The answer doesn’t come in a pill—it actually comes in a liquid. And it’s free! Water is the fountain of youth and nature’s most important substance for energy and weight management. Moreover, water helps alkalize your body, as it detoxifies and removes acid waste.


The biggest reason why water is the best fat burner on the planet is that it suppresses your appetite while it speeds up your metabolism. Our primary fuel as humans is a combination of water and minerals. We can survive days without food but we cannot last much more than 100 hours without water.


Frequently, when you’re feeling hungry, you may just be thirsty, and by the time you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated. And the small amount of water required to quench your thirst is generally not enough to hydrate the body. It only takes a slight dehydration to reduce your energy levels and performance and alter your ability to think clearly. So we load celebrities up with well over a gallon of quality water (depending on their size), and then cut back before the events. Anti-diuretic hormones can cause the body to retain water, which is why celebrities must consume a solid amount of water and then gradually decrease water intake to keep them low during water depletion before the event.




Salt is the camera’s worst enemy. High salt consumption leads to a bloated look and holding unnecessary water weight. However, you must be really careful when cutting sodium levels; as messing with the body’s delicate sodium/potassium balance can be not only unhealthy but fatal if done incorrectly. So with my celebrity clientele, I suggest simply not salting their food around award season and making sure they are eating potassium rich foods like salmon, halibut, and spinach.




I have celebrities make big increases to the amount of cardio they do before an awards show or other big event. We split exercise up into 2 workouts a day, so we shock the body twice in a day. Since your body adapt to any stress you put upon it, you’ll start using stored sugar (muscle glycogen) and body fat as fuel. This action sets the celebs up for the next secret, which is carb deplete then carb load.




I have celebrities cut out all starchy carbs roughly a week before an awards show. They are already eating as close to “Paleo” as possible year-round (animal protein, vegetables, and a little bit of fruit, with nuts, seeds, healthy oils), but they cut out the starchy vegetables. I know this may sound counter-intuitive, but the night before the big event, they have a special, customized, low-glycemic, high carbohydrate meal. You must be thinking, “What? Why eat carbs the night before the awards show? You’re trying to look lean not bloated!” The secret is that the sugar binds with the water in your cells and helps you remove water and actually leaves celebs with a lean, healthy look and high energy levels so they can work the cameras all night long. Remember, these are not just any carbs like bread or pizza– but a precise combination of foods.




When I cut down a celebrity’s carbohydrate intake yet increase their physical activity, their body needs dietary fat as a fuel to keep energy levels high and to handle those high intensity workouts. I choose dietary fats like coconut oil and avocado, which will help burn more body fat and has their skin looking radiant on camera. Coconut oil is the best fat-burning oil on the planet, and up to two tablespoons a day works like a carbohydrate for solid energy all day long.


These are just a few of the baseline tips that we use to get celebrities camera ready for the big day. Look for my new product “5 Day Healthy Fat Loss Cleanse” coming soon, where you can see what I did to lose 23 pounds in just 5 days (with no drugs or fat-burning supplements) and get your exact game plan to get camera ready for your big day.


January 18, 2016

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Throughout much of history, chocolate has been considered an aphrodisiac. From the world’s most famous lover Casanova, who was known to drink Cioccolata at Café Florian in Venice and considered chocolate to be the “elixir of love” (and more stimulating than champagne) to Montezuma, who it’s claimed drank a cup of chocolate before entering his harem, chocolate has been noted as one of nature’s most mystical aphrodisiacs. One report on the ancient Aztecs noted that because of this, all foods made with chocolate were strictly forbidden to women. (1) As a nutritionist– and a man with common sense– I know the second golden rule is NEVER get between a woman and her chocolate! But what is it about chocolate that stimulates our bodies and minds and is it actually healthy?


Infamous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer noted that “the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex.” There are many properties inherent in chocolate that lead to this phenomenon. One of the chemicals in chocolate is Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is required by the brain to produce Serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that modifies mood, generating feelings of pleasure and promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. Chocolate also contains Phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid considered to have aphrodisiacal effects. Phenylethylamine is a substance which is released naturally in the human body when you’re in love. Chocolate also contains Theobromine, a chemical stimulant with a mood improving effect. Lastly, chocolate contains another neurotransmitter, Anandamide. Anadamine targets the same brain structure as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis. (2)


So why do women typically have a stronger emotional satisfaction from chocolate than men do? According to head nutritionist for Dr. Mercola’s Optimal Wellness Center Jim Marlowe, (who happens to be one of my nutrition coaches) “Women classically have a different relationship with food then men. Typically, women get more pleasure out of foods like deserts and sweets than a man will. In a man’s brain, the pleasure center for food and sex are very close but distinctly separate. In women, they are superimposed on each other. In general, when a woman eats chocolate or desert the pleasure response leads to an intense feeling that’s more than a man can understand.” (3)

According to Italian researchers, women who eat chocolate regularly have a better sex life than those who deny themselves the treat. Those consuming chocolate had the highest levels of desire, arousal and satisfaction from sex. The study, which was presented at the European Society for Sexual Medicine in London, found: “Women who have a daily intake of chocolate showed higher levels of desire than women who did not have this habit. Chocolate can have a positive physiological impact on a woman’s sexuality.” (4)


Recently, British scientists observed couples while they ate squares of dark chocolate and while they kissed passionately. Sorry to say but chocolate prevailed. Women’s heart rates rose 20 percent more and their bodies released 4 times the endorphins when they ate the cacao-rich chocolate. (5)


So is chocolate truly “healthy”? Absolutely! Yet the ingredients that we typically mix with chocolate are not. The higher the cacao level the more beneficial it is for your health. Ideally, choose an organic chocolate with cacao levels at least 65%. For example, the organic cacao used in FIT 365 shakes is more than twice as strong as red wine or green tea in the powerful antioxidants polyphenol catechins. Remember, chocolate is naturally bitter not sweet so make sure you choose a chocolate source that is healthfully sweetened. For example, chose candies sweetened with xylitol or raw honey rather than cane sugar. If using chocolate with cane sugar, keep your quantities low enough to keep you from a large insulin spike but high enough to satiate your desire. So enjoy your chocolate– and fellas don’t worry that she enjoys chocolate more than kissing you. Just get her some chocolate at the end of the date and let nature’s naughty indulgence work its magic for you!


1. British Broadcasting Corporation. Science & Nature, Hot Topics: The Science of Chocolate. 2002. Accessed March 13, 2006 from: http:// and chocolate/addictive2.shtml.
  1. Benton D, Donohoe RT. 1999. The effects of nutrients on mood. Public Health Nutr. Sep;2(3A):403-9.
  1. My phone meeting with Jim Marlowe June 11, 2006.
  1. New York Times. November 14, 2004. “Women Really Are Hot For Chocolate!”
January 05, 2016

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So you’ve decided to run a 5k to propel your New Year’s resolutions for a good cause. Yet you’re not a conditioned athlete and you’ve only got 2 months to get into fantastic shape. Here is a holistic, jumpstart approach to not only have you finish the 5k but to have you sprinting to the end in the best shape of your life:



Flexibility is key to both performance and to limit your potential for injury. A middle-aged exerciser can expect 2 to 3 exercise-related injuries per year with 25 days of recuperation. Being limber and prepared will keep you from being out of commission the day after the race.



Proper hydration will increase your energy levels, suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism. This will lead to fat loss and improved performance.



High intensity, high resistance cardio training will work wonders on your strength, endurance, and your waistline. Try working up to an hour of cardio alternating between 2 minutes jogging and a minute of sprinting. This type of high intensity cardio will also lead to excess calories burned throughout the day to recuperate from the workout.


My competitive endurance athlete clients have seen dramatic improvements in their running by weight training. Movements like walking lunges, power lunges, step-ups, and dead lifts transfer to increased balance, strength, and performance.


Many athletes and weekend warriors still think they need to load up on pasta and rice and limit their protein to improve their athletic performance. Modern science is continually refuting this theory and athletes who are increasing their protein intake and replacing their grains with veggies and fruit are reaping the benefits. When you think protein think sustained energy and carbohydrates think short-term energy. Not only will you improve performance, you will also lose weight. Incorporating an all-natural complete nutritional shake like FIT 365® will give you the protein and fiber you need for optimal performance. Try drinking a FIT 365® shake the morning before your run as it will give you energy without sitting heavy in your stomach like chicken or fish.



You can have the best plan in the world but without proper execution all you have is a plan. To create accountability, you should journal your workouts, your food and water intake, and your goals and roadblocks. A client of mine who couldn’t walk 30 minutes on a treadmill 4 months ago is now down 58 pounds and running 13 miles at 7and ½ minute miles on only a Fit 365® shake. He’s applied all of the above principles and most importantly has overcome the mental barriers to achieving the healthy body he’s always wanted. Look for him running beside you March 24th at Balboa Park.



Below is an example of a basic 5k training program for a beginner looking to make serious changes to the way they look and feel. Ideally, you should have a program custom designed by someone who knows your fitness level as well as your strengths and limitations. Please note that you should consult a physician before you start any exercise program. Start each segment with a 5-minute warm up & 5-minute stretch. Finish each workout with a minimum 5-minute stretch.

Click Here to get the full 7 weeks broken down day by day...

Good luck on the 5k and simply finishing the run is a big accomplishment!

December 24, 2015

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For some reason, we’ve been brainwashed by a multi-billion dollar industry into thinking that the best way for athletes to perform better is to buy the latest supplement craze in sports performance at a supplement store. From energy drinks to pre-workout powders to during workout goo gels, we’re always looking for the competitive edge. The hilarity comes when we think that it needs to be engineered in a lab. The truth is, Mother Nature is hands down the greatest engineer of performance supplements.


While there are many sports nutrition supplements that are beneficial for athletic performance, one key indicator that should have you immediately throwing it back on the shelf rather than into your shopping cart is the warning on the label. If the product says something to the effect of, “Warning: do not use if under 18 years of age…” don’t buy it! Here’s a fact: absolutely nothing magical happens to the human body at 18 years old that enables us to be able to process artificial chemicals in a healthy way. It’s not like at my 18th Birthday party, my friends and family sang:


“Happy Birthday to you, 

you’re invincible now, too. 

Congratulations dear Kyle, 

chemicals no longer harm you!”


Let that thought marinate before you start using “adult only” supplements… well, besides wine and hard alcohol. And as far as aphrodisiacs go, Mother Nature made the best versions of those “adult only” supplements, too. Mother Nature provided us with amazing foods that will fuel athletic performance. So many, I could rant about options for days, but for the sake of this article I’ll focus on my top 5.

Here are my top 5 foods for athletic performance:

1) BEETROOT JUICE (500 ml shot/day)

Rather than taking expensive nitric oxide supplements that are chalked with fillers and chemical additives, take a shot of beetroot juice or add some fresh beet to sweeten up a delicious green smoothie. Many of the highly popular pre-workout performance supplements have beetroot juice powder in them mixed in with all of the other chemical garbage. Studies have shown that beetroot juice can increase power without increasing oxygen consumption. What happens is the inorganic nitrate found in beets converts to nitric oxide; which several studies have show causes an improvement in exercise efficiency and improved tolerance for high-intensity exercise. As you know, sports are high intensity exercise! Beetroot juice has also been shown to help lower blood pressure. If you’re super picky and don’t like beets, don’t worry. You can always get similar benefits from spinach and celery— as they both have very high nitrate levels greater than 250mg/g.


2) AVOCADO (1/2 to 1 medium/day)

Although this nutrient-dense superfood is high caloric (roughly 290 calories and 24 grams of fat), the source of fat (high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats) can actually help increase muscle mass, lower cholesterol, and keep you satisfied long after you eat it. Avocados are loaded with fiber (roughly 15 grams) and high in electrolytes like magnesium for muscle relaxation and contain up to 60% more potassium than a banana. Plus, they are a rich source of B vitamins to provide you instant energy. All of this goodness in a creamy, delicious vegetable. Now that’s what I call a super food!



3) VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (1-3 Tablespoons/day)

When we first launched our FIT 365 shakes back in 2005 and included coconut oil, people still thought that coconut oil was bad for you. Now you can go to any health food store and find an entire row of coconut oil as it is the healthiest oil on the planet. This thermogenic fat-burning fat helps you burn your own body fat as fuel. It’s iodine rich, which is a mineral that helps you convert the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) into triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones are primarily responsible for regulating your metabolism. T3 is the most powerful hormone in your body for fat burning. You can use the MCFAs in coconut oil as fuel the same way you’d use simple carbs without the negatives, as unlike other fats, coconut oil is sent to the liver and immediately converted into energy. Plus, consuming coconut oil has the added benefit of a ketogenic effect that will keep you from losing muscle mass. Lastly, coconut oil is fantastic source of Medium chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which studies show suppresses lactic acid build up in muscles RPE (rate of perceived exertion) during exercise. That means you can perform better for extended periods of time.


4) YEAR-ROUND, GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN: (21 grams/serving)

Whey protein is one place where you must invest in quality over quantity. Unlike most vegan proteins, Grass-fed whey protein provides all of the essential amino acids in the correct balance. The biological value (BV) is 100, which means it is by far the supreme protein source as it is the most readily used and absorbed protein by the human body. Year round, grass-fed whey protein means that the cows that produce the whey are solely fed grass year round as they live in a place in the world where weather and the farmers permit the cows to roam free and always eat off the land. The whey in FIT 365 is from South Australia, where cows bask in the beautiful sunshine year round as they enjoy nutritious grasses. Consuming grass-fed whey increases overall health and sustained energy levels. It promotes antioxidant production (Glutathione precursors), which are the highest antioxidants produced by our own body. It’s the highest source of amino acids for muscle building and sparing and strength. What is unique about the grass-fed whey we use in FIT 365 versus most grass-fed whey protein is that our whey is not a heavily processed byproduct of cheese manufacture, so it contains all of the fragile immune-modulating and regenerative components naturally present in fresh raw milk. Unlike our competitors, you can see the immune precursor numbers on our label, which is fantastic for immune system function and cellular detoxification.



5) RAW HONEY: (2 TBS or 2-3 grams)

Raw honey has been used by athletes as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. It’s better than a sugary or artificial sweetener loaded sports drink for recovery and increased stamina. The natural sugars in raw honey are easily absorbed carbs from glucose and fructose as well as rich in vitamins and mineral electrolytes. Most simple sugars spike blood sugar, which causes the pancreas to secrete insulin to bring levels back down. This response leads to fatigue, lack of mental clarity, and decreased performance. Raw honey doesn’t have this ill effect. Studies have shown a significant increase in power and speed from using raw honey. Also unlike the simple sugar found in most sports drinks, raw honey is probiotic rich in bifidobacteria that increases healthy bacteria in the intestine. A great way to enjoy the benefits of raw honey is mixed in with Greek yogurt, with organic apples, or mixed in with any vinegarette for a delicious salad dressing.

July 10, 2015

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Good morning welcome to the Empower Hour on ESPN RADIO, I’m your host Kyle Brown.

Today, we have a PRIMAL group of friends talking “CHALLENGE THE NORM” here whose stories will empower you to take your life to the next level.


Lastly, I’ll be giving you your weekly challenge to help you live the life you want, the way you want it.

Remember that we’re live every Saturday from 9-10 on ESPN Radio. Make sure you check out all of our episodes on subscribe to the podcast, write a review, and let your friends and everyone you see on the streets know.

My first guest…

Is the author of the Best-selling book The Primal Blueprint and publisher of the most highly-trafficked ancestral health site in the world

Please welcome my new friend Leader of The Paleolithic Movement Mark Sisson.


Your mission is to empower people to take full responsibility for their health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically thinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and fitness. What first sparked this natural health journey for you?

Fitness background distance runner, triathlete, Ironman competitor. 4th 1982 Ironman World championship. How was your nutrition back then and how have you molded a Paleolithic style of eating to endurance running? What success have you seen TRANSFORMING FROM A CARBIVORE INTO AN OMNIVORE?

You’ve pressed back against the 80s mantra of “No Pain No Gain” with a different approach of achieving a fit and healthy body with the least amount of pain, suffering, and sacrifice possible. As you’re your 60s, you’ve got the physique of a 20 something fitness model. How have you been able to find the balance and keep your body from breaking down?

So many athletes taught the idea of athletes needing to eat for function and not for taste. I say if you’re going to take the eliminating 1 of your 5 basic senses approach you might as well get rid of your sense of sight and smell, too. What tools have you recommended as far as finding balance between eating for function and performance and eating for taste and enjoyment?

Your book The Primal Blueprint was a best-selling hit.

Mark’s Daily Apple is the highest traffic Ancestral website. While your background was pre-med as a biology major, you have of the most clearly well-written blogs on the Internet. What inspired you to share your message online and what tricks have you learned to communicate complex information into easily digestible concepts?

Fatherhood and raising kids Paleo in a modern world. Kids always think their parents are crazy, especially teens. How have your kids taken to your philosophies and eating Paleo?

As your kids are grown now, we teach people to only eat food that spoils quickly, but kids who leave home at 6:30AM and don’t eat until 12 are in a bit of a conundrum. What do you recommend for kids and teens who want to eat Paleo for school lunch and snacks but not get beat up for carrying a cooler around with them?

Human Gut biome as the new frontier of health and nutrition.

What is your big vision for Mark’s Daily Apple?

Thank you so much MARK for sharing your empowering story. Where can we continue to follow your journey?


My next guest is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker affectionately known as the “Speaker for the Dreamer.”

He’s spent over the last 10 years dedicating his life to the betterment of young people, having inspired over ½ a million dreamers.

Please welcome my good friend Shaun Derik.

So Shaun and I met over 4 years ago where we were both contracted out to be big kids aka professional youth speakers at Disney World. Now there is nothing harder than getting kids attention for well over an hour at the happiest place on Earth. And Shaun you are a genius at it. Tell us your secrets.

Shaun you’ve been able to build a lucrative full time speaking business speaking to over 500,000 dreamers nationwide through organizations such as The National Police Athletics/Activities League, Ohio Mississippi Department of Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Future Business Leaders of America. Tell us about this experience.


Top 5: Five ways to Foster Friendships Worth Talking About. These are all great questions to ask:

The 5 Questions you should ask when building a healthy friendship?

  1. Are they doing better than you are?
  2. What do you offer to the friendship?
  3. Are you using the them to their highest potential?
  4. Are they a short term project or a long term project?
  5. If they left today, what would they have added to your life?

Upcoming projects: New Book Release (Aug 15th)

Thank you so much SHAUN for your empowering insight. Where can we all continue to follow your journey?

instagram: @shaunderik

twitter: @shaunderik

facebook: @speakerforthedreamer



This Week’s Challenge is to WIN ONE DAY AT A TIME

When it comes to setting goals for your fitness, business, relationships, you name it; we tend to set goals based on outcomes that can take months to achieve. Occasionally along the path, we may set benchmarks to see if we are on track. Yet by following this process, we are setting ourselves up for a rough road and a much higher chance of failing.

Instead, create an environment where you can win every day based on actions not outcomes. This will enable you to keep confidence and motivation rocking and build upon your success.

Let’s look at a Ferrari salesman for example. In 365 days, a successful Ferrari salesman may only sell 50. That means that roughly 85% of his days he won’t have a sale. Talk about depressing!

Yet by selling 50 Ferrari’s a year, he’ll have earned a lucrative salary. Now does that mean that he can take a low-key approach to work and only work 15% of the time? Hardly. On days where he’s not selling, he’s putting himself in a position to win by networking, following up on leads, building relationships with leads and strengthening relationships with potential repeat customers. In order to keep confident and inspired, a veteran Ferrari salesman should set daily activity bench marks to determine if that day is successful.

The same goes for your fitness and healthy lifestyle journey. Rather than jumping on a scale to determine if you’re program is working, spend each day congratulating yourself for the positive actions you take—like drinking water over soda, eating veggies over candy, going to the gym when you didn’t feel like going, saying an affirmation rather than beating yourself up over a critique, you name it.

So this week spend each day giving it your best. And if you have a bad day, don’t sweat it. Champions aren’t built on perfection. They’re built on consistent smart work and positive beliefs and momentum.

Thank you for listening to the Empower Hour. Remember that we’re live every Saturday from 9-10 on ESPN Radio 1700AM. You can listen live on your radio or from our ESPN livestream, or download our podcast on iTunes and connect with us on Facebook.

May 05, 2015

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Good morning welcome to the Empower Hour on ESPN RADIO, I’m your host Kyle Brown.

Today, we have a creative group of friends talking “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” here whose stories will empower you to take your life to the next level.

First, I have my new friend the hardest working man in showbiz Ron Jeremy. Then, my friend fitness expert and creator of the ABX-Core Omar Attalah will be here with his TOP 5 WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN ENHANCE YOUR WORKOUTS.” Lastly, I’ll be giving you your weekly challenge to help you live the life you want, the way you want it.

Remember that we’re live every Saturday from 9-10 on ESPN Radio. Make sure you check out all of our episodes on subscribe to the podcast, write a review, and let your friends and everyone you see on the streets know.

My first guest was ranked #1 by AVN amongst the top 50 adult film stars of all time.

He has also appeared in mainstream films including The Chase and The Boondock Saints

He’s become a cult classic being seen in music videos for Sublime, Guns and Roses, LMFAO, as a video game character for games like Celebrity Death Match, and even Bart Barker’s parody for Miley Cyrus’s ‘wrecking ball’.

Please welcome my new friend Ron Jeremy.

While so many people think they know you by what they see on TV with your video career or your parody videos, the truth is they really only know the tip of the iceberg. (pun intended.)

“Roger Ebert nominated my documentary for best documentary.”

“My autobiography called the hardest (working) man in show biz” an my rap song “Freak of The Week.” Freak of The week used in a movie for Troma. I had Ice T and DJ Polo to make up for it.”

Listen to hear Ron’s answer to this question:

You’re an incredibly bright, well educated guy, with a masters in Special Ed and 2 BAs from Queens College in New York. Tell us about those years as Ron the special education teacher.

“I quit teaching to do acting on Broadway. My ex-girlfriend sent pictures of me to Playboy. When approached to do adult film, a lot of the same film makers were doing both. All done around the time of Deep Throat. All good movies that stand up on their own without the sex.”

Listen to hear Ron’s answer to this question:

“I read that you grew up in a middle class Jewish family, where your Dad was a physicist and Mom worked in the government and as a book editor. Having grown up a Jewish family myself where education and making your family name legacy was so important, walk us through the conversation you had with your parents when you told them of your plans to get involved in the adult film world.”

“The technological part of the industry blew up CD Rom DVD internet. A lot of people want to see the movies and didn’t want to go to the theatres.”

Listen to hear Ron Jeremy’s answer to this question:

“The thing I admire the most about you Ron is your incredible sense of humor and not taking yourself too seriously. That secret seems to have been key into transforming you from adult film star to a legend. Tell us about this way of living. For example, your Miley Cyrus Parody video?”

“We worked it out, frame for frame exact replica of original. Miley Cyrus loved it.”

“I had ¼ Million hits on sexy and I know it. Until Gangum Style bumped us into second place.”

Armin Van Buren they try to steal my girlfriend. The very end walk towards my Ferrari and the Ugly fat guy gets the girl!”

Listen to hear the funny story about Ron Jeremy’s experience with Barbara Walters.

When you originally got into acting, you were very fit. Then after a long period of having part of your persona being based on being out of shape, you had a heart issue that lead to you studying yoga. Tell us about this experience and the transition.

“After my heart attack, the surgeon told me I can’t lift any heavy objects. So I told him, how am I supposed to go to the bathroom in the morning?”

Listen to hear Ron on the Harmonica playing “Hava Nigella” and “Amazing Grace!”

The greatest harmonica player in the world John Popper of Blues Traveller gave me a harmonica and taught me how to play.

Listen to hear Ron’s story behind the question:

“Attractive girls that post risqué all over social media use their first and middle name instead of the full name to keep creepers and stalkers away. Yet you were the first to do this but for a completely different reason, out of respect to your parents.”

I am in Celebrity Death Match against Tommy Lee, Leisure Suit Larry, and 50 Cent’s video game “Bullet Proof.”

You are in the Guinness Book of World Records for most roles in an adult film of over 2,000 plus nearly 300 directed. The next closest actor is light years away. What unique characteristic about your personality, like charisma, would you say was reason for such an illustrious career?

You had originally desired to be a mainstream actor but originally struggled “off Broadway.” After gaining your fame in the adult film industry, you were involved in many projects behind the scenes and on film including 9 ½ weeks, the chase, and boondock saints. Tell us about this experience and the perseverance it has taken to move yourself into mainstream?

“Don’t let the no’s ruin your shot. You will get rejected a lot. So many people chasing a few jobs. No your craft and every casting call hustle. Make sure you have money in the meanwhile. Be a waiter whatever it takes.”

“Not doing any drugs was a total savior. When you have to fight for something furious.”

“I had an aortic dissection, which took the life of John Ritter and so many others. Antibiotics worked for me.”

Thank you so much Ron for sharing your empowering story. Where can we continue to follow your journey?

Creator of the Abx core, a revolutionary fitness device that combines adjustable resistance, mobile app functionality, and portability for personal training at home and on the go.

Celebrity Fitness Trainer for with professional soccer teams, Didier Drogba to Patrick Evre, to Mr. and Mrs. Cho.

Listen to hear Omar’s answer to this question:

You move to the United States after being involved in the fitness and soccer worlds out in France. Tell us about working with some of the best soccer players in the world including Didier Drogba?

Since coming to LA, you’ve been working with some fantastic clientele including Mr. and Mrs. Cho of the world famous Mr. Chow’s restaurant. Tell us about your experience in that celebrity scene.

Fitness expert and creator of the ABX-Core Omar Attalah and fitness expert and abx-core ambassador Sebastien Large will be here with his TOP 5 WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN ENHANCE YOUR WORKOUTS.”
1) Music

-Help you focus and inspire. Athletes have been recently listening to relaxing music to focus.

2) Accountability

3) Modify your workouts on the spot

-voice control

4) monitor mechanics

-control ROM

5) Monitor progress

-chart the workouts

Thank you so much Omar for your empowering insight. Where can we all continue to follow your journey?

This Week’s Challenge is to not take yourself too seriously

There are a few pop culture icons that seem to break the Hollywood mold and become classics as they stand the test of time.

What made Ron Jeremy the top of his industry but also a legend is the same thing that made Joan Rivers an infamous legend: Ron doesn’t take himself too seriously.

So while we all know that we can benefit from not taking ourselves too seriously, how do you actually go about doing it?

Joan Rivers came up with a fantastic list that was shared on

  • Always be the first one to laugh at yourself
  • Have the self-awareness to recognize your own flaws
  • Don’t be afraid to be unattractive
  • Accept that it’s ok to fail sometimes
  • Worry less about being well-liked
  • Know that physical appearance isn’t everything
  • Always laugh in the face of injustice
  • Don’t be afraid to get a little sloppy
  • It’s totally acceptable to be a bit shallow
  • Keep laughing through life’s toughest moments

Try these 10 steps out this week and you’ll notice the pressure of perfectionism release and joy and laughter overcome your whole being.

Thank you for listening to the Empower Hour. Remember that we’re live every Saturday from 9-10 on ESPN Radio 1700AM. You can listen live on your radio or from our ESPN livestream, or download our podcast on iTunes and connect with us on Facebook.

December 09, 2014

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Healthy Habits & The Magical 1st Birthday Cake

You’re going to believe in love at first sight the day you look down and see your newborn child looking right back up at you. A newfound purpose to your life overcomes you, as you stare at this delicate child safely swaddled in your arms. You become overwhelmed with an instant sense of maturity and responsibility.

Yes, this newborn is your responsibility. And your forthcoming behavior will be dictated by a balance of fear and love-- fear of doing the wrong thing and undying love for what you have just brought into this world. But you’re prepared. You have read the books and magazines, taken the classes, asked your friends and family members who already have children, researched online, and are motivated to make sure your infant is either breastfed or given formula every few hours, gets enough sleep so it can grow up big and strong, and is given as much tender loving care as possible. You’ve modified your own eating habits over the past 9 months with regular doctor visits, taking prenatal vitamins, eliminating artificial chemicals, processed deli meats and high mercury fish, caffeine, alcohol, and other foods that could make you sick or harm the health of your unborn child. For the sake of this blog post, we’ll refer to your child as Jennifer.  

During Jennifer’s infancy, you diligently monitor every ingredient that she ingests as well as monitor Jennifer’s bowel movements to ensure proper digestion and elimination of those nutrients. As Jennifer transitions from breast milk or formula to food, you slowly introduce certain types of food and monitor her reaction to those foods.

Yet something bizarre happens during a child’s first birthday party-- the magical birthday cake. The 1st birthday cake is typically the turning point that leads to the demise of a child’s nutrition. As parents, you’re so excited to be celebrating the first year of Jennifer’s life and that you made it without too many hiccups. After singing an off-key round of “Happy Birthday,” Jennifer has her first ever bite of cake. Everyone is having so much fun taking pictures to post on Facebook and Instagram. As parents, you look at each other and think, “Well, Jennifer looks so happy, isn’t crying, she didn’t immediately get sick… so guess the occasional dessert is ok… right?”

And Birthday cake is simply the “gateway drug.” You start incorporating desserts as a way to connect to Jennifer and as a treat to simply instantly make her happy. The instant response you receive from Jennifer is in the form of a smile, a laugh, and crazy excitement over desserts and junk food. And once Jennifer starts talking and asking for treats with cute little words like “pizza” or “ice cream…” everything changes.

From here, you start to give into freewill, mass marketing, and peer pressure. Freewill: Jennifer starts asking for desserts and junk food or she refuses to eat healthy foods anymore and you give into her manipulative games; albeit crying, throwing a tantrum, refusing to eat, or Jennifer’s precious little puppy dog eyes batting at you with words like “pppppplease?” You begin to justify this rapid change in how you feed your child with thoughts like, “Jennifer is picky and she doesn’t like vegetables” or “it costs too much to eat healthy” or “I don’t have time to cook.” Simultaneously, you’re being both consciously and subconsciously influenced by advertisements for processed, packaged convenient foods being made with whole grains, fortified with certain vitamins and minerals, low in sugar or fat”, “high in fiber or protein”, or just plain fun-- with free toys included with each meal. And then there’s peer pressure. From Grandparents who want to show their love for Jennifer in the form of treats like ice cream, candy, and cookies, to Jennifer’s friends who all eat fast food and junk food, to your friends and family who all think you are being fanatical if you don’t let Jennifer eat pizza or ice cream every time you’re together.

As long as you continue to primarily feed your kids abusive foods that upset their body chemistry, there is no amount of exercise or combination of magic pills that will make your kids happy, healthy, and successful.

So enough guilt, as feeling guilty and helpless will get you nowhere on the road to creating a healthy household. It’s time to unveil the secrets to what I call Zootrition™. Zootrition™ is about becoming aware of what mother nature intended us to eat by examining what the rest of the animal kingdom is doing right, studying the history of where we as humans went wrong, and discovering how to fit these principles into our children’s 21st Century on-the-go lifestyles. It’s not about being perfect, but about establishing healthy staple foods that nourish your child and allow him/her to achieve their best life possible.

So what’s the difference between kids and adults? I can answer that in 3 words: excuses, excuses, and yes you guessed it, excuses. Whether you want to look better, feel better, or have more energy-- living a healthy lifestyle is about dropping the excuses and replacing them with healthy habits. The good news is, it doesn’t take an extreme makeover or a total transformation. Simply dropping out one bad habit and replacing it with something good over time makes all the difference. The best part is, you don’t need to be perfect. It’s all about improving your quality of life one bite at a time. So focus on your foundational foods and enjoy the occasional treat with you family guilt-free.