No Challenge, No Change


As a Lifestyle and Performance Catalyst, I help my clients reach their full potential by intentionally placing small challenges in front of them. On the other side of this mental roadblock is a fuller version of who they deserve to be.

To remain relatable to clients and deliver my service experientially, as opposed to theoretically, I frequent these challenges myself. My challenges have focused on relationship building, work-life balance, workouts, meditation, having fun, etc.

This month, I decided to write a daily blog post and observe what I call the chain reaction of change at month’s end. In other words, how has this singular focus impacted other aspect of my quality of life.

Over the last month, here’s what I discovered when I schedule in time to express myself through writing:
– I suffered a lot less stress and anxiety and found another level of happiness
– I was able to better tune into my wife and son’s needs
– A lot of people feel like I do and I’m not all alone
– My closest friends have seen a brighter side of me
– You schedule your day around what’s most important
* These are matters of the Spirit, which for me, transcend all other aspects of “success”

On an another scale:
– My posts had 1,940 likes and 198 shares
– My website traffic increased 221% over last month
– I picked up 5 new clients without “trying”
– I connected with some of the industry’s brightest pro’s
– We’re on track to launch a course this year which will game-change the fitness industry
* These are matters of the Mind, which for me, are just icing on the cake

When my Spirit and Mind are content, my Body feels pretty good too.

How I Measure My Clients’ Success

turtle When working with clients to help them reach their health, fitness and wellness goals, I try to remain very objective and establish a variety of litmus tests upfront to determine if what we’re doing is actually working.

Below is how I measure success and determine if I’m fulfilling my requirements as a Catalyst in the lives of others. I ask myself: Have my clients:
– Failed often and gotten back up?
– Seen challenges as opportunities to learn and grow?
– Realized all they have is all they need to reach their full potential?
– Viewed efforts as more important than outcomes?
– Separated their identity from their accomplishments or lack there of?
– Appreciated the next level is not as important as the one they’re on?
– Honored their Individuality and avoided comparing themselves to others?
– Become courageous enough to share their whole story with their whole heart?
– Found happiness within and realized their health followed?

When you partner with a Catalyst, this is what you can expect.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you right from where you are, email us.

Bringing out the best in people

images-5As a movement professional, it’s not my job to deliver hard workouts or find creative ways to help people eat less and lose weight. It’s my responsibility to bring out their very best.

How do I do it? Simple! From day one:
– I believe in them more than they believe in themselves.
– I offer them as much encouragement as I remember enjoying as a kid.
– I relate to them by sharing my own struggles.
– I help them see past their problems and towards their solutions.
– I leverage their strengths, having them do more of what they do best and less of all the rest.
– I help them see effort as an expression of life and love.
– I tell them how they make me feel when I’m around them.
– I reassure them how they look on the outside is a reflection of what they feel on the inside.
– I treat them as they ought to be so they become what they are capable of becoming.
– I help them see challenges as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve.
– I teach them how to think for themselves and empower them to thrive and sustain the journey.

Oh yeah, and I help them develop a healthy relationship with their body and food too…but that’s just the icing on the cake.

A special thanks to the Gray Institute for unlocking my potential and showing me how to condition peoples spirit’s to make their body’s look and move better.

FACT – 92% of the world have given up on their resolution, hoping for better luck next year. 100% of our clients are still achieving them because we’ve brought out their very best. Changin’ lives, takin’ name! Transformation is a click away…

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At the core of his existence, Michael Rizk is a game-changer. His passion comes alive when he’s helping people get from “here to there”. Whatever roadblock: mental, emotional, physical or spiritual, he operates in the best interests of his clients, helping them overcome their perceived obstacles. With fitness as his platform, he helps his tribe see that diet and exercise perfection can’t create happiness or fix what you believe about yourself. He accepts people exactly as they are and observes how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. Michael realizes when one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered…and their waistlines follow. Today, Michael can be found writing a blog at a favorite coffee shop, on the phone consulting with corporations, on the road assisting pro athletes, in his studio empowering your everyday superhero or working hard to change the trajectory of world health and happiness.

The body is not your minds servant

Unknown-4The mind cries: I want to lose weight, I want six pack abs, I want better hair, I want to run faster, I want her to like me, I want to be taller, I want to have more energy, I want everything to change except me, I really just want to have my cake and eat it too.

The mind is never shy of sharing its desires. It has nothing to do with rationalizations or logic. The mind simply wants what makes it feel good. It’s not irrational either, purely emotional. Instant gratification, please?!

Interestingly, who does the mind suspect will help it seek pleasure? Surely not itself. Aha, the body! The body is of course the servant of the mind. Not so fast, there’s a special relationship to consider here, an inseparable union. One full of wants, the other full of needs.

The body cries: Mind, I will do what you want but you must satisfy my needs: I need to be moved–not just exercised intensely, I need to be nourished–not calorie-restricted, I need to be recovered daily–not burned at the both ends of the day, I need you to feel loved–not keeping us busy on our smart phone, I need you to manage stress so I can thrive–not just survive. If you can satiate my needs, I can promise to be the vehicle to your desires. #pinkypromise 🙂

When your body is treated as a servant of the mind, it responds predictably: headaches, weight gain, stiffness, poor posture, low energy, so on and so forth. The mind is quite predictable too: anxiety, emotional eating, laziness, overly reactive, poor sense of self, so on and so forth.

When wants and needs are in balance, every goal, wish and desire simply becomes the byproduct of your efforts.

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At the core of his existence, Michael Rizk is a game-changer. His passion comes alive when he’s helping people get from “here to there”. Whatever roadblock: mental, emotional, physical or spiritual, he operates in the best interests of his clients, helping them overcome their perceived obstacles. With fitness as his platform, he helps his tribe see that diet and exercise perfection can’t create happiness or fix what you believe about yourself. He accepts people exactly as they are and observes how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. Michael realizes when one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered…and their waistlines follow. Today, Michael can be found writing a blog at a favorite coffee shop, on the phone consulting with corporations, on the road assisting pro athletes, in his studio empowering your everyday superhero or working hard to change the trajectory of world health and happiness.

From a “me-first” to a “you-first” approach

Unknown-3Have you ever had that moment when the light bulb goes off and you start thinking about things differently? I have and it’s completely changed the way I help people reach their health, fitness and wellness goals.

As a professional, I’ve always had a busy schedule and it was never a matter of luck. I’m a great listener, I get invested in my clients and I always strive to make them feel good about themselves.

Although, one day along my professional journey, it dawned on me I was helping clients with my best interests in mind. Meaning, I never had an exit strategy for them. We’d simply continue working together until they decided to stop. Working in this capacity served my interests, not theirs.

While I was regularly encouraging my clients, I wasn’t empowering them to sustain the wellness journey on their own. This wasn’t a matter of selfish tendencies either, the health-fitness-wellness industry doesn’t think this way and therefore never taught me how to deliver a “client-first” experience.

After some soul-searching and encountering the fear and anxiety that stemmed from the thought: What happens if I “empower” and then lose all my clients?, I decided on GIVE12, the first selfless conditioning program our industry has ever seen. It went a little something like this: Give me 12 months and I’ll give you everything you need to know about managing your wellness journey all on your own, forever. I didn’t know you could feel liberated and frightened at the same time…only funny in hindsight 🙂

While conceptually this transformation happened in my mind within a fraction of a second, I now needed to figure out how to deliver a completely different service experience. Thankfully, I didn’t have to change everything but what had to change was not easy. Transitioning FROM “me-first” TO “you-first” messaging was a tricky proposition:

– FROM I am your solution TO you are your own sustainable solution.
– FROM I can help you lose weight TO lets look at which stresses have driven your weight gain.
– FROM Do my hard workout to get fit TO here’s a progression to everything we’ve been working on.
– FROM It could have been worst TO that must have been a painful experience, thank you for sharing.
– FROM Where’s your diet and exercise log TO how have you been feeling?

GIVE12 is driven by authentic empowerment and its fueled by helping someone develop a GROWTH mindset: seeing the glass half full, being kind to yourself, anything is possible with effort, failing is a learning opportunity, showing up for others is showing up for yourself, so on and so forth…

When someone starts growing and growing and growing, eventually their gone. They’ve been positioned for enduring success. You’ve given them the resources necessary to withstand life’s demands. They’ve learned how to love and believe in themselves in spite of themselves. Eventually, they realize that they alone hold the key which unlocks their fullest potential.

By the way, I discovered when you truly care for people’s fundamental needs, they don’t want to leave after a year, although they could. A true win-win.

Today, GIVE12 is being delivered online, which mimics Condition for Life’s studio experience and it’s called the Revolution. We’re changing the trajectory of world health and happiness. Email us for a free trial.

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.

How to get from where you are to where you want to be

imagesWe all want to get from “here to there”. From where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow with regards to our quality of life. We commonly work hard to make that happen by exercising intensely, limiting calories, drinking more water, getting to bed earlier and minimizing stress. While these are noble efforts, having served the fitness industry for 16 years now, I can tell you those efforts are not the most important to unlocking our full potential.

If you were to close your eyes and imagine a space, lets call it a gap, between where you are and want to be, what obstacles are truly getting in the way of you reaching your full potential? The big rocks in our gap are not usually fitness-related. They’re generally driven by previous experiences that have formed self-liming beliefs.

For instance, say you grew up with an older sibling who always out performed you and got all the attention and now your efforts are driven by that need to be noticed and validated, which is tied to your struggle with perfectionism and all-or-none tendencies. It’s WHY you can’t stick with diet and exercise! Make sense?

In my own gap, I struggled with a lack of love and belief in myself and my behaviors were simply evidence of that. I tried to fill that void with healthy foods, lifting weights and taking care of my body. Again, noble efforts but I was fueling the wrong tank. Over time, I’ve developed the courage to learn more about my psychology and how to reprogram limiting core beliefs. Today, I am healthier than I’ve ever been and fitness has only played a small part of the process.

All this to say that the path to reaching our full potential is NOT a linear and cannot be quickly-fixed. We’ve been conditioned to believe that becoming healthy will make us happy…but it won’t because it can’t. Addressing your obstacles in your gap will make you happy and healthy will follow. Not linear but even better, lasting.

If you’re ready to take the path less traveled to reaching your “fitness” goals, we’ve created an online version of our studio experience and perform virtual coaching worldwide. You can reach us HERE. Be well.

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.

I’m too busy to reach my goals

38917954_m-e1436494155706You’re ready to tackle a new healthy fitness goal but your schedule’s too busy and you’re stressed out. I’ve been in this position myself and have helped my clients through it as well…it’s a delicate situation that must be untangled properly.

The first step to reaching our goals has nothing to do with eating less or moving more. It start with developing a healthy perspective of our situation; looking at what’s happened but appreciating why.

Awareness precedes transformation. Coming to terms with the fact we are the common denominator to every situation in our life is a great start. For instance, a busy schedule didn’t make itself busy, we made it busy. This simple understanding empowers us to start reducing the demands placed on our lives. On many occasions I’ve found the culprit behind a busy schedule is having a hard time saying no. This pleasing mentality is typically driven by worthiness issues, not a misunderstanding of time management.

The next step in clearing the runway to our goals is taking accountability for our current situation. We do this by accepting things as they are and more importantly, forgiving and giving ourselves permission to move on. When we maintain the mindset of being our own biggest critic and resist letting go of what we’ve done, we’ve got little space to become who we ought to be.

Then, it’s time to take action, which is a two-part strategy: 1. Start saying no to invitations that require your time and attention and 2. Step away from as many commitments as possible that don’t align with your preferred situation. This strategy, when properly applied will dramatically reduce busyness and stress in a very short period of time.

Part one is designed to address busyness at its root. While it can be hard to say no, thanking someone first for the opportunity followed by politely declining will help them feel appreciated while honoring yourself. Part two is a matter of having some honest conversations about your capacity and well-being. If the other person, group or organization are true friends, they will understand.

The last part of this process is management. Whatever it takes to reduce your hectic schedule and get on the plus side of your stress threshold is what it will take to maintain your preferred lifestyle. Be well.

If you’d like to get your schedule under control so you can prioritize your health and well-being but you’re unsure of exactly how, we work with clients all over the world, simply email us for a less-stress lifestyle 🙂

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.

Seeing failing as worthwhile

butterflyEver try to reach a goal and fail? I have. The pain I encountered from failing previously made me give up because it became my identity, I was a failure. Until I learned that failing, although painful, offers opportunities to learn and grow.

If I had to be brutally honest, when I failed, I rarely had much of a plan in place, so success was a crap shoot. I’ve since realized success seldom happens by chance and a thoroughly defined plan goes a long ways.

This is the hard part, planning means I have to think! It was much easier when I could bypass thinking and just start doing. However, becoming tactical before strategic hasn’t served me well in the past, so it behooves me to pursue an alternative method.

Thinking generally brings about the reality that we don’t have an answer, which is equally as painful as failing itself. This is where the learning and growing comes in. At this crossroad, you can find:
– Empowerment: pick up a book to renew your understanding
– Worthiness: performing mental gymnastic through challenges promotes self-worth
– Connection: pick up the phone and call a friend/colleague who may have the answer
– Resilience: each time you get back up from a fail, you grow stronger, a vital lifeskill
– Encouragement: when you discover failing is the best teacher you’ll ever have

When you walk away from failure feeing empowered, worthwhile, connected, resilient and encouraged, you start seeing it a little differently.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.

Spending vs. Investing time

Sand-in-HourglassThere aren’t any do overs when it comes to time. How you use it gets etched in stone. Same applies when it comes to your health, fitness and wellness goals.

Having an objective is the only way to know if you’re spending or investing time. Lets say it’s to reach your preferred status, an optimal quality of life where you possess more resources than there are demands in your life.

Spending time:
– Not having a plan for your day or your life
– Checking texts and emails 100 times a day
– Reacting to everything that comes your way
– Regularly posting status updates
– Any avoidance activities: random cleaning, games, TV

When you spend time, you feel like you were busy all day but didn’t accomplish much.

Investing time
– Having a plan for your day and your life
– Checking text and emails at set times of day
– Responding to your plan, not time wasters
– Posting a status (or a blog 🙂 ) that inspires others
– Preparing and planning to do it again tomorrow

When you invest time, you don’t feel busy because what you accomplished was productive.

Interestingly, your energy levels by days end are a perfect indicator of how you managed time. If you spent time, you feel spent. When you invest time, you feel relaxed. Be well.

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.

The nemesis of results is changing directions

Unknown-10You’re all geared up to lose weight, eat clean, get to bed on time, spend quality time with the family, get stress under control and optimize your quality of life…then life happens. It threw you a curve ball (or five) and your plan to improve health and happiness is now in jeopardy.

When things don’t go as planned, it’s incredibly frustrating, especially when you’ve invested the time to plan and prepare for success. When you’ve plotted the course for your day, any change in directions (plans) is powerful enough to take the wind out of your sails, fiddle with your emotions or cause you to give up and start over next week.

The changes in direction I’m most concerned with are those which are self-imposed. It’s 3pm, You’re at the office, ready to buckle down on a project so you can make it to the 630 spin class, then:
– you get a text
– you start to organize your inbox
– someone drops by your office
– hunger pangs drive you to the vending machine
– someone just commented on your status update
– you’re tired so you grab a cup of coffee
– you’re perfectly overstimulated for a game of candy crush

And before you know it, it’s 5pm, you’re project’s untouched and you remain in a loop of busyness fueled by constant interruptions. Each change in direction served as an energy leak and now you’ve got none left for the activities that could have actually improved your quality of life.

This is not a time management issue, it’s not an attention deficit issue, it’s an issue of belief: what you believe about yourself, what you believe about time, what you believe deserves your attention. The distractions simply served as the mechanism to staying the same.

The next step isn’t one of action, it’s of contemplation. Don’t worry about finding ways to work more effectively, concern yourself with finding ways of loving and believing in yourself more and your schedule will manage itself. Be well.

Ready for a new approach? Condition for Life now offers its’ Lifestyle Management services online. Email us for details.

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Michael Rizk has a passion for helping people get from “here to there”, from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. He believes everyone is a slight shift of their Mindset away from reaching their full potential and he treats everyone as they ought to be. Michael is the founder of Condition for Life, a Lifestyle Management company dedicated to helping people construct lifestyles in which their health, fitness and wellness goals are the byproduct of how they’re living. This sophisticated, refreshing and Revolutionary approach has inserted joy, contentment and fulfillment back into the process of transforming oneself. Due to the success of Michael’s approach, he’s created an online version of the studio experience he’s been providing for 15 years, called the Revolution. Michael’s also available in person, in studio and on Skype for all your wellness needs.