Permission to be…whatever you choose

Improving health and well-being can seem as exciting as counting the hairs on your head.

It’s hard to get past the hard work associated with living life in a thriving state.

To help my clients unlock their potential, many times they just need permission.

So I give it to them, permission to:

– let go of who they were, so they can embrace who they ought to be.

– accept who they are, their story, their eccentricities and their Individuality.

– show up and give life their very best, realizing best doesn’t mean perfect.

– solve their problems, right their wrongs, extend forgiveness and live a full life.

– make mistakes, be human, have fun, be in the moment and leave a legacy.

In a life full of uncertainty, sometimes, all you need is permission to be your own solution.

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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.

Healthy then happy or happy then healthy?

As a Lifestyle Catalyst, people seek me out to help them become “healthy” and they believe happiness will be a byproduct of health. Can I be completely honest? I haven’t seen that strategy work since 2000, my first year serving the wellness industry and I’m damn good at what I do.

I think we all have a big rock in our lives, whether it be a negative experience, a defining moment, a self-limiting belief or something of the sort. Many times, I believe I was destined to use fitness as a platform to help people sort out their big rock…although they never specifically ask.

Is it my job to deal with the skeletons in their closet? Is it my expertise? Is it even my desire? If my client is not where they want to be today, it’s my passion to get them get there. Sometimes that means I have to deal with the messiness of their life. It’s part of the territory and I don’t believe friendship requires expertise, just compassion.

Through experience, I’ve found that diet and exercise is not a good strategy for improving the big rocks in peoples lives (financial, relational, spiritual, etc.). In other words, becoming “healthy”, had little impact on their happiness. However, I have found the opposite to be true, time and again.

When you constructively help people sort through the stressors of their life, their light starts to shine, they have hope and feel joy and they become happy. Ironically, once their fundamental needs have been addressed, they actually want to be active and consume foods that honor them.

All this to say that sequence is important: happy comes before healthy…at least if you want it to be sustainable and enjoyable. ! I’ve seen plenty of unhappy “fit” people, big disconnect for me.

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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 driver behind your goals matter

As a Lifestyle Catalyst, we take all of our members through a foundation-building sequence to help them reach their goals. One area we invest a considerable amount of time is investigating their drivers—why they’re doing what they’re doing. “The most important thing is to never stop questioning,” according to Albert Einstein. I’m going with his advice…

So how does this apply? Consider that you have a goal to lose weight and get in shape?! As a result, you’re driven to workout, eat clean, drink water, take the stairs, get some extra rest, etc. In other words, what you want affects what you do. More importantly, I’d say why you do it matters most.

Not sure the why really matters? Think about it in a court of law. If someone were to kill somebody, they don’t simply punish the person, our judicial system spends a lot of resources attempting to understand why they did what they did. Their why (driver) can literally be the difference between life and death. The consequences for self-defense are different than pre-meditated murder. Why matters.

Three of the biggest drivers behind our clients health initiatives are pain, fear and guilt:
Painful thoughts, such as…
– I’m receiving unwanted attention
– I don’t like the way I look in the mirror
– I hate summer and skimpy clothing

Fearful thoughts, such as…
– I may become ill, lose quality of life, or die prematurely
– I’ll be a burden on someone else if I can’t take care of myself
– I want to be more well liked and a thinner/fitter me will help

Guilty thoughts, such as…
– I’m not where I thought I’d be at this point in my life
– I’m not being a good role model for those around me
– I’m using exercise to make up for emotional eating habits

This is a difficult conversation to have with someone who just wants to “get fit” and “be healthy” but one we see as vital. You can’t build a successful wellness plan upon a foundation full of pain, fear and guilt. They may be enough to get you going but aren’t enough to keep you going.

The next step is helping them recontextualize their goals from a place of love, joy, kindness, generosity, satisfaction and abundance. Helping them see the exact same goals through a different lens makes all the difference. This process helps them go from an “I have to do this” to “I want to do this” mindset.

Once we set the stage for our clients efforts, we simply get out of the way so they can chase their fullest potential. We simply continue to encourage them because they’ve already been empowered.

Our Lifestyle Management services are helping people reach their health, fitness and wellness goals but they’re also getting promotions at work, rising strong in their home, leading constructive conversations, sharing the gifts they’ve been given and becoming leaders in their lives. Personal training is outdated…we develop people and their waistlines follow.

We deliver…online…schedule a free consult!

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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.

Considering the Chain Reaction of Running

As a Lifestyle Catalyst, my clients ask for my advice about all sorts of things, especially my runners, who are always looking for an edge. Should they warm-up, should they pre-stretch, should they heel strike, should they increase stride length, should they wear minimalist or maximalist sneakers, the list goes on. Any answers I provide are always tied to principles — truths of movement that govern nature.

After reading the New York Times Well Blog post Why We Get Running Injuries (and How to Prevent Them), I can assure you the advice provided will not reliably enhancing your running performance and I hope to help you understand why. In short, the article studied a control group of 249 female runners over the course of two years to assess their impact loading (how hard they came into contact with the ground) and it’s correlation to injuries. Naturally, those who hit the ground harder sustained more injuries while those who didn’t hit the ground as hard did not sustain as many.

Given their research that people with less impact loading experience less injuries, they suggest running light on your feet to reduce injuries. Good intention? Yes! Offer a positive outcome? Probably not! Why? Because the recommended approach violates a number of principles.

“A new study suggests that being light on your feet could keep most runners healthy.”

How lightly we land on our feet is determined by a variety of things, such as our foot type, sub-talar joint position, previous injuries, etc. This statement suggests we have a choice in the matter. The reactions that occur within our body while running are primarily subconscious (without thought) including how hard our feet hit the ground. For instance, you don’t tell your front knee to bend and back knee to straighten while running, it does it subconsciously.

“Running injuries are extremely common, with some statistics estimating that as many as 90 percent of runners miss training time every year due to injury.”

This is true because running is a high-demand activity that requires more symmetry, balance and range of motion within the body than if you were walking. All in all, when you surpass your threshold (demands > resources), pain and dysfunction is inevitable.

“Studies have found that the best indicator of a future injury is a past one, which, frankly, is not a helpful conclusion for runners hoping not to get hurt.”

I concur but this statement doesn’t suggest WHY injuries recur. The fact is, the body is designed to follow the path of least resistance, so when we become injured, our body (brain) naturally protects by limiting motion and if not properly restored, the injured pathway remains intact.

“One of the runners we studied, a woman who has run multiple marathons and never been hurt, had some of the lowest rates of loading that we’ve ever seen.”

What they observed here was not magical; although I’m sure it’s rare. They found a woman who had the right motions at the right joints at the right times. In other words, in the zone of running (one foot ahead of the other—upper body counter-rotated) she had an optimal amount of movement available at key joints within the body (sub-talar joints, hip joints, thoracic spine, scapulothoracic, cervical) to subconsciously create a beautiful chain reaction of movement. “When you watched her run, it was like seeing an insect running across water. It was beautiful.”

“Consciously think about “a soft landing.”

This is like telling someone with poor posture to stand up straight…it’s not possible. Given how you hit the ground is affected largely by the structural and functional health of your body, as well as the quality of your preparation routine. Unfortunately, you can’t will yourself to gently hit the ground. You’ve got gravity pushing you down about 22 pounds of pressure per square inch of your body and the ground pushing you back up at an equal and opposite amount. Your body is the accordion stuck in between natural forces and the ground beneath you.

“Some runners, especially those with a long history of injuries, might want to experiment with landing closer to the midfoot, she said, since many — but not all — runners naturally land more lightly when they don’t lead with the heel.”

Just as you can’t consciously control your impact loading, you can’t control where your foot hits the ground. Your body calculates these reactions within a fraction of a second based on flexibility, physical condition and an attempt to keep its center of mass over its base of support (balance). If you’re a heel striker and you’d like to advance to your mid-foot, you can authentically create that reaction by picking up the pace.

Great runners also happen to be great at preparing to run. You must satisfy the body’s fundamental needs for three-dimensional, balanced motion that supports the chain reaction of running. If you’d like to improve the quality of your running, you should work with a Fellow of Applied Functional Science who can help you get to the root of the issue you’re facing. I personally deliver this service online and would welcome the opportunity to connect with you. You can reach me directly at mike@conditionforlife.com. Be well.

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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.

How I help my clients set goals

As a Lifestyle Catalyst, one of the first things I discuss with new clients are their desires…what they want to accomplish under my guidance.

While you’d think it’d be as simple as jotting down their every wish and getting work, there’s more to consider.

Before they answer, I tell them I only have two requirements: their goals needs to be specific and realistic.

There’s no more of a Spirit Crusher than goals that are vague and unrealistic. “I want to be healthy” or “I want to lose 100 pounds this year” top the charts in my experience.

I find it helpful to look at both short term and long term goals, as well as, maintenance goals. Most people fail to realize whatever they had to do in order to reach their goals is what they’ll have to continue doing in order to sustain them. In other words, plan B doesn’t work if plan A got you there.

I then take them through some guided visualizations to help them see their future selves. Many people have a truly difficult time visualizing an enhanced version of themselves…hard to do when you don’t fully believe you can get there. Hard truth.

After I’ve got them all fired up, we refocus our attention on strategies and tactics. The strategy is to reach their goals while the tactics are what they will do to make that happen.

So I ask…how exactly do you see this goal coming to life? Many will answer…well I’m going to see you twice per week or I’m going to get back to eating really well and exercising everyday. This really helps me gauge the health of their mindset.

All-or-none initiatives and extreme living have a short shelf life. I poke back to challenge their thought process but I never tell them what to do. Benjamin Franklin says “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.”

I’m all about positioning my clients for lasting success, not keeping them captive to my services..a truly selfless pursuit. Tom Peters says “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” This is how I roll.

At the end of the day, regardless of the plan we come up with, it’s never perfect, in fact, what makes it perfect is continually refining it over time. Change is a process, not an event.

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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.

Eating guilt-free on Super Bowl Sunday

As a Lifestyle and Performance Catalyst, it’s my responsibility to build success into my clients health, fitness and wellness experience. I do that by helping them understand the difference between a balanced vs. an extreme approach.

Extreme, all-or-none approaches are fueled by perfectionism; believing your goals will only come to fruition so long as you don’t make any mistakes. Boy, are you shooting yourself in the foot?! First, we’re all imperfect. Second, we leave no room for life to happen. Third, we become guilt’s best friend as we interpret enjoying ourselves as “cheating” when it wasn’t on our designated “cheat day”. Give yourself a break. The fact that you’re mindful of your well-being is an expression of courage that should be celebrated with a spirit of joy, not guilt.

Balanced approaches follow the 80/20 rule. It appreciates that life will happen and so long as we’re committed to making the majority of decisions in favor of our values, we will reach our goals and enjoy reaching them. The 80/20 balance is an efficient way of living our life, which offers us the resources to both reach and remain at our preferred status.

We’ve been conditioned by our culture to be perfect and keep up with the Jones’ but you can’t buy love or happiness….you can only be love and happiness. So go ahead, enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday, eat and drink what you’d like and choose to stop before you feel guilty for what you’ve done because you wanted to, not because you had to.

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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.

Mental and strategic vs. physical and tactical

One of the most efficient ways of inviting success into your life is to identify patterns of what works and what doesn’t. Conceptually, it seems logical to do more of what works best and less of all the rest. Interestingly, I’ve served countless clients over the years who were deceived by the claims of diet and exercise but they keep repeating the process.

When a new client comes in, I talk to them about the difference between physical & tactical and mental & strategic efforts. Physical & tactical is a matter of “doing” things. Mental & strategic is a matter of thinking, planning and preparing to do things. The latter approach is the path less traveled but the only one I’m willing to take my clients down.

When I’m hired by someone, they usually have an expectation I’m going to show them a magical workout and eating regimen that will solve all their problems. Given this is not my strategy, I have to both manage their expectations and gain permission to do things differently. I frame in my approach with an Albert Einstein quote: “If I had 60 minutes to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes solving it.”

I help them realize by investing mental efforts, we can calculate a strategy that’s likely going to work. So we spend the first couple weeks inside my office exploring their previous attempts, upbringing, life experiences, daily schedule, food choices, activity levels, sleep quality and the list goes on. At this point, I’m able to create a customized solution that offers enjoyment and sustainability of their efforts. #itreatmytribelikeroyalty

Before implementing the program, I help them understand there’s no such thing as a perfect plan. What makes a plan perfect is refining it over time. So when we “fall down” because things don’t go according to plan, we must not let that define us but instead “get back up” and use it as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve into who it is we desire and deserve to be.

In the end, the vast majority of clients are extremely successful because I’ve taken the time to manage their expectations, prioritize strategies before tactics and operate in their best interests.

#thisishowiroll
#mindfirstapproach
#changinlivestakinnames

If your resolution strategy failed you in January, lets make the next 11 months count. Watch my webinar: The Problem with Diet and Exercise or email me for online consulting.

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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.

How my last client lost weight

images-6As a Lifestyle and Performance Catalyst, I take a non-linear approach to helping people reach their health, fitness and wellness goals. My strategy is to help them create a lifestyle in which their goals become the byproduct of how they’re living day to day. My involvement goes far beyond the physical tactics of diet and exercise and aims to develop people and allow their goals to follow. Let me explain.

A client had come to me for weight loss. She had gained a significant amount of weight after having her third child and has since tried “everything” under the sun to lose the weight without success. “Everything” included various forms of eating less/cleaner (Weight Watchers, Paleo, Juicing, etc.) to moving more (Crossfit, Cardio-kickboxing, Hot Yoga, etc.). Almost immediately, she went on to say how hard it was to stick to the regimen and that she was an emotional eater. Rather than judging her for what she has or has not done, I wanted to dig a little deeper into her “why”.

I first wanted to know why she wanted to lose weight: She hated the way she looked in the mirror, she was attracting unwanted attention and she was worried about what other people thought. Clearly, she values her appearance BUT what initially drove her to improve her health were a variety of fear-based emotions…disgusted, rejected, worried. This not a stable platform in which you build a sustainable wellness plan upon. Lo and behold, I came to discover she always felt judged by her parents and therefore rejected. Immediately, this helped me better understand at least one of the mechanisms driving her emotional eating.

At this point, I still didn’t know much but I can tell you one thing, even a perfect diet and exercise plan can’t heal the pain that emanates from feeling rejected, especially by your parents. I’ve learned our behaviors can never surpass what we believe about ourselves.

Given all change happens in the mind first, I asked her if she felt diet and exercise was a good strategy for enjoyably reaching her goals? She quickly and firmly said NO! I asked her why she continues to entertain it as her primary solution? She looked at me as if I had three heads and said: I guess I don’t know what else to do. BINGO! This awareness was necessary for her transformation.

I created a GAP. A space between where she was today versus where she wanted to be tomorrow. I didn’t have to argue about which movement or meal plan is best for losing weight. I didn’t have to make her feel guilty for so many failed attempts. I only had to help her experience creative hopelessness—the realization that her strategy was likely never going to work. This opened the door for a new approach.

Next, I needed her permission to try reaching her goals in a new way. I painted a picture of a destination called her preferred status, which contained everything she’s ever wanted for herself: feeling confident, refreshed, under control, energetic and joyous. I reminded her the diet and exercise train doesn’t make any stops at this destination. In fact, the path to this destination isn’t clear today, it’s full of narrow winding roads and uncertainty. However, I’ve been down the road and I’ve reached the destination and I’ve come back to get her, to guide her and help her avoid any setbacks. I told her there were a few prerequisites to reaching her goals:

Trust – In the process of change when things are unpredictable but more importantly, in herself.
Patience – There’s a learning curve when trying anything new and failure is guaranteed but getting back up is success and we can refine over time.
Presence – There would be many things vying for her time and attention and she will need to choose herself over and over.
Time – A valuable resource but can only be maximized when you truly value yourself.
Effort – Anything is possible with effort and nothing is possible without it.

We shook on it and she was both excited and nervous all at once. I reassured her everything she wanted was on the other side of fear 🙂 I told her I believed if we could help her to love and believe in herself more that weight loss would be the byproduct of that. She had no idea how that would happen and I quickly pointed her back to the prerequisites we had just discussed. In short, here’s how we spent our time together:

– We realigned her goals with values driven by love-based emotions: joy, gratitude, contentment, etc. This authentically energized her because she was not looking through the lens of disgust and rejection, which didn’t mean those feelings didn’t still exist, she was vulnerable enough to start looking at it differently.
– She wrote a vision of what life would be like in a thriving state. We worked backwards and identified how she could start “acting as if” she were already there.
– I put her in touch with her mind and spirit by exploring her thought life and emotions through meditation and awareness and encouraged her to trust in her spiritual/intuitive sense.
– I helped her see that we always do the best we can with what we’ve got and we discovered her parents were subject to similar treatment and they gave her what they knew which was not necessarily what she needed.
– I placed a variety of small challenges ahead of her: some physical through workouts, some mental through tough question and some spiritual to uplift and encourage those around her, knowing that she would grow a little more into who she desired and deserved to be.
* The list goes but this is the spirit in which we worked together.

I thought you might like to know where she is now, one year later…
– She’s down 1/2 of her weight loss goal but we’ve never done anything specifically to lose weight
– She’s scheduled in the most important activities first, those aligning with her values and vision for her life
– She’s leveraged her upbringing to give her kids what she wanted but never got
– She realizes she is worthy of love and belonging and realizes what other people think doesn’t affect her worth
– She’s learned diet and exercise didn’t work because it doesn’t work and she’s left guilt and shame behind

I don’t know where you are on the journey of health and well-being but if you’re not yet where you want to be and you’re unsure of how to get there, we’ve got room for you.

PROFESSIONALS – if you’re interested in delivering this type of service to your clients, we’re launching a Revolution for Professionals this year. Email us with your details so we can keep you posted.

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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 gloves are coming off on diet and exercise

Unknown-10When talking with people about health, fitness and wellness, conversations naturally lean towards diet and exercise. I tend to quickly shut down these conversations because they take us down a path where wellness doesn’t exist. Literally, you will not find optimal health and well-being even with the perfect diet and exercise plan…there is sooooooo much more to consider. That would be like me telling you to start saving all your coins and that will ensure a comfortable retirement.

Engaging the tactics of diet and exercise assumes the issue/ailment (weight gain, hypertension, low energy, etc.) is physical. What holds most people back is their mind and their body is oftentimes a reflection/manifestation of that. Therefore, I invest my time helping clients explore mental strategies that improve health and wellness but whose tactics have little to do with the physical realm.

Can diet and exercise fundamentally resolve:
1. An overwhelming schedule driven by people-pleasing tendencies?
2. Worthiness issues because you were never shown love or how to believe in yourself?
3. Self-limiting beliefs that have convinced you to become your own biggest critic/worst enemy?
4. All-or-none behaviors, fueled by pride and driven by perfectionism?
5. Self-esteem issues that manifest as procrastination and tardiness?

The issues holding my clients back (which are the same one’s that hold me back) cannot be resolved by diet and exercise. Consuming whole foods and leading a movement-based lifestyle can help to manage the EFFECTS of stress, which is much different than addressing the CAUSE of stress. Are you interested in putting out the fire or dealing with its smoke?

If you were to walk into my “fitness” studio today with three sessions going on at once, you may not find a single person working out although everyone is conditioning their mindset to overcome stressors at their root. When you choose to take a Mind-First Approach® to transforming someone’s body, you try to give people what they need so they can achieve what they want.

“I don’t need you to fix me, I need you to love (encourage/empower) me while I fix myself.”

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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.