Sunday, 23 September 2012

Celebrity & Healthy Lifestyle Consultant SASHA!

SASHA Fitness and Health

Highly sought after ‘Healthy Lifestyle Guru Christopher Sasha’ is transforming and inspiring Billionaires, CEO’s, Celebrities, and people across North America.   With a chiseled physique of Adonis coupled with an extraordinary personality, this brilliant and tremendously focused author is destined to become a household name within the next few years. 

Alex: Can you please tell us about yourself?
Sasha: I’m Christopher Sasha, the leading healthy lifestyle consultant to Chicago’s CEOs, celebrities, and billionaires. I’ve been a healthy lifestyle consultant for over 14 years. Somehow, I earned a finance degree from prestigious DePaul University ready to conquer the financial world only to land in the health and fitness arena. I was fully armed with the financial knowledge needed to make a splash in the trading markets yet my heart didn’t accept my career decision. For some reason I kept straying from the financial industry into the fitness industry.

Alex: What sparked your interest in health and fitness?
Sasha: It wasn’t so much the health and fitness career opportunities that sparked my interest. I lived a few of my adolescent years in a housing project where I would get beat up almost every day because I was small and weak. I started working out and used “strength” that I attained from the gym to help better my situation with the neighborhood bullies. My nascent interest in health and fitness was only to build a facade to protect myself. And as I transformed my physique, other gym-goers would pepper me with health questions like what they should eat or what the best abdominal exercise is to get a set of six-pack abs. I began to understand that I wasn’t just answering peoples’ questions – I was helping them overpower their individual demons. Most of us don’t have to become more fit to protect ourselves from pernicious bullies. Through the years I’ve learned that there are a plethora of reasons why people want to be more fit. I became aware that I was helping people with my knowledge, which gave me a tremendous sense of gratification, leading me to delve deeper into health concerns. And this yearning I have to help others eventually brought me on the path to publish my book, Transforming Your Lifestyle One Belief at a Time.

Alex: What are the benefits of working with a fitness trainer?
Sasha: The benefits of working with a fitness trainer are as unique as the individual fitness trainer. Each trainer should know the basics of physiology and kinesiology. But once you get past the basic education of a fitness trainer, each trainer’s style is very diverse. The advantages of a fitness trainer vary from being taught how to perform each exercise with proper form so you don’t hurt yourself to reaching personal health goals quicker to accountability, and many times a confidant.

Alex: What is the biggest misconception about health and fitness that you hear from beginners?
Sasha: I’ve heard scores of health and fitness misconceptions over the years but the one that pops up over and over again is that dietary fat consumption makes us fat. It’s true that an overabundance of dietary fat can make us fat; but so can too many carbohydrates or proteins. Fat per se does not make us fat. This is a misconception that was reinforced by the media when low-fat diets were the craze in the 1970s. Our current obesity epidemic isn’t from eating fat. America is the 7th wealthiest country in the world and the 3rd fattest country in the world. We are the leaders in fast food, processed food, manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup, and the list goes on. And these are major culprits that can lead to obesity. Learning how to eat properly (including fat) and moving your body will drastically reduce body fat and improve your health.

Alex: What are some of the more popular training styles you implement?
Sasha: My training style is more on the body building side. This is the foundation that I build on to create each individual’s exercise program. I mostly use a method called periodization which forces the body to use both types of muscle fibers (slow- and fast-twitch fibers), all three types of contractions (isolation, concentric, and eccentric), and giving the body the appropriate amount of rest so it can do what it does best – recuperate and grow stronger. But I also use strategies to help slow down the aging process and enhance energy levels. One of my clients, for instance, found that his testosterone levels were too low, which was contributing to his lethargy and muscle loss, resulting in weight gain! I decided to increase the intensity level and shorten the rest periods between exercises. By doing this, the body will naturally boost its testosterone levels, increase human growth hormone production, burn body fat, and increase muscle mitochondria. All of these factors will increase energy levels and help slow the aging process.

Alex: You are a favorite trainer and coach to celebrities and the corporate elite, what is it that keeps them coming back and recommending you to their friends?
Sasha: It isn’t just one thing that makes me a favorite lifestyle consultant to my veritable Who’s Who list of clients. It’s a collaboration of my scholastic and personal knowledge, practicing what I preach, inspiration, eagerness to take things to a higher level, continuation of learning more about health and fitness because I know the human body is a systemic machine – everything is intertwined and no knowledge about nutrition, supplements, sleep patterns, exercise programs, hormones, or personal beliefs about our environments are trivial. I’m willing to do things that others are not willing to do. For example, one of my clients was prediabetic and worried about becoming a full-blown type II diabetic. He heard that most of diabetes can be reversed without medication and asked me to find a program that will reverse his condition. I read about 10 books on reversing diabetes, created a program, worked the program with him, and reversed his prediabetes to normal blood sugar levels. I add as much value as I can for my clients, whereas most fitness trainers consider their job to spend one hour with their client, and that’s it. I know that I’m a replaceable commodity so I do more than my competitors, which has separated me from the mass of fitness trainers that have deluged the market since the economy has tanked.

Alex: You are a big supporter of charities for kids and the homeless, what made you select these particular charities?
Sasha: Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. You never know what insecure, low self-esteem child will blossom into a leader in his/her industry if the right guidance is provided. I had dangerously low self-esteem, no confidence, and no self-respect growing up. At age eight, I was bounced from foster home to foster home for a few years when my mother died. I later moved into a housing project with my brother and sisters and abusive, alcoholic father only to be kicked out of his house when I was 13 years old - and I was uneducated. It was a long, arduous journey with many encouraging people that helped me transform my life from being broke and in jail almost every week to a well educated leader in the health and fitness industry. I was blessed to have met so many incredible people who cared and wanted to help me succeed. As I’m living proof that people can change if given the right opportunities, I want to do what I can to help others that come from my same background become successful, happy people.

Alex: What can we look forward to from Sasha in the next few months?
Sasha: Diabetes is a chronic disease that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, with the death toll exponentially increasing every year. And it’s not just America – it’s worldwide, including Great Britain and India. Diabetes is a disease that can be cured without medication 95% of the time. It’s a matter of educating the general population about proper nutrition (and what foods are killing us) and encouraging people to put their bodies in motion. I’m currently testing a program that I put together to help reverse prediabetes and type II diabetes. I have already proven that my program can reverse prediabetes with one of my clients. His A1C result was 6.2. An A1C is a blood test used to determine if an individual has prediabetes or type II diabetes. Generally, a person is diagnosed with type II diabetes when two consecutive A1C test results are 6.5 or above. My client received his latest A1C test reading at 5.6 a few weeks ago, which is in a normal range. Now I’m eager to prove that my 3-month program can get type II diabetics off Metformin (Glucophage), which is the first medication doctors prescribe to type II diabetics to help control their blood sugar levels. If any reader has been diagnosed with type II diabetes, and on Metformin (Glucophage), please contact me.

Alex: If people want more information about any of the topics or answers above, what is the best way to connect with you?
Sasha: Anyone interested in more information can connect with me via:
Christopher Sasha's latest Health and Fitness book!
Alex: Christopher Sasha, Thank you for the interview and all the great information on Health & Fitness! I wish you well.

Sasha: Alex, Thank you so much for this chance to interview with you.

Again, thank you!

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Taylor Swift’s Childhood Memories

Taylor Swift is an American singer songwriter who has won 116 music and writing awards. Let’s take a look at how this talented, 'down to earth' lady creates a story in conversation. 

TAYLOR SWIFT:  “When you say, ‘I spent my summers at the Jersey Shore,’ people always say, ‘Oh, really?’ They think of the TV show. So I just say, ‘A cute little harbor town in New Jersey.’ “We lived on this basin where all this magical stuff would happen. One time a dolphin swam into our basin. We had this family of otters that would live on our dock at night. We’d turn the light on and you’d see them, you know, hanging out, just being otters. And then one summer, there was a shark that washed up on our dock. I ended up writing a novel that summer because I wouldn’t go in the water. I locked myself in the den and wrote a book. When I was fourteen. She laughs. “Because of a shark!”

Taylor Swift's Speaking Style

Taylor’s story is warm, loveable, and memorable.  Taylor Swift shares a magical moment from her childhood by the ocean.  Immediately, Taylor Swift sets the tone by creating a PG13 version of New Jersey that is in contrast to the TV show.   Taylor takes control! Taylor segways into ‘her’ Jersey shore by re-framing the language to engage a magical childhood memory:

“A cute little harbor town in New Jersey” 

Moreover, Taylor shares with the listener a glimpse of a 14 year old burgeoning songwriter practicing her craft passionately: 

 “I ended up writing a novel that summer because I wouldn’t go in the water. I locked myself in the den and wrote a book.” 

Next, she finishes her childhood memories by making a wonderful joke about her younger self:   

...She laughs. “Because of a shark!” 

This ocean setting is a place of enjoyment that anyone would love to experience. It is such an easy story to be involved in as a listener! 
The language of the story is exceptional!  Swift has just shared an intimate and fun time with the listener.  This is great 'language & style' to create a past and casual 'story telling feel' to your conversation.  Follow Taylor’s Swift's style but make it your own!

Try it out and remember to have fun!

Key Phrases

We lived on this basin where all this magical stuff would happen.

We’d ______________.

One time ____________________.

And then one summer, __________________________.

Create a definition in the words below within the context of  Taylor's conversation.  

ended up =

hanging out = 

Next week- I will post an example idea/answer. 

Idea/Answer for Key Phrases

We lived near the mountains where lots of stuff would happen.

We’d spend our weekends with friends playing and exploring the area.

One time we saw a dear and her babies hanging out.  They were so beautiful.

And then one summer, we ended up face to face with a black bear.  That was scary!

Create a definition in the words below within the context of Taylor's conversation. 

ended up = became, just happened, not planned

hanging out = socializing

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

MYCA COUTURE - Turning heads and rocking the catwalks!

MYCA COUTURE's  Cocaine Cowboy

MYCA COUTURE the hottest new fashion industry trendsetter!  Turning heads and rocking the catwalks!  From London to Ibiza, straight up Miami – It is what you will find on the dance floor!

MYCA is chic, unique, and a handcrafted luxury brand with an infinite vision. Always striving for excellence the MYCA brand name says it all….
M: Meticulous
Y: Young
C: Chic
A: Admirable

MYCA COUTURE - Fashion out of Miami!Interview
ALEX:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.

The Founder and Creative Director, Myca of the MYCA Couture Brand was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming from New Orleans I have incorporated the flavor of my roots into my Fashion Brand.  From an early age Fashion and creativity was instilled in me by grandmother who was a talented seamstress by hobby and a successful businesswoman by profession. I was always included in my grandmother’s daily activities and sewing tasks. She would design, thread, cut, measure, make patterns, crochet blankets, pillowcases, and sew dresses and many other garments.

Though my grandmother played a tremendous role in my development, the influence of my grandfather was much more significant and my childhood experiences birth the passion that still runs in my blood today.

ALEX:  What is MYCA Couture and what is it all about?

MYCA Couture is a Luxury Fashion Brand with an Infinite vision that represents; Art, Creative Expression, Luxury, Originality, Integrity and Excellence. Designs are Handcrafted in our Miami design studio with quality materials, great detail and precision. Each of our designs are trendsetting, one of a kind, and tell a story. Our materials consist of: wool, feathers, exotic skins, stones, beads, crystals, colored leathers and cordings.

If you ask what MYCA Couture is all about, in a nutshell: "Its modern luxury fashion meets ole skool NOLA Flair”.

ALEX:  Please highlight and tell us about a few of the premiere fashion items from MYCA Couture.

This Brand offers Chic, Trendy and Hip Signature Hats, Exotic Accessories and Jewelry for both Women and Men. Two of our staple designs are Our Signature 'Cocaine Cowboy' Hats and 'Get Twisted' Friendship Bracelets. With our hat designs, it would be remiss to think of the negative connotations tied to the Cocaine Cowboy, as it relates to the MYCA Couture Brand, it is quite the opposite. Our hat designs represent style, luxury, wealth, power and respect. MYCA Couture Signature Hats are more than just an accessory, They have meaning, They tell a story: From the Modern Fashion Era in the 'Roaring 20's' --to-- the ruthless, yet colorful history of the Cocaine Cowboys in the 1980's.  Our 'Get Twisted' Friendship Bracelets: Each bracelet conveys a different universal color meaning.

ALEX:  Why does MYCA work for people? In other words, why is the MYCA Couture fashion label growing so fast and successfully?

Because our designs are one of a kind, handcrafted in the USA, and luxury at an affordable price. The MYCA Couture fashion designs compliment almost every person’s style, from the sophisticated to the most chic and edgy fashion taste.  Most people take an interest and liking to our designs because of the uniqueness.

ALEX:  As a highly experienced and talented fashion designer, who and/or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by different travel locales, nature and the beauty of all things around me,... but most importantly and very significant, and my greatest inspiration, is my late granDaD; He was a very successful entrepreneur and a man with impeccable style and class. To me he was, "the epitome of what a man should be; a true gentleman and a man with a very unique style, unlike any other.  Truly one of a kind".

ALEX:  What did you find the most challenging about getting into the fashion industry?

I have to give major praise and all credit to GOD for giving me favor and opening so many doors which has allowed my emerging brand to develop into what it is today.

What is a common fashion ‘faux paus’ people make on a daily basis?  Would you mind revealing a fashion tip?

Trying to copy another person’s style.  Everyone has his or her own unique style. Just be yourself and allow your very own true and unique fashion sense to shine.
ALEX:  What stars have you met and which ones love to use/wear your products?

I have designed for R & B singer Jackie 'Cova Girl' Wade and also had the honor and privilege of designing for the great Jazz Legend Leo Casino.

ALEX:  What can we look forward to seeing from the MYCA Couture label in the future?

Be on the look out for our Ready-To-Wear Couture Fashions, Handbags, Shoes and a Fragrance Line. 

ALEX:   Thank you so much for sharing and taking time away from your super busy work day! 

Add some new fashion and style to dance the night away!
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Eminem and Chrysler

Eminem and Chrysler SuperBowl
An average of 90 million football viewers watch the SuperBowl making it the most watched American TV program.  Commercials from the Super Bowl are also highly viewed and anticipated by consumers.  These commercials are the best of the best! 
Celebrity Rapper Eminem and the Chrysler automobile company put together one of the best in 2011. 
Check it out!

Chrysler Eminem Super Bowl Commercial - Imported From Detroit
Pretty Cool! This commercial helped reinvent the image of this failing car company.  It is a testament to the power of media.
Now that you have heard and watched it once, try listening a few more times.  When you feel ready, fill in the blanks below and write the answers to the questions. 

Listening Challenge
Fill in the missing word(s).

Chrysler Eminem – Super Bowl Commercial – Imported From Detroit
I got a question for you. What does this city know about 1.__________? What does a town that’s been to hell and back know about the finer things in life? I’ll tell you, more than most! You see, its the 2.________ fires that make 3.________ steel, add hard work and conviction.  And the know how that runs generations deep in every last one of us. That’s who we are. [View of The Spirit of Detroit] 4.__________. Now it’s probably not the one you’ve been reading in the papers. The one being written by 5. ________ who have never even been here. and don’t know what we’re capable of. [Campus Martius outdoor skate rink.] Because when it comes to luxury, it’s as much about where it’s from as who it’s for. [Chrysler 200] Now we’re from America – but this isn’t 6. ________. Or the 7.________. Or  8.________. And we’re certainly no one’s 9.________. [Eminem driving Chrysler 200, then walks out of the car, and walks into the Fox Theater.]

This is the 10.________. And this is what we do.

Listening Challenge Answers

1.  luxury

2.  hottest

3.  the hardest

4.  That’s our story.

5.  folks

6.  New York City

7.  Windy City

8.  Sin City

9.  Emerald City

10.  Motor City

Comprehension Questions
If you don’t know some of the Answers to the Questions, feel free to Google them!
I will post the answers to the Comprehension Questions next week.

1. What does the expression “to hell and back” mean?
to live through an extremely unpleasant, difficult or painful experience.
2. What does the expression “know how” mean?
practical knowledge and ability.
3. In what city does this commercial take place?
4. The Windy City is a nickname for what American city?
5. Sin City is a nickname for what American city?
Las Vegas
6. The Emerald City is a nickname for what American city?
7. Motor City is a nickname for what American city?
8. In what American state is the Motor City located?
U.S. state of Michigan
9. What is the meaning or idea of this commercial?
Lots of answers and ideas possible but here is what Chrysler thought:

Chrysler’s marketing chief Olivier Francois, says the new tagline was intended to convey the message that you don’t have to cross an ocean to obtain luxury; it’s available right here. The brand chose Eminem and his song “Lose Yourself,”  Francois says, “because the lyrics tell us we all have the ability to do anything we set our mind to and that failure is not an option.” At Chrysler, he said, failure is not an option....

See you next week! And here is the original version of Eminem's music video.

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