B: Amol Verma is one of the most patient, kind, warm, positive and forward-thinking guys that I know. We have met once per week since September 27, 2018, so over the span of 11 months, I have seen this man make huge progress with his training technique, mobility, balance and strength and his consistent commitment to training on his own outside our 60-minute once per week session together. I’m very proud of Amol and am moved by his patient and goal-focused approach to living the highest quality of life possible in many realms.
Amol Verma’s Savage Natural Posture
Thank you, Amol, for being here and for being a part of our life.
A: Thank you for saying all the stuff about me.
B: It’s true.
A: I’m filled up with gratitude. Yeah, thanks.
B: It’s my pleasure.
Amol Verma’s Initial Goals
B: So, I would like to go back in time to where we started with your goals. When you came to us in September of 2018, you shared with me that you wanted to strengthen your “weak body”. What’s your definition of “weak body”?
A: My definition of “weak” is when your day to day is leading to physical pain or some form of misery that your body puts you through. If your body isn’t up to your day to day, then your body is weak. You could be a lumberjack and be weak because you are not strong enough for your job. Or you could be like a computer programmer who sits at his desk all day but could still be very strong because you are fit enough that you don’t let the sitting all day affect you.
B: Very cool. Did you feel like you were weak when you came here to train with me?
A: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I experienced a couple of bad spells with my back because I am that computer programmer I just talked about. There was one episode where I couldn’t get out of bed. I had to wait there for about an hour and then somehow made my way to the hospital to get some painkillers. I had that happening a lot.
B: It was not only in your neck but also in your back?
A: That was like two years ago. And yeah, I had some problems with my neck, too. All of that is kind of gone now. (smiling)
B: That’s beautiful. You mentioned about your back being better a couple of weeks ago and I was like, “Oh this is great!” And that is from your training. You are moving your body, pushing certain muscles that you haven’t moved like that in a long time. That’s awesome! Where would you say that your body has become strongest?
A: It’s a toss-up between my back and my lower body because we have done a lot of lower body work like squats and stuff. And in my lower body, I can especially feel it in my day to day because I have incorporated those basic motions into my actions. So when I want to pick up something, I won’t just bend my back. I will squat down to get it. While bending forward while washing my hands, I will assume something like a deadlift posture – bending only at the hips – so I can feel a change in my lower body. Just in terms of Quality of Life increase, I would say it would be my back. I had a bad episode two years ago, but that had always been there for 6-7 years. And that’s gone now. I don’t have back pain anymore. So I think that’s the spot that got the strongest.
B: Awesome. That’s great. And the way you approached it is perfect – build the legs as the legs support the back – the legs and the back are the biggest muscles in the body. Awesome. Thank you. You also talked about C5 & C6 (Cervical vertebrae) pain. Is that any better?
A: Well, I haven’t had any neck pain since then.
B: You haven’t talked about it (recently), so when I look back at this (the initial problems that he wanted to fix/heal), I thought, “That’s right! You haven’t mentioned anything about neck pain lately.”
A: Yeah, I think that (the neck pain) started right before I started training with you. Or it might have been a few weeks into it, I started getting neck pain. Yeah, that’s not a problem now.
B: That’s good. One thing we were working on and still working on is ankle mobility. Would you say that it has improved?
A: It’s hard to tell. We did see improvements in how much I can squat, but at the same time, we were increasing weight, too. Bearing more weight always pushes you more (gravity) and it feels that you are becoming more mobile, so I can’t tell if it’s the weight that I am lifting or if it’s an actual increase in mobility.
B: OK, cool. I would like to talk about the obstacles – these were your goals – that came up in our initial conversation (during our first meeting on September 27, 2018).
Amol’s Initial Obstacles
- If it’s not fun I won’t do it – I won’t have the motivation to do it.
B: Has it been fun?
A: Yeah, yeah. I meant specifically for homework. If there is any exercise that I have to do, if it’s not fun, but if I have you around to make me do it, that’s the motivation to do it.
B: OK, I got it.
A: And if it’s homework that I’m doing at home, if it’s too much of a bother to do it and if it doesn’t feel good enough, then I am not going to end up doing it. I have very little will-power.
B: I don’t know about that.
A: I’m smart. I’m not strong-willed. (smiling)
B: OK, cool. This was your next obstacle:
- Without accountability, it’s challenging for me to follow through.
B: Amol, please answer with absolute honesty. Don’t be a nice guy just because there is a camera on us, OK?
B: OK, regarding accountability, did I give you accountability throughout this process?
A: I would say that you were a bit soft on me.
B: OK, especially where?
A: You could have chewed me out a bit sometimes. You passed on some opportunities to do that. But just working with a trainer is a large amount of accountability, so that definitely did help.
B: Good. Your next obstacle was:
- Too much information out there to know where to start.
B: Do you feel clearer about your path now?
A: Oh, definitely. Yeah.
My View of Amol’s Progress
B: So this is my view of you. I was really impressed with your Stick-to-itiveness (stuttering/laughing) in regard to focusing on one exercise at a time. I witnessed you deliberately focusing on one thing for a long time. You are the only client I have ever had that has approached training like this. You’re awesome! Things like foam rolling, which most clients don’t like at all, you have constantly done. It’s painful sometimes, right?
A: I do it every time I work out.
B: You do. And we worked on Ankle mobility stuff for a long time.
Photo showing a simple ankle mobility assessment. Amol was at about 3-inches from the wall – we were aiming for 5-inches or more
B: Squats! There’s a whole list of squats that we worked on. First, we did Wall Squats over a 51cm box. The box in the video below is at about 31cm.
A: Oh yeah! I forgot about those. Wall squats, yes, and we were doing Box Squats.
B: Yes, Heel Elevated Goblet Box Squats) with mini-band because you had valgus (knee cave).
A: Oh yeah, we had the band (mini band), too. I forgot that.
B: Right? So the step goes out (his ankle mobility improved, so we didn’t need the step to lift his heels up to squat properly, so we eliminated it), the band goes out (we eliminate it), we are getting rid of these things, we are going naked (not literally – just a joke). Then we did squats without the box. And then instead of the Goblet Squat, we transitioned into the Front Squat (video below) because the weight was getting quite heavy in front (too intense on the arms and Amol wanted to focus mainly on the legs).
Then we transitioned into Barbell Front Squats using a cross grip, as that worked best for Amol,
and then back squats.
So, it’s interesting. We started with 4kg (9lbs). The first weight that you held for Squats was a 4kg kettlebell. Now you are doing a 5 by 5 training approach (basically 5 sets of 5 reps with a rest period of 2-minutes between sets. 5 reps is approximately 87% of the weight a person can do for a one-rep max, so relatively heavy weight is used. Amol wanted strength improvements over aesthetic benefits, so I decided that the 5 by 5 approach would serve him very well) What weight are you are using on Squats now?
A: 97.5kg (smiling)
B: 97.5kg (gives Amol a high-five). So within 11 months, you have increased your strength on Squats by 93.5kg (206lbs). Awesome! And you are consistently getting stronger, no doubt?
A: Yeah, every time I complete my 25 reps (5 by 5 = 25 total) with good form, I increase by 2.5kg (5.5lbs) the next session.
B: So after that, we focused on Deadlifts. So once those Squats were “in” (meaning that he mastered then to a proficient level that we were both satisfied with) Deadlifts came in and we started quite high, like knee-high with two mats to keep a neutral spine.
A: Yeah, yeah, yeah, we always had those two mats doubled up.
B: We were aiming to keep a neutral spine and because Amol had some mobility issues in his hamstrings (they were tight), we needed to lift the barbell up so that he could keep a neutral spine during each rep. And little by little, within a surprising 3-months, you went from that high-position of 2 mats all the way down to the floor. So it took 3 full months to get your deadlift mobility to a level where you could pull from the floor.
The first day you came in, we used a wooden dowel to test your hip-hinge/deadlift proficiency. That dowel weighs about 1kg (2.2lbs). What is your 5 by 5 now on Deadlifts?
A: Last week, I lifted 85kg (187lbs). So that’s an 84kg (185lbs) increase in about 9 months!
B: You have really inspired me Amol Verma! I am doing heavy deadlifts once per week and up to this point, like you, I increase the weight by 2.5kg (5lbs) in the form of 2 x 1.25kg plates (see photo below) each time I complete all 25 reps – on the 5 by 5 protocol. But thanks to you, I am seriously thinking of increasing the weight by 1kg (2.2lbs) each time I complete all 25 reps, as I have 2 x 0.5kg (1.1lb) in my gym (see photo below). Most of the commercial gyms I have used in Tokyo don’t have these small 0.5kg plates.
I probably train about 50 weeks out of the year. And if each week, I can add 1kg (2.2lbs) to the bar, then in a year’s time, I have increased my Deadlift by 50kg ( 110lbs). If I could do that, I would be double-body weight, meaning that I would be lifting 2 times my body weight, this time next year. It’s really cool to think that way, having no rush. It’s a lifestyle about enjoying the journey. And increasing the weight by 1kg (2.2lbs) each week would kind of feel like nothing. If you had a bad day, you probably couldn’t do it, but otherwise, you would probably increase the weight virtually every week. I’m excited to put this approach into action!
Upper Body Focus
B: OK, now we are on to the upper body. We didn’t start working on upper body movements until July 2019. So that means we worked on mobility, squats, and deadlifts for 10 months. That’s impressive. That’s a true level of dedication to one thing at a time. Awesome. You Rock!!
A: Because we did Squats and Deadlifts for so long, I got used to them. We always had good form, so I never went into any bad form. And at some point, I started liking them enough that I wanted to do them even when I am on my own. Like I’ll be sitting at home on a Saturday and get kind of antsy and think, “I wanna work out.” That was never the case for me before we started training together.
B: That’s cool. Yeah. Do it right, man. Another thing to add to what you are saying is that when you work the lower body like that, say with an exercise like Deadlifts, the upper and lower back is really getting worked, as well as the grip. Even on Squats, your shoulders are getting worked, your core is getting worked. Another thing is testosterone. There is so much muscle in the legs, that when you train them intensely, it stimulates the entire body.
For the upper body, as well as the lower body, we used compound movements, which means using 2 or more joints, as in the elbow and the shoulder in the case of the upper body and the knee, hip, and ankle in the lower body. These compound movements use the most muscle, so they are most effective. We added movements such as Bench Presses, Overhead Presses, Rows, and Pull-downs.
A: Those are still compound movements, but Squats and Deadlifts involve a whole lot more, right?
B: Right, they do.
Focusing on the Details
A: And I think it’s worth spending the amount of time we spent on them just because they are so complex. We had something new to pick out, something new to talk about my form, just about every week. It takes that long.
B: It does. Squats tend to bring up a lot of fear for people – putting a heavy weight on one’s shoulders and bringing it down. Deadlifts can instill a fear of back injury, but on a Deadlift, you can just drop the weight to the ground, so it feels safer than squats for most people. It’s in the details: breathing, holding the breath (Valsalva maneuver), and being aware of angles.
We did Dips and Pushups for the upper body. And from all of these exercises we tried, you chose the exercises that you thought you would like to do on a three-day training program that you could take with you, that hits all the major muscles, so you can continue training during the two months you are in Canada.
A: That’s right.
Amol Verma on His Progress
B: Do you want to mention anything about your progress from your point of view?
A: Yeah, people say that they really want to work out. And I say to them, “If you don’t really want to work out, that’s fine. That’s totally fine. Find something that you actually like doing instead of forcing yourself to work out.” That’s one great reason to work with a trainer. You will learn to like it. And once you start liking it, it’s not work anymore and you just start doing it on your own. That’s the whole reason I started working with you because I knew I didn’t have the motivation to do it on my own. And now I’m at the point where I have the motivation to train with you and also without you. I think that’s really important and that has really worked for me with you. We’ve always done things in a way that I like them. If something felt weird, we moved away from it.
B: That’s right. You have always been very clear about what you like and what you don’t when I would offer suggestions and solutions to mobility and stability issues we were facing.
Amol’s Clarity as a Decisive Student
A: One thing that worked out really well when it comes to YOU, is that I give you a really tough time as a student.
B: Ha ha ha!
A: And you roll with it really well.
B: Oh, thank you.
A: And you have the humility to let me choose my own direction. I’ll say, “No, I don’t like what we are doing. I want to do something else.” And I rely on you as that source of knowledge. You have a lot of know-how and I can draw upon it. And you have no hesitation at all about me directing the show. About me saying, “No, show me five more upper body exercises. I don’t like these.” You always come up with more. That’s not only rare for trainers. I think that this trait is rare for teachers in general.
B: I am a Learner, man. I appreciate that you have chosen me as your trainer and I want to make sure that you like training. I know that someday we are all going to say goodbye to each other and if you take with you that love of training or just the wisdom that you gained from learning how to exercise properly, it was well worth it for me. In addition to that, you helped everyone else, all of my clients, because every time you pushed me to learn and grow, I raised my bar, and I was able to apply to other clients what I gained from helping you. It’s like this interview. Some people might watch it or read it and get some gems out of it, so Thank YOU, Amol.
A: You are welcome.
Amol’s Next Stage of Progress
B: OK, next goals! What would be your next stage of progress?
A: I am already at the point of working out on my own and I know how to proceed – how to incrementally increase everything. I still do need to come to you for training form. An example of that is today, I am going to have you check my form on Deadlifts and Squats to make sure that I have maintained my form over the time we have focused on learning upper body exercises. Goal-wise, the next thing I might do, after a couple of months of strength training, is to see if I want to focus more on becoming leaner. And you said that is easier than what we are doing right now.
B: Yeah, it is. In some ways. Temptation is hard. I mean temptation from the outside – social pressure is the toughest part. And when you get tired or stress builds up, it’s easy to go to unhealthy food or unconscious overeating for comfort. The actual “Doing” (sticking to a nutrition plan) is straightforward. In three months, you can completely transform your level of leanness.
A: So I may focus on that.
B: That would be great. And I’m sort of an expert on that – ha ha ha! I’m proof of it anyway (at the time of the interview I was very lean after doing a three-month only raw fruit diet).
B: I think there are smart ways to do it. And the thing is, you have to like it. That’s my job to show you how it can be really enjoyable, then it lasts with you for the rest of your life.
Amol’s Closing Words on Sustainable Goal Acquisition
B: I think you are a success, Amol. In fact, I know you are. I am certain of it. Could you share something from life or from training that you think would help others?
A: Sure. When you are trying to do something new, like training, where you are trying to acquire a habit, do it in a way that you can do it for the rest of your life. So when you are dieting, if you are cutting out all carbs and sugar, can you do that for 70 years? If you think you can keep it up, then yeah, do it that way. But don’t do things with the intent of short-term gain. Always look at it in terms of building habits, which will keep rolling forward. Their effect becomes bigger and bigger over time. Think of it in that way and don’t get impatient when it is slow-going at first.
B: The Master – he’s got that down. Amol Verma is Awesome. Thank you. That’s perfect. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you, Amol.
A: Same here.
B: Thank you. You are a sweetheart, man.
A: Between you and me, we share a lot.
B: Yeah, you are part of my family, man. So please never be a stranger. I’m in your corner! Have fun in Canada! Alright, man. (they give each other a big hug and shake hands)
Post-interview shot on the 8F of Urban Base – 8 Floors above LFBX Gym
私達の大切な仲間のひとり、深谷泰誠は知的で、忍耐強く、懐が深く、親切であり、常に自分を改善するために最善を尽くしています。 彼は、LFBXGYMでのトレーニングの他に、自宅で懸垂マシンを使ってトレーニングすることで、健康を改善し、体脂肪率を下げ、筋力と筋肉を増やしました。 彼はおいしい食べ物、ミュージカル、ミッキーマウスなどが大好きです。
T：ロビン・シャルマの「Who Will Cry When You Die（3週間続ければ一生が変わる：最高の自分に変わる101の英知）」。それは私の人生全体を変えました！
B：私はロビン・シャルマのファンであり、トロントで数年前に開催されたセミナーで直接会いました。彼は良いものを提供する非常に賢明で謙虚な人です！実際、彼は私の会社をGRIT KK（Kabushiki Kaisha）と名付けるように私を直接促しました。
B : あなたがやめれば健康を改善できるとわかっているけど、毎日食べてしまう物は何ですか？
B：よく言った、泰誠。心から同意します！この数日中にあなたからのこの贈り物をみんなに共有するのを本当に楽しみにしています。ありがとう！！Continue to be extraordinary!！
Today I would like to share with you a very committed client, good friend, and all-around gentleman. I have known Taisei Fukaya since May of 2016. He came to train with me at that time and our friendship has grown very powerfully over the years through our open and honest conversations that have unfolded since then. Taisei is intelligent, patient, deep, kind and is always doing his very best to improve himself. He has upgraded his health, lowered his body fat percentage and has increased his strength and lean muscle mass through our training together and on his own at home on his chin up-dip station. He loves good food, musicals, Mickey Mouse and so much more. Taisei Fukaya is definitely a deep and interesting fellow.
Without further ado, I am very excited to introduce you to Taisei, as I believe that you will receive the goodness and value that comes from this man, as I do every time I see him.
Welcome, Taisei. Please tell us a bit about your history.
B: Who is Taisei Fukaya?
T: I am an Entertainer and a Project Manager of Tokyo Disney Resort.
B: How old are you?
T: 37 years old.
Taisei Fukaya’s Roots
B: Tell us about your roots. Where did you grow up?
T: I was born and raised in Tokyo.
B: A Tokyoite! What did you learn most from your Mom?
T: I learned the importance of family.
B: Beautiful. I know that your dad passed away when you were younger. Please tell me what you learned most from your Dad?
T: Many things…but after all, he taught me the importance of time. He taught me through his death that “time is limited, so live your life”.
B: What a great thing your father taught you. Strange question, but did you have any unique or paranormal experiences in your childhood?
T: Yes, I did! I saw a burning UFO flying through the sky in my childhood with my friend! We couldn’t believe it.
B: I remember you sharing that extraordinary story. Amazing! What is your most precious memory before the age of 20?
T: Before the age of 20, I remember spending good times with my family, especially in parks or in nature.
B: Nice. Living in Tokyo, it’s good to connect with nature and those who are near and dear to us. Share your most precious memory between the age of 20 and now?
T: Hmm, after 20, my first performance as the lead actor in a play is my best memory. My best memories are always with good friends and family.
B: Let’s move into what you do for a living. What is your present job?
T: I’m a Project coordinator at Walt Disney Imagineering.
B: Well that’s cool! What is the best thing about it and what is most challenging about it?
T: The best thing about it is that I am working for Disney. Everything about my job is challenging for me, but I am able to enjoy every part of it!
B: You and I have Mickey and Minnie in common, as I worked for World Family, also known as Disney World of English for many years as a musical performer. We both know first-hand the delight that Disney brings to others.
T: (Laughs) Yes, we do!
B: Let’s talk a bit about health in fitness.
B: What is your sports history?
T: I was into swimming when I was younger and now I’m into acting – it’s a kind of sport, you know.
B: Acting is a sport? How so?
T: As with sports, there are physical challenges, mental challenges, rivals and also good teamwork and the chance to make great friends.
B: Very true! Very true! Ok, now let’s talk about training. Why did you decide to train at LFBX Gym with me?
T: My friends from Ryozan Park, the share house where I used to live, recommended your training to me.
B: Smart friends (smiling). What do you enjoy most about training?
T: I enjoy feeling my progress.
B: Awesome, and what do you enjoy most about training with me?
T: Our Conversation. (smiling)
B: Thank you. The feeling is mutual. What do you want to achieve with your training goals?
T: I want to attain a sturdy body & a sturdy mind.
B: Solid answer. What is your definition of a sturdy body and sturdy mind?
T: That’s a little bit difficult to express… but when I feel sturdy, I’m sturdy! I’d like to train myself until I can feel I’m sturdy.
B: I believe I get what you mean.
B: What do you want to achieve with your diet goals?
T: A flat stomach.
B: Good goal! How close are you on your “Journey to a flat stomach”? If 100% flat is your destination, how far are you along the journey percentage-wise? 70%…80%
T: Now 20%… I should lose weight more and gain muscle!
B: OK, that means we have quite a distance to go! What is your biggest obstacle in the way preventing that last 80% of the journey?
T: Hmm… the amount of exercise, I suppose. I’m trying to work out every day.
B: Let’s see what we can do about that. Please share any approaches to training that you believe would help others.
T: Love someone : )
B: I didn’t expect that answer in regard to training, but yes, truly loving someone is training the most important muscle in the human body – the heart. Good one, Taisei.
B: Ok, I’d like to change things up a bit and talk about sleep. On average, how many hours do you sleep per night?
T: 7 hours.
B: Good, what time do you go to bed and what time do you wake up?
T: I go to bed by 12:00 am and am up by 7:00 am.
B: Do you feel you are getting enough sleep?
B: Perfect. What would be your most ideal time to go to bed and to wake up and why?
T: 1 hour earlier than above. I would like to have more free time in the morning.
B: OK, so you would get up at 6:00 am and what would you do with that extra hour?
T: I’d like to think about myself and my life.
B: I understand. Why are you not making that happen now? What’s in the way?
T: You’re right! Actually, drowsiness has been a problem for me since I was a child…
B: It might be wise to change up your food choices and your sleep habits to see if we can solve this issue. I’m certain changes in these two areas could make a huge difference in your QOL.
T: You may be right.
Top Recommendation for Deep Sleep
B: What is one step you recommend people take in order to sleep better every night?
T: Enjoy the aroma of a relaxing fragrance in your bedroom! I am a certified aromatherapist, and I recommend Spa Ceylon for purchasing top-notch fragrances. My sister bought me this gift Sleep Intense Dream Balm from Spa Ceylon and I love it. I recommend that you choose fragrances intuitively; just trust your gut.
B: Wow, I didn’t know this about you. I knew that you have a sensitive sense of smell, but didn’t realize that you are a certified aromatherapist. Thank you for sharing with us. It appears that Spa Ceylon is available overseas and also in Japan.
B: OK, my friend, now we know about your approach to good sleep, let’s talk about your dream in life and how you are pursuing it.
T: Sure, my dream is to be a true entertainer, so I’m writing scripts!
B: Fantastic! Please share any current projects that you are working on towards your dream.
T: Yes, we’re planning to present a play in a moving train with a script I am working on, so I’m trying to create some plots now.
B: That’s awesome news, Taisei!! How unique! Congratulations! Once you know more details about this, please update me and I’ll share it here.
T: Will do.
Favorite Things in Life
B: OK, let’s dig a bit deeper into who Taisei Fukaya is. What are your favorite 3 hobbies and why do you like them?
T: Writing, Acting & Cooking, because they are all creative!
B: What’s your favorite book and why?
T: ”Who Will Cry When You Die” by Robin Sharma. It changed my whole life!
B: I am a fan of Robin Sharma and even met him in person at a seminar in Toronto years back. He’s a very wise and humble guy who contributes good stuff! In fact, he directly inspired me to name my company GRIT KK (Kabushiki Kaisha).
T: I didn’t know that! Cool!
B: What is your favorite music to listen to when you want to feel happy?
T: Jazz, especially cheerful Jazz.
B: Cheerful is good. Tell us your favorite musical and why you love it.
T: 1) Wicked 2) Lion King 3) Spring Awakening 4) Avenue Q….. Oh, I cannot explain why! Just go out and see them if you haven’t and fall in love with these amazing musicals. If fact, go out and enjoy many musicals because there are so many great ones to experience!
B: Please share your favorite attraction at either Tokyo Disney Land or Disney Sea and why you love it.
T: I love ”Turtle Talk” …because I was a member of the construction team.
B: What is your favorite color and why?
T: I like all the colors of the rainbow. I like the state of being colorful.
B: Nice. What is your favorite food and why?
T: I like hamburgers. American’s love hamburgers, right?
B: Yes, for the most part, they do. Tell us your favorite restaurant and your favorite dish there.
T: I love Skipper’s at Shiomi, Tokyo. Their hamburger is one of the best burgers in Japan!
B: Coffee? Tea? Beer? Other? What is your favorite drink for relaxing and feeling good?
T: There is nothing like having a good beer outside in nature!
Tips for Being Extraordinary
B: I hear you. What is a food you eat virtually every day that if you gave up would improve your health?
T: Processed food!
B: YES!!! Significantly decreasing and ultimately eliminating processed food can do wonders for our health.
T: I believe that, too.
B: Taisei, you always seem calm and patient to me, please share your #1 hint on how you overcome stress.
T: I think the better I eat and the deeper I sleep, the calmer and more patient I am.
Where to Find Taisei Fukaya Online
B: True words from a wise man! Ok, how can we be fans of Taisei Fukaya? How do we find you online?
T: Right now, you can find me here on facebook. I’m planning to have a blog in the near future.
B: Thank you, my friend. I am grateful for your friendship and that you graciously made the time to share yourself with us today.
Here’s the last question: If Taisei Fukaya were to share just ONE THING he believes is most important to looking, feeling or being extraordinary, what would it be?
T: I believe that “It’s never, never, never too late to do anything”. In other words, “You are the youngest you will ever be RIGHT NOW”. There is a certain limit to time, but we still have plenty of time to do what we choose, always.
B: Well said, Taisei Fukaya. I agree wholeheartedly! I’m really looking forward to seeing you share your gifts fully in these days ahead, my friend. Thank you!! Continue to be extraordinary!
Taisei Representing LFBX at LAX
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan
I get to work with really great people, for which I am very grateful. Seiichi Minenaga is one of these really great ones that gives his all every time I see him. He runs his own Spanish wine bar, called MyLan, in the heart of Sugamo, because that is what he wants to do. He speaks English and some Spanish, too! And he has a Six-Pack:-)
The Decision to Have a Six-Pack
Seiichi, now in his mid-forties, made the decision to have six-pack abs, while still enjoying wine on a nightly basis.
He expressed that he wanted to have a six-pack, but because he loved drinking wine, thought it wouldn’t be possible. I knew that he could have that six-pack if he balanced his eating more to make space for the carbs that come from wine. Weeks passed and Seiichi diligently did his work quietly and consistently. He came to train one day, lifted his shirt and said, “This is the first time in my life that I have visible abs!” I was very happy to see his results and hear his words.
Proof that You Can Have Your Wine and Six-Pack, too
For people who love fine wine and still want washboard abs, here is some motivation from the mouth of a master: “I am proof that you can enjoy good wine and still have a six-pack!” Bravo Seiichi! You can! You can!
This photo was taken before training without any pumping up – just relaxed and au naturel.
Six-Pack Conscious Eating
One big factor in getting results is by increasing one’s awareness of food. He dropped this Wisdom-Bomb on us, “My natural intuition about food & drinks has improved, so I “know” what works for me and what does not. The more I eat and drink in ways that work for me, the better I feel.” He added, “I used to drink canned Chu Hai (a sho-chu based liquor), but I didn’t feel that it is natural and doesn’t make me feel good, so I don’t drink it much at all anymore.” He is trusting his intuition and developing his Jedi feeling skills. This is life-changing!
What works for Seiichi is eating lots of veggies, fruit such as bananas & berries, sardines & mackerel, Greek yogurt, tofu, mozuku (a vinegared seaweed) and only about 50g of white rice which he eats with natto. He stays away from eating at convenient stores, remarking, “I don’t like to eat things like salada chicken (a packaged, high-sodium, chicken breast that is surrounded by a gelatin-like coating) from the convenience store because I think there are too many chemicals in it.”
He is right about the chemicals in that chicken. I used to eat it often and now I never do. My suggestion is that you learn to read packages and know which ingredients promote health and which do not. (I am happy to write a blog on this for those interested. Comment below if you are.)
Six-Pack Exercise Approach
Since we have a great idea of Seiichi’s approach to nutrition, I asked him to share his exercise/training secret. He said that he exercises hard with weights and bodyweight exercises with me at LFBX Gym once per week and he exercises on his own at home doing bodyweight exercises like push-ups, ab work and single-leg bodyweight deadlifts for balance, glute and lower back strength. This is vital. Exercise daily!
Back Pain Be Gone!
He shared something that is true music to my ears: “I had lower back pain, but after training with Bodhi, it’s gone.” Of course, I love to see people achieve all of their goals, AND when it’s something like back pain disappearing, that just fills me up.
Coffee? Caffeine? What’s the Scoop?
Since he has achieved his initial goal of attaining a chiseled midsection, I nudged him for his next goal. He said that he loves coffee but wants to cut it because the caffeine isn’t good for him. Coffee is a tricky subject, as some researchers say the antioxidants in it alone can add years to life. Others say that the caffeine overload overstimulates the adrenal glands, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. I say, truly enjoy one good cup of coffee per day; really savor it. Mark Sisson has a few great posts on coffee: The Definitive Guide to Coffee & 14 Ways to Make Coffee Healthier. If you need an extra boost during the day then go ahead and have one or two cups of green tea, matcha or yerba mate tea. Go Green!!
Have a World-Class Glass of Wine with Six-Pack Seiichi in Sugamo
Thank you for reading about our dear friend and super client, Seiichi Minenaga. Please visit him at his bar, MyLan, when you visit Sugamo, so you can experience his warm, chill nature, have some world-class Spanish wine, have some of his awesomeness rub off on you and perhaps get a glimpse of his abs:-)
I see Seiichi as a true success because between getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, he does what he wants to.