Obesity is a silent pandemic that has affected most of the world’s population. As people are becoming aware of the impact of obesity, several health regimes and fad diets have popped up. While these may show quick results, most of the time, they are not sustainable. Kirk Anderson, a personal trainer and fitness coach, believes that misconceptions and misinformation are the main reasons behind weight loss failure. This is where he is making a difference with customized workout plans, diet, and supplements for people in their 40s who want to look great and feel better.
Anderson is a 49-year-old certified personal trainer and nutritionist. Unlike other personal trainers working in the fitness industry, Anderson started his journey quite late. He was a business professional and had no plans to venture into the fitness industry. It was in his late 30s when Anderson realized he was clinically obese and wanted to transform his body. Like most people, he started by searching health regimes and diet plans on Google. He ended up losing some weight at 37, but within two years regained all the lost weight.
Obesity became a serious threat to Anderson‘s health as he developed high blood pressure and also became pre-diabetic. That’s when he realized the value of the right information and guidance in a weight loss journey to make it a success. Anderson hired some of the best professional bodybuilders to transform his body and reach his weight loss goals. Under professional supervision and guidance, Anderson witnessed positive changes in his body. This inspired him to delve deeper into health and fitness. He dedicated 4,000 hours to learning about health and nutrition to become a fitness coach, and now he is leveraging this knowledge to help others in their weight loss journeys.
Anderson believes that if a weight loss journey is about investing in yourself, it will yield returns in the form of better health and overall appearance. Whether it is about losing 100 pounds of fat or gaining 40 pounds of muscle, professional guidance is indispensable in this journey. Just like people cannot file a legal case by appearing in the courtroom without the assistance of a lawyer, similarly, hitting the gym without a trainer every day will not bring visible results. Weight loss is not just about becoming fit—it is about adopting a lifestyle that syncs well with your needs to give you visible results.
Having defeated obesity in his 40s, Anderson is a living example to those who want to embark on a sustainable weight loss journey. He is probably one of the best coaches to understand the mindset of someone suffering from obesity because he has walked the same path. Anderson offers online services to make his weight loss program accessible to all. All his training sessions are conducted online and tailored to his clients’ needs and goals. Besides physical activity, Anderson also focuses on the correct diet and the use of supplements to get visible results.
Anderson wants to reach as many people as possible to help them transform their bodies. His aim as a trainer is to educate people on the right path to take on their way to transforming their health and ensure they sustain the journey in the long term.
Top Tattoo Artist Ben Shaw Speaks About Regulating Body Art
Body art is an expressive way to represent your personality. As a result, the body art industry is booming, with an estimated 30% of people in the United States having at least one tattoo. Some are big and bold, while others are small and discreet. These permanent art pieces tell a story, hold memories, or harbor dreams and hopes. Top tattoo artist Ben Shaw adds that tattoos also strengthen your pain tolerance, increasing your capacity to take more of life’s painful moments. For others, it helps to face and overcome fear, allowing you to get to the next level of greatness.
That said, there are a lot of horror stories out there about people who have contracted nasty infections from tattoos at some sketchy places. Some tattoo artists do not use safe practices when it comes to needles that carry blood-borne pathogens into their clients’ skins, exposing them to severe infections like hepatitis C and HIV. Local jurisdictions across the US have implemented regulations to safeguard tattoo recipients to curb that and prevent things like that from happening again. The extent of regulation varies significantly from state to state, with some adopting stringent laws and others being lax in their requirements.
As a tattoo artist and industry advocate, Ben Shaw believes all stakeholders should be involved in formulating laws and regulations governing body art. “I have a passion for proper regulation. Unfortunately, so many within the tattoo industry have zero desire to learn or participate in regulations and law-making, which allows outside entities and regulators to take advantage and misregulate body art,” Shaw shares.
Shaw is not one to wait and watch as things go wrong in his industry. Instead, he’s taken it upon himself to change the industry incrementally. Shaw is a community builder, getting tattoo artists and supportive communities to rally together for common goals. He is the co-founder of the Guild of Ethical Tattooists, an educational organization that spends time educating the community about body art’s health and safety concerns. As a co-founder, Shaw oversaw a union of artists and advocated for the much-needed regulations of ethical tattooing practices. The Guild of Ethical Tattooists is an advocacy group for the Board of Body Art Practitioners, the regulatory body that governs the licensure of all body artists in New Mexico.
Ben Shaw and the GET were instrumental in creating the Board of Body Art Practitioners through Senate Bill 275, which they championed through the 2015 legislative sessions in New Mexico. Before its formation, body artists were licensed by the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists, where Shaw sat as the only tattoo artist. Shaw recognized the immense need for proper regulations specific to the tattoo industry and championed the creation of the Body of Body Art Practitioners. The board monitors the licensure of tattoo artists, guiding expectations of cleanliness and professionalism within the tattoo industry. Shaw retired as chairman of the Board Of Body Art Practitioners in 2019 but currently sits on the Boards rules committee.
He is now active with the Tattoo Smart LaunchPAD, a Members Only platform for vetted tattoo professionals. Shaw currently serves as the Admiral for the Advocacy and Standards group within the LaunchPAD. Ultimately, he’s becoming a tattoo industry advocate, helping artists from around the country and world navigate tattoo regulations and be a voice to stop over-regulation and inspire safe tattooing.
Chava Mercado Is Making His Mark Through Branding and Advertising Campaigns
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn.
This is the attitude of Chava Mercado, a millennial business mogul making a mark in the US. From learning English at age 16 as an immigrant to starting a flourishing business, going from $7 to 7 figures, and earning $100K/month working remotely, Chava is not your ordinary businessman.
Chava is the CEO of the successful branding and advertising company, InMotion Media Group, which is trailblazing in the marketing and advertising space across all 50 US states. Besides, Chava is an ardent adventurer. He has joined the 1% of the population as a “Firewalker”. He has climbed 2 of the seven summits of the world: Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, and Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe.
In 2019, at only 35 years old, Chava, a go-getter business-minded person, started InMotion Media Group, a business dealing with branded trucks for advertising. Before starting the business, Chava opened several unsuccessful companies. InMotion Media Group opened its doors as a full-time business in March 2020, a few weeks from the global shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Notably, when other firms were closing during the pandemic, InMotion Media Group survived, and today, the business is thriving ahead of its competitors.
According to Chava, InMotion Media Group has implemented unique strategies to reach out to potential customers in the marketplace. Rather than slapping a logo on a truck like their competitors, they go the extra mile by exceeding their clients’ expectations. They achieve this by providing more information than their customers ask. The company has full-time dedicated and experienced photographers, videographers, and even POV drone pilots. They are guided by offering exemplary services, doing more than they are paid for, and going the extra mile to deliver more than expected.
Chava attributes his success in running the company to his overall experience in agency and branding while working for notable Fortune 500 brands such as Nintendo, PepsiCo, and many more. The company has received significant accolades such as the ‘Best Outdoor Ad campaign’ in 2021 and working with Fortune 500 companies as clients.
“Traditional billboard inventory is limited, it is one-sided, it is stationary, it is expensive, and it is restricted by city ordinances and reduced to locations allowed for billboards. People tend to pay more attention to things that are in-motion. Therefore, our InMotion truck ads are seen more by potential customers,” Chava shares.
Like any other young entrepreneur, Chava had low moments when he started the business. He did not have enough money to support its operations. Friends and relatives would not help him either. From being declared bankrupt to considering selling part of his business to investors, Chava is proof that you can overcome obstacles, rise, and achieve your dreams.
Chava has significant plans for InMotion Media Group that the world is yet to experience. “Working with not only Fortune 500 brands, winning multiple awards, crossing the eight-figure mark, and preparing for a nine-figure exit strategy,” shares Chava. He also hopes to work with the world’s top influencers and use his trucks to promote his very own Instagram account with handle @instachava
Meet Brian Waldron, the Brooklyn Mogul Inspiring Other Young Entrepreneurs
Various factors influence people’s decision to launch their own businesses at a particular point in their lives. While some see a great commercial prospect, others are constrained by the many challenges on their path. But also, despite having a degree and a set of abilities, they cannot find employment. This has a significant impact on their health, happiness, and prospects. Therefore, encouraging youth entrepreneurship is one strategy to help teenagers and young people enter the workforce. In addition to giving unemployed young people experience and employment opportunities, this affects economic growth by creating new jobs, boosting competition, and stimulating innovation.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Brian Waldron is a classic example of someone who’s a young entrepreneur at heart. Brian was fascinated by the entrepreneurial world from a young age and could not hold back from any business opportunity. He first started selling cards, candy, and sneakers and then served tables at an Italian restaurant. This exposures at a young age helped build a solid foundation for a successful entrepreneurial journey.
After his family relocated to Queens, Brian found his way into the even space rental business. His work ethic and professionalism saw him grow from the bottom to owning three event spaces within a year. With a clear vision, the young entrepreneur quickly tapped into a market gap, expanding to service hundreds of events within and beyond New York City.
Like the rest of the world, the COVID pandemic dealt him a significant blow, leaving him distraught as this business was his passion and something he invested so much of his time into. But a born entrepreneur, Brian quickly innovated by transitioning into teaching by hosting an online Zoom class in 2020. Fast forward to 2022, Brian has helped thousands succeed with their very own event spaces. Through his teachings, he breaks down the entire process of how to start, scale, and automate your own event space.
After achieving success with his first major venture, Brian began branching into other income streams such as Airbnb, real estate, and e-commerce. “One stream of income is too close to none. If there’s no seat at the table, build your own, but you need at least four legs to do that,” says Brian.
At 26, Brian is now a successful real estate entrepreneur managing millions of dollars worth of property. He has also mentored and coached hundreds of other young entrepreneurs, helping them find success.
The Brooklyn mogul now believes in grinding when you’re young so you can live comfortably when you’re older. “I’ve been working weekends ever since I can remember. Using the time now is what sets us apart when we’re older,” Brian asserts. More importantly, always work hard, and remain consistent in whatever you do. You are likely to face challenges along the way, but what matters most is your consistency.
Moving forward, Brian envisions growing and expanding his empire to own millions in real estate. His dream is to become a well-renowned business mogul and possibly join the ranks of A-list celebrities like the Jay-Zs, Diddys, and Oprahs of his generation.
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