Interview with an 86 Year Old Cancer Survivor

How It Began

Mike is an 86-year-old client who, 15 years ago, was instructed by his Cardiologist to begin exercising to improve his overall health. He was on several preventable medications, 12 to be exact.  Not sure where to begin, Mike contacted me for help.

Goal Setting at Our First Meeting

The initial fitness assessment revealed his health goals, physical limitations, and nutritional habits.  We developed a fitness plan that was realistic and sustainable for him.  We agreed on an initial goal to get his body fat percentage under 30%, which is out of the clinically-obese range, while still maintaining and even gaining muscle mass.

Success

In just a few months, Mike’s doctors saw a tremendous change in his appearance, attitude and blood lab test. He wasn’t moving like an old man anymore! His doctors started to eliminate and/or reduce some of his medications. Currently, he’s down to two prescriptions for his heart condition.

Where He Is Now

Over all the years of training with me, Mike still owns and operates three companies. He says he feels energetic, strong, has more stamina and endurance, and has a better ability to focus and concentrate.  Mike is also a cancer, pneumonia and broken hip survivor.  Doctors, to this day, marvel over his conditioning for his age, and credit his exercise and lifestyle change with me “a life saver.”  Mike is a phenomenal success story that keeps on ticking!  Age is just a number, just ask Mike!

Watch this Incredible Interview!

Are You Next?

If you or a loved one would like a free fitness assessment, please visit https://raybessette.com/contact-us/

For more information on hormones, please visit https://raybessette.com/hormonal-balance-health-facts/

October Nutrition Class: Cancer Prevention Through the Science of Food

Presented by Ray Bessette  

Where: Raw Gym, 11703 Spring Cypress Rd., Tomball, TX 77377

When:  Thursday, October 11th & 25th 2018; Other dates to be announced

Time:  6:00pm to about 7:00pm

To Learn More:  Watch this YouTube video.

Cost: $50 per person, 50% donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!                                         

Contact: ray@raybessette.com or 832-755-1949 for any questions or more info.

Web Site Nutrition info link: https://raybessette.com/anti-inflammatory-nutrition/

Early Register: http://raybessette.com/contact/  

Limited to 15 people, other October Nutrition Class dates will be announced

The same content will be shared in each class.  Click on the PayPal button below to reserve your spot for either date. Or, stop by Raw Gym with a $50 payment per person by Wednesday, October 10th. We accept most major credit cards, cash, or check payable to The Firm U.

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Some questions that will be covered in this nutrition class are on our Nutrition Quiz. If you miss 10 answers or more, you need this class!

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The Purpose of Exercise

Why do we exercise?

Most people think the reason we exercise is simply to burn calories. The true purpose is to send messages to the body requesting enhanced physical capabilities, while sending a repetitive message to the body, asking for improvement in metabolism, strength, and aerobic (lung) capacity.  Watch this video to learn more.

These are some of the effects of exercise (Weight Training) on your body:

  • Increases insulin sensitivity (then you won’t need as much insulin -a WIN for fat loss!!)
  • Increases muscle mass. Fat is burned in the muscle. More muscle=more fat is burned!
  • Increases testosterone & HGH anabolic hormones.
  • Increases glycogen storage (more places you can put glucose, the less gets stored as fat)
  • Increases lung capacity allowing for more oxygen. Fat only burns w/ oxygen.  More Oxygen = more fat burn!
  • Increases resting metabolic rate (your body has to restore its core temp and repair tiny muscle tears.) Speeding up metabolism lowers citrate levels, thus lowering fat production.
  • Decreases cellulite (by moving lymph system)
  • Reduces stress and lowers Cortisol, decreasing fat storage and appetite.
  • Sweating is an excretory function (Detox! Kidneys don’t have to do all the work)
  • Lipase enzymes are activated by heat. They break up fat to feed to the working muscle to burn instead of sugar. Continues up to 15 hrs!

My Fitness Program

With my program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session, alternating muscle groups between upper body and lower body ever other session.  Important to remember:  the Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting!

It’s also important to note, my program doesn’t involve any crazy tire turning over, jumping, Cross Fit type exercises that have a greater chance for injury. We use weights to stimulate a specific muscle, that muscle breaks down and repairs at rest, greatly improving your metabolism.  With my method, we do opposing muscles every other set so there’s little rest in between sets, this gets your heart rate up, so you’re really doing cardio while weight (strength) training. It’s the best of both worlds!

With this method of training, in 3 one-hour workouts a week, you burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours) as your body is recovering/healing from your workouts.   You can do additional cardio in between days as an option if you like.  Cardio has its place, but why not “kill two birds with one stone” and get your strength training and cardio all in one workout?  Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week.

Contact me to set up a free appointment to discuss your health and fitness goals.

Purpose Of Exercise

 

X10 LIFE

X-10 LIFE

X-10Life is an Oxygen Magnet! Don’t gamble with your Health!

We as humans, survive because of respiration. All of our cells respire, utilizing oxygen for energy. It’s what we do. Oxygen deficiency causes us to die. Usually a slow death, from diseases caused by inadequate oxygenation such as Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease or Diabetes.

How do we become oxygen deficient?

Simple: by eating adulterated oils and fats from the food processing industry. We are giving ourselves these diseases by eating common everyday foods! Trans fats are only the tip of the iceberg.

Nature had provided us an opportunity to fix this problem. Our bodies require unadulterated polyunsaturated fats found through organically produced, unprocessed foods such as meat, eggs, cheese, seeds and raw nuts. Ray Bessette will teach you exactly what foods to eat. The polyunsaturated fats that you need are Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Don’t be mislead by things like “Omega 3” added eggs or products such as fish oil.

Fish oil is a derivative (DHA and EPA) of Omega 3. It can be dangerous! What your body needs is the “Parent” form of the Omega fats. It will make any derivative it needs from there ONLY IF IT NEEDS IT! How simple is that? More than half (75%) of heart attack victims have normal levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol yet virtually every physician will tell you to lower your total cholesterol if it is above 200.

A blood clot contains mostly adulterated Omega 6. Cholesterol is not bad…oxidized cholesterol is bad. Cholesterol has no sensor in the body, so why do we put a number associated with it? To sell drugs? Cholesterol plays an important role in the production of hormones and transferring oxygen to our cell membranes. Why would you lower it? Maybe doctors are smarter than our own human physiology and don’t believe we are self-regulating & self-healing.

If you replace the adulterated fat in your diet with unadulterated (oxidized) fat, you will be on your way to having healthy cholesterol circulating in your body.

Other potentially life-threatening illnesses are similarly improved with proper fat consumption. It is very important to consume unadulterated Omega 3 and 6 fats in the correct ratio of 1:1 to about 1:2.5. Ray Bessette will educate you how on much of the Omega fat containing foods to eat to provide you with the correct ratio to avoid toxicity.

If you decide to supplement this essential nutrient, buyer beware!

We recommend the X-10Life formulation of the “Parent” Essential Oils (PEO’s) It has been verified* to contain extremely high-quality oils in the exact correct ratio. Ray is dedicated to “Fitness Through Science, Not Fiction”. Don’t gamble with your health.
*Professor Brian Peskin, M.I.T Electrical Engineer, Biochemical researcher, formulator of the X-10Life EFA’s (PEO’s) and author of various scientific articles, and books (The Hidden Story of Cancer and The 24 Hour Diet among others).  Here is a recent YouTube presentation Prof. Peskin gave at a recent seminar this YouTube page where he discusses the superiority of plant-based Parent Essential Oils (PEOs).

Have Questions or Need More Information?

Contact Ray directly here.

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

You Were Made to Rise

Post-surgery workout – What a difference 1 workout makes

It’s 7 weeks after my elbow tendon surgery and my physical therapist and doctor gave me the go ahead to restart LIGHT weight training. You don’t have to tell me twice.  I did a mini vlog just before I went into the gym yesterday and another when I finished my workout (watch them below and see the difference in my outlook before and after).

A bump in the road

But the thing is, I decided while I was recovering from this procedure to have another pain looked at. This one in my right hamstring at the attachment point at the gluteal fold (i.e. just under the butt cheek 😊) I had an MRI last Tue and got the results last Thu. It revealed quite a bit more than I was expecting, but makes sense given the pain, tingling, etc. I feel sometimes. In a nutshell:

  1. Degenerative hip labrum tearing (a.k.a. arthritis) and a focal tear (still learning about this).
  2. A stress fracture in L5 (spondylolysis) and grade 2 anterolisthesis (forward slippage of vertebrae 50%). I’ll be getting a full lumbar x-ray or MRI very soon so I know exactly what is going on and how to work around it. https://www.spine-health.com/video/lumbar-spondylolysis-video
  3. (This is what I went in for in the first place) tendinosis and low grade chronic partial tearing at the hamstring origin. I’ll be getting PRP on Tuesday. Watch this re PRP:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=what+is+prp&&view=detail&mid=F30FF7A53ED765DC7A79F30FF7A53ED765DC7A79&&FORM=VRDGAR

Thank God for Ray Bessette

I was ready to go back to the gym, but now with this new situation in my lower body, I started to feel sorry for myself on Friday. I wanted to work out upper body but now I’m so afraid to do anything that’s going to mess up my back without knowing more about what’s going on. Thank God for my husband who let me cry it out and have a very short pity party (a.k.a. An Instance of Indulging in Self-Pity 😊).

“You can turn this negative into a positive,” said Ray

Ray encouraged me that I can turn this negative into a positive and he offered to help me with some upper body exercises that will stabilize me and not put excessive pressure on either my arms which are still healing or my lower body that I’m trying to protect as much as possible right now. Once I got to the gym Saturday I was feeling like I wouldn’t have that much I could do, but Ray showed me many variations of exercises using machines and recommendations on what to do to get a full upper body workout spread throughout the week. He was patient and empathetic, educating me the entire time.

I felt so depressed going into the gym and felt so optimistic leaving the gym…a complete 180. Yes, of course, Ray took special care because I am his wife, but let me tell you, I’ve shadowed him in the gym many times or worked out in the proximity where he is training clients and I can tell you he gives them ALL the same treatment. He cares. Watch these videos and see the difference in my spirit before and after the workout.

For some of us, the gym is therapy

It’s my “drug” of choice. With ball cap on and down over head, Beats on; and heavy music playing, it’s my “Me” time. My playlist (which I’m listening to now) has a mixture of hard rock and contemporary Christian and one of my favorite Christian songs has come on (Danny Gokey’s RISE). Yes, I will take this as a message to me from God on High. I encourage you to listen if you are feeling helpless or hopeless: https://www.bing.com/search?q=rise+danny+gokey+song&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IESR4A&pc=EUPP_UE02

REALIZATION

Before the naysayers chime in or think to themselves how I should feel fortunate this is all I’m going through and it’s not a life-threatening experience like some are dealing with including very close friends of mine….let me respond by saying, “Yes, I know that.”  This is why my pity party lasted all of about less than one day.

Are you in the same boat?

If you are in a similar situation recovering from an injury or need a new way to workout because of an injury, I HIGHLY recommend working with a certified personal trainer who is innovative, listens to you, seeks feedback from you on how a movement is making you feel and has the intuitiveness to change or modify movements to suit your personal circumstances.  Of course I’m biased.  If you want the BEST, then you must contact Ray Bessette here.   He will get you on the road to improved physical fitness.  Learn more about who his is, his experience, and what motivates him to make you better.


You were made to RISE!

Rise Lyrics – Danny Gokey

Watch the Video here

There’s a brokenness inside of you
There’s a wound that still reminds you
Of the fear, shame and rejection
You have seen it, you have seen it

You know it’s time to get up
But your heart’s paralyzed, you’re so stuck
You’re past the point of trying again
You’re defeated, you’re defeated

But something inside you can’t deny
You hear the call of your creator
I made you for more, unlocked the door
I wanna restore your glory

So rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise

Lift your head and look around you
See the dreams you lost, they have found you
And the heart that once was beating
Is coming back to life
Coming back to life

But something inside you can’t deny
You hear the call of your creator
I made you for more, unlocked the door
I wanna restore your glory

So rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise

Shut the door on yesterday
Leave what happened in the grave
You were made to rise
You were made to shine
Creations longing for the day
For kings and queens to take their place
You were made to rise
You were made to shine

Rise
Breaking the dark
Piercing the night
Made to shine
Bring the world
A radiant light

Rise
Breaking the dark, piercing the night
You’re made to shine
An army of hope
Bringing the world
A radiant light
A radiant light
You were made to rise, rise

Essential Fatty Acids: A weapon in the war against cancer

It is a science-based fact that an underlying cause of cancer is low cellular oxygenation levels. There are a number of studies out there you can read and learn about this.  Ray Bessette has long been an admirer and supporter of Professor Brian Peskin who is a world-leading scientist specializing in parent Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and their direct relationship to cancer, heart disease and wound care.

Who is Brian Peskin?

Professor Peskin is The World’s Leading Physiologic EFA Expert. He attended MIT where he studied highly complex mathematics, engineering and physics along with probability and statistics. He has also studied biochemistry and physiology. Read more about him here. Professor Peskin has advanced the discoveries of Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D.. Warburg is a Nobel Prize Winner for his work on increasing cellular oxygenation and “The Hidden Story of Cancer.”

Supplementing with EFAs

Ray is a Cancer Exercise Specialist and has vast knowledge on nutritional supplementation, hormonal balance and resistance training as an aid to reversing many ailments once thought to be treatable only with medication. As a devoted believer of Prof. Peskin, Ray is convinced that supplementing with EFAs is your best defense in the fight against cancer.  He would love to answer any questions you may have about how supplementing with EFAs will oxygenate your cells and provide defense against cancer.

Where can you get the best EFAs?

Ray Bessette Personal Training only promotes, sells and believes in pharmaceutical grade supplements. His “must have” in his supplement arsenal is unadulterated EFAs. They are the ideal way to replenish your body’s precious Parent Essential Oils (PEO). PEOs are essential to all the cells in our bodies and our bodies cannot make them. The only way to get them is through your diet, but if you are eating processed foods, many of the EFAs are irreparably altered. Therefore, we must supplement our diets with EFAs. They are an “insurance policy”…even if you think you are consuming the best foods, you can never really be sure you are, so supplementation is crucial to cover your nutritional bases.

Contact ray@raybessette.com or call (832) 755-1949. Personal delivery for Ray’s training clients to RAW Gym and to neighbors in the Gleannloch and surrounding areas

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor’s recommendations. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Nutritional benefits may vary from one person to another.

Injury Slowing you down

Injured or recovering from an injury or surgery and unable to work out?

What can you do to keep from derailing your training?

When you’re passionate about your workouts, nothing is more frustrating than than an injury or sickness when all you want to do is that one thing you love. You may be feeling anxious about putting on weight or losing your training progress while you are down and out. What can you do to ensure you don’t get too far off track with your progress?

  1. Don’t stress about it. Stress causes the body to increase levels of cortisol in your body which has been shown to have adverse effects on your health, including decreased muscle tissue; decreased bone density, suppressed thyroid function and increase abdominal fat. Keep your stress about not being able to workout to a minimum. There are ways to help relax your mind and body that don’t involve training your body. Try journaling, listening to music and breathing exercises, for example.
  2. Keep your nutrition on point. Since you won’t be working out and expending energy during those workouts, you want to be sure you are providing good, sound nutrition to your body rather than foods that will inflame you and make you fat. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune response. When inflammation serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes disease and illnesses. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation in the body; helps our bodies maintain optimum health and provides energy, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients. Incorporating Fit N Firm Foods and Marigold Bars can help keep your nutrition in order during your down time (and anytime for that matter). Orders can be placed online. Fit N Firm Foods offers free delivery for some locations in Spring, Texas and Marigold ships worldwide and has pickup locations around the U.S. You can also add the following anti-inflammatory foods into your diet.
  3. Keep your protein intake high. Consuming sufficient protein is the single most dietary factor for maintaining muscle. While you can’t get to the gym, ensure you are keeping your protein levels up. Choose lean proteins like Designs for Health Protein Powder, chicken breast, eggs, lean beef, ground turkey.
  4. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and are staying hydrated by drinking adequate water.
  5. Don’t neglect your supplement intake. They fill the nutritional gaps.  I only believe in taking pharmaceutical grade supplements and I sell the best product lines such as Life Extension, Designs for Health, TransFormation, Rejuvenation Science, and Transcendence.  Need to replenish your supplements?  Contact me and I’ll make arrangements to deliver to you (limited areas around Gleannloch).
  6. Don’t train through your injury. Injury is your body telling you that you need to take a break.  And don’t try to “work through the pain”. You’re just setting yourself up for a longer or worse injury.

It sucks when you so want to get to the gym but can’t because you are injured or are recovering from a surgery or healing an injury. Listen to your bodies, listen to your doctors. Take the break. Our bodies need the complete rest a few times a year. And don’t come back to the gym too soon or you run the risk of reinjury. Give your body the rest it needs and take the steps above to keep from derailing your training progress. I promise, you WILL come back better than ever.

 

Weightlifting best for fat loss

Cardio vs. Weight Training for Fat Loss

Not seeing results in your workouts?  There may be many reasons…let’s look at a few:

You’re doing too much cardio or you’re only doing cardio.   To improve the shape of your body, cardio is not the best
option.. Yes, you will lose weight at first from cardio and fad diets, BUT, what you’re losing is water, not fat. This will leave you dehydrated and you’ll get headaches if you stick with it long enough. We’re not knocking cardio whatsoever. Cardio has its place, but if your goal is permanent fat loss, weight training is your best bet. At The Firm U, we use a Bio-impedance scale that measures water, fat and muscle weight in pounds. We can track your progress to keep you motivated and on track with your fitness goals. Most bathroom scales just measure total weight. With our scientific information, you can intelligently adjust your fitness program and permanently burn the fat weight.

You’re not training with weights. There is no metabolic effect after a cardio workout. When you burn 500 calories doing cardio (takes
about an hour), that’s all you get. When you burn 500 calories with weight training, you not only balance your muscle and bone structure, you continue burning calories as your body repairs the breakdown and buildup of muscle, increasing your metabolic system. The result: FAT WEIGHT LOSS, not water weight loss. Muscle burns more calories at rest. We’ve got you covered with #1 below.

You’re diet needs to be cleaned up.  You think you’re eating well, but you’re filling your body with inflammatory foods and disease-causing agents. We’ve got you covered with #2 below.

You could be insulin resistant or diabetic and not know it. If you have either condition, you’re only burning sugar for energy and never getting to fat. We’ve got you covered with #3 below.

These Three Fitness Components Solve All The Above

1.  Personal Training.  I’ll create a custom training program to help you achieve the results you want, whether it’s to build muscle, bur fat, or both.  I can work with you 1:1, or if you prefer to workout with a friend, I’ve got great options for duo training and you can achieve the SAME results as one-on-one training.

2.  Nutrition. Eat our Fit N Firm Foods for meals and enjoy a MariGold bar in between. Both are not only delicious and satisfying…they’re also made with only the highest quality ingredients and are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s immune response. When inflammation serves no purpose, it damages the body and causes disease and illnesses. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet reduces inflammation in the body; helps our bodies maintain optimum health; provides energy, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients (healthy plant foods).

3.  Hormonal & Weight Loss Blood Panel. This test is optional; however, it is also one of the greatest tools to fix that person that has tried everything. A comprehensive lab blood test can detect many issues and conditions that may be getting in your way of losing belly or butt fat for good. It takes about a week to get back from our lab, our doctor reviews the results and addresses your situation with suggestions to get your hormones or other discrepancies to get you balanced.

It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories from your total caloric intake to burn one pound of fat. To lose one pound a week, you’d burn 500 calories every day doing about an hour of cardio for seven days a week to burn one pound of fat. With our program, you weight train 3 days a week for a one hour session and burn calories every hour of the week (168 hours), even at rest! We’ve just given you four hours back in your schedule. Imagine what you could do with an extra four hours a week. Important to remember… The Purpose of exercise is to not burn as many calories as you can in one training session, but to stimulate your muscles to burn calories when you’re resting! See image below….

Would you like more information? Click here to send a private message, or call (832) 755-1949.