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SCAM - Watch out for this!

This is how it starts. ...

This is how it starts. ...

THEY can be quite convincing!!! Have had this scam come my way several times. I even know a golf pro who took a similar scam so far as to get a check from one of these people before turning in the check to the bank.

It starts with an email or a text message such as this one I received. Seems innocent enough, maybe a tad bit quirky. But, I have numerous foreign clients whose English is not that great. So, it's acceptable that the phrasing of the questioning and the grammar might be a little off.

We have protocols at my place. We follow them. That's what helps avoid scams from folks such as this. 

After getting you to commit to a payment, they will set in motion a plan to steal your money. If you say you accept checks, they will send you a REAL check, often from a REAL account. Everything about the check is official except one thing, it's not their account. They've stolen somebody's account and possibly an identity, too.

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Once you deposit the check, they will contact you, telling you in some way that the number of people is going to be less than anticipated. For instance, if you said you could train five people twice a week for eight weeks for $16k individually or $10k as a group, they will send the check then come back and say that only two family members can make the trip. Then they will want the difference in price. The check will clear for whatever price you agreed upon initially. So, the money is in your account. Then they will ask you to wire them the difference in prices - a wire that will go to an account different than the check they sent. 

Once you do this, they get the cash from the account and are off. What happens then is you get a call from a company or an individual about a check written to you and cashed by you. And they're going to want ALL of their money back, and you don't have it because Neil is in a beachside hammock somewhere in the South Pacific or off the Nigerian coast being fed grapes while counting that money he swiped from you a 10 others. 

Heard nothing after this.

Heard nothing after this.

The credit card scam is not much different. The transactions are usually lower because everything is electronic and must be available immediately, and they happen a lot faster. Also, the call you get after the deed has been done, will come from the credit card issuer's fraud department or an investigator or both.

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Expect Neil or one of his associates, or even competitors to give you a call in a few months to see if you're more gullible then. 

Check out this link from the Federal Trade Commission for more information on scammers. 

This one from GO Banking Rates is another good resource. 

A few good rules here:

If they're asking more about your rates and your ability to charge them than they are about your training background or your location or your availability or references or philosophies then listen to your gut, and toy with them a while, but don't cash anything or take any kind of payment from them whatsoever.  

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Three of My Favorite Books

Just go get them now. Thank me later.

Just go get them now. Thank me later.

I constantly find my brain folding back the pages of these three books. Probably have about 400 or so books on exercise or health and fitness. Some are insanely horrible. Some are pretty sweet. Then there are these.

All three are overflowing with research study after research study. Want to know many of the whys and whatfors occurring with your young athletes, odds are good the answers or directions to the answers can be found in one of these.

Now, don't get it twisted. There are MANY sweet books out there that can give us insight into youth fitness and health. And, over time we'll go through my whole library - even the bad ones (at least the ones I think are bad.)

We can get the Brain book and the Nurture Shock in book stores. The Attention, Balance and Coordination needs to be ordered.

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Compex - Muscle Stimulation

Yes, I have a couple of these. No, I'm not a therapist, and no, I don't pretend to treat anybody with them.

But, I love these things for what they do. Will have a video on them soon.

They are muscle stimulation units in the most basic sense. They have the ability to help in recovery. But, they can also help us gain more strength and power if used properly.

Quick refresher on how muscles work:

When we want to use a muscle, the brain sends a signal to the nerve commanded to innervate that muscle. The nerve sends a signal to the muscle to do its job. That's a simplistic way of looking at it, but it's accurate. 

The problem, though lies in what muscles the brain knows to use. Over time, be it from ignorance of use or from injury or plain laziness, we begin improper movements. We use muscles that we're not supposed to use. We begin compensating. We get to a point where the brain uses a minimal amount of muscle to do a movement.

In other words, if picking up something minimally required use of 25% of the muscle, then the brain would, over time, use 25%.  Yet, the more efficient way to pick it up is to use 75% of the muscle. But the brain has used that 25% for so long now, it doesn't know that other 50% is there.

I use the Compex like this: Hook up an athlete and coach the athlete through proper movements while the Compex is stimulating - not 25% of the muscle - but 100% of the muscle. The Compex does this because it bypasses the brain. It tells the nerve to use all of the muscle, not just the minimal amount needed.

By doing this, picking up that something becomes more efficient, easier.

I continue to go over the proper movement patterns with the athlete for length of time needed. Then upon taking off the Compex and instructing the athlete to repeat the movement, we've "tricked" the brain because it is now "woke" to using all of the muscle.

Have done this with great success in strength, power and speed modalities.

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