San Diego, CA (PressExposure) January 08, 2008 -- It's no news that Americans are struggling with their weight. What makes matters worse is that losing weight is only half the battle. According to the US Center for Disease and Prevention, 3 out of 4 people who lose weight using the traditional approach to dieting regain the weight within one year and regain all of the weight within 5 years. In an effort to combat the problem, Americans spend an estimated 6 billion dollars a year on diet products and advice from fitness experts. At this point everyone knows there's no such thing as a magic weight loss bullet, but there is now the Fitness Genie.
"I was the fat kid," is the first line that drew people to TrainChange: Fat Loss, a book by Al Smith, Jr. that details the unique strategy he used to overcome his lifelong struggle with being overweight and how he was able to use the strategy to help others overcome their battle as well.
Today, however, you wouldn't be able to recognize him by the chiseled six-pack he was once able to promote on the cover of his book because he too has started to regain the weight.
"Like most people, once I hit 30 my body definitely changed. But, the biggest change was in my priorities," he says. Like many people struggling with their weight, his gradual relapse began after opening his own gym called the TrainChange Fitness Studio, where he now spends more time taking care of clients than himself. "The easy thing to say is that I'm simply getting older and that's why I'm not as physically fit as I was in the past. But I will not allow that to be an excuse!"
Leveraging his background as a software engineer, Al recently developed "TrainChange RPM (Repetitions Per Minute)", an innovative style of circuit training where daily workout routines are created by a computerized Fitness Genie. The genie uses an artificial intelligence component that links to a database with over 350 exercises that enables Al to create customized workouts at the click of a button. As a result this allows people to drop by his studio any time of day to get a full body workout and nutrition guidance, in just 53 minutes. Those who can't make it to his Sorrento Valley studio can benefit from the online "Fitness Genie", a virtual version of the program that allows clients to create their own TrainChange RPM workouts and customized nutrition plans.
"The bottom line is that I had lost the balance in my life required to take care of myself with the additional responsibilities that come with age. Our lives are always in a state of change," says Al, "and the ones that are going to survive are the ones that can change with it." He admits the primary reason for his relapse is that the priorities in his life have changed.
But once again, Al has committed himself to learning from his own mistakes and using his experiences to help others.
And yet, as a firm believer that everyone has the ability to change their situation in life, he says that regardless of how the Fitness Genie simplifies the process of following exercise plans and creating nutrition plans, your success is ultimately based upon the amount of time you're willing to invest into taking care of yourself.