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Transforming Your Health (And Your Life) with Eric the Trainer

What do you do when you feel yourself slowing down – not just mentally, but physically? How can women over 35 set themselves up for a lifetime of good health? And what should gym newbies know about working out?  Today’s guest, known as “Eric the Trainer,” is Eric Fleishman – fitness guru and personal trainer to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. He’s been instrumental in the physical transformations of celebs like Ethan Suplee and Kirstie Alley – and he joins us today to share his story of hard work, gratitude and service.  “Many times our plans and dreams and aspirations are based upon things that were told to us, ‘Oh, you should do that. Or you should do this.’ But if you actually follow your heart and you do things in your life that reflect your authentic self, you'll be much, much more successful. I'm actually following my authentic self in becoming a trainer and helping people on a massive scale. I don't feel like I go to work in the morning. I feel like I'm on a mission that's much larger than myself. If you wanna follow your passions and get paid for it, be your authentic self, follow your dreams and listen to your heart. Not just to your head.” – Eric (09:56) In this episode, Eric talks about how being a late bloomer nicknamed “Squeaky” got him into the gym for the first time, the important role sleep plays in our overall wellbeing, the value of protein-based diets, and why the gym is a magical place: “The gym in my opinion is one of the last magical places in society. It's where someone can come in who's feeling diminished, disenfranchised, either upset because they feel like they're too small or upset because they feel like they're too big and they can go through a physical transformation using the science of change, which is exercise, diet, and sleep. And through that transformation, they can emerge a hero. They can go from normal to extraordinary right there in the gym.” – Eric (06:24) Eric also shares his unique message of hope, and why he’s optimistic about the future: “The future is a very, very bright place. [The world] is very, very polarized right now, but it's prime time for someone to come along and join people together and lead them to a better place. So I have a lot of hope for the future, both in America and the world itself. … I'm very excited about the future.” – Eric (24:36)   In This Episode (02:13) Eric’s story, and the challenges of being a late bloomer (03:22) An attitude of gratitude  (05:44) Growing up with the nickname “Squeaky” (6:57) The importance of proper sleep hygiene and its impact on our overall health (8:00) Importance of protein (09:08) 50,000 pushups for charity  (14:54) What women over 35 should know about fitness (and how to get long-sleek muscles) (20:09) How Eric maintains his fitness despite his on-the-go lifestyle (22:23) The most impactful lesson Eric has learned, and how he copes with hard times (24:36) Eric’s message of hope   Guest Known as “Eric the Trainer,” Eric Fleishman is an entrepreneur, fitness guru and personal trainer who has worked with the likes of Ethan Suplee, Kirstie Alley, Michelle Branch, Big John McCarthy, Big Time Rush and more. In addition to training, Eric is the founder of a fitness consulting business and frequently contributes to “Muscle & Fitness” magazine, where he also serves on the advisory board.   Resources & Links 52 Weeks of Hope https://www.52weeksofhope.com  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLA7Rb6E0PtKBhPGu1vcjA  https://www.facebook.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.instagram.com/52weeksofhope  https://www.twitter.com/52weeksofhope  Eric the Trainer https://www.ericthetrainer.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ErictheTrainer/ https://twitter.com/ErictheTrainer https://www.instagram.com/ericthetrainer/

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