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Ali Farahaani, The Optimistic Performer Who Is Ready To Soar In The World

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A performer is not born in a day, they strive and moil and endure a lot of hardships to become one of a kind. They practice day in and day out. Once the fruit of the toil reaps, it brings joy and success and if it is still green, it denotes that some work is pending to reach there. Performers should be patient, content, and consistent in what they do, which will help them to reach the goal of their aspiration.

 

Ali Farahaani is a 22 years-old fitness trainer, musician, actor, and dancer from Iran presently based in  Dubai. He became the youngest trainer at the LesMills classes at the age of 15 and got into the main fitness training team at the age of 18. He was the youngest member on stage to conduct the LesMills Fitness Events in Dubai twice. Concurrently he formed his team of trainers back in Tehran that ran the biggest fitness event in Iran, bringing in men and women both on-stage for the first time at any fitness event in Iran.

 

His Journey

Ali started his journey back in 2014 in Dubai at LesMills, a worldwide fitness company where he learned to train and expanded this back in Iran at various other gyms. Meanwhile, he kept coming to Dubai to upgrade his game and polish himself at what he has been doing, there he got promoted to the main regional training team until sanctions on Iran stopped him from working with LesMills in 2018. He was taken aback when one fine day he got a call from the office for termination of the contract, “it felt like my whole world shattered into pieces” he says.

 

Inspiration

Nevertheless, it didn’t stop him from thriving, he opened his Gym back in Iran a few months later and kept growing as an individual gym owner. He also conducted workshops at renowned universities on how to become instructors/ trainers at a young age. He also invests in well-established business properties.

 

In December 2019 he decided to start all over again, so he handed his gym ownership to his sister, and moved to Dubai to focus on his calling (work with LesMills). Due to the pandemic breakout, his work is at a halt, but he is striving hard towards making a difference. He strongly believes that he can become the voice of millions of people in the world and so bringing out the best version of himself by living his values can make it happen. He has a unique way of reaching out to the world. His optimistic and hard-working personality sets him apart from his peers and competitors. “Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone, your journey is like every other journey that’s individual and you are always on your right path”, Ali adds.

 

Aspiration

He is currently learning music and guitar. He has also given some whirls into acting and dancing. He aspires to be a singer, actor, and performer someday. He wants to run his podcast or TV show in the future to inspire many other youngsters who share the same aspiration as him.

To know more about Ali Farahaani, connect with him over Instagram,

Sahil Sachdeva is the CEO of Level Up Holdings, a Personal Branding agency. He creates elite personal brands through social media growth and top tier press features.

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Al Fresco Workouts Are Breathing New Life In People’s Monotonous Lives 

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Al Fresco Workout Is The New Fitness Trend Post Covid. 

 

All parts of our lives have had a 180-degree change over the past two years due to the ongoing global pandemic. How we eat, work out, and rest – all the methods are changed. This change is reflected in the wellness trends that we are seeing. People have become more conscious about their health. 

 

This consciousness has led to experimenting and the rise of a new exercise trend – the Al Fresco workout. Al Fresco dining parties were the buzz of the town till now, but Al Fresco exercises are gaining more popularity among people.  

 

All About Al Fresco Workout 

Al Fresco workouts are the workouts done in open fields or terraces, in the presence of fresh flowing air. Necessity may have sent Americans in search of sweat sessions outdoors, but thanks to major investment and expansion by some of the fitness industry’s biggest players, this movement has legs that will carry it beyond COVID-19. Since mid-2020 fitness studios and gyms have moved outdoors. Many big players like Barry’s, 305 Fitness, Fhitting Room, SoulCycle, and SLT have participated in this trend very actively and have opened many outdoor studios. Kristin Sudeikis, the founder of the New York City-based studio Forward space, for one, says she plans to continue the brand’s al fresco dance parties “forever.” 

 

Many brands are making significant investments by setting up open spaces for workouts. Two examples of this are: Equinox opened full-service outdoor locations in New York and Los Angeles called Equinox+ In the Wild, and Gold’s Gym has opened a 400-square-foot covered terrace for classes and training sessions in Washington, DC, in early 2021.

 

SLT founder Amanda Freema says, “I expect to see outdoor workouts continue once the pandemic has ended thanks to the unique experience an outdoor class offers as well as the fact that they’re a cost-effective way for studios to offer their workout in more places,”

 

Life Transforming Benefits Of Al Fresco Workout 

These outdoor workouts are gaining momentum because they are loaded with life-transforming health benefits. 

 

Exercising in fresh air can:

  • Work as a natural antidepressant. 
  • Make you more consistent because you will love the sun, birds, trees and the overall vibes.
  • Build your social circle.
  • Strengthen your body as it’s more challenging to work outdoors. 

 

Other than this there are several other benefits of the Alfresco workout. The studios are seeing a spike in the results after they moved outside. This trend can be seen as the positive impact of the pandemic, which will last forever.

 

What You’ll Need To Get Started With An Alfresco Workout 

The investment is not that big. All you need is:

  • Good sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. 
  • A pair of running or walking shoes which will support your feet and entire body from injury.
  • A water bottle to keep you hydrated. 

 

You are all good to go!

 

 

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Celebrity Self-Disclosure Of Mental Illness: A Positive Outlook

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Celebrities Have The Ability To Influence Masses, And They Are Channelising This Energy To Spread A Word About Mental Health. 

 

Celebrities And Their Moves

Celebrities and influencers are among the most loved and highly regarded people on this planet. People find their role models in them. These celebs have a unique ability to influence people through their actions. We have seen this in the companies’ marketing tactics, which often harness the fan-following of these celebrities to sell their products. Despite their strong and wide reach, and the ability to transform the lives of those who follow them, the actions of these celebs are always questioned. Whether it is the promotion of any product or spreading awareness about mental health, their actions are least welcomed. 

 

Despite all the negativity surrounding the celebrity moves, it seems like there is another side of the coin. The celebrity self-disclosure of mental illnesses has a vital role in shaping society and eradicating the stigma around it. Because of the rapidly changing cultural revolution, the popular lifestyle culture has gained the power to influence us and others. Several papers and case studies have been published around this hot topic, proving the positive impact of such moves of these celebrities. This article focuses on the second side of the coin, the positivity hidden in the celebrity self-disclosures. 

 

Changed Attitude And Reduced Stigma Around Mental Health 

It’s quite anticipated that if every person knew someone with a mental illness, stigma would decrease. People would open up easily. These celebrities do the same, by talking about their personal stories and experiences. More individuals in the spotlight like – professional athletes, authors, musicians, or social influencers, are opening up and disclosing their mental illnesses and experiences with seeking treatment. Their steps are to encourage their followers and fans to break the taboo, come forward, talk about their illnesses, and seek help.  

 

One of the most effective anti-stigma agents is a face-to-face experience with a person’s story of lived experience. These moves are helping the people, may it be in small ways – one fan at a time, but things are getting easier in the complex world we live in. People can relate to their stories and this relatability is proving to be the catalyst in the movement of spreading mental health awareness. 

 

Behavioral Changes 

There is a study proving the increase in the rate of people coming forward, and seeking help after celebrity self-disclosures started happening publicly. One such example is the Diana effect. There was a spike in people reporting eating disorders after Diana opened up about her bulimia nervosa. Psychologists and the press called it the “Diana effect.” There are several other instances where such incidents have increased the number of people, feeling comfortable in sharing their stories and visiting the experts, and getting help. What are your experiences? Did you ever feel like talking about your struggles after some celeb has talked about it?

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The Emergence Of Home-Workouts

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Understanding Zoom Fatigue 

Ever since physical meetings became physically impossible, thanks to the Covid-19 virus, zoom meetings and work from home became the new staple. The office cubicles and conference rooms became strangers, while the study tables and coffee tables at home became an indispensable part of one’s career. People were provided with the comfort of working from their beds in their pajamas but still felt more tired than ever before. This issue arose worldwide, and a new term for this exhaustion took social media by storm- Zoom Fatigue.

 

What Is Zoom Fatigue?

Every individual working remotely via the means of video call has complained of a drop in productivity level and an increase in exhaustion levels at the same time. While all this must sound bizarre and totally opposite of the expected, scientific studies have shown that virtual interaction is hard for the brain. “There’s a lot of research that shows we actually really struggle with this,” says Andrew Franklin, an assistant professor of cyberpsychology at Virginia’s Norfolk State University. People get surprised at how difficult they’re finding video calls, provided that the medium is confined to a small screen and includes few obvious distractions. But then this is the mind-boggling phenomenon we have named Zoom Fatigue.

 

 Scientific Reasons Behind Zoom Fatigue

1.Humans communicate even non-verbally. In an in-person conversation, the brain focuses partially on the words being spoken but also derives additional interpretation from non-verbal cues, such as someone facing you or slightly turned away, or hand gestures portraying their openness or friendliness. However, a video call impairs the ability to see these cues and requires sustained and intense attention to only the words. 

 

  1. This leads to the need to maintain prolonged eye contact since it is the strongest facial cue available, and can feel threatening if held too long. A multi-person screen view magnifies this problem. The average ‘Gallery view’ confuses the brain’s central vision, forcing it to decode many people. As a result, it becomes harder to make sense of the ongoing conversation, even when solely a speaker is talking. “We’re engaged in numerous activities, but never fully devoting ourselves to focus on anything in particular,” says Franklin. Psychologists term this continuous partial attention. Consider trying to bake a cake and writing an article at the same time. This is the kind of multi-tasking the brain tries to perform during video calls.

 

3.The prolonged split in attention leads to a sense of being drained while completing no task perfectly. Alongside this, the lack of non-verbal cues and a physical presence tricks the body into believing the absence of a conversation but at the same time makes the brain process the conversation. This imbalance between the brain and the body acts as an additional stressor. 

 

This issue has certainly increased the susceptibility of individuals to stress, exhaustion, and burnout. The issue becomes graver as people are unable to step out or take a social outing to rejuvenate themselves. Hence, it is advised to put in a little more effort into taking care of yourself during these times. The pandemic is hard enough. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Understanding Zoom Fatigue

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Ever since physical meetings became physically impossible, thanks to the Covid-19 virus, zoom meetings and work from home became the new staple. The office cubicles and conference rooms became strangers, while the study tables and coffee tables at home became an indispensable part of one’s career. People were provided with the comfort of working from their beds in their pajamas but still felt more tired than ever before. This issue arose worldwide, and a new term for this exhaustion took social media by storm- Zoom Fatigue.

 

What Is Zoom Fatigue?

Every individual working remotely via the means of video call has complained of a drop in productivity level and an increase in exhaustion levels at the same time. While all this must sound bizarre and totally opposite of the expected, scientific studies have shown that virtual interaction is hard for the brain. “There’s a lot of research that shows we actually really struggle with this,” says Andrew Franklin, an assistant professor of cyberpsychology at Virginia’s Norfolk State University. People get surprised at how difficult they’re finding video calls, provided that the medium is confined to a small screen and includes few obvious distractions. But then this is the mind-boggling phenomenon we have named Zoom Fatigue.

 

 Scientific Reasons Behind Zoom Fatigue

1.Humans communicate even non-verbally. In an in-person conversation, the brain focuses partially on the words being spoken but also derives additional interpretation from non-verbal cues, such as someone facing you or slightly turned away, or hand gestures portraying their openness or friendliness. However, a video call impairs the ability to see these cues and requires sustained and intense attention to only the words. 

 

  1. This leads to the need to maintain prolonged eye contact since it is the strongest facial cue available, and can feel threatening if held too long. A multi-person screen view magnifies this problem. The average ‘Gallery view’ confuses the brain’s central vision, forcing it to decode many people. As a result, it becomes harder to make sense of the ongoing conversation, even when solely a speaker is talking. “We’re engaged in numerous activities, but never fully devoting ourselves to focus on anything in particular,” says Franklin. Psychologists term this continuous partial attention. Consider trying to bake a cake and writing an article at the same time. This is the kind of multi-tasking the brain tries to perform during video calls.

 

3.The prolonged split in attention leads to a sense of being drained while completing no task perfectly. Alongside this, the lack of non-verbal cues and a physical presence tricks the body into believing the absence of a conversation but at the same time makes the brain process the conversation. This imbalance between the brain and the body acts as an additional stressor. 

 

This issue has certainly increased the susceptibility of individuals to stress, exhaustion, and burnout. The issue becomes graver as people are unable to step out or take a social outing to rejuvenate themselves. Hence, it is advised to put in a little more effort into taking care of yourself during these times. The pandemic is hard enough. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Zach “Zbon” Bonnevie And His Aim To Put Maine On The World Map For Fitness And Entrepreneurship

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Zach Bonnevie or “Zbon,” is the name that has helped improve the lives of hundreds of people, leading them on a path of fitness, and transforming both their bodies and lifestyles. Hailing from an athletic background, he excelled in football and basketball, and also outshined in his grade as an honors student.Zbon graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Community Health. He is also a certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist through ACE. Zach’s kindness, patience, and ability to work with any age and fitness level sets him apart from his competitors. He is flexible and easy to get along with, which is why so many people trust him and love working with him.

 

Zbon Fitness has been in business since 2017 and is growing each day. After training clients out of other gyms for three years, he decided it was time to take on the dream of his own gym. Zbon Fitness has grown from just him, his two clients, and a second job to 100+ clients, his own gym, and a self-owned successful business in just 4 years!

 

At the gym, he has two other trainers along with him for basketball skills training. He also has another trainer for strength training clients. He has been featured on the All Things Good podcast, available on iTunes, and has been invited to various sports camps in Maine to put teams and players through rigorous training and workouts. He has also undertaken programs for many athletes in Maine, both online and in-person, ranging from youth to the collegiate level. He works efficiently with any age group and is passionate about helping anyone achieve their fitness goals! Be sure to check out his apparel and Zbon brand through his social media pages!

 

About Zbon Fitness

Zbon Fitness was something he started from the ground up. It went from a thought to a part-time gig to a full-time gig and now a gym location with two other trainers. Seeing Christian Guzman do what he was doing had always inspired Zbon to pursue a career in fitness and entrepreneurship. He watched him for years and years and finally asked himself, “why can’t I do something like that?” He took the gamble, believed in himself, and pursued his dream. He quit his post-college job after only 3 months in and took on working for himself. Today he has fallen in love with the grind of owning a business and cannot imagine doing anything else.“Zbon Fitness is here to provide excellent personal training or basketball skill development services at reasonable costs! Zbon fitness wants all of its members to feel great, reach goals and live healthier. The goal is to make fitness enjoyable!” he assures.

 

Inspiring People To Follow Their Dreams

Zbon inspires others by motivating them through fitness and hard work. “ It doesn’t matter what struggles you have had, where you live, or who you are, you can chase a dream and live life how you want to. Never let anyone tell you you can’t!” He wants to keep showing the youth and people that hard work pays off and you can be anything you want to be if you truly set your mind to it. People always said he would never be successful with a fitness business in a small town located in Maine. He has already proven them wrong and continues to do so with his success every passing day. He has never been the biggest or strongest guy in the room, but he didn’t let that stop him from working hard to build his best body and a career in what he loves, fitness. “Hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard”, the sign hanging in his gym proclaims. On being asked what inspires him to keep hustling, he recalls the success of his clients. Being able to work in a gym and around athletes every day, he believes, is a blessing for him. “I love being able to be flexible, make my own schedule, and travel when I can and whenever I want.”

 

Business During Pandemic and Post-Covid Plans

During the quarantine, Zbon went fully online and connected through zoom sessions with clients. He used quarantine to grow his business. He transformed his online coaching platform to a new app as well as charted out the business plan for his gym. 

 

Talking about reopening his gym after the lockdown, he shares, “The gym is always cleaned and sanitized and proper precautions are always in place in the gym and during basketball sessions to ensure the safety of the members and clients. It’s all about adapting to what is going on. You have to always be ready for what will get thrown at your business. Make sure to never stress and just do what you need to do for the safety and success of your business.”

 

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With Over 1000 Clients, This Online Coach Is Making The World Sweat

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Get To Know The Man Creating A Buzz In The Fitness Industry

Joseph Tekie is an online coach who brings a 360-degree change in the lives of more than a thousand people with his Fitness App. Fitness has always been his passion, and he has successfully turned it into a fulfilling career.

Early Life

Joseph has been lifting weight for over twenty-four years now. He has even competed at the international level for bodybuilding and fitness. But as a young adult, he was confused regarding his career. He saw an ad for a fitness trainer and decided to give it a shot. Thankfully for him, it turned out to be fun as well as challenging.

However, the road to success was not easy. Joseph had to miss a lot of parties. He could not hang out with his friends and girlfriend as much as he wanted to. But the voice inside his head knew that this was all going to be worth it. He persisted.

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