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Muscle development is not a social ritual

I remember it like it was yesterday … the first time I saw the dungeon.

I was about 14 years old and had just joined the YMCA. My parents thought it would be a great place for me as there was billiards, billiards, ping pong and many other things to do. There are many classes, etc. however, he had other ideas. It was the first time I saw Roger DeCarlis.

Roger was a Mr. America caliber bodybuilder with a phenomenal physique. To me, a mere young man, he seemed larger than life.

The weight room of the Y could be considered a dungeon. There is no heat in winter and no air in summer. Temperatures reached close to 100 degrees on some summer days and it was advisable to get in and out early.

You had to go down a flight of concrete stairs and into a 14 x 14 room. The room’s walls were blocky … painted yellow. Connected to the first room was another room of approximately 20 x 14 in which there was additional equipment. This was a powerlifting gym in its own right and all you saw were 100 pound plates, Olympic bars, power racks, squat racks, benches, and a host of dumbbells with absolutely no visual value … again, it looked like a dungeon. Along with that was a plate-loaded leg extension machine that doubled like a leg curl. There was a cable for lowering, a leg press machine, not a sled … and a set of dip bars. They were all dressed in rust. That was the scope of it. The windows, on a single wall … I think three, were at shoulder height, showing the street through which passers-by peeked out. There they would observe the screaming, grunting, hitting, chalk everywhere, and the smell of ammonia capsules just before performing a record squat, deadlift, or bench press. This was not a pamby namby gym you would find today that has alarms if you growl! No way! This was serious!

In those days, we were considered another kind of culture, and it was hardly understood why we subjected our bodies to that kind of physical stress. Little did they know that we were competing against ourselves in the depths of our souls.

Roger got up from the leg extension machine and could hardly believe his eyes. He looked like a superman to me. The first thing I saw was a huge chest, thick shoulders, and huge arms. Her small waist added to the symmetry of her physique and made everything seem even bigger.

Roger normally weighed around 190 to 5’7 but he was always rock hard. Around 30 inches waist with arms close to 19 (yes, I saw them measured) was amazing. His legs were big but not that developed and with the muscular separation of his upper body, but certainly not because he had not worked them hard. I’ve seen him do 20 reps with 640 pounds squat below parallel on each rep. Think of that for a bodybuilder who weighs 190! His entire career as a bodybuilder Roger would literally go through hell trying to bring his legs to upper body development. His back was worth seeing too, huge thick erectors and a thick expanse of broad, square lat of traps. Roger was quite a business, as he would soon discover. He wouldn’t say a word while in the gym in any social way and his approach was that of a possessed man. You always thought he was just crazy, but the funny thing is, he really didn’t care what you think … the only thing that mattered was his mission that day … the training! I learned concentration and discipline from this man.

It didn’t take long for him to realize that this was not a social ritual. I must have been a real plague in those days because Roger finally got tired of all my questions and agreed to let me train with him. Our trainings were like the ones I witnessed in the first meeting with Roger … all business. There was absolutely nothing to fuck around during training. Each repetition was deliberate, without momentum and I learned to focus each repetition with my mind, to visualize and feel the repetition. Roger moved with very little rest despite using the weight in the exercises that was almost ridiculous, he was extremely strong. He built his entire physique with weights and dumbbells, but attributes his advantage to his mind and concentration.

Fast forward a few years … it’s not around 1971 anymore but around 1977. Roger and I, although we no longer train together, we are still great friends … as we are today. By now, people like Mike Mentzer have introduced me to high intensity training and stormed the bodybuilding scene. He called his version Heavy Duty and it was. Mike, after working with Arthur Jones, turned bodybuilding upside down. He showed bodybuilders how to use their ability to think critically while showing that more is better, the theory does not apply to bodybuilding. Further proving that we don’t need to be our own scientists as the muscle magazine implies … searching in the dark for what works for us. His theory of high intensity training lives on and his rational approach to bodybuilding is everyone’s guide. He was considered the thinking man’s bodybuilder.

Although I did not know the theory of High Intensity Training before that, my training was brief, infrequent and intense out of necessity. At the time, my goal was to get as big and strong as I could. The only way to do that was to get rid of my training of all the fluff exercises that got in the way and robbed me of energy and focus and just performed the movements that made me stronger. And I got strong.

It was and is about concentration! I only did one series of work … that is, one series of failures for each exercise. I just did the basics … bench presses, squats, rows, deadlifts, leg presses, close-grip benches, dips, and partials. I completely eliminated from my workouts any direct bicep exercises, shoulder exercises, calf exercises, chin, dumbbell movements like flies, etc. I only did what would help me to be stronger. And knowing that muscle strength and size are relative … what do you think happened? You got it! I grew up and became the strongest of all time and, in doing so, the greatest of my life. At that time I was training maybe three days a week … sometimes two … what I learned later was still too much. I was doing about three sets per workout … period … but with immense focus … it was all a business, as I had learned early in my career.

Oh yes, others came to the gym and followed the movements without the mental focus … true … but they never changed, they lacked that same focus and vision that would lead them to their goals … it was a social event. ritual for them. They enjoyed being there. Maybe their goals and purposes didn’t exist or maybe they didn’t know how to focus on them … I guess we’ll never know, never mind.

My preparation for each training was like a planned mission. I would focus and really see what I was going to do. I’d keep a log book and go over the weights. I was going through a self-hypnosis visualization routine every day in preparation for the next workout, this just helped me in an amazing way to reprogram my mind for success. When I got to the gym, everything was business. I never spoke to anyone and everyone knew it. It was like the movie “Over the Top” with Sylvester Stallone when he is ready to fight and he turns his cap with the brim towards his back, as if he flipped a switch, which was his indication that it was time to do business. In fact, I still have a T-shirt that I was given 35 years ago featuring the Tasmanian Devil … you know, that spinning Looney Tunes character! The twin brothers who gave it to me told me that’s how it looked to me when I walked into the gym and started my training … like a possessed person.

I still train this way today. Everything is a business and certainly not a social ritual. Of course, these days I have a great knowledge of anaerobic exercise and I understand now that training is just a stimulus and it is always negative in the equation because it takes away the growth reserves. Looking back like a sage in a movie, I think to myself … “If I had known then what I know now,” I would have trained less often with more rest.

My personal workouts today are around 7 to 15 minutes long … done once every 6 to 8 days, thanks again, to the wisdom of Mike Mentzer and his work regarding High Intensity Training theory.

I often see coaches (not all) wasting precious time with clients in the gym … burning an hour easily … probably because that’s how they charge. The sad thing is that it is truly a social ritual. They have them doing dumbbell pushups while balancing on a ball (just exaggerating half) … standing on their heads as they talk about how the weekend was, while throwing the weight up and down. His understanding of anaerobic exercise is very limited and his approach passed on to his clients is less than desirable in reaching his intended goal. My clients train for no more than 7-15 minutes because it is impossible to train more than that.

As Greg (Anderson, another HIT coach and colleague in Seattle) said in his article, High Intensity Strength Training: More Aerobics Than Aerobics … “Usually some workouts are needed before the client understands depth. and magnitude of possible cardiovascular involvement from Strength Training As one of my trainees recently commented (after a series of squats to complete failure followed by 20 seconds of effort against the bar in the lower position): “OMG! (gasp, gasp …) this is more aerobic than aerobic … “

In fact, when we spoke a couple of weeks ago, we chuckled at how little it takes when you’re focused and working hard instead of long. One in particular was about another athlete in Seattle, I think … a tough HIT who trains for minutes every 9 days.

Building muscle is nothing more than a stimulus. Stimulate the muscles with an intense workout and then step out of the gym to allow adaptation to occur … that is, the whole body to deposit extra muscle for the next round. This requires focus and vision and is the furthest thing from a social ritual there is. And the most important thing to remember, because the body has the ability to increase strength by 300%, while its recovery capacity increases at most by 50%, so as you get stronger, you should reduce both the volume as the frequency to continue progressing towards your genetic potential. . It is never necessary to take a break due to overtraining, as there is never overtraining if it is managed correctly.

If you’re serious about your progress, hit it hard – 7-15 minutes is all it (H) takes! And don’t forget to focus and prepare for your mission!

One day in the ancient city of Hoi An

Hoi An is a charming little ancient city in central Vietnam. In the 16th and 17th centuries it used to be a very busy commercial port. Japanese, Chinese, Dutch and Indian merchants lived and did their business here, leaving a legacy of historic buildings located along the waterfront. Today, Hoi An Ancient Town is a living museum and is known as one of the UNESCO Heritage sites, where it attracts many tourists every year.

I spent the whole day wandering the streets and alleys, admiring the charm of Hoi An and visiting some historical places in the Old City. With good planning, you can see them all in one day and spend the rest of the time enjoying street food, coffee.

What to do in Hoi An ancient city in one day

Riding a bike or walking

Visitors who come to Hoi An like to rent bicycles and ride their bikes through the streets of the city. It’s easy to navigate and it’s quite a pleasant experience. I have done cycling and I have felt that it is also interesting as the walk. Many of the main attractions are very close to each other, so if you have just arrived at the entrance of the Old City and take the sightseeing tour by walking.

Don’t forget your ticket

Before entering any of the old buildings, you need to buy a ticket for 120,000 VND. It allows you to visit 5 places. Tickets have special coupons that staff cut out at city attractions. If you plan to do a couple of days sightseeing in this ancient city, the ticket is worth sticking with, even if you use all 5 coupons, as you may be asked to present the ticket every time you enter the ancient city. If you do not want to buy another, just explain that you are only walking and that you do not intend to do any more sightseeing.

Hoi An ancient city main attractions

Covered bridge or japanese bridge

Located on the waterfront, the beautiful Japanese Bridge is a favorite with visitors.

At the beginning of the 17th century, Japanese settlers built it with the aim of facilitating business with the local population. Later, the Chinese and Vietnamese continued to restore the bridge and built a small temple, dedicated to a God of the North.

Over the centuries, the bridge became famous for its unique architecture and remains a sanctuary for the local people.

Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation

A small but impressive temple with a solemn courtyard placed a beautiful statue of a dragon and a tent. The place was not too crowded when I visited and it was a pleasure to walk around and admire the architectural features.

The Assembly Hall was built in the 18th century and its main altar is dedicated to Quan Cong, one of the legendary Chinese military generals.

Hoai river bank

It is one of the most charming places in Hoi An. Take a walk along the river banks to relax, you will have plenty of photo opportunities. Along the river bank there are cafes, restaurants under the colonial architectural style, colorful boats floating on the water, and at night, the whole area is illuminated by Chinese lanterns.

Here, you can enjoy Cao Lau or Com ga (chicken rice) at one of the street stalls while sitting in a small plastic chair, watching life go by, or enjoy a glass of wine in a colorful bar in the French. colonial style. Hoi An waterfront will steal your heart.

Central Market

An exciting experience for those who love shopping. In Hoi An Central Market, you can buy everything: fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, but you can also make a suit or dress at a tailor or buy souvenirs for family and friends. It is the only place where the tourist industry mixes with the traditional way of life.

Old houses

Hoi An is full of old houses. You will probably need to buy tickets to visit all of them. However, only a few houses can give you an idea of ​​the history and culture of Hoi An. I visited two of them. I thought it was interesting to see how Vietnamese used to live, but both houses lacked specific information and most of the areas were turned into souvenir shops. Which, sadly, is the general situation of all the old houses in Hoi An.

House of Worship of the Ancestors of Tran

This old house erected in the 19th century, the Ancestral House of Worship of the Tran family, as well as a typical building of ancestor houses of worship in Hoi An. It was built as a Vietnamese garden house with three main horizontal parts and two wings. It reflects the Vietnamese tradition and demonstrates the economic and cultural exchange between Vietnam and China in past centuries.

Phung Hung Old House

This is the most famous old house in Hoi An. It was built in 1780 when the city was thriving. The house preserved the original documents on Hoi An architecture, culture and lifestyle. However, all that could be seen were souvenirs and paintings for sale. It is a shame, as the house had a really beautiful and interesting decoration.

Rejuvenate and lift your face with PDO Thread Lifting Treatment

Aging can lead to wrinkles and sagging of the skin, which can develop into lines from the nose to the mouth that can lead to double chin. If an invasive surgical face lift is not for you, then a non-surgical treatment is the solution. Many of us seek facial lifting and rejuvenation treatments using non-invasive treatments and PDO thread lifts can provide this and give you great results.

They are ideal for use in:

  • Flabby chin

  • Baggy eyes

  • Droopy upper brows

The procedure will lift your face at specific points, stimulating the continuous production of collagen and elastin, which will make your skin feel and look firmer. The treatment will smooth wrinkles, tighten the skin, and define the jawline, creating a smooth, rejuvenating lift and giving you natural-looking results. After a topical numbing cream is applied, a very fine needle will insert the threads into the areas that need to be lifted. The threads discreetly hold the repositioned skin and facial tissue in place after the procedure, and since there are no cuts or incisions, there are no scars. The treatment lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.

The advantages of having a PDO yarn stretching treatment include:

  • The results are instantaneous

  • Improvement of the texture and tone of the skin.

  • Increased collagen production.

  • No cuts or incisions

  • Skin tightening

  • There are no visible signs of treatment.

  • Minimal downtime

  • The procedure has a high safety profile.

  • Treatment is simple and relatively fast.

The DOP thread lift treatment uses simple injections, which are placed just below the skin’s surface in strategic locations, without making cuts or incisions. They are special threads, made of the same material as surgical sutures, that will dissolve inside the body over time. These threads have been used safely in heart surgery for many years.

The threads are extremely versatile and will give amazing results around the face and neck. They can treat vertical and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, drooping eyebrows, drooping cheeks, a drooping jaw line, neck creases, and chin wrinkles.

When injected, they create three effects:

  • Lift the skin

  • Tightens the skin by promoting collagen and elastin.

  • They will smooth the skin by promoting hyaluronic acid, which improves hydration / moisturization of the skin.

The PDO thread tightening procedure can treat your entire face or just partial areas, depending on your needs and will blend beautifully with dermal filler. The wrinkles will be alleviated and the crepe skin will look younger. The results provide a subtle and naturally attractive lift, giving you a renewed and rejuvenated youthful appearance.

How to stay well at work this winter for busy professional women


They are everywhere.

In the air we breathe, the surfaces we touch, and the things we wear.

As busy professional women, winter is the season when we are most concerned about germs. The disease is evident as more and more people around us cough, blow their noses and pop sore throat lozenges.

Many business owners become extremely vigilant to avoid germs during the winter. We stop shaking hands, go overboard with hand sanitizer, and stay away from anyone with watery eyes and a runny nose.

The problem with this is that you can’t get away from germs.

The 10 worst places germs hide in the workplace

Germs are found in the things you use every day in your workplace. Some are obvious. Others we don’t think about. Here are the 10 most notable places for germs:

1. Desk

2. Trash can

3. Bathroom door knob

4. Computer keyboard and mouse

5. Desk phone

6. Light switches

7. Pens and pencils

8. Coffee makers and dispensers

9. Elevator buttons

10. Water fountain buttons

According to the Minnesota Department of Health: “A person has more bacteria in their body than people in the United States.”

Oh! That is a lot of bacteria.

If you are like most busy professional women, you work in an environment with other people. You may think that it is inevitable that you will get sick this winter. Getting sick happens every winter, well.

No. It doesn’t have to be this way!

While many factors at work are beyond your control, staying well at work is one factor you can do something about. Before you give up and give in to getting sick this winter, here are seven comprehensive things you can do to stay well at work.

Seven Tips to Boost Your Immune System Inside and Out

When it comes to staying well at work, instead of focusing on what not to touch, whose hand should not shake, or spraying Lysol when someone sneezes, you strengthen your immune system inside and out. That’s how:

1. Take 1000 mg of vitamin C a day.

If you keep your immune system healthy, germs will not be able to establish themselves. Vitamin C naturally strengthens your immune system.

2. Increase to 5,000 mg of vitamin C a day if you feel congested.

3. Take 5,000 mcgs of garlic a day.

Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. To avoid garlic breath or garlic burps, buy enteric-coated tablets. Since garlic is a blood thinner, skip this tip if you are taking prescription blood thinning medications.

4. Drizzle with lavender essential oil.

Lavender has healing and antiseptic properties. In the past, it was used to clean wounds and sterilize surgical equipment. Is powerfull! Buy some for your desk. Spray it on your hands as an antiseptic and on the items you want to disinfect. You will smell good in your office and no one will suspect that you are avoiding germs.

5. Make ginger tea.

Hot ginger water (a slice of fresh or in a tea bag) with lemon juice and a small amount of honey while drinking at work has amazing health benefits! Ginger tea with lemon and honey helps you relax, stimulates your immune system and causes weight loss. What I don’t like about ginger tea?

6. Eliminate the sugar.

When you are at work, do not eat sugar. Why? Sugar reduces your immune system’s ability to fight germs by 75%! Instead, buy xylitol-sweetened candies, like Tom & Jenny’s Original Candies if you want a treat during the day.

7. Get enough sleep at night, not during the day!

Not getting enough sleep reduces the effectiveness of your immune system and makes it drowsy during the day. In a previous blog post, I wrote about five things you can do to get a good night’s sleep.

Germs They are all around us and they are difficult to avoid. However, as busy professional women, there are things you can do to stay well at work this winter. Instead of concentrating on what not to touch, whose hand shouldn’t shake or spray Lysol when someone sneezes, boost your immune system inside and out with these seven tips. For a happy and healthy winter!

How An Interest Notice Can Save Your Real Estate Investment Business

The letters NOI stand for Notice of Interest or are sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Memorandum of Agreement or MOC. It is usually a one-page document that states that the person presenting the document for registration with the County Clerk’s Office has an equitable interest in a property because of a signed contract of sale.

The NOI is most commonly used when an investor signs a sales contract with an owner / seller and wants to show anyone trying to make another offer on the property that they have a legal interest in the property. This is the case when someone else, usually another investor, shows up and offers the owner a higher price.

Investors’ practice of auction properties after they are under contract is becoming more common in distressed markets, but it even occurs in normal markets. Investors who regularly make statements to owners like, “Get your highest bid of those other guys and give me a call, I’ll give you more money than any of them, I just need to see it in writing.” The unpleasant part of that statement is the term “in writing” because that generally means that the landlord must sign a contract.

While I can’t blame the owner for wanting more money, what I’ve seen happen most often is a black hat investor trying to steal the deal, actually coming to the closing table and renegotiating the price below what that he expected. had originally offered to the trusted seller. How can I know? I’ve been on the other side of their offerings and had to fight to keep my salespeople.

So every now and then we have to fight for our closures and I’ve covered this in other articles on how to do this. The ironic part is that it is a crime to “induce” someone to sign a contract when another contract is in effect. The Attorney General’s Office will take these cases if you show evidence and the seller cooperates, which is often the case when the homeowner is threatened with a lawsuit or foreclosure.

So when we sign a contract with a seller, we almost always register a NOI in the public registry which is effectively a bond against the property. I want to repeat this because the subtleties of this “link” are far reaching. This NOI must now be posted as a bond on the property before title can be transferred, unless there is a foreclosure action to extinguish it, or the bondholder (the original investor / buyer) initiates a foreclosure action to take ownership. If this sounds harsh, it is just a solution to a problem in which one of the parties to a contract does not retain their part of the contract terms, just as a lender does with a homeowner.

The owner / seller does not need to sign the NOI for anyone to put a NOI on anyone’s property. Just remember, there is usually a sign in the clerk’s office that says something to the effect that “if you enter a lien that is not valid, it is a felony,” so think twice before you do it – don’t do it with anger or it could cost you a lot in attorney’s fees.

Having said that, the courts and sometimes the recording clerk treat NOIs like unruly in-laws. They probably tolerate them for the fees, but they don’t like them very much due to historical issues with the seller not knowing these links have been featured. Many standard real estate contracts specifically prohibit filing a notice of interest for it to be recorded in the public registry. This prohibition can be overcome by removing this applicable clause and having both the seller and the buyer initial, or by adding an overriding clause or addendum to your contract.

Once a NOI is filed in the public record, the next time title to the property is transferred, the title agent will need to have a Release of Lien for the NOI to sign to write or write down a title policy on the property. as an “exception” in politics. If the NOI is not extinguished by a lien release, the title has become “clouded” and needs to be expunged and a transfer to a new buyer may not go through properly.

This is where you come in to release the link and it usually happens when you least expect it, right before you planned to close it! Sometimes the landlord calls when he receives a copy of the registered NOI from the clerk’s office and was not expecting it; Either way, the seller is trying to default on the transaction. Sometimes the seller changes his mind for a valid reason, most of the time he doesn’t.

You have a couple of options when the NOI “hits the fan”, so to speak:

1.) Release the NOI using a lien release document and receive a payment to release the lien

2.) Honk the horn and fight the seller to get them to close or get paid to release the link.

In short, your choice is personal and determined by the potential loss of profit on the deal, the owner / seller’s actual reason for not wanting to sell, how much you can be paid for the release of the link, and its disposition that day. In the final analysis, the choice is yours to force the seller to close or release the link.

Coffee culture in India

India is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world, but Indians, in general, were not heavy coffee drinkers. Apart from the south, where the kaapi filter reigned, tea has dominated the psyche of the average Indian. However, things are changing rapidly as the twin forces of globalization and the Internet have made coffee the new great drink. More and more Indians are transforming coffee to fuel their workday as cafes, both international and domestic, are springing up in all cities and towns. These rapidly expanding cafes are the prime spot for people to catch up or spend a few hours working, reading, or just hanging out. Equipped with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, these cafes are also fast becoming the place of choice for informal business meetings. Where until just 20 years ago, cappuccino, latte and double shots would have been strange words, the Indian of today not only knows the difference between them, but can also discern between a medium, dark or light roast and is on the hunt. of the best coffee machine. .

But even this pattern of coffee consumption is changing. While previous Indians were satisfied with drinking coffee in cafes and teas at home, the same is no longer true, people now want to enjoy coffee-quality coffee at home and are not shying away from buying coffee machines and cafes from unique origin to carry your love. coffee to the next level. Another reason for this trend is the high level of sugar and artificial flavorings present in the unique coffee drinks of many cafes, which does not sit well with today’s health conscious youth. Compare this to the scenario of a few years ago, when the average Indian had no idea about the different methods of making coffee, let alone thinking about buying a coffee machine. The hunt for the best coffee machine it’s up and running as Indians go through internet reviews, form coffee appreciation clubs, attend coffee tasting meetings to get the best drink available. Gourmet coffee roasters and vendors are inundated with orders for their artisan blends and instant coffee, the coffee option of the past being lost.

While popular misconception may lead people to think that the price of coffee machines in India is terribly prohibitive or that the products available are of poor quality, nothing could be further from the truth. Coffee makers in India are not only on par with international brands, but the prices are also competitive, making owning the best coffee maker for one’s needs a different possibility for everyone. Grinding your own coffee, brewing it at home is now considered a sign of sophistication rather than a tedious and well-avoided task as previously thought.

From a niche drink to a drink that signifies upward mobility and youth, coffee in India has come down a long and interesting road in just twenty short years, leaving us wondering what the next coffee consumption trend will be. And while we wait for it to appear, can we suggest a very hot cup of coffee?

Top Tips for Selecting Quality Farm Tools

If you are in agriculture, budgets are likely to be tight and you will often seek savings. That is practically “business as usual” in agriculture.

However, one area you may not want to cut back on is your tools. It may make little sense to buy prestige items such as Krone hay equipment if you later put it at risk by trying to maintain it with cheap tools.

So, here are some important tips for selecting quality tools.

1. Look for recognized quality brands. If they’ve been around for a long time and have a reputation for quality, then they’re clearly doing something right. Be prepared to pay a little more, if necessary, for that piece of mind.

2. Learn a little about metal descriptions. For example, if terms like “HSS” or “Chrome Vanadium” don’t mean much to you, you should research them and other similar technical designators. This is because tool manufacturers often use such designations to describe the quality of the metallurgy they use. Note that the hardness of the metal is not necessarily always the only criterion behind the selection; read about that too.

3. Make sure you understand how the different tools work and which one is right for the job. Most professional farmers or farm workers will understand this well, but it is still possible to see people using a totally inappropriate tool for the job. That can be dangerous and jeopardize what you are working on and perhaps any guarantees you may have. In this sense, quality means “selecting tools that are suitable for your purpose.”

4. If you are buying tools from a brand you have never heard of, do your research online first. Try to find out where the manufacturer is located and get objective feedback on their products. Be on the lookout for fraudulent sponsored comments designed to be misleading. It can often be detected by the repetitive phraseology used in feedback comments, such as “tools of exceptional value,” “truly exceptional quality items,” and “an excellent product,” all used by supposedly different buyers in quick succession.

Also be on the lookout for feedback that is overly effusive (using a lot of superlatives) and left in a language that is clearly not the native language of the alleged customer in question. Lastly, most legitimate positive comments are usually terse, such as “good buy and very satisfied.” Be suspicious of the large number of positive comments that go into unnecessary detail; It might suggest that the reviewer is getting paid per word and is working too hard to prove himself.

5. Buy tools that offer a money-back guarantee. Use a credit card or other payment mechanism that offers a degree of protection in case you demand your money back. That means avoiding cash payment mechanisms or cash transfers.

6. Be very careful about offers that seem too good to be true. Some producers offer loss leaders when they are starting out and that can lead to real bargains, but it can also mean that a manufacturer is taking shortcuts in a big way on quality.

Good luck with your purchase!

The pros and cons of having a massage office

If you are new or a little new to the practice of massage, you may be wondering: “Do I want an office or do I want to work as a freelancer?” They are very good questions. I like both and would recommend you try both. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of having a massage office. The pros and cons of on-site massage are another article. Next, I will first list the advantages of having a massage office, followed by the disadvantages of having a massage office. After reading up on the pros and cons of having a massage office, you can make an informed decision based on the information I have provided below.

The professionals

Having a massage office gives you a regular place to practice and store your equipment and supplies. If you want to offer other special forms of massage like hot stone massage, having an office is ideal because who wants to carry all of that with them?

An office provides you with a location for the delivery of things like a laundry service. Laundry services will typically only offer drop off and pick up, so they need a regular business address. If you have a busy practice, the time savings will outweigh the costs of using a laundry service.

An office gives you a sense of credibility and professionalism. Some clients simply prefer to have a place to go. Imagine if you are a busy person with your family at home. Going to an office can give someone a break from their busy schedule.

If you are lucky enough to share an office with another provider, you may be able to offer an insurance massage and review your billing, which generates another bonus. In an office shared with other providers, you will probably get tons of referrals, but be sure to reciprocate!

If you have your own office, you can configure it however you want! It is important to create a relaxing environment for your clients, but why not add a few things that you enjoy as well? Do your best to create an environment that is welcoming and relaxing for your customers.

The cons

You have to pay the rent. Of course, having an office carries the extra cost of rent. Be realistic about what you can afford and your ability to attract customers. Some people will share their space with others until they have built their practice enough to be able to pay the rent on their own.

Advertising costs money. How are you going to get clients to come to your office? In the beginning, before you have established a steady stream of clients, you will need to spend some money to get them to the office. If you do this correctly, your advertising money will be well spent. Done correctly, the cost of advertising generally needs to be covered by getting a customer at the door. If it’s costing you more, you may want to review your advertising strategy.

Sometimes you have to sign a lease. What if you have signed a lease and decide it was a mistake? Well, you are still responsible for that rent for the rest of the lease. You may be able to sublet under the terms, but once you sign the agreement, you are financially responsible for this obligation. If you are unsure about making this type of commitment, take some time to think about it.

Delayed customers. This is one of those things that you just can’t control. It’s frustrating, annoying, and inconsiderate and people do it all the time. They come here to relax and when they are late it creates all kinds of stress for you. Maybe you scheduled multiple massage treatments in a row. When a person is late, it gives you less time to prepare for your next customer. Also, it is annoying when they wait a full hour when they are 15-20 minutes late.

No more shows. This is my last downside to having a massage office. When you take the time to drive to the office and then you have everything ready and then where are they? Of course, they never answer the phone when you call to find out where they are. It happens, it’s not fun and some places will now require a credit card to prevent this from happening. It is up to you how you want to run your business, but it is always good to know the potential pros and cons of any situation before making an informed decision.

If the office is only open when you are there, you could be left alone with a strange person. I have had strange men and women who have been cause for concern, so we are not going to attack any particular gender here. Both can be strange and make you feel insecure. If you are going to choose the office route, I highly recommend that you use an office where there are other people coming and going so you can get help if you need it.

Clients who are out of it. When you do your job and your client feels relaxed, it’s great. Sometimes you did your job too well and they may not be ready to drive. If you don’t have other clients scheduled in the office, guess what? You’re stuck hanging out there until they’re okay to drive. Who knows how long that will take?

In conclusion, it is really up to you to decide when and how to use the office setting to your best advantage. Having an office can do wonders to give your practice legitimacy, but responsibilities come with having an office. a It is a good idea to know its advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. I hope this information helps you in your decision making.

The importance of implementing monitoring metrics

Monitoring is critical when it comes to maintaining performance and productivity in any organization. Any business or company would literally collapse without the presence of supervision. That is why it is also important to measure the efficiency of supervision, and the only way to do this accurately is by making use of supervision metrics.

For a company to be well guided, it must create what is known as a supervisory balanced scorecard or BSC. The metrics or key performance indicators to be plotted in this tool should be geared towards measuring leadership and supervision. Today, there are many applications on the market that you can use to measure monitoring. However, before you start using this software, you need to make sure that the metrics or KPIs you use to operate the software are really useful.

You should understand that these scorecard indicators do not measure just one particular area of ​​monitoring. Rather, this would include almost all aspects, as long as supervisory skills are exercised by any personnel involved in the effort. Simply put, what this software does is really determine whether or not there is good execution of the supervisory skills involved.

An effective way to do this is to identify the turnover rate of the company. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, this is actually the population of employees who quit the company. By nature, employees who are not really active in the office environment, as well as those whose working relationships with colleagues and superiors are not too close, are more likely to lose interest in the jobs they once wanted to have. This dissatisfaction would accumulate, prompting them to seek satisfaction elsewhere. A company that has a fairly high turnover rate might want to verify the implementation of the monitoring tasks because there could be problems there.

Another way to assess whether supervisory skills are being performed well or not is to identify the promotion or growth rate of the company’s workforce. Any good leader would want their employees to experience professional growth and this manifests itself through promotions. Furthermore, an efficient and productive supervisor would not hesitate to provide the necessary training sessions, tools, and a work environment conducive to such lifting. In this way, everything would be provided for employees to develop their skills, abilities, talents and their sense of confidence and competence. If there is good supervision in the workplace, there will be more employees promoted to higher and better positions.

Effective supervision and leadership shouldn’t just end at the supervisor’s table. Rather, supervisory skills should be exhibited among all members of the workforce, as well as with other supervisors in the company. The underlying concept to remember here is collaboration. Any leader can make effective decisions for himself. But a good leader would make decisions based on collaboration with colleagues and fellow supervisors. With the proper monitoring metrics in place, everything would be set towards the overall goal of productivity and growth for the entire company.

Bathroom tile ideas for bathroom tiles

Bathroom tile ideas for bathroom tiles can help you know what options to consider for your bathroom. Bathroom tiles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, and textures and are the foundation for any bathroom design. Bathroom tile ideas can help you have the best bathroom possible.

Ceramic bathroom floor tiles are often used because of their durability, resistance to moisture, their safety to walk on when wet, and their ease of cleaning. If you select ceramic tile for your bathroom, consider using a tile that has a non-slip surface for bathroom safety, which is one of the best bathroom tile ideas. If you buy and install unglazed tiles, you will need to wash them frequently because they absorb stains quite easily. The shapes of the bathroom floor tiles can be squares, rectangles, hexagons and octagons, while the accent pieces can be narrow and small in the shape of a diamond.

Here are bathroom tile ideas for bathroom tiles:

1 – If you use solid color ceramic tile in your bathroom, you can add tile edging of a different color to the tile floor, or you can create a border by alternating different colors. This type of visual treatment can create a more interesting bathroom floor.

2 – When using ceramic tiles of the same color for floors and walls, choose a different tile size for the walls or lay the tiles diagonally to create a more interesting visual effect.

3 – Another idea of ​​bathroom tiles is to choose a grout color that contrasts with the color of the ceramic tile. For example, if you are using white tile, you can use blue, red, or yellow grout as a contrast. Be sure to apply sealants to grout lines in high wear areas, as the sealants will protect and preserve the colors of the grout.

4 – If your favorite color for a bathroom is pink, for example, add some pink decorative tiles for the walls or use shapes, textures and borders to give it some visual interest. Select some rows of the walls where you can also use some of the pink tiles laid diagonally.

5 – To give your bathroom a contemporary look and feel, consider using bold, bright colors with shapes or graphics on plain backgrounds. Contemporary-style fixtures and fittings will provide a modern-looking bathroom.

6 – If you are trying to have a romantic or Victorian look in your bathroom, use floral tiles in soft colors like pink, light green or light blue, in addition to hand painted ceramic sinks and perhaps a wooden floor.

7 – For a Mediterranean bathroom style, mix terra cotta tiles with Mexican or hand-painted tiles for the floors. For the countertop, perhaps mix the hand-painted tiles with another solid-colored tile.

Bathroom tile ideas and tile color are important as color can greatly affect your mood, making you feel calm or energizing you. Warm colors like peach and yellow are fun, make the bathroom feel more inviting, and go well with a more country bathroom decor. Using neutral colors like beiges or whites will make the room look bigger, reflect light, and are always in style. Colors like blue, green, and purple look cool or cool. Brighter colors like black or red add drama to decor, absorb light, and make the room appear smaller. In rooms with lots of windows and natural lighting, consider using darker tiles to compensate for ambient lighting. You can also work in the colors you want by using decorative tiles and accessories.

Have fun selecting bathroom floor tile styles, colors, patterns and sizes and related details for your bathroom. You’ll want your bathroom to be a fun and cozy room to hang out in and the bathroom floor tiles can help create that kind of atmosphere. Use bathroom tile ideas to help you have that special bathroom that you can enjoy every day.

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