JustLuxe article by Susan Kime

Here’s a like to a great article written by Susan Kime for Just Luxe Magazine that features an interview we did together.

Susan did such a great job highlighting some of the key concepts we use in our exercise programs with the over 50 age group. I think it will be valuable for many people!

Here’s the link: http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/leisure/feature-1968080.php

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Happy 4th of July!

It’s a great day to  celebrate freedom. And that is what Lifestyle & Fitness is all about, the freedom to make choices, for good or ill-ness.

Where it gets tricky is how freedom works. In our “freedom” we can choose to indulge in certain less-than-optimal habits, and then, to our surprise, we find ourselves stuck in them … hard to get out. Oops. We discover one day that we’re not free after all, we’re bound!

Then we begin the work, or the process, to re-gain our freedom, to come to a place where we can easily do what we think is best, and not what an unhealthy, ingrained habit is calling us to do.

Perhaps we could take some time on this 4th of July to look at our health and fitness lives and see where we are free and where we are stuck. Then, with clarity, desire, direction, and support we can do the things that will make us truly free.

So here’s to freedom.


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2016 State of the Communion



     State of the Communion     2016                                                                   


My first thought is one of thanks to all of you who have lived and shared our common journey together over so many years – some of whom have been with us for 23 years! (Can that be?I had to take my fingers and count!) Many have been with us for well more than a decade, and some welcome newcomers for a few years or less. It’s admirable to see all you have done and accomplished, in every way.

It is remarkable to look back. I went to a beautiful wedding for one of Tracy’s daughters this year, and I remember her and her brother riding skateboards in the old gym on Ortega Highway many years ago. (And, yes, two locations later we have moved beyond skateboards in the gym –  with the carpet and new design and all!)

So I am very grateful for you all and for the vast numbers of hours we have spent together staying fit and having a great time. In our fast-paced and constantly changing world today it is indeed remarkable to find such a long-term communion. I tried to do some more math on this and estimate that we have had over 75,000 “client training hours” over the years. (Couldn’t use my fingers for this one.)


Expanded vision

With the years comes insight, as well as hindsight. And our future-sight is more clear as we enter into and explore the phases of the “2nd half” of life. They’re certainly different from the phases and stages of the 1st half. Of course that calls for a new and expanded vision of life and fitness.

I was talking to a client today who is almost 70. He was very happy with how he felt and how he moved after the last decade here at the studio. He marveled at how many of his contemporaries were in a much different condition. The key to his success –  simply doing the right things well and doing them consistently. As we spoke of the physical realities specific to each decade of life I said, “While good exercise and healthy eating were always a good idea – now they’re mandatory!” And it’s true, 15 year olds who don’t exercise still can find themselves stronger  a decade later. Fifty year olds don’t. And, of course, that reality only continues.

So the VALUE of the lifestyle of fitness for each human person increases greatly with every passing year. We have to get smart. We have to gain wisdom. We have to accept a discipline. And the good news is – a healthy fitness life lived with style is fun. I love it! It’s a good life, as long as we learn to love goodness. And, thanks to all of our great characters we have, and have had, I think the way we do it here at Lifestyle & Fitness makes it fun and interesting.

Now, with that said, our expanded vision also calls for specific changes in the way we approach our healthy lifestyle and our physical fitness. That shift has been in place for some time now.

A little trip down memory lane, again – I remember when we used to “pump iron” and “do cardio”. That was it. Heavy iron, hard cardio. The gym was filled with weight machines and free weights along with a couple of bikes and a treadmill. Not a square foot for flexibility training. One studio client (I guess in those days the term was “gym member”) bench-pressed 350 pounds! The music got so loud at times that the walls shook.

That was quite a time, especially since that I had already gotten my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Wellness Management – and “knew better”. I had an expanded vision. But the members in the gym I joined ranks with weren’t interested in “wellness”. In fact, they didn’t even know what it meant!

My final Master’s Degree project was the design of a private fitness studio, from top to bottom. I called it Wellness Systems. (I still have the hardcover version!) But when I gave people my business card which said “Wellness Systems”, they would look at it blankly and say, “What’s wellness?” (Maybe that’s why I’m still a little skiddish about locking-in business names!)

To make matters worse, one of my first clients took my comprehensive 6-page intake form … and threw it away! Wow. Now I had a great experience in graduate school at Humboldt State. I graduated #1 in my class and my Master’s Project got great reviews. I was ready to be a top-level professional. But now, quite clearly, I was in a different world! I was going to have to make a few  adjustments for a time.

And, as they say, “The customer’s always right”, so I changed the name to “Fitness Club San Juan” and changed the way I approached my fitness training. “Muscle & Fitness” became the magazine of choice (which had Arnold and his friends on every page), and this actually worked a bit for me since I was athletic myself and a weight lifter most of my life. I could show clients 12 ways to pump up the biceps and helped some to lift 300+ pounds. Not exactly “master’s level” wellness work, but it did seem to fit a familiar pattern.

It was a lot of fun and I look back on those days and smile. But fortunately, we have finally, as a group, moved beyond “Muscle & Fitness” to the world of Lifestyle & Fitness! I’m excited. We’ve got a lot fewer weight machines. We have carpet on the floor and not inter-locking rubber mats. We have more cardio machines and A LOT more space for flexibility, mobility and functional bodywork. We’re making good use of exercise bands, or tubing, which is great for strength training as we age – and everyone seems to know what wellness is! How great is that! (Should I change the name back to “Wellness Systems”?)

And, I’ve learned A LOT over the last 23 years. We’ve learned that for body shaping “Your fork is your chisel” (and not 4 sets of 8 reps and 3 exercises for each body part) and that “Perfect Effort” (not “pushing to failure”) leads to lasting success. We’ve learned that having a specific appointment time to put in your schedule is trememdously powerful in producing consistent attendance, and that E=MC2 (Excellence = Moderation x Consistency x Consistency). We know the power daily Flexercise can have on functional mobility which is so essential and perhaps most of all, we know that the key to lasting health and fitness is not just a workout at the gym 2 or 3x/wk but a comprehensive, daily, healty lifestyle pattern. Lifestyle Fitness Coaching can address this reality. I believe that we will find that Lifestyle Fitness Coaching as an offering will become one of the most powerful means of bringing about better health and wellness in our country in our future.

That opens the door to mention another one of the add-ons we’ve begun to employ over the years, which is Lifestyle Fitness Coaching. To further that cause, last year I became a Certified Wellness Coach. I’m now working on another certification in Lifestyle Fitness Coaching, which is more of the same. I am very excitied about this new and growing aspect of fitness, especially as it goes back to another of my earlier roots – I received my B.A. in Psychology and did a year and a half of graduate work in personal counseling as well.

The whole aspect of Lifestyle Fitness Coaching, as a stand alone or integrated offering which is done privately and sitting down in my office, is still kind of new here, but I’ve tried to implement various kinds of studio-wide group coaching events over the years and to engage clients in coaching-style interactions as we go through our weekly workouts. I now have created a more comprehensive, detailed, and structured Lifestyle Fitness Coaching component that is available to anyone who wants more structured support in developing and implementing a successful healthy-fitness lifestyle. (Just ask me if you’re interested.)


New things & the future vision

Here’s some new news: We now have some new, upgraded and expanded exercise tubing and I have developed some new exercises that will be implemented over the next month. Some who have tried them love them! It’s all designed looking into the future with your next 15-30 years of fitness, vitality and functional mobility in mind. You can use our upgraded Flexercise and exercise tube work for an entire lifetime!

And, we have another first – a new tea maker! It’s happily placed on the wire shelf next to the couch. And, I’m actually very excited about this. Why? Because this is another aspect of learning to expand one’s healthy life-style (emphasis on style).

You see, teas can be good for you. But I never have liked to drink tea. The tea I drink I drink using my willpower. But, now it’s different! Using the idea of creating a healthy life-STYLE, I started doing some research into tea making. Maybe if I learned more I could refine and appreciate the process enough to actually enjoy making and drinking tea. Maybe. But that’s what it often takes to create something new & good.

So I found that green tea is not supposed to be made with boiling water as I had been doing. No, it is best, they say, to make it at 175 degrees, and then to let it steep for only 1 minute, not just sit in the cup until you’re done. And then, you need to remove the tea leaves to not over-steep and then keep the finished tea warm to enjoy it over more time. Oolong tea has a different optimal steeping time and temperature setting as does black or herbal tea. Could that be?

Well, the new tea maker does it all! And guess what – I like it! I actually look forward to drinking the much better tasting teas, and I’m sure there’s more refinements to come. What a great healthy life-STYLE improvement. Just one, but I love it. It’s a very practical example of what we can do on our journey to a creative, fulfilling, healthy lifestyle. That’s the real exciting part as I imagine all of you creating your imaginative and upgraded bits of a new and healthier lifestyle. And, I look forward to it’s double use in expanding the social aspect of our studio. A bit of tea on hand in our nice sitting area can make for a nice place to take a few moments before or after a workout to share some thoughts and moments together. It serves a more meaningful communion, which is at the heart of our studio, and it fits with our occasional Thursday evening “Wine & Walnuts” gatherings. These things just make life a little better, and it’s been working already!

I’m excited about our new things for the New Year. I hope you are, too. May 2016 be a great year for the betterment of our lifestyles & our fitness as we support each other together in this most valuable quest, and thanks be to God, may I can say with gratefulness, that I believe that after 23 years, the “state of the communion” is good . . . and getting a little better every day!

Randy Bengtsson, M.A.; CWC

Lifestyle & Fitness

LifestyleAndFitness.org  (949) 443-9355

33161 “H” Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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Lifestyle Fitness Coaching – a key to lasting success!

I heard a great interview yesterday with Dr. Lustig. HIs summary of years and years of education, clinical practice, and reflection regarding nutrition and health contained two words: Real food.

It reminds me of T.Colin Campbell’s paradigm: WFPB, or a Whole Food Plant Based diet.

Both men have many, many years of education and clinical experience. They are remarkably bright and their synthesis of all their learning and research is some very similar and simple wisdom. Eat wholesome, real foods.

There’s a lot to be said about doing some very basic and simple things with great consistency to get great health and fitness results. Yet, there is another part to this story. You have to actually DO this as an ongoing way of life, as a lifestyle. That’s where the challenge begins. How can we do something that we know is good for us and is SIMPLE but not EASY?

That’s where Personal Lifestyle Fitness Coaching comes in. It’s the bridge between desire and consistent action, between moments of changed behaviors and lasting habits.

By randybengtsson

I love this place!

I just looked at the website of another fitnes professional. I heard of him through a network of highly visible fitness clubs that are really into marketing in a big way. These guys kind of amaze me at how prolific their marketing and sales systems are.

As I said, I just looked at their website with it’s offers and promotion material – and I’m surprised, as I so often am, at how they approach the actual practice of fitness.

I see overweight, out of shape men trying to lift and roll huge tractor tires. I see women outside in the parking lot trying to smash similar tires with a sledge hammer.

Wow. this is “getting in shape”?

As I look at my studio, I think of how pleasant this place is, how nice the studio looks, how carefully every exercise is performed and measured for both safety and effectiveness, and how sensibly it is designed for adults.

I do love this place!

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Randy Bengtsson Fitness & Wellness

Randy Bengtsson, M.A.

Welcome to Lifestyle Fitness & Wellness!

Great fitness without getting hurt. And … we do it in a way that is easier (and less costly) than you think, personally uplifitng, and lots of fun! Really! We guarantee it.

We do it by implementing a precise, comprehensive lifestyle approach that simultaneously builds health while building fitness. Health and fitness go hand in hand. It’s called the “Adult Fitness Formula”. I call it “Fitness for grown-ups!”. It’s energizing. It’s fun. It’s life-giving.

We replace adolescent heroics with a precise, wise plan with managed, measured consistency! Your path to fitness is personal. One size fits … one.

But you can’t do it alone.

Our Wellness Coaching and Personal Training Programs realistically shape human health behavior. People formerly unsuccessful become successful. The myriads of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that come with real fitness become yours. That’s what we do. Fitness delivered.

Our Personal Training and Personal Coaching Programs provide all the help you need – at a fraction of the cost of personal training.

That’s been our tradmark here in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for 20 years … and counting!

Why not be fit? You were meant to be. It can change the quality of your life in so many ways.

But adults need to approach fitness in a very special way. After a lifetime of athletics, a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Wellness Management, over 75, 000 client-trainer hours of experience, having a fitness studio in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for 20 years, and reaching the age of 59, I can say I’ve found a great formula for safe, effective, and enjoyable Adult Fitness.

Do you want to get fit without getting hurt, without getting worn out using the wrong approach to fitness for adults? We can certainly help. Is it time?

I invite you visit our Web-Site/Blog as we share with you lots of the fruits of our education and years of experience. There is a wise way to approach fitness for adults, and I think we’ve found it.

We love to work with adults of all ages, the unfit, those who want a professional health-based program, those with physical conditions, and people who want support, structure and accountability while working out in a beautiful studio with their age appropriate peers.

Contact me for a complementary consultation and visit to our beautiful private studio. I look forward to hearing from you!

Randy@RandyBengtsson.com      (949)  443 – 9355

Our private studio: 33161 Camino Capistrano “H”, San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

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Wendy Tucker

I’ve been with Randy for 8 years now. My doctor says the changes in my blood work were miraculous and continue to be!

Imkpacted by the new economy, I briefly tried one of the “Big Gyms” – and wound up hurting both shoulders.
Now I’m back on track and staying fit with Randy!
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