Monday Mindset

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Monday Mindset – Circumstance do not change Responsibility

Happy Monday!

I had a different Monday Mindset topic planned for today, but this morning something came up so I wanted to share the experience and lesson.

To give a little context, today was a rough one for me as my body was tired. I definitely didn’t feel like getting to book camp. But thankfully I got  a really good night’s sleep so I knew it was just the resistance we all feel as humans and not a serious concern.

So made it to the 5:15am session and pushed through an awesome circuit with Coach Jake, John and the Mission Viejo crew! The session was great and we had finished through the station work portion and had 2 minutes left, pushing through the finishers doing mountain climbers and then BOOM!!!!! 🔥🔥

The power went out, it went completely black, lights and music went out and was an eerie silence. It was very startling for a few seconds nearly everyone came to a halt, myself included.

And that’s exactly when coach yelled out:

“Team – we are not done yet. Plank position, we have 2 minutes left.  Let’s go!”

So we all held tight in plank position in the complete darkness.  And it turned out in the last 45 seconds the power came back on and we finished the session with the lights  & music on and in good fashion.

But regardless, we all finished (lights or no lights) and that is the lesson today….

Circumstance don’t change responsibility.

The power went out (circumstance), but we finished the session. (responsibility)

You are tired today (circumstance), but you still must work out your body. (responsibility)

You feel like cake today (circumstance), but you put it down and pick the salad instead. (responsibility)

Someone mistreats you (circumstance), but you still must be kind (responsibility).

You just don’t feel like finishing your project at work by deadline (circumstance), but you do it anyway. (responsibility)

So by now you get the point.

As human nature tends to put focus and assign blame on the circumstance, (on why something wasn’t done), but if you want to live a beautiful and fulfilled life, the secret is to focus on the responsibility instead.  So please remember:

Circumstance don’t change responsibility.

Make it a great Monday and strong start to your week!

-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: Choose Your Hard

Happy Monday!

I received this message from my better half Tatiana over the weekend and wanted to share since there’s so much truth to it.

And especially being that it has a Stoic framing. As stoicism, the philosophy of the successful, teaches us how to effectively manage hard which is a consistent element to life.

  • Obesity is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.
  • Marriage is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.
  • Being in debt is hard. Being financially disciplined is hard. Choose your hard.
  • Communication is hard. Not communicating is hard. Choose your hard.

Life will never be easy. It will ALWAYS be hard. But we can choose our hard. Pick wisely.

Let’s have an INCREDIBLE start to the week and pass this on to someone who needs it!

Committed to YOUR success,

-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: A giant thank you

Happy Monday!

I cannot believe it’s already mid-October. The Los Angeles Lakers just won the NBA championship which is usually held in June.  I think we can all agree that this is certainly a strange year.

And for all the challenges we have faced in 2020, here we are. We continue to forge ahead.

We are undeniably stronger, more resilient and tougher.

With this perspective, I wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you. Thank you for reading these messages. Thank you for being part of our community.

Thank you for helping your neighbor. Thank you for trusting our coaches. Thank you for working hard each day to become a better version of you. Thank you for getting up at the alarm bell when it stings.

Thank you for drinking more water. Thank you for putting down that ice cream. Thank you for drinking that protein shake.

Thank you for caring about your health and fitness as we fight the BIGGEST epidemic our country faces: OBESITY which causes compounded complications in our country’s healthcare system.

No, we are not perfect. We are flawed humans. That’s me, that’s you.

But here we are, continuing to forge ahead.

And while I am sure this year will have more surprises in store as that’s the nature of life on this planet of ours called Earth. Thank you for continuing to take care of yourself, which enables us to all take care of each other.

From my team and I, have an INCREDIBLE Monday. Know that we are so grateful for you and as your call to action today, please send a message of gratitude to someone in need. As I can assure you, someone needs your love today.

Love, respect, gratitude,

-Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: Who do they save?

Happy Monday!
My good friend Mateo shared this with me recently so wanted to pass it on as I trust you will get value.
But please be for warned as the question I am proposing today is very deep and smacked me in the face when I was presented with it, but possess a VERY valuable lesson…
When the coast guard goes out to save lives during a boat wreck, and the humbling moment arrives in that they realize there are more people in the water than space in the helicopter….
The question then becomes….Who do they save?
There motto is…
“We can only save the people who swim toward us.”
Please watch this 2 minute video HERE!    🚁 🚁 🚁
The learning lesson is you will go CRAZY in life if you try to help people who claim they want your help but don’t actually do.
That’s a recipe for confusion, frustration and eventual disaster for all parties.
Thus, in your life and as good humans do, be there for those who needs your help. Share your gifts and support whenever possible.  But only spend time with people who say they need it, and actually welcome the help!!
And that’s the same for us as your coaches here at Fit Body. Our team is here for you! We want to coach you, we want to support you, we want to ensure you stay accountable, and we want to help you!
So todays message and the call to action is to please swim toward us!!! 🏊‍♂️🏊‍♂️🏊‍♂️
-Coach Bryce
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Monday Mindset: “Victim or Victor”? Meet Kara….

Happy Monday!

Today’s message comes from a story that GREATLY INSPIRES me, from a client named Kara A. who is a member of our San Marcos location. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to befriend, and work out with her on occasion!

She works incredibly hard, is extremely inspirational and will tell you that she has a completely full life.  And I would say she has taken what many would consider as a “Victim” situation and turned it into a super power. In my estimation that is a VICTOR’s mentality that we can all learn from!! As in life, it’s not about what happens to you (which is mostly out of our control). It’s about how you RESPOND!

The source of inspiration for me is that she is deaf, using American Sign Language to communicate. Although not to be confused with “hearing impaired.”  Simply and in her own words “because I don’t view myself as broken.”

Kara was born in Russia and adopted at an early age, and moved to Maryland where she lived on the East Coast and ended up graduating at the Rochester Institute of Technology. And in 2013, she took a chance and moved to California.  BOOM!

Additionally, she is awakened up to the significant visionary sightseeing with the silence she feels.

And as it turns out, “being deaf has increased my senses in other areas of my life where I can focus on my work out without hearing. Instead of listening to sounds, I depend on feeling sounds by vibrations in my body that echoes from the wall. “

How incredible is that?

I trust you find this as inspiring as I do. And especially at a time where 43% of our country is obese according to the CDC as of 2018 statistics, which is by far and statistically the biggest health epidemic we are facing as country that will have incredible consequences if not fixed!!!

From the mindset of “I am too busy, I don’t have the time, I have family to take care of, I cannot make fitness my priority” which we have all heard people say citing why they cannot focus on their health as priority.

But there is Kara, with a significant reason why “I cannot actually hear the coaches or ques” that anyone would understand.  But does she say that?


There she is, with a VICTOR not VICTIM mindset, taking care of herself and being part of the solution.

And here are a few more words from Kara, which I hope inspires YOU as much as it does ME!

“Health and fitness are so important!!! I love being an athlete, to play as a team, and have a good time!  Without nutrition and exercise, I would not be able to play like a “child” again.

 I am doing this for myself, my niece who is 24 months old, and even my life partner’s nephew, 14th months old. These children need big role models and use us as examples! So keep going & have FUN!”

-Coach Bryce

PS Kara is on the far right of the picture, flexing like the TRUE VICTOR she is!

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Monday Mindset: New beginnings

Happy Monday!

New beginnings can be very exciting, happy, nerve racking, and even scary!


And all of these emotions were captured last week when I met my nephew Ryder this past Friday evening! He was born on Friday, September 11, in the year 2020.


Can you believe that!? What a date huh? :p


Well it turns out, his presence in our world is the good luck we all need to turn the energy around back to the blue skies and rainbows ahead!

Can you feel it?!  I can!!! 🙂


As such, I am super happy for my sister Emma and her fiance Bobby. And even more happy to welcome Ryder into the world as his life marks a new beginning in our family. My first official nephew, first grandson for my mother and first child for my sister Emma.

And yes, I am a VERY happy and proud uncle!!!


That in mind, today marks another new beginning as we have thousands of challengers here in Southern California and across North America, embarking on our last 8 Week Transformation Challenge of the year.


Nutrition Coaching and accountability is the foundation of the challenge program, with the goal of collectively adding to the 311,000 lbs weight loss metric previously lost with our programs to date.


And our goal is to cross the ½ million pound mark by its completion in mid November. Yes, we have our work cut out for us, but know we can do it!


As such, and with all the movements, in today’s message I wanted to point out that change is a part of life. In fact, it’s the only constant even though human nature tends to resist it, myself included. And this is especially why one of our core values is to Embrace and Drive Change. As without this mindset, we will all be left behind especially in today’s fast paced, technologically driven world.

So my call to action today is to embrace change, embrace the new and when you do, you become more open to all life has to offer and the new blessings in store!

We are here for you and make it a GREAT week!


Coach Bryce


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Monday Mindset: FUEL for growth..


Happy Monday!

If you are still feeling a bit of stress and heaviness lately, you are not alone especially with the remembrance of Sept 11 on Thursday.

In addition to that, the fact is that we are still navigating through this interesting and very challenging time in our country. This means that now greater than ever is time to focus on things within your control, release the rest, and strengthen your mindset by achieving a greater perspective.


As whatever obstacles or challenges you’re facing, if reframed in the correct mindset, are in fact FUEL for growth.

Let me explain..

I am a big believer and student of Stoic Philosophy. “Student” is the correct word as it’s a complete work in progress, albeit I regard it as the philosophy of the successful.


In studying their approach, a Stoic doesn’t believe in obstacles or challenges. A stoic believes in FUEL to the FIRE, that is inside us as humans.


When you throw an obstacle, a challenge, a setback, or most materials into fire….


Fire does NOT retreat or die.


Rather, fire uses those obstacles/challenges, or whatever stands in its way, as FUEL to make the fire BIGGER. In fact, and especially with the right conditions oxygen, wind, etc., fire uses anything in its path to GROW STRONGER, to FUEL its evolution and advancement.


For us humans, the “right conditions” consist of a STRONG MINDSET and proper perspective, which is critical for you to develop.


As if you study anyone great throughout history, you will find a common theme….


There is NO greatness without obstacles or challenges. In fact, greatness requires FUEL to become GREAT.


And while in full transparency, it’s very hard to make sense of the many obstacles in our way at the moment including government closures, market conditions, civil unrest, division of ideas, and all the human emotion & frustration around this current situation..


But know that with the right mindset, this too will be FUEL to make us all stronger.


And to provide you with some examples of the reframe in my own life for your benefit, here we go..


  1. Obstacle/Challenge: My father had severe issues with addiction & gambling, abandoned the family, and left us in an extremely financial stressed situation at age 8.

Fuel: I developed a keen sense of responsibility and maturation at a very young age with the drive to provide value into the world to ensure my family’s future success.


  1. Obstacle/Challenge: Alcohol devastated and fractured some significant relationships in my family which left me confused, frustrated, and heartbroken. This also created a specific situation that I once considered it the “worst” experience of my life.


 Fuel: As an adult and because of the pain, I got honest with myself and owned up to my own problems with alcohol being genetically disposed. Consequently, I made the decision to completely remove it from my life in December of 2016, so I could take another step at the best version of me which allows me to serve you, family, team and clients at a higher level. It turned out to be one of the “best” experiences of my life.


  1. Obstacle/Challenge: I was extremely small throughout my childhood, physically developed late and gained weight without attention to my fitness in my late teenage & early twenties. This caused me immense pain, insecurity, and depression.


 Fuel: I discovered health & fitness, and got a coach which shaped my physique, mind and confidence and has allowed me to lead and inspire others to do the same.




Friends, these are my reframes which all absolutely changed my life for the better. Without this fuel, I wouldn’t be here sending you this note today.


So my call to action for you today I would encourage you to review some of your own struggles in life (both past and present), and reframe them as fuel so you can overcome them and derive benefit for yourself,  your family, friends and world.


And to leave you with the words of Marcus Aurelius, former emperor of Rome, and one of my favorite quotes of all time…


“The impediment to action, advances action. What stands in the way, becomes the way.”




-Coach Bryce

PS if you want some FUEL to kick start your fitness, sign up for our last Challenge (aka Nutrition and Accountability program) of the year which deadline is approaching.

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Monday Mindset: A secret to a happy life

Happy Monday!

I hope you are enjoying a nice Labor Day weekend!

Mine started off on Saturday with a trip to our San Marcos location to celebrate our Coach Westin’s last day before he is off to the next chapter which includes training for American Ninja Warrior.

It was definitely bittersweet as we are sad for us but happy for him.


And it was really inspiring that our clients showed all their love and appreciation for him over the last 18+ months of contribution with a final sweaty session!


In reflection, and if I could sum up the WHY in 2 words as to the reason Coach Westin was so successful here, it would be ENTHUSIASM towards fitness and more importantly towards building RELATIONSHIPS!


As the fact is that ENTHUSIASM is contagious and a vital component to success in any of life’s ventures. And RELATIONSHIPS are what make us whole as we humans are a tribal species.

And that’s exactly how we hire and train our team.


We HIRE for character and enthusiasm and then train the relationship building and coaching. In fact, we have an acronym we train our coaches on which is FORD (like the car company).


  1. Family
  2. Occupation
  3. Recreation
  4. Dreams


As we know if we can have all our coaches really know the FORD of our clients….this will foster deeper relationships which provides influence. And this in turn, makes our clients more prone to work harder, comply with our coaching and be more positive which ultimately means an increased level of fitness/results and happier life for our all clients and community!


Of course, on the other side of the spectrum, this is what always makes it so tough when a coach moves on to their next chapter as that relationship is key. But this philosophy has been the foundation of our success and why we keep teaching the concept which our new coaches will learn and master!!

So this all said, my lesson and message today is this…

The quality of your life depends on the quality of RELATIONSHIPS.


And while we hope you use our Fit Body FORD coaching acronym in your life, know that alone not enough. You must possess ENTHUSIASM, like Coach Westin. As ENTHUSIASM in any endeavour is the key to success and to a happy life!


So my call to action is for you to apply this to your life starting TODAY and this week!

And rest assured and an undying promise, we will always be on the lookout for strong character in our coaches which we will train up to apply the FORD, RELATIONSHIP concept with plenty of ENTHUSIASM to ensure you are always supported!

Have a great week!

Coach Bryce

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Monday Mindset: Remember your WHY!

Happy Monday!


As you know from last week,  this past Wednesday and Thursday we hosted our hybrid in person & virtual Mastermind to over 100+ owners and coaches around the world to provide better systems, support, and operational assistance to better support their clients.


It was an incredible and well needed event which provided a lot of information, coaching and inspiration.


At the end of each Mastermind event, we typically finish with milestones and recognition for each owner who has inspired fitness and changed more lives (which is our company’s mission).


Being that COVID consumed a large part of the last 6 months since our last meeting, this Mastermind we finished by celebrating everyone for simply staying in the fight as many business and gyms owners are not so fortunate.


One part humbled, the other part grateful.


As such, it was a good reminder and coaching moment to remind everyone WHY we do what we do. As in this business, the mornings come early, the evenings late and it can be easy to get down especially when facing so much adversity in the current climate.


So now more than ever is THE MOST important time to reflect on why we all got into the business.


And as you know, this is the same coaching we provide you when the going gets tough which is to remember your WHY!


So let me remind you..why are you pursuing better health and fitness?


Is it a better quality of life, to be a better role model for your kids, to gain more self confidence, to have a clearer mind, or to be the best version of you?


Whatever it is for you, when things get challenging as they always do and like it is for our country and world right now, you must take a step back and remember your WHY which is what will get you out of bed and into boot camp.


This in mind, I wanted to share with you my family’s WHY which is something I also came back to as a much needed reminder.


To preface, this video was put together by our CEO and Founder Bedros K back in 2014, and long before I was part of the franchise leadership team.  It was designed to show my family’s passion for health and fitness & highlight the obstacles that we experienced, which is merely a symptom of life.


And ultimately it was designed to inspire YOU and others to continue your fitness journey!


I hope you gain some value and inspiration from OUR WHY which is to SERVE YOU!


Click HERE!!


Committed to YOUR success,



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Monday Mindset: 8 lessons to my younger self…

Happy Monday!


I am excited for the week as we have our Summer Mastermind Meeting on Wednesday & Thursday hosted at our Fit Body HQ office and streamed virtually since we have more limited in person spacing due to social distancing protocol.


In the case you are not familiar, Mastermind is a high level coaching group for very ambitious owners in our brand looking to grow themselves, teams and clients personally and professionally.


It’s also where we create and brainstorm the best ideas to provide our owners & clients the best experience & results as we forever continue to develop our program for YOU!


Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to have been sent the included picture by my friend Nadine, which showed up on her Facebook memories, taken 8 years ago this past week. What a gem and pure blast from the past! As an added bonus, I am still friends with some of the participants in the picture to this day.


So here is the backstory about the photo with 8 lessons to my younger self to help you on your journey…



It was my first Mastermind event as a part of Fit Body at our old HQ in Chino Hills in mid-August 2012 and as a participant not co leader. I just returned to California from a 2 year trip abroad, and Tatiana was still in Brazil scheduled to arrive in California in 2 months.


The week prior I had signed the franchise paperwork with Fit Body CEO, business coach & future partner Bedros K. And was still looking for the location Tatiana and I ended up finding in Yorba Linda soon after which we opened that November.


And while filled with passion and excitement, I think it’s fair to say we had no idea that we were about to embark on the most difficult and rewarding journey of our lives.   🙂


So when I first relooked at this picture and speaking for myself, I received an intense feeling on how I wish I could time travel for a moment and share some wisdom to help that baby faced guy in the photo.


If I could have…this is what I would have told him..


  1. This will be the biggest crash course you will ever receive on the subject of human nature. Get ready, it’s going to be quite a ride.
  2. It’s extremely important you are fit and continue to develop your technical coaching skill set, but your ability to develop your character and leadership skills will be your most important assets in helping the most people.
  3. You will be introduced to some amazing people, both clients and teammates alike, and will be forever grateful for the relationships developed.  Get excited.
  4. In general terms, learn to make decisions quicker.
  5. You will need to develop much thicker skin and drastically increase your pain tolerance. This pain will provide growth.
  6. You will make mistakes, and many times daily.  Fall forward, keep learning, make adjustments, get better, rinse and repeat.
  7. In difficult situations with conflict which is ever present, listen and really hear all sides before taking action as human nature tends to put a spin on everything. So it’s up to you to decipher and break down the facts to make the best decisions possible with limited information.
  8. This will be the hardest thing you have done in your life. The hours will be backbreaking. You will be tested. You will suffer and experience heart break while being criticized intensely. Sometimes people will disappoint you. The mornings come early and the evenings late. 7 days per week is the requirement for the success you are after.  But keep your head up and keep moving forward, as this will be the hardest but most rewarding experience of your life that will also greatly benefit others.


I trust you received some value that you can apply in your career or life.


Let’s make it a great week!