Forging Her Own Path: Amy Von Rummelhoff

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

The health and fitness industry is filled with some great people. Now more than ever, people are looking to get fit and healthy for various reasons. You might purchase a product, or sign up for a program, but do you really get to know the person behind the product? Chances are, no. That’s what separates Amy Von Rummelhoff from the rest of the health and fitness industry. She took time out of her busy schedule to tell me what she thinks about setting goals, how she got started in health and fitness, and how she overcomes setbacks. 

Justin Marroquin: When did you get interested in health and fitness?

Amy Von Rummelhoff: I grew up as a competitive figure skater and competed nationally in synchronized skating.  However, it was not until I nearly died in college from a very serious surgery and hit rock bottom, that I realized if I did not start eating healthy and learning to work out, my life would continue to slip through my fingers.  I became a gym rat pretty quickly and when I moved to LA in 2010, I worked as a trainer at Jackie Warner’s gym in Beverly Hills, and got into fitness modeling.  It was not until last year that I took the ultimate step to take the stage and compete among the best.  I have decided to commit my life to health and fitness, and recently took the position of managing the female line of MusclePharm, FitMiss.

Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics
Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics

JM: What was the process like when you first started out?

AVR: When I first started lifting weights, it was a guessing game of what to do. I was lucky enough to be working at a gym in San Diego, so I had trainers that helped me to get started.  I had no idea what was actually healthy; however, and although at the time I thought I was eating completely healthy, that was far from the truth. I love learning and have taught myself most of what I know today in the gym and in the kitchen.

Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics
Photo Credit: Chaz Photographics

JM: Do you believe in setting goals?

AVR: 100% believe in setting goals. I continually set mini goals in the gym to stay motivated— whether it be a photo shoot, a trip or a competition.

 

 

 

 

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

 

 

JM: How do you overcome a setback?

AVR: I am currently overcoming the biggest setback of all—trusting the wrong coach with my diet, and training last year— he destroyed my metabolism and thyroid.  It has been a very discouraging year to say the least; trying to reset my metabolism and staying 100% on track while getting VERY slow results.  I know in the end I will be better than I ever have, and I just stay motivated. I have a support group of amazing friends to lift me up as well when I am feeling down.

Justin Marroquin interviews Amy Von RummelhoffJM: What is your favorite part about being fit and healthy?

AVR: I feel better day in and day out.  I get sick very easily, and I love seeing my body change and get stronger week after week.

JM: Who has had the most influence on you in your life?

AVR: My mother is my best friend and biggest support.  She has been there with me through the lowest points of my life, the challenges I have encountered, and every competition I prepped for! I don’t know where I would be without her and her amazing support.

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

JM: How do you stay motivated?

AVR: I set mini goals and track my progress.  I always try to change something about the exercise  I am doing by increasing the weight, or the number of reps.  This is the best way to see if you are in fact improving and getting stronger.

Justin Marroquin interview with Amy Von Rummelhoff

JM: What would be your #1 tip on how to become successful not only in fitness and health, but life itself?

AVR: Pick a goal and do everything you can to reach it.   Be a motivator and a positive influence in peoples lives, and you will see the reward.  Don’t compete with others— compete with your former self.  I know it sounds cheesy, but it is so true.  It is easy to feel unsatisfied when you are comparing yourself to someone else. They have different genetics, background and work ethic— and it is impossible to compare two people with different backgrounds and it can eat you up!

Photo Credit: Jesse DeYoung
Photo Credit: Jesse DeYoung

Follow Amy on Twitter: twitter.com/amvonr

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Check out her website: amyvonrummelhoff.com

Onnit: Total Human Optimization

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In this day and age, our lives are extremely busy. Whether you’re going to school, work, exercising, have kids, etc. It’s a lot to keep up with, and with all the demands and high expectations in our lives, I am here to tell you about a company that will alleviate your problems, and get you to perform at a higher level not only with your mind, but your body as well.

 

Let me introduce you to Onnit. What is Onnit? It’s a company that is dedicated to providing quality products and fitness equipment to make you a better individual in every area of your life. I will explain what some of their products do, and how they can fit into your life.

 

alpha-brain-alpha-onnit-alpha-brain-shroomtech-beonnit-new-mood-HourlyRevShare-Hourly-Rev-Share-hourly-rev-share-review-felmina-alliance-chris-burpee-empower-network-banners-broker-visalusFirst up, is Alpha Brain: This is a complete, balanced nootropic. You’re probably wondering what is a nootropic? A nootropic is considered a memory enhancer, neuro enhancer, cognitive enhancer, and intelligence enhancer. Alpha Brain will make your brain work better, and it’ll keep you sharp and focused throughout the day. We can all benefit from having our brains work better, and this product does exactly that.

 

shroomTech_sport_logoShroom Tech Sport. Never again will you have to down energy drinks, or anything else for that matter. Shroom Tech Sport is designed to give your body clean energy, and power you through your workout, or any activity that you partake in. Shroom Tech Sport is a combination of cordyceps sinensis mushroom, adaptogens, antioxidants, and methyl B-12. Basically, your oxygen intake level will increase, which will allow you to get through your workout without feeling drained, or winded.

 

125Hemp Force Protein. With all the protein powder mixes on the market, it can be confusing, and downright annoying on which one to use. Hemp Force is a complete protein isolated from organic hemp seeds. It has all of the essential amino acids, all three branched chain amino acids, and Omega-3 and Omega-6. Also, it contains cocoa and maca root. This product is really good for after your workout, or as a small meal. As with all of Onnit’s products, everything is pure and natural. That’s what separates Onnit from other companies. They truly have a desire to provide people with the best products, and keep harmful ingredients out of their products.

 

monkey-primate-chimp-ape-kettlebellPrimal Kettle Bells. Your workout is not complete until you swing these around. In addition to the food and supplements, Onnit offers the best fitness equipment you can get your hands on. These Primal Kettle Bells not only look incredible, but they will get you into shape, and you’ll have fun doing it. Onnit focuses on, and emphasizes real world movement in their fitness equipment and programs.

 

 

 

 

There you have it. If you are interested in any of Onnit’s products, just click on the links provided, and see what Onnit has to offer. I only explained a little bit of Onnit, and I will get into more detail in future posts. I encourage you to try out their products, and see the benefits for yourself.

https://www.onnit.com/?a_aid=JustinMarroquin19

 

 

 

 

 

Failing: Why You Should Embrace It

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I hate failing. The term “hate” may be harsh, but It’s how I feel about failing. That is until I discovered the beauty of failing. Think about it: failing has always been linked to a negative connotation. Throughout life we’re told that failing is bad! In some cases—rightfully so, but as I have come to realize in recent years, failing is an integral part of life, and plays a major role in reaching your dreams and goals.

It’s uncomfortable to think about failing, and going through that process. Our society is caught up in instant success, and being “famous” within a short period of time. Like it or not, failing is a part of life and without it; how would we grow as a person? If all we did was succeed all the time, we would never learn about ourselves, and how much we can handle mentally and physically.

Once you start embracing failing in your life, I guarantee you will be better off, and you will learn so much from it. Think of failing as feedback. It lets you know if you’re on the right track, or not. Basically, it’s like having your own GPS system. Now I don’t want to sugarcoat anything. Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, it will be a tough process. You may even want to give up at times, but that’s the best part of failing. You will find out what works, and what doesn’t. Once you breakthrough and accomplish your goal, failing will be your ally.

Achieving success is about the journey, not the destination. When you do succeed, you will hardly think about the success you have accomplished. Instead, you will reflect on the challenges you faced along the way, and how you were able to overcome them. The time is now; get started on your journey, and start failing your way to success.

The Definition Of Determination: Ashley Alexiss

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Playboy Miss Social February 2011. Playboy South Africa Girl Next Door 2012. Internationally published glamour/lingerie model. Creator of Cleavage for the CURE. Student. Ashley Alexiss works hard at anything she does, and her determination is second to none. Ashley is the perfect example of working hard and not giving up. I admire her attitude and the way that she carries herself. She doesn’t understand the word “can’t” and if you dare utter that word to her, she will most likely prove you wrong. Everyone will benefit from learning Ashley, and I’m proud to bring you my interview with her.

 

Justin Marroquin: Have you always been interested in modeling?

Ashley Alexiss: This is funny. When I was a kid, I hated pictures! I look back at my childhood pictures and I would literally have this death stare. It wasn’t until high school that I started actually smiling, then decided in my Junior year to enter the Miss Teen Massachusetts pageant. I ended up winning the title of Miss Congeniality, and had to do a mandatory photo shoot where I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and took to it and here I am.

 

JM: Of all the photo shoots you’ve done, what’s your favorite?

AA: Honestly, every photo shoot I do is different, and special. Until I do a shoot with penguins, I won’t have a particular favorite.

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

JM: What has been your best experience as a model?

AA: My best experience has been meeting some of my life long friends: Megan Retzlaff, Cassandra Marie, Katy Ann, Amy Madison. There’s so many other ladies too—but these girls have changed my life for the better. I’ve met them all through work and if I wasn’t in the field I’m in, I may never have gotten to share my life with them. I appreciate good people and good people is an understatement for those girls.

 

Photo Credit: Hot Shots Photography
Photo Credit: Hot Shots Photography

 

JM: Tell me about Cleavage for the CURE?

AA: Cleavage for the CURE was launched after I had gone through two life changing experiences. One, getting a breast augmentation and two, losing my grandmother to cancer. I put the two of them together and wanted a way to use sex appeal for better reason. I started by auctioning off my bras that I’ve worn in photo shoots, that no longer fit, on Ebay, and would donate the majority of the percentage to Susan G. Komen. Since then, I’ve sold silicone bracelets to raise awareness of C4TC and have made model contests to give models exposure. I want to think of Cleavage for the CURE as a pay it forward type of campaign.

 

JM: Where does your determination come from?

AA: My determination comes from being rejected the majority of my life, being told I can’t do what I’m doing because I’m short, curvy, and nobody would take me serious. I love proving people wrong, and that’s what I’m doing while making a positive impact.

 

Photo Credit: StewartSmithPhotography.com
Photo Credit: StewartSmithPhotography.com

 

JM: What do you want to achieve the most in your life?

AA: I honestly just want to be successful in this industry, create a movement that other people can follow and inspire others to follow their dreams no matter how far-fetched they may seem.

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleepr www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

JM: Has there been a photo shoot that you didn’t like how it turned out?

AA: Every model knows you have more than one of those during your career. Whether the photographer just decided to be a creep, or not get your photos back. I’ve had that happen a few times by people I had highly respected only to find they clearly didn’t care about their professionalism. It happens, and you just have to keep moving on.

 

Photo Credit: Radiant Inc
Photo Credit: Radiant Inc

 

JM: How can people get more determined in their lives like you?

AA: Just believe in you. As long as you love yourself, believe in yourself, and are motivated, you can do anything! Seriously think about it. If you don’t think you can do it, how do you expect anyone else to think otherwise?

 

Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper www.zzzphotos.com
Photo Credit: Bob Sleeper http://www.zzzphotos.com

 

Follow Ashley on Twitter: twitter.com/AshAlexiss

Like her page on Facebook: facebook.com/AshleyAlexiss

Be sure to check out www.cleavageforthecure.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backstage Pass: Charlie Jacks

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The music industry is filled with people who have great talent, but there is only a select few that can engage people, and make them feel the music. One of the few people who can do such things is Charlie Jacks. She is a UK music superstar, and has a massive following in Japan (and soon to be US) with six number one albums, and nine singles at the top of the Japanese iTunes charts. Charlie took time out of her busy schedule to tell me about her music career, achieving goals, and what inspires and motivates her.

Justin Marroquin: How did you get interested in music?

Charlie Jacks: I’ve always been a bit of an entertainer. I loved singing in school and my mum noticed how much I danced around the house singing as a kid, so she put me in classical music lessons. I think it really kicked in at a Chinese restaurant. We went for a family meal and there was a performer singing with a piano and mic this particular time. My family managed to persuade me(with a $8 bribe) to go and ask if I could sing. I sung “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. It was the silence of the room and the applause after that—made me want more. The feeling that you can acquire someone’s emotions with your voice, and impact them just a little really moved me. And that my friends is where it began.

JM: Where do you seek inspiration and motivation to write songs?

CJ: My motivation is simple—literally, life. If it makes me emotionally happy, sad, hurt, angry, I write about it. The same with my friends; if I see something I can relate to, it’s a beautiful thing to be able to capture in words and replay as a song. I find if people can relate to your story, they want to listen.

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JM: What do you enjoy more: writing songs or performing?

CJ: Performing songs I’ve written. It’s a beautiful moment when you see someone join into a song you’ve written.

JM: Do you set goals? If so, describe how you go about doing it.

CJ: This is tricky. My goal when I started music (in Japan) was only ever to release one single, that turned into six and nine albums. Now I have the same goal, but in the UK and US.

JM: How do you handle negativity?

CJ: IGNORE it. How does negativity ever benefit anyone? It doesn’t, so the best option—cut it out.

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JM: Do you have any plans to come to America?

CJ: Yes, I do all of my writing and recording in the states. I’ll be back soon to start the new EP.

JM: What is the best part about the music industry?

CJ: Achieving goals—meeting and working with creative people. Two creative people in the same room is a recipe for magic.

JM: What’s the worst part about the music industry?

CJ: There a huge amount of no’s. You have to be thick-skinned and willing to be turned away a lot to survive the industry. But if you are persistent and believe in yourself enough, you’ll get there.

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JM: How do you want to be remembered?

CJ: I just want to make a little impact on some people’s lives. “That song helped me through hard times” or “That song reminds me of summer” that kinda thing.

JM: What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your life?

CJ: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

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Follow Charlie on Twitter: twitter.com/charlietoons

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Check out her website: charliejacks.com

Ignore Impossible Episode #3: Cash Colligan

avatars-000033344310-ir3hhf-cropCash Colligan joined me on the Ignore Impossible podcast. We talked about The Cab, Play For Keeps, Rapping, and Life. Cash is very driven in his own life, and he shares with me what it takes to be successful in anything that you do.

 

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Are You Watching Closely?: Andrew Gerard

Photo Credit: Johnny Liu Photography
Photo Credit: Johnny Liu Photography

Do you believe in real magic? If not, I would guarantee you would after watching Andrew Gerard perform. Andrew has come up with some of the most amazing magic over the years. He has worked with magicians and mentalists such as David Blaine, Criss Angel, Keith Barry, and Cyril Takayama. Andrew is also a talented musician, and I had the chance to ask him about his magic and music career. You will come away learning more about magic and music.

Justin Marroquin: How did you get into magic?

Andrew Gerard: Well growing up my father was a magician, in the classic sense, stage magic, illusions etc. I never liked the classic stuff as a child, it looked like a play to me. But my grandfather “Gerard” was quite the inspiration to me. He could second deal cards, taught me to steal a watch and how to look at people differently and study them. I thought he was a pirate, or something growing up LOL. He was actually a very charming guy. I remember he gave roses to all the ladies in the neighborhood one day, and even threw his jacket over a puddle. The police showed up after dinner, because the local library had called them saying someone was stealing the roses from the garden. He even stole the sign that said “Do Not Touch The Roses.” I remember he also talked his way out of a ticket one time, I think he convinced the cop they were related through his last name. I think his idea that having knowledge and understanding people was more important than wearing a tuxedo, and making doves appear.

JM: Do you have a favorite illusion/trick?

AG: I think OOTW (Out Of This World) has the ability to profoundly have an impact on someone when performed at the right time, in the right way. (See Andrew’s version of OOTW on the ProCess DVD).

Note: For those who don’t know, OOTW is considered to be one of the best card tricks of all time.

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JM: What was your best performance in magic?

AG: I don’t think I have ever had a really great one yet. I am extremely rough on myself, and I usually come off stage and ask my sound tech, Wayne how bad was it? But I remember in 2001, I did a bill change for a homeless guy, it was pouring out and I just finished a gig at an upscale Martini bar; He had five bucks in his cup, I changed it into a hundred and let him keep it. He was dead silent for like two minutes and asked me “Is it real?” I could tell he really was questioning reality, and he needed magic at that moment. I saw recently a video of a magician doing this as a promotional thing. It would have been better if he didn’t film it, but then again maybe he would not have done it.

JM: What is your best memory in magic?

AG: I have had so many amazing opportunities in magic, on stage, and off camera. It would be hard to pick just one, but right now a couple of moments come to mind. I landed in New York to work with David Blaine, he knew I rode motorcycles, so he threw me a set of keys to one of his BMW’s and we went riding downtown NYC, it was amazingly so busy. He took me to Harlem and David Blaine pulled over at this old house, we parked and he told me to go up the stairs and read this red plaque. It was Harry Houdini’s house, and we did magic to each other for a couple of hours. After that, we rode home and picked up these two Brazilian girls that didn’t speak English. David told me to double one and he did, too! I had to give her my helmet we were also going the wrong way up a one way street! A cop was directing traffic and blew a whistle at us, I thought we were toast. No helmets, driving the wrong way etc. The cop saw it was David Blaine, and stopped traffic and told us to ride up the sidewalk and through a red light! Now that was magic! David Blaine is like Superman that way; huge star power without the attitude.

I filmed a TV show called “Past Lives” in London, England where I investigated past lives, etc. One of the girls took me to Abbey Road, where the Beatles recorded. I didn’t want to take a picture, it was too special. After we went to a pub for a pint, I read her mind and she asked me if I believe in angels, and heaven, I said yes. I didn’t know it at the time, but she had a brain tumor, and died two weeks after I flew out.

Backstage at Oprah with Criss Angel, we were alone in the dressing room, and both started laughing. We could not believe we were there. Criss was always very polite and respectful with me, I found him to be humble then, very much so.

541870_10151322302684291_1230221587_nJM: How are you able to stay so creative?

AG: I try. I fail. I try again. I think once I get interested in something, I go all the way. It means I dedicate a lot of time to not giving up on ideas. The down side is I can’t tie shoelaces, or throw a football. Thank god for Velcro.

JM: You are also a musician. How did you get into music?

AG: Once again, my father was a classical guitarist, so music was all around me since I was born. I was actually not very good, so I had to practice 10X’s harder than everyone else. Also, I never learned other people’s songs, I just wanted to create my own.

JM: What is a better thrill for you: Performing magic or playing music?

AG: That is difficult to answer. Music is real, and people react for an entire 60 minute show clapping, screaming, dancing, singing along, etc. I have never had anyone ask me after a show “how did you do that?” which is nice. With that said, magic can create very special memories when performed correctly. The difference is someone can learn the invisible deck and go blow someone away that day. You can’t learn guitar in a day, or even a year. In music, you must create your own song and lyrics. I wish magicians took some inspiration from musicians.

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JM: Has magic helped you to be a better musician?

AG: Well in some ways both have helped with each other, they are like cousins. You need to be able to step up and execute the art, and also be the person the audience needs you to be, which is yourself.

JM: Which is harder: Practicing magic or playing music?

AG:I don’t practice either anymore, I perform and I play. I think the best way to get good at anything, is to get stuck into it deep. Live it, breathe it, etc. I always fall asleep and wake up with a deck of cards and a guitar beside my bed, and sometimes in it.

27891_10151290406304291_1536324053_n JM: What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your life?

AG: Don’t try to be like anyone else, that’s weak. Every person reading this has one unique attribute that makes them incredibly special. Most of the time it’s something you take for granted, or that you can’t see yourself. Ask your friends to describe you. You may be blown away at what they have to say; for certain everyone will say one thing about you, that is your starting point. Build off of your strongest attribute.

“Success is knowing you are becoming the person you were meant to be.”

Like Andrew on Facebook: facebook.com/AndrewGerardMindIllusionist

Check out his website: gerardthehypnotist.com

Watch his videos on YouTube: youtube.com/user/GerardTheHypnotist

Listen to the band he plays in: danhaofficial.com