"Be Like Mike" - Movati Mike
Last week, we made a visit to our good customer, Movati Athletic in Burlington. As always, when I get a chance to visit, I had to fit a workout in - I love their facilities. As I am still in bike mode and chasing 13,000 km this calendar year, I spent an hour on the Matrix stationary bike doing the rolling hills workout. While riding, I was already thinking about the great shower and steam room! After 60 min. of hard work, I headed down to the change room.
I had a quick shower (you cannot imagine the luxury of a Movati shower - you’ve just got to try it for yourself) and then went into the steam room. After a few minutes, this fellow entered and we struck up a great conversation. Mike shared with me that he works out every other day; exercise is part of his way of life – a fit 71-year-old. I love seeing that. I have this saying: You have to keep moving to keep moving. Mike exemplifies this perfectly - you see, if you keep moving and working those muscles, you kind of earn the right to do it again tomorrow, no matter your age. I was surprised to learn that Mike had had a triple bypass surgery 19 years ago and is equipped with a pacemaker. Mike is a lucky one, a smart one. I remember that I saw a sobering stat in the documentary, Forks Over Knives, I believe: the most common symptom of heart disease is sudden death. Obviously, Mike had a warning shot across the bow and lived to make the necessary changes.
I asked Mike what lifestyle changes he had made following his surgery (I assumed correctly that his heart disease was attributed to a poor diet and lack of exercise). At the time of his surgery he was 240 pounds, and today there he sat almost 20 years later, below 200 pounds (a reasonable weight for his large frame). Turns out Mike was a shot putter and discus thrower for Canada in the 60’s and 70’s. In those days, he was a muscular 270 pounds. Mike told me that he switched his diet up and he started a regular exercise regime. He also mentioned that the best thing he ever did was join Movati Athletic in Burlington last January. He is a fixture there and it shows. I just love seeing this. No matter your age, you can make a change. We found this out in the study we supported under the direction of Dr. Stu Phillips where men with a mean average age of 73 showed increase muscle mass with a multi-ingredient protein supplement and omega 3 when combined with routine light resistance training. See resistance training study here.
Mike mentioned a friend of his who suffered a severe heart attack at around the same time. He also had bypass surgery, but sadly, unlike Mike, he made no lifestyle changes, and unfortunately, he passed some years ago.
Mike asked me what I do; I let him know about Infinit Nutrition Canada and if he had ever tried any of our products sold right there at Movati. He hadn’t, so I told him to come see me in the Café and I would buy him our protein/coffee drink: Cold Brew. He asked me about our brand, “Can you buy it at GNC or Popeye’s?” I said, “ No - really Mike, I think we would be lost in stores like that. A lot of products use a lot of marketing hype and it’s hard to compete with that. We offer the best protein period – comes from Fonterra in New Zealand. Honestly, it’s not for everyone, but those who use our products, love us.”
I was happy to see Mike come over to the Nutritional Café and I fulfilled my promise and bought him an Infinit Cold Brew – he chose to have it on the rocks. He couldn’t believe a protein could taste like that – 21 g and in a coffee. He was an instant fan, and he made my day. Mike also went on to say that this would be perfect for his wife; she struggles to get enough protein in and he thought this would be a perfect solution: something she gets to have, instead of has to drink.
This is why I do what I do - I absolutely love seeing people living their life to their fullest potential.
Be like Mike – either get moving or keep moving: this way you earn the right to keep moving!