Samir Becic was named as the top Fitness Trainer in America four times, Fitness Director of the Year twice, and Bally’s Best of the Best Fitness Trainer. As the founder of HealthFitnessRevolution and the creator of the ReSYNC® Method, Samir’s work is featured in many top media outlets. He is also the author of ReSYNC Your Life: 28 Days to a Stronger, Leaner, Smarter, Happier You.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That all mistakes are fixable.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
The health and fitness industry can be extremely frustrating. Knowledgeable, experienced, and intelligent health and fitness experts are taking a step back while those opposite of that are taking the stage, and promoting “quick fixes” without knowing anything about the ingredients.
In my career, I educated 900+ trainers. As a fitness director, I ran the largest club in the country (at the time) with over 25,000 members and 130 employees.
As a fitness trainer I was at Level 6, the highest level, and also 4x #1 fitness trainer in America for Bally’s (at that time the largest fitness corporation in the world, competing against 10,000 trainers), however I am still cautious about promoting products because of all the confusion and fake research.
Nevertheless, fitness trainers with 1% of my experience are convincing us that the products they are selling have “magical” and “miracle” powers.
The trend is growing: Now teachers, pastors, constructions workers, receptionists (without any knowledge about nutrition) are suddenly becoming health experts, and at the same time have a hard time pronouncing the names of the ingredients they are selling. This is insanity and I don’t mean the workout!
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
When I first came to America in my early 20s, I had NOTHING. I couldn’t even afford fresh foods, so, for a while, I was only eating canned goods. While this was a shock for me, especially after having been raised in a very comfortable environment in Europe, I now look back on the rough time fondly.
Not only was I the most ripped I have ever been, but it taught me that hard work and perseverance are the best way to success.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
I never, ever, give up!
What is your morning routine?
I wake up at 5 am usually right before my alarm goes off, and immediately smile in my bed, excited about the possibilities that the day may bring. To hydrate my body and decrease muscle tension due to overnight dehydration, I drink a big glass of water. I brush my teeth, wash my face, and get dressed.
Then, an important step in my routine consists of sitting quietly in my favorite chair and closing my eyes for 15 minutes, visualizing the day ahead. After this short meditation, I make my way to the gym and workout using my ReSYNC Method for 45 mins.
Next, I eat a balanced breakfast of lean protein and complex carbohydrates- usually 3-4 eggs, a slice of dense fitness bread, and some fruit. Finally, I help my wife dress my son for school, and then I go into the office.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Patience. I am far from being naturally patient. However, in the past few years, I have been pushing myself to practice patience, which has really helped my career and personal life.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Every night, I spend a few minutes visualizing the next day and everything I need to accomplish and write down my agenda. When I wake up the next morning, I check the agenda and add some things I may have forgotten.
Throughout the day, more things get added. Every time I finish a task, I cross it out. That way, progress in tangible and it keeps me focused. Also, I’m a glass-half-full type of person!
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
Usually, a workout will keep me focused, but as mentioned above, I meditate every morning as part of my routine. On particularly stressful days, I will take a few minutes to myself at various times to gather my thoughts.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. It helps me understand how to combat the obesity epidemic in America.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“Veni, Vidi, Vici”