How Exercise Helps You SUCCEED

“We’re our own worst enemies. You doubt yourself more than anybody ever will. If you can get past that, you can be successful.” -Michael Strahan

It is rare to find a successful person that doesn’t include some kind of physical activity into their weekly schedule. Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook all incorporate exercise to maximize their mental sharpness throughout the day. In fact they all credit exercise as a component of their success! There are many ways exercise carries over into your career and below you will find the top 3.

1. Exercise Helps Break Bad Habits and Teaches Discipline

Waking up early and resisting the temptation to hit the snooze bar to workout before work can be extremely difficult. On the same side of the coin, so is getting yourself to workout after a long day of work. Trying to combat the urge to crash in front of some good ol’e Netflix with some feel good comfort food in your favorite sweats is easier said than done. It’s easy to think of an excuse such as, “I need to sleep because I have a long day ahead of me” or, “I deserve to relax because I’ve worked a long day”, but have you thought about what you need? Have your excuses turned into bad habits?

It is often hard to really know what your body needs and becoming comfortable or distracted by work can allow you to lack discipline. That is where exercise comes into play. Exercise is the connection between your mind and body, making them complete. People who exercise regularly develop brain skills, such as memory and the ability to cope with stress. Improving these mental health skills allows you to be more aware of your deeper needs, resulting in healthier choices.

2. You Will Benefit from Goal Setting and Time Management

It is common sense that having a plan will lead to a more productive day. However, most people do not include exercise as a part of this plan! Positive patterns and goal setting are major keys to setting yourself up for success.

Writing out a plan for yourself is the first step to maximizing productivity and hitting your goals inside and outside of the workplace. When you get things done, it creates motivation. Seeing results fuels confidence and the mental switch from “I Can’t” to “I Can” . This allows you to overcome obstacles and to think bigger so you can move beyond the limitations you previously set for yourself.

Everyone is busy. Everyone has work and things to do outside of the work. However, you need to get your priorities straight. Even on busier days, setting as little as 20 minutes aside for a quick HIIT workout or a walk, puts you one step closer to your goals. Staying disciplined to an exercise schedule will carry over into the workplace and make it easier for you to hit your career goals as well.

3. You Will Learn to Work Smarter and Improve Cognitive Function

As stated by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health,
“Physical activity is associated with enhanced cognitive processing, helping you to stay more focused on tasks. Exercise also stimulates sections of the brain that aid memory function, to release a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which rewires memory circuits so they work better.”
Work can get frustrating. Negative co-workers, gossipy environments, yo-yoing stress levels and mental exhaustion can build up over time. It is easy to fall victim to this build up of emotions which is why having that one on one time with yourself can be a mental game changer. Exercise is very important for cognitive function because it causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and endorphins, that are often depleted by anxiety and depression.

Confidence derived from daily exercise can help you have a better attitude and a positive work-life balance. Your self-esteem increases, you are sharper and more positive and negotiating small conflicts becomes easier. Creativity and social skills will also improve as you start to feel more confident and positive day-to-day. It is no coincidence that the most innovative and most successful businesses in the world such as Google, Pfizer, Apple, Morgan Stanley etc. have exercise facilities in their office buildings making it easy for employees to work exercise into their daily routine.

When it comes to exercise there are many different routines and ways to get it done. Figure out what works best for you and make a plan. Commit to your plan and stick with it! Your physical and mental health are extremely interconnected and will lead you to feel better about yourself and the work you’re doing. Not only will you become healthier but this will ultimately lead to success. Get up and get moving!


The Abs Company Announces Owner Buyout

(Chester NJ) The Abs Company  announced that long time president Sean Gagnon has purchased the company from his partners and co founders. The Company was founded in 2007 by industry veterans Don Brown, David Augustine and Sean Gagnon. Brown is the inventor of the famous AB ROLLER - one of the best selling fitness items of all times with well over 10 million units sold. Augustine was also an integral part of that team serving on the legal and strategy side. The three had other business ventures together including health clubs and a company which helped inventors bring their products to the market. In 2005 the concept for the Ab Coaster was brought to the team and they immediately saw the potential to recreate the success they had with the Ab Roller.

They decided to follow the same path: make a version for health clubs while simultaneously launching a world wide TV Infomercial for consumers. They worked on the concept and got to the point where they were ready to show the world. What better place to do that than IHRSA? In 2007 the 3 showed up to San Francisco with 2 prototypes and a roll up banner!  Gagnon recalls “At that show IHRSA had 2 halls in the Moscone Center. One was for the ‘big guys’ and the other was for everyone else. We were in the other hall! We had a small 10 x 10 booth but the excitement and interest in our product was off the charts! We knew we were on to something.”

People loved the innovation and Ab Coaster was born. The team simultaneously launched in the commercial markets and put their infomercial on TV. 10 years later the product still sells well and has generated in excess of $100M in worldwide sales.

Over the years Ab Coaster realized they had carved out a niche in the core training space and started to expand their offerings to other innovative Ab Products. Under Gagnon’s leadership the product portfolio grew to over 10 skus and the company changed its name to The Abs Company in 2012. They were able to forge relationships with nearly every major brand worldwide providing customers with a comprehensive Ab and Core training portfolio of products that members want. Gagnon states “The Ab Space still remains extremely relevant in health clubs today. Even with the shift in focus towards functional training people still love to train ABS. A dedicated Abs area gives members a place where they can feel comfortable and win in the clubs. Not everyone is ready for the more advanced movements often found in group  and functional training classes. Making people feel comfortable keeps them coming back!”

The Abs Company was not blind to that changing market and continued to work hard to to expand its offerings to their loyal customer base. Gagnon and his long time friend and college roommate Mike Ritter created their next product  - TireFlip 180® and launched it to the market in 2014. They patented it around the world and have since sold this popular item in over 40 countries. This launched them in to the functional arena as well and allowed them to become leaders in the space they now call core based functional training.

In 2017 Gagnon and his partners decided that they were going to take their relationship in different directions and entered into an agreement for Gagnon to purchase the company. The trio had been working together for nearly 20 years and ultimately decided they had different interests long term. The deal was closed June 11, 2018 and Gagnon took full control of the Stock and Intellectual Property of the company. As a part of the deal Gagnon and Ritter agreed to fold Ritter’s ownership in the TireFlip 180® product into the company and Ritter became a minority shareholder in the entire business.

Gagnon states “I am extremely proud of what my team and I have been able to create here at The Abs Company. I am forever grateful to Don and Dave for giving me my start in the industry and for teaching me from their vast experience. We remain friends and I’m sure our paths will cross again. The Abs Company was founded on innovation and it is that innovation mindset that will carry us the next many years.  We’re just getting started!”