Transform Your Health & Fitness in Only Minutes a Week!

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer

With MaxStrength Fitness’s exclusive program, you can have the body you’ve always wanted in just 20 minutes a day, twice a week. But you’ve got to be willing to work. As founder of MaxStrength Fitness in Westlake, I don’t pull any punches about exercise. My unconventional view of exercise programs is that productive exercise must be an ultra-intense stress, yet too much stress can be counterproductive. It’s one more burden in your life, so we like to prescribe the minimum amount of exercise that produces the greatest effect.

The MaxStrength program is based on pushing the muscles to failure—to the point where they can do no more—in a condensed period of time. It is specifically geared for busy professionals who don’t have a great deal of time to spend in the gym. More important than the time spent doing the program is its effectiveness. We get results in a fraction of the time most people spend at the gym.

Compared to people working out at a regular gym several hours a week, MaxStrength can produce more results with far less time commitment. The business executive who gets paid for his or her time understands the cost-to benefit-ratio of our program. This program is going to free up a lot of time. Those 20-minute sessions aren’t easy. I don’t kid people into thinking this is fun. This type of exercise may be the most brutally hard work you are ever going to do. But it’s safe and we’ve found that any person can do it—from the professional athlete to the 85-year-old woman with a hip and knee replacement. Most exercise programs are based on doing more volume, which eventually hits a point of diminishing return.

The problem with the traditional thinking is that the more you do, the more your intensity starts to suffer. You can’t run five miles with the same intensity with which you run one mile. My concept was to find ways to maximize the intensity and concentrate the effort on exercise.

Most MaxStrength clients are not interested in bodybuilding. But like most young body builders, I hit the gym to lift weights religiously for at least a couple hours a day, sometimes as many as seven days a week while in high school. Once I started college and work, my concept of time management changed. I realized that I wanted to get the benefits of exercise, but it wasn’t practical to put in all of that time. The bodybuilding trophies on display in our reception area are proof of our programs effectiveness.

This type of exercise may be the most beneficial work you are ever going to do and the time to get started is right now. Our program is based on research done at the University of Florida Medical School conducted in the early 1980s by fitness expert Ken Hutchins for a Nautilus Osteoporosis study. He later developed proprietary resistance equipment that stresses the muscles into failure during a short, but grueling period of 90 seconds to three minutes. Unlike the loud jock mentality and the screaming associated with gym training, our exercise environment is distraction-free. We keep the studio at 65 degrees to keep the body cool and we have no mirrors, no music, and no shouting. It feels more like a doctor’s office than a gym. The program at MaxStrength begins with a free initial consultation that lasts about one hour. Along with the exercise, MaxStrength offers a variety of nutrition counseling programs.

MaxStrength Fitness is located in Westlake at 2211 Crocker Rd. You can call 440.835.9090 or go to for more information or to request a complimentary initial consultation and demo workout to experience this unique system for yourself! Plus you can view testimonials from a variety of clients who are high performers in the greater Cleveland area just like YOU!

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Don’t Need to Check Your Own References? Better Think Again.

You May Be Surprised About What Your References Are Really Saying About You

DETROIT (April 13, 2016) – How many of us have heard this oft-spoken mantra before: Your former employer is only allowed to divulge your employment dates and title you held with the organization.  Their company policy states that no negativity about you as a former employee can be offered.

If you’re confident that your former employers will always adhere to this policy, you might want to think again.  Reference checking firm Allison & Taylor indicates that approximately half of the thousands of reference checks they conduct, reveal some form of employer negativity (typically from either former supervisors or Human Resources personnel).  Put another way, what you don’t know can – and almost surely will – prevent you from getting new employment at some future date.

To address this, it is critical that you first identify exactly what your former employers are actually “offering up” about you to potential new employers.  In addition to intentional negativity, employers sometimes inadvertently offer information that (for example) may contradict information you have put on your resume.  Here is a summary of why you would be well advised to check your own references before embarking on a new job search:

  1. Your references may not be saying what you expect.  If your reference is offering any negativity about you whatsoever, it will put you at a disadvantage vis a vis other candidates whose references are either glowing or neutral.  Your odds of landing that job will be negligible at best.
  2. Prospective employers will not tell you if they have uncovered any reference negativity about you.  Instead, they will simply tell you that they have “decided to go in a different direction” or – more likely still – you will simply never hear from that company again.
  3. The company’s comment policy may not be what they think it is.  Again, many people assume that an employer can’t or won’t say anything of a negative nature, and are unpleasantly surprised to find out this may not be the case.  Employers all-too-often say unflattering things about former employees.
  4. Your reference contact may no longer work for the company.  Many job seekers make the mistake of not staying in close contact with the person they intend to use for a reference.  You need to ensure that person is still there to respond to inquiries.  If your reference is no longer there, a reference checker may end up with someone who won’t cast you in such a positive light.
  5. Your resume information may not reflect their HR records.  Beware a scenario where your former employer has different employment dates, position title, or supervisor listed than what you have presented.  This type of discrepancy might suggest to a new employer that you are being less than truthful about your former position’s title or responsibilities.
  6. You may have been omitted from the HR records entirely.  This can occur in the case of mergers, where not all records make the transfer into a new system.  It is also not uncommon with the self-employed; many companies do not hold records for a contractor in their HR system.  It will reflect poorly on you when an employer calls and is told that there is no record of you ever having worked for their company.

Fortunately, reference-checking organizations such as Allison & Taylor can quickly and easily help you verify exactly what your former employers will say about you.  In the event that any “unpleasant surprises” are revealed, be aware there are tools likely to ensure that a reference problem is successfully addressed.  Again, the first step is to find out what your previous employers are really saying – the career you save, may be your own.

Washington Place Bistro Spring Roulades

WashingtonBistroChicken & Roasted Tomato Roulade with Zucchini & Carrot Puree

Created, prepared and displayed by Chef Bradley Johnson of the Washington Place Bistro and Inn in Little Italy.

  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 4 ea Garlic Cloves… smashed
  • 3 ea Chicken Breasts… cut into 1” strips
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 T Salt
  • 2 T Beer
  • 3-4 cups Water
  • 8 oz Penne Pasta… cooked, cooled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh Herbs… chopped, parsley, chives, basil, etc
  • 3 T Parmesan Cheese… grated
  • 7-8 Carrots… peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • 4 ea Zucchini… thinly sliced lengthwise on mandolin, ¼” thick

Pre-heat oven to 375* Combine tomatoes, 2 T oil and garlic cloves and spread on sheet pan. Roast for 1 hour, stirring half way through. Place cooked tomatoes in a mixing bowl and cool.

In a hot saute pan, add 2 T oil and brown the chicken strips. Season with salt. Deglaze pan with 2 T beer, the rest is for the cook! Add water to cover and simmer until chicken is easily shredded and the liquid is almost dry. Once cooled slightly shred the chicken apart and combine with the tomatoes. Add the chopped penne pasta as a binder and mix well. Add in the fresh herbs and cheese, adjust seasoning to your liking.

In a small saucepan, combine the carrots, water, salt, ginger and cumin and simmer until carrots are soft, 20 minutes. Add just the carrots to a blender, then add enough of the liquid to cover them. Blend on high until you have a smooth puree. Use caution when blending hot items!

Shingle 5-6 slices of zucchini evenly on a cutting board and place ¾ cup or so of the chicken and tomato filling in the center. Carefully roll the zucchini around the filling and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet with the seam side facing down. Repeat with remaining zucchini and filling. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and salt on the top of roulade and bake for 15 minutes at 375* Serve with carrot puree. Visit for more information about Chef Bradley Johnson and the Washington Place Bistro & Inn.