Our brand 199GUY serving as a motivational speaker with the theme NUTRITION TO BETTER ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, FAMILY OR CAREER. As a former sports marketing exec. from Plainfield, NJ that lacked balance & has lost over 199 lbs. (261) & survived sudden cardiac death, we dis-spell a misnomer that you have to be an exercise freak in order to lose weight. Our focus is that 80% of weight loss relates to nutrition & just 20% due to exercise. The concepts I convey encourage participants to take ownership of their own life race & follow through & complete it at their own pace. Such a breakthrough not only helps the individual, it impacts everyone around them as well; coworkers, acquaintances & friends.
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If you are looking for looking for a dynamic, innovative and passionate speaker to motivate your group to maximize their potential, Neal Bendesky is excited to develop an audience-first presentation for your event or meeting. Neal's story losing over 199 pounds (261 naturally) and surviving sudden cardiac-death inspired him to move forward from a career as a sports marketing executive to form the brand 199GUY. His presentation is geared to share his passion for life by encouraging others to run the race of their lives, whatever that race is through lifestyle transformation. Recently, Neal completed his 12 half marathon in 12 states in 12 months.
OTF Radio Interview Segment: http://www.199guy.com/_media/OTF-interview.mp3
Here's what others are saying about the 199GUY:
"Sports sometimes gets the best of us. Competitors experience losing and heartbreak. There are times when one lacks focus or commitment. There are moments of self-doubt. In comparison, so does life. But sports and life also parallel each other in that “It’s Never too Late!” to mount a comeback. And Neal Bendesky, aka 199 Guy, is living proof that the game is not over till the clock hits 0:00. As with other industries, college athletics has a demanding schedule under dynamic conditions. Sporting events, travel, long weekends, and required donor socials litter the calendar. These events are enjoyable with appetizing food and drinks. For those like Neal who didn’t understand wellness and nutrition, the industry creates a lifestyle not conducive to healthy living. He said, “I lived an unbalance life and had 1 foot in the grave."
Today, his passion is helping others conquer their health challenges. He started the 199 Guy Lifestyle. The 199 signifies his weight loss. Lifestyle stands for L-Learn, I-Inspire, F-Focus, E-Energy, S-Staying power, T-Trust the process, Y-You, L-Love doing it, E-Exercise and Eat right. His initiative’s goal is to share his story in the hopes they draw from his experiences and began their health journey. He believes “attitude is like a flat tire, if you don’t fix it you won’t get very far!”
Orangetheory Fitness World's Biggest Winner (loser).
Spoken at over 60 OTF studios following 55-minute workouts to inspire new and current members about their wellness journey. Recent segment in Columbus, OH.
International Article in Athlinks.
Athlinks: What was the greatest obstacle to overcome?
Bendesky: Initially, my obstacle was identifying why I should start a wellness journey. Before I could remove the ‘extra’ weight I was carrying, I decided to sit down and actually figure out why I wanted to do it. I needed a plan. I had never asked myself why I wanted to do it or what impact it could have on my life. Sure I had an idea, but it wasn’t until I actually made a list that it made an impact on me.
Family – Be active in my families life
Live Longer – See my sons graduate
Hiding – Be confident in public
Quality of Life – Free from pain and feeling run down
Fear of heart attack or stroke – Make it to my 60th birthday
It is very hard for these reasons to show themselves, when you start to lose value on your life or maybe you just don’t really know what your value is. I had to think about my life, my family… My wife and kids, and about the things that I loved and that I had a passion for. It’s a challenge for everyone in this situation, but it is an obstacle to overcome.
Neal Bendesky is not your normal 60-year-old sports marketing professional when it comes to overcoming the odds for his wellness journey and success story. As a motivational speaker and leadership/success speaker for corporate wellness groups and general events, he is known as the 199GUY based losing over 199 pounds starting at 450 pounds, tipping the scales under 199, and going 199 straight days in the gym after surviving a life-threatening event from a pre-existing condition. In fact, Bendesky, Orangetheory Fitness world's biggest documented (winner who recently completed his 1,000th class) has started ChiRunning half marathons and is having fun helping others with their lifestyle journey. Recently, he completed his 12th half marathon in 12 states in 12 months!
Bendesky who has previously managed major celebrity fund-raising events benefiting Children’s Home Society, Dade Schools Athletic Foundation in Florida, United Way, Lauren’s Kids and the Boys & Girls Clubs and formerly was a senior administrator for the HEAT, Marlins and UM. Last year, he celebrated his anniversary for surviving a heart attack by running a marathon distance as a fundraiser for the Children’s Museum at the American Heart Association in Phoenix, Arizona. 199GUY currently is part of a Game Plan, Inc. which has started programming for child obesity awareness and better nutrition in the schools.
International Fitbit blog: https://blog.fitbit.com/lose-199-pounds/