Health Scene: New Year’s Resolutions

by Arthur Vandelay on January 7, 2015


This article originally ran in the 2015 January/February issue of Scene Magazine

Aaron Williamson is a health advisor and fitness trainer to the film industry. He has helped craft the physical transformations of Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained, Zac Efron in Neighbors and Josh Brolin in Oldboy. He recently finished molding Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke into legendary action heroine Sarah Connor for Terminator: Genisys. Find out more at aaronwilliamson.net

According to a recent study, the number one new year’s resolution is two words: lose weight. Any yet only 8% of those resolutions are kept. What do you think most people who fail to meet their resolutions are doing wrong?
Everyone has the thought of going into the new year that they are going to get healthy, start eating better, or another similar resolution. Where they fall short is this: they have this idea in their head but there’s no blueprint. Once the new year rolls around and it’s time to achieve this goal, or resolution, there’s nothing to follow. If you go into the gym without a blueprint, especially if you are someone who is not familiar with the equipment and don’t know about nutrition, you kind of fumble around because you are trying to figure out what to do “on the go.” The best thing you can do is to put that plan on paper. There, you can begin to plan out how to make this goal a reality. Simply going into the gym with only an idea in your head is really setting yourself up for failure. I see it time and time again: people go to the store, go to the gym or go to the kitchen trying to get in shape and they just don’t know what to do. It’s because they haven’t thought the plan through. Make a plan, follow the plan and just stick with it. That’s the key to achieving your resolution or goal.

They go in with a goal but with no road map to get there.
Right. They go in with a head full of steam and no plan. The expectation is to have these amazing, dramatic results in such a short period of time. It’s just unrealistic. That’s where people get set up for failure. They don’t understand there’s a process to it. It’s not about just going to the gym for two or three weeks and then you are going to see these dramatic changes.

It also seems like many people make their resolutions too complicated. They are trying to accomplish major paradigm shifts. And yet most experts say you should keep your goal simple. What is a simple nutrition goal you can set?
Let’s break it down like this. Say you eat four meals a day (which is ideal for the normal person). That’s twenty-eight meals per week. That gives you twenty-eight chances to be successful in a week. If you fall short during a few meals, you are still on the right track. That’s nothing major and you won’t break your resolution. And remember, when you are starting a new nutrition plan at the beginning of the year, you don’t want to start off at 100 miles per hour like you are competing in a bodybuilding competition. You’ll burn yourself out. Just take it week-by-week, subtracting one thing from your diet each week, whether it’s sodas or a candy bar, or something you know is not healthy. Take one thing out and replace it with a piece of fruit or a vegetable, or something healthy. Those little things will help you make huge changes over time and you’ll feel better.

AWS-1What’s a simple training goal for the new year?
Exercise with other people. Whether it’s with a partner or in a group. There will be days where it’s going to be hard to find time to train, especially if you work long hours or have kids. If you have someone that’s there to help you to fit in that thirty minutes or an hour of exercise, that’s going to get you through those tough times. Going into the gym by yourself when you are tired, hungry or aggravated will make it a lot harder to push through what you need to do. If you have someone else there, you’ll be able to feed off each other’s motivation and energy. You are also making it more enjoyable, especially if you are a competitive person.

What if you lose sight of your goal?
First, you have to look at how you lost sight of it. Did you really give yourself enough time to accomplish the goal? Are you confused over the goal? Keep in mind that you have an entire year to accomplish this resolution. New year’s resolutions aren’t just about January and February. It’s a lifestyle change. There aren’t any quick fixes. So just step back and regroup. Maybe talk to a nutritionist or talk to a trainer, someone who can help you get your head back to where it needs to be. And just start again. There’s nothing wrong with it. It happens to the best of us. It’s happened to me before. Life happens. It throws you off and you just have to jump back in it. This is your life, and there are reasons you’ve decided to make these resolutions. And remind yourself: don’t ever give up because you may never know who is looking up to you. You never know who you are motivating.

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jai-courtney-uk-premiere-a-good-day-to-die-hard-03-webTerminator: Genisys star Jai Courtney has signed on for Dito Montiel’s psychological thriller Man Down. Courtney will star alongside Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Toby Kebbell in the film that focuses on Gabriel Drummer. Gabriel is an Afghanistan war veteran trying to accept his past while searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. Courtney plays Devin who is best friends with Gabriel and served alongside him in the war.

Courtney has starred in Divergent and can be seen in the upcoming films Terminator: Genisys, Insurgent, Unbroken and The Water Diviner.

Man Down begins filming in Louisiana next month and is slated for a September 30, 2016 release.

Source: Deadline


Terminator 5 Begins Filming, Considers Name Change

by Arthur Vandelay on April 24, 2014

Terminator Genesis - Slates for Sarah
Terminator: Genesis (aka Terminator 5) has begun filming in New Orleans under the direction of Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World alum Alan Taylor. In the official press release from Paramount, the title Terminator: Genesis is not used. Peter Sciretta of /Film rightly points out that the production may be considering a name change. Which wouldn’t be something out of the ordinary: films regularly re-evaluate their choice of title leading up to the release of a film, responding to test screenings and the advice of marketing professionals.

Terminator: Genesis stars Arnold Schwarzeneggar as the titular cybernetic organism, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as John Connor, Jason Clarke, JK Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi and Byung Hun Lee.

The photo of the first-day slate above is a tribute to Sarah Jones, a film professional who was tragically killed on the set of Midnight Rider in Georgia. Film and television shows have been dedicating their slates to raise awareness for safety on set. You can follow the campaign at www.slatesforsarah.org.

After a lengthy shoot in New Orleans, the film’s release date is July 1, 2015.

Source: /Film



Arnold’s back…again! Schwarzenegger has confirmed his return as the infamous T-800, with Jason Clarke (who has starred in such films as John Hillcoat’s Lawless and Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of The Great Gatsby) starring as John Connor. The film will be directed by Alan Taylor, best known for his work on the hit series Game of Thrones and for recently directing Thor: The Dark World, and also stars Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke and JK Simmons, though casting is currently ongoing.

James Cameron, who directed the second film in the franchise, is a collaborative writer in the newest installation of Terminator films. The actioner is currently in pre-production, with its release predicted sometime in early 2015, and will be shot in New Orleans.