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    James BalazsBiomechanics Specialist, MATm, MATrx, IFNCP1358 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

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    Jordan Friedman

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    “Since my family moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, James has positively impacted all of us in many different ways. James and I only started seriously working together in November of 2018. At the time, I was a sophomore in college, and had gained about 40 lbs since entering school, which put me at 205 lbs. Before even starting me on a diet, James had a call with me in which we discussed what I wanted to gain from this experience.

    It wasn’t about actually losing weight, it was about developing a routine in which I could live a healthy lifestyle, much like I had done when I played for the number one high school water polo team in the country. Over the course of four months, and after a number of lengthy talks, I had lost the 40 lbs, and was on the right path toward a healthy lifestyle. My training regimen shifted from a “pain and gain” mentality from my water polo days, into a mindful one that focused on intention and muscle contraction. This allowed me to build the muscle that I desired, while maintaining the health and integrity of the joint. This was a radical shift in my approach to training, and has allowed me to train harder, more efficiently, and with increased frequency due to the decreased risk for injury. However, my work with James did not stop. In September of 2019, I began experiencing episodes of depression that were causing me to lose control over even the most simple things during my day. When James and I began working together on developing a healthy mind and relationship with myself, I was skeptical at first. But I put my faith in James, because he put his faith in me. While I am still learning to overcome my struggles and pain, James has helped transform my perception of what it means to be a man, how to think, and what life is truly about. I have a call with him twice a week, and those are the most positive moments of my week because I am completely present and focused on what we are discussing. I cannot say enough good things about James, but I am so thankful that my mother first met James seven years ago because he has fundamentally changed the way I live my life.”

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