Preparation for a Cycling World Record

Sixty-year-old Wimpie van der Merwe,
Red Rush Athlete and AIM Preferred Member sets his sights on The Hour

My name is Wimpie van der Merwe, proudly South African and sixty years old. I recently attempted the master’s world record for the Hour. It’s the most prestigious record in cycling, attempting to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes.

The Hour is even more valued than a Tour de France victory. Only the best in cycling have ever held this record. For most, it’s a career-ending effort. Not only is the Hour so physically demanding, it is so emotionally fulfilling that there is hardly any worthwhile goal to fulfill after achieving it.

An Impressive Cycling Career

During my cycling career, I have broken many records: 12 world, 18 African and 18 South African, setting records on both sides of the spectrum with distances from 200 meters to 1,000 kilometers. Presently, I still hold records: 12 South African, 11 African and 1 world, making me one of the most accom­plished riders in the history of cycling.

Remaining very active on the international scene, I competed in the 1,400 km ultra-endurance London Edinburgh London (LEL) race in the first few days of August 2017. All of these achievements have made me one of the most knowledgeable cyclists when it comes to preparation of the mind and body for speed and endurance. And I’m willing to share some of these principles

The Science of Cycling Endurance

At the outset, I had to become my own scientist, learning through ex­perimentation and making my own mis­takes. There are no scientists who have been there to tell me what to do. In fact, scientists study and follow sportsmen like me. And at this level of competition, I had to accept that there is no manual to follow.

Mentally, someone who wants to do what I do should have a single-minded purpose, not accept “no” for an answer, have an innate desire to test the limits, never be satisfied with the status quo, be persistent and focused, make friends with pain and dis­com­fort, be willing to sacrifice more than the rest of the com­­petition, un­der­stand that limitations are man-made and that “impossible” is a silly word.

Most of the time it is easier to know what to do than to do what you know because it costs discipline and sacrifice to put know­ledge into action and reach the pinnacle of
success. To be the best in your sport, there is no shortcut. So if you want to ruin your life and reputation, you can follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong.

Building a Foundation for Success

The basics of sport are the same as in building a house: to have a roof, you need to have walls and a foundation. The foundation of any success lies in the preparation phase, sometimes a multi-year period. Money cannot buy it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot replace it with a pill. Stamina, or mileage, the slow conditioning, muscle and body chemistry development phase is the primary part of any preparation.

About 60 percent of your time spent in preparing and nurturing stamina will be below an effort of a heart rate zone of 2-2.5 millimoles per litre (mMol) lactate. What follows is the power phase. About 30 percent of your time is spent at a corresponding effort of up to 4 mMol lactate. This is an effort that starts distinguishing the men from the boys.

The Hour record is done at an intensity as close as possible to the 4 mMol level. This is the “pay-as-you-go” level. The art of the Hour record is to be able to keep your effort exactly on this level. It can be explained as follows: If you go one beat faster, you are in oxygen debt and have to slow down, paying interest for the effort that was too hard. If you go one beat slower, it is ground you lost and can never make up again.

The final 10 percent of your time spent in preparation is in the zone above 4 mMol lactate. This is the red zone, the roof of your building. This is where strength manifests, lactic acid tolerance is developed and, at the same time, the most physical and mental damage occurs. It is the reason why you spend the least of your time here. It is quality time. It is the zone of pain and discomfort. It is the zone where your character is reflected. This is the zone that everyone subconsciously wants to avoid because fatigue makes cowards of us all. This is the top of the pyramid and as we all know, the higher the pyramid, the broader its base should be (stamina).

The Legal Edge: AIM Red Rush

Red Rush has proven itself so beneficial for these two latter zones because it delays the onset of fatigue. For the same workload to reach maximal heart rate, you can now last at least 16 percent longer. Because it enables the body to work more efficiently with fat as a source of energy, it lowers lactate levels at the same workload than before.

I drink one Red Rush daily to top up my nitrate levels and two before a major workout or competition to help me last longer and give me the legal edge to shatter human limitations they call world records.

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AIM Star Sapphire Direction Promotion: Ginette Paquin

 

July turned into a special month for Ginette Paquin this year. She promoted to AIM Star Sapphire Director, reaching an elite position in the AIM Member Income Plan.

When Ginette joined AIM back in 1998, she was already on the road to quick promotions, becoming a Preferred Member within a month. In less than a year and a half, she promoted to Director. To date, Ginette has 117 memberships in her downline.

Over the years, her AIM journey has taken Ginette to the distant shores of Madagascar and back. After operating a health clinic for fourteen years in her native Quebec, Ginette closed it in 2009. Then she and her husband, Mario Foster, moved to Madagascar, where Ginette did mission work. And she brought AIM products to share with the locals.

Working with children living on the street, Ginette got involved with Love-n-Care Ministries. Later, they founded Youth Challenge, which worked to teach children French, sign language and life skills as well as be fed two nutritious meals when they come to school. They have funded the building of schools that children attend for free. Along with receiving a basic education, the children study music, sewing, embroidery and life skills.

Using income from her AIM business, Ginette and Mario have helped to fund ministries and missionaries in Madagascar as well as provide a private-school education for eleven children in need.

Ginette and Mario have been married for thirty-one years, raising two children of their own. Their son Philippe and his wife Josée have three children, Nadia, Gabriel and Nicolas. Their daughter Jennifer is the mother of Kelly-Anne and Noah. All of Ginette and Mario’s family members are on the AIM products, including their five grandchildren. As for her own favorites, Ginette chooses the Daily Essentials Pack (Canada) — BarleyLife, Herbal Fi­ber­blend and AIMega — plus CellSparc 360.

When Ginette returned to Canada in 2015, people began calling her about re-opening her clinic. “I believe my calling is to help others with their health,” Ginette stated. ”It gives me additional freedom to help more people.” Meeting people in their homes or having them visit her home has been beneficial in helping to educate them on nutrition and to regain their health by using the AIM products. “Datasheets are my favorite sales tool. So much information is given at meetings, so having datasheets in their hands to see and read is very helpful.”

“We are so grateful for The AIM Com­panies™ and the products they offer that helped changed our lives as well as the lives of those we share with,” Ginette said. “I would like to personally thank Andrée Jobin from French Services for all her help, support and friendship. When we were in Madagascar, she was always so helpful.”

Ginette’s advice for building a successful AIM business is to truly want to help others with their health, adding “When you love your neighbors and do good for them, God will open the door and all will fall into place.”

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Are You In the Running to Win a Prize in AIM’s Northern Lights Contest?

Only 45 days are left in the Northern Lights Contest, so there’s still time to be among the top 60 memberships that win prizes. A total of $75,000 in cash and 2018 Celebration Packages is available and you have through December 31 to earn your prize.

Below is a listing of the top 60 Memberships in the running for contest prizes as of 11:59 p.m. MT, November 15. But don’t count yourself out – there is time to continue earning contest points by increasing your Group BVP, sponsoring new Members, encouraging your newly-sponsored Members to continue placing orders and having new and existing first-level Members promote to higher titles!

REMEMBER, a minimum of 500 contest points allows you a chance at winning 1 of 60 prizes.

Membership Name Contest Points
Miller,  Joseph W. and Emma M. 6398
Rawls, Marlene and David 3246
Jada, Muhammad 3109
Jada, Razia 3088
Peterson, Ralph S. 2957
Miller, Karen D. and Matthew 2363
Jada Shaik, Raeesa 2100
Weitsz, Vanessa 1952
Bloemhof, Herman 1739
Van Den Bosch, Marinda 1738
Quantum Knowledge Pty. Ltd. 1737
Markotter, Elzette 1598
Greens For Life Inc. 1536
Toft, Heidi and Mike 1451
Upfold, Jon and Julie 1307
Van Rensburg, Chris and Joan 1181
Schiele, Loren E and Kathleen 1162
* 1141
Knipp, Cara D 1075
Myburgh, Vivienne c/o Something Natural 1036
Thompson, Joy and Nathan 982
M and M Healthy Sales Inc. 947
Robinson, Leré and Eddie 928
Borntrager, Rudy and Anna 882
Paquin, Ginette 872
van der Walt, Erna 820
Lim, Jian 810
Van der Westhuizen, Tanya 804
Ascent Strategies, Inc. 768
Kuret- Coetzer, Tanya 741
Kritzinger, Benita 649
Adam, Sylvie 644
Vawda, Moonira 641
Helm, Madaleine 641
Du Toit, Rene 635
Forrest, Andrena 629
JMK Marketing 625
King, DC, Susan M. 625
De Villiers, Yolanda 608
Yoder, Elmer A. and Barbara J. 605
Vandertil, Rita and Eno 518
Fry, Matthew D. and Ruth M. 496
Raber, Daniel and Soloma 463
Mary A. (Toni) Lund Family Trust 461
Casavant, Monique 459
Maas, Liesl 450
The Natural Way Network 445
Revolution Solution, Inc. 427
Brogan, Lisa 427
Baty, Erin and Michael 404
Ramila’s Healing Arts Clinic 393
Warehouse, Natures 384
Karolia, Raheema 373
Seedat, Fatima 369
Burkholder, Elaine and Michael 369
Ponchot, Cynthia K. 361
Bowers, Claudia 361
Avodah Financial, LLC 356
Orlando, Wanda E. 348
Beachy, Eli E. and Martha 344
*AIM Member wishes to remain anonymous.

We hope to see you at AIM’s 2018 Diamonds Aglow Celebration in Toronto, Canada from July 12 thru 15.

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Diabetes is Bad But Reducing Inflammation with AIM Products Can Help

Diseases deserve their awful-sounding names: tuberculosis, fibromyalgia, cancer. No matter how you say them, they sound as bad as they are and make life worse than it ever should be.

There’s one particular disease out there with a growing, rippling effect around the globe. That’s because the number of people in the world who have diabetes is increasing with each passing year. The worldwide statistic for adults living with diabetes was 108 million in 1980. By 2014 that number had reached 422 million.

The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes

The majority have type 2 diabetes—the body makes insulin, but cells don’t use it effectively. That means blood sugar remains high, circulating throughout the body and causing chronic inflammation. Shockingly, it used to be a disease that only adults developed but now commonly affects children.

Type 2 diabetes is bad because it can damage eyes, kidneys, the heart, blood vessels and nerves, resulting in blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke or lower limb amputation. Diabetes is really bad.

Lifestyle changes, such as a proper diet and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight, can be effective in preventing or reversing type 2 diabetes. So it just doesn’t make sense that more and more people are being diagnosed.

Or maybe it makes perfect sense when considering the worldwide embracement of poor nutrition: fatty fast foods, processed foods, sugar-filled foods and drinks! They are not natural, so consuming them on a regular basis creates unnatural side effects like chronic inflammation that can lead to the onset of type 2 diabetes.

A 2003 study published by the American Diabetes Association shows that people with type 2 diabetes have higher levels of inflammation, particularly with the presence of cytokines1: inflammatory chemicals often stored in fat tissue.

It’s a given that if you have—or are told to be at risk of—type 2 diabetes, lifestyle changes are necessary, mainly in regard to eating whole foods that are primarily plant-based. For example, dark, leafy green vegetables are an ideal food to combat inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

BarleyLife delivers anti-inflammatory properties in the natural balance of nutrients found in barley grass, concentrated into a unique juice powder. The body thrives on a daily supply of antioxidants, chlorophyll, enzymes, min­erals and vitamins, especially when these nutrients come from a plant-based source as rich as barley grass.

AIMega contains omega-3 essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce but requires to reduce inflammation. AIMega’s bal­anced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 from organic seed oils contribute to the healthy membrane structure and function of every cell.

Herbal Fiberblend or fit ’n fiber provide the anti-inflammatory properties of fiber, which slows down digestion and the release of glucose into the blood. Additionally, insulin is not required to digest fiber, so blood sugar levels are not spiked. A high-fiber intake makes the stomach feel full for a long time, helping to maintain a healthy weight.

GlucoChrom offers a natural way to increase the effective action of insulin, which channels blood sugar where it belongs: into cells that use glucose as an energy source, not a source of inflammation. The GlucoChrom combination of chromium, vanadium citrate, Gymnema sylvestre leaf extract and bitter melon fruit also helps to metabolize carbohydrates and fats, which assists with weight management.

Diabetes is bad, but there are natural ways to combat the bad and make it better. AIM leads the natural way.

1 Diabetes 2003 Mar; 52(3): 812-817. https://doi.org/10.2337/diabetes.52.3.812

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The Stress Reliever: Mag-nificence CWR

A multitude of different factors contribute to most people being deficient in magnesium in today’s society, an important one being chronically high stress levels.

Stress increases adrenaline and cortisol and there is an associated decline in magnesium because it is used to counteract the “fight or flight” stress response of the body.

As a student with deadlines and time pressures, I know my stress levels can get out of hand. Since magnesium can be absorbed transdermally (through the skin), I love to use Mag-nificence CWR to increase my intercellular magnesium.

If I make the time to have a bath, wonderful! However, what I find much more feasible with my nightly agenda of studying or essay writing is footbaths. I fix a basin of hot water, pour in CWR and then let my body absorb the magnesium through my feet while my hands are free to work— multitasking at its best!

—Karina Gerhardt-Strachan, AIM Preferred Member

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Moving Mountains

Shared by Izelle Pretorius, AIM Member

I was twelve years old in 1990, when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. What is cancer I wondered? I was told it is the illness that kills. In 1991, my grandfather passed away. In 1999, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. Ten years later, she was gone. So cancer is the illness that kills, I thought.

In 2015, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in October: breast cancer awareness month. It seemed like a mountain was in front of me. I was thirty-seven years old and had a wonderful husband, Johan, and two boys, four-year-old Ihvan and seven-month-old Stian. And now I had the illness that kills?

I prayed, “Dear God, help me.” Suddenly I experienced an indescribable peace with the realization that I don’t have cancer because it is going to kill me. It’s because God has a special plan for my life. It is no longer the “Big C” or the “dreaded disease”. It is CANCER. And I am not going to battle it; I am going to BEAT it!

The left mastectomy was scheduled for October 28—my thirty-eighth birthday. The cancer was very aggressive, resulting in very aggressive treatment: ten chemotherapy sessions and twenty-five radiation sessions. Thereafter, the right mastectomy and a hysterectomy followed.

After my second chemo session, I met a lady named Melinda Wessels, a naturopath who changed my world by telling me about the dangers of sugar and gluten. I used to be a sugar addict.

I started getting products from her, beginning with ProPeas, which I’ve been using in my protein shakes since November 2015. Following the completion of chemo and before starting radiation, I began taking CoCoa LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra for the effect that greens have on combating cancer.

By November 2016, I was officially in remission. No sign of cancer. I did it. I beat it! I BEAT CANCER!

I officially became an AIM Member in January 2017. And I’ve hosted a number of cancer awareness events, where I told the guests about the AIM products I’ve been using.
Believe it or not, I decided to train for the Ironman 70.3. My biggest motivation is my husband Johan, a professional athlete who has completed several Ironmans. I beat cancer, so why not start big.

Melinda told me about Peak Endurance and Red Rush. Both products helped me prepare for and successfully complete the race, which I finished in a respectable time—
6 hours, 20 minutes. I was hooked! This motivated me to launch my Cancer Can Be Beaten campaign: “Don’t battle it – beat it!” I’m presently training for future events including the 2018 Ironman 70.3 in Dubai.

I’m still using AIM products on a daily basis for nutritional prevention, and I want to be an ambassador for AIM. I believe in the products and would like more people to use them. You never know when life is going to place a mountain in your path. I guess you could say I was assigned the mountain to show others it can be moved.

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AIM Star Sapphire Director Promotion

During 2011, my sweet three-year-old Leia, fondly known rather as Lulubelle, seemed to be on the verge of taking her last breath in my arms, awakening in the middle of night with a severe croup attack. She was immediately taken to emergency by ambulance to resuscitate her. It was the fright of my life that resulted in discovering that Leia was asthmatic.

This meant that she was condemned to the chronic use of cortisone, regular adrenaline for resuscitation and routine visits to the emergency room. Coincidentally, Leia’s first asthma attack happened the night before my five-year-old Chelsea had to be hospitalized for a malignant bone tumor removal and graft in her scapula. As they say: “It never rains, it just pours”.

In 2014, I was extremely grateful when my upline, AIM Director Marinda van den Bosch, introduced me to AIM Royal Emerald Director Madaleine Helm, who spoke one evening about her struggles with her asthmatic son. Madaleine used nutrition to turn around his plight, rather than feed her child chemicals that the medical industry has us believe are the only way to control such conditions.

I adopted Madaleine’s methodology and began habits that help keep the body environment healthy so that cancer and other diseases cannot survive.

I subsequently took Lulubelle off her meds cold turkey and started her on a full serving of the Garden Trio and FloraFood. Having always been somewhat savvy about nutrition and very keen on the idea of clean eating, I loved the idea of getting my girls onto BarleyLife and other AIM supplements that I deemed essential.

I also thought that I would try the business side of AIM purely to fund the cost of the products we would take. After all, I’m a single mom and already have a few work and community commitments that keep me really busy.

My AIM business grew easily as people came to hear Madaleine speak and share her many years of experience. People realized that these products really do work and can indeed change lives. Within six months, I reached Director and a few months later had two Directors in my downline. One is my closest friend, Chantel Bester, who is the most unspeakably amazing support in this business. Most recently, my third Director has put me at the Star Sapphire level.

AIM has become a remarkable sup­plement to my income. I find such joy and fulfilment helping my downline grow their businesses. I am inexplicably grateful for my wonderful upline who continue to support me and for my go-getter downline who take teamwork to a whole new level. I am completely blessed beyond!

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