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Batista Gremaud - Entrepreneur - dancer, fitness guru, body transformer,

March 05, 2021 Batista Gremaud Season 2 Episode 3
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Batista Gremaud - Entrepreneur - dancer, fitness guru, body transformer,
Mar 05, 2021 Season 2 Episode 3
Batista Gremaud

Batista has an amazing story. Her small town entertainer troupe entrepreneur parents imbued her with the spirit of possibilities, with no money or contacts she goes to Spain, with a broken foot she travels with a troupe, then she follows her love to America, 9 car accidents in two years (none her fault), she goes searching for a new life pain free. She abandons her old life, friends & husband, finds a new purpose, new love and a new mission. All wrapped up in her new pain free life. Now, it is the in-between comments that are fascinating. You will want to find her magic in this chat.


Batista Gremaud’s Bio:
Her long time passion in quantum physics and metaphysical science inspires her to help people of all ages to achieve greater integration of body, mind and spirit through the practice of strengthening the body and the mind with the Dr Fitness USA’s Body Design Formula prescription strength training coaching system.
Link to websites
DrFitnessUSA.com
DrFitnessInt.com
Complimentary discovery session: http://www.30min.drfitnessusa.com

Stay safe, strong and sane and remember
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" A. Einstein



About Mark Laurie - Host.
Mark has been transforming how women see themselves, enlarging their sense of sexy, expanding their confidence in an exciting adventure that is transformational photography.
http://innerspiritphotography.com

Sound Production by:
Lee Ellis  - myofficemedia@gmail.com
Reach out to Lee for your Sound Production

Show Notes Transcript

Batista has an amazing story. Her small town entertainer troupe entrepreneur parents imbued her with the spirit of possibilities, with no money or contacts she goes to Spain, with a broken foot she travels with a troupe, then she follows her love to America, 9 car accidents in two years (none her fault), she goes searching for a new life pain free. She abandons her old life, friends & husband, finds a new purpose, new love and a new mission. All wrapped up in her new pain free life. Now, it is the in-between comments that are fascinating. You will want to find her magic in this chat.


Batista Gremaud’s Bio:
Her long time passion in quantum physics and metaphysical science inspires her to help people of all ages to achieve greater integration of body, mind and spirit through the practice of strengthening the body and the mind with the Dr Fitness USA’s Body Design Formula prescription strength training coaching system.
Link to websites
DrFitnessUSA.com
DrFitnessInt.com
Complimentary discovery session: http://www.30min.drfitnessusa.com

Stay safe, strong and sane and remember
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" A. Einstein



About Mark Laurie - Host.
Mark has been transforming how women see themselves, enlarging their sense of sexy, expanding their confidence in an exciting adventure that is transformational photography.
http://innerspiritphotography.com

Sound Production by:
Lee Ellis  - myofficemedia@gmail.com
Reach out to Lee for your Sound Production

introduction:

You're listening to fascinating women with Mark Laurie. And now, Mark Laurie.

Mark Laurie:

Well, hello, everyone and welcome to our show. I'm Mark Laurie from inner spear photography today hosting fascinating women. Today's guest is really intriguing. She's from Los Angeles. Her name is Battista gurmann. Do I have that? Right? Oh, good. I was practicing. I think it's a pretty cool name. She has got some incredible bumps in her story that sort of helped to find her path. She's a best selling author of the feminine body design, which is close to my heart because of course as I photograph his body designs, she's a co host of the aesthetic principles of bodybuilding. She's been on just piles of shows. Winner's Circle, the mastermind at C. Fitness boasts a fitness program. And we'll be touching on some of these things. Now, you'll be able to find everything in the bio down below. There's lots of links for her programs we reached out around the world. I was reading some of her pieces there. She's got clients all over the world. So welcome, Battista. Welcome.

Batista Gremaud:

Thank you. I'm excited to be here.

Mark Laurie:

So one of the things I was reading is, is your you started off as a as a ballet dancer really young, eight years old, something like that?

Batista Gremaud:

No, more like three, three years.

Mark Laurie:

So how does a three year old decide how to be a ballerina dancer?

Batista Gremaud:

Well, it wasn't necessarily my choice. My mother was a ballet dancer, my father was mine and a theater in acting and, and he had a theater school. And I grew up in the environment. And so I was thrown in this environment like as at birth, basically, literally, because actually, my mother had me the night of a performance and she was rushed to the hospital. Like, the night of the performance, I could say that I literally almost was born on stage. So yeah, so it wasn't my decision, but I loved it. And yeah, I that's all I ever wanted to do be a ballerina

Mark Laurie:

Well isn't ballet is kind of like the base dance isn't it's kind of what grand piano is to music.

Batista Gremaud:

Well, yes, a ballet is gives you a really good foundation in your body awareness. In posture, if you have if you have a foundation in ballet, let's just say that everything else that you will do any other dance form or anything will come easier, because you will have a really good understanding in Yeah, in ballet, for sure. It's kind of like if you want to become a musician, if you learn to read notes, and you know, you know the basics. Or like painting, if you learn the technicality of operation, then you can kind of do anything after that.

Mark Laurie:

Yes. Yeah. It's a core thing. Yeah. So you, but you stayed into it. So when you got a whole theater family I that's, that's intriguing. I hadn't realized that's nice. But then you have accident that the touches you were unable to continue on?

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah. So what happened is, I the first thing that happened is I broke my foot in my early 20s. And that ended my ballet career, okay, because I couldn't go on pointe shoes anymore, but I had already fallen in love with flamenco dancing beforehand. So as a teenager, I actually picked up my bags and moved to Spain. Yeah, I was always a little bit of an independent spirit. And, and so I had already had that foundation in learning flamenco dancing. So when I broke my foot, and then I couldn't pursue the ballet field. Then I kind of like recycled myself in flamenco because I had already, you know, a good foundation in Spanish dance. And then that became my career, basically.

Mark Laurie:

That's in your 20s especially back then. That's a pretty bold move to make. I mean, you could have simply taken I'm sure, a store another what. And that's a pretty free spirit. So how was that? Like, what kind of what kind of personality do you have that goes, Spain, here I come.

Batista Gremaud:

You know, I was I was 18 years old. Okay. I'm 16 years old. My parents sent me to the dance academy in Holland. So I was already away from home basically, me and my sister. We ended up in In Holland and the dance academy, then I came back to Switzerland. I'm from Switzerland. That's, by the way.

Mark Laurie:

That's the action.

Batista Gremaud:

Yes, so that's, you know, so. So I, by by the time I got 18, I went back from Switzerland, I was so in love with Flamingo. And I come from a small town in Switzerland, where there's just not a whole lot of opportunities. In my mind, especially not in those days. Now Switzerland has evolved greatly, and this amazing dance troops and just a lot of more art than it was at the time. But in those days, there was just not a lot of opportunities in in Switzerland, especially not in my little town, where my parents may have made a good career for themselves, right. But for me, as a young as a young woman, I just didn't imagine that I would just stay there. You know, the, the dream was, of course, that I would take over my parents school and all this, but that wasn't my vision. So I, I was 18. And I wanted adventure. I didn't like where I was. And one day, I just picked up my bag and say, Adios. I'm going to stay and I want to learn flamenco. And that's what I did. And yeah, I never regretted it. I mean, it was it was an adventure. Scary a little bit because I didn't know anybody in Spain, and I didn't have a lot of money, you know. But yeah, that was the beginning of this wild adventure.

Mark Laurie:

So what? So what kind of values or beliefs gave you the strength, the courage or the vision to do that? That you had at that time?

Batista Gremaud:

Good question. Good question. My parents were entrepreneurs, they believed that they believed in that lifestyle to do to follow your passion. And they were very encouraging in that in that way. Now, they didn't approve of me picking up my bags, and moving to Spain. But I was brought up with those values. And I had already been gone from home since age 16. So I was already independent. So even though it was scary, I never, it never stopped me. As a matter of fact, I think that I was always that type of person who, if something is scary, I'm going to challenge myself to just go through it, you know, and kind of prove myself that I can do it. I think I still am like that, in many ways.

Mark Laurie:

I think people I've talked to once you've got that habit of seeking out what scares you? It never seems to leave you like it seems like each time you the monsters have to get pretty big for the scare you.

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah, it's a like a muscle, right? It's, you work it, you make it stronger, and then it kind of becomes part of your character and your personality. And I think that's, that's what happened.

Mark Laurie:

I feel for your parents here they've done is they've created the they've been extremely good parents in giving you the boldness and the whole vision of entrepreneurship to work. So well. You left. Like the ultimate goal of a parent and except that wasn't what they want.

Batista Gremaud:

Exactly. Yeah, that's right. Yeah.

Mark Laurie:

What do you do from flamigo dancing? Yes,

Batista Gremaud:

yeah, but it served me well. Okay. Because what happened is when I broke my foot, and I couldn't pursue being a ballerina, then I had already that finite foundation in flamengo. And and because I had the ballet background, I had that Foundation, which comes back to that question that you asked earlier. The ballet is a foundation, it's kind of basis of everything. A lot of the flamenco dancers in those days did not have that foundation. It's it stood me apart from the crowd, okay. And I was able to make a pretty good career for myself because of that, and not only in flamenco, but in other Spanish dance styles that requires a little more of that ballet foundation because there's in Spanish dance, there's many different variety of Spanish dance. And so because of that, I was able to really stand out from the crowd. So you know, everything happens for a reason. So yeah,

Mark Laurie:

one of the things from ballet, I don't know a lot about my impression is that it's, there's some key things. One is, you've got to be very determined, very focused and repetitive training, like if you just can't look up, so I got that nailed. So you require the habit of perseverance, of training, I guess that's one of the core things a lot people get that they kind of bounce it whaterever is easy. But when you take something as hard as both those things, you acquire the habit, I guess, of digging in deep to find these things that are accurate for you.

Batista Gremaud:

Absolutely. I got news for you never nail it, there's always that next move. You are going to try to perfect if you do four turns, you're going to strive for five for if the legs goes that high, you're going to try to get it a little bit higher. You know, you just never get there. It's always the, the out the it's a passion. You got to love it. Yes.

Mark Laurie:

Yes, so we have we went to college with professional dancers. And they were sweet, sweet, gentle, little tiny thing. And You're so adorable. And you know, there was one night, and it was just a regular regular eatery replaced at a small dance floor. And some people could go and dance. And they got on the floor, and they just got lost in their dance. And they weren't showing off. They weren't trying to they were just being the purity of it, right. And every one just gave them space, because it was so much to watch. They went through this whole site, then they realized what had left them they felt so bad. And people No, no, it's all good. It's all good. You're like amazing. They gotta tone it down. But yeah, it was I took dance in a college. And I was I was really nervous about so my wife fooled me. She was just losing dating her at the time but one of my partners. And what they have to do is you have the practice and stuff well and I didn't see that they're being judged so I'm actually able to pass but i i don't i did't maintain a passion for it, my passion went to photography. Better than that. Why Flamingo that's a very flamboyant passionate, seductive kind of dance. It's It's It's dramatic.

Batista Gremaud:

I I don't know why flamengo but I know that ever since I was six years old, as far as I could remember, I was fascinated by the cruncher. I remember watching things on TV about the gypsies and I love the the ruffles and the shawls and the colors and the rhythms is, you know, if you I don't know if you believe in past lives or not, but I do and that could be something. You know, I've been I've been Spanish in a past life. And you know, I don't know. But it's everything about it. Yeah.

Mark Laurie:

So how'd you make the transition from there to America?

Batista Gremaud:

Okay, so I was in Spain, dancing. Okay, so I went to Spain as a teenager, right? And then I, I didn't have a lot of money, then I ran out of money. And then I had to find a job, right? Because it was go back to Switzerland or find a job. So I found a job. And now I was working in a dance company traveling through Spain. And I ended up dancing in a company with a lady that is actually American, right? And so we became friends. And one time her brother came to visit her in Spain for the holidays, and we fell in love and moved to Los Angeles.

Mark Laurie:

I get amazed how often women follow the love of their life, and it around the world like this is working out? Well. We'll just watch

Batista Gremaud:

what happened. You know, that was a long time ago there was in the 80s.

Mark Laurie:

I love the 80s. We had some I was my company started in 1980. And that was I was bold to back then my industry didn't exist, the Boudoir name was just starting to emerge. And it was an interesting time it was full of really good energy, therefore. So at some point, you were in several car accidents which changed your life again.

Batista Gremaud:

Yes, so yes, I had a series again. So I had already broken my foot. I had already made a career transition from ballet to Spanish dance. And then I was in my late 20s. Now I had a series of car accidents. I had nine car accidents in a matter of two years. Wow. And not that I'm a bad driver. But you know the steering box of My car broke and the truck tipped over my car. It was just a series of things and What happened is it left me with a lot of injuries. You know, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain. And, and I loved to dance, I wasn't going to quit because of injuries. So my life became kind of double sided, you know, like the dancing the glamour on stage, and then the icepacks, and the chiropractor's, the doctors, the physical therapy, you know, and, and all that. And, yeah, kind of a double life except that and I've managed to continue my career for another 30 years, you know, that, that seeing and managing to the best of my ability, it was very challenging.

Mark Laurie:

It would be before we get on to where that led to, which is really cool. One thing I'm always wondering when talking to successful entertainers, is when you're on stage, and you have an adoring audience, what does that feel like? Is that what kind of brings you on stage? Because that's, that's a lot of people experience it having people that every time you go out there, they're to see you, How's that feel on stage?

Batista Gremaud:

That's the reason why you do it.

Mark Laurie:

Stroke my ego.

Batista Gremaud:

The audience is the reason why we go on stage, there's no audience. I mean, I still love to dance, in my living room, you know what I mean? But the audience feeds you. It's the reason why, you know, I mean, if you're on stage, and the audience is like, they're at, you know, you, it's hard to, to keep that fire going, if their audience is good, and they are happy, and they enjoy it. And then it Yeah, it's there's no other feeling. You know, but not only as an ego thing, but as it's, it's a give and take, you know, it's it's a exchange of energy, basically, because art, and I know that you probably feel the same way about photography, you know, you you create a beautiful piece of art. I mean, really face it, if there's no art, no beauty, no artists, no music, no bands, no photography, what kind of society would we be.

Mark Laurie:

Oh, gray and bland, it's one thing I came across this just popped into my head, I was watching a show where the artist was talking to another fellow artist, and he was saying he had seen his work. And his comment was that the the art that you do reflects more about what who you are than the subject you're working with, in your cases, the music, in my case, it's photography, and so on. So the choices you make, how do you feel that reflected you? If you're making you're expressing your art, but you're really expressing yourself? Is that a fair statement?

Batista Gremaud:

So that's very interesting questions. I because for me, I'm kind of introvert, an introvert and kind of shying away, even though people don't think that when they meet me, okay. But for me being on stage, it was always perhaps a way to overcome that. And to get to a place where I had difficulty to be outside of stage, you know, so it gives me because on stage, everything is permitted, right? You're on stage, you're guaranteed anything, you're not yourself, your persona. You are you interpret something or a feeling, it's not really you. But I think that for me, that gives me that opportunity to have a lot of these things that I wouldn't Express. Otherwise, if it hadn't been for stage.

Mark Laurie:

Yeah, having that artistic, whatever it is, being on stage, a camera, a brush. It allows us to step out of ourselves and expose pretty intimate things about ourselves, whether people realize it or not, but the audience may not quite get that. We're on stages, okay, I'm going to share something that you don't quite get, but it's okay, because it's about me sharing this with you. And then we'll have a conversation sometimes that's pretty cool. With the coxes. I had a friend on who a number of clients, friends of mine actually who gone to great lengths of success. She was in a couple of car accidents as well. She was in a car accident and she had her life changed dramatically, but she didn't quite get as how she puts it until the elevator shaft fell on her head and then she was in the hospital thinking I got to rethink this through and so her mind and the other people involved in accidents because it radically change their lives. We're feeling that the universe is trying to give them a message. They've just took a long time to catch it. Yeah. How How did you feel Finally go. What's the universe trying to tell me? What was that moment?

Batista Gremaud:

Well, you know, after the ninth car accident to the one where I almost died.

Mark Laurie:

That's a real big wake up call. Yeah, I almost died. So, let's see what the reason is here.

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah, I just same thing happened. I went like, okay, what's the universe trying to tell me I need to really make a change because it wasn't getting any better. And I just had to change my lifestyle. Okay. Because for me, in those days, you know, I was young, and dancing and traveling. And you know, that was my lifestyle wasn't of the healthiest.

Mark Laurie:

That's a cautious statement there. Yes,

Batista Gremaud:

cautious statement. But I really had to revisit my some of my choices of my lifestyle choices and really clean up my act, basically. And that's what I did I change my lifestyle entirely. I, I started meditating and looking at really making 300 degree 360 degree shift in going from just, you know, partying a lot and going out a lot and doing a lot of a lot of things to really going more centered looking within. And actually that started a whole new era in my life. As a seeker of Truth, I started studying spiritualities comparative religions, I studied Buddhism and Kabbalah and Gnosticism and shamanism, and you name it all the isms. Right. Right. And, and, and then I never had another car accident.

Mark Laurie:

Yes, yeah. That's interesting. Because the people in the past I've talked to who've had those traumatic things it reached when it when life gets reset, those things disappeared. Yes. What was the two hardest things to leave behind? When you're changing your lifestyle?

Batista Gremaud:

Probably friends, I would say you got to change a lot of things around who you surround yourself with. Right? You know, and yeah, I would say probably the circle of acquaintances and friends, friendships,

Mark Laurie:

that's a really hard one. And I think I've encountered it several times. attackable my first course is my friend who was teaching it said to me that you if you want to be successful, your people are gonna drag you down. If you want to stay with them, because they're your friends or grow, and they'll choose not to go.

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah, and as a matter of fact, it's it's an interesting conversations, because I don't often ponder on those things. Right. So you it's, it's reflective, but in those days, I ended up having gotten a divorce. You know, that was the inferences also in in my life that were pushing me into that lifestyle that wasn't really that good for me. So yeah, you're right. The, that was really hard. Yeah, making those decisions to say, Okay, now I have to really make a change, I have to, to do what's best for me. Because otherwise, I'm gonna die.

Mark Laurie:

That was a path that was happening to you.

Batista Gremaud:

And yes, that was that was really a major shift.

Mark Laurie:

Is that a conscious thing or semi kind of drifted through?

Batista Gremaud:

conscious decision? Yeah. Yeah. conscious decision,

Mark Laurie:

that makes even more remarkable because most people go with the flow, and they just go, Oh, the path I'm on now. It's like I'm discarding, discarding people. But to sit back and go, Okay, this has to change. And here are the problems. And sadly, it's my mate, and my best friends. And that's, that's hard. That's hard to take you to go through that transition time

Batista Gremaud:

Couple of Years.

Mark Laurie:

So one thing I've seen as we're talking is that you've got some pretty strong core values that will see you through this, what would be your top three core values that you think have shaped you and enabled you to do these dramatic moves?

Batista Gremaud:

integrity, I think, spirituality in the true connection with the inner being, right, and freedom.

Mark Laurie:

Freedom, what is that?

Batista Gremaud:

There's freedom if you are trapped into behaviors or into things and, and I would say that the search for freedom, truth integrity, those who be values. Yes.

Mark Laurie:

So you said some interesting there. So you've got these core values of seeking freedom, integrity, and the belief. And yet you're seeking the same time. So you're seeking for a pre-level of those are just just as a driving force for you.

Batista Gremaud:

a driving force, for sure. And that actually is what drove me to make my next move in life, which took me to where I am today, right? Because I've spent 30 years in searching and seeking and meditating and, and. And one day, I was in a meditation class. And the topic was body mind spirit integration, okay. And I woke up, like, I had a moment of clarity at that moment. because by then, my injuries had gotten worse. Okay, I was in serious pain I was actually looking to facing losing my career. And of course, as a dancer, that's all I had ever done, what would I do next? And so there was a very scary moment, but when that when I was in that meditation class, and the topic was body, mind, spirit. And I said, Well, that's great, but my body's falling apart. So I have all these in this knowledge, meditating in all these different religions, in all these different philosophies, I've learned all these things, but I don't have a grip on my body. And it's not that I hadn't been healthy. You know, I've spent a good part of my life, eating healthy exercising, meditating, you know, really doing the best I could, but my injuries weren't getting better. And at that moment, I said, Okay, so now there is something that's missing. And I have to find that piece of the puzzle missing, which is the body part, I want my body back. Okay. And the next day of making that of having that awareness and making that decision, I met Dr. Fitness USA. You may you may know, I met him, I met him, okay. Even mercy doctor fitness USA. And that was it. It was 12 years ago, I was at a restaurant where I was going to put a show together, I was waiting for the owner of the restaurant to discuss the details of the show, right? bodybuilder kind of buff walks in to for lunch. And so we made eye contact, and I was single you know

Mark Laurie:

LIttle eye candy there

Batista Gremaud:

You know so we ade eye contact you know. S he walks by my table and he say , well, who are you? And I'm go ng like, well, I'm Battista. A d then I said, well, who re you? And you said, I'm an

Mark Laurie:

Who does that? i'm john. Oh, no, that's marketing. That's a guy who's always marketing.

Batista Gremaud:

But I had just made that intention. And that awareness just before that, I want my body back. That's what that's what I need. And, and so you know, then you sit sits down at the table, and then we start having a conversation. And to make a long story short, he introduced me to his strength training system. And the concepts and philosophy that I was hearing, were very different than anything that I had really learned or done or been aware of, even with all my years of dancing, exercising and trying everything, to hear my body conversation were more like, oh, as a woman, you have to work out from a female perspective, right? never do anything that's uncomfortable. And but you have to lift weight, but you have to lift heavy weight. And me You know, I'm like hurt. And, and I'm going like, lifting weight and not doing anything that's uncomfortable. That doesn't make any sense at all. Yeah. And then he says, Oh, and there's a woman you will have to stop giving you have to receive and I was scratching my head and I was going What? And but I was desperate. You know, and I had prayed for answers. So basically I hired him. Right? Okay. And in those days, he was teaching his system at Gold's Gym, Venice, now Gold's Gym Venice. I don't know if you're familiar with it, but it's the mecca of bodybuilding and it's where all the major bodybuilders train Right, dudes don't muscles, right? I was already scared. I already had all those misconceptions about big muscles, I'm gonna get bulky, you know, the whole thing. Yeah.

Mark Laurie:

Yeah, so I walk into a room going all proof of my misconceptions. This is what I'm gonna get I'll do these weights, I'll be this this walking diagram, you know?

Batista Gremaud:

And so but again, you know, if if I learned something over the years is that if you pray for something and something comes into your life, you better open the door. Right? If it doesn't, even if it doesn't look like what you expected, which this was definitely not what I expected, right? But what happened is within a couple of weeks, my backache was gone.Gone

Mark Laurie:

wow

Batista Gremaud:

My backache of 30 years of

Mark Laurie:

That must be very profound for your very to wake up on where you go, Wait a minute, Nothing hurts. I must be really mind blowing.

Batista Gremaud:

Yes, I have so many injuries. I had a bad shoulder, bad neck have bad knees, Achilles, you name it. I was falling apart. And within just a very short time, the pain was gone. So I married him.

Mark Laurie:

That's a good solution. You're my Savior, let's get married.

Batista Gremaud:

You know, and, but I was fascinated. And I wanted to know everything that there was to know about his system. Because to me, that was the answer to my prayer, not only to get my body back, but I had that background in spirituality, where I really always searched in connecting the dots. Right? does that all work? So that's what I did. I started researching and through the process, I've wrote a couple of books. And then my vision was that these programs should be offered to more people. Originally, back in those days, it was one on one very VIP, very customized, very high end, you know what I mean? To me, I was thinking, yeah, but this is amazing. We need to get people to, to, to know about this, right? So I, I worked with Steve, I became a personal trainer, I worked with Steven, in developing and taking the knowledge out of his head and putting it more into a format that digested and taught. So this be a bit

Mark Laurie:

of your background, though, because you're when you're doing the to the dancing, that's like, here's the formula most that that correct. So you're kind of taking from your background and say, Okay, let's, let's take this thing that you do, and let's make make a program or make sense out of it. So that there's a, almost like the rhythm of dance. Do I have that? Right?

Batista Gremaud:

Absolutely. I like how you think, because that's what I tell people. And this is what what I've realized, you know, if a person wants to learn how to dance, they know they need a teacher and they need to have a message to their our proven message to learn ballet or to learn things is sequence of steps that you're going to repetitively do that's going to get you to a certain level. The same with martial arts. And there might be different types of martial arts or a different school of ballet or different School of Dance or whatever. But really, you know, you need a teacher. Okay. And the interesting thing that I discovered is that in fitness, everybody is their own teacher, like they, they think that just because they hop from one piece of equipment or the next or they take a walk or they are hiking, that then that's all there is to it. You know, if you if you wanted if you needed a lawyer know you met a lawyer in a networking event. And they told you that they were a lawyer, the next thing you would say, oh, what area of law do you practice?

Mark Laurie:

That's right. What's your specialty? What do you what do you know about?

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah, or a doctor? Okay. Are you? ear, throat nose? Are you an orthopedic surgeon in fitness? Or I'm a strength training expert, or I do yoga, or I walk my dog, you know what I mean? Oh, what does that mean? What do you do? What are the results of what you do? There is very few people ask these questions.

Mark Laurie:

I came across this this half the story and it was a guy who's talking about processes, and he says most people tend to do what they like first. So you've got this steps, right? And he says work like is it Take, for example, a peanut butter sandwich, you, you can't put, you can't spread the jam first because then the people are not going to go on you can't put. So he says there's there's a sequence of events, if you don't do them in the right order, something as simple as a humor sandwich can't get made.

Batista Gremaud:

I Love, that

Mark Laurie:

I thought was brilliant,

Batista Gremaud:

brilliant. And it's the same as what you talked about earlier with ballet, that's a great foundation. Once you have that you can learn other things, it's great. And it's the same for fitness. If you have a good foundation in postural alignment, in having the body in balance, so you're so you must converter crooked, you know, so if you have a good foundation like that, then anything else that you put on top of that is going to be easier, more efficient, and then you're not gonna probably risk injuries or things like that same concept.

Mark Laurie:

That's great. I like to go back a bit, because I think this is really important for my listeners, you said you had a moment. So you've got this epiphany about the mind body spirit thing. But you took a step further, which is manifestation. So how did that process go on pretty quickly? What is your manifestation process? Because that seems to be a really important thing in your life, how you bring things to you, how does that work?

Batista Gremaud:

I, I am the queen of manifestation. Okay, so the thing is, you know, I studied it all my journey of studying, I studied a lot of different ways of manifesting. There were, there are techniques that you can use, such as doing mock up boards, or visualizations or positive thinking, or, you know, they tell you, you have to refill it like emotionally. Because if you don't feel it, and you just think about it, it's not going to happen, you know, for me, personally, the way it happens, and I use all these things, right, I use it, I use it all. Because I think that you get, you get getting of help. You know, we're bombarded with stress and with things that happen, and everything that you can do to stay positive and, and happy and you you have more chances of, of manifesting something happy than you know what I mean. So I use everything. But for me, and I think that it's kind of like building a muscle, the more you use the lean techniques over a long period of time, it also kind of becomes your personality. But there's something to be said. Not all, not not everything always happens at your time. You want it to happen. Yes. Okay. And so for me, what I what I what I noticed, and what I do, is I visualize it and do all the tools, but then I also let it go. Okay. And then when the time is right. It happens. And it's sometimes it happens much later. In this case, the time was right, because I had already spent 30 years in pain.

Mark Laurie:

universe finally took pity on you.

Batista Gremaud:

Yeah, you know what I mean? And just things that I want in my life that I that I haven't gotten yet. And I said, Okay, well, you know, maybe there's a reason and move on and then keep planting the seeds and, you know, use the tools but then do the trick is to let it go. Because you can't manifest when you hang on. There's no room for things coming in. Right. You know, it's like when I met Stephen, did I visualize strength training, bodybuilding lifting weight, and we don't call it bodybuilding By the way, we call it body design. I like the body design because it's not about putting muscles on the body. It's going to cause from a complete different energy comes from within. Okay. I didn't visualize that. What I was praying for would come in that way. For me, I thought he would come into some type of mentor thing, right? I didn't think it would just be about lifting weight. But I want to tell you one thing is it's 12 years now. won a leg press. 650 pounds. Wow. 650 pounds. I just press 135 pounds, wow. And pain free. And literally in the last 12 years, I regained at least 15 years of my life, I think I feel and look 15 years younger than I did years ago. And if I had continued in the way I was going, I would probably be looking really old now. And I don't feel that old, actually, I feel vibrant and strong, stronger than ever.

Mark Laurie:

While we came across a guy. It didn't work out for him, but he felt he really returned his body. And he was dating girls that were like 20 years younger than him. And he decided to work so hard in his body that his his legal age, his birth age wasn't correct. So he went to the courts to try and get as his birthday changed legally. So we can say that he actually was not born in 1955, but actually born in 1965. Because that's what his body reflected. The Judge goes there is a date and its real.

Batista Gremaud:

That's funny, it did it work.

Mark Laurie:

No, no, the judge goes, now there's a day you came into this planet, not today you're born. You know, exalting the fact you're doing well. So it's really quite well. So you've turned this into into an amazing program, that this define your lifestyle. That's just phenomenal.

Batista Gremaud:

Yes. So that then I made a career transition. I was so fascinated, and now we are married. And I obviously, Steven is had the knowledge is like that genius. You know, he's an artist. It's kind of like creating a beautiful painting or, or an art piece for somebody, but the art piece is the person I know. And me I I, I do not want to go back to dancing at that point. I had some real hardships. The economy collapsing in 2008. And then both my parents dying and, and you know, so my dad's career I, at that point, it was like, Okay, do I want to really rebuild that or now build this business with him. And it made just a lot of sense to make that career transition. And I, I have not regretted it once. It's been so fulfilling, and exciting, because for me, I like to learn always, you know, I'm a person that loves learning. And I still learn every day. You know, every time we create a program for somebody, or we do another project, and with a pandemic, oh, my goodness, that was a huge learning experience. Yeah. Because all our programs were set to be done in the gym environment. Right? Yeah. And now the gyms are closed everywhere. And we didn't even have any tools or any dumbbells, no weights at home. So we had to really reinvent the whole wheel. You know, either pivot or die. Exactly. And, you know, we were, we were famous for certain results in the program, such as pain relief, posture, things of that nature. And now that we don't have the tools that we used to use in the gym, how are we going to reproduce those results at home with nothing, you know, and that was a real challenge. But we rose to the challenge, and we were able to really put together some, some good things, some good programs, with workout bans, and with, you know, very limited, like dumbbells. So some of our clients bought a set of dumbbells or work at that, and we were able to do some some really good work. So that was a huge learning experience. Now,

Mark Laurie:

Your reach would have extended now because before you're limited by the gyms in your area, and now you're limited to the world is that fair?

Batista Gremaud:

We're not limited by the gyms in our area because we put the programs online four years ago. So we did is we have an app and a platform and we have a system of how you work online. And then the way we did it is we research the gyms in the person's local area where they live and so so we were able to recommend a gym for them and then work the program according to the equipment that they have in their own local gyms and then following the systems so we were not limited to the to the area but You know, when the gyms closed, of course, then that, you know, that was a challenge. Yes.

Mark Laurie:

So what's the name of your systems, we're just gonna have to wrap things up, I can talk to you for another hour easily.

Batista Gremaud:

Great. So the name of the system is the body design formula, right? And for the women's we have the feminine body design, right? Matter of fact, that's also the name of my book, which dispels all the myth that I suffered from when I started, because I see that women are, you know, I'm not alone. I wasn't alone with all these misconceptions. There's a lot of misconceptions in strength training, weightlifting, especially for women, for men too. Because I see that men, often time they, they say, Oh, I used to lift weight when I was younger, but now you're normally older. Now I prefer to walk or to do things like this. But it's a reverse thinking, see, strength training becomes more important as you age, because that's when you lose the muscle mass, that's when the body starts falling apart. That's when you need that. So in this book, I speak more to women because I personally, I have a soft spot for women.

Mark Laurie:

I play to that. ac ually I love the title becaus that's kind of what we do with my photography. So it' a neat thing to wrap i up now listeners I've got all t e links are in the in the in t e notes down there. So there's a l sorts of ways you can reach er you can reach the programs, get to know more about her, she as you can tell, we've just tarted touching the surface f what drives her and I think we hit some really interesting ieces. So thank you so much for oining us for Batista. It's been

Batista Gremaud:

Thank you. I was a pleasure.

Mark Laurie:

Bye now we'll see you next time.

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