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An Interview with David Reagan, Atlanta-based Entrepreneur and Fitness Coach

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David Reagan is a NASM Certified personal trainer who specializes in weight loss, personalized workout plans, bodybuilding, and nutrition. He caters to high-end clients and executives in Atlanta, Georgia, helping them achieve their fitness goals by accommodating their busy schedules.

Being a fitness trainer is an exciting job. However, it has its own challenges. Tell me about your best and worst days at work.

As a fitness trainer, there are so many factors that contribute to my day, especially during a pandemic. My job involves customer service, and when you are dealing with people, there are always unexpected issues that arise. As a result, I have learned how to deal with uncertainty, which is a helpful quality to have nowadays. My clients are busy executives, so I have to be flexible catering to their needs. The best days are when I get a positive review or feedback from one of my clients; it is always rewarding. The worst days are when one of my clients has an issue or has to cancel my service (which doesn’t happen that often). But I always have an exit interview with them to make sure the decision wasn’t made because of a lack of results.

Who are the clients/what are the projects that you most enjoy working on?

I enjoy working with people in general, but some of my clients make my day. We have a very tight-knitted community, many of my clients actually are connected in one way or another. We try to pump each other up and motivate each other to move forward. Most of my clients are going through tough times mentally, so they turn to fitness as a remedy. It’s very important to be flexible with my offerings to cater to their needs. The fitness industry is going through transformative times.

What was your biggest ‘a-ha’ moment?

My biggest “a-ha” moment in life happened when I realized I do not have to ask anyone’s permission to be who I am. It sounds strange but so many young adults look up to their friends and family to give them permission to either go to school or drop out of school because they do not enjoy it. It’s people peasing and it leads so many people to an existential crisis. So when I realized that I am in charge of myself and nobody else, and starter focusing on my own happiness, a lot has changed in my life for a better.

What has been the most important part of your professional journey?

Getting certified was the most crucial part of my professional journey. There is a difference between simply knowing how to stay healthy and lift weights and creating personalized workout and meal plans for clients. I feel so much more equipped with knowledge now. Certification also boosted my confidence to the next level.

What would you do with unlimited resources?

I would probably invest in some kind of AI to prevent future pandemics to happen. There should be ways to implement technology in airports to do rapid testing. I am very fascinated with the medical technology industry, and I think that’s where I would invest unlimited resources.

When was the last time you totally lost yourself in doing something?

I really enjoy creating custom plans for my clients based on their lifestyle and goals. I lose myself when I get to interview them and then strategize how we will get from point A to point B.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Nowadays, I have more free time, so I do a lot of research on fitness and nutrition. I also enjoy hiking, biking, and working out at home.

How do you feel you make a difference in the world?

My motto is to make a difference in the world all it takes is to help at least one person – you’ve already succeeded. Incremental change is the most impactful.

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Things You Should Know Before You Buy a MacBook

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With e-commerce websites providing affordable options, more and more Apple MacBook are getting sold off at a discounted price. As a general rule of thumb, it is imperative that you properly research MacBook’s functionalities.

If you are buying a MacBook for the first time, there will be many questions running through your mind. What features should you prioritize? How will you know if the MacBook you bought online is an authentic one? This source will tell you the important pointers to answer all your questions.

Continue reading to find out what you need to know before investing in a MacBook.

Things You Should Know Before You Buy a MacBook

6 Things to Know Before Buying a MacBook

Here are some things to keep in mind before finalizing your MacBook purchase.

1.     Portability and Screen Size

The first factor that you consider before buying a MacBook is how easily you can carry it around. Every model of MacBook varies in weight, influencing its portability. An ideal MacBook will be light enough for you to travel with.

Even a single pound increase makes all the difference. If you travel for work a lot, you will prefer a 2.8-pound MacBook Air over a 4.3-pound MacBook Pro.

Screen size is also considered to know what kind of display resolution you can afford to buy.

2.     Investing in Good Processor Speed

Many buyers choose to buy old models because they are cheaper. However, older models have a low-grade processor speed in comparison to the newer MacBooks.

Processor speed determines how quickly your laptop or computer can process information and complete a task. MacBooks are investments made with the intention to last you years, and without quick processing speed, that will not happen.

The better the processor speed, the more money you will pay. You do not have to go overboard with it. If your work mostly involves checking emails or writing reports, a moderate processor speed will work fine for you. A faster processor speed is needed by those who do a lot of heavy-sized creative projects.

3.     Battery Life

The battery cycle tells you about the life expectancy of the MacBook. If you have to switch between apps, then the work will drain your battery life. MacBooks with good battery power will last you at least 13 hours with a single charge.

4.     MacOS Version                                                                                                           

Each MacBook model has a different version of Apple macOS as its operating system. A newer macOS is less likely to slow down your MacBook because it is a more up-to-date system.

5.     RAM And Storage

How much computer memory you need is also crucial to consider when buying a MacBook. The more apps you run, the more memory you will need to buy.

When there is not enough usable free space, your MacBook will start to slow down and hang if you cannot afford a lot of RAM and onboard storage at your budget; no need to worry. Apple offers iCloud to MacBook users as a way to transfer all the data to the cloud.

6.     Verify the Authenticity of Your MacBook

Authentication is important for double-checking if you are getting the quality you paid for. Apple has a website that is dedicated to checking the authenticity of your MacBook.

This ‘Check Coverage’ website requires users to put in the serial number of their laptops. You can check the validity of your purchase and all other details regarding the support coverage.

You can find the serial number by clicking on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen. The Apple icon will show you an ‘About This Mac’ option that includes the serial number.

Final Thoughts

At first glance, Apple MacBook appear as the slimmest laptop you can shell out money for without a thought. However, there is a lot you need to consider to get the most of your Mac purchase.

There are a lot of MacBook models in the market, both as second hand and new models. As you start looking at all these options, you may get thrown off course and end up confusing yourself.

You should zero in on one or two key factors you are looking for in laptops or computers. This way, you can choose the best MacBook out of your personal top five that check all your demands.

By following the advice given in this guide, you can find out which Apple MacBook is a good buy for you.

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The USA’s Biggest Luxury Resort Openings of 2020

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When you have a setting as beautiful as Utah’s desert, it makes sense to capitalize on the nature around you.

Whilst this year has thrown more than a few curveballs to those in the business world, there is one industry that is determined to keep pushing forwards. The hotel industry has never been one to rest on its laurels and 2020 has been no different. There have been dozens of huge resort openings across the globe this year, but these American offerings are the biggest and the best of them.

Circa Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Circa Casino offers both traditional and electronic roulette, allowing guests to decide which they prefer.

Circa has definitely not come sheepishly on to the Las Vegas scene. In their own words, ‘We go big. We go all night. And here, everyone is on the guest list. So get loose and get loud. This is Circa. The time of your life.’ If you’re competing with the biggest and the best then it pays to make some noise and tell everyone what you’re about. Vegas is a hyper-competitive casino resort scene and it looks like Circa won’t be going quietly.

The rooms are all styled to a slick Old School Vegas standard, but their most exclusive offer is our of this world. The Founders Suite features two large bedrooms which both look out over the Las Vegas strip. In the 1830 square foot space, guests will find a luxurious tub, two giant mattresses, a full size lounge-diner and even a fireplace. The suite feels luxurious from the moment you step inside, but the real selling point of Circa, isit’s extra activities.

Their state of the art casino offers not only all of the traditional table games that you’d expect, blackjack, craps, 3-card poker etc, but also offers electronic versions of them. The strategy involved in playing roulette is much the same in an electronic format, as in a ‘real wheel’, but there are games where online versions differ greatly. This combination of different formats will allow players to game where they feel the most comfortable.

Camp Sarika, Utah

Aman Resorts have had a busy year with not one, but two new openings. However, Camp Sarika is certainly the most picturesque of the two. Set in acres and acres of open desert, this tented resort is the perfect retreat from city life. Whilst many of us associate ‘tented resorts’ with camping, Camp Sarika could not be more different. Each of the tents comes with its own private, heated plunge pool and a gorgeous terrace set around a fire pit. Its everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel, set right in the middle of Amangiri.

There are five national parks and the Navajo Nation Reservation within just a few miles of the camp, so its the perfect place for nature lovers. The landscape here is breathtaking, mesas, canyons and craters of jaw-dropping proportions are all around you. You can’t help but feel connected to nature as you settle in to a guided meditation session, or a yoga practice amidst the wilderness.

As well as adventuring and soul searching, Camp Sarika also offers plenty of delicious evening activities. Their restaurant sits right in the main pavilion and offers a daily changing menu of locally sourced dishes. Whether you’d like fire-pit roasted meats, or a fresh vegan salad, there’s something rustic and life-affirming for every palate.

Riggs, Washington DC

If Camp Sarika is the wilderness lover’s dream retreat, then Riggs is the cosmopolitan equivalent. Set in the former Riggs National Bank Building, this imposing resort sits right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Washington DC. The property it sets in already has a rich history of its own and the resort owners have made subtle nods to this throughout the interior design. For example, each of the rooms features little touches as you would find in a safety deposit box, whilst the communal areas of the building feature images of the Golden Age of Banking.

The ground floor is taken up by the glamorous Cafe Riggs, which is open to guests and the public alike. It feels incredibly European inside the cafe, with large windows, white linens and a fresh, sophisticated menu. Vegetarian and vegan diners will be delighted at the heavily plant based selection of dishes, which merge seamlessly from breakfast through to dinner.

If you fancy food rather than drink then Riggs has got you covered. There are two bars with their own unique personalities. The first is on the lower ground floor in the heart of what was originally the main bank vault. If you’d prefer a little more natural light, then the top floor of the resort offers an incredible view of the surrounding city, as well as drinks and bar snacks. A Rosa Spritz, accompanied by a light plate of ricotta and peaches, whilst looking out over Penn, is a luxury experience that is hard to match.

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Digital Industries that are still providing opportunities for Startups in 2020

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Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, starting up your own business or enterprise is no easy feat. The business landscape had been completely revolutionised in recent years however, especially thanks to the emergence of digital industries and tech trends. As a result, there are many more areas now in which fledgling businesses can be set up that offer great prospects and the potential for growth.

Many more investors, too, are taking an interest in the tech sector, as it’s one of the more stable industries that does seem to offer a security that others can’t in the rapidly increasing digitilisation of the world.

Here are five of the most promising industries that are still providing great opportunities for startups in 2020.

FinTech

Short for Financial Technology, FinTech has been a top industry for startups for a few years now, but it really began to take off in 2018, when the update to the EU’s Payment Services Directive – PSD2 – came into effect.

This new regulation had a two-fold effect; consumers became better protected during online transactions, and businesses in the industry were able to develop innovations like Open Banking. Consequently, third party organisations have also been able to gain access to consumer banking data (with their permission) leading to a boom in fintech startups who are looking to provide the services that consumers just can’t get from traditional banks.  

The industry is fast becoming more competitive, but there’s still plenty of room and need for original ideas, or products targeted at specific demographics.

Gaming

Gaming is now a vast industry that spans not just PC gaming, but specialised gaming genres like Fortnite‘s Battle Royale, professional eSports tournaments, iGaming platforms like PokerStars, mobile gaming, and even Virtual Reality games through platforms like Steam.

The gaming industry as a whole is expected to generate a total of $159.3 billion revenue in 2020 (a 9.3% year on year growth when compared to 2019), that is projected to reach over $200 billion by 2023. It’s a highly lucrative industry, particularly the mobile market which, thanks to smartphone penetration and a surge in popularity in gaming apps during Q1 2020, will account for revenues of $77.2 billion in 2020 – a 13.3% increase from 2019.

Mobile also has what are probably the lowest barriers to entry: there are now 5.28 billion people in the world who own a mobile device (just under 68% of the world’s total population), and gaming apps make up 33% of all app downloads across Android and iOS app stores.

Educational Technology

Aka EdTech. This is undoubtedly one of the most lucrative industries to emerge in recent years – global investments in the sector reached a massive $16.3 billion in 2018 alone. It’s an industry that thrives on disruptive ideas that challenge the traditional methods of learning and education, plus as our lives become more digital there’s an increased need for integrated learning. 

In 2020, education can and should be accessible by anyone anywhere; online courses can empower and mobilise disenfranchised sections of society, online training can provide affordable and sustainable skills development for organisations, and digital solutions can benefit both students and teachers via things like automated processes, AI based learning assessments tailored to each individual, Virtual Reality classrooms and so on.

Wearable Tech

Bio-hacking. It sounds gruesome, but it’s actually a growing practice amongst consumers that refers to the daily habit of making micro lifestyle changes that will scientifically transform a person’s physical and mental experiences. If you’ve come across bulletproof coffee or intermittent fasting, they’re both two great examples of bio-hacking practices. However, like many 21st century practices, bio-hacking is also intimately linked to technology, opening up the potential for start-ups in the wearable tech sectors.

It’s rare to find someone who isn’t interested in optimising their time, energy, nutrition or overall lifestyle these days, and that’s exactly what wearable tech like smart watches, fitness trackers, sleep monitors, and even Sci-Fi-esque embeddable implants offer. Widen the net even further, and there’s also a clear link between the efficiency of wearable tech with the modern consumer’s need to stay connected with people, news, and information on the go, so it’s no wonder this sector is expedited to be worth $34.61 billion by the end of this year.

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