Dizzy, Flat Feet, Spiked Hair—Oh My!
I can just hear you now, “You’re lucky because you’re blessed with a high metabolism so you can eat whatever you want and you just burn it off. I bet you’ve always been in great shape, even as a kid! You must come from great genes.” Yada yada yada…
Uh…really? No, not quite. Take a look at this 19-year-old chunky punky, fully equipped with cigarette, beer, and pseudo Billy Idol hair.
Back then if you asked me if I was more likely to move my assets or tattoo a skull on them, I’d have to say the latter. Thank G-d I didn’t. Don’t ask me what I was thinking at the time, although I am quite certain that I was not thinking about moving my own, or anyone else’s, assets.
I was an unfit, nonathletic klutz (aka spaz) during the first few decades of my life and I still am, and with very good reason! I’ve had a feeling of being off balance since I was a kid, but I didn’t realize that I had a real issue until I was in my mid-20s. Between having ankles that always turned over and a constant feeling of being off balance, I don’t think becoming a fitness professional was in the cards for me. In fact, my dream has always been either to entertain people or be an interior designer. I think I was actually supposed to be some sort of singing circus clown or a Saturday Night Live cast member who leaves the set to come decorate your house in all kinds of funky décor.
So how does Chunky Punky Bethy transform into The Asset Queen, will all her physical disabilities, —and do it in her 40s? That’s what I’m here to share with you. More importantly, if you need help getting from your Exhibit B to Exhibit A (even if your former is not as terrifying as mine) while dramatically decreasing kvetching (aka whining) caused by aches, ailments, stress, and life’s little curveballs, I can absolutely help get you there.
It took me almost 40 years to come up with a simple yet life-changing formula that has turned me, my clients, and thousands of my book and blog readers into leaner, (but not meaner) kvetch-free, fat-burning machines. As I am aging (like a fine red wine, may I add), it’s almost as if I’ve discovered the fountain of youth in my mind, body, and soul. And I’m not doing anything extraordinary or dangerous, and I’m certainly not depriving myself of anything yummy for my tummy—certainly not my fine (or cheap) red wine or my occasional Banana Dream cake!
I LOVE that I’ve helped countless others, some well into their 70s and 80s move, feel, and look better than ever. I want to inspire YOU to become the asset queen (or king) you truly are, despite what aches, ailments, and life issues you have.
Bethanne Weiss, aka The Asset Queen, is founder of FUNIQ Fitness™ group training and Better Butts by Beth™ personal training. “I’ve been told I can motivate a stone to move its assets,” Bethanne says, laughing. This is not surprising because getting people to move their assets rather than plotz on them is her life mission.
Bethanne’s humor and energy—she’s been called a cross between Fran Dresher, a tame drill sergeant, and an entertaining circus clown—have put the “fun” back in fitness in small groups, large events, conferences, cruises, corporate settings, and more. She has 30 years of experience motivating people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels to move their assets. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business/exercise science from SUNY (State University of New York) New Paltz, is certified by the American Council on Exercise in group and personal fitness, and nutrition, and was one of the first to be certified by IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association) and Step Reebok back in the 1980s.
Despite Bethanne’s lifelong struggle with chronic pain and dizziness, she has continued to spread the “asset-moving love” to countless others. The AQ managed health clubs, mentored fitness professionals, and has been interviewed by the Denver Post, SmartMoney.com, MSN.com Smart Spending, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and many other media outlets. Since 2009, she has written a humorous information-packed fitness blog.
In 2012, Bethanne was thrust into the unexpected and overwhelming role of caring for both of her aging parents who were in their 80s when they experienced sudden and significant decline. Her unbelievable ability to make lemonade out of lemons took her on an amazing journey which led her to become the “rockstar of the caregiving world.” Her new mantra “we have to be in shape to help ourselves and to help the ones we love” has won her lots of media attention including the now viral video Confessions of a Caregiver, which aired on Growing Bolder® and Surviving & Thriving® on WESH-TV. She had a big part in WFTV 9’s Emmy Award winning series, Blindsided: The Reality of Caring for Aging Parents. During this time, Bethanne wrote and published the life-changing book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!
Bethanne, a true New Yawka, lives with her husband, Jeffrey, and family in Orlando, Florida, not far from her parents, Man-ee-ac and Elaine, now 90 and 86, and still kicking and moving their assets, just a lot more slowly.