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Journalist and Neworld Review ‘A Man About Town’ Columnist Phillip William Sheppards Remarkable Journey As An Author

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

Phillip Sheppard has something the old folks used to call “mojo.” For example, he landed on “Survivor,” the top rated reality show, just by rollerskating backwards down to the beach each day.

“As I was getting my workout one day, who but CBS Casting Director Lynn Spillmen from ‘Survivor’ spotted me,” Sheppard said. “And just like that, I was on the show, not just for one season, but was called back for a second season as well.”

He also landed his Associate Publisher position at Neworld Review in almost the same manner.

“Neworld Review reviewed a novel based on the character I created and later introduced on ‘Survivor’ named ‘The Specialist.’ The magazine gave the book a great review. I asked the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Fred Beauford, out for coffee in Santa Monica, near the beach, and boy did that change my life just as much as ‘Survivor’ did,” Sheppard said.

“Fred Beauford is an extraordinary human being. As we talked, I could not get over all of his many accomplishments, in addition to creating this marvelous magazine, which has won worldwide acclaim, and of which, by the way, award winning novelist Jane Smiley is our cover subject in the next issue,” he continued.

“Beauford has been a university professor, a magazine and book publisher, and he has written a ton of books, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Year Jerry Garcia Died,’ and the provocative ‘The Womanizer.’ It was hard to believe that this same guy was once kicked out of high school, after only one year.”    

Sheppard said that as they neared the finish of having coffee, Beauford suddenly turned to him and asked him if he would be interested in writing a column.

“What about?,” was his reply.

“Well, I see that you have a natural curiosity about other people. I mean, you let me go on and on. You are a born journalist. That’s what we are: listeners. I have an idea for a people and places column, which will focus on the arts. Would you be interested?,” Beauford asked.

For Sheppard, his mojo was working again, and his column is now one of the most popular items in the famous international literary/arts magazine.

“I owe Fred Beauford a lot,” he said, “just as I owe Jeff Probst, the executive producer who put me on ‘Survivor.’ Both Lynn and Jeff saw something special in me and I am very grateful for that.”

The Legend of Things Past In the year 2258, Donovan Knight, Army Specialist, lives in a world of significant scientific and technological advances. Global climate change is a thing of the past, extinct species have been resurrected, and the planet’s resources have been replenished… But Donovan doesn’t live in a perfect world: his grandfather, a scientific genius, suffers from a mysterious illness that keeps him permanently hospitalized, terrorist numbers have increased dramatically across the nation, and Donovan is sent on a mission to save the human race from a deadly biological attack— a mission that will force him to leave his family and from which he may never return.

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New XT-One Cross-Trainer from Octane Fitness Does it All With Remarkable Versatility

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Continuing its impressive history of unmatched innovation in zero-impact cardiovascular equipment, Octane Fitness, LLC today introduces the new commercial XT-One cross-trainer at booth #1467 at the 34th annual International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Convention and Trade Show in the Los Angeles Convention Center. This all-in-one cross-trainer equips exercisers to walk, run, hike or climb for customized variety – all on one revolutionary machine.

“The XT-One offers a virtually infinite number of biomechanically correct movement patterns so exercisers can vary their motion and target different muscle groups for better results,” said Tim Porth, the EVP of product development and marketing. “Health clubs no longer have to pick and choose from all the different adaptations of an elliptical – this one does it all in one compact footprint.”

With 10 incline levels, the XT-One offers exercisers a choice of hiking or steep climbing, which can be selected and changed on the fly during workouts to maximize endurance, strength, power and calorie-burning. Plus, Octane’s trademark SmartStride® interactive ergonomics replicate walking, jogging or running by automatically adjusting the stride length from 20’-28” based on an exerciser’s pace.

Thirty resistance levels and 23 workouts challenge exercisers of every fitness level with variety and customization options, and Octane’s Workout Boosters – SmartStride, X-Mode™ and ArmBlaster – facilitate cross-training and specific muscle use. The exclusive CROSS CiRCUIT® program delivers combined cardio and strength interval training to optimize personalized conditioning effectiveness and efficiency.

With numerous choices for movement, intensity and programs, the XT-One is the ultimate cross-training and interval training machine, encouraging exercisers to capitalize on valuable variety to increase motivation and accomplish goals.

NeXT Generation of Interactive Displays

Health clubs can choose their technology levels on the XT-One to best meet their members’ needs:

    Console Options
        o    Smart Console – this top-of-the-line 10” capacitive touch screen entertains members with access to the Internet, apps, streaming video, music and more; also supports mobile device charging and incorporates asset management for club managers

        o    Standard Console – intuitive to navigate, this LED display with integrated capacitive buttons showcases all workout feedback; supports mobile device charging and will eventually include Octane’s free SmartLink™ app for customized workout regimens and progress tracking

    Entertainment Options
        o    Personal Viewing Screen (PVS) – a 15” wide screen adds television, movie and entertainment selections; comes with integrated keypad controls for a sleek, convenient solution that meets members’ expectations

        o    Wireless 900 Mhz Receiver – wireless TV receiver is compatible with Cardio Theater, BroadcastVision, MYe Entertainment and more

Premium Performance

Built with Octane’s smooth, ergonomically correct motion, heavy-duty construction and rigorous attention to quality, the XT-One uses a new linkage system for quieter operation and easier maintenance. And the machine is self-powered when equipped with the standard console.

The XT-One will be available in Q4 2015, with prices starting at $ 7,599.

Octane Fitness Background

Relentlessly fueled to reinvent zero-impact cardiovascular exercise, Octane Fitness has perfected the elliptical machine, introduced a new category with the xRide® recumbent elliptical, designed strength-infused cardio with the unique CROSS CiRCUIT®, created exercise in a new direction with the LateralX®, reinvented running with the Zero Runner®, optimized cross training with the XT-One™ that does it all and is leading smarter training with SmartLink™. Defined by standout innovations, and driven to deliver more effective, efficient and rewarding workouts, Octane is engineering elliptical domination.

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Find Octane at Images are available; contact Julie King at 847.638.1582 or jking(at)octanefitness(dot)com. For more information, contact the company at 888-OCTANE4 (888-628-2634) or Octane Fitness, CROSS CiRCUIT, LateralX, SmartStride, xRide and Zero Runner are registered trademarks of Octane Fitness. All other trademarks are protected by their respective owners.

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