Meet Barbara

An Interview with Barbara Mencer

How did you become a Peak Performance Strategist?

To be honest, it’s not something I set out to do.  Perhaps the question is best answered by sharing a bit about my personal journey through life so far.

Although throughout my childhood my dad always used the term “driven” to describe me, I think I had a rather normal existence through my early years and young adult life – school, friends, extra-curricular activities, jobs, marriage and children – all pretty normal stuff.

Some people thought that taking my music lessons to another level by playing violin in concert orchestras and singing classical and oratorio music professionally was unusual, but to me it was the logical progression of a hobby.

Personal challenges arose while in my early 30’s as my marriage to an alcoholic husband fell apart and I became the sole supporter of myself and my two children. As so many women do, I persevered and continued to raise my children while working as a marketing executive. I enrolled in a professional coaching program so I could hone the coaching skill set that I intuitively knew was my calling.

I decided to launch my own marketing consulting and business development coaching business and so I left the relative safety of corporate America and became an entrepreneur. Money was tight to begin with but with my usual dogged determination I managed to replace my corporate income and benefits within seven months and my business just kept growing.

Although juggling a fledging business while raising teenagers was challenging, I was thirsty for more knowledge so I went back to school to study business and there I met my second husband.  We were married soon thereafter and I became step-mom to two wonderful young girls.

In my typical “live life with gusto” fashion, I decided it was time to focus on my fitness and signed up at a local gym for 20 personal training sessions. I was in my early 40’s at this point and the first session just about killed me.  Although I seriously wondered how I would make it through another session, much less 20 of them, I was determined to give it another try.  Luckily, it went well and I soon grew to love my training sessions as well as the nutrition plan I was following.  Not only did I love the way I looked, I felt amazingly healthy and focused.

When I was 46 I decided to kick it up a notch. Always intrigued with body building but not wanting that extreme of a look, I was thrilled to hear about a physique sculpting sport called Figure (think feminine muscles). I decided to enter a figure competition and twelve weeks later I competed and came away with two trophies. 

 Since then I have competed in over a dozen competitions (often with women in their early 20s and 30s) and have won numerous trophies, including three first place wins.  At age 50 I took it up a notch and qualified for, competed in and ranked at the national level. 

As diet is an important component of preparing for a figure competition I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and what works – and doesn’t work – for my body.

I noticed, also, that whenever my body was in peak form, my performance on the job and other areas of my life excelled.  I felt more balanced, my self-care was evident, and my contentment flowed over into my relationships.

A growing fascination around nutrition took me to the next part of my journey which included enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to learn more about food and the role it plays in optimal health and wellness.

About the same time I began feeling the need and desire to learn more about nutrition, I also felt a calling within to share the knowledge I was gaining in order to help others find optimal health and wellness too so they could live at their peak potential.

Paying attention to this inner voice, I began a journey to discover my life purpose.  As a Christian, I know God has a unique plan for me and I was ready to listen to Him and follow that plan. I recommitted my life to Christ, getting involved in church and I spent time in prayer – and also began to pay attention to the various events occurring “coincidentally” in my life.  Up to then, I had ignored or been oblivious to all the signs showing me the way.

For instance, in my business as a marketing and business development coach I travel a lot, speaking to groups of business owners and professionals about how to get more clients and grow their businesses.  Everywhere I speak, people attending my workshops ask me to share fitness and nutrition information in addition to the marketing information I’m there to teach.

High achieving clients ask me how I rebalanced my life to be more in alignment with my version of success.  They want me to coach them to do the same.  Everywhere I go, whether it’s the gym, networking event, or social gathering, people ask me how I do what I do. And, I’m answering that request. As a Peak Performance Strategist I work with high-achieving, high-performing people to help them reach their goals and live their purpose with passion, fully aligned in all areas of their lives.

You mentioned coach training and nutrition school.  Can you share more about your education?

I have a BS in business and marketing and am a certified graduate of Coach University, the largest coaching institution in the U.S. I’m a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York and am certified as a holistic health coach by IIN and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I am also certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner through the State University of New York (SUNY).The curriculum at IIN centers around bio-individuality, the concept that no one diet is right for everyone. They teach more than 100 different dietary theories, from traditional to modern, Eastern to Western, and popular to esoteric. Through IIN, I’m fortunate to be trained, taught and inspired by some of the greatest minds in health and nutrition: Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. John Douillard, Sally Fallon, Dr.  Mark Hyman, Dr. David Katz, Dr. Marion Nestle, Dr. Barry Sears, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Paul Pitchford, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Walter Willett and David Wolfe, among others. For more information about my education in the areas of health, nutrition and wellness, please go to www.integrativenutrition.com

Who are your clients exactly?

My clients are high-achieving, high-performing people who want to get to the next level while enjoying the journey.  Most are already successful in various areas of their lives but may be feeling restless and want to know what’s next for them – and how to get there. Or they are dissatisfied with an element of their life or have hit a plateau of some kind – physical, mental, emotional, career, or spiritual – and are ready to breakthrough and reach peak performance. My clients are business owners and entrepreneurs, corporate executives and managers, as well as practitioners of law, medicine and the healing arts. They are professional consultants and coaches or have a high profile career or family background. Some are professional or competitive athletes.  All are focused, driven, determined, positive and self-motivated.They are ready to design and live their lives as they are meant to do.

What exactly is your Peak Performance Lifestyle System?

The Peak Performance Lifestyle begins with a mindset.  It’s fueled by passion and purpose, and nurtured by several distinctly different, yet interwoven essential elements. In all, there are 9 critical components that must be in harmony in order to create Peak Performance in every area of your life. Click here for details.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to identify, create and live your personal Peak Performance Lifestyle. That means you’ll develop a plan to reach your health, fitness, career or life goal while keeping a sense of flow, connection to your purpose and balance throughout the journey. You’ll learn what you need in order to feel healthy and energized.You’ll create a structure that invigorates you rather than drains you.And, you’ll develop an inner peace and joy for life that few enjoy.All of which results in living a life of purpose, the life you want, the life you’re suppose to live, without pushing, forcing or making it happen. You’ll flow through it!Based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to work with.

What are my options for getting started with you?

I work with clients nationally and internationally in person, via telephone and Skype. Please click here to find out if working together is right for you.

OK, I think I know which program I want. How do we get started?

Simply schedule a Peak Performance Strategy Session by clicking here.

I’m not sure I’m ready to get started, how can I sample your work at no cost to see if it’s the right solution for me?

A way to sample my approach is by subscribing to my blog. My blog provides you with proven tips, tools and strategies for living the Peak Performance Lifestyle.  Subscribe here.Another way is to sign up for my Peak Performance Wheel of Life Assessment.

OK, I’m ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. How can I contact you?

I’m happy to answer your questions.  The best way to do this is to schedule a Peak Performance Strategy Session.