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Kevin Sorbo’s inspirational book, True Strength, in paperback October 16

October 14, 2012 4 comments

Kevin’s excellent, inspirational book, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal—and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life, is available in paperback Tuesday, October 16.

Our good friends at DaCapo Press, Kevin’s publisher, kindly provided this insightful interview with Kevin that outlines his tragic, yet uplifting story.

A Talk with Kevin Sorbo

Author of True Strength

You sufferedKevin Sorbo True Strength three strokes at the age of 38. Were there any warning signs that something was wrong? If so, what did you think they could mean?

I had tingling and loss of feeling in my fingers and hand, my fingers turned cold and eventually blue, and I had pain shooting down my arm. It came and went, gradually getting worse as time went by. But I was doing a heavy promotional tour for Kull, the Conqueror at the time they started getting really annoying, so I consulted with doctors at the various hotels—probably five of them over those eight days. There was an explanation that I had hit my funny bone that explained the symptoms, and the doctors also said they thought in any case it probably wasn’t serious. Of course, I didn’t want to believe it was anything, either.

What were your diagnosis and your prognosis?

Initially my diagnosis was cancer, but they didn’t tell me that, thankfully. When they had all the answers that made sense, they diagnosed me with an aneurism in my shoulder that had spewed off so many clots—had clotted off a good portion of my left arm, blockages all the way down. I had also suffered three strokes—they called them mini-strokes, but it turned out they were much more sinister than that. When they finished sending clot-busters into my arm through a tube that went from my groin through my heart to my shoulder, they embollized the aneurism with platinum coils and got me off the Heparin (blood thinner). Then they sent me back to work on a movie I had scheduled in Atlanta.

That didn’t work out too well, because I collapsed on set. That was when the strokes reared their ugly heads. A new neurologist changed my prognosis to questionable and sent me home to only walk an hour a day and do nothing else for five to seven weeks. They simply said there was no way to tell how much improvement I could expect, which was tough because I was really strung out and suffering. They did say the bulk of my recovery would happen within the initial three to six months, and luckily that wasn’t true for me, either.

For how long were you hospitalized?

My first hospitalization was eight days or so. Then I went back to the ER in Atlanta and was admitted for a couple of days.

Why did you decide to turn to alternative medicine, and did you find it to be effective?

I turned to alternative medicine because traditional western medicine just wasn’t doing enough and I actually had trouble with the drugs that were prescribed. A friend suggested one practitioner and my wife found an acupuncturist, and they both turned out to be quite effective.

You played Hercules—an invincible character—yet you were physically incapacitated in real life. How did this irony affect your daily mindset, especially during filming?

I am very thankful that I had the character of Hercules to put on every day on set, even though the first several weeks I didn’t even work more than ten hours per week. I had taken the rest of my hiatus, the time they had set aside for me to shoot my movie, and then they gave me an extra week as well, because I literally could barely stand up straight. I was terribly dizzy and nauseated, had roaring headaches, and my vision was impaired with a big black blind spot that was very disorienting. I certainly couldn’t do fights or any fast movement, for that matter. But that said, Hercules gave a reason to get out of bed. Without that guy, I’m not sure what would have become of me. It was ironic, yes, and everybody on set was in on the joke, but we were all quite dependent on Hercules in a very serious way. The studio and producers were also very invested in the show, and we were all supposed to benefit greatly by getting to the magic 100th episode, so they were more than willing to make whatever adjustments were necessary to allow me to heal as best as I could under the circumstances. It was slow going, though.

How were you able to keep working when your body was so tired and still healing?

I kept going because I was determined not to let the illness win. I would put as much energy as I could on set, and when I got home I’d just collapse. I didn’t give up hope. In a sense I was lucky that I was an anomaly, because the prognosis was wrong from the start, so when they told me three or six months, and then my progress would be halted, I also didn’t believe it. I certainly feared they might be right, but I was determined to prove them wrong!

You married shortly after suffering your strokes. What role has your wife played in your recovery?

She was my rock. She kept me positive and helped me navigate the rough waters. I was lucky to have met her, but now I see God had a plan from the beginning.

You and your wife now have three young children. Did being a father make your recuperation harder or easier?

We had kids after I had substantially recovered. My kids have certainly brought a sense of peace and purpose to my life, and they mitigate any limitations that the illness has imposed on me.

The effects of your strokes lingered for years. When did you start to feel like yourself again, and what role did golf play in that process?

Golf is my therapy. After the strokes, it was pathetic how poorly I played—well, the ball would disappear from my vision if I just turned my head a bit, so it was really challenging and very disappointing. Over time, as I battled back, my golf game slowly returned—the competitive side of me was not affected by the strokes! It took three years for me to feel nearly whole again. I’ll never be what I was, but I like to think I’m improved in ways that I never would be without this ordeal. I certainly know a lot more medical jargon than I ever wanted to!

You mention in the book that if you didn’t keep working, your career would be over. Is there an unspoken rule in Hollywood that you have to hide your illness?

I think that, yes, there is an unspoken rule in Hollywood that reality permeates the film shield. That’s why the box office is affected by a star doing anything in public—and that goes both ways, good and bad. For that reason, the studio didn’t want my illness public. I didn’t, either, but that was more just my pride and the jock in me not wanting anyone to see my weaknesses. I’ve since learned that weakness isn’t a four letter word. It was a good decision at the time, because frankly we didn’t know how the story would end, and I wasn’t into pity parties, anyway, but now that I’ve recovered, I feel like this is the time to share what I’ve learned.

You kept your strokes a secret for many years. Why did you finally decide to speak up about them?

It’s a story of triumph in the end, in spite of the doubts and frustrations, and I realized this story might be able to inspire others to keep fighting as well.

Purchase True Strength in paperback here:

http://www.amazon.com/True-Strength-Journey-Hercules-Mortal/dp/073821602X

(Interview and image courtesy of DaCapo Press)

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Sam Sorbo talks hubby Kevin Sorbo & True Strength: He truly is my hero

December 6, 2011 4 comments

Actress/model Sam (Jenkins) Sorbo was perhaps best known as both Princess Kirin and Serena, the Golden Hind in several episodes of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” as well as Dr. Sara Riley, Captain Dylan Hunt’s fiancée in “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.” She also appeared as Sarah, the Preacher’s wife in the Hallmark movie, “Avenging Angel.”

While filming her first appearance in “Hercules” in 1996 Sam met and immediately fell in love with Kevin Sorbo and vice versa. He proposed marriage six months later. They wed in January, 1998, and soon three little Sorbos (Braedon, Shane and Octavia) came along.

However, during the couple’s brief courtship, Kevin, the model of strength and veracity, experienced a series of devastating strokes in his brain in 1997 that all but left him incapacitated. Sam remained by his side, temporarily relinquishing her burgeoning career without hesitation for the man she loved and providing the support he so desperately needed.

Sam contributed several chapters to Kevin’s recently published memoir, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life (Da Capo Press, ISBN 978-0-306-82036-6) that outlines Kevin’s physical and mental struggles and subsequent recovery from his strokes. He dedicated his book to her.

Sam kindly spoke with this writer about Kevin’s illness and recovery and her contributions to True Strength. Please enjoy this incredibly touching, candid interview: https://sorbowriter.wordpress.com/interview-sam-sorbo/

A Veteran’s Day tribute: Steve Azar’s Soldier Song

November 11, 2011 1 comment

Please remember not just today on Veteran’s Day, but always, our military personnel who serve and have served the United States valiantly with strength and honor. Here’s singer-songwriter Steve Azar’s story about his inspiration for writing his poignant “Soldier Song.” A portion of its sales proceeds support Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors.

I didn’t think anybody would hear the “Soldier Song.” I did that for an auction item at a charity event. Somebody wanted me to write something about the troops, and I had about a year to do it.

I was out on the road with (Bob) Seger for seven months and I couldn’t come home much because each tour is a day on and a day off. (Seger) would jet in and out and I was on the bus, so when you were on the bus you had to stay there.

It was my first time to be not in control of my tour schedule – and I love my family. I love being with them. I have a great wife; we’ve been buddies for a lot of years, and our kids are growing up. I just need a little dose of them at a time to make sure, and after being gone for weeks and weeks at a time and not getting to have the means to get home real quick because I couldn’t do it because I had no time in most cases.

Then I started seeing a lot about our soldiers in the news and how long they’re gone. There was a guard that was gone for the first time for a year, and I was goin’, “Oh, my God, I’ve been gone three weeks and I got to at least see (my family) for 15 hours. These guys are gone for a year? And I’m not being shot at.”

The worry is nothing. My version of being gone is wimpy. Theirs truly had great merit and is heroic. To me, the heroes are not only our servicemen and women over there, it’s the families that have to truly move and get along without them and with that stress and worry.

And then I went back and visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and I saw these kids; I call them kids because they’re kids, with arms (and) legs gone. This sort of reminded me of St. Jude’s, how they still had this smile, and it was amazing, but it was so moving and touching. That’s what sort of got me to write “Soldier Song.” I just left there and it sort of wrote itself, to be honest with you.

Here are the “Soldier Song” touching lyrics:

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

To you and the kids the life I’ve missed

To no more nights alone… no more

To my little boy’s last baseball game

To my baby girl’s first school day

I swear I’ll never miss church as long as I live

Baby, I know it’s late, please pick up the phone

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

I hope and pray when you got lonely

You thought of me and you got proud

I can’t believe a year’s gone by and all I’ve done is fight

Oh, I can’t wait to come back home and put away my gun, do nothin’ but love

Start again, if we can, where it was…

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

To you and the kids the life I missed

To no more nights alone

(no more nights alone)

To my little boy’s wearin’ daddy pants

My first father-daughter dance

I’m tired and I did here all that I can do

Baby, I know it’s late, please pick up the phone

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

I’ve seen tears I wish I never saw

Held myself together at times by string and a straw

Howd’ya make it with so much to do with us so far apart

And could you feel my heart break every night without you in my arms… I don’t want that no more… no more… no more… baby

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

To you and the kids the life I missed

To no more nights alone

To wrestlin’ round with my little boy

Singin’ a lullaby with my baby girl

I’m all packed up and I pray you still need me

Baby, I know it’s late, please pick up the phone

Your soldier’s finally comin’ home

Here’s Steve’s excellent video:

Steve Azar discusses the Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament

September 16, 2011 4 comments

Singer/songwriter Steve Azar assists many charitable organizations in his native Mississippi Delta as well as in Nashville, TN. His Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation primarily focuses on Catholic organizations that help sick, disadvantaged or abused children. He conducts toy, clothing and food drives annually, and presents fundraising shows for his foundation. His four-day annual “Magnolia” celebrity event highlights the arts, music and food that define Delta blues culture.

An avid golfer, he also participates in charity golf tournaments. Kevin Sorbo’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) is no exception.

Two years ago, Azar participated in and performed at Sorbo’s first tournament. He truly enjoyed the experience, and graciously spoke about it with this writer in June, 2011.

SW: Please tell me a little about your friendship with Kevin.

SA: Kevin’s a dear friend and I have great respect for him. We’ve become friends over the years. Obviously, golf has been a common thread for us to get to know each other; that’s how we met. It’s interesting. We’ve all become friends through the game of golf and doing charity events; they sort of go hand-in-hand.

SW: I know you played Kevin’s Tournament in the past…

SA: I didn’t get to go last year because I was on tour. It killed me. He changed the date, and he changed it right on top of one my busy times on the road. And then this year, I said, “Kevin, you’re doing it again!” But, I did play the first year. I know all about him, WFIT, and his passion for children, and we both have kids and we both know the benefits and importance of parents getting to spend time with their kids. So, I think we both share that passion.

SW: How did you get involved with the Tournament that year?

SA: We met being celebrity guests at the BMW (Charity Pro-Am) in Greenville, SC, and we just hit it off. I think Kevin started to dig my music and I’ve always dug him as an actor. Even now I’m so proud of him. People are starting to see his talent, and are taking it to a different place. And I guess when you have one of the biggest shows in the world on T.V. (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), you can get pigeonholed a little bit, just like I get pigeonholed sometimes in the country (music) format and I have more of a blues rock background. But, we live in boxes in the (entertainment) industry, and sometimes it takes a minute for people to know that there’re other parts to us, a bigger variety. It sort of penalizes us, but, I like to think that it also opens some doors to a complete career. That’s how we met and we just hit it off.

SW: And Kevin said, “I’m having this Tournament, why don’t you come and play?”

SA: It’s how it all happens. It starts with one and that’s how you meet. I’ve met everybody. Then at all of these events you meet people that have their own charities, foundations and events and then we just start helping each other.

It’s interesting. Kevin and I have a friend, Javier Colon, who’s going to win “The Voice,” and he’s been a friend of ours for years. So, every once in a while something great happens to somebody that’s really great. And so, this is an exciting moment for all of us. And Kevin in (the film) Soul Surfer – my wife and little girl came home and said, “He was unbelievable!”

And we’re so proud of Kevin because it was a great movie and it mattered. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. He’s a hard-working guy. He’s probably intuitive with his own career and he’s going to have great moments with his great things. I’m a journeyman like Kevin (in) that we know our success. The greatest satisfaction is within your own soul and heart and your peers who really respect it.

Watch this blog for a more in-depth interview with Azar.

See Azar’s website for more information and news about his exciting upcoming release of “Delta Soul:” http://www.steveazar.com/

Register to golf in or sponsor the 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, at the Silverado Resort in Napa, CA: http://www.worldfitforkids.org/golf/

(Photo courtesy of Steve Azar)

Golfing with Kevin Sorbo isn’t rocket science: An interview with Burt Rutan

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Aerospace engineer Burt Rutan has designed some of the most important space innovations during his illustrious career. He has won the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, Charles A. Lindbergh Award, and two Collier Trophies for his work. He was included in Time magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” and named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. magazine. Newsweek has described him as “the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer.”

The aeronautical genius spent decades creating new ways to travel. He designed the legendary Voyager, the first aircraft to circle the world nonstop without refueling, and developed the Ultralite, an all-composite 100mpg show car for General Motors, and Proteus “affordable U-2” aircraft.

Rutan made international headlines in 2004 as the designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately-built manned spacecraft to reach space for which he won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in the X Foundation’s competition to spur the development of affordable space tourism. The Discovery Channel featured SpaceShipOne’s exciting development and launch in two Peabody award-winning documentaries, including “Black Sky: The Race for Space.” A “60 Minutes” profile entitled, “Burt Rutan: An American Original,” aired in November, 2004, and has been re-aired twice by CBS.

The recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees is the founder and CEO of Scaled Composites, the most aggressive aerospace research company in the world that has developed and tested a variety of groundbreaking projects from military aircraft to executive jets. Based in Mojave, CA, the firm showcases some of the most innovative, energy-efficient designs ever flown.

Rutan also loves golf, and has participated in Kevin Sorbo’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) since its inception three years ago. He plans to attend again this year.

“It’s a great cause for sure,” said Rutan. “Also, the parties for the tournament are World Class. You will not forget the fun you had at the event, I promise. There are great venues and great fellow competitors. Everyone returns for more!”

Sign up to golf and meet Burt Rutan at this year’s 3rd Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament, September 23-25, at Eagle Vines Golf Course, Silverado Resort, Napa Valley, CA. Contact Event Producer Lonnie Mintz via telephone at 818-880-5511 or sorbogolf@worldfitforkids.org to register or for more information.

Read the complete interview with Burt Rutan:  http://tinyurl.com/43x5qbz

Kevin Sorbo Shore Leave Convention Q&A, Saturday, July10, 2010

July 29, 2011 1 comment

If you ever met Kevin during one of his appearances at the many conventions he attends yearly, you noticed what a nice and gracious guy he is. You remembered that he often takes time out from filming to trek around the globe to greet his fans, and appreciated the time he spent making you feel like a friend. You saw his amazing stage presence and genuine gift for public speaking as fans (denoted here as Q) asked him questions during his hour-long Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions.

If you haven’t had that opportunity, I give you some quotes from last year’s fantastic Shore Leave Convention in Baltimore, MD. Here are edited excerpts from Kevin’s Saturday, July 10, 2010, Q&A session:

Q:  Can you tell us a little bit about your charity?

KS:  It’s A World Fit For Kids! I’ve been doing it for 13 years now, and it’s a good program. We got an award from (former) Governor Schwarzenegger about two-and-a-half years ago for having the Best Afterschool Program in the State of California. And, if you’re interested, go to worldfitforkids.org. I work with over 12,000 kids in L.A. County, which has a 54% drop-out rate. We have a 98% graduation rate with the 12,000 kids in our program. It deals with physical activity, fighting childhood obesity, grades, mentoring, self-esteem and positive reinforcement. We have a golf tournament every year. It’s doing great. It’s just getting bigger and bigger every year right now. It’s fun.

Q:  Many years ago in Denver you auctioned off a pair of your Force Lance shorts. Are you planning to do that again?

KS:  I should do that again. I do crew gifts every year at the end of the year for the entire crew as a small “Thank you” for all their work. One of the years I got Force Lance shorts. On the front they had the “Andromeda” logo. On the back they said, “Have You Seen My Force Lance?” I’ve given out a lot through the years in charities and auctions for my foundation.

Q:  How did you get the role on “Andromeda” that was originally created for John Saxon?

KS:  “Andromeda” was written in 1969 by Gene Roddenberry. “Star Trek” had run its three-year course, and he wrote “Andromeda.” John Saxon shot the pilot, but it didn’t get picked up because the network thought the space shows were a waste of time. I got the part because when I was on my seventh season on “Hercules” with three months left in the show I was starting to look for something else to do. Majel Roddenberry called me and told me about Captain Dylan Hunt and that her husband had written three different pilots. He loved that name. It was the first captain he created after Captain Kirk. I said, “I’m a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan,” which I am. I’ve probably seen every episode 30, 40 times. She sent me a script, and I said, “I’m ready to do this.”

It was because “Hercules” was still such a successful series that they just offered me the show. I said, “I get to be Exec Producer on it. I get to pick the cast. I got final edit on the show.” I did a lot of things on the other side of the camera, which was a really good learning experience for me. And I got to pick the city. It had to be in Canada; I love Vancouver. I’ve shot there before and it’s in the time zone to get me back to L.A. So, that’s how that whole thing really happened. We had a nice five-year run.

Q:  You played both Hercules and Dylan Hunt, which of the characters do you prefer?

KS:  Obviously, “Hercules” is where it all started, but I had a great time with both shows. I’m very lucky I had two series that ran for 12 consecutive years and played two characters that were just so cool to play and so much fun. I was very blessed with great casts and great crews.

Q:  What are your favorite episodes of “Hercules” and “Andromeda”?

KS:  For “Hercules,” I’ll pick “The Apple” just because that’s the first one I directed and I loved it. I loved the storyline. And the second one is actually Michael Hurst’s first one directing called, “Fancy Free,” where I had to tango. It was the first episode in which I got to wear a different outfit. Actually, Michael and I did a bit that the writers kept in. We talked about it and said, “Well, this is perfect for this,” where he as the Widow Twanky said to me, “And we’ve got to get rid of that outfit you’re wearing.” I said, “Why? That’s all I ever wear.” And he said, “Yes, I know and I’m sick of it!” They kept it in, which was great.

“Andromeda,” I think, “Banks of the Lethe.” I really liked that one a lot. It was the teleportation episode. My wife was actually in that one. It’s a pretty good one.

Q:  You did the voice of Hercules in “God of War III,” how was being a different version of the character that you played for so long?

KS:  I’ve been doing a lot more voice-overs lately. I’ve got two games that came out. One’s called, “The Conduit,” and the other one’s “God of War III” in which I got to be Hercules. But that Hercules is very different from my Hercules, and it was fun. That whole voice-over thing is fun. I got to work with Malcolm McDowell, which was neat.

You do the voices first. They give me an idea of what the characters look like, but they throw in all these instructions and you do lines over and over and over again. My throat was dead. We did three days of it. It was a great experience. It’s a different kind of acting, even though it’s the same because we are acting. I hope to do more of it.

Q:  Do you have any new projects?

KS:  I’ve been busy. I shot a movie called, Avarice, and I play a guy that’s the caretaker of Pandora’s Box and it gets taken away from him. He’s not happy about it. I don’t play a good guy in this one. It’s got Patricia Richardson, Brad Dourif, Jason London and Tinsel Korey.

I shot another one called, Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury. If you like Naked Gun and Airplane, it’s that kind of movie. It’s completely politically incorrect, which I love, and I get to make fun of everybody. It’s funny. It’s really stupid, but I laughed through the whole script.

What If was a wonderful film I shot in Michigan with John Ratzenberger and Kristy Swanson. It’s a really nice, faith-based film with a great message. It’s a reverse of It’s a Wonderful Life where John Ratzenberger is this curmudgeon angel who shows up to show me how I just really screwed up my life. And it’s good. It’s a tear-jerker, it’s a comedy, and it’s got a lot of good things.

And then on the flip-side of that is a movie I did called, Julia X. I played a serial killer and I get my victims off an internet dating service. It’s going to be in 3-D. We shot it in Shreveport, Louisiana. If you like psychological thrillers and seeing really weird things very close-up and 3-D then you’ll enjoy this one.

*Here’s Kevin’s upcoming convention schedule:

August 26-28, 2011Fan Expo Canada, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 26-28, 2011Comedy Bar, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (evening appearances after Fan Expo convention)

September 19-24, 2011Estepona Film Festival, Malaga, Spain (Kevin’s appearances September 19-22 ONLY)

Oct. 28-30, 2011Central Canada Comic Con, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

*Please note that all appearances are dependent on Kevin’s work schedule. See the respective websites for updates.

Kevin Sorbo: Addict, User, Dealer – His take on golf, fitness & Yoli, Part 1

June 22, 2011 4 comments

Kevin Sorbo is a self-proclaimed golf and fitness addict. He’s on the links whenever possible for himself, as well as in numerous charity tournaments like the BMW Pro Am and his own Annual Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament that will be held this year September 23 through 25, at Eagle Vines Golf Course, Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA, to benefit his charity, A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT).

As a busy working actor/producer/director, father of three active young children and gifted athlete Sorbo constantly strives to stay in shape. He works out daily, tries to maintain a balanced diet, and takes supplements from Yoli, a Multi-level Marketing (MLM) company that targets acidity as a primary health problem in today’s society.

I recently chatted with Sorbo about his golf game, health regimen, and Yoli. We also discussed how his commitment to Yoli and its products: Alkalete, Truth, and Fun, led him to become an Independent Distributor, selling online and seeking other people to do the same.

Currently, Sorbo’s golf index is a 6.1, but he admitted that that’s an average between his low of two and high of 11 where he’s been the past 20 years. He expressed his goal of achieving a four, but that, unfortunately, due to time constraints finds it difficult “to keep that short game in check,” he stated.

Sorbo’s workouts these days consist of at least one hour per day depending on his hectic schedule. The former Hercules in the 1990s syndicated television hit, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” pumped iron for two hours daily during his show’s seven-year run. He scaled back and lost muscle for his subsequent five-year role as Captain Dylan Hunt in the science fiction action series, “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.” Following that program’s end, he continued to work out, never losing his desire to remain fit.

“Working out is still a drug for me,” Sorbo explained. “The key is I built a nice little gym in my house. I quit going to the gym about a year and a half ago because it was 20 minutes to the gym and 20 minutes back. That’s 40 minutes wasted on the road. That’s my cardio time, so why waste it driving to the gym?

“I have learned to manage my time much better now that I have three kids who are the most important element to my day. I usually try to work out in the morning and need to do it every day or I get a bit grumpy!”

The strapping 6’ 3”, blond, blue-eyed Adonis generally eats well. But sometimes temptation overtakes him despite his Herculean efforts to avoid it.

“I fall off that health wagon a lot,” confessed Sorbo. “I love my sweets and pasta and need to cut that down. My workouts basically balance my habit of eating poorly. I eat a lot of protein and love a good salad.”

Sorbo counteracts his sometimes bad dietary habits by adding Yoli daily to bolster his immune system, strengthen his muscles and joints, and decrease the acidity present in many foods and beverages. The company’s products offer live, active ingredients; minimal calories; natural antioxidants like pomegranate, acai, and goji; stevia, an herbal sweetener; and Alkalete, Yoli’s signature blend of essential minerals and electrolytes that neutralizes acid and stabilizes the body’s pH balance.

“The reason that people don’t get healthier is stubbornness. It’s as simple as that,” Sorbo said. “Yoli has a little package that you can put on top of pizza, salad, whatever to cut down on the acidity that we put in our bodies. Most things that we eat are acid. This is a neutralizer.

“You can put the packets in water to make yourself healthier. The idea behind that is to get off of sodas that don’t quench your thirst and contain sugar. We’ve gotten our bodies to crave sugar and salt. Our country speaks for itself; we’re the most obese country in the world.”

Yoli offers items in powder, liquid and capsule forms. It also has blasts, portable inserts designed to encircle the rim of a 20-inch bottle. Merely twist the blast onto the bottle’s top, press its center to release the ingredients, close the bottle, and shake. Taking Yoli couldn’t be easier!

“I believe in what the drink is doing for me,” added Sorbo. “My energy level is up and I’m sleeping better. All you have to do is go online and look at the ingredients.

“The packaging is important, too – the preservation of the product’s quality and that it’s not losing its nutritional value. Most juices that people buy in the grocery store say they’re 100% juice, but they’re not. By then most of the nutritional value is gone.”

Sorbo became interested in Yoli thanks to a publicist friend who introduced him to Eugene Hong, who is now his sponsor. He tried the products and immediately loved them. He decided to sell Yoli, sharing his positive results to try to help people get healthier and demonstrating how they might earn extra income by becoming Independent Distributors like himself. The popular actor also volunteered to use his celebrity to spread the word about Yoli for which he receives no remuneration.

“I don’t care if somebody wants to sell it,” Sorbo concluded. “It’d be great if somebody wants to come on board because it is a way to make extra money. But I’d rather have 1,000 people sign up and get the product every month than one person selling it. They’ll feel the difference, trust me. They’ll get sick less and feel more energy.

“I wanted to be a celebrity face for them, too. They’re not paying me to be part of this. I’m getting the product. I’m using the product. I tell about the product, so I’m a user and I’m also a dealer!”

See Sorbo’s Yoli site at http://kevinsorbo.goyoli.com/ You can send him a message about your interest in Yoli by clicking on “Contact Me” at the bottom of his goyoli site. He’d love to hear from you!

Writer’s Note:  I tried the Alkalete capsules and Truth powder, and in less than a week began to see and feel positive results. I followed Kevin’s lead and became an Independent Distributor, too! Send Kevin an email… you won’t regret it!

(BMW Pro Am photo courtesy of Kevin Sorbo; Yoli images & video by Eugene Hong)