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Aired at 04:00 AM on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 (5/12/2010)      View all transcripts from this day

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00:00:00Class they take, every test they take, every subject, throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:00:06Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:00:10The parents' choice foundation called it "brilliant," giving brainetics their highest honor for an educational product.
00:00:17We all want to help our kids succeed in school, but private tutors and learning centers can cost hundreds of dollars every single month.
00:00:23With brainetics, you won't pay hundreds of dollars a month.
00:00:26In fact, helping your children succeed is more affordable than ever.
00:00:29As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:00:33The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:00:39That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:00:43Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:00:54This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:00:58Call or go online in the next 19 minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:01:02So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:01:05Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:01:09There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:01:11Order this risk-free trial.
00:01:12Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:01:15What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:01:19The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:01:27Order now!
00:01:29..] >> my favorite thing about mike is the way he can take kids who aren't always motivated about math and maybe math comes very easily to them so they don't have to put a lot of effort into it.
00:01:43Mike can give them a challenge, they take it and they run with it.
00:01:47>> By using his tools and his strategies, he has motivated my students where they truly have a hunger for mathematics.
00:01:57>> Who can tell me what these numbers add up to?
00:02:00Yeah?
00:02:01>> 605.
00:02:04>> You guys are awesome!
00:02:05Good job!
00:02:06...61 Divided by 91.
00:02:09Yeah?
00:02:10>> Um, .6703296.
00:02:15>> Awesome.
00:02:16...How 'bout 975 squared?
00:02:18Yeah.
00:02:19>> 9-5-0-6-2-5?
00:02:21>> How many got that?
00:02:22You guys rock!
00:02:23>> This has helped me become so much more familiar with numbers.
00:02:26It's made me so much more confident that I just got a really good score on my final.
00:02:30>> Well, I think he's really cool with his tricks and stuff.
00:02:33It's like, amazing that he knows all that stuff and we get to learn it.
00:02:39>> When she comes home enthusiastic about math, I think that's good, I think that's great.
00:02:44>> I get letter after letter "brainetics is the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we do before we go to bed at night.
00:02:51It's the only thing we've ever done as a family that we all enjoy," and that's such a cool thing for me, because I spent my life making sure that my pduct wasn't boring.
00:03:03You know, tested over and over on every different age group to say, "is this cool?
00:03:07" .. if it wasn't, we scrapped it.
00:03:11>> Tracy: We wanted to put brainetics to the test, so we found the alabastros, an average american family with three kids who have been struggling with math anxiety and lack the interest and confidence they need to truly excel in their studies.
00:03:25>> Five, six, seven, eight.
00:03:27>> My hope is for our kids taking the brainetics challenge is to enjoy math and to see that it has a purpose in the world.
00:03:35They think they just have to do math, it's just, "math is just dumb and I don't want to do this " " >> yeah, "and I'll never have to " I want them to see math in everyday-- like "wow, I can figure that out and this" and math applies to everything that they do.
00:03:49>> Tracy: So, could brainetics help the alabastros find fun in learning math?
00:03:54>> Well, it's our first day and we're learning about magic squares.
00:03:59>> I just did a 15, um, three-by-three.
00:04:02I got all of them right.
00:04:05>> Alan: How do you feel?
00:04:06>> Proud.
00:04:08>> Tracy: Magic squares is just one of many different game-like methods for making math fun.
00:04:12>> I didn't actually think that I could do this, but now I can do it pretty fast.
00:04:19>> Tracy: In just one week, andre's math anxiety is starting to fade, and they're all finally having fun learning math.
00:04:26>> Roxanne: This makes it fun and easy.
00:04:28It also exercises your mind for doing other things.
00:04:31WE FINISHED THE 90s AND WE'RE Moving on to multiplying two-digit numbers that end in 1.
00:04:38>> When they started doing two-digit multiplications and how quick they were able to do that, they're like, "wow!
00:04:43" ..
00:04:489,120.
00:04:53Yes!
00:04:55>> Tracy: Andre answered that problem on the spot using mike's shortcut for multiplying TWO-DIGIT NUMBERS IN THE 90s.
00:05:01For instance, take 96, which is 4 away from 100, and 95, which is 5 away.
00:05:07To multiply these two numbers together, you take the top number, 96, and subtract the second number in parentheses, 5, which is 91.
00:05:16Then you multiply the two numbers in parentheses together, which is 20.
00:05:19The answer is 9120.
00:05:21It's that easy.
00:05:23After just three short weeks of using brainetics, the alabastros had lost their math anxiety and are well on their way to improving their grades and are finally having fun learning math.
00:05:34Brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:05:37It empowers your brain to very quickly process information and memorize information, and then recall that information when needed.
00:05:44Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class, on every test, and on every subject throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:05:53Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:05:58>> The kids that struggle in school, have low self-esteem six hours a day, five days a week, two hours a night doing homework-- those are the kids that always feel inadequate and that is something that we really address because we want those kids to start feeling smart, feel great about themselves.
00:06:17>> Tracy: We wanted to meet a family who faced these challenges and we found becci battaglia, a single mother and her two daughters, jessi and brittany.
00:06:25Jessi has been really struggling with her schoolwork since second grade.
00:06:29We wanted jessi and brittany to take the brainetics 21-day challenge to see if it can help.
00:06:35>> Jessi is the 12-year-old and .. she's been struggling in school, um, ever since about second grade.
00:06:42We had her tested and she actually has a.d.h.d.
00:06:46>> School can be a big part of your life.
00:06:49It's hard and sometimes easy, but it's hard.
00:06:53>> With brittany, she does really well in most of her subjects, but she really has to work at it.
00:06:59>> Sometimes I don't feel smart enough 'cause I don't get it as fast as other things.
00:07:03>> As a parent, you just want .. to give 'em the best kind .. help in life, so that it is really a helpless feeling when you have, feel like you've tried everything.
00:07:15I'm really hoping that being in the study, that we see a difference and a change and it's definitely something I'd immediately start with.
00:07:22>> Tracy: As soon as they began working with brainetics, the dread associated with learning math began to dissolve.
00:07:29, so chapter one, we just started and we did kind of a warm-up and we did magic squares.
00:07:36...After the magic squares, black horse and stuff like that, I was like, "oh, this is kind of cool, maybe it'll all be tricks like this and then once we started getting into like two-digit multiplication and three-digit multiplication, all that stuff, there was like actually math stuff that like helped you.
00:07:53...7225! 7-2-2-5.
00:07:56>> Girl on video: 7,225.
00:07:58>> Whoo!
00:07:59, so today, my favorite one that we did on the tv was the missing number mystery.
00:08:05You just have to take the numbers, add them up and see if they're closer to 9, 18, or 27, and then you find the number, the missing number, and i thought that was really-- it made me feel good because i didn't think I could do that before.
00:08:19>> Hi, uh, this is the end of week two.
00:08:24Uh, what I just finished learning was three-digit multiplication and I thought that helped me a lot.
00:08:32>> Tracy: Just three weeks after they began, the change was inspiring.
00:08:36Brittany was feeling more confident with math and well on her way to getting into a great university.
00:08:41And jessi was finally finding herself engaged in things that she couldn't before because of her trouble with a.d.h.d.
00:08:47Using the techniques found in mike byster's brainetics program, they were able to look at math in a whole new way.
00:08:53>> This is pretty much the end of the whole tape and I'm really excited because it was fun and i just want to accomplish something.
00:09:00...I was really surprised that i liked it, I mean, math isn't my favorite subject, so I wasn't expecting it to be like super fun.
00:09:07>> Really amazing that I can do .. do last year or the year before that, I thought it was awesome.
00:09:15>> 64 Divided by 91.
00:09:20Let's go.
00:09:21You got a few seconds.
00:09:22I want you guys to carry it out to the first seven decimal points.
00:09:26Kim?
00:09:27>> Point 7-0-3-2-9-6-7.
00:09:32>> Right.
00:09:33...181... 325... 237.
00:09:40[Laughs] oh, wow!
00:09:43Go ahead, what do you got?
00:09:45>> 743?
00:09:47>> How many got 743?
00:09:49You guys are awesome! good job!
00:09:52>> Announcer: Quick!
00:09:52Can you multiply three-digit numbers in your head?
00:09:56>> Mike: Who can tell me what that equals?
00:09:58What do you got?
00:09:59>> 3-2-5-2-1-5.
00:10:01>> Mike: Right.
00:10:02>> Announcer: These kids can do it and your kids can too-- with brainetics, the breakthrough math and memory learning system developed by math genius mike byster.
00:10:11" during a special investigation that later aired on national television.
00:10:17Over 50,000 emails poured in from hopeful parents.
00:10:21Mike has taught his amazing techniques in over 6,000 classrooms across the country.
00:10:26The secret is mike's method for teaching anyone from children to adults how to quickly process information, memorize it and then be able to recall that information anytime they need it.
00:10:36His methods make math, which can be intimidating, actually fun and cool to learn, so kids take to it like never before.
00:10:42But brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:10:46Brainetics will teach your children all the skills needed to excel in school and in life-- skills that are simply never taught in the classroom.
00:10:53Your kids will learn all kinds of cool math shortcuts, memory building techniques and fun games that will amaze their friends and family and give them the confidence to succeed in school.
00:11:05Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class they take, every test they take, every subject, throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:11:14Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:11:18The parents' choice foundation called it "brilliant," giving brainetics their highest honor for an educational product.
00:11:24We all want to help our kids succeed in school, but private tutors and learning centers can cost hundreds of dollars every single month.
00:11:30With brainetics, you won't pay hundreds of dollars a month.
00:11:33In fact, helping your children succeed is more affordable than ever.
00:11:37As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:11:41The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:11:47That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:11:50Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:12:02This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:12:06Call or go online in the next eight minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:12:10So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:12:12Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:12:16There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:12:19Order this risk-free trial.
00:12:20Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:12:23What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:12:26The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:12:35Order now!
00:12:36..] >> Tracy: We are continuing our interview with mike byster, the creator of brainetics.
00:12:44Mike has spent the last 10 years of his life traveling to more than 6,000 schools, inspiring students, teachers and parents across the country.
00:12:53Mike's program has become such a phenomenon, it caught the attention of20/20,who did an investigative piece to find out the story behind the magic.
00:13:01When they saw what these normal kids could do, they said, " ...you were on abc's20/20, and what happened after that?
00:13:09>> Well, after20/20,it was funny, the producers were great there and we loved them.
00:13:14I said, "well, you know, I'm wondering how many e-mails " and she said, "on an average " [laughs] >> 50,000 e-mails from new fans!
00:13:25>> And we had 480,000 hits on our website that night.
00:13:30...Go, guys!
00:13:31>> Oh!
00:13:33>> Mike: Yeah.
00:13:33>> O.k., so it's 2-6-3-1-6-9.
00:13:39>> Good!
00:13:40>> Point 6-1-5-3-8-4-6?
00:13:49>> Mike: Good!
00:13:50>> 3-5-9-8-5-6?
00:13:51>> Mike: Good!
00:13:52O.k., you're awesome!
00:13:53[Kids shriek and clap] [mike laughs] >> high-five!
00:13:59>> Tracy: Mike's formulas are simple.
00:14:01Here's an example for multiplying two numbers together BETWEEN 100 AND 109, 105 x 107.
00:14:08The first digit of the answer is always 1.
00:14:11To get the next two digits of the answer, add the ones digits together: 5 + 7 = 12.
00:14:16To get the final two digits of the answer, multiply the ones digits together.
00:14:215 x 7 = 35, AND THE ANSWER?
00:14:2511,235.
00:14:28>> Mike: We have had success with every level, from kids with special needs to the most highly gifted kids, everyone that wants to have fun while they learn has had success with this.
00:14:39...I'm gonna put four problems on the board, multiplication, division, squaring.
00:14:43When you know an answer, call out the problem number and the answer.
00:14:46Whoever does it in the least amount of time wins.
00:14:49I will erase it as you call out.
00:14:51The first team that clears their board fastest wins.
00:14:54..] go!
00:15:02[All shouting at once] [mike laughs] >> Boy: Whatever!
00:15:04>> Mike: Yeah?
00:15:05>> Four!
00:15:066-1-5-3-8-4-6.
00:15:11>> Mike: Good job!
00:15:12>> Girl: One!
00:15:123-5-9-7-1-1!
00:15:14>> Mike: Right!
00:15:16>> 1-3-9-2-4!
00:15:18>> Mike: Good job! awesome!
00:15:19>> And three is 2-3-1-3-6-1.
00:15:23>> Mike: You guys rock!
00:15:24 [laughs] ...it just gets to be a really, really cool thing because usually in a class of 25 kids, maybe only two or three really excel and those are the kids that really, really feel smart.
00:15:37This is the chance for every kid to get that empowering feeling.
00:15:41...You guys are awesome!
00:15:42Good job!
00:15:43 [clapping] >> go, guys!
00:15:48Yeah?
00:15:48>> 6-3-9-7-7-5.
00:15:50>> Good!
00:15:53>> 5-6-0-4-3-9-5?
00:15:57>> Mike: Good!
00:15:58>> Um, 2-3-9-1-2-1.
00:16:03>> Mike: Good job, guys!
00:16:04Way to go!
00:16:04>> Girl: Yeah!
00:16:05[Mike laughs] >> it was really cool because like first when you see kinds of problems that he taught us how to do, you think like "oh, my " and stuff like that.
00:16:17But with the shortcuts that he taught us, it's actually kind of easy.
00:16:20>> Tracy: Every single class or test they take throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond will become much easier for brainetics kids because they'll be able to remember all the information they've learned in each and every class much better than kids who are staring at highlighted notes over and over again, hoping the information will sink in.
00:16:37>> The transition to college was made that much easier by the fact that I was a step ahead of everyone.
00:16:41>> Brainetics helped me so much.
00:16:44It like changed my life in seventh grade for math.
00:16:47>> The confidence that comes from being able to solve complicated problems quickly without the use of a calculator, without paper and pencil, is very, um, motivating to children.
00:17:02>> When you start having success in mathematics, you like it.
00:17:05And the brainetics allows the students to have success in doing things that they didn't think they could do before.
00:17:10>> The best thing that I've seen is that christopher's confidence has really shot up.
00:17:15>> It's a beautiful compilation of all the things that mike wants to teach everyone and wants every child to have the .. in a box.
00:17:28And I'm really proud of that.
00:17:30>> Brainetics isn't just a math program.
00:17:32It empowers the minds to levels far beyond what was ever thought possible.
00:17:37We're not taking kids from "a" " we're taking them from "a" to "z"-- things that no kid or no adult has ever done before.
00:17:45>> Announcer: As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:17:50The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:17:56That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:17:59Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:18:11This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:18:16Call or go online in the next two minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:18:18So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:18:21Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:18:25There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:18:27Order this risk-free trial.
00:18:29Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:18:32What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:18:35The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:18:43Order now!
00:18:47..] ..] the preceding was a paid program for brainetics.
00:20:04>> Announcer: The following is a paid presentation for your baby can read.
00:20:10[Baby gurgles] ..] ..] >> hi, I'm chad murdock.
00:20:24I've been producing tv for almost 30 years.
00:20:26I have seen thousands of products come across my desk and about 15 years ago, one product-- a reading phonics program-- made such a difference in my son's life that I felt compelled to appear on television to tell our story.
00:20:39To this day, it has been one of the most successful infomercials in history.
00:20:43Now I'm back on tv for one what you are about to see will change the lives of children everywhere.
00:20:50This is the most incredible discovery that I have ever seen.
00:20:53I wish that I could share with you the many hours of footage and interviews, but we only have 30 minutes.
00:20:59So we've condensed them to these remarkable stories.
00:21:02 what you are about to see will amaze you.
00:21:09..
00:21:13..
00:21:14>> What's this say?
00:21:16>> Cat!
00:21:17>> Cat!
00:21:18>> Man: What's that say?
00:21:19>> Duck.
00:21:20>> Duck.
00:21:21>> HAPPY. >> Woman: Happy.
00:21:23>> Fingers. >> fingers.
00:21:25>> Play. >> play.
00:21:26>> Woman: Where's the c-e-i-l-i-n-g?
00:21:31>> Giraffe.
00:21:34Wave.
00:21:35>> "Oh no," said scrooge.
00:21:37.." >> "many young people through all of college and all .." >> "within six weeks after lincoln's inauguration, the civil war would la f for years and take the lives of " >> Woman: No way.
00:22:01>> Announcer: In the first five years of life, 90% of the connections and growth in the brain are completed.
00:22:06That offers parents a small window of opportunity to give early learning to each child.
00:22:12The home videos you just saw demonstrate the incredible results of an amazing early learning system that truly defies tradition.
00:22:19From your baby can comes a revolutionary system created robert titzer called your baby can read.
00:22:26Stay tuned to see how you can give your child the learning they crave before that window closes.
00:22:34>> Now I'd like to introduce kristin pfeifer, a school teacher who, a few years ago, had the opportunity to interview robert titzer, an infant development expert who created the revolutionary early learning system, your baby can read.
00:22:48>> Since witnessing the results of this learning system, I have told every mother of a young child about the your baby can read program, and in fact, every expectant mother.
00:22:58.. [laughing] now I am about to become a mother for the first time.
00:23:02As a parent, I want to open that small window of opportunity to enhance my child's learning potential and future success.
00:23:11>> Man: O.k., what's this say?
00:23:12>> Animals.
00:23:14>> Good.
00:23:15>> I think what impressed us most about your baby can read video series was that we actually saw results.
00:23:19We saw jacob reading words, we saw him interacting with the video, we actually saw him watching the video from beginning to end without stopping and being distracted and running around the room.
00:23:28And he just incorporated it into his everyday life.
00:23:31I mean, so it's a product we, we feel like we got our money's worth when we purchased the video.
00:23:35We actually saw results.
00:23:36...What's that spell?
00:23:37>> Jacob!
00:23:39>> Jacob, what's this say?
00:23:41>> Boats float in the ocean.
00:23:44>> Our lives will never be the same, and um, we wouldn't have it any other way, actually, right now, at all.
00:23:50>> Man: What's that spell?
00:23:51 [laughs] >> my husband was like, " major skeptic, and um, friends and other people were just like, "this is crazy," but, you know, I just showed it to her a little bit.
00:24:03>> What's this say?
00:24:05Arms up!
00:24:06Good girl, mwah!
00:24:09What's this one say?
00:24:13Ears!
00:24:14Yeah, good girl!
00:24:15How about this one?
00:24:18Shake!
00:24:19Good girl.
00:24:20>> She just started reading.
00:24:22>> Narrow.
00:24:26Wide!
00:24:29..
00:24:29>> Man: What's this one?
00:24:31..
00:24:33Lead!
00:24:34>> I've exposed her to everything that I thought would benefit her intellectual growth and her emotional growth and her psychological growth just so she could, you know, have the chance to be the fullest person she could be.
00:24:50>> Chin.
00:24:51Reading.
00:24:53Toy car.
00:24:54>> Learning is a positive, fun experience.
00:24:57.. twinkle!
00:25:00>> Woman: I think your baby can read videos have already impacted her future.
00:25:05She's already reading, at the age of two, first-grade-level books.
00:25:10It's already apparent how much easier things are gonna be for her.
00:25:14And I think it'll give her a tremendous amount of confidence.
00:25:18I tell all my friends, my relatives, my cousins, everybody who has a little baby, if I could change the world with your baby can read, I think everyone would be using it.
00:25:29>> Now let's hear how this incredible system got started, from the real expert and creator of your baby can read, dr. robert titzer.
00:25:36>> I've always been interested in how people learn, and while i was at penn state university, i was focused on how adults learn.
00:25:43At that time, my wife got pregnant and at that moment, I became very interested in how babies learn.
00:25:49So I switched my emphasis from adult learning to infant learning.
00:25:54And while studying about how babies learn, I was dropping my own baby off at the babysitter's house and I felt really guilty.
00:26:01I didn't want her watching any mindless television shows, so I made a video for her that was very interactive and educational.
00:26:08And she watched the video for about six months and then started recognizing all the words in the video.
00:26:14...This says snow.
00:26:16This is snow.
00:26:18...I will never forget the first time that I saw aleka recognizing words.
00:26:22She was nine months old, and I was showing her the video, but I forgot to put the volume up and the word "foot" came on the screen and she reached down and touched her foot and then she got a couple of other words, and I thought, wow, she's memorized the order of the word.
00:26:38I did not think she possibly could have memorized the shapes of all these words because it has only been about six months and I thought that was just too much.
00:26:46But I put them in a random order and she still recognized the words no matter which order they were in.
00:26:52...Good, belly button.
00:26:55Very good.
00:26:58>> Ooh!
00:26:59..
00:27:00...Around 18 months of age, that's probably where the biggest "ah ha" moment was, when she actually starting reading words that she'd never seen before because she'd figured out the phonetic pattern of the language.
00:27:12That's when I knew that this was actually going to potentially change the way everyone would someday read.
00:27:19>> Aleka: Daddy!
00:27:20.. no... living... thing...
00:27:24.. nor butterfly...
00:27:29>> Then other people actually borrowed my homemade copy, the homemade video which was an embarrassing video that I did not want people to see, and their children learned to read from the video, so then I knew that it would probably work with many children.
00:27:43>> Proof of that came as we received testimonials from all over the country, from virginia to california and everywhere in between.
00:27:50Notice these are home videos of real parents and their kids.
00:27:54..] [tires skid as plane lands] >> he flung his little arms up in the air, he was only eight months old and he was actually responding to what the video was asking him to do.
00:28:08I can shut the video off and put those same words on index cards and I could then show him the word and he would put his arms up.
00:28:17He has no concept of, you know, "learning", he has no negative connotation toward, you know, toward that and we didn't call it that.
00:28:25We just called it playing.
00:28:27..] ...hands, good.
00:28:31How about this one?
00:28:34...It's helping him learn about other concepts, you know, and .. he wouldn't get until much later.
00:28:42...Andy, can mama have the yellow one?
00:28:48...Can you read this one?
00:28:50What state's that?
00:28:51>> Andy: Florida.
00:28:52>> Kelly: What's the capital?
00:28:53>> Andy: Tallahassee.
00:28:55>> Kelly: Good.
00:28:56>> Andy: Tallahassee.
00:28:57>> Kelly: What state's this, right here?
00:28:59>> Andy: Texas.
00:29:00>> Kelly: What's the capital?
00:29:01>> Andy: Austin.
00:00:00And focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
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00:00:05..] >> my favorite thing about mike is the way he can take kids who aren't always motivated about math and maybe math comes very easily to them so they don't have to put a lot of effort into it.
00:00:20Mike can give them a challenge, they take it and they run with it.
00:00:24>> By using his tools and his strategies, he has motivated my students where they truly have a hunger for mathematics.
00:00:33>> Who can tell me what these numbers add up to?
00:00:37Yeah?
00:00:38>> 605.
00:00:41>> You guys are awesome!
00:00:42Good job!
00:00:43...61 Divided by 91.
00:00:46Yeah?
00:00:47>> Um, .6703296.
00:00:51>> Awesome.
00:00:52...How 'bout 975 squared?
00:00:55Yeah.
00:00:56>> 9-5-0-6-2-5?
00:00:57>> How many got that?
00:00:59You guys rock!
00:01:00>> This has helped me become so much more familiar with numbers.
00:01:02It's made me so much more confident that I just got a really good score on my final.
00:01:07>> Well, I think he's really cool with his tricks and stuff.
00:01:10It's like, amazing that he knows all that stuff and we get to learn it.
00:01:15>> When she comes home enthusiastic about math, I think that's good, I think that's great.
00:01:20>> I get letter after letter "brainetics is the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we do before we go to bed at night.
00:01:28It's the only thing we've ever done as a family that we all enjoy," and that's such a cool thing for me, because I spent my life making sure that my product wasn't boring.
00:01:40You know, tested over and over on every different age group to say, "is this cool?
00:01:44" .. if it wasn't, we scrapped it.
00:01:48>> Tracy: We wanted to put brainetics to the test, so we found the alabastros, an average american family with three kids who have been struggling with math anxiety and lack the interest and confidence they need to truly excel in their studies.
00:02:02>> Five, six, seven, eight.
00:02:03>> My hope is for our kids taking the brainetics challenge is to enjoy math and to see that it has a purpose in the world.
00:02:12They think they just have to do math, it's just, "math is just dumb and I don't want to do this " " >> yeah, "and I'll never have to " I want them to see math in everyday-- like "wow, I can figure that out and this" and math applies to everything that they do.
00:02:26>> Tracy: So, could brainetics help the alabastros find fun in learning math?
00:02:30>> Well, it's our first day and we're learning about magic squares.
00:02:35>> I just did a 15, um, three-by-three.
00:02:39I got all of them right.
00:02:41>> Alan: How do you feel?
00:02:43>> Proud.
00:02:44>> Tracy: Magic squares is just one of many different game-like methods for making math fun.
00:02:49>> I didn't actually think that I could do this, but now I can do it pretty fast.
00:02:55>> Tracy: In just one week, andre's math anxiety is starting to fade, and they're all finally having fun learning math.
00:03:02>> Roxanne: This makes it fun and easy.
00:03:05It also exercises your mind for doing other things.
00:03:08WE FINISHED THE 90s AND WE'RE Moving on to multiplying two-digit numbers that end in 1.
00:03:14>> When they started doing two-digit multiplications and how quick they were able to do that, they're like, "wow!
00:03:19" ..
00:03:249,120.
00:03:30Yes!
00:03:32>> Tracy: Andre answered that problem on the spot using mike's shortcut for multiplying TWO-DIGIT NUMBERS IN THE 90s.
00:03:37For instance, take 96, which is 4 away from 100, and 95, which is 5 away.
00:03:44To multiply these two numbers together, you take the top number, 96, and subtract the second number in parentheses, 5, which is 91.
00:03:52Then you multiply the two numbers in parentheses together, which is 20.
00:03:56The answer is 9120.
00:03:58It's that easy.
00:04:00After just three short weeks of using brainetics, the alabastros had lost their math anxiety and are well on their way to improving their grades and are finally having fun learning math.
00:04:10Brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:04:13It empowers your brain to very quickly process information and memorize information, and then recall that information when needed.
00:04:21Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class, on every test, and on every subject throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:04:30Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:04:34>> The kids that struggle in school, have low self-esteem six hours a day, five days a week, two hours a night doing homework-- those are the kids that always feel inadequate and that is something that we really address because we want those kids to start feeling smart, feel great about themselves.
00:04:54>> Tracy: We wanted to meet a family who faced these challenges and we found becci battaglia, a single mother and her two daughters, jessi and brittany.
00:05:02Jessi has been really struggling with her schoolwork since second grade.
00:05:06We wanted jessi and brittany to take the brainetics 21-day challenge to see if it can help.
00:05:11>> Jessi is the 12-year-old and .. she's been struggling in school, um, ever since about second grade.
00:05:19We had her tested and she actually has a.d.h.d.
00:05:22>> School can be a big part of your life.
00:05:25It's hard and sometimes easy, but it's hard.
00:05:29>> With brittany, she does really well in most of her subjects, but she really has to work at it.
00:05:35>> Sometimes I don't feel smart enough 'cause I don't get it as fast as other things.
00:05:39>> As a parent, you just want .. to give 'em the best kind .. help in life, so that it is really a helpless feeling when you have, feel like you've tried everything.
00:05:52I'm really hoping that being in the study, that we see a difference and a change and it's definitely something I'd immediately start with.
00:05:59>> Tracy: As soon as they began working with brainetics, the dread associated with learning math began to dissolve.
00:06:05, so chapter one, we just started and we did kind of a warm-up and we did magic squares.
00:06:12...After the magic squares, black horse and stuff like that, I was like, "oh, this is kind of cool, maybe it'll all be tricks like this and then once we started getting into like two-digit multiplication and three-digit multiplication, all that stuff, there was like actually math stuff that like helped you.
00:06:29...7225! 7-2-2-5.
00:06:32>> Girl on video: 7,225.
00:06:35>> Whoo!
00:06:36, so today, my favorite one that we did on the tv was the missing number mystery.
00:06:42You just have to take the numbers, add them up and see if they're closer to 9, 18, or 27, and then you find the number, the missing number, and i thought that was really-- it made me feel good because i didn't think I could do that before.
00:06:56>> Hi, uh, this is the end of week two.
00:07:00Uh, what I just finished learning was three-digit multiplication and I thought that helped me a lot.
00:07:08>> Tracy: Just three weeks after they began, the change was inspiring.
00:07:12Brittany was feeling more confident with math and well on her way to getting into a great university.
00:07:18And jessi was finally finding herself engaged in things that she couldn't before because of her trouble with a.d.h.d.
00:07:24Using the techniques found in mike byster's brainetics program, they were able to look at math in a whole new way.
00:07:30>> This is pretty much the end of the whole tape and I'm really excited because it was fun and i just want to accomplish something.
00:07:37...I was really surprised that i liked it, I mean, math isn't my favorite subject, so I wasn't expecting it to be like super fun.
00:07:44>> Really amazing that I can do .. do last year or the year before that, I thought it was awesome.
00:07:52>> 64 Divided by 91.
00:07:57Let's go.
00:07:58You got a few seconds.
00:07:59I want you guys to carry it out to the first seven decimal points.
00:08:03Kim?
00:08:03>> Point 7-0-3-2-9-6-7.
00:08:08>> Right.
00:08:09...181... 325... 237.
00:08:17[Laughs] oh, wow!
00:08:20Go ahead, what do you got?
00:08:21>> 743?
00:08:24>> How many got 743?
00:08:26You guys are awesome! good job!
00:08:28>> Announcer: Quick!
00:08:29Can you multiply three-digit numbers in your head?
00:08:33>> Mike: Who can tell me what that equals?
00:08:35What do you got?
00:08:36>> 3-2-5-2-1-5.
00:08:38>> Mike: Right.
00:08:38>> Announcer: These kids can do it and your kids can too-- with brainetics, the breakthrough math and memory learning system developed by math genius mike byster.
00:08:48" during a special investigation that later aired on national television.
00:08:54Over 50,000 emails poured in from hopeful parents.
00:08:57Mike has taught his amazing techniques in over 6,000 classrooms across the country.
00:09:03The secret is mike's method for teaching anyone from children to adults how to quickly process information, memorize it and then be able to recall that information anytime they need it.
00:09:12His methods make math, which can be intimidating, actually fun and cool to learn, so kids take to it like never before.
00:09:19But brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:09:22Brainetics will teach your children all the skills needed to excel in school and in life-- skills that are simply never taught in the classroom.
00:09:30Your kids will learn all kinds of cool math shortcuts, memory building techniques and fun games that will amaze their friends and family and give them the confidence to succeed in school.
00:09:41Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class they take, every test they take, every subject, throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:09:50Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:09:54The parents' choice foundation called it "brilliant," giving brainetics their highest honor for an educational product.
00:10:01We all want to help our kids succeed in school, but private tutors and learning centers can cost hundreds of dollars every single month.
00:10:07With brainetics, you won't pay hundreds of dollars a month.
00:10:10In fact, helping your children succeed is more affordable than ever.
00:10:13As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:10:18The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:10:23That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:10:27Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:10:39This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:10:43Call or go online in the next eight minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:10:46So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:10:49Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:10:53There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:10:55Order this risk-free trial.
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00:11:00What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
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00:11:13..] >> Tracy: We are continuing our interview with mike byster, the creator of brainetics.
00:11:22to more than 6,000 schools, inspiring students, teachers and parents across the country.
00:11:30Mike's program has become such a phenomenon, it caught the attention of20/20,who did an investigative piece to find out the story behind the magic.
00:11:38When they saw what these normal kids could do, they said, " ...you were on abc's20/20, and what happened after that?
00:11:46>> Well, after20/20,it was funny, the producers were great there and we loved them.
00:11:51I said, "well, you know, I'm wondering how many e-mails " and she said, "on an average " [laughs] >> 50,000 e-mails from new fans!
00:12:02>> And we had 480,000 hits on our website that night.
00:12:07...Go, guys!
00:12:08>> Oh!
00:12:09>> Mike: Yeah.
00:12:10>> O.k., so it's 2-6-3-1-6-9.
00:12:15>> Good!
00:12:16>> Point 6-1-5-3-8-4-6?
00:12:26>> Mike: Good!
00:12:27>> 3-5-9-8-5-6?
00:12:28>> Mike: Good!
00:12:29O.k., you're awesome!
00:12:29[Kids shriek and clap] [mike laughs] >> high-five!
00:12:35>> Tracy: Mike's formulas are simple.
00:12:38Here's an example for multiplying two numbers together BETWEEN 100 AND 109, 105 x 107.
00:12:45The first digit of the answer is always 1.
00:12:48To get the next two digits of the answer, add the ones digits together: 5 + 7 = 12.
00:12:53To get the final two digits of the answer, multiply the ones digits together.
00:12:585 x 7 = 35, AND THE ANSWER?
00:13:0111,235.
00:13:04>> Mike: We have had success with every level, from kids with special needs to the most highly gifted kids, everyone that wants to have fun while they learn has had success with this.
00:13:16...I'm gonna put four problems on the board, multiplication, division, squaring.
00:13:20When you know an answer, call out the problem number and the answer.
00:13:23Whoever does it in the least amount of time wins.
00:13:26I will erase it as you call out.
00:13:28The first team that clears their board fastest wins.
00:13:31..] go!
00:13:38[All shouting at once] [mike laughs] >> Boy: Whatever!
00:13:41>> Mike: Yeah?
00:13:42>> Four!
00:13:426-1-5-3-8-4-6.
00:13:48>> Mike: Good job!
00:13:48>> Girl: One!
00:13:493-5-9-7-1-1!
00:13:51>> Mike: Right!
00:13:52>> 1-3-9-2-4!
00:13:55>> Mike: Good job! awesome!
00:13:55>> And three is 2-3-1-3-6-1.
00:14:00>> Mike: You guys rock!
00:14:01 [laughs] ...it just gets to be a really, really cool thing because usually in a class of 25 kids, maybe only two or three really excel and those are the kids that really, really feel smart.
00:14:14This is the chance for every kid to get that empowering feeling.
00:14:17...You guys are awesome!
00:14:19Good job!
00:14:19 [clapping] >> go, guys!
00:14:24Yeah?
00:14:25>> 6-3-9-7-7-5.
00:14:27>> Good!
00:14:29>> 5-6-0-4-3-9-5?
00:14:34>> Mike: Good!
00:14:35>> Um, 2-3-9-1-2-1.
00:14:39>> Mike: Good job, guys!
00:14:41Way to go!
00:14:41>> Girl: Yeah!
00:14:42[Mike laughs] >> it was really cool because like first when you see kinds of problems that he taught us how to do, you think like "oh, my " and stuff like that.
00:14:54But with the shortcuts that he taught us, it's actually kind of easy.
00:14:57>> Tracy: Every single class or test they take throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond will become much easier for brainetics kids because they'll be able to remember all the information they've learned in each and every class much better than kids who are staring at highlighted notes over and over again, hoping the information will sink in.
00:15:14>> The transition to college was made that much easier by the fact that I was a step ahead of everyone.
00:15:18>> Brainetics helped me so much.
00:15:21It like changed my life in seventh grade for math.
00:15:24>> The confidence that comes from being able to solve complicated problems quickly without the use of a calculator, without paper and pencil, is very, um, motivating to children.
00:15:39>> When you start having success in mathematics, you like it.
00:15:41And the brainetics allows the students to have success in doing things that they didn't think they could do before.
00:15:47>> The best thing that I've seen is that christopher's confidence has really shot up.
00:15:52>> It's a beautiful compilation of all the things that mike wants to teach everyone and wants every child to have the .. in a box.
00:16:05And I'm really proud of that.
00:16:06>> Brainetics isn't just a math program.
00:16:09It empowers the minds to levels far beyond what was ever thought possible.
00:16:14We're not taking kids from "a" " we're taking them from "a" to "z"-- things that no kid or no adult has ever done before.
00:16:22>> Announcer: As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:16:27The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:16:32That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:16:36Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:16:47This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:16:53Call or go online in the next two minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:16:55So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:16:58Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:17:02There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:17:04Order this risk-free trial.
00:17:06Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:17:08What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:17:12The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:17:20Order now!
00:17:23..] ..] the preceding was úñ >> Announcer: The following is a paid presentation for insanity brought to you bybeachbody.
00:19:15..] think your body can look like this 60 days from now?
00:19:21[Scoffs] you need to be committed.
00:19:24..] >> Man: Dig deeper.
00:19:28Come on, get it!
00:19:29Get it and go.
00:19:3010. Down. you got it. come on.
00:19:33Dig deeper. go.
00:19:34Dig, dig, dig, dig, dig!
00:19:37>> Man, this is insane.
00:19:39>> I'm now at eight percent body fat.
00:19:41Pro athletes are, like, at six.
00:19:43>> Got a nice sweat on.
00:19:44That's just the warmup.
00:19:45>> The idea is to just push you to your limit.
00:19:47>> It's fun, it's difficult, it's challenging.
00:19:49>> It's awesome!
00:19:50>> Look at my results.
00:19:50I'm psyched.
00:19:51>> I love it.
00:19:52It's out of control.
00:19:53>> Insanity, baby.
00:19:54>> Announcer: Picture yourself ..
00:19:58.. this ripped.
00:20:02Now ask yourself, " if the answer is "real bad" and you love a challenge and don't mind working out ..
00:20:14>> Whoo!
00:20:15>> Announcer:..Well, you just might be crazy enough for insanity, the extreme total body conditioning program that delivers mind-blowing results in record time.
00:20:25>> This program is designed for a 60-day, full-body transformation, where in 60 days I can get you to what takes most people a year.
00:20:35>> Announcer: You don't need weights.
00:20:37Your own body supplies the resistance.
00:20:39And you don't need to spend countless hours in the gym.
00:20:42It's less than one hour a day in your own home.
00:20:45What you do need is willpower and lots of it.
00:20:49[Man screams] because insanity is going to test your limits physically and mentally.
00:20:55You see, insanity is probably the hardest workout ever put on dvd, but if you can stick with it for 60 days, you'll end up with the hardest body you've , the fitness expert and former track star who developed this wicked workout.
00:21:12>> I'm gonna keep it very real.
00:21:13Insanity is not for everybody.
00:21:15It's not.
00:21:16It's not for a person who's lazy.
00:21:18It's not for a person who finds excuses.
00:21:20It's only for the person who's mentally ready to take their body to peak physical condition.
00:21:26Now, how am I gonna do that?
00:21:28I'm gonna do that through max interval training.
00:21:31>> Announcer: Traditional interval training features long periods of moderate exercise followed by short bursts of intense effort, but shaun t.
00:21:38Turned that on its head.
00:21:40With max interval training, you do long bursts of intense exercise followed by very short periods of rest.
00:21:46As if that weren't tough enough, you work out at your maximum capacity on every exercise, doing as many reps as you possibly can, whether that's 40 or 14.
00:21:57Give it your best and you can burn up to a thousand calories a workout.
00:22:01Now, that's insane.
00:22:03In each interval, you alternate between killer cardio for accelerated fat burn, plyometrics for explosive lower-body power, sports drills for speed and agility, resistance training for upper-body definition, and core exercises for insane abs.
00:22:22That's why insanity can transform your body from head to toe and get you in the best shape of your life in only 60 days.
00:22:28>> This is beyond insanity.
00:22:29They need a new word for insanity.
00:22:32This is too crazy.
00:22:34>> Announcer: There was no question that shaun t's new workout would produce amazing results.
00:22:39The question was, can anyone even do it?
00:22:42So before we put it down on video, we put an ad in the paper asking for volunteers who were willing to take the insanity challenge.
00:22:49We warned 'em it was going to be tough, but to our surprise, soldiers, moms, fitness instructors, former triathletes, even total beginners.
00:23:01Some of them thought they were already in great shape.
00:23:05It took about 10 minutes into their first insanity workout to dispel that notion.
00:23:10Some of them worried that they couldn't keep up, but insanity's not about keeping up.
00:23:15It's about digging deep.
00:23:17Some of them thought they didn't have to give 100%.
00:23:20We showed them the door.
00:23:22The elite group you are about to meet are regular people just like you who pushed through the pain and survived 60 days of insanity and have amazing results to prove it.
00:23:35>> Before insanity, I thought I was fit.
00:23:37I was in the army for 10 years, and we do physical training every day, so I thought I was in great shape.
00:23:43I got out of the army this year in june, so I went home and I was eating that down-home cooking all summer.
00:23:50I wasn't working out consistently, so I put on about 20, 30 pounds.
00:23:55Day one of insanity, we start working out immediately, and I'm like, "wow, this is really intense" for about 10 minutes, and I'm going and I'm drenched in sweat, and then shaun says, "all right, that was the warmup," and I'm like, "wait a minute," and I'm almost gassing here and we're just getting started, and it's true, by the fourth week, the warmup actually feels like a warmup, but the first three weeks, it's definitely a workout.
00:24:2060 Days later, 27 pounds later, just a whole lifestyle change has taken place.
00:24:26 [chuckles] you know, I've, I've seen the change from before insanity until now, but it's not till you put those two guys up ..
00:24:36My before picture was horrible, and I thought I was in pretty good shape.
00:24:40But looking at myself now, oh, man, I'd run circles around that guy.
00:24:45With insanity, you're gonna hit walls, but my challenge to anybody that gets the dvd is never press pause.
00:24:51If you never press pause, you'll get in shape.
00:24:54You have no choice, because he's gonna push you and push you and push you.
00:24:57>> You're right there.
00:24:58Come on, go! go, come on!
00:25:00>> After surviving insanity for 60 days, I feel great.
00:25:04I can't stop.
00:25:05I got to get some more.
00:25:06[Spray paint rattles, sprays] >> this is about the person who wants to be fit, and that is it.
00:25:12There's no if, ands, or buts about it.
00:25:14It's like, "do you want " if your answer is yes, insanity's the workout for you.
00:25:18Do you not want to be fit?
00:25:19Then don't even step into the room.
00:25:21>> This was not here 60 days ago.
00:25:23No way, no shape, no form.
00:25:25>> I have these phenomenal abs right now.
00:25:27It's what you want from all those other programs say they're gonna get you.
00:25:31>> It's just absolutely amazing that within 60 days, I can produce these results without using equipment, without using weights.
00:25:38>> My cholesterol has gone down.
00:25:40I've lost 16% body fat.
00:25:43My life has changed.
00:25:44>> Transformation for shaun t.
00:25:46Is a right-now proposition.
00:25:47You work so damn hard, you don't have time to think.
00:25:50>> You have to put the effort in to get the effort out.
00:25:52You had to use your body to get the body that you wanted.
00:25:55>> Shaun: Stop moving back.
00:25:56Move forward. come on, go!
00:25:57>> I've done more in this 60 days than I've done in my 30 years.
00:26:00>> You got to be dedicated.
00:26:02These are for people who feel the pain and don't run from it.
00:26:04>> It's all in your head, you know?
00:26:06How far can you go?
00:26:07How much can you push?
00:26:08>> If you're gonna work out, get insanity and work out hard the whole entire time that you're working out so that when you're done, you know you worked out.
00:26:19>> In insanity, you're pushing yourself, and then you're pushing a little bit more, and then when you think, "this is it, I've got no more," shaun's like, "yes, you do, you've got a little bit more to give," and it's that, you know, that you need to be able to get to the next level.
00:26:34As a fitness instructor, I'm a big fan of the gadgets.
00:26:37You know, give me some tubes, give me a spin bike, give me some dumbbells-- the more, the merrier, you know?
00:26:43And what I realized with this is that, why waste your time with any of that when you've got the tools right here?
00:26:49I remember the day I met shaun, and he said, you know, "are you " and I stepped forward, " " " [man laughs] I'm gonna pay for that.
00:27:01>> Drop down and give me 20 right now.
00:27:03[Observers cheering] ...and, you know, he kind of was like, "all right, let's see " ..
00:27:08Hold it, hold it, hold it, hold it, hold it.
00:27:11Lower. lower.
00:27:12[Observers cheering] ..!
00:27:17>> Because I was skeptical when I went in at first, thinking like I was gonna really be able to stand out of the crowd.
00:27:23And within the warmup, I was struggling, and that was such a shock to me that I'm fit, I'm athletic, and I'm struggling in the warmup?
00:27:31And it really made me realize that, you know, I've got a ways to go, and now by the end of the program, I'm just amazed at how far I've come.
00:27:38I lost, you know, three inches around my waist.
00:27:41I never thought, you know, it was possible for my stomach to be this flat, for my waist to be this tiny.
00:27:47Before insanity, I was wearing a size 6, and I was so happy that I could squeeze myself into a size 6.
00:27:53And now my size 6 jeans are, like, falling off.
00:27:56Now you can't keep the clothes on me.
00:27:58[Spray paint rattles, sprays] >> in two days, you'll feel your muscles start to change, your muscles start to react to this unrested type of workout, and they just want more and want more and want more and want more.
00:28:10>> In the 60 days since i started insanity, I've lost 30 pounds, I've lost 30 inches of body mass.
00:28:14That's six and a half inches around the waist, a couple inches here, a couple inches here, a couple inches off the legs.
00:28:20I mean, my before and after pictures are just shocking.
00:28:22Insanity let the real me sort of come back out.
00:28:25I was athletic as a young guy.
00:28:26I played sports through college.
00:28:27You know, I did all these things.
00:28:29And you get older and you get
00:00:00.. if it wasn't, we scrapped it.
00:00:03>> Tracy: We wanted to put brainetics to the test, so we found the alabastros, an average american family with three kids who have been struggling with math anxiety and lack the interest and confidence they need to truly excel in their studies.
00:00:17>> Five, six, seven, eight.
00:00:18>> My hope is for our kids taking the brainetics challenge is to enjoy math and to see that it has a purpose in the world.
00:00:27They think they just have to do math, it's just, "math is just dumb and I don't want to do this " " >> yeah, "and I'll never have to " I want them to see math in everyday-- like "wow, I can figure that out and this" and math applies to everything that they do.
00:00:41>> Tracy: So, could brainetics help the alabastros find fun in learning math?
00:00:46>> Well, it's our first day and we're learning about magic squares.
00:00:50>> I just did a 15, um, three-by-three.
00:00:54I got all of them right.
00:00:57>> Alan: How do you feel?
00:00:58>> Proud.
00:01:00>> Tracy: Magic squares is just one of many different game-like methods for making math fun.
00:01:04>> I didn't actually think that I could do this, but now I can do it pretty fast.
00:01:11>> Tracy: In just one week, andre's math anxiety is starting to fade, and they're all finally having fun learning math.
00:01:18>> Roxanne: This makes it fun and easy.
00:01:20It also exercises your mind for doing other things.
00:01:23WE FINISHED THE 90s AND WE'RE Moving on to multiplying two-digit numbers that end in 1.
00:01:30>> When they started doing two-digit multiplications and how quick they were able to do that, they're like, "wow!
00:01:35" ..
00:01:409,120.
00:01:45Yes!
00:01:47>> Tracy: Andre answered that problem on the spot using mike's tcut for multiplying TWO-DIGIT NUMBERS IN THE 90s.
00:01:53For instance, take 96, which is 4 away from 100, and 95, which is 5 away.
00:01:59To multiply these two numbers together, you take the top number, 96, and subtract the second number in parentheses, 5, which is 91.
00:02:07Then you multiply the two numbers in parentheses together, which is 20.
00:02:11The answer is 9120.
00:02:13It's that easy.
00:02:15After just three short weeks of using brainetics, the alabastros had lost their math anxiety and are well on their way to improving their grades and are finally having fun learning math.
00:02:26Brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:02:29It empowers your brain to very quickly process information and memorize information, and then recall that information when needed.
00:02:36Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class, on every test, and on every subject throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:02:45Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:02:50>> The kids that struggle in school, have low self-esteem six hours a day, five days a week, two hours a night doing homework-- those are the kids that always feel inadequate and that is something that we really address because we want those kids to start feeling smart, feel great about themselves.
00:03:09>> Tracy: We wanted to meet a family who faced these challenges and we found becci battaglia, a single mother and her two daughters, jessi and brittany.
00:03:17Jessi has been really struggling with her schoolwork since second grade.
00:03:21We wanted jessi and brittany to take the brainetics 21-day challenge to see if it can help.
00:03:27>> Jessi is the 12-year-old and .. she's been struggling in school, um, ever since about second grade.
00:03:34We had her tested and she actually has a.d.h.d.
00:03:38>> School can be a big part of your life.
00:03:41It's hard and sometimes easy, but it's hard.
00:03:45>> With brittany, she does really well in most of her subjects, but she really has to work at it.
00:03:51>> Sometimes I don't feel smart enough 'cause I don't get it as fast as other things.
00:03:55>> As a parent, you just want .. to give 'em the best kind .. help in life, so that it is really a helpless feeling when you have, feel like you've tried everything.
00:04:07I'm really hoping that being in the study, that we see a difference and a change and it's definitely something I'd immediately start with.
00:04:14>> Tracy: As soon as they began working with brainetics, the dread associated with learning math began to dissolve.
00:04:21, so chapter one, we just started and we did kind of a warm-up and we did magic squares.
00:04:28...After the magic squares, black horse and stuff like that, I was like, "oh, this is kind of cool, maybe it'll all be tricks like this and then once we started getting into like two-digit multiplication and three-digit multiplication, all that stuff, there was like actually math stuff that like helped you.
00:04:45...7225! 7-2-2-5.
00:04:48>> Girl on video: 7,225.
00:04:50>> Whoo!
00:04:51, so today, my favorite one that we did on the tv was the missing number mystery.
00:04:57You just have to take the numbers, add them up and see if they're closer to 9, 18, or 27, and then you find the number, the missing number, and i thought that was really-- it made me feel good because i didn't think I could do that before.
00:05:11>> Hi, uh, this is the end of week two.
00:05:16Uh, what I just finished learning was three-digit multiplication and I thought that helped me a lot.
00:05:24>> Tracy: Just three weeks after they began, the change was inspiring.
00:05:28Brittany was feeling more confident with math and well on her way to getting into a great university.
00:05:33And jessi was finally finding herself engaged in things that she couldn't before because of her trouble with a.d.h.d.
00:05:39Using the techniques found in mike byster's brainetics program, they were able to look at math in a whole new way.
00:05:45>> This is pretty much the end of the whole tape and I'm really excited because it was fun and i just want to accomplish something.
00:05:52...I was really surprised that i liked it, I mean, math isn't my favorite subject, so I wasn't expecting it to be like super fun.
00:05:59>> Really amazing that I can do .. do last year or the year before that, I thought it was awesome.
00:06:07>> 64 Divided by 91.
00:06:12Let's go.
00:06:13You got a few seconds.
00:06:14I want you guys to carry it out to the first seven decimal points.
00:06:18Kim?
00:06:19>> Point 7-0-3-2-9-6-7.
00:06:24>> Right.
00:06:24...181... 325... 237.
00:06:32[Laughs] oh, wow!
00:06:35Go ahead, what do you got?
00:06:37>> 743?
00:06:39>> How many got 743?
00:06:41You guys are awesome! good job!
00:06:44>> Announcer: Quick!
00:06:44Can you multiply three-digit numbers in your head?
00:06:48>> Mike: Who can tell me what that equals?
00:06:50What do you got?
00:06:51>> 3-2-5-2-1-5.
00:06:53>> Mike: Right.
00:06:54>> Announcer: These kids can do it and your kids can too-- with brainetics, the breakthrough math and memory learning system developed by math genius mike byster.
00:07:03" during a special investigation that later aired on national television.
00:07:09Over 50,000 emails poured in from hopeful parents.
00:07:13Mike has taught his amazing techniques in over 6,000 classrooms across the country.
00:07:18The secret is mike's method for teaching anyone from children to adults how to quickly process information, memorize it and then be able to recall that information anytime they need it.
00:07:28His methods make math, which can be intimidating, actually fun and cool to learn, so kids take to it like never before.
00:07:34But brainetics is much more than just a math program.
00:07:38Brainetics will teach your children all the skills needed to excel in school and in life-- skills that are simply never taught in the classroom.
00:07:45Your kids will learn all kinds of cool math shortcuts, memory building techniques and fun games that will amaze their friends and family and give them the confidence to succeed in school.
00:07:56Having this ability will give kids a huge advantage in every class they take, every test they take, every subject, throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond.
00:08:06Not only will their grades skyrocket, but so will their self-esteem.
00:08:10The parents' choice foundation called it "brilliant," giving brainetics their highest honor for an educational product.
00:08:16We all want to help our kids succeed in school, but private tutors and learning centers can cost hundreds of dollars every single month.
00:08:22With brainetics, you won't pay hundreds of dollars a month.
00:08:25In fact, helping your children succeed is more affordable than ever.
00:08:29As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:08:33The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:08:39That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:08:42Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:08:54This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:08:58Call or go online in the next eight minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:09:02So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:09:04Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:09:08There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:09:11Order this risk-free trial.
00:09:12Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:09:15What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:09:18The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:09:27Order now!
00:09:28..] >> Tracy: We are continuing our interview with mike byster, the creator of brainetics.
00:09:36Mike has spent the last 10 years of his life traveling to more than 6,000 schools, inspiring students, teachers and parents across the country.
00:09:45Mike's program has become such a phenomenon, it caught the attention of20/20,who did an investigative piece to find out the story behind the magic.
00:09:53When they saw what these normal kids could do, they said, " ...you were on abc's20/20, and what happened after that?
00:10:01>> Well, after20/20,it was funny, the producers were great there and we loved them.
00:10:06I said, "well, you know, I'm wondering how many e-mails " and she said, "on an average " [laughs] >> 50,000 e-mails from new fans!
00:10:17>> And we had 480,000 hits on our website that night.
00:10:22...Go, guys!
00:10:23>> Oh!
00:10:25>> Mike: Yeah.
00:10:25>> O.k., so it's 2-6-3-1-6-9.
00:10:31>> Good!
00:10:32>> Point 6-1-5-3-8-4-6?
00:10:41>> Mike: Good!
00:10:42>> 3-5-9-8-5-6?
00:10:43>> Mike: Good!
00:10:44O.k., you're awesome!
00:10:45[Kids shriek and clap] [mike laughs] >> high-five!
00:10:51>> Tracy: Mike's formulas are simple.
00:10:53Here's an example for multiplying two numbers together BETWEEN 100 AND 109, 105 x 107.
00:11:00The first digit of the answer is always 1.
00:11:03To get the next two digits of the answer, add the ones digits together: 5 + 7 = 12.
00:11:08To get the final two digits of the answer, multiply the ones digits together.
00:11:135 x 7 = 35, AND THE ANSWER?
00:11:1611,235.
00:11:19>> Mike: We have had success with every level, from kids with special needs to the most highly gifted kids, everyone that wants to have fun while they learn has had success with this.
00:11:31...I'm gonna put four problems on the board, multiplication, division, squaring.
00:11:35When you know an answer, call out the problem number and the answer.
00:11:38Whoever does it in the least amount of time wins.
00:11:41I will erase it as you call out.
00:11:43The first team that clears their board fastest wins.
00:11:46..] go!
00:11:54[All shouting at once] [mike laughs] >> Boy: Whatever!
00:11:56>> Mike: Yeah?
00:11:57>> Four!
00:11:586-1-5-3-8-4-6.
00:12:03>> Mike: Good job!
00:12:04>> Girl: One!
00:12:043-5-9-7-1-1!
00:12:06>> Mike: Right!
00:12:07>> 1-3-9-2-4!
00:12:10>> Mike: Good job! awesome!
00:12:11>> And three is 2-3-1-3-6-1.
00:12:15>> Mike: You guys rock!
00:12:16 [laughs] ...it just gets to be a really, really cool thing because usually in a class of 25 kids, maybe only two or three really excel and those are the kids that really, really feel smart.
00:12:29This is the chance for every kid to get that empowering feeling.
00:12:33...You guys are awesome!
00:12:34Good job!
00:12:34 [clapping] >> go, guys!
00:12:40Yeah?
00:12:40>> 6-3-9-7-7-5.
00:12:42>> Good!
00:12:45>> 5-6-0-4-3-9-5?
00:12:49>> Mike: Good!
00:12:50>> Um, 2-3-9-1-2-1.
00:12:55>> Mike: Good job, guys!
00:12:56Way to go!
00:12:56>> Girl: Yeah!
00:12:57[Mike laughs] >> it was really cool because like first when you see kinds of problems that he taught us how to do, you think like "oh, my " and stuff like that.
00:13:09But with the shortcuts that he taught us, it's actually kind of easy.
00:13:12>> Tracy: Every single class or test they take throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond will become much easier for brainetics kids because they'll be able to remember all the information they've learned in each and every class much better than kids who are staring at highlighted notes over and over again, hoping the information will sink in.
00:13:29>> The transition to college was made that much easier by the fact that I was a step ahead of everyone.
00:13:33>> Brainetics helped me so much.
00:13:36It like changed my life in seventh grade for math.
00:13:39>> The confidence that comes from being able to solve complicated problems quickly without the use of a calculator, without paper and pencil, is very, um, motivating to children.
00:13:54>> When you start having success in mathematics, you like it.
00:13:57And the brainetics allows the students to have success in doing things that they didn't think they could do before.
00:14:02>> The best thing that I've seen is that christopher's confidence has really shot up.
00:14:07>> It's a beautiful compilation of all the things that mike wants to teach everyone and wants every child to have the .. in a box.
00:14:20And I'm really proud of that.
00:14:22>> Brainetics isn't just a math program.
00:14:24It empowers the minds to levels far beyond what was ever thought possible.
00:14:29We're not taking kids from "a" " we're taking them from "a" to "z"-- things that no kid or no adult has ever done before.
00:14:37>> Announcer: As part of an exclusive tv offer, you can call now for a risk-free trial.
00:14:42The complete brainetics math and memory system is yours risk-free for only $14.95.
00:14:47That's right, try it risk-free for just $14.95.
00:14:51Use the system, and if you and your family don't love brainetics, if you don't feel smarter and more confident in your mental abilities, then simply send it back and we'll 95, no questions asked.
00:15:02This is the complete package to transform your kids into whiz kids.
00:15:08Call or go online in the next two minutes and we'll ship it to you for free.
00:15:10So there's absolutely no risk to you.
00:15:13Go online or call the toll-free number for this exclusive tv offer.
00:15:17There's absolutely no risk to you.
00:15:19Order this risk-free trial.
00:15:21Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
00:15:23What value can you place on your child's education and self-esteem?
00:15:27The brainetics system can help kids and adults have greater confidence, improved memory and focus and achieve more at school, career and in life.
00:15:35Order now!
00:15:39..] ..] the preceding was a paid program for brainetics.
00:17:25>> Announcer: The follis a paid presentation for p90x, brought to you by beachbody.com.
00:17:29..] now there are two ways to get into the best shape of your ..
00:17:37Or the better way.
00:17:39..
00:17:4090 Days after you start, is gonna be the best body you've ever had in your life.
00:17:45..] >> Man: The fact that you can get into the most amazing shape in your life without leaving to go to a gym is absolutely priceless.
00:17:54>> Woman: Ladies, don't be afraid of muscle.
00:17:57If you want a youthful shape that fights gravity, that's what's gonna do it for you.
00:18:03..] >> Man: People that haven't seen me in a year, they just look at me and they go, .. my... god." >> Man:..
00:18:13Welcome to the real deal.
00:18:15Welcome to what works, what makes big changes.
00:18:18>> Once you push the "play" button, the workouts just fly.
00:18:21>> My husband, he couldn't believe it, he was so impressed.
00:18:24>> Bringin' it home!
00:18:25Dig down, go deep, do a lot!
00:18:27>> Man: It's amazing, I'm sitting here, working in front .. the proof is right there.
00:18:31You do the workouts, you get it .. it's the body of your life.
00:18:35.. [chuckles] >> bring it!
00:18:37>> Bring it!
00:18:39>> Bring it!
00:18:40>> Both: Bring it.
00:18:41>> Bring it.
00:18:42.. >> 90... >> x.
00:18:46>> Man: This is flexibility, it's strength, it's the whole freggin' nine yards, boys and girls.
00:18:52>> Announcer: When people spend money on a gym, they usually end up watching a tv while working out.
00:18:57It's too bad because they could've just saved their money and used their tv as a gym.
00:19:02..] and that's what these people did.
00:19:05Not only are their 90-day results incredible, but they didn't cost a single gym membership or require any kind of fitness machine.
00:19:11It's the reason fitness center owners lie awake at night, because now the most effective gym of all is available in your own living room.
00:19:18All you need is a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar and about an hour a day.
00:19:24So forget about buying that year's membership at the gym.
00:19:28Instead, just spend 90 days at home using an elite fitness program unlike anything you've ever experienced.
00:19:35It's called p90x.
00:19:38If you've ever spent time in a gym you've probably noticed you see changes in the first couple of weeks, but as your body adapts the changes stop coming.
00:19:45This is known as the plateau effect.
00:19:47P90x obliterates the plateau effect by using the advanced training science of muscle confusion.
00:19:53Over the course of 90 days, as your body adapts, so do the workouts.
00:19:56The constant introduction of new moves and routines makes each phase of p90x as effective as the first, which leads to bigger gains and greater fat loss.
00:20:05It also means you could have results like this in only 90 days.
00:20:09P90x was created by elite fitness trainer, tony horton.
00:20:12This 51-year-old-- [record scratches] yes, folks, that is the body of a 51-year-old-- is changing the way people think about working out at home.
00:20:19>> The crazy thing is these fitness centers, they sell you on this concept that you need all these rooms and all this equipment to get ripped.
00:20:25The fact of the matter is, this the floor, a ..
00:20:30Your body's the fitness machine and I'm gonna show you how to use it.
00:20:33>> Announcer: Tony cranks your body into high gear with five different iron pumping resistance routines, the explosive power of jump training, the fat-shredding intensity of martial arts, the energy and stamina of extreme yoga and the rock-solid core-sculpting moves of gymnastics.
00:20:48Plus there's shirt-drenching cardio, advanced flexibility and the eight-pack sculpting ab ripper x.
00:20:54With so much variety and intensity packed into 90 days, you can kiss the plateau effect good-bye.
00:21:00>> Forget the gym, because if you want to get in shape fast, it's not about the gear, it's about the plan.
00:21:05>> Announcer: And that plan starts whenever you finally make that decision to regain the fitness you've lost or achieve the body you've never had.
00:21:12..] >> Man: I'm a big nerd.
00:21:15My friends, they're all nerds.
00:21:16All we do is just sit around on our butts, play videogames or .. and I let that go on for a long time.
00:21:23My cousin told me, "anthony, " "what do you mean, like ..?" ..
00:21:32" that's when I had my moment of revelation.
00:21:38I went to the gym, trying to lift weights, couldn't do it, saw people there that were more ..
00:21:44That was very discouraging itself so I just went home.
00:21:47I ended up googling "how to get fit" and I see a lot of people on youtube, reading people's feedback when they tried p90x.
00:21:53Not one, zero, zero negative feedback about p90x.
00:21:58Just watching those videos, I was like, I gotta do it.
00:22:01I want to do it.
00:22:02Just seeing them makes me want ..
00:22:04[Roars] but when I first started, i couldn't do nothing.
00:22:08P90x, they laid it out for me and made it very simple.
00:22:10 it's like how to work a computer for dummies.
00:22:14All you have to do is push "play," follow the nutrition guides, and you're good.
00:22:20>> Tony:.. oh, that's working it.
00:22:23..
00:22:25..
00:22:27[Glass shatters] >> Anthony: After the 90 days I went to the gym.
00:22:31While most of the people were just focusing on, like, benching, and that's all they're doing, and squats, I was focusing everything that I've learned in p90x.
00:22:38I get comments, "man, I need to work my way up to where " I was, like, well, you don't need to go to the gym all the time, you know?
00:22:45..
00:22:47Bring it.
00:22:49..] sometimes I go in the bathroom ..
00:22:54[Chuckles] >> hey, guys, this is demi and i wanted to talk to you about my experience with p90x.
00:23:02..] I had my first child in, um, 2002 and I was in the marine corps at that time.
00:23:12They give you about six weeks to get back into shape, and I was pretty much forced into getting back into shape really quick.
00:23:18Fast-forward seven years later, I'm pregnant with my second child.
00:23:21I'm not in the marine corps anymore, and so I don't have that extra push, so I go back to the gym, still was not seeing any results whatsoever.
00:23:28I was depressed, I was just .. things were just different.
00:23:32Late one night I saw the infomercial for p90x and I knew that, from my past history of training in the marine corps, that this would be perfect for me.
00:23:42My husband told me, you know, "we can do this as long as we can cancel our gym memberships," and so we said sayonara to over $200 a month in gym memberships.
00:23:51>> You don't need to go to the gym and do leg extensions all the time and leg curls all the time and squats all the time.
00:23:57You need to mix it up.
00:23:58Variety is the key.
00:23:59>> Demi: I love the intensity that it brought.
00:24:01It was simple yet it had a science to it with this muscle confusion.
00:24:04Who knew you needed your muscles to be confused for them to grow?
00:24:08>> We think of everything.
00:24:09>> Before I started p90x I was about 160-150.
00:24:13I am 5'4" tall, so that was a little bit "pleasantly plump" for me, um, so this is what I am now, I'm 5'4" still and I weigh about 120 to 125 and I just wanted to let you see, like, the ..
00:24:30And I've seriously never looked ..
00:24:35I've had a lot of progress.
00:24:37So that's all I have to say about it.
00:24:39That's my testimonial about p90x, the most wonderful system in the world to get ripped and will get you ripped.
00:24:44Follow the nutrition plan, follow the health and fitness guide and it'll get you to where you want to be.
00:24:50This is demi signing off and .. bye.
00:24:53>> Announcer: While young moms, super-nerds and generation x get ripped, you don't actually need TO BE IN YOUR 20s TO HAVE A BODY Like a 20-year-old.
00:25:00You just need p90x.
00:25:02>> I've been lifting weights ever since I was a kid.
00:25:05.. lifted in high school for sports and then in the marine corps I lifted weights and no matter how much I lifted, no matter how much I ran, I still didn't lose that much weight.
00:25:14I'd lose a little weight but nothing like p90x got me.
00:25:18..] in the spring of '07 I started to have chest pains.
00:25:28I decided to go to see the .. I had a clogged artery in my left descending coronary artery and I had stent surgery at that time and it was just a .. "stroke"?
00:25:40 [laughs] I ran into brad and he told me about p90x.
00:25:46" and he showed me his abs and he says, "yeah, it works.
00:25:49" I go, "wow, that's pretty cool," and then I tried it and look, now I have abs too!
00:25:54[Chuckles] >> Tony: This is core, this is ?
00:25:59This is big-time.
00:26:00>> Chuck: I couldn't bieve all the different types of exercises you could do, plus stretching and yoga, core .. I knew that this was the workout for me.
00:26:12First I was exhausted, i definitely had to get used to it, but it didn't take too long.
00:26:16If you follow the diet guide, if you follow the program, you push "play" every day, you will get results, guaranteed.
00:26:24I'm probably in the best shape of my life right now.
00:26:27You know, I mean, I'm still 51 years old, my skin's getting a little wrinkly in places but i feel really good, I mean, I'm doing as many pull-ups now as i did when I was in the marine corps, so that's, that's saying something.
00:26:40..] got some guns here.
00:26:44Get tickets to the gun show, eh, [laughs] ..] >> Announcer: This is p90x, the 90-day home fitness revolution.
00:26:54Get lean and ripped at home.
00:26:56.. bring it to me!
00:26:58>> Announcer: Get sexy and toned without a gym.
00:27:00>> Tony: Look at that form!
00:27:02I love ya!
00:27:02>> Announcer: And have the body you've always wanted, using the number one fitness program in america, p90x.
00:27:07>> This is the program that's changing people's attitudes about home fitness.