Founder of the Prodigy Mindset™ Gym
Arlen’s journey began in Corpus Christi, Texas as the youngest of 13 children in a household. He suffered from severe depression and anxiety during his childhood years. Arlen was also diagnosed with dyslexia and A.D.D. at an early age. But he was not convinced of his doctors’ diagnoses.
He used athletics, particularly soccer, to mask his inner struggles. Despite being a four-year varsity letter man, Arlen’s performance waned during his junior and senior years. His inner struggles continued festering without resolution. He attended college and played for the school’s soccer team. But he knew this was not his life’s purpose. Arlen left college and his soccer career after one year to pursue film school in Los Angeles.
In 2005 Arlen first became a life coach for kids at PowerPlay MD in Los Angeles. He worked under Dr. Lydie Hazan coaching at-risk children. Arlen recognized how important self-awareness was to instill in children at a very young age. His work with children led him to study the physiological function of brainwaves, particularly the Alpha wave, as they relate to self-awareness.
Arlen felt Buddhism was closely aligned with a lot of his personal beliefs and discoveries throughout life. He became a member of the Soka Gakki International (SGI) Buddhist organization in Los Angeles. He challenged some of the practices at the temple that seemed to encourage negative brain activity versus self-affirmation. He left the SGI with new insights and a clear path towards sustained consciousness.
The “life hacks” industry started booming around 2010. Arlen had experienced the lows and highs of life. He determined many of these programs were just hot-air subterfuges. All of them lacked the focus on simple concepts like affirmative self-talk that activates those ever-important Alpha brainwaves. Arlen’s real-life experiences, successes, failures, spiritual teachings and coaching experience were all combined to create a men's only IMS mindset conditioning program.