Forget Resolutions, Take Action!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31st, 2009 by Greg


As many of you prepare to ring in the New Year, undoubtedly thinking, “What am I gonna make my New Year resolution this year?” We here at Breakthroughs To Fitness want to give you some ideas.

For starters, stop making resolutions and start creating results. You see resolutions only require “words” but results, they require ACTION! Don’t just say what you want anymore create a plan on how you are actually going to create the result you desire.

We know that one of the hardest things to do is actually capture the result you are looking for. More than half of you right now probably can’t even remember what your resolution was for last year because it probably only contained a few words of what you wanted without an action plan to back it up. While I hope it lasted more than the average 5 month lifespan of most New Year resolutions, chances are it probably didn’t.

Of course it’s not like we don’t have busy lives that need taking care of, but perhaps for this reason we should make one of two decisions.

We can decide that we are either gonna be more responsible for things we would like to accomplish and see through (like losing that extra 5-10 lbs from holiday gorging) and no longer take the easy road. While we understand for needs to rest, busy lives and obstacles in the way, we must prioritize what’s important in our daily lives and block out time each time to ensure those high level priorities are taken care of.

Or how about holding ourselves accountable of our actions (thats right that means no more excuses other than “I” didn’t do what I said I would do). While I’m sure we all have a list of reasonable excuses of why we can’t do something, it’s nothing but that…an excuse, an out. So like Coach Rahz and Coach Greg empasize to their clients all the time, “If you truly want to accomplish your goal than you need to make sure you have responsibility and accountability.”

You can get that responsibility and accountability by visiting Breakthroughs To Fitness of guaranteed fitness and nutrition coaching results. Forget what you didn’t accomplish in 2009 and start taking action NOW on what you will accomplish in 2k10.

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Training

P.S. Start the New Year off by putting a smile on a child’s face. Join the Pushups For Charity movement here on Long Island by visiting

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Hollywood Turmoil Reflective of National Problem

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23rd, 2009 by Greg

A tragic ending for a star that shone brightly, Brittany Murphy’s career was cut short when news broke that the star had gone into cardiac arrest while at her home in California. While early reports have stated that Murphy’s death came from natural causes, many are looking at the star’s history which depicts her in an unhealthy and overly skinny light.

While Murphy has always been depicted as a slight and thin woman, pictures have chronicled what appears to be the stars battle with numerous weight issues.
Rumors of the star abusing diet pills, like the late Anna Nicole Smith, are reflective of a widespread national problem: movie stars are abusing their bodies and health to get skinny, why not me?

While it may not be in direct correlation to this stars death, the abuse that goes into being a highly envied Hollywood star’s body is very indicative of the lifestyle that many of our nation’s citizens want to live.

Stars are portrayed as having some of the best bodies and lifestyles of our nation, but also are reported as having some of the craziest, unhealthy and dangerous diets of all.

While we can award Hollywood with being the top producer of new diets ever, we cannot ignore the fact that stars are looking increasingly unhealthy and dangerously underweight in recent years.

The recent string of celebrity deaths coming to an all time high raises the question: Could Hollywood’s glamour be negatively affecting stars’ health?

Every time South Beach comes out with a new flavor of weight decreasing, toxin cleansing formula, the masses rush out to be the first on line to purchase the new concoction or when we hear about the latest diet tip from an A-list actress, we storm markets to obtain this new fat burning ingredient.

Recently stars we’ve wanted to look like have ribs protruding from their torso, or we can count the bones from their spine yet they continue to grace various covers of magazines.

These markers indicate an unhealthy and dangerous trend that should not be followed or idolized.
While the Hollywood crowd dives further down into the realm of unhealthy diet secrets and tips, why must we go down with the ship?

Health and fitness coach Rahsheen Slaughter reminds our readers to be wary of any diet plans or exercise regimens that try to appeal to the general public. He says you should always consult with a professional before starting any new diets or fitness regimens.

Remember that not all diets follow a healthy and nutritious plan that would be recommended by a doctor, and many fitness routines can often be too strenuous or not be appropriate for your skill level so consulting a health professional can avoid serious injuries or health risks.

Dedicated to your results,

Breakthroughs to Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainers

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Carbohydrates: the good, the bad and the useful

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11th, 2009 by Greg

There has been much debate among health enthusiasts, personal trainers and even doctors regarding carbohydrates and their advantages and disadvantages. While some of the information has been useful, other pieces have not been useful even mistaken.

So once and for all, here we are to clear up exactly what carbs can do for you and your health goals.

The first thing is that carbs are broken into two categories, “bad” and “good” carbs. The differences between the two is how they effect your body once you ingest them. In recent years there has been debate whether you should limit the amount of carbs you take in or even give them up all together. This is where the information can become misleading.

Carbohydrates are classified into the categories of good and bad not because you should stop eating the bad carbs all together, but more because you should be aware that these carbs should be ingested with moderation. Just like eating too much red meat can be hazardous to your health, eating too many carbs can be dangerous not only to your fight against the bulge but to your blood sugar and other aspects of your health.

Carbohydrates are the fuel that energize your body. Without them, while yes you can survive and go on about your life, your body will begin to kickstart processes which will inevitably be counter productive to any fitness regimen you may be following, not to mention seriously put your health at risk. When you reduce your carb intake below the amount your body needs to survive, your body will begin to take measures to “preserve” what energy it has while using hormones like adipsin and leptin to find other sources of energy. Those sources? Your stored supplies of protein(muscles) and fat.

While you may be thinking great, now my body will use my fat storages up so I will be losing weight, you’re only half correct. At the beginning you will see weight loss, but that will quickly change once adipsin enters the equation. Adipsin will start turning carbs into fat, easily changing any carbs you consume into fat quicker than you will be consuming them. And from our past blog, you know leptin acts similar in its mission to slow down your metabolism, so in turn once you fly past the initial weight loss after cutting or limiting your carbs you actually will begin gaining weight from the decrease in metabolism, the easier it will be for your body to store fat and not to mention an increase in your appetite.

So while we do acknowledge that cutting back on “bad” carbs is a good idea to lose weight, you may want to remember a few things before you go Jack the Ripper on carbs. Carbs supply your body with energy, fiber, B-vitamins, magnesium and other nutrients. Cutting carbs to an unhealthy level will inevitably cause your body to easily store fat, lower your metabolism and increase your levels of counter productive hormones like adipsin and leptin.

Dedicated to your results,

Breakthroughs to Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainers

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Long Island Personal Trainer Reveals Pushups For Charity

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6th, 2009 by Greg

Pushups For Charity

Remember in my P.S. to you I mentioned I had big news?

Well a pushup has the power to make a child’s wish come true who has a life threatening illness. Imagine the power behind that statement.

We are part of an elite mastermind group of other fitness businesses nationwide. We all agreed to team up and do pushups on the same day for 2 reasons.

1. To create awareness for fitness
2. To raise over $1 million for Make A Wish Foundation in 2010.

The Make A Wish headquarters is excited for this event but in a sense wants us to prove it that we have the power to do what we say we can do as a group. Throwing out a $1 million goal is a stretch but realistic and we will do everything in our power to make it happen.

Just to give you an idea of how we will raise that amount, there are pushup participants and sponsors. Pushup participants will do as many pushups as they can and their sponsors will donate $0.50-$1 for each pushup they do.

Pushups For Charity Big Picture Strategy:

25 participants X 20 sponsors each = 500

500 people donating X 30 pushups on average = 15,000 donations

15,000 X $0.50 each = $7,500 raised for charity

15,000 X $1.00 each = $15,000 raised for charity

Just with some basic math and conservative numbers each Fitness business can raise up to $15,000. Between 100 businesses nationwide we can break that $1 million goal.

Ever since Breakthroughs To Fitness started contributing to society on a charitable basis, we have become more connected and passionate about giving. It feels great to give back and to see a smile on someone’s face…especially a child who has a life threatening illness and all they want to do is fulfill one wish.

We will release more information on the event, the date, and time. For now we just wanted to make the announcement and rally up support for this wonderful cause.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

P.S. Start training those pushups and see how many you can do on the day of the event.

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Long Island personal trainer reveals truth about your resting metabolic rate

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4th, 2009 by Greg
RMR Test

RMR Test

Many people don’t realize the importance of your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) when trying to lose fat and become healthier, many don’t even know what it is. Perhaps it’s the various confusing definitions used by health professionals.

We at Breakthroughs to Fitness consider it a very vital piece of information to know, so we are breaking down the complex definitions so everybody can understand exactly what your RMR does and eventually how that information can help you. To receive a more personal explanation and how it relates to you, you can request a complimentary metabolic blueprint consultation and also can a copy on our e-book How To Master Your Metabolism by visiting

There are a few ways that RMR is defined and each is unique in what it tells you. The rate at which your body burns calories when you are comfortably at rest is one definition used, it means that your RMR is the amount of calories that your body burns when you aren’t doing anything.

This is important because it is the number of calories you need to consume in order for your body to be able to perform all the automatic functions you need to perform daily, i.e.-breathing, digesting or even just having your heart pump out blood. If your body doesn’t receive this number of calories you will inevitably find yourself becoming fatigued, find it hard to concentrate and an increase in appetite.

Another widely used definition is put as the minimum number of calories your body needs to perform optimally. This definition makes it clear that your RMR should be the minimum number of calories you ingest so your body can do everything you need to do throughout your day.

A common mistake that people make when dieting is severely cutting the number of calories they intake, the mistake? The amount of calories they cut leaves them with less calories(energy) than their RMR requires which causes the body to kick itself into self preservation mode or fat storing mode. The body takes serious measures to conserve calories, measures like decreasing your metabolism and using up your protein storage rather than your fat storages.

At Breakthroughs, we use the BodyGem, a device that uses a breath test to accurately determine a person’s target metabolic rate. Once we have obtained this information, it becomes much easier to design not only an exercise routine, but allows us to help you with your nutritional goals as well. Remember you cannot effectively lose weight if you’re consuming more calories than you burn, so for all of you starting down your fitness path, a very good place to start is to obtain your RMR.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs to Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

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