State of the Union Address Sparks Long Island Personal Trainer to Reform

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31st, 2010 by RahzS

It’s a great Monday morning and I am fired up from this weekend. My goal is to instill some inspiration and energy to you.

If you haven’t watched the Obama’s State of the Union address, I recommend you do so (it’s on Youtube). It doesn’t matter whether or not you like Obama as a president or disagree with some of the things going on. What matters is understanding his message of rebuilding America.

This is not a political message I am going to speak to you about. But there is one important message I took away from his State of The Union address:

“Before reform takes place in America, we need to reform ourselves and start working together again…Don’t walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close”

Here is how we can reform ourselves, not only to become healthier and live better lives, but also assisting our families and friends to become healthier. It is Breakthroughs To Fitness’ mission to educate, equip, and inspire individuals to create breakthroughs in life through fitness.

1. Stop putting blame on everyone or everything else when it comes to your health. I understand that there is so much crap out there that puts us all at a disadvantage for our health. However, we all face that crap on a daily basis and some of us overcome and succeed because they reform their mindset and create a plan to follow consistently. If you do not take/accept the responsibility for where you are today, I can promise you, you will not move forward in recapturing your health.

2. As stated above, “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You can’t go through life and expect success by winging it. Yes, some of us get lucky, but we do not get lucky in all areas of our life by winging it. Do you currently have a plan to achieve the goals you set forth in the New Year? If not, then those goals mean absolutely nothing and it was a waste of energy. I am a coach that is going to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

3. To advance step 2 further, if you have a plan have you been following it consistently or getting back on it immediately if you fell off? It’s one thing to tell others your dreams, goals, and desires and not act on them, but it’s far more worse when you tell these things to yourself and do not follow through. You are the most important person to yourself. If you continue to lie to yourself about what you are doing, then that shows a lack of respect for YOU. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail or succeed, what matters is you keep acting on what you said you were going to do. If you struggle to follow that plan, either scale it back (which I do not recommend) or seek guidance from a coach (I highly recommend) to assist you.

4. As Obama had stated, we have to start working together. I believe strongly that the most important thing you can do is take care of your health first. While doing that though, encourage others to join the journey with you. You will know those people around you who are serious and who are full of fluff. Seek out the serious people in your life and invite them to work together a few times a week or even a month. Accountability is the number one factor people require to succeed. Joining the gym is not accountability. Hiring a coach or joining a friend is.

5. Obama had mentioned that American’s are scaling back on spending, so why not the government? He is asking for a 3 year freeze on spending in 2011 and focusing on what they need and getting rid of what’s not working. I propose the same thing to you. Before spending your money on food, supplements, gyms, coaches, etc, examine if you truly need these things and if they will bring you closer to your goals. For example, if going to your favorite deli and buying an 800 calorie sandwich brings you further away from your health goals, get rid of it and put your money toward grocery shopping and making your own meals. We waste so much money on SHIT that destroys our bodies and yet complain that we have no money, we gained weight, or we do not feel well. Take a cooking class and learn how to prepare meals in less time. It’s a great investment.

Like I mentioned I am fired up and have so much more to say, but I will save it for Friday. Absorb what I wrote above and act on 1 step this week. I promise you, over time you will start seeing amazing results when following the advice above and in the future.

I promise to deliver value to you with every post I put up. However, I need to know what you are thinking. I value your feedback and respect every word. Comment below on what you would like to learn more about.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness – Long Island Personal Trainer

P.S. If you are offended in anyway on what I wrote above, I do not apologize because it’s what you need to hear in order to move forward in life and create those breakthroughs with fitness. It’s time to step it up!

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Long Island Personal Trainer Battles Excuse Making

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29th, 2010 by Greg

Long Island Personal Trainer, Rasheen Slaughter from Breakthroughs To Fitness, states “it’s time to stop blaming everything else but yourself for not reaching your goals whether it be fat loss, strength gain, etc. If you’ve been following the Biggest Loser, you will notice one contestant claimed she was doing everything possible to lose weight, but couldn’t”

“The time when she lost 11 pounds before the next weigh in was because her butt was on the line for future challenges. She was accused of game play to work to her advantage.”

So as you can see most people will use excuses to their advantages like Melissa did in the Biggest Loser. Excuses make us feel good because it takes responsibility away from us and puts it on something else.

Breakthroughs To Fitness has seen and heard every excuse about why people can’t be better then where they are. We understand that sometimes medically there are issues that need to be addressed first. If that’s the case then get them addressed!

It’s human nature to make excuses. We all do. That’s where our coaching comes into play so that our clients and subscribers can start seeing point blank they truly are making excuses.

This is what we call the “breakthrough” moment. The moment our clients realize their excuse making is the moment people start making big changes. Moments like these create results like dropping 19 pounds and 6.3% body fat in 12 weeks, dropping 15 pounds in 12 weeks while going through the challenges of Fibromyalgia, eliminating back pain in less then 10 hours of training and flexibility work, and getting the confidence to get on stage for a female body building competition.

Those are results you can achieve when you start recognizing your excuses and start taking action.

Here’s something you can do to overcome these excuses. Write every excuse down why you can’t reach your fitness goals, why you can’t workout, why you can’t eat well, or simply why you can’t get started. Take 20 minutes of your day today. Then when they are all down, write down solutions to each excuse. Even if they do not seem realistic for you.

For example: I can’t workout because I wake up at 5am, go to work, and do not get home til 6:30pm.

Solution: Pack a healthy snack to eat when I leave work and head right to the gym. This will prevent me from getting comfortable. Also, I will cut out 1 hour of T.V. time at night so I can focus on my health.

That’s how simple it is. You may have several solutions to each excuse and pick the one that works best for you.

Want assistance? Email us an excuse why you can’t do something related to your health and we will come up with solutions for you. Email them to We want to hear your challenges so we can assist you more.

As always…

Dedicated to your results,

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

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Pushups For Charity Estimates To Raise Over $8,400 For Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Metro New York

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2010 by RahzS
Pushups For Charity Long Island

Pushups For Charity Long Island

WOW! What an experience. This weekend on January 23rd, the first (a nationwide movement)  Pushups For Charity occurred at the Glen Cove YMCA.

There were great vendors, amazing presenters, Mayor Ralph Suozzi, the Make A Wish of Metro New York volunteers, and excited pushup participants. Without the assistance of our Pushups For Charity Team (all corporate sponsors), this event would not have occurred, so we want to express a great big thanks to the YMCA, American Community Bank, Stressbusters, Whole Foods Market, Vita Med Spa, Healing Arts Massage, Gold Coast Gazette, Glen Cove Youth Bureau, Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Gymnastics, GolfTec, Glen Cove Mansion, Power Travel, Glen Cove Hospital, East Norwich Rotary Club, and Changing Weighs.

The best part was seeing the energy in the room when the Pushup Challenge was on. The entire crowd cheered on the Pushup Participants which drove them all to achieve higher personal records. Every single person did more pushups then they ever thought they could because of the cause behind it. So after all donations are collected we estimate to have raised over $8,400 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

The Pushups For Charity Winners (only had 90 seconds to do as many pushups as they could) are:

Little Eva did 75: Most Under 18 Pushups

Alicia Belandi did 65: Most Female Pushups

Brett Kogel did 102: Most Male Pushups

Michele Frankel did 77: Most Modified Pushups

Tony Capobianco had over 55 sponsors: Most Sponsors

Congratulations to all of our winners at the Pushups For Charity Long Island event.

We will post some videos and pictures of the event this week and next to show you the excitement.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

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Is this the reason why you can’t lose weight?

Posted in Breakthroughs To Fitness News, Resolve and Motivation, Uncategorized on January 17th, 2010 by RahzS

We are 17 days into January of 2010. This is the mark where a good number of people tend to start dropping off from the goals they have set. They tend to make excuses and find convenient scapegoats so they can feel better about themselves when they quit. Instead of me going into this subject, a colleague of ours posted something very similar and I thought it was best to share his story. Read what Mike Roussell had to say below.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

The REAL Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight

January 14, 2010 | Comments (9)

Today I wanted to share with you a very insightful story that a friend of mine who runs a gym shared with me.

A woman came into his gym and said that she really wanted to join as she needed to lose weight for health reasons but she could not afford the monthly membership fee. My friend told the woman that he wanted to help her so he’d make her a deal…

He would give her a free 30 day membership. During those first 30 days, if she came in and exercised 15 times then he would give her the next 30 days for free, the same for the next month, and the next month. So in essence this woman could have a lifetime free membership IF she used it. The woman was so happy and very grateful to my friend for making such a generous deal with her. Do you know what happened in the following 30 days?

She showed up 6 times and never came back.


You can probably see what I’m getting at here….money wasn’t the issue. The cost of the gym membership wasn’t the ‘thing’ that was holding this woman back from losing weight. It was a convenient scapegoat.

What are your convenient scape goats?

What are the reasons you give for not losing weight and reaching your goals?

Write them down, crumble up the paper, and throw it in the recycle bin never to mention them again.

Then get down to work and lose the weight.

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Pushups For Charity Long Island Advanced Pushups

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8th, 2010 by Greg

I got inspired one night to just do 25 different variations of pushups that just came to mind. Boy was it a blast. Fortunately I was able to put the building blocks in place in order for my body to handle the different pushup variations.

As much fun as these pushups are to do, remember to MASTER the basics first. Practice your standard pushup day in and day out and truly master perfect form. From there you can throw some variation in to build off of.

Remember, Pushups For Charity Long Island is happening on January 23rd at the Glen Cove YMCA. We at Breakthroughs To Fitness truly would appreciate your support by coming down to the event and either doing pushups or sponsoring us to do pushups for Make A Wish Foundation Metro New York. It’s going to be an amazing time and we have a surprise presentation that we give you that momentum to kick the New Year off right. I promise I will deliver the goods if you show up to the event.

You can register at

Here’s the video below:

Look forward to seeing you at the event and thanks for the support in advance.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter

P.S. I forgot to mention there’s a $97 gift you receive just for registering. Believe me, you will love it. Get it by clicking here.

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

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5 facts about pushups that will transform your body

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4th, 2010 by Greg
Pushups For Charity

Pushups For Charity

Pushups are such an amazing tool to transforming our body, yet the most under utilized. As a society we have become so addicted to relying on machines or free weights to build up strength. That’s not to say we do not believe in those tools as part of an effective training program. It’s just that when someone says something is more effective or they make it “prettier” to do in the gym, we tend to swing in extremes and forget about the basics.

Here are 5 facts below about Pushups you may not know (if you do know them, Great! It’s time to get back to doing pushups):

1. Pushups are a full-body compound exercise. They require muscles all over your body to stabilize and muscles to create the actual movement.

2. Pushups are a free tool to invest in. All you require is your body and commitment to do them each week.

3. Anyone at any fitness level can perform them. Whether you are just starting a fitness program or are an advanced fitness enthusiast, you can use them to create amazing body transforming results.

4. Pushups (done correctly) are a great way to strengthen your shoulder joints to prevent injury. With healthy shoulders you can perform more exercises with heavier loads which means more calories burned.

5. There are hundreds of variations of pushups that you haven’t seen that will propel your results in overdrive. Look for future blog posts where we will demonstrate a ton of different pushups.

The facts above may not seem impactful as you read them. Try out pushups and use a variety of different ones in your workout routine and see the results that occur in your strength, body composition, and conditioning.

Please post your questions below on pushups or leave a comment of what you would like to learn more about on the pushup. We will be posting some cool videos in the near future.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

P.S. Pushups For Charity Long Island is going strong. To learn more about how a pushup can put a smile on a child’s face, visit

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