Locust Valley Personal Trainer Addresses Standards In Fitness

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4th, 2011 by RahzS

Hey Everyone. Coach Rahz here with an important message from Coach Frank. This is an important component that will decrease your level of health if you do not raise them… read below…

Today I want to discuss the topic of standards and how they affect your health.  By standards, I am referring to your nutrition, physical activity level, esteem and habits.

We need to keep our standards high in these areas.  While many in the world strive for mediocrity, we need to raise our own personal standards for success.  When you are working out, ask yourself, “Is this good enough?”  If it isn’t then you must raise your personal standards.  Ask yourself if today is going to be a great day or a mediocre day with regard to staying on your nutrition plan and exercising.  If you feel it will be mediocre it will be; that is your standard.  However, living up to a higher standard is easy because you are in complete control of your success; you simply need to recognize what you want with regard to health and fitness.  You and only you set your standards for living.

We live in a time of instant gratification.  To me, this suggests a lowering of standards.  Drive thru restaurants makes eating instantly gratifying when you are hungry.  But at what nutritional cost?  Getting on an elliptical machine for 30 minutes is much easier than intense metabolic training in the same amount of time.  You feel like you worked out on the elliptical and feel immediate gratification for what you did.  However, 30 minutes on an elliptical is the epitome of low standards with regard to exercise.  So what’s the result?  You feel like you did something, but it really wasn’t much at all and then are confused when the results you want are not coming.  Again, it is a matter of standards.
We have standards for most everything.  A standard for the clothes we wear, the car we drive, the places we go and with whom we go with.  We have these standards and they are directly related to our esteem.  My question is, if standards and esteem are connected, then how could we expect low standards to produce optimal health benefits?  Wouldn’t being at the pinnacle of great health make you feel, well, great?  Don’t you believe that it is you, and only you, who can make that happen?
If you are performing at a mediocre (sub standard) level with regard to your health, fix it.

Of course we all have different abilities when it comes to strength and stamina but that is not what I’m talking about.  Do not confuse high standards with comparison to someone else.  Your higher standard is usually going to be different than someone else’s.   However, sometimes you can try setting a standard with someone else.  Start easy with, say, the amount of pushups you can do.  If you can do 10 and your partner can do 12 the both of you should set a goal of 20 each.  You just heightened your standard for pushups and you have someone to reach that standard with.  When you reach that standard, the high 5 you give each other will be worth its weight in gold.

Finally, don’t be afraid to voice your standards.  If something is not good enough tell yourself so.  Likewise, if it is good enough be excited and share it with someone.  Setting higher nutritional and fitness standards will help you to look, feel and act great.  If someone questions your drive or motives simply tell them you are living at a higher standard.

You are allowed to be great,
Coach Frank

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Locust Valley Personal Trainer

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Breakthroughs To Fitness Opens Second Long Island Personal Training Studio in Locust Valley

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22nd, 2010 by RahzS

The day has come for the big announcement plus more great announcements within the video below:

Locust Valley Personal Training and Nutrition Studio

Locust Valley Personal Training and Nutrition Studio

Our Meta Burn Fat Loss system is one of a kind that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s guaranteed to work for all who participate or your money back. We are proud to have fine tuned this system over the last 3 years to produce such amazing fat loss results.

Now it’s time for you to experience what our clients are producing in results. Our Locust Valley Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching studio is located within the Forest Executive Center on 480 Forest Avenue in Locust Valley.

We are looking forward to reaching more residents and creating dynamic results. Stay tuned for more information on our Meta Burn Body Transformation contest. If you are not on our notification list, please email us at so you are sure to know when we are launching the details for the 20 spots available.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

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Fat loss is just about the calories…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11th, 2010 by RahzS

So we have heard or been told by a friend or even read in what we thought was a credible magazine or tv show. I’m here to tell you it’s not just about the calories. That’s incomplete and these are lies people are spreading that are creating more and more frustration when it comes to shedding the pounds.

Time and time again I see and hear people say when it’s time to lose weight “I’ll just eat less and do cardio everyday.” They do really well in the beginning ONLY to go back to their old ways and gain even more weight then when they started.

Ask the millions of people who go on weight loss programs each year to find out how successful they were and still are. Some small percentage made it because they had a successful model, most don’t make it because they followed something incomplete and weren’t told the truth.

Here are the components that make up a successful fat loss program in regards to just nutrition and I will touch upon each in separate blog posts:

1. Calories In vs Calories Out (did I just contradict myself…no and you will see why)

2. Frequency of meals

3. All 3 Macro Nutrients

4. Portion Size

5. Thermic effect

I will touch upon the first component which is calories in vs calories out. So how many calories should you eat?

Well the best and most efficient way is to get your RMR (resting metabolic rate) tested via the Body Gem device. This is something we have used with our nutrition clients to get them amazing results. On average, our nutrition clients lose 4lbs in the first week and up to 25lbs in only 12 weeks.

However, if for some reason you are unable to get your RMR tested at our facility, the next option (which can be used with success) is to estimate your RMR using a formula. What better way to teach you then to have our Nutrition Coach Greg teach you how to do that and how you can build your own meal plan.

He wrote a post for our Fit Body Bootcamp Blog. Head on over and learn the true method of calories in vs  calories out:

Calories in vs Calories out

Dedicated to your results,

Coach Rahz

Locust Valley Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

P.S. You have to check out our Meta-Burn Nutrition program. It’s insane the results it is producing for clients. Click the link below to register for a complimentary discovery session

What’s Your Metabolism

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Can diets kill you?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27th, 2010 by RahzS

Coach Rahz here with an important post. October has been a crazy month but I am loving the progress we are having.

My great friend, and Fit Body Bootcamp Coach Greg wrote an important (actually made a video too) fact about how diets kill us internally both physically and mentally. He went through a challenge that he could not control nor could anyone else. His sister had a major brain surgery which had his family on the edge of their chair yesterday.

He felt it was important to share his post about how the things we can control are killing us and killing us fast. Fat loss is not this complicated process yet we make it complicated by trying all these new things versus sticking to the basics.

Go watch his video now and read the information he has below the video because it gives you 5 steps to creating your own successful meal plan without having to go to the extremes of dieting.

—>Diets Kill!<—

Coach Greg knows his stuff when it comes to nutrition and fat loss. Just recently he had a new client break the 20 lb mark in less then 14 weeks and another client who lost her last 8 pounds and looks amazing. Follow his advice and you too will be successful. Make sure to follow his Long Island Fit Body Bootcamp Blog. It will complement all the great fitness strategies I post.

—>Diets Kill<—

Dedicated to your results,

Rahz Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Locust Valley Personal Trainer

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Making the Decision to Lead a Healthier Life is the Hard Part

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5th, 2010 by RahzS

Something we see here at B2F very often with prospective clients, friends and acquaintances is that they’re indecisive as to whether or not they really want to go through a fitness and nutrition program. Indecision can be the hurdle between starting a successful healthier lifestyle or continuing to dance with excuses.

The Top Five Excuses we hear from people that still not have cleared the indecision hurdle are:

If you’re nodding your head or smiling to yourself right now, yea, you’ve used one or more of these (perhaps in combination) before. Don’t worry though, many people have and many people will continue to do so because frankly, it’s easy, but try these five ways of breaking free of these potentially life threatening habits.

If you do the math, there are 168 hours in a week. Those people who claim not to have time to workout can surely find 3-4 hours a week to squeeze in some exercise and for some nutritional planning. Find the time and you could plan your meals in advance for the week so that you can avoid spending money on high calorie, high fat meals and snacks. Take the rest of the time and do small group personal training or better than nothing is to try an exercise DVD like the P90x or Insanity DVD which Coach Greg has tried and highly recommends it.

For those who say that they don’t have the money for training, an option can be to try boot camp personal training, it is less expensive than one on one personal training yet can still deliver great results, and finding a guaranteed program can ensure your money isn’t waster. Remember prioritizing where your money is spent is important too, training might cost a little money now but it can save you from a gigantic medical bill later.

Family obligations can be a big obstacle for those who have to chauffeur their children to and from school, sports and other activities. Try coordinating with your spouse who can do what by alternating days or splitting activities so that you both can have time for health and fitness. You can also try including your children in what you do, child care centers are available at some fitness centers or even child health programs.

I wrote about procrastination a few weeks ago and tackled the severity of continuing to put things off until a later date. The problem? The simplicity of just finding a reason of why you can’t begin today but instead tomorrow. It’s too easy to procrastinate, you could do it from the comfort of your couch because you barely twitch a muscle, lift a finger or finished the thought by the time you’ve decided today isn’t the day. Make today the day so that tomorrow it can become habit.

Making the commitment to start becoming healthier and fitter can be the hardest obstacle to overcome. Indecision can create feelings of being lost or being in a hopeless situation, confusion about how or where to begin, feelings that can become overwhelmingly smothering. If you’ve tried programs before and failed, this can plague a person that doesn’t want to fail again but try getting some help or ideas from someone, preparation can overcome these feelings. Remember that you only fail if you don’t try.

Dedicated to your results,

Coach Rahz

P.S. If you are currently exercising and do not have a focused and detailed nutrition plan, you are missing the boat and being left behind. Stop killing yourself in the gym without a nutrition plan. Here is how you can get a detailed plan. <—Click here

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Fat Burning Phenomenon with Green Tea

Posted in Get your Health questions Answered, Long Island Health News, Nutrition, Uncategorized on September 29th, 2010 by RahzS

Health professionals recommend green tea to clients for its long list of health benefits including fighting heart disease and cancer, but it can also help stimulate fat loss. Studies have shown that people that combine green tea with exercise and healthy eating habits actually lose more weight than people who just exercise and eat healthier alone.

These studies have shown that substances found in green tea called catechins actually stimulate the body to burn more calories and reduce body fat. These catechins not only showed a decrease in BMI (body mass index), waist size and total body fat but can also help reduce LDL levels (“bad” cholesterol).

Yogi green tea is an organic tea that provides a variety of flavors so you should be able to find one that suits your taste. If you aren’t a fan of drinking hot tea then you can try to put it over ice for a cool refreshing beverage. Try drinking 2-3 cups a day so that you can obtain all the benefits that the green tea has to offer.

While health professionals recommend people drink more green tea, they do warn against purchasing beverages that may claim to contain green tea yet doesn’t truly have the benefits of it. Instead these beverages can contain high amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and contain more calories than an all natural green tea beverage. So be wary of exactly what you buy because it contains “green tea” and stick to teas that you can brew on your own for your green tea benefits.

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Tight Tone Firm Abs

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7th, 2010 by RahzS

Coach Rahz coming to you fired up from Labor Day weekend!

I was able to relax, kick back, and enjoy the sun (a little bit of hurricane Earl) in Fire Island. It’s so crucial that you take time away for yourself and just let go. There is too much stress in life that it must go somewhere instead of lurking around inside of you.

I made a little video for you on the best ab exercises to do to get those tight tone and firm abs we are all looking for. Don’t be mistaken. These are just one piece of the puzzle but it’s a start. Hope you enjoy watching me eating the cheeseburger in the video :)

I will have some of the top foods I used in Fire Island to boost my metabolism on the next post. And no it’s not alcohol or hot dogs, but doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy those “bad” items from time to time.

If you haven’t assessed where you are today and where you want to go for the ending months of 2010, now is a great time to do so as the summer comes to an end. If you need help developing a plan, working on nutrition, or a fitness program we are always here to help. Click the link below to sign up for a complimentary discovery session

Complimentary Fitness Discovery Session

Summer is over, and it’s time to start a new phase in your fitness program.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Roslyn Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

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If you stop doing this, you stop getting results

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22nd, 2010 by RahzS

Just got in from an intensive 2 day mastermind workshop in Chino Hills California. I have to say I’ve always loved California and one day look forward to moving there in the future.

I spent 18 hours over two days with 6 other successful fitness entrepreneurs and we were mentored by a highly sought after and successful business coach Bedros Keuilian. This man has taken several fitness locations and fitness ideas and turned them into multiple 7 figures which means he has a system in place that I was willing to invest in so that I can grow my business not only in monetary terms but in results and success of our clients.

Let me get to the point of why I am telling you this. As the title says, “If you stop doing this, you stop getting results!”


That doesn’t necessarily mean on a monetary end. It can mean reading a book, trying out new fitness methodologies, picking the B2F teams brain, going to a fitness/nutrition seminar, watching other successful people who have transformed their health and bodies, or cutting certain things out of your life to see the changes. There are so many ways you can invest, but if you do not continue to do it, you will fail in continuing to improve your health.

The reason I feel so strongly about that is because we get too comfortable with what we are doing, that we tend to become more resistant in changing. We think we enjoy where we are, yet when our clients open up to us, you can sense unhappiness whether its a perception of their bodies, the way they feel, or the road their health is heading down.

Our goal here at Breakthroughs To Fitness is to educate, empower, and inspire you to create Breakthroughs in life through fitness.

We have seen the results of our clients change drastically ever since we have been investing heavily on our education as coaches. We love learning new methodologies of exercise, faster and more efficient nutrition strategies, more effective stretching routines, etc.

So I urge you to continue investing in yourself. It’s so powerful of a tool. Don’t stay in your comfort zone. Start to stretch that zone beyond a point where it doesn’t feel natural.

We have several programs that assist our clients in learning more about how to improve their bodies and health, but we want to hear from you on what it is you want to learn more about. What’s a topic or area you could invest more in so that you continue to take your health to new levels.

Email me at and let me know exactly what you need in order to move forward. We are here to help so please voice your feedback.

Looking forward to your continued results.

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Roslyn Personal Trainer

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Greenvale Personal Trainer endorses caffeine for fat loss with general public?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11th, 2010 by RahzS

I wanted to share an article we just sent out in our newsletter to our Breakthroughs To Fitness clients. It talks about the benefits of caffeine on sports performance and proper usage. We also go on to note proper intake of caffeine and why it may not be ideal to consume too much for the general public. We always preach moderation, so this does not mean you have to eliminate all your coffee and caffeine drinks (just keep them to moderate levels)

***side note: caffeine suppresses your appetite and is a natural diuretic. Be conscious of when you intake your next meal and always drink plenty of water when ingesting caffeine.

Can caffeine boost your exercise performance?

Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. Nearly 100% of adult men and (non-pregnant) women report some level of caffeine consumption. And about 80% of Americans drink coffee (55% daily; 25% occasionally).

Due to its widespread availability and use, both socially and as an ergogenic aid (substances, devices, or practices that enhance an individual‟s energy use, production, or recovery), caffeine was removed from the list of banned substances for athletes.

Caffeine, a naturally occurring substance found in a variety of plants, is generally accepted by most sports scientists as an effective ergogenic aid.

How does caffeine affect performance in exercise and sports?

Its stimulating effect on the central nervous system reduces the sensation of fatigue, perception of work effort and even pain. Caffeine also contributes to improved mental clarity, greater concentration, focus and technical skill during and after strenu- ous activity or fatigue. Ingested caffeine is quickly absorbed by the body and peaks in 1-2 hours.

There are more than 74 good studies on the use of caffeine for both endurance exercise and short-term, higher intensity exer- cise. The vast majority of the studies conclude that caffeine does indeed enhance performance and makes the effort seem easier (by about six percent).
A common explanation to why endurance is improved with caf- feine is the muscle glycogen is spared. Glycogen is the stored energy in the muscle tissue that is broken down during exer- cise. Studies suggest that glycogen sparing may occur as a result of caffeine‟s ability to increase fat availability for skeletal muscle use. It is important to note, however, that studies so far cannot fully explain the ergogenic effect of caffeine.
How much improvement can you gain from a jolt of caffeine before your workout?

It depends on many factors, including:

  • duration and intensity of the activity
  • How much caffeine you ingest
  • When you take it
  • Whether you are a habitual caffeine user

The average improvement in the studies was about 12 percent, with more benefits noticed during endurance exercise than with shorter exercise (eight to 20 minutes). More benefits were also noticed in people who rarely drink coffee, who were not tolerant to its stimulant effect.

Because each person responds differently to caffeine, don‟t assume you‟ll perform better with a caffeine-boost. Depending on when you do your workouts and how you feel be- fore getting started, you can determine if you feel the need for a caffeine boost. Caffeine comes in various forms—coffee, soda, energy drinks, gels, chews, etc.—try a few options to find the one that works best for you prior to a workout. For example, acidic coffee may cause you a bit of nausea during your work- out, whereas a chew may settle better for you.

And as we‟ve mentioned before, watch out for those extra „empty‟ liquid calories. Remem- ber specialty coffees may be filled with extra, unnecessary fat and calories.

So how much caffeine is needed to feel a boost?

A moderate caffeine intake is considered to be 250 mg/day or the equivalent of 2 and a half cups of coffee a day. In research studies, the amount of caffeine that enhances performance ranges from 1.5 to 4 mg per pound of body weight taken one hour before exercise. For a 150 lb person, this comes to about 225 to 600 mg. More doesn‟t seem to be better.
Caffeine levels in products vary, such as: Diet Coke, 12 oz: 30 mg; Espresso, 1 oz shot: 40 mg; Red Bull, 8 oz can: 80 mg; Starbucks, 16 oz coffee: 200 mg.
According to the American Council of Sports Medicine, for the average teenager or adult who is exercising with the goal of enjoyment and self-improvement, using caffeine defeats the purpose. Although we may feel as though we are increasing our performance, it more related to the temporary effects of caf- feine. Proper training, nutritional habits, and sleep are more sensible and productive approaches (without the side effects) to get the most benefit from your exercise routine.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Greenvale Personal Trainer

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Is Qnexa the next big solution for personal training in Greenvale

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27th, 2010 by RahzS

If you haven’t heard yet, the Pharmaceutical industry may have found the “holy grail” of weight loss pills called Qnexa. According to CBS NEws, “People on the drug lost more than 10 percent of their body weight in company-sponsored trials”

When I read this I was amazed because the only side effects that occurred in this trial is:

•    memory lapses
•    suicidal thoughts (just what someone needs)
•    heart palpitations

As you can tell I am being facetious about the situation and thank the FDA for taking a stand and voting against this new drug because the side effects of the drug outweighed its ability to help people lose weight.

I am tired of hearing about these piss poor attempts at helping people where our time should be focused on connecting and coaching these individuals who struggle with their weight. It is shown that only a small percentage of people medically can not lose weight by adjusting calories and exercising. But millions of others can!

Below is an article as well:

Hope you have an amazing week!

Coach Rahz

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Greenvale Personal Trainer

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