Locust Valley Hottest Shoulder Workout

Posted in Coach's Workouts, meta burn on May 23rd, 2012 by admin

Sexy, Hot Shoulder without the Bulk

Hey It’s your Coach Rahz Slaughter here. It’s been along time since we talked so I thought I put up a crazy cool shoulder workout video for you today. If you missed me I’ve been hanging out over at www.metaburnfittv.com Come over and say hello, but more importantly subscribe to MetaBurn Fit TV channel and never miss a show. So with out further ado I introduce you you to the Metaburn Newest team member Elaina Estrada WBFF Fitness Model competitor.

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Sexy Lean Shoulder Exercises for Women | Weight Loss | Tighten Up Tips

Click the YouTube Link and Let me know what you think. Leave your comments below the post.

Stay Fit, Stay Firm, The Surgery Free Way…

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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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Greenvale Personal Trainer Solves “Fitness Procrastination”

Posted in Inspiration, Motivational, Personal Development, Tips and Strategies, Wellness on September 15th, 2010 by RahzS

Top 3 Reasons to end Fitness Procrastination Forever

Are you in better shape today than you were 6 months ago? If not,why?

Procrastination to Get started and stick to your program is my educated guess.

Coach Rahz here,

Hope you’re doing well.

I’ve got a quick post that I feel will help you get your butts off the couch and moving in the direction of feeling better, and looking hotter. Over the last 11 years I’ve work with thousands of people, and heard every reason, and procrastination story possible. We are all procrastinators. Either consciously or subconsciously we delay, stall and put off various tasks that will make a positive difference in our lives. Procrastinating can be a learned trait from our parents or derived at birth. Habits are very hard to change without a conscious, deliberate action taken on our part.

Traditionally, procrastination has been associated with perfectionism, a tendency to negatively evaluate outcomes and one’s own performance. It is an intense fear and avoidance of judgment of your abilities by others. Heightened social self-consciousness, anxiety, recurrent low moods, and workaholism are the results of compulsory procrastination. In addition to those I’ve found that laziness, lack of coaching, knowledge, and accountability are all key reasons for most people to procrastinate when it comes to getting fit and Healthy.

Here’s my list of the top 3 reasons to end the procrastination game forever

1. Disease Prevention

  • Obesity – All time High in America, and headed toward being the number one killer
  • Increase risk of Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, mental illness, and many other health complications

2. Increased Self-Esteem

  • When your healthy and fit it is easier to feel good about yourself, your body image, and have more confidence and overall happiness.
  • Self esteem effects all areas of your life including personal and professional

3. The Fountain of Youth

We all know that getting older is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be such a downward spiral like it is for so many people today. Simple exercising 3 to 4 days per week can give you all the benefits below. In some special cases you may require a few additional items to enhance your health, but for the most part, simplicity works very well.

  • Increase your Metabolism
  • Increase your daily energy
  • Look Younger
  • Move with ease
  • Less Pain
  • Better Sex Life
  • Career Advancements

When it comes to fitness there can be no someday, tomorrow, or next month you have to decide and get started. Your health is not going to wait for you to get ready, so if you don’t make the decision to jump in the water you just might never get in. I hope that doesn’t happen to you. It’s my personal mission to assist people everyday to get healthy, fit, and start living the exciting and adventurous lives they were born to live.

A client once said, “Nothing tastes, as good as fit feels.” I hope you get to feel that feeling one day. If you require some assistance that’s what we are hear to do. Give us a call, and leave a comment at the end of this post. I love replying to questions, and helping people get started on their health and fitness journeys.

Dedicated to your Results,

Rahz Slaughter

Greenvale Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

P.S. Here’s another way to get rid of procrastination. Fit Body Bootcamp is live on Long Island. For the month of September claim your two free weeks of this 3-in-1 program to get the results other Fit Body camper’s are receiving. We have campers as early as 6am in the morning! Claim your two weeks here www.LIFitBody.com

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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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Greenvale Personal Trainer Uses Medicine Ball to Burn Fat – Workout 2

Posted in Medicine Ball Workouts on August 6th, 2010 by RahzS

Greenvale Personal Trainer Rahsheen Slaughter, demonstrates how to use a medicine ball as an effective tool in burning fat and creating a metabolic disturbance within your body. Performing these exercises in a circuit fashion back to back will get your heart pumping.

There are always ways to modify the workouts, so if you feel you can not complete them, either rest between exercises or complete the exercises a little slower.

This is workout 2 of the medicine ball workout series. Check back every week for a different exercise routine with a different exercise tool.

Any questions leave your comments below or email us at b2f@b2finc.com. Come join our personal training in Greenvale.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter
Breakthroughs To Fitness
Greenvale Personal Trainer

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Greenvale Personal Trainer Uses Kettlebells To Burn Fat – Workout 2

Posted in Kettlebell Workouts on August 2nd, 2010 by RahzS
Kettlebell Workouts that burn fat

Kettlebell Workouts that burn fat

Greenvale Personal Trainer Rahz Slaughter, demonstrates how to use you Kettlebells as an effective tool in burning fat and creating a metabolic disturbance within your body. Performing these exercises in a circuit fashion back to back will get your heart pumping.

There are always ways to modify the workouts, so if you feel you can not complete them, either rest between exercises or complete the exercises a little slower. Adjust your body position to make the exercises easier.

This is workout 2 of the kettlebell workout series. Check back every week for a different exercise routine with a different exercise tool.

Greenvale Personal Trainer Uses Kettlebells To Burn Fat – Workout 2

Any questions leave your comments below or email us at b2f@b2finc.com. Come join our personal training in Greenvale.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter
Breakthroughs To Fitness
Greenvale Personal Trainer

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Greenvale Personal Trainer Uses Body Weight Workouts to Burn Fat – Workout 2

Posted in body weight workouts on July 26th, 2010 by RahzS

Had a great weekend with this beautiful weather in New York. We had an amazing Meta Cardio class from our Meta Burn Fat Loss System. All body weight movements with easy transitions. Coach Greg wore a monitor and he was able to beat last Meta Cardio class with 971 calories burned in 57 minutes. We will be posting sample Meta Burn workouts in the near future along with creating an entire system you can use at home. Watch workout 2 of our body weight workout series below:

Greenvale Personal Trainer Rahsheen Slaughter, demonstrates how to use your body weight as an effective tool in burning fat and creating a metabolic disturbance within your body. Performing these exercises in a circuit fashion back to back will get your heart pumping.

There are always ways to modify the workouts, so if you feel you can not complete them, either rest between exercises or complete the exercises a little slower. Adjust your body position to make the exercises easier.

This is workout 2 of the body weight workout series. Check back every week for a different exercise routine with a different exercise tool. Our personal training in Greenvale has been touted as the fastest Fat Loss system in town. Check us out to see if we live up to that expectation at www.b2finc.com.

Any questions leave your comments below or email us at b2f@b2finc.com.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Greenvale Personal Trainer

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Greenvale Personal Trainer Reveals Why Our Minds Sabotage Our Weight Loss Results

Posted in Nutrition on July 20th, 2010 by RahzS

We have been harping on how important nutrition is for your results and it’s a given. We all know nutrition is extremely important. We have also been detailing how portion size, proper combinations of food, thermic effect of food, resting metabolic rate, etc.

However, what we have yet to explain is how your mind sabotages your weight loss results. I read a great article from the Science Daily that explains a research study at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior by Dr. Jeff Brunstrom of the University of Bristol UK and colleagues.

Could Our Minds Be Tricked Into Satisfying Our Stomachs?

I came across this article when I read a post a colleague of mine Mike Roussell sent yesterday. It brought back all the memories when I first competed in an all natural body building show. I dropped down to 4% bodyfat because of all the mind games I played and what the research article talks about is exactly what I did.

It talks about the perception of food and your past experiences with different types. In the study they showed one group a large portion of fruit going into a smoothly and another group a small portion of fruit.

Here is what the results showed “Test subjects were more satisfied for longer periods of time after consuming varying quantities of food for which they were led to believe that portion sizes were larger than they actually were.”

Now it would be impossible to trick yourself into doing a similar study with your food, but the hidden message behind this post is to find foods that look large in portion size but lower on calories and fat. These foods are also known as Fruits and Vegetables.

When I packed on about 2 cups of veggies on my dinner plate during my competition I felt very satisfied physically and emotionally. It filled me up and I had the perception that this is a lot of food. I almost felt guilty sometimes.

It just goes to show how powerful our mind is and the perception it creates in certain situations. If you want some more great tips, be sure to educate yourself by picking up a book called Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

What the book talks about and the research they have done is mind blowing. We carry over these lessons, and strategies into our Nutrition Coaching program to assist our clients in not mindlessly eating and to prepare food in a food that satisfies you visually and emotionally.

Let me know your thoughts and experiences in dealing with food and your emotions behind them when you are finished eating.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Greenvale Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

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Is Organic food really healthier for you?

Posted in Nutrition on July 14th, 2010 by RahzS

There are a ton of debates out there about organic food and is it really worth it. Our friend Mike Geary from Truth About Abs actually wrote an article on this with some great tips.

He talks about the use of local farms which I agree with. If you haven’t tasted food from these farms, you have to find one in your area. It’s absolutely delicious and treated under much better conditions then conventional farming.

Below is Mike Geary’s article on Organic vs. Conventional Foods

The TRUTH about Organic vs

Conventional Foods:  it’s About More

Than Just Pesticides

by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

organic foodsI know there seems to be an on-going debate out there these days with health professionals, nutritionists, and the media giving different opinions about whether organic food is worth the slightly higher prices.

But there are a few VERY important aspects of organic food that I rarely see anybody out there talking about.

First, as you know, the main aspect that most people talk about in the organic vs conventional food debate is simply whether the food in question was grown with pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, and whether that food contains pesticide/herbicide residues on the actual food when you eat it.

And that IS important… I mean, I know I don’t want to be ingesting pesticide residues that are potentially carginogenic or even estrogenic and can possibly increase belly fat (due to the xenoestrogens)… and I’m sure you don’t either!

But there’s another another MAJOR aspect of organic vs conventional food that most people are overlooking, and that is:

–> The impacts of conventional farm chemicals on the SOIL, and how that affects the nutritional composition (quantities of vitamins, minerals, and healthy soil makes more nutritious plantsantioxidants in the food)

The harsh chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides used in conventional farming can destroy a large part of the microbial activity in the soils (bacteria and fungi) that help to make soil minerals more available to the plants roots.  Conventional farming degrades this aspect of the soil which results in lower micro-nutrient levels in the plants that you eat.

In organic farming, these harsh chemicals are not used, and the soil is healthier and more biologically active (fungi and bacteria aid the plant roots with uptake of minerals and nutrients), and the plants roots can therefore obtain more nutrition which produces foods with higher micro-nutrient levels.

Also, it’s quite possible that the heavy use of chemical fertilizers, which make crops grow much faster than normal, leads to a shallower root system, that inherently absorbs less micro-nutrients from the soil column compared to organically raised plants that are forced to have deeper, more extensive root systems to obtain all of the nutrients the plant needs.

I think it’s quite easy to see why organic foods can have superior nutrition levels and more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than conventional foods.

But beware of conflicting “reports” out there on this topic.  Although there is much data on the superior nutrition levels of organic foods, you may also find some data that contradicts these findings in particular studies.

The reason that this happens is that science isn’t perfect, and someone may measure the nutrition levels of a certain type of conventional tomato, for example, compared against a different type of organic tomato, grown in a vastly different geographic area in vastly different soils and climate.  There are dozens, or even hundreds of complications with these types of studies, which is why you can’t always make direct comparisons.

organic vs conventional vegetablesHowever, I think with the evidence we talked about in terms of soil quality, nutrient uptake, and also just the pure fact that we don’t want carcinogenic and estrogenic chemicals in our food, it makes it worth it to try to buy organic as much as possible.

Sometimes Local may be MORE important than “Organic”

Here’s another vitally important thing to keep in mind…

If your choices at the grocery store for the organic food come from half way around the globe (such as organic produce from Chile or New Zealand when you live in North America), then you might want to consider favoring local produce even if it’s not labeled “organic”.

For one reason, many local farm stands may actually have organic produce but simply aren’t legally allowed to label their food “organic” if they haven’t acquired whatever necessary licenses they need for that.  If you ask the farmers, many times you may find out that the local farm produce is in fact organic, or at least close to organic (meaning they use very minimal chemicals compared to a large industrial farm).

Also, local produce that is picked at it’s peak of ripeness, and on your plate in a matter of hours or days, will usually have much higher nutrition levels compared to “organic” produce that was picked halfway around the world well before it was ripe and traveled weeks to make it to your grocery store.

The one caveat to this is frozen produce… sometimes fruits and veggies are picked at their peak of ripeness and frozen rather quickly, even if they were picked halfway around the world.  In this case, organic frozen fruits and vegetables can sometimes be just as nutritious as local produce (although they may carry a bigger petroleum burden than local produce)

So, if I were to give my overall recommendations to save yourself from the inherent health dangers of pesticides and herbicides, while also eating food that contains the highest levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it is this:

1. choose organic over conventional most of the time, when it’s available

2. choose local foods over organic if the organic food came from very long distances away (although frozen organic fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as local)

3. Don’t forget that choosing organic also helps to protect the environment from chemical fertilizer and pesticide pollution that can harm ecosystems and your own drinking water supply.

4. Don’t fall for “organic junk foods” — I’ve been seeing this trend lately — Just because crackers, cookies, cakes, and corn chips may be labeled “organic”, doesn’t mean they are healthy… junk food is still junk food!  And these are still overly processed foods that can make you fat!

Remember that forcing change for responsible agriculture starts with your choices as a consumer.  The more we demand responsibly grown and raised foods by choosing those foods in our shopping carts, the more that producers and suppliers will respond to that demand.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Greenvale Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

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Greenvale Personal Trainer Uses Medicine Balls To Burn Fat – Workout 1

Posted in Medicine Ball Workouts on July 8th, 2010 by RahzS

Greenvale Personal Trainer Rahsheen Slaughter, demonstrates how to use a medicine ball as an effective tool in burning fat and creating a metabolic disturbance within your body. Performing these exercises in a circuit fashion back to back will get your heart pumping.

There are always ways to modify the workouts, so if you feel you can not complete them, either rest between exercises or complete the exercises a little slower.

This is workout 1 of the medicine ball workout series. Check back every week for a different exercise routine with a different exercise tool.

Any questions leave your comments below or email us at b2f@b2finc.com. Come join our personal training in Greenvale.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter
Breakthroughs To Fitness
Greenvale Personal Trainer

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