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AM NOT BLESSED WITH A SMALL FRAME OR HIGH METABOLISM, STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY IS A DAILY PROCESS FOR ME AND BY GOD'S GRACE I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO BALANCE MY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION TO MAINTAIN MY WELLNESS GOALS, IT IS HARD WORK, HOWEVER, BE ASSURED YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR FITNESS GOALS ALSO"
~ELISSA REILLY SLATER
Elissa began her journey in wellness from a very early age. She began studying gymnastics when she was only 4 years old. By the time she was a teenager, Elissa had developed powerful musculature in her legs, thighs and upper body, and began to struggle to establish balance between her muscular physique and her desire for longer, more sculpted lines. She was criticized for being "big boned", and began her personal odyssey toward a more complete and balanced understanding of physical fitness. She took her health, weight, and wellness into her own hands. She incorporated a "clean" diet as well as regular workouts into her daily routines. She set goals and made a new, determined effort to achieve her goal body style, weight and level of fitness. When she was in high school, she began to ask her parents to allow her to do her own grocery shopping, selecting foods which would ensure she ate a low fat and high protein diet. After juggling the up and down results of this effort, she learned that BALANCE is the key to success. After trying a fat free diet, she learned she could not simply cut fat out of the diet and expect to lose and keep off weight. She learned that it does not suffice simply to cut sugar out of her diet. She learned she could not expect to lose weight by cutting out meats or red meat alone. She learned it is almost impossible to give up carbohydrates completely - especially since they are such a prominent energy source.
After years of trial and error and constant nutritional study, she designed a fitness and nutrition combo that she knew could be the foundation of consistent, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Elissa does not recommend depriving the body of it's needs. Rather, she believes that it is important to keep the majority of the diet clean and healthy; and to allow oneself to indulge cravings periodically as a reward for maintaining the basic disciplines of a clean dietary regimen. Eventually, this type of eating becomes a lifestyle and those who persevere will see meaningful results in terms of weight loss while enjoying the special benefits of an overall healthier self.
Elissa began her business career as a licensed cosmetologist. Although she enjoyed styling and the fashion industry, she realized that her passion is making others feel beautiful and self confident. Elissa was thrilled to see that personality changes her clients experienced after makeovers were like "night and day". After a little bit of TLC, they felt beautiful and confident. Seeing these results made Elissa feel so blessed to be a part of that "positivity". She revelled in the joy of helping others to share what she had been able to achieve in her own body makeover. After 8 years of a successful styling career, she decided to make a change to advance her career, and returned to college college to pursue a degree in nursing. While on this path, she was required to to participate in the curriculum's RNA (registered nurse assistant) program. This led to her working for a wellness center in Charlotte. Here, all of the elements of her biography combined. Her passion for fitness, good health habits and proper nutrition found the perfect expression, and she embarked on her inevitable destiny to follow her dreams and pursue something that is a constant in her life, teaching WELLNESS.
Elissa then enrolled in the prestigious Yoga Alliance School training, completing its rigorous 200 hour RYT certification. She then pursued certification as a Fitness and Nutrition Specialist. She is currently working toward her Bachelor's degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Wellness and Fitness. Her plans are to host a flourishing nutrition resource website and provide her clients with the best care and knowledge in order for them to fulfill their health and fitness goals and dreams.
Elissa is a devoted mother and a wife. She enjoys traveling frequently with her husband and family, and makes a home in the US and in Canada, where her husband has a business. Elissa volunteers at the homeless shelters, the local Christian radio station, and various church programs in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Although she loves the endorphins running provides, her number one fitness practice is yoga. She has found the combination of running and yoga provide the results she desires. Yoga lengthens and tones her body, and running provides cardio support, working her heart and speeding up her metabolism. Below is her favorite story of how she began yoga.
This is MY Yoga story!
Hey my fellow Yogis, Yogini and Oxygen filled bodies! My name is Elissa Slater, my health nut title is RYT 200, translation please, Registered Yoga Teacher Yoga Alliance certified 200 hrs! Also mother and wife!
Today, I want to extend a few tips for a yogi lifestyle which will ultimately lead to less stress and most importantly a healthy YOU! I started my yoga practice more then 9 years ago. I was your average gym member and wanted a change to my typical workout. I literally tried every single workout to try to lengthen, lean, and tone my gymnast body. Yes gymnast body. I started gymnastics when I was just 4 years old. All of the compression from tumbling and flipping really condensed and thickened my muscles. When I was in middle and high school I continued these muscle bulking practices by cheerleading. I literally had the thickest (yet healthy and muscular) thighs of of any of the teenagers I knew. After high school, I continued my active lifestyle. But, to balance the cheering and gymnastics, I began the only logical practice to keep my body lean RUNNING! What did I find? Although running is a wonderful exercise, great for your heart, mid-section, and overall health, the pressure and impact of hitting the ground made my bulky muscles even firmer! I love a strong healthy body but I desperately wanted a long lean body.
This is when I found yoga…. annnnd a husband annnnd that led to being a new mom! Being a young wife and mother can really add additional inches to your waistline as well as critical stress to your mind. I remember my first time taking yoga. It was a "chain" gym that I had been a member of since high school. Luckily for me, they had hired a Yoga Alliance instructor from a well known yoga studio in Charlotte, NC. s a little girl I knew I wanted to help people look and feel better about themselves. I joined the Fitness Centre in 1998 and as the years past I thought that being a fitness instructor would be good for me and then I would be helping others look and feel better about themselves (Win Win).
I have been a Fitness Instructor Specialist since 2005. There is a wide range of classes I can teach, from Spin to Kick Boxing to Step and Essential Mat Work.
I love to do all of them but the part I love the most is helping women
to push past a point where they don't think they can go any further and find out that they do have it in them to do just that.
In addition to teaching classes I have have my Personal Trainers Certificate and again enjoy every minute of what I do helping you feel better about yourself.
I have 4 children who have been going to the Fitness Centre since, well really, before they were born, and all of them have, in some way, in their minds or actions will be involved in the fitness industry as they grow.
The first step is the hardest step; So let me help you get past the first step.