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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 schooIt all began in 1979 when The FIRM Studio opened in South Carolina. By combining cardio and weight training, The FIRM recognized that people could burn fat, build muscle and get the bodies they wanted safely, effectively and quickly. This revolutionary cardio-plus-body-sculpting fitness hybrid we call Synergy Training formed the basis for The FIRM method then and is still central to The FIRM philosophy today. It didn't take long for fitness enthusiasts to catch on, and The FIRM was off and running.
When The FIRM decided to share their successful method with people who were unable to travel to the Studio, the at-home workout series was born. Considered "America's #1 exercise videos," The FIRM received glowing reviews and top professional awards from the very start. Along the way, The FIRM acquired a dedicated following who call themselves The FIRM Believers. These women and men have had great results with The FIRM home fitness workout routines.
Since then, The FIRM has sold more than ten million workouts. Today, The FIRM mission is to continue researching and creating superior fitness techniques and products for reshaping and toning the body. The FIRM has not only changed the direction of the entire fitness industry, it has also redefined our attitudes toward fitness and health. Try The FIRM todayxercise should not use weights their first few times and only until they can perform the exercises without "jerky" movements.
If you are a regular exerciser but new to The FIRM program, use less weight than you think you can handle and work up gradually. You can always increase next time, without excessive soreness.
The workouts in The TransFIRMation™ System feature simple but effective moves, a steady pace, and continuous instruction on proper form. They are recommended for both new and experienced exercisers, and the system includes everything you need to get started today!
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How is The FIRM different?
The FIRM method is a hybrid of cardio and weight training we call “Synergy Training”. It combines the benefits of both types of exercise by using more repetitions and lighter weights than the usual gym workout. Remember, weight training or body sculpting does not mean that you have to lift very heavy weights. You will see results by beginning with 3, 5 and 8 pound weights.
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I've always been afraid of weights -- don't they give women big, bulky muscles?
Even when training with weights much heavier than those used in The FIRM workouts, most women lack the hormones necessary to achieve large increases in muscle mass. The reality is that only weight training can boost metabolism around the clock. (The post-exercise after burn from cardio also boosts metabolism, but the effect is comparatively brief.) Incorporating weights in your workouts will give you a more youthful, slim and shapely appearance.
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I am a beginner. What weight should I use?
Because you have both large and small muscle groups, you need different weights for different exercises. Beginners should start with no weight and work up gradually. A good beginner weight set allows you to work with 3, 5 and 8 pounds. As you become stronger, continue to maximize your results by using heavier weights.
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When should I start adding weights to my workouts?
Beginners should not use weights their first 3-5 workout sessions. If you are a regular exerciser but new to The FIRM program, use less weight than you think you can handle. Add or increase weights only when you have become familiar with the movements and can perform the exercises smoothly with perfect form.
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Are there specific size weights for each exercise?
Yes. Size matters! The amount of weight to use for each exercise depends on several factors including:
(1) Muscle size
(2) The speed in which the exercise is performed
(3) Individual strength.
A good starter set of weights for women allows you to work with 3, 5 and 8 pounds. Use the lightest weights for small muscles like the anterior deltoids (shoulders) and the heaviest weights for large muscles like the latissimus dorsi (back). Use light weights when performing several repetitions quickly (during a cardio routine), and use heavier weights when working slowly.
My clothes fit better, but my weight hasn’t changed. Why?
Because muscle takes up less space than fat! With The FIRM workouts, you change your body composition by adding muscle and subtracting fat! Even as you lose fat and look slimmer and more toned, you may weigh the same. However, this is only temporary. In the meantime, throw out your scale and measure yourself to gauge your progress. Or, find that perfect pair of jeans you want to fit into, and try them on regularly – that’s even better motivation to keep working out!