I’m jealous of Sloan-Taylor Rabinor. I instantly liked her. Right off the bat you understand her energy, enthusiasm and passion for fitness. But that’s not why I’m jealous. She spent years dedicated to becoming a professional dancer, accomplishing every single one of her goals. You see, in my heart I know that I would have dominated the dance world but my lack of coordination and talent has told me otherwise. It was not in the cards for me, le sigh. But it was certainly in the cards for her! Sloan danced for Lady Gaga’s entire The Monster Ball tour and later went on to become Gaga’s personal trainer (jealous again!)
I loved getting inside the head of someone who turned their passion into a reality and a success! And I seem to share a lot of the same philosophies with Sloane. I too love to feel like I’m going to throw up at the end of the workout; it tells me it was effective and I put in 100%. And take a look at her website. Girl’s in SHAPE! So, please enjoy…
20 QUESTIONS (well, 19) With Sloane-Taylor Rabinor:
Let’s get this out of the way; how much do you love Gaga? Well as a both a boss, a friend, and an artist….she is rad. With the new role as her trainer this year, we’ve spent a lot more one on one time and with that there is a sense of closeness. Dancing for her, I always had a sense of respect for her artistry and work ethic and with getting to know her more, the level of respect has done nothing but increased. She is such a loving person it’s insane.
When I wake up in the morning, my first thought is… When I wake up in the morning my first thought is “ FOOD”. I have one eye in the morning that just does not want to open right away. So with my one eye I normally stagger to my kitchen ( or if I’m on the road…my travel blender) and start making a morning protein shake. After substance starts to enter my body my next thought is “what are my goals for the day” and I move on from there.
My exercise philosophy is… simple. It comes down to two things everyday “ What am inspired to do today?” and “ What does my body need?”. People forget to listen to their body and their hearts. They create these workout habits that often require the same workout everyday….but sometimes your body and soul really need something different then what you are giving it.
The #1 thing I expect from my clients is… effort. There is nothing worse then someone saying “ i’m fat” and then showing up and attempting to give me anything less then 100%. Why waste our time? I don’t give less then 100 and I don’t accept less than that in return.
My favorite workout (beside your own) is… Ahhhh! The dreaded question…. What is my personal favorite workout? It’s hard because it changes all the time. Right now I’m super into bootcamps. I go through phases with workouts. I like to give them all a fair chance in my life to see what I like and what I don’t like about them. I am not a crossfit girl at all, nor will I ever be, but currently I love their bootcamps. There’s no fundamental training required and no heavy lifting. They are just super intense and if I feel like I’m going to throw up at the end…mission accomplished.
I never work out without… my plantronic headphones. Obviously I can’t bring them into a class setting but when I am in the gym or going for a run, they are the best. They are wireless with such amazing sound quality.
The best person to follow on Instagram / Twitter is…“perfectvideos”. The amount of times I laugh at how silly the video’s are…worth every second.
My favorite app / at home workout is… hands down the Nike running app. I love that you can see where you ran, distance traveled, and pace. I also love that you can have an announcement in your ear every 1 or 2 miles stating your current average pace. It keeps you on track and often times makes me realize I need to move faster. It’s also really inspiring to see how many miles you’ve run with the app. I believe I am almost at 700 which makes me feel accomplished.
My diet includes… I am a vegan. For so many reasons. Not that I am here to preach or to convert anyone but I feel passionately about eating a plant based diet. The following question is always “where do you get your protein”. Well, according to the charts, I need about 48 grams a protein a day. One scoop of my Plant Fusion Protein (that I have in my shake every morning) has 25 grams. That only leaves me with 25 more to obtain throughout the day. It’s not hard. Other than that, I do love me some brown rice pasta on the regular. I also have fallen in love with acai bowls. They are so much fun to eat and create your own. People love to customize and feel a sense of control over their food. Which is a huge reason diets fail.
The item that is always in my refrigerator is… unsweetened almond milk. Either for smoothies or cereal or even a hot cocoa 🙂
The item that is never in my refrigerator is… any of those microwavable meals. What are those? So scary.
When I feel unmotivated, I… start getting dressed for the thing I am procrastinating against. The hardest part is always getting there. So since I know that, when I’m procrastinating a workout…I put things in motion.
When looking for an exercise program it is important to… take a look at the clients that are products of that specific workout? Is that the body you would like to obtain? Do they have strength in areas that you are seeking? Our bodies adapt to the things to the stress we place on it and so we begin to look like our workouts. That’s why gymnasts are built a certain way, same as swimmers. So seek a program that has a result that you would be genuinely happy with.
The person who most inspires me is… my sister. She, too, is in the fitness industry. She is 14 years older than me but not only is she an amazing instructor but she is an amazing wife and mother. Her energy is the most contagious and I just hope to inspire people the way she has inspired me.
I tell my most self conscious clients… that the feeling they feel….will never go away without taking the first step. We must learn to face ourselves. And if we aren’t happy with what we are faced with we must be willing to take the proper steps to improve that feeling. It takes change to change. I also strive to be honest but positive. Positive reinforcement is key and often times I tell them to make sure to notify people in their life that they are making a change. Because support from all around is huge in success as well.
When I get bored with my fitness routine, I… I don’t really get bored with my fitness routines because I do so many different things. I wake up every morning and check the schedule for about 10 different fitness studios and will take whatever class falls into the time that I am motivated to work out.
The best advice I’ve been given is… to listen to my body. I spent a lot of time pushing my body through pain…which is much different then soreness. It took me a while to know the difference but once I did I started to see more results because the body parts that were in pain had proper recovery time .
The best advice I have given to others is… to draw attention to the things you are eating. I am not a nutritionist but common sense says that a spinach salad is better for you than pizza. We are taught those things early in life. “ eat your vegetables” didn’t become a phrase for nothing. Food is 80% of the success in living a fit and healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter how much you work out if you go home and have lasagna and beer. Be mindful of where it comes from and what you are putting into your body.
I relax by… taking a later yoga class and enjoying a glass of red wine after. I’m hardly ever home so when I am home and can really relax in my own space I grab a good book and light my Voluspa candle and read myself to sleep.