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Deena Russo

Deena Russo is a certified personal trainer and body-sculpting specialist in Los Angeles. Her clientele are men and women of all ages from high school students to senior citizens.  She has experience with prenatal and postnatal exercise techniques and encourages women to stay fit during and after pregnancy. She has been involved in the fitness industry in New York and Los Angeles for the past 14 years.

Her New York experience as an aerobics instructor and private trainer includes training groups at Nassau College on Long Island as well as many fitness establishments in the tri-state area.  Deena has trained with fitness experts in many fields of fitness including core training, flexibility and balance, bodybuilding, and yoga.

She currently resides in West Los Angeles, CA   and is training at a variety of locations including private homes and gyms. She enjoys occasionally taking clients on an outdoor excursion where aerobic activity is mixed with resistance training for body sculpting.

Deena works together with chiropractors and holistic doctors for clients that have special rehabilitation needs and limitations. She has recently trained clients for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in San Diego.

Her career in fitness began as a talk show host for a New York based television health show entitled “Creative Wellness. The show covered such topics as exercise, nutrition, self-empowerment and holistic healing. She has worked as a self-esteem coach and has led guided meditation and goal setting groups.

If it’s a trainer who genuinely cares about people and motivates her clients to push past their comfort zones and become leaner, stronger, healthier and more self confident, it’s Deena you want. Strongbodyforlife.com or 310-948-2364 Santa Monica

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Baby Boomers, Clearing Blocks For Weight Loss Results

When your mind entertains the thought of losing weight, what thoughts pop into your head?

Knowing if your thinking is helping or sabotaging your progress is crucial for success.

Maybe you think, "I've tried so many times and I've failed, it's no use", or "I don't have energy to exercise" or "I'm ready to make a change because I want to feel good in my body and have more confidence." Whatever you think you shall be.

A simple but powerful exercise to do is to get a notebook and write at the top of a clean page your goal. Now just write whatever pops into your mind under that goal. You will be surprised how many mental blocks may pop up but let them because this is the first step to clearing them out of your consciousness and sub consciousness. Any thought that negates your goal is a mental block and we will need to clear it.

On another sheet of paper, write all the mental blocks on the left and the opposite of what that would be on the right of the page. Fold down the middle so there are two columns.

For example, if your first thought was, I can't lose weight because I have no discipline with my eating; write on the opposite side " I am leaning out because I'm now making healthier choices with food and exercising portion control.

Always write your affirmation in the now. When you say I will exercise or I will lose that last 10 pounds, you put it off mentally. State everything in the now as if it's already the way things are. An example would be "I love to walk first thing in the morning and I'm losing weight and feel much more energetic." The mind responds to this and will help you to attract favorable situations to support your thinking.

After you have written all the mental blocks and the affirmations on the opposite side of the page, cut the paper in two columns so they are separated. Take the mental blocks and over a trash can rip them into small pieces while saying " These thoughts don't serve me, I let them go. Now take the affirmations and put them on a wall or mirror where you can see them everyday. When you read them, read out loud and picture in your mind your ideal scenario for that goal. For example, see yourself fit and healthy and loving your body and your life. Believe that this is your truth. Do this daily. It takes a few minutes a day, but the investment of time will pay off greatly. Many athletes have declared that using affirmations and visualizing their goals being accomplished, have brought them victories. You can do the same. You have nothing to lose, except some cruddy thoughts that hold you back, and everything to gain.

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