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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. or 310-948-2364 Santa Monica

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Boomers, Spring into Shape for Short Sleeve Weather

I hear many of my clients get anxious about wearing short sleeves in the coming months. There is no need to panic. Every morning before you do anything, grab some free weights, put on the news or favorite morning show and work those arms. Start with a light stretch for you entire body. Focus on stretching your arms before starting the weights. I suggest using light enough weights to start with that will feel heavier toward the last 5 repetitions. For women, 3or 5 pounds to start and for men 8 or10 lbs. You be the judge on what you can handle. Start lighter and work your way to heavier weights as you get stronger.

Start with 15 bicep curls on each arm and then put one weight down and lean over the sofa and do 15 tricep kickbacks on each arm. Now lift your arms straight out in front of you to shoulder level 15 times with a straight arm. (Don't lock your elbows), Lift arms straight out to the sides to shoulder level for 15 repetitions. Now get on a mat and do 25 crunches for your abs (lower back stays on mat while you support your neck with both hands and lift your upper back off the floor. Now lift your derriere off the mat 25 times while squeezing your gluteus maximus muscles (your tush). Flip over and do 15 pushups. If you're a beginner, keep your knees on the mat and if you're advanced, do full body military style.

Now let's see what we've done in that circuit. We've worked our biceps,

(front of the arm) our triceps, (back of the arm), the front and sides of our shoulders, our abdominals, our derriere and hamstrings and our chest, shoulders and triceps with the pushup. That took about 5 minutes. Do this circuit again and in 10 minutes you've done something to change your body for the better. I am focusing on upper body with this circuit but I like to always include abdominal and derriere toning exercises because it will make you feel more confident when they are toned.

There are many exercises to do for your upper body. To work your arms, chest and back, you can do a lot with free weights and a bench in your home. Get a book on upper body exercises and you will see diagrams to show you how to execute each exercise. I know that time is an issue for people which is why I suggest doing this first thing in the morning before you get caught up with all the activities of the day.

I suggest getting a certified personal trainer to show you the proper form and weight for your fitness level. This fitness professional can write out a plan for you to follow on your own. You may want to check in with the trainer from time to time to update your plan and check your progress.

So before you get anxious, know that you have the power to change and you can start small with 10 minutes a day in the morning by doing the 5-minute routine at the beginning of this article. Do it twice and you will be investing the best 10 minutes of your time for a fit, stronger body. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Happy Spring!



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