After moving to the United States from Canada on a running scholarship, Amanda Russell was closing in on the Beijing Olympics for the 10,000m when she suffered a career-ending leg injury. Told by doctors she’d never run again, she was determined to recover and continue pursuing her passion for fitness. After two years of intense rehabilitation, she was winning triathlons.
Putting her unique running background and extraordinary passion for health and fitness to work, Amanda created The AR Program. A holistic mind and body system, the proprietary program focuses on intense dynamic workouts combined with a healthy diet and has been praised for its ability to achieve a lean and fit runner’s body without running.
Amanda was recently selected by Google as one of“YouTube's Next Trainers,” a title awarded to only 16 contestants around the world, and is the successor to supermodel Molly Simms as the spokesperson for ZICO Coconut Water. She is creating her first private label fitness clothing line (Amanda Russell for Zweet Sport) and has partnered with EverdayHealth.com as one of their in-house fitness experts.
She has also been featured in numerous fitness magazines as both a contributor and fitness model, including SELF, Runners World, Fitness, Redbook, and Women’s Health, and teaches at Equinox Fitness in addition to hosting her popular AR Program Boot Camp around the country. A keynote speaker at events such as the Toronto Marathon, OptimMYz Live Wellness Conference, and WPIX11 Health and Wellness Expo, Amanda comes with invaluable experience as an elite athlete, holding an MBA in Marketing, and with a passion for helping people follow their dreams. Amanda’s ultimate goal: To become the “Oprah of Fitness.”
I can hands down say that you have changed my life in all the possible best of ways and I know this letter is no way to express my gratitude towards you even though I don't know you at all personally and you have no idea who i am but I will remember you forever as the one who made me a happier, better person. That sounds so cheesy and cliche but it really is the truth about how i feel. Amazing the power you can have just from watching and listening to you, I truly astonished....
Thank you again so much, AmandaRussell.TV Viewer (anonymous) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Amanda is not only an expert when it comes to everything fitness and well-being, she has an innate ability to connect with people and motivate them to levels they never would have thought possible. I have seen people conquer fears, achieve dreams and literally transform under her guidance. I am continuously referring patients to her and the feedback is always phenomenal.
"Amanda has a profound and uncanny influence on both our youth and adults by sharing her personal tragedy while encouraging them to make good decisions and how to overcome challenges. She has been embraced by thousands of students and adults alike. She lives her words and has the powerful effect of making everyone walk away feeling as though anything is possible. People leave with endorphins flying as though they just won a race.
I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Amanda for the past couple years. There is no one that understands the psychology of fitness and nutrition the way she does. She has truly dedicated her life to her passion and it is evident to anyone who works with her. With all the success she has garnered at only 25 years old, along with her humble attitude, there is no question Amanda will go far in the coming years. Jessie Pavelka, Top Hollywood Fitness Expert and Host of Lifetime’s, DietTribe
I was getting ENORMOUS! How enormous? I had gone from a respectable thirty-one inch waist to a thirty-eight inch waist. Now, as some of you may know, a thirty-eight inch waist on anyone is skirting (no pun intended) obesity, but on a 5’ 7 medium frame male I was looking seriously Santa Claus. This was the heaviest I had ever been in my life… At sixty-five years old I had little hope of ever getting back to that thirty inch waist.…..Now 7 months later, I am at a 32 inch waist…. Amanda Russell has been a godsend. In these past months her advice and support has enhanced my life. It is Amanda who is taking me to the home stretch. Thanks, Amanda. Sir Charles Amann, Author, Prince and Princesses of Dance
“Amanda’s ability to deliver, strong, motivational results-driven content, is nothing short of inspiring. Amanda illustrates the human ability to create positive change from within. She captures audiences everywhere with her energy, conviction and the undeniable truth of her message. Terrific!”
If you are thinking about training with a professional, I highly recommend Amanda. She has been my coach and consultant for almost 2 years and my life has changed drastically, I couldn’t be happier with the way I look and feel. At first I was hesitant about contacting her because I was in very good shape, but Amanda is very open and warm and made me feel comfortable and supported.
Amanda approaches training like a science, she takes you whole life inventory and plans your workouts several weeks in advance. She personally monitors your progress and statistics and is always making adjustments and reaching out. If you follow The AR Program, you will see tremendous changes in your body and well-being.
I am a busy professional and because of my schedule I would skip workouts altogether. Amanda took my schedule into account and developed a program that is conducive to even the busiest person, now there are no excuses. I went from frumpy and soft to ‘fitness-model-fit’ as Amanda would say ;)
Elizabeth Bomberger, Interior Designer, New York/L.A
I just celebrated my first birthday of working with Amanda and The AR Program. I say birthday, because I truly am a transformed person. After healing from a major injury, I thought I’d never be able to get into great shape…Amanda proved me wrong She taught me how to get to know my body and worked with my constraints, developing my very own version of The AR Program. Amanda understands injury like no one I’ve met, her compassion and support is relentless. Having been through it herself, Amanda walks the walk. I think everyone would agree that just being around Amanda, and her positive energy, guidance and motivation make you feel as if nothing is impossible. I sing Amanda’s praises to everyone who tells me how ‘great’ I look ☺
I dont know how to explain to you how you have changed my life COMPLETELY. After watching your videos, I was sooo inspired that i started working out everyday and eating much healthier. I have lost weight, toned up and i feel sooo much happier and good about life now . =) SERIOUSLY , I FREAKING LOVE YOU and couldn't have done this without you . PS : your content is amazing! -MsTHINKPINK96 (YouTube AmandaRussell.TV Viewer)
I'm SO glad I found you- you have changed my life in more ways than I knew were possible (both physically and mentally). I had reached a plateau, I was frustrated, bored with my diet and my regular workouts weren't doing as much anymore. From you not only did I bust out of my plateau but I have a knew outlook and knowledge base for fitness and healthy living. I never thought this was possible, and now everyone around me is asking what I did, because THEY want to do it, it's simple, I tell them start watching Amanda Russell. From the bottom of my heart: Thank You! Private Email Message from Viewer of AmandaRussell.TV
Amanda, I just wanted to tell you how simply awesome you are. Your workout platform is nothing short of amazing. I've played sports my entire life so I've seen a plethora of different types of exercises but each workout you create is different and exciting; they always make me sweat and my body has never changed like this before! Your personality and smile is so warm, happy and contagious, it just makes me want to do the workout over and over again-- you make working out seem fun! Don't ever stop what you're doing. You've already made me stronger and healthier! :)
I absolutely think that the best thing about Amanda (besides giving us fat blasting workouts that work and no-nonsense healthy eating and motivation tips) is that she ACTUALLY listens to us. She takes every comment to heart and responds with informative, well-thought answers that SERIOUSLY HELP. Amanda not only knows her stuff, she truly cares about her viewers and clients. That's what makes her one of THE best fitness experts in the world :) -shapeurmind (YouTubeAmandaRussell.TV Viewer)
Some Video Testimonials Viewers have sent: (these were in response to a 5 Day Program I did with Everyday Health): Heather Howell Plante - Heather did the 5 Day Plan because she wanted to look good for her 10-year anniversary. Sevil Mahfoozi - Sevil has lost 15 pounds on my workouts alone. Kristy Doyle - Kristy has some before and after pictures at the end of her video. Brittany Monroe - Brittany tries about 6 of my workouts every day and posts on my Facebook page! Laina - Laina loved the 5 Day Plan and lost about 4 pounds while trying it out!
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