We live in a society plagued by body image problems. I am the first to confirm that I love and appreciate all the effort that is put into countering the culture of body shaming, I’ve been on the receiving end much of my life and career (see this video I did on this topic: Why Are You so Skinny). But, I have to speak up because I think that in many ways so much of the ‘anti-body shaming’ actions, s ...[Read More]
Consideration was provided by Wake Up! Instead of: Sleeping In Try: Getting up at the same time every day and get natural light! As tempting as it is to hit the ‘snooze’ button and stay cocooned in your cozy bed, forcing yourself to get up, and get some light (bonus for natural fresh air), will do you wonders! Why: To keep your circadian rhythm (fancy word for your body’s ...[Read More]
What the heck is up with barre workouts, and are they worth $20-$30 per class? This is the question I have had since my (otherwise non-exercise-liking) girlfriends started plie-ing and pulsing their way through 1 hour studio workouts! Were they buying into the ‘too goo to be true’ claims that seem to be flying around; “Develop long, lean muscles without bulk.” “Sculpt a ballerina’s bod ...[Read More]
The Modern Day Fitness-ista knows how important it is to have s locked gym bag, so I decided to open up my own gym bag and share with you what I keep in it at all times, whether I’m going from workout to ‘work’ or simply hoping to ‘squeeze in a sweat session’ at some point during my day. Being ready to go makes ALL the difference! Check out What I MUST HAVE in my Gymb ...[Read More]
Hello Beautiful, What do you think of spending a weekend together completely dedicated to rejuvenating, inspiring and nourishing your body, and soul? From shedding any unwanted pounds, to establishing and inspiring new goals, we need to raise the bar on our own lives and start living up to our fullest potential. This is, of coarse, easier said than done, it takes both the inspiration to change a ...[Read More]
I don’t know what it is about finding either light OR healthy recipes (yes, there is a big difference), that makes me so excited. It’s almost like finding a great sale. I know ideally ‘everything in moderation’, but sometimes you just want to throw the ‘portion-control police’ out the window. This is WHY I’m popcorn OBSESSED and deeming these light fluffy fiber ...[Read More]
Click Here To Listen I recently had a very candid conversation with a friend and colleague and it led me to write this email. My goal has always been to be ‘real’, to show you the no ‘BS’ way of going after your goals. But in doing this, I realized I’ve portrayed a very ‘one-dimensional’ side of my myself. So first of all, a heartfelt ‘Thank You‘ to my friend and colleague, you know wh ...[Read More]
Dropping a few pounds is the number one New Year’s resolution year after year. Studies show that after six months, 60 percent of people give up on losing the weight.But with a plan of action, you can set yourself up for success. It’ not rocket science, yet it’s always a struggle, my advice is to start by making your resolutions personal, realistic, and specific.When you have a go ...[Read More]
Cold weather may make you want to curl up and drink yourself into a hot chocolate coma, but as a born and raised Canadian, I want to share some AWESOME outdoor workouts I’ve enjoyed throughout the years – not only has it kept me in great shape through some of the coldest of winters but they are also a nice, often beautiful, change from all the ‘usual’ indoor and ‘fair-weather’ activities. Added Bo ...[Read More]
I love starting my Saturday morning with this warm, yummy and cleaning fall cider. Recipe 1/2 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider 1-1/2 cinnamon sticks 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves 1/2 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of agave nectar Directions In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. ...[Read More]
I am SO honored and excited to announce that I am joining Self magazine’s #SELFMade Collective, alongside an array of women from all backgrounds ranging from actresses to financiers, and many more. Read on to check out the SELF Collection! So what is #SELFMade? The editors from Self magazine selected 20 Women from around the world whom they defined as icons for what it means to be SELF made ...[Read More]
There is no question I adore fashion and believe it can serve as a powerful motivator for women. YES, we work out to be healthy, but come on, what woman doesn’t want to look and FEEL great? You have likely heard me say this before, but it’s true: times have changed, and ‘fitness clothing’ no longer consists of your boyfriend/husband’s old t-shirts and frumpy shorts or sweatpants. NO WAY – now fitn ...[Read More]
I am so excited to announce the launch of #FSSQ, which stands for Fit Strong and Sexy Q&A! I receive tons of amazing questions, and often many of us have similar questions, so I thought providing an open way to ASK any time, get answers and also browse all the other questions and answers would be fab! What do you think? So what is #FSSQ? Either watch this 1 min video where I explain (excuse ...[Read More]
Ok wow! SUCH great Questions came in from our first week of #FSSQ (Fit Strong and Sexy Ask Anything) and I am so excited to give the first set of answers! Note – these are the first two questions that tagged me on Facebook and used the hashtag #FSSQ – so they are my first two answers! Shout out to Michel Aron-Bayof and Tk Khumalo for being the Firsts! 1. What remedy can I use for stret ...[Read More]
We may not be in control of what happens to us, but we are in control of what we do with it. I grew up in a small northern town in Canada, but I had always dreamed of a world greater than the one I knew. I didn’t come from money or connections, but my WILL to get to this larger world was stronger than the pain of any obstacle or roadblock that could get in the way. At the age of 18, my dream was r ...[Read More]
The VERY BEST way to start your day in 2 minutes! Start doing this first thing when you get up – it will soon become as normal as brushing your teeth, and yet it gives you added energy and clarity for your day (and get your metabolism awake and revved). In fact, I don’t feel right NOT doing it!
Now you can get to your fittest, sexiest self, inspire others and grow your business! For the first time ever, Amanda Russell is offering an incredibly results-driven, integrative, dynamic and transformative Fit, Strong and Sexy teacher training all set in the exquisite and stunning Aspen, Colorado. Join the movement to the next generation of fitness, become a Fit Strong and Sexy Leader Think you ...[Read More]
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My dear friend and colleagues over at Fit Bottomed Girls recently interviewed Dr. Deepak Chopra for What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul, and I thought it was worth sharing. I’m personally a huge fan of him myself – he talks truths, and helps break down ‘spirituality’ in a way that makes so much sense. Int ...[Read More]