Reviews

Nina Gutierrez-Garcia

Shanna Q

Sarah H

I don’t think ‘THANK YOU’ will ever be enough to express my appreciation for YOU and this program –PLEASE Feel free to pass along any of my comments to your viewers, people need to know this and if it can touch others, there will be many happy women out there.

And I hope this is not inappropriate but I thought I’d attach a picture that I took after the first month as I was proud to show my body again 🙂

This is not simply a diet or short-term plan, it’s a LIFESTYLE! I loved that there was a different exercise every day. That way, I didn’t know what to expect and my motivation was really huge. So it was easy to stick with for me. Sometimes I had to go a bit slower or do less reps but overall I love those kind of exercises as they challenge my body as much as or even more than a 45 minute run.

What I liked most was that the meal plan was super easy to prepare. I am very lazy when it comes to cooking and I didn’t have to think much about what to eat/prepare etc.

Also, I loved that I just had to click on the video displayed on each day of the plan and the workout video of the day automatically opened in the browser. That way I didn’t have to search for the exercises, which saved tons of time. I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like 🙂

I have more energy and motivation to work out, I no longer feel bloated, I have lost weight and visible body fat and my skin is noticeably brighter and healthier.
Now THIS is LIFE!

Helen Furness

Helen FurnessThe first photo was taken after my surgery and about 6 months before I started doing your workouts.The second photo was taken today after doing your FitStrongandSexy Program! The results speak for themselves.

I started doing your workouts about 3 times a week, and I am now working out 5 times a week and doing a lot more of the routines with weights for strength. My weight is down, my body is strong and defined and I feel great!

Thank you for your continued support, encouragement and inspiration.

Tracy

Hi Amanda! I wanted to write you to let you know about my body transformation over the past 6 months.

As busy as I am with my work and personal life, I needed motivation and a realistic program that could put me back on track and keep me there long-term. I needed a lifestyle change–not a diet plan. I was always athletic in high school, but since college and afterwards, I put my health and fitness on the backburner. It was very easy to make excuses and to be comfortable in my body. I am 5’7 and never was a big girl, but rather just not in the best shape that I could be in–not looking and FEELING my best.

I was always happy how I was, but knew I could be better with a combination of healthier/clean eating and exercise. I am a 28 year old single female living in New York City, so of course, I still wanted a social life in which I could go out on dates and out with friends to dinners/drinks. With your Program, learning how to eat, and doing a variety of workouts—from Pilates, and Yoga, to Circuit Training, Spin and HIIT, I now know how to mix it up to keep my body and mind from plateauing. I am now 5’7, 137 lbs, Body Fat 14.8%, Size 4, Muscle Weight 55.6%!

Without your realistic (and truly exceptional) Program, who knows if I ever would have jump started my transformation. Your program, along with your ongoing coaching—being available for any questions that I had—was priceless!

I FEEL my best and could not be happier. It is amazing with moderation, clean eating, and exercise how good you can feel. And, even better, to see amazing results. This is a lifestyle that I CAN and will keep up with moving forward. This is NOT a short-lived diet/exercise program that does not fit into your life. With proper food prep / exercise planning, it is ALL possible to achieve the goals you want.

Annya

Helen FurnessI purchased your plan just before I knew I was going on holiday to Australia and was panicking about being in swimwear especially in a water park with my kids. I am 42 years old, have 3 boys and live in New Zealand. Most of the foods I was able to buy in NZ as they are natural foods unlike other plans where there are obscure ingredients we don’t have.
I love the way that some of the meals meant you could build it as you wanted which meant I could make meals from leftovers. The cauliflower mash was particularly awesome and my kids enjoyed it too. Sometimes I didn’t follow the plan exactly and occasionally had some refined carbs it says a lot that I still lost weight even when I didn’t stick to it 100%.

I was 174lbs at the start of last year. I lost a bit of weight slowly through the year but your plan helped me heaps and by November last year I was 143lbs.

Your workouts were amazing especially when I was on holiday as I got up early every morning with my timer and worked out as I wrote all your workouts down. I am looking forward to your new plan to help me with my weight loss after the baby is born and am still keeping up with most of the workouts though I don’t do many of the jumping exercises. I love that I can get them over and done with really quickly and then if I have more energy later I can do some more!

CHARISSA ATTWOOD

Helen FurnessThis is me last summer. I found Amanda Russell through Pinterest of all things. It was a 4 week bridal plan site with her videos that really motivated me to get fit before my wedding. Over the past year I have lost 20 pounds. I always thought that you needed hours and hours a week to workout to be fit so I just never made time. The truth is, I do have time! Not hours…. But I can give up even 20-30 minutes and workout out with Amanda everyday and her program proves that! Everyday I am finding a balance between work life and personal life and feeling like a new person

Thanks for motivating me for the past year, Amanda!

Cindy

cindySo here’s my official start to the program pic. My usual routine is 20 min elliptical, 10 min total gym then various ARfit workouts from youtube. Today I started day 2 of the program. What I LOVE about her program: they are short, easy to follow, I don’t fall over myself too much (aka provide too much comic relief to my kids) & the fact that she just seems real.
She doesn’t make herself up, she’s just naturally beautiful. She talks to you like a friend and she lets herself make mistakes. She doesn’t edit them out but she handles them completely in stride. She lets you know that she’s not perfect. She doesn’t try to hide herself from you, she’s just her, take her or not. All these combined with the immediate pain “gratification” that it’s working, are motivational and inspirational.

I was in an exercise rut. I wasn’t having any luck with my midsection especially. A friend of mine introduced me to her youtube videos and I was instantly addicted. I do 5 of her youtube workouts 5 days a week on top of my other routine and got results. I’m hoping that on her actual program, I’ll at least get the waist results that I’m hoping for. The youtube videos made an impact on my midsection where I actually wore a bikini to the beach (I live in Italy & they don’t wear sunshirts) & wasn’t completely mortified. It’s been 9 years since I wore a bikini in public. Her routines are so addictive I’ll find myself in front of the tv doing certain moves. So I’m ready to work.

Farha Naqui

Dear Amanda,

I just wanted to write and thank you for changing my life in soooo many incredible and wonderful ways, they are too numerous to count.

I have been following you and your videos for over a year and a half now, and you have changed my views about working out, health, and fitness. I am a runner, and always thought I needed hours to work out to see a difference in my figure.

I realized after starting to do your videos that it is not about putting in a lot of time to work out, but the quality of what you do. Your videos and workouts not only kick your butt in a short amount of time and make you sweat, but you can feel the difference in your physique after just one session. I never thought pain could be rewarding, but when you finish a video and can barely walk you know what you did was very effective. I love the fact that I can do your videos at home in a short amount of time and don’t need much equipment. I am not a gym person so these work perfectly for me. I have also noticed how much my running time has improved and how much better I feel when I run from toning and strengthening other parts of my body. My husband and I did your 14 day shape up plan, and not only did we lose weight and tone up, but now we have a much healthier eating lifestyle and have eliminated the foods that made us feel bad and gain weight. Eating healthy and exercising can be very hard to do, but once you get started it becomes a lifestyle change, and literally changes your life!

I am a Pediatrician and work with overweight kids all the time, and getting them healthy is a priority of mine. I always talk about your program with them and all you do, and some of them even do your videos now and love them! Thank you again for motivating me and pushing me to be a better person inside and out. I hope to meet you someday!

Robyn Youkilis

As a holistic health coach and on-the-go guru specializing in simple and practical advice, I am always looking for easy and simple strategies to help my clients lose weight and boost their energy. I’m a big fan of Amanda’s 14 Day Program as it’s a great combination of real healthy foods that help you naturally slim down AND her powerhouse workouts that I am personally, a huge fan of. I’ve personally experienced great results from following her plan as well as my clients who are serious about reaching their goals.

Jordanna Lippe

Amanda’s program works! Bottom line. In four weeks I saw results that I’ve never seen before in my life. I can’t count the number of comments I’ve gotten from people on how good I look! The program takes dedication, but it’s a lifestyle change and totally doable. You will be amazed by how your body (and mind) can change.

Alexandra Williams

Amanda is fantastic! I am an actress from Los Angeles and sometimes we only have two weeks to get ready for the next photo shoot, interview, shoot etc. She has put together a perfect and easy to follow plan that has changed not only my body but my life! I can customize my food choices to fit my busy schedule as well as efficient workouts that can be done in the comfort of my home, or hotel room if I am traveling. Amanda got me to feeling like a rock star, inside and out!

Aida Charleton

Words can’t begin to describe what your workouts have done for me. I feel stronger & have more energy than I imagined I could have.

Although I did subscribe to your whole plan, I only really wanted the workouts and the routines, but felt the meal plan offered more ideas and tips and I ended up being thrilled it came in the package, as it totally opened up my mind.

This was undoubtedly one of my best purchases I’ve ever made. It got me started on which workouts to pair with each other. I do your workouts 6 days a week & LOVE them. You inspire me to workout! I love your philosophy & have passed your name along to many. I am a true believer. I look forward to all your new workouts each week. I love some more than others & it’s only because I’m not strong enough but love the challenge and am doing things I never before would’ve thought possible.

I am leaving for a vacation & have your videos downloaded & ready. I must stay on track. It’s all thanks to you & your quick but efficient workouts. 🙂

Thank you Amanda for inspiring me to be healthy. I feel this is the first time I haven’t hated working out and can now say I look forward to my workouts and embrace life in a new way!

Cathryn E

Hi Amanda,

I am a true believer in your program and life style plan. I am loving that the new plan has all full work out videos, and my favorite as of recently is the “Slim down/Tone-Up” one, my legs are killing me to the point I can hardly walk, which feels soooo good. My bum and thighs are the hardest things for me to shape up, but your plan finally did the trick- simply BRILLIANT!

TONY NGUYEN

Dear Amanda,

I wanted to let you know that my husband have had our lives changed thanks to your progra! In terms of weight loss, I lost about 5 pounds and he lost about 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks, but more than that we have gained definition and toned up. Our clothes fit so much better, and the things we had put away we can wear again. I have been doing your workouts for many months, and had gotten into great shape, but then life hit, and I fell off the bandwagon so to speak. I decided I would not let this happen again, and took your plan very seriously. Working out has always been in my routine, but eating healthy has been harder for me.

We studied your recipes and meal plans, and updated our refrigerator and pantry with much healthier options. The meals and smoothies were delicious, as well as the snacks. Some of our favorites were your power omelet, the smoothies, high protein pancakes, and garlicky Kale chips, to name a few. Our new favorite thing is brown rice, who would have thought?! We only used to eat white rice and my husband is Asian, so the thought of brown rice was not very appealing, but it ended up being delicious. We realized that we could still have things we loved, but in a healthier way. You don’t have to go on some crazy diet to lose weight and be skinny, and you do not need many hours in a day to workout. With every workout we did of yours we were drenched in sweat, and feeling the burn.
My husband and I are both physicians and time is of the essence, so this plan was perfect for us. The other thing we changed through your help, was getting up in the morning to exercise, which we now do everyday before work, and it keeps us energized and motivated all day. Our words are not enough for how you have changed our lives and helped us to get back on the right track, and we will continue with this for a lifetime. I will send pictures very soon of the before and after results. Thanks again for everything you are an amazing person and have done so much for so many people, and are very personable and motivating. Continue to do what you do! Take care.

Meredith

The 14 Day Plan took the confusion out of what to eat since it’s all written for you to choose from–yes, I did say CHOOSE! I loved having flexibility in food choices, it made this plan more realistic. The workouts were fast-paced, which made me look forward to them. I became much more toned with the workouts and slimmed down with the meal plan.
Thanks Amanda!”

Jennifer Lee

Hi Amanda!!! Your 14 Day Plan is seriously life changing…I was a little intimidated to try it as I’m not good with diets OR exercise but was shocked at how easy it was to follow and how much I actually enjoyed it! Not only did I lose 12lbs in 14 days, but I learned so so much and it has changed the way I live my life – I’m recommending your program to EVERYONE I know!

Trika

I don’t know how to explain it…you how you have changed my life COMPLETELY . . After watching your videos I was so inspired that I started working out everyday and eating much healthier then I subscribed to your 14 Day Plan and I have never been the same. I lost weight, toned up and I feel sooo much happier and good about life now . =) SERIOUSLY, I LOVE YOU, I couldn’t have done this without you .PS : the meal plan is AMAZING!!

Carmela

Amanda, Amanda, Amanda. I really want to take this opportunity to give you a MEGA thank you for all the workouts you’ve produced and the 14 Day Plan that changed my life. They’ve helped me more than any other method I’ve tried. Especially the gym. I sweat, see effects and even get EXCITED a lot more about these than going to the gym. I’ve seen changes in my body already and if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t of even been motivated to move!!!
So thank you so much! You’re the best trainer going and have my full support!

Melissa MacDonald

My name is Melissa MacDonald I’m 26 and this happens to be my first e-mail I have ever sent to anyone remotely classified as a “celebrity”. I have a hyper mobility condition (the step above double jointedness) that actually saved my life when I was 19.
I was a competitive Dressage rider (horses) and had an accident where I went head first off my horse and he partially fell on top of me. If I hadn’t been as flexible I would of broken my next and back in the best case. After years of being unable to work out I was finally given a clean bill of health. 7 years and nearly 70lbs heavier I’m struggling but committed to getting my fitness back. After hearing your story on a podcast my attitude shifted…. Really I can’t explain the resonance I felt with your mission and commitment. I have been watching your fitness channel for just over a month without knowing your background and knew there was something different about you and now I am even more of a fan.

Really I’m not sure why I’m writing this e-mail, I guess more than anything I wanted you to know that you have changed my life and my attitude.

Caitlin

Hi Amanda!! I know you are incredibly busy but I thought I would write to you to tell you that you are such a positive inspiration to me! I just had a baby 12 weeks ago and used your Plan to get me back into shape. I was SOO worried about the post-baby weight but I’m actually looking BETTER than I EVER did pre-pregnancy, it’s a miracle, people are asking me what I’m doing and you’ve made me a preacher – Amanda Russell’s Fit Strong and Sexy Plan!

Thomas Cruger

AMAZING PROGRAM!! I love your workouts and have started doing them since I discovered you. I like that your exercises are simple and can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. AND your meals are so simple, easy and delicious!
Your Plan helped me break through to a new body type I didn’t even know I had, and was shockingly easy (as I HATE diet/fitness plans and can rarely get into them)
Thank you, this has changed my body and my life!

Gemma

Amanda, you are infectious. I am a 53 year old woman and have been keeping fit all of my life, but still enjoy researching what others are doing on the internet. You are delightful, and relate extremely well to those of us “out here”. Your workouts are fun and effective at any level which I believe is what keeps people interested. Thank you and I wish you continued success.

Sarah Fitzgerald

I had reached a plateau, and my regular workouts weren’t doing as much anymore. I love that you can modify them for beginners, but that people who are looking for more advanced workouts to bust out of a plateau like me can do them and be challenged. Thanks so much!

Shannon Carine

I just started your program 7 days ago, and my tummy has always given me trouble no matter how many crunches I did, and this actually is starting to give me abs. Combined with the diet I am confident that I’m going to be able to achieve a flat toned stomach for the first time ever! Thank you so much for making this program it really is incredible! I love that I felt my abs forming the day after I tried this for the first time! It’s incredible!

Helen

Hi Amanda
After doing your workouts for about 3 months now, I wanted to share my story with you as your workouts have played a very important part in my continued rehabilitation after major surgery at the beginning of last year.
On February 14th, 2011 (yep Valentine Day of all days) after being diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ) which is early stage breast cancer, I went into surgery for a simple mastectomy with reconstruction using my tummy tissue. I was never a very big person, only weighing 53kgs at the time. I only just had enough tummy tissue for the reconstruction, so I was very fortunate.

Prior to my diagnosis and surgery I was running approximately 3km, a few times a week, however I was finding it harder and harder to stay motivated at this exercise and I was losing interest. After my surgery I was in hospital for one week and it was the hardest week of my life!! I was determined though, to make a full recovery and with the support of my husband of 20 years, and 4 children, I slowly got stronger and stronger with each passing week. 

When I came home from hospital, it took all of my energy just to make it to the bathroom and back. I could not stand up in the shower and I could not wash or brush my own hair (as my right arm was weakened from the surgery) and I could not stand for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. My husband had to do everything – even cook!!!! The energy that my body used for healing itself was unbelievable!!! The hospital gave me physio exercises to do, and I was encouraged to walk for a few minutes each day, gradually increasing the distance and time walking. I remember when I first made it to the bottom of my street and back up again. This took about 15 minutes and I was so pleased with myself, but very exhausted!
After 10 weeks of recovery, I was back at work as a Teacher Aide. The first few weeks of work were very tiring, however each week I found myself regaining more and more strength. I was told not to do any vigorous exercise for six months!! This was hard for me, however after 6 months I began to run again. I had put on a little bit of weight and was now about 58kg. The weight did not worry me as much as how unfit I had become. Unfortunately I really struggled to run and the jarring began to hurt my knees, so I had to stop. As the weather warmed up, I decided to do some swimming for exercise. This was the best thing for me, as it was low impact and I really enjoyed getting into the pool during our hot summer. After 3 months of regular swimming, my leg muscles were stronger and I was able to get back into running again, but this time I was not enjoying it, and really wanted to do something more.

This was when I began surfing the web for some cardio exercises and discovered YOU! Watching your workouts and seeing how much FUN they looked really inspired me to try something different. I also wanted something that would help me to become even fitter and stronger than before my surgery. I had a new appreciation for life and wanted to do something to really improve my whole fitness. My husband regularly goes running and works out on a home gym, so he has been very encouraging, but the home gym has never interested me. I liked the way that your workouts were simple ones, just using your body and loved the encouraging and inspiring way you delivered them.

You have made it SO easy to believe that I can achieve great fitness, spending only a small amount of time a few times a week! I am already noticing changes in my body and am a lot stronger than when I first started out. For example, when I first tried the “15 Minute Cardio” workout I was only able to complete it twice in 15 minutes (and I was struggling). Yesterday I completed it 4 times in 16 minutes fairly easily – I am so happy with my progress!

My husband and daughter are now doing your workouts with me, and we are having lots of fun together. Thank you so much Amanda.

Megan McGown

Amanda,

I’ve been working out consistently for a number of years and my husband is actually an elite runner having competed at the Olympic Trials twice, so I’m no stranger to fitness. In May 2012, I discovered Amanda Russell on YouTube. I signed up for her 5 Day Summer Shape Up plan. Since that time, I have been mixing in her workouts several times a week. Last spring I began training for a Tough Mudder race and needed to start Strength training and conditioning. Amanda Russell’s YouTube workouts helped me the entire way.

Right now, I’m probably the strongest and fittest that I have ever been and a lot of that can be attributed to Amanda Russell Fitness! Thanks Amanda for keeping me engaged in fitness, opening my eyes to things like Chia seeds and Greek yogurt, and for continuing to motivate me to try new workouts!