Amanda Russell was closing in on the Beijing Olympics for the 10,000m when she suffered a career-ending leg injury. Told she would never run again, she began experimenting with metabolic training in order to maintain her runner’s body – and passion for fitness – without having to lace up her sneakers. Amazed at its transformative power, she developed The AR Program, a customized workout regimen based off the training framework she used as an elite athlete. The program is composed of 20- to 30-minute metabolic training sessions that burn more calories and fat than most 70-minute workouts.
Alongside her work teaching, and inspiring, others to conquer their health and fitness goals via The AR Program, Amanda is the face of ARFit (www.amandarussell.tv). ARFit is a rapidly growing YouTube fitness channel that brings the gym to you, for free. Sharing her technique with fans around the globe, Amanda showcases a fun, new, calorie-torching workout every week while helping motivate viewers to look and feel their best with her proprietary diet tips and tricks. Interacting daily with her clients through her website, www.amandarussell.com, Amanda creates personalized fitness programs based on their unique needs, while updating visitors on the latest fitness and health trends. Most recently Amanda launched her first ever 14 Day Diet & Fitness Plan as a direct response to incredible viewer demand. Armed with invaluable experience as an elite athlete, holding an MBA in Marketing, and with a passion for helping people follow their dreams, Amanda’s goal is to become the “Oprah of Fitness.”
Currently serving as the spokesperson for ZICO Coconut Water, Splits 59 and Rollerblade, Amanda has been featured in numerous fitness magazines as both a contributor and fitness model, including SELF, Runners World, Fitness, Redbook, and Women’s Health. She was also selected as one of “YouTube’s Next Trainers,” a title awarded to only 16 contestants around the world. She teaches at Equinox Fitness, in addition to hosting her popular AR Program Boot Camp around the country, and has been the keynote speaker for many events such as the Toronto Marathon, OptimMYz Live Wellness Conference, and WPIX11 Health and Wellness Expo.
This past summer, Amanda was chosen as the official spokesperson for LIVESTRONG YouTube to cover London 2012 games, airing the mini-series “The Olympic Experience with Amanda Russell.” In addition, she just conducted the first ever “Bridal Boot Camp” at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and has been named the Plaza’s Bridal Fitness Expert.
Amanda spends her “down” time doing philanthropic work and motivational speaking for organizations close to her heart, such as Girls on the Run, dedicated to educating and empowering girls to prevent future at-risk activities. She currently lives in New York City’s West Village with her fiancé, Matt.