A New You – A FEW Tips From A Personal Trainer

So, HotMamas, I made a resolution this year to get healthy and fit – and by that I meant to exercise regularly and really figure out how to eat right.  I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger and after baby number three last fall, I was more than half through the old adage “9 months up and 9 months down” on the baby weight loss cycle and no where near halfway down shedding the pounds.  Now that the bundle of joy is sleeping through the night, I felt ready to commit to getting fit.  So that’s when I dived in, studied up and tried to figure out a workable plan – and then I turned to Danny Russo, a top NYC trainer who specializes in getting women fit – for some real life, mom-friendly tips – his advice is refreshingly easy and simple to stick with – and luckily he agreed to share them with you:


Danny and his FEW philosophy

February is here, which means one thing: most of us have already abandoned our new year’s resolutions.  It’s the same old story. We start off strong, but around Martin Luther King Day we fizzle out. During my Launch the New You Tour across America, I’ve had the opportunity to meet women of all ages, shapes and sizes. They all had one common goal: the desire to be thinner, firmer, stronger, and healthier—but most important, the desire to feel better about themselves!

Women deal with a lot of physiological variables that men don’t. Pregnancy, menstrual cycles, water retention, and hormone problems all the way up to, and including, menopause are just a few of the issues that women must address within their fitness program. Each individual woman is unique within herself.

In my 30 years in the weight loss business I have seen almost every type of diet and workout regime known to man (and woman). Most of them are fad diets. So how do you know what works? Listen up, ladies!

Food, Exercise and Water (FEW) are the key to your success. No funny workout tapes. No gimmicks. Just a stripped down plan that actually works. Think of FEW as a system. One can’t work without the other. But when combined, the possibilities are endless. For those of you women out there who have made a resolution to lose weight and keep it off, here are three steps to launch a new you:

1. Food: Start by eliminating three complex carbs from your diet. Pasta, rice and potatoes are good place to start. These foods are difficult for your body to breakdown. Not all women are the same so after 1-month, attempt to reintroduce these foods in your diet and measure the results as opposed to when you were not eating them. This is an excellent way for you to start learning how your body reacts to certain foods. (HotMama’s Note: I have done this and the change in how I feel has been amazing – I feel some much better when I stay away from the carbs and focus on my veggies, fruits and proteins!)

2. Exercise: Focus on squats, leg press, and leg extensions, all of which can do wonders for the sculpting of a woman’s body. Let’s face it, as a woman you’re concerned with different areas than men. A fitness routine for a male does not help you to achieve your goals. Squats, leg press, and leg extensions aim to flatten your abs, tighten your tush, and firm your thighs without the “bulking up” seen in most workout regimes designed for men. (HotMama’s Note: I used to be a cardio addict – like if I wasn’t doing cardio I couldn’t possibly be getting any fitter  – but was I wrong – just a few sessions with weights and everything feels tighter)

3. Water: Drink 20 ounces of water at the same time each day. Drinking by the clock is structure and timing. Your body reacts to that. Drink water before you exercise and a sports drink or chocolate milk after your workout. Keeping hydrated is one of the most important aspects to a fit and happy life. (HotMama’s Note: I carry a water bottle with me everywhere and just keep sipping away)

What you take into your body has to go somewhere. It’s important to watch what you eat and be conscious of calories, acids, and sugars. Your intake is where you must start if you have the desire to be thinner, firmer, stronger, and healthier and to feel better about yourself!

Remember, you are unique and there’s no cookie-cutter plan out there that works for everyone. Find out what works for JUST YOU. Then get out there and launch the new you!

The HotMama couldn’t agree more – no one plan works for everyone – but these are a pretty solid foundation to start with.

All About Danny:

Health and Fitness Expert Danny Russo has been a fighter, Army Ranger, systems analyst, NFL strength trainer, bodybuilding coach and health club owner and manager. After decades training men, he turned his keen mind; bodybuilding expertise and motivational muscle to helping women achieve lifetime health and fitness. Over more than 30 years he developed and perfected FEW (Food, Exercise and Water) Fitness, a strength training, wellness and nutrition regime individualized to the health and fitness needs of each woman. Since 1995 this self-proclaimed “fitness evangelist” has taken his fitness seminars on the road to 1,000 cities across America. Danny teaches enthusiastic crowds of women how to become thinner, firmer, leaner, stronger and healthier while feeling great. Learn more at www.LaunchTheNewYou.com. Contact Danny at fewsupport@aol.com.