Rachel Russell, Author at Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation | Carmel, IN

Group Fitness Instructor

Rachel D. Russell is an attorney, managing editor of Edible Indy and an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor at the Monon Community Center.

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A Shout Out for the Cool Down

When you attend any workout class, there should be three consistent elements: warm-up, workout and cool down. Any instructor worth their salt learns these principles as part of a fitness instructor certification. And while we all want the work – that’s why we get to class in the first place, right?… Read More…

Make Fitness a Habit Before the Holidays

The holidays are coming. This means turkey, stuffing, potatoes made a million ways, ham, pumpkin pie and that to-die-for side one of your relatives makes you look forward to once a year. Yes, many defeated souls in November and December, facing a parade of dietary no-nos, time constraints and family… Read More…

It’s in the Bag

If you look around the gym, you’ll see instructors are never without their gym bags—some are colorful, some just black, some large, some small, but rest assured all contain precious workout necessities. One time a student picked up mine and said, “I didn’t know you had bricks in there!” So… Read More…

Aqua Fitness—Dive In!

Contrary to what you may have heard, aqua fitness isn’t just your octogenarian grandma’s workout anymore. While there are milder aqua fitness classes, for example Gentle Aqua and Water Track, there’s also Aqua Bootcamp and Aqua Zumba®, which are filled with heart-pounding cardio routines and fun. Recently, I spoke with… Read More…

7 Tried and True Fitness Hacks

Not long ago, a friend asked me, “How do you get someone to exercise if they hate it?” As a fitness instructor and long time gym junkie, it always takes me by surprise when someone says they hate exercise—how can I love it so much while someone else hates it?… Read More…