Debbie Russell

Bridgeport, CT

I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist (WLS). I maintain several other fitness certifications and/or continuing education in group exercise, nutrition, self-defense, as well as many other fitness modalities. I am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and certified CPR/AED/FIRST AID through the American Red Cross.

As a certified Weight Loss Specialist through NASM, I believe in weight management solutions using a lifestyle change approach. I do not sell or promote weight loss supplements or shakes. I promote healthy eating and physical activity as the approach to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

I am presently employed by Premise Health as a full-time Health Fitness Specialist. Premise Health, is the newest name in onsite healthcare and was formed as a result of two industry pioneers – Take Care Employer Solutions and CHS Health Services – coming together. Premise Health manages more than 500 worksite-based health and wellness centers across the country. The company serves more than 200 of the nation’s leading employers, including a significant number of the Fortune 1000. I am a full time fitness center staff member at Pitney Bowes Inc. - an American provider of global eCommerce solutions, shipping and mailing products, location intelligence, customer engagement and customer information management solutions. My position allows me to help individuals achieve their fitness goals through personal fitness training and weight management coaching. I teach a variety of group exercise classes but my specialty is teaching heavy bag kickboxing.

I am also a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and teach self defense to all ages focusing on awareness, safety and the importance of general fitness.

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About Me


  • BS, Media Arts & Communication, Sacred Heart University

Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Expires: 2021-12-27 08:00:00 UTC
NASM - Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Expires: 2038-07-08 08:00:00 UTC
NASM - Weight Loss Specialist (WLS)
YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. - Level One: Foundations
POUND - POUND Pro Training Certification
Pending Verification
National Association of Professional Martial Arts - CardioKarate
Agency Unavailable
Unknown Agency - Impact Training with Ilaria Montagnani
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2022-08-05 07:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2022-08-05 07:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • Fitness & Wellness Insurance Agency

Debbie's Locations

Within 10.00 miles of 06484 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$75.00 / hr

Payment Methods


Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • First degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (April 1999)
  • Second degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do (August 2003)
  • Third Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do (March 2006)
  • Inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Fame 2009 Spirit Award for Excellence in Teaching of Martial Arts

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3 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Elizabeth Carter on Nov 06, 2017

    Debbie is a top-notch trainer. She has a passion for helping others reach their fitness goals, no matter how small or large. Some of her strength as an instructor include her extensive knowledge of diet and exercise planning based on an individuals' needs and her ability to motive everyone around her. She makes her group classes challenging yet fun. She is always there to offer a modification when needed, because "I can't" is not in her vocabulary. As for a personal trainer she is the best!!!! She knows when to push you and when to give you a rest. I have been working with Debbie over the last eleven months and she has inspired me to be the best active self I can be!!!! I went from being a couch potato to a fitness enthusiast, from never working out to working out 5-6 days a week. She changes things up to keep working out challenging yet fun!!!!! if I could giver her more than 5 stars I would give her at least a 10+

  • by Jennifer Scopp on Mar 11, 2015

    Debbie has been such an inspiration to me! She is an amazing instructor, she KNOWS her stuff! From the diet, daily meal plans, caloric intake, and getting exercise plans in place I have been able to get back on track with my weight loss goals and getting BACK to my exercise regimen has been rewarding as Debbie has provided me with all the tools I need to keep it fun yet challenging!

  • by Ann Sullo on Feb 04, 2015

    Debbie is a first rate Instructor! I've had the pleasure of taking several of her fitness classes, as well as several of the martial arts type. She is knowledgeable, has great patience, and is never boring (something I always look for!). She always offers options within her classes so that anyone, from beginner to expert, can get a terrific workout. And we have fun while getting into shape, which is exactly what it's all about!