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Growing up in South Africa, head trainer Russel Sean Favel gleaned inspiration from his father, who regularly participated in various marathons, triathlons, and Iron Man competitions. Russel followed in those footsteps both literally and figuratively—he always shadowed his dad across the finish line until he was old enough to become an athlete himself at the early age of 6. He continued to foster this passion for sports through his college years, donning jerseys for both basketball and soccer. Today, he channels his lifelong love of athletics and physical fitness into his own studio, where he helps people shed pounds and prepare for a variety of physical activities with the myriad techniques he’s mastered over the years.
Favel’s boot camps and personal-training sessions, which he designed to work all muscle groups, incorporate strength and cardio conditioning, as well as elements from martial arts and sports training. He cultivates an environment of motivation where he, his staff, and students are free to encourage and push one another. He rounds out the list of classes with spinning and yoga.