WOMEN TO WATCH: DARLENE
Fitness Buff & Certified Personal Trainer
Darlene Bellarmino takes her love of fitness not only outdoors but digital!
Darlene Bellarmino is the embodiment, quite literally, of putting your mind (and body) to work to realize your goals.
Today, Darlene is a certified personal trainer and certified group fitness instructor, who is currently working towards a degree in nutrition. But fitness was not always the focus of Darlene’s life and lifestyle.
Darlene worked in corporate America for over 15 years. Exercise was hardly a priority, balancing motherhood as well as a full time job. In the midst of a divorce and struggling with confidence and self worth, Darlene realized she needed to prioritize her health and well being and started working out.
One year after starting her health journey, she began teaching group fitness classes. Fast forward 6 years...Darlene has a personal training business that is booming – RISE Training in which she offers both in person and Zoom classes. Check out her website at www.RiseFitnessTraining.com. We just love what RISE stands for – Resilient, Inspired, Strong and Empowered…just like Darlene. Never a woman to let a little thing like a pandemic get her down, Darlene has pivoted her group fitness training to her yard in Ridgewood, NJ. Almost every day you can see a group of men and women not only getting fit but being inspired by Darlene. Always with a smile on her face, Darlene helps so many people feel good just by showing up.
Most recently, Darlene has launched the Girl Up app. Darlene set about creating the app with the goal of making fitness attainable, affordable and approachable. In her words
“Girl Up aims to help women gain confidence and strength both emotionally and physically.”
If you live in the Bergen County area, Darlene teaches a wide variety of classes outside her home on a daily basis, from HITT and pilates fusion to an evening Sweat & Sip Bootcamp! If you cant make her in person classes, check out her app Girl UP app, which comes with a free 14-Day trial!
We love her instagram @girlup.app where she shares healthy recipes, exercise tips, and even a little inspiration. If you’d like to learn more about Darlene, her personal training and her outdoor classes you can follow her on Instagram at @risetraining.fit or visit her website at www.risefitnesstraining.com for virtual training sessions.
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