With his background as a gymnast, much of his practice is with maximizing sports outcomes in performance sports. He has worked with gymnasts and cheerleaders with mental blocks and performance blocks for decades. He uses specific techniques including motivational interviewing to help turn mental blocks into stepping stones. Dr. Kennedy works as a consultant, lecturer and advisor for USASF, the United States All Star Federation, working with Cheer and Dance athletes. Traveling throughout New England and the country, Dr. Russ has coached at Gym & More, Exxcel, East Celebrity Elite, Bravo, and many more. Dr. Kennedy is an adjunct professor at William James College in Wellness and Health Coaching.
Dr. Kennedy worked with ”Reboot with Joe”, the million person movement behind the movie called, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. And appears in the sequel, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” along side Drs. Oz, Dean Ornish and Brian Wansink. It is ranked 3rd on iTunes and Netflix. For Reboot with Joe, other than the movie and print media, designed and run week long health retreats for the past 3 years, write for the website and have been developing a wellness coach certification curriculum for their health coaches. He has consulted for the same exact work for ‘Zumba’ from Reebok.
Prior to this, he worked with patients on weight management at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. He was a weight loss counselor for an NIH-Funded study, called CALERIE, investigating the effects of two years of food restriction in normal-weight individuals in reducing the risk of disease and in slowing the aging process. For his behavioral training, he was a Health Psychology Fellow at Boston Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Kennedy uses Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and humanistic techniques with his wellness clients.
Russ has twenty years of experience in personal training, coaching, teaching and fitness consulting to a vast array of clients and students. He lectures on healthy behavior change, weight management and wellness. He is an instructor of Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and coaches gymnastics and tumbling to athletes throughout New England. Most importantly, Russell values and respects human diversity in all its many expressions, including racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental and physical ability, language, age, spiritual belief, and socioeconomic status.