Donna’s passion is to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them get healthy and feel better about themselves while encouraging and coaching them to reach their potential. Donna grew up with a single mom and a lot of financial issues. She understands financial stress and wants to help others to reach their goals even if the odds are stacked against them. Donna had her son Daniel at 20 years old and at 22 got into fashion modeling industry in Europe. She had never struggled with her weight until she started dieting while in the modeling industry. After she got tired of feeling pressure to diet in order to maintain the weight required for that job, Donna quit modeling and ended up gaining over 50 lbs and becoming very depressed. She was overweight for a couple years and she had a very hard time losing the weight. After a friend invited Donna to the YMCA in La Cañada, Donna soon lost the weight and became much healthier. It was through this experience and the people she met at the YMCA that Donna found her passion in working as a personal trainer in 2006. She began her company, Bella Fitness, just a year later.
Donna has a passion for both working with clients one-on-one and instructing group classes. She has found that in the last couple years that she really enjoys mentoring other instructors and trainers to further their careers. She is also passionate about the community and wants to make a difference in the lives around her, which is why she strives to frequently run charity events at Bella Fitness that directly benefit the Los Angeles community. She teaches Cardio Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Yoga, and Weight Training.
Many of Donna’s younger clients struggle with their weight. Having struggled with this herself, she is clearly motivated to see others hit their weight loss goals and to not be defeated by their circumstances.
Donna also has a special place in her heart for seniors. When Donna is working with senior clients she focuses on training for mobility, flexibility, and balance while she pays close attention to risk factors. The benefits of her sessions include reduced health risks, improved cardiovascular function, overcoming stiffness, a sense of relaxation and it helps her clients work towards achieving a healthier, longer life.
Donna in continuing her fitness education and has achieved several certifications:
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America – Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor
- Arthritis Foundation – Exercise Instructor
- SilverSneakers – YogaStretch and Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Instructor
- PiYo – Pilates and Yoga Instructor
- YMCA – Certified Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Nutrition – Licensed Sports Nutritionist
- H.I.I.T Instructor
- ZIN(tm) Zumba® Fitness Network
- Tabata Bootcamp Trainer
A native Californian, Donna lives in LA with her son Daniel, her dogs Bella and Billy, and two cats, Leo and Miss Oliver. In her free time, she enjoys running, bike riding, photography, and cooking Italian food. She hopes to spend more time traveling with family and exploring the world.