Holly Russo is a local Freelance Personal Trainer who specializes in pre/postnatal training. She trains her clients either in a local park or in their homes. She is also now venturing into the world of online training. Holly is also an actress and a trainee stuntwoman!

How long have you lived in the area?

Most of my entire life! I have spent time living in Bristol when at university and I studied drama in New York, but I was born and raised a Forest Hill girl and always seem to come back to my roots!

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

The view! I have the most spectacular view of London from the top of my street. Also I love that Forest Hill is in zone 3 so is nice and quick to get into Central London, but is also far enough away from the busy London life!

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

My trainers as I’m always jogging to a house or park to train a client…Who needs the gym to exercise right?!

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

I have worked on set with a few famous faces, although nothing can beat seeing Al Pacino on Broadway, watching him in The Godfather was one of the reasons why I got into acting in the first place.

Do you belong to any groups?

A Karate club on Dartmouth road, I have gone from a complete beginner to a brown belt and absolutely love it!

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

Working! Saturdays can be a very busy day for a personal trainer!

What is your favourite place to eat?

Franco Manca on Lordship Lane is always a great place for a cheeky post workout pizza!

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?

The Capitol in Forest Hill is always a go to place for me and my friends for value for money and I love the fact it used to be a cinema.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

The Horniman Gardens and Museum, I spent my childhood growing up in the gardens so have very fond memories, as well as having my 4th birthday party in the museum….Many years ago!

If money was no object…

I would devote my life to training for the stunt register to become the female Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jason Statham…They’re my action heroes!


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This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of SE23 magazine.