- Former star of ESPN's "Fitness Pros"
- ACE certified
- More facts
and a bio about Donna on the modelfitness.com
Personality-wise, Donna is my favorite. She's
down-to-earth, bursting with enthusiasm, and just makes
you feel like you're her best friend. One of very few
black instructors to hit it big, Donna is dance-trained
and can do funky, dancy moves with great skill, yet her
routines don't get very complicated - they're just done
with plenty of "attitude". Donna is now
deservedly breaking out with her own video series, but
she can also be found co-starring (and standing out) in
ESPN's "Fitness Pros" (R.I.P., but several
compilations available on video), the "Buns of Steel
Platinum" series, the "Perfect Balance"
series, two Nike videos and the CIA 3001 video (all
available from Collage). If you're lucky, you can also
catch her once in awhile guesting on ESPN2's
"Crunch" show, probably the last surviving
worthwhile exercise show - catch it now before they
cancel it, too.
Donna has a great disposition and a very motivating
personality. I liked her very much in the old Fitness
Pros shows, but I haven't seen any of her videos. She has
a relaxed, somewhat funky style and actually manages to
teach that well, even to those of us to whom
"attitude" does not come naturally :).
Wendy Niemi Kremer
What an incredible cominbation of sass, spirit, and
sweetness this lady is! Donna's routines are effective
yet recreational in the true sense of the word. I feel
like a new woman after completing her workout--as if I've
spent an hour laughing and goofing off with a group of
good friends. Donna is also a great teacher who doesn't
let her good-natured banter get in the way of
instruction. Best of all, she refreshes common aerobic
steps with her own unique blend of attitude and flair.
Donna is upbeat and motivating, just like her music!
She's a fun person to work out with and is one of the
best. She has a knack for spicing up the most mundane
She definitely motivates me. She is high spirited and
promotes a fun-filled aerobic exercise.
Upbeat, sincere, fun, great cueing. Donna's enthusiasm is
Donna is very peppy and encouraging without being
annoying. She is one of the few instructors I can
tolerate at 4:30 am. She is knowledgeable about her
subject matter, and pays attention to form and detail.
We see a different side of Donna in this video. She was a
real party animal in Donna-Mite, but here she's much more
business-like and serious. That's appropriate, given that
for a lot of us, strength training isn't really the place
to "get down and jam" :) However, she remains
one of the most upbeat, pleasant personalities in the
Donna Richardson is upbeat and peppy without being
annoying. She is one of the few people who can be
"chatty" in her video without saying stuff like
"Woooo!" and "Whoa, Baby!" every
other breath. I like that! (although, for some reason I
*still* really prefer the stern, seriousness of FIRM
instructors - go figure?) Donna also has a natural knack
for being coordinated and funky. I do not have those
skills, which might be why I don't have as much fun as
most other people do with this video.
Donna does a great job in cuing the changes in routine. I
don't find myself continuing a move for 2 or 3 beats
before realizing that I have fallen behind. She is very
encouraging without seeming patronizing -- a quality that
is very important to me personally.
Donna Richardson is a funky, fun, real likable,
competent, professional instructor. It's hard not to like
her. She demonstrates good form, explains the moves,
motivates and jokes all without being shrill, annoying,
and phony. Out of all the instructors I've seen, she's
the one who would be most fun to go out club-hopping
Donna is a little too perky for my taste -- this was the
first tape of hers I tried. I also thought the wardrobe
change between each segment was a bit cheesy.
Donna Richardson is a excellent instructor. Her encouragement is genuine and her steps are easy to follow. Most of all she understands that not all of us have an hour a day in which to exercise. This is why this tape is so fabulous. Kudos to Donna-mite