Pro Fitness President Supports Neutron Fitness and Sports

August 11, 2010

In 1985 on a student budget, Jeff Russo hitchhiked across Canada and then down to Venice Beach California to see and experience first hand where his sub culture fitness heroes like Arnold, Franco, Sergio, Dave Draper and other iron legends trained. He spent several summers at beaches and hard  core gyms throughout the States. Below is a picture of Jeff at 23 years of age in Wildwood New Jersey at Atilis Gym getting ready for a contest.

 Russo at 23


Jeff has never forgotten where his original inspiration for this industry originated. In 2004 he created a Fitness Hall of Fame for major contributors to the health and fitness industry in Canada and handed out the first award to 83 year old Mack Miya who opened the first ever health emporium in Toronto in 1946. Click here for more information on the career of this remarkable fitness icon.


 On Saturday August 7th, Jeff attended the Neutron Fitness and Sports Canadian Championships for drug free bodybuilding in Oshawa Ontario. He was there to support his friend and sponsored athlete, 66 year old Michael Lanoue. Michael was Jeff's sales manager in the early 90's and a friendship was struck stemming out of a shared passion and love of bodybuilding. Michael who suffers from a rare blood disease where he no longer produces red blood cells, combined with diabetes and kidneys that are barely functioning, continues to train and compete earning respect from doctors and specialists who are amazed that he's still with us. Congratulations to Michael who took 2nd place in the Masters over 60 category and looks to compete again in November at the IDFA (International Drug Free Association) in Toronto.

Michale Lanoue Neutron


 Jeff will also be at the 2010 WBFF World Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships on September 18th at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga Ontario. Pro Fitness Master Trainer Emily Sterling from Performance Health and Fitness in Chatham will be defending her figure championship, and we invite all of our Ontario clients to join us in supporting her quest to repeat as champion. She is trained by her husband and fellow Master Trainer Matt Stirling who has won numerous world championships.



matt says,

Wow Jeff! You looked huge back in the day! Thanks for the support towards Team Stirling. This year is looking very exciting as Emily and I are both competing at WBFF Worlds and we'll be in our best shape yet. It should be a lot of fun, especially with Emily competing against Monica Brant...... her IDOL for the last ten years.
Thanks Again!
BTW: Great Job Michael Lanoue!


Peter Muscat says,

It is great to see the old picture of Jeff back in the days. And the new one of Mike recently. Keep up the good work guys. Looks great to see the spirit lives on. Congratulation to Mike for his great success in the sport of bodybuilding.

eM says,


Wow! i had to double look!!! :)

Hope to see you guys, and everyone else at the show in 37 days!

Matt and I are amped for competing this year, and ABSOLUTELY, I do want to do a repeat of last year!

Thanks for your continuing support!


Rob says,

Way to go Mike. Keep up the good work and keep on competing.
Jeff, the guns were large back then!

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