As a ballet dancer, collegiate fencer, competitive speed skater, runner, cyclist, rock climber, sailor and martial artist, Denise has been many versions of an athlete, and with that has come the experiencing of many injuries, including numerous broken bones, back injuries, concussive head injuries, a torn hip socket, chronic over training, severe dehydration and altitude sickness. Even though she was very physically active, Denise also struggled with weight issues, first as the chubby girl growing up, then as a teenager and later as a new mother who took 3 years to lose the extra 65 pounds she gained during pregnancy. No diet or fitness program she tried seemed to work just right for Denise, even though they seemed to work for others.
Being the curious and strongly motivated woman that she is, constantly seeking answers, Denise felt determined to discover why fitness was difficult for her to attain and how she could do this differently and, finally, effectively. She was ready to find ways to help herself and others like herself fulfill their ultimate potential as a person/athlete, by finding ways to break limitations, solve chronic injury cycles and weight issues, and step into their most complete selves ever. For good!
Denise calls it a mid-life metamorphosis, when 10 years ago she took a huge leap into a new career and became a Personal Trainer with a mission! She knew the basic certification alone doesn’t always give the tools needed to create lasting fitness. Denise dove deep into furthering her education and, in a few short years had completed over 14 certifications, read countless books, and watched every video she could from the best minds in fitness. Denise also has 8 years of studying Applied Neurology, equipping her with priceless and countless professional and life experience to ignite serious change and transformation in the realm of fitness.
Becoming a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor (RKC) was only the beginning, but the strongest foundation for Denise’s approach. “I love the simplicity and beauty of these balls of iron and the way they train us from the ‘core’ outward.” Next, she dove into the corrective world of Functional Movement and found her special talent in figuring out how to help people move out of pain and movement limitations and into their athleticism.
As all things in life that are meant to be also happen with perfect timing, Denise’s whole world shifted when she started the ZHealth Performance and learned to approach the human condition through the lens of Applied Neurology. Simply put, if you want to change the body, you must change the brain. This brain-based approach to physical fitness training has dramatically deepened Denise’s ability to help clients with a broad range of issues (from loss of balance and coordination, movement rehabilitation after injury or surgery, weight loss, vision changes, physical imbalances, chronic pain, weakness, metabolic damage, and chronic injury cycles) to improve their fitness ability.
Denise firmly believes with all her heart that anything is possible. Her clients have taught her so much about the potential of change, at any age and with any physical limitation, illness, or injury.
Naturally and in partnership with Nate Tuffanelli she launched Movement Voodoo, a “brain-based” approach to fitness training. “Our clients may look very different from each other, but they all share an openness to learn and understand how their bodies work. Our clients are seekers of better ways to make the change they desire.”
“We train our clients using all the traditional tools such as kettlebells, barbells, body weight, ropes, balls, bands, etc. But our difference is in how we approach changing our clients bodies. We view someone’s physical state as an expression of their neurological state. We use the brain to make changes in the body,” says Denise.
“We love to make people strong, agile, powerful, supple and have endless endurance. We are especially good at helping people get out of pain and re-integrate an injured body part back in to the whole body. We have trained ballerinas, MMA fighters, fencers, volleyball players, professional baseball and football players, soccer players, gymnasts, runners, cyclists, etc. Our youngest client was 6 and our oldest 86.”
When was the last time your personal trainer went above and beyond simply giving you a traditional fitness routine and actually custom-tailored an approach that helped you bring out the best in you? Did they focus not only on progress but also on preventing injury? With Denise's training approach there are no systems, only protocols. And everything is customized to meet you where you are, every single session.
From exploring true foundation to rebuilding and integrating, improving athleticism and soft skills, understanding the Neuroscience of what it takes to make lasting Behavior Change, to continuously deepening your knowledge, Denise Palermo of Movement Voodoo is here to change your fitness life story. Enjoy her experiences!