Celebrity Personal Trainers
Personal Trainer to the Stars!!
Celebrity Personal Trainers!!
Who are these amazing personal trainers that train the stars, professional
athletes, celebrities, rock musicians, and the rest of the rich and
Well, being a personal trainer and a perfectionist, I did some research
to find out who they are and how one becomes a personal trainer to
the stars. The research I uncovered about these so-called celebrity
personal trainers that charge fees of $300+ per hour for their expertise
indicates that, like the rest of the personal training industry, there
are no requirements of any sort to become a celebrity trainer. Most
of these celebrity trainers simply happened to be in the right place
at the right time.
I had a close friend who was in a car accident. Since the insurance
covered it, he went to see a chiropractor after the accident. During
the first few visits, he and the chiropractor got to talking, and
they hit it off. The chiropractor happened to know some celebrities,
and just by knowing him, my friend got a gig training a star. Fortunately,
my friend had a good knowledge base and was great at working with
people, although the chiropractor had no real way of knowing this
at the time. There was something in it for the chiropractor, though,
in that he got a cut for recommending the my friend to the celebrity.
Mangers of celebrities would be doing their star clients a favor
if they used a little more caution when hiring personal trainers and
the like. As with any referral, a thorough screening and background
check are in order before simply hiring a trainer on some other celebritys
say-so. Unfortunately for the client, the endorsement by another famous
person is often all it takes for an unqualified musclehead, who knows
virtually nothing about how to work with people or train the human
body, to get in the door.
Just Because Theyre Famous Doesnt Mean Theyre Knowledgeable
I want to state that I am by no means bashing personal trainers who
work with stars, or any individuals personal trainer although its
always important to find and hire a trainer with the highest level
of education, experience, and certifications. Unfortunately, its not
necessarily the people with the best qualifications, but rather those
with the best marketing and biggest mouths who usually get all the
attention. Take note: This DOES NOT MEAN they know a hill of beans
about training. The thing about the lack of regulation in this field
is that you dont really have to be very well-qualified to get a job
doing it. If youre good at causing a big commotion and conveying confidence
about your ability to make people feel good, you will succeed in the
business, whether or not you can actually deliver on your promise.
Take a look at the industry and youll see that celebrity personal
trainers are a dime a dozen now. All the biggest stars Britney Spears,
P‑Diddy, J‑Lo, Oprah, Madonna, Tom Cruise have personal
trainers. Even the trainers themselves are getting famous now, just
because of their celebrity clients. Two of the most celebrated personal
trainers are Bob Green, Oprahs trainer, and Gunter, trainer to many
I have watched many of these personal trainers on the news and listened
to their advice about which diets work and which are the best nutrition
products on the market. Trust me, their biggest gift is their ability
to get in front of a camera to sell their products, because their
advice is questionable, at best. Still, no one can argue their ability
to generate millions of dollars because of their proximity to the
rich and famous. The sad part is that theyre making a large portion
of their money by exploiting millions of uneducated, unmotivated people,
playing on their unrealistic desires to look like the next celebrity
on the big screen.
Were Not All Going to Look Like Supermodels or Professional Athletes
Lets say you work really hard and youre in the best shape of your
life, but you still dont look like your idealized image of the perfect
man or woman. People, lets be honest with each other. Not everyone
is going to look like Pamela Anderson or Brad Pitt. Genetics play
a big role in our looks, not to mention the cosmetic enhancements
created through plastic surgery, air brushing, and camera tricks.
Being healthy and fit doesnt mean you will never have a little fat
on your body. Looking great and feeling great without the aid of drugs,
cosmetics, and surgery will take you to better places than any amount
of fame will ever give you.
Before you decide you want to look like a cover girl or a superjock,
its really important to get comfortable with yourself exactly as you
are. Sure, youre going to feel better as you lose weight and build
muscle, but the you inside is going to be the same. Yes, your shapely
new build may inspire confidence, but the raw materials of your personality
are going to be exactly the same. Are you fundamentally happy with
your life and who you are now or are you waiting around for external
improvements to make you feel better on the inside? Just like the
roots of a plant determine the quality of its fruit, its the invisible,
internal stuff that determines the happiness of your external life.
Celebrities Whine & Complain Just Like Everybody Else
As a society, weve been trained to look up to people whose job it
is to pretend everyday to be someone other than who they are. And
because of the glitz and glamour associated with their Hollywood lives,
we put them up on pedestals and give extra weight to what they say
for no reason other than the fact that theyre famous.
I hate to break it to you, but I have trained some celebrities and
stars and the truth is they are no different than you or I. Granted,
its their job to look great all the time, so they spend a ton of time
and money making sure they keep on looking good. But they whine and
complain just as much as the rest of us. Wouldnt you love to get paid
to look good, rather than paying someone to help you look better?
Once upon a time, only celebrities hired personal trainers, in part
because only celebrities could afford them, but also because looking
good was viewed primarily as the arena of the famous. Its good to
know we regular folks are getting smarter, in that were beginning
to realize just how important personal training is in the lives of
everyone, not just famous people. If you think about how important
a healthy body is to every aspect of your life, you might come to
realize that a good trainer is more important than your hair dresser,
your CPA, or even your mechanic. In fact, a personal trainer is a
mechanic only the machine he or she works on is not a car, but the
most important machine you will ever own: your body.
Personal trainers help keep you healthy by motivating you and the
celebrities to get in shape and keep off the fat.
The Results of Quick-Fix Shape-Up Programs Never Last
I am constantly amazed when I hear celebrities and their personal
trainers promoting their diets and/or nutritional products. If the
alleged professionals holding the media limelight still dont know
how the body functions (and far too many of them dont), its no wonder
our nation just keeps on getting fatter. There are two significant
problems with quick-fix formats for training and nutrition. First,
these extreme exercise and diet regimens that quickly get stars in
phenomenal shape for a movie role or a tour are terrible for the body.
Yet many celebrities are willing to do whatever it takes to get in
shape as quickly as possible because they know their jobs could be
on the line. Secondly, regular people, fans of these fabulous-looking
stars, try to follow the celebrities diet and exercise programs, only
to wind up failing, both because they cannot keep up the extreme regimens
and because the programs are unnatural and impossible to sustain for
any length of time.
Remaining super-lean year-round can be challenging, especially if
youre on an exercise program that leans you down in as little as 8
to 12 weeks, such as a bodybuilders diet and exercise regimen. This
process can get you looking phenomenal for a day or two, but I guarantee
it wont last much beyond that, because our bodies simply cannot function
at that level for any sustained period of time. However, you can achieve
these results and stay super-lean year-round with a lifestyle change
that incorporates healthy meals and regular exercise. A program like
this is geared to burn fat as opposed to primarily building muscle,
unlike the regimens celebrity personal trainers often put their star
The thing is, short-term training programs to get in shape for a
one- or two-day event (like a bodybuilding contest) do work, but because
they occur at an unnaturally rapid pace, they cannot be carried out
for any real length of time, at least not without doing serious harm
to the body. But sure enough, most celebrity personal training programs
are designed around this quick-fix process because so few personal
trainers really understand anatomy and human kinetics, the science
of how the human body functions. There are well-educated trainers
they just happen to be unfortunately rare. I have worked in the industry
for many years, and seldom encounter other trainers who have degrees
or even quality certifications, or who continue to develop their education
and expand their knowledge about human function and performance. In
this unregulated industry, no one is checking to see if personal trainers
are performing any kind of continuing ed and I promise you, most are
All this is not to say that you should not hire a personal trainer.
Hell, even personal trainers who know hardly anything about creating
a quality exercise or nutrition program still can create an environment
where you can get in great shape. They can motivate you to achieve
better health and make much further progress than you would likely
ever accomplish on your own. Almost any personal trainer is better
than no personal trainer. Almost.
Differing Levels of Training Experience and Results
Certainly there are people reading this who feel they can do it the
fitness program and healthy diet all on their own. More power to anyone
who can create a healthy eating plan, incorporate a weight training
routine, and practice a regular cardio regimen on their own. Please
know, however, you are the extreme exception. For many people, the
problem isnt in creating the program or even finding the discipline
to commit to it. The problem is that in trying to do it all themselves,
they are creating the wrong program for the results they wish to achieve.
These are the folks who train regularly, yet see little or no results.
They then get frustrated and quit, thinking they have tried everything
when it comes to losing fat, that they simply must not be disciplined
enough when, in reality, discipline has very little to do with it.
There also are those who think they know a lot because theyve achieved
great results on their own, when in actuality, theyve just been blessed
with good genes and would benefit by doing almost any kind of exercise.
Most of your models, movie stars, and celebrities fall into this category,
so any exercise and nutritional program a personal trainer gives them
is likely to work like a charm. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable
personal trainer and certified nutritionist, these people would see
more and better results than they had ever dreamed possible. And the
best part would be that the results would last, rather than simply
providing the short-term fix theyve become used to.
Lastly, of course, are the people who dont care about their health,
dont have time to exercise, or never exercise, because exercise hurts,
they hate to sweat, or their self-esteem is in the toilet and they
figure its a waste of time to even try. While this sort of personal
apathy toward preserving ones health through exercise and proper eating
may seem like no ones business but the individuals, it really is a
very selfish act. Treating your body well, including getting regular
exercise and eating healthy food, is the most unselfish thing you
can do. Think about it if you dont take care of yourself now, sooner
than later, others will have to take care of you. Since you were too
lazy, busy, or depressed to invest the time or energy in staying healthy,
you will, inevitably, make others suffer.
A Qualified Trainer Will Tailor a Program to Meet Your Needs
If companies and governments were wise, personal trainers would be
mandatory and health insurance would cover them. Well, a guy can dream,
cant he? Seriously, even if you only see a trainer once a week or
even once a month to check in and make sure youre performing your
exercises properly, its better than not seeing one at all.
Take the time to do the research, and then invest in a qualified
trainer who is knowledgeable about how to help you achieve your personal
goals. If you have a special need a back injury, joint problems, limited
range of motion find someone who can address your issues specifically.
Dont jump on the latest celebrity trainer bandwagon, just because
the person is a trainer to the stars. Find a personal trainer who
knows how to train your human body and get you results.
Fame Doesnt Equal Expertise Particularly in the Health & Fitness
Celebrity personal trainers, spokesmodels, movie stars, athletes,
and other rich and famous people probably got where they are because
theyre great at what they do. That does not mean you should follow
their advice about health and nutrition. You probably wouldnt ask
a plumber advice about how to change your cars oil, would you? Likewise,
celebrities may look good, but that doesnt mean they even celebrity
trainers know anything about proper exercise and nutrition. Hire a
health, fitness, and nutrition professional. They are the only people
whose advice you should take regarding these subjects. Even medical
doctors generally are not the best advocates for proper fitness and
nutrition, because they are trained in specific fields and seldom
are aware of how all the parts of the body work and move in cooperation.
Have you ever noticed how some of the famous people dishing health
advice are not even in that great of shape? Why would you take advice
from someone who isnt in peak physical condition? Thats like getting
your hair cut by a stylist with a bowl cut or having a gap-toothed
orthodontist install your braces. Not to mention that anyone can look
great, but still feel terrible because they achieved their looks through
an unhealthy method.
Research Pays Off When Searching for a Qualified Trainer
The thing is, you dont know what you dont know. As a result, many
people fall into the trap of buying the baloney stars like Britney
Spears, Oprah, and Dr. Phil are selling. And even though a star might
actually have a fabulous, incredibly knowledgeable trainer, a lot
can be misinterpreted between the time the trainer offers exercise
or diet specifics to his celebrity client and the time that celebrity
repeats the info to his or her adoring public. Its like that game
of Telephone you played when you were a kid by the time the information
reaches you, it has turned into misinformation.
How do you know who to believe anyway? One star says they got great
results by simply lifting weights and eating fewer calories. The next
celebrity says they lost tons of weight by eating a low-fat diet high
in protein. Another famous somebody swears by a daily swim, lots of
veggies, and whole lot of good carbs. Arghhhhhh!!!! It all sounds
confusing as hell. And, in a way, it is.
A program thats right for a size-2 supermodel probably is not right
for a heavy stay-at-home mom who is just now learning to incorporate
any exercise into her day. The proper program for an individual depends
on his or her biochemistry and the specific way their body functions.
Understanding human kinetics is not as easy as A-B-C. When it comes
to the human body, there may be many underlying reasons why one person
begins a simple walking program and, voila, they look phenomenal,
while another person runs, lifts weights, and kills themselves in
the gym, only to step on the scale and find theyve gained another
The human body is awash in mysteries, and a good personal trainer
will help you solve yours so you can lose all the fat you want and
add all the muscle you desire. Again, personal training is all about
you and your results. And even if all your exercise and effort dont
drop a pound off you if you see no noticeable changes know that the
exercise is benefiting your body and your health, and it would be
stupid to discontinue your program. Rather than quit, find someone
to help you fine-tune your regimen so you can begin to see the results
from all your hard work.
The main thing is this: Dont follow someones advice just because
they claim to be a personal trainer to the stars or charge $300 an
hour. None of that means their program will get you the results you
want. There are no healthy quick fixes. Get on a quality exercise
program and eat properly, period. Dont waste time, money, or energy,
only to become frustrated. Do the research and hire a professional
who can give you sensible advice that will get you on your way to
looking good and feeling great.
Mangers and Agents for Celebrity Personal Trainers: Consult with
a professional call me and I can find you the best personal trainer
for your star, celebrity, Athlete, or yourself.
Scott White is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist located
in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information about nutrition and fitness,
reach Scott at 480-628-1607 or
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