I've been a fitness trainer for close to 20 years in L.A. Yes, I've trained some celebrities, though not anyone who's body you'd see splashed on the cover of US Weekly in a bikini, so that's probably a good reason you don't know my name. Most of my private clients are high-profile, though, and can afford to have any trainer they want, so I am grateful they chose me to entrust their bodies and psyches to.
Gratitude and attitude aside, I was recently training one of my newer clients, an editor of a popular women's magazine. While she was doing her cardio intervals, we were watching Kim Kardashian on The View. Our conversation followed the natural trajectory: how to get sex videos off YouTube, butt size, butt shape, gravity and cellulite. Then, the obvious transition to the topic of celebs and trainers.
"It's interesting," I said, "because some of the best, most educated trainers that I know, who are Ph.Ds of exercise physiology or have their master's degree in exercise kinesiology, don't tend to train celebrities." Just like most other industries, in fitness it's more about who you know than what you know. And, also like most businesses, it's the end result that counts. Meaning, it doesn't matter so much whether you're a Ph.D or just a trainer with a solid program, if a client is looking red hot on the red carpet, a movie set or The View, people will want to know who their trainer is!
So, let me enlighten you on how any good trainer (celeb or otherwise) gets results for their clients. This is the secret sauce to body transformation, and you can do it yourself if you have the discipline:
Note: this does not factor in any medications you may be taking or other medical conditions.
If you want to delve a little deeper in this by yourself, there are more detailed formulas to help you calculate your RMR (or BMR, basal metabolic -- it's the same thing). The numbers won't be exactly the same, so just pick one or take the average. Once you know how many calories to aim for to get that rockin' bod, you'll want to know roughly how much protein you should eat to feed your new found muscles, multiply your body weight in kilograms by 0.8 and 1.1. Somewhere in that range is what to aim for (the lower end for women and the higher end for men - but I'm all for higher protein even for the ladies). If you're going for the American Gladiator body, you probably need even more. For a DIY customized plan, go to a website like Spark People or Freedieting.com. There's also plenty of menu planning software out there that can create the perfect plan for you and your goals if you consult with a professional.
Finally, I won't discount the fact that many trainers, especially successful ones, offer the motivation and knowledge that you might be lacking on your own. Close bonds are often made between the client and trainer that sometimes turn to good friendships. This dynamic also makes the client more apt to stick to the program. This would be the final item: accountability.
Just know, when you're trying to re-boot your body and take it to the next level, you have to be comfortable with the fact that your body's going to be a little uncomfortable. Any celeb that says getting into their best shape says was easy is lying! (Or they had surgery and are lying about that, too.) And, any trainer that tells you getting into great shape is easy is also full of it. However, if you find a trainer that really knows their stuff, that you enjoy working out hard with and that puts you on a program that you think is kinda fun...(oh, and that you can afford) well, then you hit the jackpot!
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