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Celebrity Trainer Gunnar Peterson Says Get More Sleep

Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson is no stranger to pet projects. Not only did he help Jennifer Lopez train for her triathlon last Fall, he also teamed up with Molly Sims to help the canine set get some more exercise with the PetFit Challenge. These days he is teaming up with Gatorade to spread the fitness word, which he did at the G Gym during the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, I was able to do a brief interview with him — he is a busy man. More a man of action than words, I went right to the heart of the matter and asked about core work.

FitSugar: Let's get down to business — what is your favorite core exercise?
Gunnar Peterson: I’m a big fan of the wood chop, whether it’s standing with a medicine ball, kneeling with a cable, or on a stability ball with a dumbbell.

FS: If I only have time for one strength training move at the gym, what multitasking move should I do?
GP: Squat with bicep curl and overhead dumbbell press, all in one.

FS: What do you recommend for a post-workout snack, after a 60-minute training session of cardio and strength training?
GP: This is what I would consider perfect eating after a workout: salmon, a yam, broccoli and Gatorade.

FS: Speaking of Gatorade, what is your favorite flavor, and when do you think sports drinks come in handy?
GP: I am a lemon lime lover! The original G (Gatorade) for the original G (Gunnar)! You should drink Gatorade during a vigorous workout and post vigorous workout, sports drinks are best.

To hear what Gunnar has to say about training celebs,


FS: Tell us one thing we don’t know about celeb fitness. What is your typical day like? When do you work out?
GP: My typical day starts at 4 a.m. I train before my clients, and I work with seven to nine people between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. While that may not sound like a great day to some, it’s a great day to me. Celebrities work out a lot harder and a lot more consistently than they’re given credit for. They do what they do as well as they do it in peak condition under a microscope. That’s a tall order to fill.

FS: If we could change one thing to live fitter/healthier lives, what would it be?
GP: Get more sleep.

FS: What do you think of reality weight loss TV shows, like the Biggest Loser? What about Jackie Warner’s Workout?
GP: Any show that motivates people to do more for health and fitness than they’re currently doing is a success in my book.

FS: Any advice for folks making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight?
GP: Don’t make a big deal out of the resolution. Of the three “D’s” involved — decide, discuss, and do — eliminate “discuss.”

Join The Conversation
powml powml 8 years
Anyone seen Idiocracy? I now think Brawndo when I read Gatorade.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I stopped reading at 'Gatorade'
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Yeah, I'm with missyd on the Gatorade thing. Very rarely does the average person work out hard enough to need a Gatorade post-workout. Water and something with some protein is good enough for most people. Unless you are on a lower sodium diet and you are sweating an awful lot, Gatorade just adds calories and sugar to your diet.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great interview!
nancita nancita 8 years
It is very telling that of all the advice in the world, he zeroed in on get more sleep. What a good reminder. Cool interview.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
syako--I thought the same thing.
syako syako 8 years
I wonder if Gunnar has some kind of endorsement/contract with Gatorade?
mem952 mem952 8 years
great interview! it's very interesting to see different trainers' perspectives - definitely something i'd love to see more of on fitsugar (and not just celebrity trainers either- get 'em all to give us their advice!)
missyd missyd 8 years
I'm REALLY surprised he is touting Gatorade...that sheeite is chock FULL of sugar and artificial color/flavorings and every fitness expert I have known has said to stay away from it. I thought you should stick to water. I know its not replacing 'electorlytes', but during a grueling work out do I really want to be pumping my self full of suagr and chemicals?
syako syako 8 years
Cool interview. I agree with the get more sleep advice. Gatorade, huh? I do have to say that sometimes that is the most quenching thing after a long workout.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Man, I wish I could afford a trainer again.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
He's my favorite. I do two Gunnar videos a week (Tues and Thurs) and he is NOT kidding with the wood chop thing. just did 24 of them this morning - low to high. They are in practically every one of his videos. His vids are great, they get your heart rate up & work all muscles, always focusing on the core. Gotta say Gunnar, you are the greatest! His Bun Battle Video is killer. 20 minutes of continuous squats and lunges.
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