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Tips From Celebrity Trainers

One way that celebrities get to look the way they do is with personal trainers who have earned a bit of a celebrity title themselves. The back of their heads (i.e. Harley Pasternak training Sophia Bush pictured below) are always seen on PopSugar, so it's no wonder they are making a name for themselves based on the big names they work with.

CNN recently spoke with five celebrity trainers and they gave their own insights along with tips for us non-celebrity folk. So here are highlights I thought you would enjoy:

Valerie Waters
Worked With: Kate Beckinsale and Cindy Crawford
Tip: "Don't be afraid of weights. They're the quickest way to change your body"

Gunnar Peterson
Worked With: Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Matthew McConaughey
Tip: "Get on a regular routine. Exercise should be a cornerstone of your life, like brushing your teeth. It's not even an option to blow it off."

For tips from trainers who've worked with Christina Aguilera and Reese Witherspoon just

Ashley Borden
Worked With: Mandy Moore and Christina Aguilera
Tip: Take care of the arches in your feet. "When your arches collapse, your knees rotate inward, and your hips rotate outward giving you a saddlebag appearance. It then pulls your sternum down, it pulls your neck forward, and everything collapses." She suggests orthotics and mio-fascial release to combat chronic pain and posture problems.

Michael George
Worked With: Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire
Tip: Don't wait too long to integrate a healthy diet and consistent exercise into your days. "I've seen a lot of people come to me when it's a little bit too late," he said, "I've had [clients] pass away due to illnesses, cancer, heart disease, whatever it may be. The time is now. If you don't put your health first you're never really going to truly be happy."

Bob Greene
Worked With: Oprah
Tip: "First thing is, know what you want," Greene said. He said a lot of people want to work out because it's "in" or they know they should be doing it, but don't have a specific goal. "Know the reason you are making these changes in your habits, what is it you really want to achieve." He also said most people need to do both weight training and cardio.


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yaelatner yaelatner 9 years
I love this pic! Harley is from Toronto and I know his brothers well. I love seeing Harley kicking the butts of Hollywoods finest, I guess that is how they get so fine. I must say that this isnt the most flattering view of Harley because before now I had no idea he was balding! I guess being extremely fit doesnt mean having a full head of hair.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
Personnally I swear by David Kirsch! His DVD's and books really taught me a lot about exercising and how to get long lean muscles and not getting bulky. I really recommend it!
ley ley 9 years
You know what if you look at the gym, you'll find the girls on the cardio machine and they're constantly on the same machine for months at the time and they rarely get the desired results. Cardio makes you lose fat - thats a fact, but if you go at it for a long period of time you lose muscle and you may be slim but you wont get toned. Resistance training makes you toned helps build muscle which is good if you want to up you metabolism. So do both if you want to get the best of both worlds. But heres something to think about: look at the bodies of marathon runners and compare them to sprinters. Also look at the bodies of yoga practitioners and compare that to gymnasts.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I will say that before I started doing weights, I was a cardio queen and I was slim, but I didn't have a lot of tone. Once I started doing a good weight-training regimen (thanks to my boss, who was a personal trainer), I really started to get a GOOD body. And I did NOT get big or bulky even though I was lifting pretty heavy weights. Women just don't get that's a fact. We don't have the testosterone necessary to build that much muscle mass.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I agree with Nova's first comment I thought they were going to give exercises - boo! :CRY:
syako syako 9 years
Well the reason they told you that about muscles is because it's true. And women don't bulk up like men, so even if you were toning in those areas, there's no way you looked like a linebacker. Instead of cardio being the magic formula, make sure you're eating less calories than you are expending. Keep doing cardio and keep doing strength training. If you really have problems with your belly you may want to try pilates. It really toned up my midsection and gives you a strong core.
bibelot bibelot 9 years
I think Novaraen's comment is correct, but it only applies to people whose body type builds muscle very quickly (like mine). I struggle to lose fat around my midsection. However, my arms tone up fast even when I use 2-pound free weights, and my thighs require minimal work to stay toned. But every single time I go to a new gym and do the "free consultation" with one of their trainers, they immediately say "Muscle burns more than fat!" and put me on a regimen using lots of weight and high reps. After my worst experience, I was constantly exhausted, found myself eating chicken (to satisfy the protein cravings), and I started to look like a linebacker - but my belly fat still didn't budge. Ack!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
VERY insightful. Thanks!!
syako syako 9 years
Thanks anuraselene, I was going to say the same thing.
anuraselene anuraselene 9 years
I disagree with Novarean to some degree. I think regardless of weight, strength training is a must! Not only does it build bone density and muscle mass, but weight training (when done properly) will help you slim down and it will "sculpt" or shape your body. Muscle burns fat. When you consistently weight train (regardless of your cardio routine), you are burning fat_even when at rest. Cardio is great for the heart. And it is a good way to burn fat. But you're really only burning fat while performing that cardio exercise. With weight lifting, your body is burning fat hours after performing the routine. Which one is more important? I think they're both vital to a healthy lifestyle, but I'd venture to say weight training is more important when trying to lose weight and sculpt your body.
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 9 years
From what I've heard, it's really important to do cardio combined with weights right away when you're trying to lose weight. I've been told that the muscle you gain in weight training will help you burn more calories. :-)
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Also..the comment about weights is good if you are already skinny and need to sculpt your body. If you are just heavy...weights arent as needed as some good cardio. Nothing beats cardio to drop the pounds....THEN you can get into weights.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Eh..they didnt say much. Just exercise and diet are a must and take care of your feet. Ok..duh...i was hoping for some actual exercises like they are showing Sophia Bush doing. Blah...
workofiction workofiction 9 years
If only I could hire one of you for a month!
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