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Have you ever wanted to know how your favorite Hollywood celebrities manage to stay in such great shape? Believe it or not, those stunning figures you see on the red carpet are not simply the product of luck or favorable genes. However, many of the world's top celebrities and best athletes do have a secret advantage. The Celebrity Workout Secret: -- they all work with Beverly-Hills-based personal trainer Gunnar Peterson.

Consistency -- According to Gunnar, celebrities are more consistent with their workouts than most people. One of the reasons his celebrity clients look so stunning all the time is that they have made fitness a regular part of their lives. Though they may not always enjoy exercising, each of them is committed to getting it done.
"It should be as unthinkable to skip your workout as it is to skip brushing your teeth," Gunnar says.
And, it isn't as if Gunnar's celebrity clients have all day to stroll into the gym, either. Most of them have incredibly demanding schedules, but they still make it a point to exercise whenever they can fit it in. Even if they are needed on the set all day, most of them get up early in the morning to complete a workout. People are always telling Gunnar that they just don't have the time to exercise, but he rarely hears that complaint from his celebrity clients.
"No matter what you do, the President of the United States probably has a schedule that is busier than yours," Gunnar says. "And, each of our recent Presidents has made the time for daily exercise."

Motivation -- Rather than just showing up to the gym, celebrity clients nearly always come ready to work. Gunnar says he shouldn't have to play the role of a drill sergeant because that really isn't his job.
"I don't try to get it out of you," Gunnar says. "You are either bringing your best game with you or you aren't."
Gunnar says his celebrity clients are extremely motivated, because the better part of them understands that working out helps them do what they do. And, by that, he doesn't just mean looking good in an outfit.
"Celebrities will often come back and tell me that they felt better on a particular shoot or were more prepared for a certain role because of the work we did together," Gunnar says.

Setting Specific Goals -- Celebrities have a purpose when they work out, Gunnar says. Most of them use a personal trainer and map out both short-term and long-term fitness goals for themselves. Even though they may devise a certain workout regimen to get in shape for a specific role or event, Gunnar says none of his celebrity clients make the mistake of viewing exercise as a temporary fix.

Making Healthy Choices -- Gunnar has also noticed that most of his celebrity clients tend to make healthier choices outside the gym. Nearly all of them follow a healthy eating plan, and they also drink plenty of water and get proper amounts of sleep.

Varying Their Workouts -- Celebrities understand how important it is to vary their workouts and incorporate new activities. According to Gunnar, most people give up on their workout programs after they become monotonous.
"When you give yourself more ways to attack your problem areas, you are less likely to burn out on something," Gunnar says.

Edited by: SLLANGFORD at: 4/28/2008 (10:33)

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