Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – I had the opportunity to interview celebrity fitness trainer, Gunnar Peterson. I was quite intrigued to hear more about how these celebrities manage the task of fitness training. We see these people on the “silver screen” but what are they really like when they’re not acting, and when they are working hard to stay fit.
Gunner Peterson Interview
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – When I look at the people you’ve worked with, Sofia Vergara, Steven Tyler, Kim Kardashian, Bruce Willis, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, they all seem incredibly fit. Are they dedicated trainees of your program, or are genetics on their side?
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – No, they’re very dedicated. The genetics are what the genetics are. These people are dedicated and they show up on a regular basis, and I think if you look at not just their longevity in their careers but their longevity in fitness. There’s no surprise. It’s a work ethic and it comes down to making this a priority and making a commitment to a certain time, and getting in and getting it done and then getting out. People think they’re cranking in the gym for 2-3 hours. There’s no way. If you look at work load of the people you just mentioned, there’s absolutely no way they would have time for that. So, they fit this in. They found a way to make it a priority. You hear about priorities all the time. It’s not a priority. How can you tell me it’s a priority if you can’t even make time to get a workout done.
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – Well, I’m going to ask for some scoop on these celebrities…
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – Oh, no you’re not. You’re so not. I will deflect, I will duck, weave, bob and perry all day.
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – Oh come on! Now, the first person I want to ask about is Kim Kardashian. Many times she comes off as some kind of princess and she has once said she believes that you don’t show others if you’re in pain, i.e. keep a straight face in the middle of a tough workout. Is Kim Kardashian a hard worker and does she ever let it show?
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – She’s an incredibly hard worker, and you know, pretty poker face. I think a lot of people play that poker face. Hold ’em like they do in Texas, please! They’re not going to show you when it’s crushing them. They’re going to show you they can get through it without giving up anything. I think it’s a great way to go because as a trainer, I’m constantly pushed to, you know, usually you talk to people about instead of just heart rate you go off of RPE (rate of perceived exertion), so I say “On a 1 to 10 where are you?” They’ll just look at me and smile, “That’s your job to figure out, Gunnar.” So, I have to make sure the workout is challenging them without crushing them. Crushing people is easy. You see trainers do that all the time. And they brag about it. Why would you crush somebody? They’re not going to come back. They’re not going to have a positive experience. You gotta have something that works in the confines of their lifestyle.
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – Exactly. And, with Bruce Willis, I would think he’s the type that wants to get crushed, when you think of his films. So, does he tend to work his tail off until he keels over?
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – Die Hard and Die Harder. You know, he’s also a new dad, too. So, that breathes a breath of fresh air and gets him fired up. And he’s working different hours now. He’s definitely on diaper duty. This is a man, who there’s no surprise that he’s at the top of the food chain in his movie career and you see why. You see the work that he puts in. You see the commitment and dedication. That’s what’s fun about working with people like that; it’s how driven they are.
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – And you’ve got people who are Steven Tyler’s age. Is it more difficult for him? I’m sure you’ve got to structure the program around each individual.
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – I’ll tell you, Steven Tyler, you’d be shocked at how much that man knows about the human body. And he’s had a number of different injuries and he overcomes them and pushes through, and he works with the energy of a 20-year-old. It’s incredible how that guy works.
Lisa LaGrou Oakland County Moms – And Sofia Vergara – it must be fun to train her…
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview – (Laughs) Yeah, you know, Sofia… she always has a couple of choice words for me. The key thing is she gets the work done when she’s in there. You know, the proof is in the pudding. The proof is in the Spandex.
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Gunnar Peterson Interview originally posted in 2012
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