In Hollywood, you can’t throw a strappy sandal without hitting a whippet-thin actress who proclaims, “I live for French fries!” or “My weakness is cupcakes.” Realistically, though, working out is as much of an actress’s job as memorizing lines and dodging Harvey Weinstein’s grab-hands at an agency party.
Wanna burn off your French fries like a star? We’ve rounded up five of Hollywood’s top personal trainers and nutritional consultants. Daily one-on-ones may be out of the question, but you can read their books, watch their videos and follow them on social media—it’s almost the same thing, right?
Clients: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Kerry Washington
In a nutshell: Dance your ass off
The word-of-mouth success of the Anderson Method, with its peppy approach of consistent and dedicated practice, has made Tracy a go-to for A-listers. Just how in demand is she? The competition for her time and attention is rumoured to have ruined Madonna and Goop’s friendship. Now Tracy’s business partner as well as a walking billboard advertising her services, Gwyneth credits Tracy for giving her the ass of a 22-year-old stripper, and the trainer’s influence continues to grow as she expands her chain of studios in upscale areas like East Hampton and Brentwood, and hosts pricey Vitality Weeks that attract deep-pocketed fitness buffs who want GP-level service (if only for 7 days).
Watch: Tracy has introduced live streaming for $90 US/month (for a minimum of three months), so you can work out alongside one of her packed classes in California or New York. She also has a huge assortment of DVDs, nutritional supplements and athletic clothing available on her website.
2. Marco Borges
Clients: Beyoncé and Jay Z
In a nutshell: Plant-based is the new vegan
Marco Borges, who comes with glowing recos from several MDs and one RS (that’s Ryan Seacrest), is so tight with the Carters that he was the impetus behind their 22-day vegan challenge. Jay and Bey liked Borges’s approach to health and fitness so much they teamed up with him on the meal delivery service 22 Days Nutrition, which checks all the buzzword boxes: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, non-GMO, organic. (Also: expensive.) Beyoncé swears by the walnut tacos, but they don’t deliver to Canada yet so we’ll have to take her word for it.
Read: The 22-Day Revolution
Watch: His sponsored videos with Del Monte, or his DVD, Power Moves: The 4 Motions to Transform Your Body for Life
Clients: Jessica Simpson, Rihanna, Ellen Page, Miley Cyrus, Bono, Kanye West
In a nutshell: Trainer to the stars
Harley Pasternak is a true trainer to the stars (including rock stars) and focuses on quality over quantity of gym time. Instead of the treadmill, he incorporates outdoor hiking, biking and resistance training, along with a FitBit, to help his clients get ready for a tour, film, TV show or selfie. Juggling such high-maintenance clients requires some serious logistics; Pasternak has been known to take a chopper to his appointments.
Watch: His many, many appearances on TV, like this spot on City about nutritious smoothies.
Clients: Jessica Alba, Stacy Keibler, Julianne Hough
In a nutshell: It’s always bikini season
Fitness model, lifestyle coach and personal trainer Astrid may work on some of the most enviable bods in L.A., but that doesn’t make her totally out of reach to civilians. Besides her private sessions, Astrid has a huge following at Barry’s Bootcamp’s West Hollywood outpost, and her classes are accessible and affordable (from $24 US). Her specialty? She’s all about that bass.
Watch: Her workout vids on CosmoBody.
Clients: Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift, Candice Swanepoel, Miranda Kerr, Kate Upton, Erin Heatherton, Hanna Davis
In a nutshell: This is how an Angel gets her wings
Victoria’s titular secret might just be Justin Gelband of ModelFIT, who became something of a legend among lingerie models when he had new mom Angela Lindvall walking the runway just three months after giving birth. His tight relationship with Karlie Kloss has also gotten him plenty of attention. ModelFIT is only available in New York City (at $40 US for a group class), but if you can’t make a session, you can still heed his advice: Gelband says kickboxing, Pilates and small muscle movements using resistance bands and light weights are key, and he’s a big proponent of “eat for your blood type” food choices. Considering how in-demand his clients are (Sports Illustrated covers and catwalks galore), he must be on to something. He may be the only man Angels love more than Leonardo DiCaprio.
Watch: These Karlie Kloss workout GIFs