Top 10 Best Celebrity Personal Trainers in the USA 

Top 10 Best Celebrity Personal Trainers in the USA 

Celebrity personal trainers have the highest income in the industry and often only work with just a few people.

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Without a doubt, these top trainers know what they’re talking about when it comes to keeping famous people shredded all year round or preparing them for a tour, movie, music video, and anything in between.

They do not perform miracles. They are very qualified and experienced personal trainers, as well as result-focused, charismatic, skilled communicators, and experts in networking and marketing.

They pay extra attention to the business aspects of their work, such as marketing, networking, and branding. The top paid ones usually have different income streams from books, apps, merch, and other businesses related to health and fitness.


1. Gunnar Peterson 

Trained celebrities include Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Sofia Vergara, etc.

With over 28 years of experience, Gunnar Peterson is a Beverly Hills-based trainer of celebrities, athletes, and ordinary people. Formerly, he was the Director of Strength and Endurance for the Lakers. 

With his credentials, work ethic, persistence and personality, he has managed to be the most wanted celebrity personal trainer. 

Peterson is an expert in functional training and is known to be innovative in his programs. He is the founder of a full-service gym design company and has created a gym machine and accessories like The Bottom Line and RAC. 

His book, G Force, which explains Peterson’s principle of 4F: Function, Foundation, Freedom, and Focus, is one of the most popular in the fitness and health niche.


2. Harley Pasternak

Trained celebrities include Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, Orlando Bloom, Halle Berry, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, etc. 

Harley Pasternak has the longest celebrity client list in the industry. On his website, you can read what celebrities love about him, and many of them mention his nutrition advice.

Harley Pasternak comes from an educational background in Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and an Honors Degree in Kinesiology.

His book,  5-Factor Diet is a New York Bestseller. He is also famous for designing highly innovative and luxury gym facilities, for example, the gyms of the Four Seasons hotel chain.

Harley is cast in “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian” on E!, and is also a frequent contributor on Good Morning America on ABC.

3. Mark Jenkins

Trained celebrities include P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, D’Angelo, etc.

Mark Jenkins has developed a reputation for achieving quick results after he made P. Diddy a marathon runner in less than two months. He combines Pilates, Calisthenics, weight training, HIIT, boxing, kettlebell workouts, and more.

He has also created a fitness program for children called Fun, Fly & Fit and International Fitness, a company that trains performing artists.

Jenkins has been featured on the TV channels MTV, BET, and E! Entertainment, as well as publications such as People Weekly, Muscle & Fitness, Self, Flex, Physical, King, XXL, Monarch, and J’Adore.

4. Ben Bruno

Trained celebrities include Jessica Biel, Kate Upton, Naomi Campbell, Justin Timberlake.

He created ‘The Ten Training Commandments’ to explain his philosophy, such as not skipping leg days, doing the hard and boring work, and not overcomplicating fitness. 

Ben Bruno is a big advocate for women to lift weights. He is a very motivational trainer, always empowering his followers in social media posts.

He has his line of apparel merchandise and fitness equipment from pool weights to the pentagon bar.

Apart from his own blog, he was featured in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN with over 200 published articles.


5. Jillian Michaels

Trained celebrities include Pink, Julia Roberts, Amanda Peet, and Sarah Paulson.

Jillian comes from 17 years of experience in martial arts and holds certifications from AFAA, NESPA, and AFPA. Michaels got her big break in 2005 when she was cast as a personal trainer on the NBC reality TV show, The Biggest Loser

As a celebrity personal trainer, Jillian Micheals combines strength training, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, plyometrics, and weight training.

She has an award-winning app, The Fitness App, which consists of home workouts for beginners to athletes with personalized meal plans, calorie tracking, etc. 

Michaels has also authored 9 New York Times Best Seller books on health and wellness. She also has her own activewear line.

6. Lucas James

Lucas James is a “Five Star” rated Celebrity Personal Trainer based in Scottdale, Arizona. With an experience of over 19 years, Lucas designs personalized fitness programs combined with nutrition and meal planning.

His client list extends from pro athletes, doctors, celebrities, CEOs, and corporate employees of US Airways, NIKE, World Star Hip-hop, NBA, Sotheby’s International Realty, etc.

By measuring indicators such as body fat tests, resting heart rate, and other techniques Lucas James and his team of experts are focused on results and building long-term habits on their clients.

He has been featured in CBSO, TMZ, the Arizona Republic, Arizona Entertainment, In Touch, BRAVO, etc.

Lucas James has the only accredited luxury healthy lifestyle company that focuses on fitness, nutrition, and health in the state of Arizona.


7. Aaron Williamson

Trained celebrities include Dwayne Johnson, Josh Brolin, Jamie Foxx, Zac Effron, Evan Peters, etc.

Aaron Williamson is known for transforming the physiques of actors, top athletes, and other film personnel. He is a highly motivational personal trainer who cares about empowering his clients beyond just training and fitness.

Aaron comes from a military background, having spent years in the Marine Corps. After that, he decided to follow his dream to compete as a bodybuilder and coach-athlete.

Aaron now offers celebrity and athlete personal training around the world, combining training techniques with nutritional advice.


8. Jeanette Jenkins

Trained celebrities include P!nk, Alicia Keys, Tia Mowry, Amber Rose, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nia Long, Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, and Shonda Rhimes.

Jeanette Jenkins is known as “The Hollywood Trainer” from the list of people she had to train, but also because she is the go-to person to prepare people for a movie in a short time.

With over 28years of experience, Jeanette is the founder and President of The Hollywood Trainer LLC, author of The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan, and creator of “The Hollywood Trainer Club”. The club customized workouts and eating plans for all the members and has a very supportive community.


9. Ted Ryce

Trained celebrities include Robert Downey, Jr., Sr. Richard Branson, Ricky Martin, and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Ted Ryce is all about avoiding the toxic diet and fitness culture of quick fixes and relies on a journey to keep you healthy all your life. He focuses on people over 40 years old in his program called The Legendary Life Program. 

He is also the host of one of the most popular podcasts in health and fitness, the Legendary Life Podcast, with over 5M downloads.


10. Tracy Anderson 

Trained celebrities include Victoria Beckham, Robert Downey Jr, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alessandra Ambrosio, Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie, Robert Downey Jr, Olivia Palermo, Hilary Rhoda, etc.

Tracy is a fitness pioneer founder of the Tracy Anderson Method. She gave shape to it through research, transforming her own body, and doing so for other women as well. This method has proven to build lean muscles for women coming from different genetic backgrounds and body types. 

She also has created the PER4MANCE Program, where you can receive video coursework from Tracy and her team to balance the body, mind, and spirit.

Besides all this, she has her exercise DVDs and her fitness apparel line as well.

The Bottom Line

Many people may not realize it when watching their favorite movies and television shows, but personal trainers are the people responsible for the way a lot of the on-screen actors look. Their attractive physiques are the results of months of hard work and dedication, as well as carefully designed diets. Acting is not the only area where personal trainers come in handy. Musicians and other stage performers also need to be in top shape in order to withstand the energy-draining months they spend on tour. Celebrity personal trainers enable the entertainment industry as we know it to exist. Hopefully, this article will give them some more well-deserved recognition.

About the Author

, Celebrity Personal Trainer and Fitness & Nutrition Expert headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. He specializes in helping men and women achieve weight loss, muscle building, toning and other customized fitness & nutrition programs to create a Healthy Lifestyle. James offers private luxury personal training, 12-week custom workout plans, and personalized nutrition meal plans. Follow on Google+.

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