WANT abs like a supermodel, or a booty like a superstar? If one good thing has come out of lockdown, it’s the amount of online fitness content now available. So, if you’re looking to bring some A-list action to aid your A-game, check out the personal trainers who get the stars into great shape.
Hollie Grant is a Pilates pro and a personal trainer specialising in functional fitness, strength and conditioning. She is the creator of the Pilates PT Method, an author and the owner of two luxury London-based Pilates PT studios — in Fulham and the seminal Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park. Her Pilates PT Method is a unique combination of dynamic mat Pilates and HIIT, designed to boost cardiovascular fitness, build strength and definition, and improve posture. It’s fun, but challenging.
Hollie favours moves that require balance and strength to recruit more muscle groups and encourages mindful movement. Expect single leg deadlifts mixed with cardio surfer jumps − from a surfer position you jump and rotate 180 degrees in the air.
Celeb clients: She’s trained Royals and is responsible for the bodies of supermodel Jourdan Dunn, chef Melissa Hemsley and entrepreneur Ella Mills, aka Deliciously Ella.
The offer: She is offering one-to- one sessions of her Pilates PT Method via Zoom. After a 15-30 minute consultation to chat about goals, injury history and to carry out a postural analysis, you’ll go straight into the training. You only need a mat, but if you have equipment, she can also incorporate it. Clients are often given homework to improve their performance.
Cost: Single session from £120. To book e-mail email@example.com
For rapid results
Matt Roberts is a highly sought-after trainer and the go-to guy if you want to see results fast. He has published 13 books, has his own line of fitness equipment and opened his latest club, Evolution personal training in London in 2019. He specialises in Peripheral Heart Action Training — workouts alternate between upper and lower body resistance exercises and short bursts of cardio to condition the heart and tone the body; and Super Setting — doing two exercises that target opposing muscles groups and HIIT to initiate fat burning.
Celeb clients: He counts film stars, musicians, royalty and Premier League football players as clients, which include Sting, U2, Melanie C, Tom Ford, Amanda Holden and James Corden.
The offer: Delivered via all platforms, he’s offering a 360 approach to help you reach your goals. You’ll be given a consultation by video call to talk about goals, history, physical issues and timelines, plus advice on nutrition, recovery, physical therapy and overall lifestyle. Sessions can be adapted depending on the space and equipment you have at home and you’ll get wearable tech sent out to track everything from sleep to heart rate and your calorie burn etc 24/7.
Cost: £200 per session, you must book a course of 25.
For martial arts
Dan Roberts is responsible for some of the hottest bodies in the business. He’s worked with everyone from American footballers to Victoria’s Secret models and even lived full-time as a Muay Thai fighter in Asia for 12 months. His training is a functional mix incorporating martial arts, stunt training and athletic conditioning. He’s based out of his studio in Kensington, but partners with Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard and holds retreats in Miami and Switzerland.
Having spent years sculpting the bodies of the elite he created two online plans. Methodology X − which combines elements of Pilates, yoga, athletics, ballet, commercial dance and strength training to get you lean and fit − and NUK SOO, a 90-day martial arts mind and body transformation programme.
Celeb clients: An international who’s who from the worlds of acting, fashion, music and sport. Suki Waterhouse is a big fan and he’s currently training Wallis Day for her upcoming science fiction film, Infinite.
The offer: Bespoke one-to- one, pay-as-you-Zoom sessions that can incorporate everything from martial arts, screen combat, power lifting, plyometrics, weights, weapons training and functional athletic development. Sessions require an in-depth online questionnaire, and an hour long chat with Dan before you start, and last 60-70min. Expect to train smart and hard and get daily homework.
Cost: £200 per session
For a holistic approach
Scott Laidler is an elite personal trainer who works from London, Los Angeles, and Monaco. With a background in psychology, his fitness services often cross over into health and life coaching to help clients develop a holistic lifestyle and aid personal development. His exercise methodology links mind and body with a focus on Body Recomposition Training — gaining muscle and losing fat simultaneously. You can expect short, intense workouts with some meditation thrown in.
Celeb clients: He’s heavily involved with Hollywood film and TV productions to get cast in shape for their roles. He has worked with the cast of the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, plus international members of royalty.
The offer: His one-to-one video coaching service is delivered on Zoom and includes a full meal plan, goal- setting system and training. You’ll start with a call, where you’ll discuss how to split your sessions and how much to delve beyond fitness. Once signed up you’ll get access to his App with meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and habit/activity tracking. He also offers a one-off call service if you want a strategy to help you move to forward with your training.
Cost: Video coaching, £400 monthly retainer includes unlimited instant message support and a one-hour video workout per week; one-off call, £199.
Get kitted out like the A-list
■ Cara Delevingne is a Puma ambassador and her latest collection features these eye-catching Rise Neon Women’s Trainers. £80, Puma, puma.com
■ Alice Liveing’s third collection for Primark has a variety of activewear prints and is for all shapes and sizes. Woven Printed Shorts, £6, Primark, Primark.co.uk
■ Check out Victoria Beckham’s Reebok collaboration. And how comfy does this cropped jumper look? £199, Reebok, reebok.co.uk
■ Kate Hudson’s fitness brand Fabletics offers stylish, high quality kit at accessible prices. We love this Sway two-piece bra and lattice leggings set. £59. Fabletics, fabletics.co.uk
■ Since 2005, Adidas by Stella McCartney has been one of the go-to brands for women who value stylish sports kit. Case in point these Primeblue Training Leggings. £99.95, Adidas, adidas.co.uk
■ Jennifer Aniston is a big fan of Sweaty Betty’s Zero Gravity Leggings and deemed the bum-sculpting style one of her ‘fitness staples.’ £95, Sweaty Betty, sweatybetty.com