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Cardio Core 4×4 Released

By Pete Williams

We’re proud to announce today’s release of Cardio Core 4×4, a book I’ve had the honor of writing with Jay Cardiello, who has trained a number of celebrities and pro athletes.

Jay’s program is a simple 20-minute routine that combines elements of Pilates, yoga, martial arts, and even breakdancing. It requires no equipment and as little as a four-by-four foot space. Jay developed the program while working with celebrities in movie trailers, cramped hotel rooms, and tight New York apartment spaces.

Don’t let the simplicity of the program fool you. This program is challenging and will leave you gassed after just 20 minutes. It’s a 40-day program that will transform your body.

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Want to be a Celebrity Trainer?

By Pete Williams

The original celeb trainer

Business Week ran a fascinating story last week on the “rise of the celebrity trainer.”

Being a celebrity trainer is a tough gig. Sure, it can pay well. But it’s a challenge landing clients and tending to folks who can be more than a little high maintenance. This is true whether you train actors, music stars, or athletes.

Jake Steinfeld (“Body by Jake,” left) created the celebrity trainer category back in the 1980s and later parlayed that into an empire of infomercials and fitness equipment. I remember talking to Jake about 10 years ago at the NSGA SuperShow in Atlanta and asking him if he still trained celebrities. He literally shuddered at the question, presumably glad to have moved on to other things.

Unfortunately for trainers, the fastest and most effective way to get noticed and become wealthy, if not a celebrity yourself, is to train celebrities. That’s the route to publicity and exposure, and possibly book deals, videos, equipment, etc. Even Jillian Michaels trains celebrities, at least those with fleeting celeb status on The Biggest Loser.

Perhaps not surprisingly, according to Business Week, there’s even a guy (John Spencer Ellis) giving a seminar on how to become a celebrity trainer for $297 a pop.

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