I have a few co-workers who are curious about the celebrities I’ve trained or are currently training. I find it amusing that this is of interest to anyone, especially because first of all, my client list is confidential. Secondly, I just don’t see how it matters.
Does having a celebrity client make me a better health/fitness specialist? Frankly, no. I don’t see how my training months with VIP clients have contributed to me being better at my craft. If anything, I’ve learned to adapt to their subtle hints of liking or disliking specific things. I’ve also learned to zone in on what matters to them, which by the way, can be a very distorted view of what being healthy or fit really means.
Imagine this: I am at full liberty to train them as I wish, but cannot, for the sake of their TV show, add any look of “bulk” or “size” in their arms. There goes the ever-valuable strength-training component — guess we’ll have to skip those until taping season is finished.
Or how about having to train someone right before an award show. Here’s the task: I can work them out, but not so much that they will look tired before the camera — it should be just enough so they look refreshed and rosy-cheek healthy for the live TV feed that evening. And this is for someone who travels so much, I only see them every few weeks. There goes the necessary component of training intensity, not to mention, consistency.
Don’t get me wrong — I’ve had weirder requests from “normal” people, which really is to say that frankly, celebs may have their special needs, but regular people do too. Which brings me to my main point: Celebrities ARE normal people. And training them may have its challenges, but at the end of the day, it is usually no different than the next client who may have equally odd needs that must be met.
Usually, the difference is in perception. Somehow, people think that if you train a celebrity, you must be better, or you must have “made it”. Is that really true? Does it really matter who you train?