We’ve turned working out in to an all-star career. While most personal trainers toil away in gyms across the nation, a few rise to become household names. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone suggest what they’d give for even an hour with Jillian Michaels.
The former Biggest Loser trainer is probably the most well-known celebrity trainer these days, with a media empire rivaled by very few. Her face and name are on everything from DVDs and gym equipment to workout clothes and supplements. If you want to lose weight, Jillian Michaels seems to light the way.
She’s not the first to have lead overweight Americans to their goals without ever having met. Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks, and Suzanne Somers are just a few of the famous fit faces highlighted in this poster from The Flex Belt. (more…)
Born Tara Leann Stiles on May 6, 1981 in Morris Illinois, Tara grew up with her only sibling, an older brother named Chad. After high school Tara attended the University of Chicago where she majored in dance and graduated in 2003. Shortly after graduating she was spotted by a modeling agent and signed by Ford Models, after which she moved to New York City to begin her career.
Tara found a love for yoga when Ford asked her to make a short promotional yoga video for the agency to post on YouTube. Her new-found passion pushed the model to take a 200-hour course to become a certified yoga instructor. She continued to model and make yoga videos, which generated millions of viewers and used social media to attract new students. In 2007, Tara left Ford Models and began blogging for Women’s Health and The Huffington Post, and most recently MindBodyGreen.com. (more…)
Jane Seymour Fonda was born on December 21, 1937 in New York City to Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Brokaw. Jane’s parents were highly recognized in the public eye at that time, as her father was a legendary actor and mother was a New York socialite. Her childhood was normal except she was subjected to the limelight at an early age. The first production featuring Jane was “The Country Girl;” she was acting with her father by her side. In 1958, she joined the Actors Studio and debuted in the production “Tall Story” in 1960. She briefly attended Vassar College, then her film career started to take off and soon enough she was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Oscars.
The Vietnam War took Jane Fonda‘s career to another level. The actress was very outspoken about her views on the war. She went on tour to cities along the West Coast to interview soldiers before they were deployed. The American public was upset with Fonda when photos surfaced of her on an anti-aircraft battery surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers. After the Vietnam War, Jane apologized to veterans and others who were upset by the photo.
During the 1980s, Jane found a new calling: exercise videos. As a child, she took ballet classes, then in her adult life she would do ballet to stay fit. However, a foot injury during the filming of “The China Syndrome” she had to find a new workout. Jane started aerobic and strengthening exercises, and wanted to share her new exercises with other baby boomers approaching middle age. (more…)
OK YouTube users, if you haven’t heard of it already, it’s time you do. BeFit is YouTube’s newest destination for fitness content from
Lionsgate. What is it? It’s a website filled with free workout videos for anyone and everyone, and one of the best parts about it is many of them are lead by some of the top trainers in the fitness industry such as Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin and Jane Fonda.
Another great thing about BeFit is the wide range of different videos. Maybe you like to focus on specific workouts like Pilates, yoga, and abdominals, or maybe you just want to dance and have a good time while burning calories. Either way, they’ve got it all. Each day a new workout is featured on the homepage and you can currently find about 189 different videos uploaded onto the site.
Right now the highlight of the site is their new 90-day workout program with the purpose of quick results. There’s a playlist of different workout videos for each day of the program. You can expect to perform workouts involvoing strength, cardio, flexibility, yoga, and high intensity drills. You’ll be instructed by two hosts, fitness trainers Samantha Clayton and Garret Amerine. (more…)
It’s hard to realize sometimes that celebrities are regular people just like the rest of us. They struggle with things like weight, exercise and self image. Jane Fonda has been in the spotlight for decades for her long acting career and having produced and starred in over 20 exercise DVDs since 1982. But Jane Fonda recently revealed to Harper’s Bazaar some of the struggles she’s dealt with in the past, like bulimia and poor body image.
Fonda spoke candidly about growing up in the 1950s and how her father influenced her body image. She said, “I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”
Fonda also talked about her battle with bulimia which went on for decades. “I wasn’t very happy from, I would say, puberty to 50? It took me a long time. It was in my 40s, and if you suffer from bulimia, the older you get, the worse it gets. It takes longer to recover from a bout.” Shortly after Fonda made the choice to end her battle with bulimia, she started producing and starring in her workout videos as a form of empowerment.