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Dream Jobs:  Celebrity Trainer

There’s no denying that Hollywood ‘hearts’ Harley.   As coach and confidant to the glitzy city’s most prestigious performers, Harley Pasternak is Hollywood’s reigning King of Kinesiology
The Toronto-born fitness consultant earned his VIP status by giving Tinseltown’s highest profile celebs a healthy upgrade. He has been hired by Jessica Simpson to round out her rump; Kanye West to turn tour food into health food; and Halle Berry to tone her body into superhero shape.  The list of platinum personalities calling on Harley for training and diet help is as star-studded as the streets he now calls home.  More of his clients include singers Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, actors John Mayer , Robert Downey Jr., Eva Mendes , and Vanessa Williams, and rappers LL Cool J, Common and Eve.  Not bad for a Kinesiology Major from Canada. 

The Celebrity Trainer actually holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto in addition to his Honors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. He is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.  “While not essential”, Harley says of his formal education, “it definitely sets you apart from everyone else in the industry.   A minority of people in this field have a University degree so it gives you that edge over others.”  Given the opportunity to hit the books again, Harley would choose business courses because, “no matter what you end up doing in life, you are going to be involved in business.”

 Harley is now in the business of sharing his proven recipe for healthier lifestyles with the world.  His bestselling books, 5-Factor Fitness and 5-Factor Diet, revolutionize the conventional approach to eating and exercise by dispelling the “no pain, no gain” myth and replacing it with a realistic method for living and looking our best.  “You don’t have to have a lot of money to eat well.  There are lots of cost-effective choices for students from a bowl of cereal or egg-white omelet in the morning to healthy snacks like fruit, yoghurt, turkey, jerky, and dried fruit.  When I was in school, I used to make a smoothie for breakfast every morning.  That’s a perfect breakfast.” 

Employing his wealth of Nutritional and Fitness knowledge, Harley promotes a unique 25-minute exercise routine performed 5 times a week coupled with a 5 meal-a-day eating plan that fits perfectly into his client’s busy schedules.    Keeping him moving during workouts are, “the new N.E.R.D. album, lots of new Kanye stuff- just because I’m around him all the time so I hear what he’s working on, DJ Frances Jaye- a DJ out of Dallas who puts together these incredible 3 hour compilations of hip hop-meets-neo soul, D’Angelo, the new Erykah Badu, and Tribe [Called Quest].  Always Tribe.” 

At the end of a long day of motivating and inspiring people to go bigger, faster, and harder Harley looks to A-Students in other industries to keep him striving for success: “It’s tough because, short of Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda, there’s no real role models in my field that have taken it to the same level.  I look to people in other industries for inspiration.  No matter what level of success I achieve, there’s always someone one-upping you.  I could be on Oprah one day but then find out a friend of mine just won an Oscar.  It’s humbling and completely propels me forward.”

With the wide availability of his books and more on the way, now we can all have access to the superstar tips and practices that Harley is famous for.  But, for those who are passionate about bringing health and fitness to others, a Kinesiology program is the key to turning that interest into an investment in your career. 

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