Celebrity Trainer Interview

Today I’m thrilled to share the first post in a new fitness series featuring celebrity trainer Key Son. Does that name sound familiar? Not only does he train some of the best bodies in the business {models, actresses, actors, a-listers…} he also has a book & DVD out.

After reading about his great recommendations on Into The Gloss I immediately downloaded his e-book. Check out this Celebrity Trainer Interview below!

MCLV: Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?

I have a Doctorate in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. I have been working as a personal trainer and exercise specialist for over 10 years.

I started as a trainer at Equinox and worked there for 9 years before going private and working as a Health and Fitness Consultant. I trained the actress Hilary Swank and several fashion models and worked directly for some of the most important modeling agencies in NYC, including IMG and DNA modeling agencies.

In 2007, I had my first major interview with Allure Magazine, with a follow-up feature article in 2008 and 2012. My clientele of actors and models increased and I finally made my first fitness workout dvd called Core and Curves with Academy award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

My recent fitness project is a workout I created for everyone to do anywhere called The New York Model Workout, composed of beginner and advanced routines with at home exercises that can be done with zero equipment and also exercises that can be done with resistance tubing.


{Marisa Tomei: Core & Curves}

MCLV: You have a number of exciting, high-profile clients – Do you take on non-celebrity clients as well? Have you found any difference in training models versus actors/actresses?

Yes, I take on non-celebrity clients. Most of the film and tv projects are for 4-6 weeks during preproduction in order to get the talent ready. Oftentimes I will only see the actor or model for a limited time throughout the year.

I also train professionals in every industry and film and tv producers who want to have higher energy levels and be fit throughout the year.

I have seen more similarities between models and actors. There is a focus on being ready for film or tv or a print publication. This focus adds motivation to nutrition, which takes a lot of discipline, and the additional cardiovascular work required to get into shape fast.

MCLV: 2013 was a great year for you, can you share a little about what you’re hoping to achieve for 2014? What are your top goals for this year?

I have a large number of actors from HBO at the moment and I still work with fashion models who I will train before fashion week coming up and also in sept.

Large gyms are good for doing cardio, however the most efficient workout to get into the shape required for film and tv can be done anywhere and at home either with bodyweight exercises or simple resistance bands. For 2014, I will be doing more interviews describing exercises in my book, The New York Model Workout, which is for everyone, not just models and also another celebrity workout video.

Can’t wait for more? Check out The New York Model Workout on iTunes or head to Key’s website!


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