Another celebrity trainer – Peter Lee Thomas – came to us with his unique thoughts and beliefs of how to get ripped.
Teaching Halle Berry, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Demi Lovato how to incorporate different types of martial arts into their workouts, Peter promotes his own view on fitness programs.
Once Halle Berry shared some photos of Thomas as part of his introduction, and unsurprisingly he’s absolutely shredded.
Even more uniquely, his workouts are often performed without ever stepping foot in a gym or lifting a single weight.
“There’s a huge misconception that you can’t have an awesome physique without using some type of weight,” Thomas told Menshealth. “But when you look at people like fighters, gymnasts, Navy SEALs, guys in calisthenics parks… they’re primarily only using their bodyweight for their workouts, and they’re just physical specimens, built like Greek gods. You realize that theory just goes out the window.”
The Los Angeles-based personal trainer and martial artist isn’t supporting the anti-weight movement, but he strongly believes that weights are only a great component of the entire structure.
As far as his philosophy based on no-weight exercises, he tries to use principles to yield impressive results, both for him personally and for his clients.
“When you teach something, you learn it twice,” he said. “When I was 20, I decided that teaching martial arts and learning more about martial arts was something I wanted to continue to do.”
As the time went by, he started getting phone calls from celebrities who wanted help to learn a fighting skill for an upcoming movie, or just to get in shape.
“I never force (martial arts) on my clients, but a lot of times they show a little interest in it,” he said. “There are definitely some that don’t have any interest, and that’s fine. But most of the time, if they try it once, they realize how incredible of a workout it is, because of the different muscles they have to recruit. Then they get hooked.”
“Once they start incorporating some martial arts training, they really start seeing a transformation,” he said. “It’s cardio, but a different type of cardio. It’s aerobic and anaerobic at the same time,” he explains.
Thomas also gave us some pros that his strategy does well worth it.
“The difference between a good workout and not isn’t a lack of resources, it’s a lack of resourcefulness,” he said. “You just become your own gym, and there is so much you can do with that concept.”
“Some of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done have been with little to no equipment,” he said. “If you have a bunch of cool stuff, obviously take advantage of that. But if you don’t have the luxury of a gym or even time, there are things you can do. It’s all about resourcefulness.”
What about his average workout routine, he said the next: “For a really good workout, I’ll do three to five rounds, all the way up and down the ladder,” Thomas said. “But just doing one round, you’re getting 60 reps per exercise, that’s a pretty tough finisher or great warm-up for a lifting session.”
To sum up, Thomas’ program is really helpful especially for those unwilling to do the same cardio every day. But you have to remember that such workouts may be too harmful for the most important muscle you have – your heart.
Just be aware of what your heart rate is and keep up the most comfortable pace for you, so everything gonna be alright.