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Halle Berry’s fitness trainer proves martial arts can make you ripped

Another celebrity trainer  – Peter Lee Thomas – came to us with his unique thoughts and beliefs of how to get ripped.

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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.

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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.

This #FitnessFriday let’s have fun while we work out! Trust me, I know how hard it is to get motivated at times, but when my workout is fun, it’s a whole lot easier! Every once in a while Peter and I just need to have a good time and get recharged! So today we share some ways to work out with a partner and have fun too!! I also want to share one of my secret weapons that I think has helped me defy my age and look and feel younger than my years. The secret is Bone Broth! It’s made with bones that are simmered for at least 8 hours. I like to slow cook my bones in my crock pot for 24 hours. The purpose is to cook the bones until they produce gelatin collagen and trace minerals that support the immune system and helps with the development of healthy joints, bones, ligaments and tendons as well as hair and SKIN! These nutrients are considered “beauty foods” because they help the body with proper structural alignment and beautiful skin and hair. The collagen in #bonebroth also helps with digestion and heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation. It’s important to find bones from humanely raised healthy animals. 100% grass-fed cows, bison, lamb and organic chicken bones. Wild game like deer and antelope are great as well. You can drink it plain or how I like it with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic. I know for some this may sound nasty as hell, but I promise you, it’s not bad at all and drinking bone both will slow down your inevitable race to the finish line! Look for the bone broth recipe and fun exercises in my fitness highlight at the top of my profile. Enjoy 💪🏽❤️ . Exercises: -Light as a feather 20 jumps for 3/5 sets One person working core the other working legs cardio and core -Stickem up Both working core and upper body 20 reps per side for 3/5 sets -London bridge One works chest triceps The other works legs and cardio 10 reps in each direction for 3/5 sets -Rocking chair Both workout biceps, core and legs do 10 rep per arm/20 reps total for 3/5 reps

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“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.

Welcome to the start of #FitnessFriday. Each Friday I’ll be posting something about fitness that I hope will inspire you. So many of you are asking how I have managed to stay in great shape over the years. Well, part of it is genetics, that’s true. I was a gymnast growing up and that certainly has helped as I have always been very athletic. I have worked with many trainers over the years and learned a lot from each of them. However, now I’d like to introduce you to my favorite trainer and what I call my secret weapon! Peter Lee Thomas! This man has changed my life. Besides being an all around wonderful human, he’s a trainer, martial artist, fellow actor, and nutrition specialist! With his help, I have learned so much about fitness and nutrition and I’m excited to share it with all of you. He’s taught me boxing, self defense, and much more. Not only am I in the best shape of my life, but I can actually defend myself and most importantly… my children! As a woman there is nothing more empowering. I’ll be launching #hallewood very soon and within that community, Peter will be laying it out! In 2018, he’ll help all of us get healthier, stronger and more fit! Swipe for more! #FitnessFridayHB

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“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.

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