Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is known for being a formidable taskmaster who will not let you get off easy. He has trained the likes of Ariana Grande, Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox and many more celebs. “The key to getting in shape is hitting your steps,” he says, and 12,000 steps is his recommendation. The second significant factor is sleep, followed by a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Though there is nothing new about this piece of info, Pasternak believes that it is that easy to get on the right track- by simply moving your body. “There’s nothing to compensate for lack of steps. All you need to do is put 1 mph on a treadmill and just walk and move. It’s all about centring your body,” he said. “We’ve gone so extreme with our approach to fitness. You don’t need to do P90X or Insanity. I train 50 of the most amazing bodies in the world, and none of them do that,” he further added.

Credited for sculpting some of the fittest celebrity bodies, Pasternak’s workouts include a series of cardio and aerobic exercises combined with resistance training. He treats resistance training, in the same manner, a doctor would deal with antibiotics. If the prescribed daily dosage is one for 15 days, and you end up popping five pills, then it will definitely backfire and make you sick. Same goes with resistance training according to Pasternak. He says, “When I hear people say, ‘I just do squats every day,’ you’re actually going to get weaker after a week or two of doing that.”

When it comes to group fitness classes, they are a big no-no from Pasternak. He says that if you are looking to get fit then group fitness classes such as SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp or Orange Theory are not exactly efficient.”Since people are more isolated and lonely now than they ever were, as humans they tend to miss a sense of community. That’s why you see group fitness making a big surge because people want to be part of something.” Though he agrees that they are good from a social perspective, they aren’t what one must do to stay fit. He concludes by saying, “Think of how big spinning is. It’s the dumbest thing in the world. All people are doing is cycling to an instructor on a bike that is stationary.”

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