Anyone can insert the word “celebrity” in front of trainer, and it seems to hold a lot of weight amongst the general population. Then there are those that go as far as paying celebrities or influencers to say they train them when they really don’t.
You really have to do your research before you spend the extra money to work with a “celebrity” trainer in Manhattan.
If you are looking for a true celebrity trainer, you probably have specific reasons why, since these kinds of trainers charge a premium for their service.
Your reasons might include:
Schedule – you own a business, or are an executive who finds yourself needing a 25th hour of every day. It’s difficult for you to find an hour to work on yourself, so you need someone who will cater to your free time – no matter what time of the day - or night - that might be.
Travel – your professional and personal travel makes it difficult to go to a regular trainer. You may need your trainer to travel with you to get your workouts in, or be available 24/7 to guide you on what to do in the gym.
Time sensitive goals – you have a specific time window to accomplish a specific goal, whether it be for a movie role, event, or climb. You have numbers you have to hit in an exact amount of time.
Here are some celebrity trainers in New York City that offer personal training for the top 1% of Manhattan. Each have their own processes, personalities and specialties described here to help you determine who is the best match for you.
Jeff Halevy, Midtown East
Jeff is widely recognized as a celebrity trainer, healthy living spokesperson, keynote speaker and public health advocate. His work spans clients from esteemed medical institutions like Human Genome Sciences, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to associations like AARP, to brands like asics and Dove, and individuals like Tiki Barber and Frank McCourt.
In 2009, Jeff was hand-picked by Michelle Obama to join her fight against childhood obesity though a campaign called “Let’s Move!” He created a highly effective technology-based program to get children excited and motivated to keep moving throughout the day.
Jeff served as NBC's the TODAY Show Fitness Correspondent for a few years, with his initial series being "Six Months to a Six Pack," which he co-contributed to with nutritionist Joy Bauer. He is also host of the internationally syndicated TV program “Workout from Within with Jeff Halevy.”
Jeff’s passion for helping others achieve their health, performance and aesthetic goals through a scientifically sound fitness regimen led him to work with professional athletes and dancers, actors, musicians and business leaders.
As a celebrity trainer, Jeff’s specialty is giving his clients a body that can do whatever they want, whenever they want. Using a science led approach with every client is paramount to him, which is why he requires all of his trainers at his private club, Halevy Life, to have Master’s Degrees in Exercise Science.
In addition to Halevy Life, Jeff owns several companies in the areas of health and fitness including gym design and sports and fitness risk management.
Don Saladino, Soho
For over 20 years, Don has coached actors, athletes, musicians, and titans of business. Some celebrities he has worked with include Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Liev Schreiber, Sebastian Stan, Morgan Hoffman, Hugh Jackman, and David Harbour. He trains his clients at his gym, Drive495 in Soho, Manhattan.
Saladino has been named as a fitness expert in publications such as Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Met Rx and most recently, was featured on the cover of the March issue of Muscle and Fitness. He has also been featured in Origins, In Touch, US Weekly, and People; and has made appearances doing live fitness demos on The Today Show, Page Six TV, People NOW, The Better Show, & The Juice.
Don’s specialty is prepping actors and actresses for upcoming roles, where they need to decrease fat and increase lean mass in a short amount of time.
His 5 week Suit Up Program available on his Playbook app is designed to pack on muscle, shed body fat and build athleticism, all while retaining mobility.
Mary Helen Bowers, Soho
Mary was a professional dancer with the New York City Ballet for 10 years.
She designed Natalie Portman’s training program for Black Swan and has worked with several Victoria’s Secret Angels like Miranda Kerry and Lily Aldridge.
She’s known for her program, “Ballet Beautiful,” which seeks to tone through a blend of classic ballet and standard exercise/cardio, all customized to fit the client's personal needs. Workouts range from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
Mary Helen’s professional expertise provides her clients with an authenticity unrivaled by any barre workout. She seeks to share the artistry and athleticism of dance with others, with a fun and transformative workout that anyone can do.
Justin Gelband, Tribeca
Known for getting supermodels in shape for the runway, Justin has worked with top Victoria’s Secret angels like Candice Swanepoel, Romee Strijd, Jasmine Tookes, and Lais Ribeiro. He’s also trained Karlie Kloss and Chrissy Teigen.
Justin was an avid runner, swimmer and tennis player in his early years. He swam competitively for two and a half years at Rutgers, where he studied exercise science and sports management.
He previously co-owned ModelFit, the celebrity focused boutique fitness studio in Manhattan and now has opened his own studio in Tribeca, Manhattan.
Justin employs controlled micro movements paired with a host of aids—rubber resistance arm bands, or a leg-toning trampoline and slant board, perfect for those who need to run around in heels all day.
Each celebrity trainer has different specialties and formulas for getting their clients into shape. It’s important to do the research and determine which is best for you in terms of flexibility, approach, credibility and personality.
Don’t be fooled by gimmicky sponsorships and empty promises. You’re taking the step to invest in yourself and your goals – spend your money on the right person who’s going to get you where you want to be!