The celebrity fitness training industry has proven to be prosperous over the years due to a high demand for celebrities to have an incredible jaw-dropping physique and sculpting actors, actresses and musicians into various body shapes for movie roles, music tours, music videos and other projects. These trainers work with a few celebrities each but draw more income than regular trainers working with hundreds of average citizens. In this article, we discuss top 10 highest paid celebrity trainers as of 2022. However, it is important to point out that celebrity trainers are quite hush-hush about their net worth and income. They also have diverse sources of income hence they are not particularly limited to earnings from celebrity training. This article discloses the net worth estimates, in no particular order, as disclosed by various sources.
10 Gunnar Peterson
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Gunnar Peterson conveniently resides in Beverly Hills where he has access to Hollywood’s wealthiest celebrities. He has landed training contracts with A-list celebrities and given us some of our favorite dream body goals with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Hugh Jackman. Peterson boasts over 30 years in the fitness training industry having worked with professional athletes like The L.A Lakers, NFL, boxers and other people in the sports sector. Peterson is branded as a high-energy and charismatic trainer which has earned him a $1.3 million net worth according to Idol Networth. Gunnar Peterson costs upto $15,000 for a personal six-week training program, proving once again that celebrity bodies are an entire investment.
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9 Harley Pasternak
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Harley Pasternak is a brand name in the industry having trained Halle Berry the Catwoman, Alicia Keys the songbird, Lady Gaga the jovial performer, the ever cheerful show host Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities. With a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Honors Degree in Kinesiology, Pasternak has the longest celebrity clients list in Hollywood that get charged $300 per session. According to Forbes, Pasternak boasts a net worth of $1.7 million.
8 Michael George
Michael George has personally trained multiple celebrities including Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Meg Ryan and our once-favorite Spiderman, Toby Maguire. He blends Eastern and Western philosophies, core training, strength training, martial arts, Yoga, and other tools to achieve the entire package of body, mind and spirit transformation. According to Peter Savodnik from Bloomberg Businessweek website reports, Michael George once made $10,000 in a month from training Meg Ryan. Earning like this from a single client would explain Michael George’s six figure net worth.
7 Mark Jenkins
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Having trained Queen Beyonce Knowles Carter (we see your work, Jenkins), Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, P.Diddy, and others, Mark is the trainer to consult for quick results. He especially proved himself after turning P.Diddy into a marathon runner in under two months and preparing Bey for her album music videos. Such gigs earn Jenkins up to $2,500 per hour which has largely boosted his financial status from his days serving in the Navy.
6 Tracy Anderson
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From New York, Tracy Anderson has taken over the celebrity training industry making her one of the most sought-after female fitness trainers. She has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna with inventions like the “Tracy Anderson Method” and “hybrid body reformer” which have Madonna looking young as ever while in her 50’s. Anderson’s gym, which she co-owns with Ms Paltrow, charges $900 per month, and an initiation fee of $1,500, as explained to Independent Magazine.
5 Aaron Williamson
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Williamson has trained the finest figures in Hollywood, from the well-known shredded actor, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to the ripped Zac Efron. Williamson’s fitness business is located in New Orleans and charges $19 per hour. Williamson is able to achieve an enviable income of $4 million per year.
4 Danny Musico
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Responsible for Sylvester Stallone’s gigantic body in Rocky, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s admirable body in The Fighter, Musico has been branded the “Picasso” of celebrity fitness trainers. He can whip up anybody into a movie star at the Get it Done Fitness in Osseo which charges $100 per week.
3 Joe DiAngelo
From New York, Joe Diangelo charges $300 per workout session through the Canali fitness system at his co-owned Superstar gym. The canali system is an advanced fitness equipment that DiAngelo was approached to build by an undisclosed Avenger’s actor (read, Robert Downey Jr.) who was using the Superstar Gym. The equipment was part of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” film set. This information was disclosed by DiAngelo himself to an MTV news article.
2 Lou Ferrigno
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Former Mr. Universe and Mr. America, Lou Ferrigno has had his time on screen with movies and shows like “Sinbad of the Seven Seas,” “Cage” and “The Incredible Hulk.” He doubles as a personal trainer, having worked with the all-time favorite but now deceased celebrity, Michael Jackson. Lou Ferrigno co-owns Gold’s gym in Santa Monica where he charges quite a practical fee of $100 for a 12-week training program but for group sessions, not personal training which would then cost $2000 as explained to The Mirror magazine.
1 David Buer
Buer has worked with many celebrities in their personal and professional consults, including Madea (everyone else calls her Tyler Perry), LL Cool J, Joey Lawrence and Leonardo Dicaprio. Based in Atlanta, Buer also dedicates himself to helping people with post-injury and post-surgical physical therapy. In the industry, he has managed to build himself a $68 million empire.
Sigh. Charging an individual $300 an hour to keep their bodies dreamy and enviable? That sounds doable, sign me up. The celebrity fitness training industry is a growing business sector with more celebrities cropping up by the day and the need for a fit body presentation to match Hollywood standards. The discussed trainers are a handful of the hundreds of personnel eating large from this sector. To get in, all that is required is an enviable body and training certification. Not so hard, is it?
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Sources: Forbes, Independent Magazine, MTV, The Mirror Magazine
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