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I’m Rebel Wilson’s PT and here are the secrets to her weight loss routine

WHEN Australian star Rebel Wilson announced on Instagram that she would be hosting the EE BAFTAs tonight, she quipped, “I know I won’t be funny because I’m not fat anymore.”

Compared to how she looked at the beginning of her career, you might not even recognize the comedian at first.

Compared to how she looked at the beginning of her career, you might not even recognize the comedian at first

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Compared to how she looked at the beginning of her career, you might not even recognize the comedian at first
Rebel lost about 51/2 with the help of personal trainer Gunnar Peterson

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Rebel lost about 51/2 with the help of personal trainer Gunnar Peterson

In 2020, Rebel, 42, famous for playing the self-deprecating “Fat Amy” in the Pitch Perfect movies, announced she was starting a “year of health” and set a goal weight of 11.8 pounds.

Since then she’s been on a transformational journey, losing about 51/2 and getting stronger than ever with a little help from Gunnar Peterson, personal trainer and new head of athletics at F45 Training.

The 59-year-old trains the likes of J.Lo and Kim Kardashian at his Beverly Hills gym.

How did Rebel do that? We asked Gunnar about the inside track…

Gunnar, what’s it like going to the gym with Rebel?

She is a delight. She is motivated, fun to be with as you can imagine and hard working. She’s Rebel Wilson, we get that, but she’s like any other person in that the demands of her time are sometimes overwhelming. And her work schedule is unenviable. I work a lot and then I look at Rebel and say, “Good God, that woman!” She produces, she writes, it’s a lot. She is non-stop. She was here yesterday. Kudos to her for finding time to keep fit.

Celebrity or not, it can be difficult to make time to work out. What’s your advice for making it a part of your routine?

Prioritize it and write it in ink, not pencil, so it can’t be pushed back on the schedule. Don’t have it as your TBD, have it as an anchor and let other things fit around it. If you reschedule and it interferes with your practice, say, “I can’t do that at eight, can we do that at nine?”

When Rebel is in the gym, how does she handle the workout?

It’s an athlete’s mindset – she gets it. And every day doesn’t have to be about personal records, it just has to be something. I love that because it’s a very realistic and sustainable approach to fitness.

What does a typical training session with her look like?

There is no such thing as typical. The workouts I do here are similar to those of F45 (the global fitness community specializing in high-intensity group training). You’re not just working on one piece of equipment like a treadmill, bike, or rowing machine – you’re working in different planes of motion (moving different parts of your body up, down, sideways and backwards/forwards) – the movements are functional, they’re taught to you in the serve real life.

It’s a gentle scientific blend of HIIT cardio, resistance and movement patterns – and you’ll see improvements throughout your life. So you’ll be on the treadmill, squatting, pushing a sled, doing dumbbell rows. Imagine doing 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps in five different exercises.

Do you target specific areas like belly fat or focus on the whole body?

It’s full body. There isn’t a lot of work that gets done in isolation just because it’s not good bang for your buck in terms of time. You might be thinking, “I have time for weights, but I can’t do cardio” or, “I have time for cardio, but I couldn’t do mobility or flexibility.” You get all of that in here.

Rebel is two years old, but where do you start when people are just starting to lose weight?

Don’t try to change too much at once. If you try to overhaul the whole thing, you’ll mess things up and it’s less likely to get stuck. You encourage other good, healthy, sustainable changes, but you don’t say, “OK, you’re going to work out six days a week, you’re going to be on this very strict diet, you’re not going to have alcohol or desserts, you’re going to get eight hours of sleep, you.” will take all your stress away.” You just can’t.

It’s an athlete’s mindset – she gets it. And every day doesn’t have to be about personal records, it just has to be something. I love that because it’s a very realistic and sustainable approach to fitness.

Gunnar Peterson on Rebel Wilson

What works?

If you don’t do anything, I’d be happy if you start training once a week. But then you have to add that. And it should be based on a program. It shouldn’t be, “I’ll go full throttle once and then do nothing for seven days.” That’s not going to get you where you want to be. It’s not about hitting the gym for two, three, four, or five hours.

They say, “Let’s do some workouts,” and then find time to walk alone. Walk out your front door, turn left or right, walk 20 minutes, turn around, try to come back in less than 20 minutes. It involves exercises that increase heart rate (aim for between 50% and 70% of your maximum heart rate). plus HIIT intervals (eg, 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off for six to eight minutes on a VersaClimber machine, or 15 kettlebell swings).

How do you keep employees motivated when they have achieved what they set out to do?

The quote is, “You either strive to get better or allow yourself to get worse” – there is no such thing as staying the same. There is also never such a thing as achieving a goal. You can hit certain numbers, but that shouldn’t mean you stop.

Once this has become your normal, make changes to what is missing from the next component of your health. Some people fall asleep [easily], so we don’t have to optimize sleep. Great, we’ll be adding workouts. And now let’s look at your diet, your stress level, your hydration, or if you’re a smoker. There are so many things to attack, but let’s do them in a way that you don’t feel like your whole life is being subverted. They are slow upgrades.

Rebel gets a lot of scrutiny, especially because of her weight. What would you say to someone who is afraid of going to the gym or what they will look like in lycra?

In most fitness endeavors, you don’t know what everyone else is going through. Everyone does their own thing. They don’t judge you.

Is getting in shape a mental challenge as much as a physical one?

I think it strengthens it, right? You get through certain things that are tedious, and then you realize, “Wow, I did that. And I can. And I can continue to do that.”

How do you want Rebel and everyone else to feel after training?

I like to see how people become empowered and their competence increases. I love watching them realize that they are in control of how they look and feel. I have a sign by the door of my gym. It says, “You got better today.” I want everyone to walk away feeling great.

  • Gunnar Peterson has designed an exclusive workout that will appear on the global F45 schedule in April (F45training.com).

rebel diet

Aside from working out, Rebel decided to “avoid sugar and junk food” and followed the Mayr Method, which is high in vegetables and protein and focuses on chewing food more and eating slowly.

Rebel told The Sun: “There’s no really easy answer to that. I tried many different things to be healthy.”

Gunnar Peterson has created an exclusive workout that will appear on the global F45 schedule in April

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Gunnar Peterson has created an exclusive workout that will appear on the global F45 schedule in April

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Sarah Y. Kim

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