When it comes to silent heroes in the sports industry, you can’t get much better than Gunnar Peterson. He’s a celebrity personal trainer to big names like Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie, while still being able to train athletes from organizations like the MLB and NBA.
In this short article, we write some of the known and lesser-known facts about Gunnar Peterson, and why he’s someone we admire here at Phactual.
This is what you need to know:
1. Over 28 Years Experience
Don’t let his looks fool you, Gunnar has been in this industry a while. With over 28 years of experience as a personal trainer he’s one of the most qualified people in the industry.
This is the type of man you want training you if you’re looking for nothing but the best results.
2. Big in the Sports Industry
Before we get into the long list of names that Gunnar has helped over the years, you need to realize that Mr Peterson doesn’t just help celebrities. He’s a huge influence on the sports industry.
Gunnar has many clients who he has helped who are athletes. They belong to various sporting federations such as NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, USTA, Pro Boxing and NCAA to name just a few.
This means that Gunnar Peterson isn’t a one-trick pony when it comes to getting people in shape – he builds physical machines that can dominate sports.
He can train his clients for both health and performance and appears to be highly capable at doing both.
3. He’s Trained a Crazy Amount of Celebrities
One of the things that Gunnar Peterson is most known for is his extensive list of celebrity clients.
He is responsible for the good looking people looking good – it’s a lot of pressure, but Gunnar manages it with endless effort and skill.
Here’s a quick list of the bigger names he has worked with:
- Sofia Vergara
- Jennifer Lopez
- Kim Kardashian (Gunnar’s trained her since she was 19)
- Angelina Jolie
Some pretty high level names there, and definitely proof that he is an elite trainer.
4. He Designs Gyms
Aside from being a personal trainer to professional athletes and the stars, Gunnar also designs gym.
That doesn’t mean making sure that it has the right decorations – it’s much more complex than that. Gunnar has to implement several strategies to make sure a gym is set up in the best possible way for clients to get the most out of it.
It’s a lot of work, and one of the more underrated roles in the sports industry.
5. Gunnar was a Fat Kid
Believe it or not, Gunnar wasn’t always the super-fit personal trainer we all know today. Back in the day it was a totally different story. Gunnar was a fat kid.
When he was 10 years old, Peterson was struggling with his weight so much that his mother put him in Weight Watchers and attended weekly meetings.
Apparently Gunnar finally got his act together during his college days and was ready to get into a career of fitness.
6. He loves ‘F-Words’!
Not that F-word! Peterson is a fantastic author and managed to write a great book ‘G Force’ which was based around four words beginning with F.
Those words are Function, Foundation, Freedom and Focus. When you think about it, these are great concepts to think about when you’re training for your perfect body.
7. Peterson is an inventor
Not only is Peterson an accomplished personal trainer and gym designer, but he also invents his own equipment.
Gunnar Peterson has invented the Bottom Line, RAC and Hoop Hands.
The Bottom Line is a machine for body exercises, while the RAC that helps with upper body work via spinning. Finally, Hoop Hands is a tool designed for helping with basketball resistance exercises.
As you can see, he’s quite the man. With an extensive resume of training high level celebrities, to training athletes, designing gyms and even inventing his own equipment – Gunnar Peterson is a serious name in the fitness industry.
Who would’ve thought such great things would blossom from a young 10 year old attending a Weight Watchers meeting?
It’s an incredible story, and we look forward to seeing what else Gunnar comes out with in the future, be it another book or a new venture!