Halle Berry’s Trainer Shares The Diet And Fitness Secrets That She Says Changed Her Life

March 15, 2018  |  
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At 51, Halle Berry has manged to defy the passage of time and maintain an incredibly youthful look. The secret? Exercise, a healthy (ketogenic) diet, and trainer Peter Lee Thomas.
The ripped trainer and athlete has been working with the actress for two years now and helped her kick her workout routines up a notch. The results? Berry has more energy, is more athletic and feels better than ever. Not to mention, she says that she’s been able to change her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis into Type 2. So we talked to Thomas about his work with the Oscar winner, the ways in which the ketogenic diet and supplements from the Purium brand have changed her from the inside out, and why he says she’s the hardest-working actress he’s ever met.

MadameNoire: How did you go from getting to train Halle to partnering with her for Fitness Fridays in the hopes of informing and motivating her followers?

Peter Lee Thomas: Well, initially we met because we had some mutual friends and she was looking for a trainer. I had just been there and we talked and it just seemed like I’d known her for years. As you know, she’s extremely down to earth and we just fell right into it. It was a natural, organic progression. Throughout the years, we decided, “You know what? We should start sharing some of these ideas and some of these concepts with people.” Because I really think it could ripple and it could influence and encourage a lot of people to move and to just overall optimize their existence. Have a healthy outlook on life. That’s kind of where we started with the idea. We threw some ideas together, and sure enough, it just manifested. We wanted to influence people to take action and start working out now and not to have to always put it on the backburner saying, “I’ll be fit in the month of January because that’s my resolution season” or whatever. Get active now and just be accountable and have fun with it. Regardless of what you do, you’re going to feel great. So that’s how that all manifested. We’ve always just had this larger vision. We wanted to spread this to everybody, regardless of whether or not you have a gym membership. It’s ok! There’s so much you can do resourcefully inside of your home and even outside of it. There’s a million things you can do. So that’s been our spin on it.

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It’s #FitnessFriday once again. Today I’m gonna share with you a few exercises that I do that you can do at home. Over the years I have enjoyed learning to box and shadow box as a way of mixing up my workout regime. The first exercise is shadow boxing with a sprawl. It’s good for the upper body, core and lungs. It’s also low impact and calorie burning. The second exercise is shadow boxing with a sit up. This is also a nice way to build upper body strength and the core! And trust me those punches get heavy after a while. If you wanna get extra with it you can add light weights. If you don’t have weights grab water bottles or even cans of soup. It works, I promise you! I do 10 to 20 reps of each one with a minimum of 10 rounds. However you can modify the reps and rounds based on your fitness level. Swipe once to see the shadow boxing with a sprawl and swipe again to see shadow boxing with a sit-up. Have fun! 💪🏽❤️ #FitnessFridayHB

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Halle says that you’ve changed her life. What did you bring to her training experience that has allowed her to experience such growth? 

I was really honored to receive that shout-out. That was a surprise to me. I honestly do think, in my humble opinion, it’s that she’s such an athlete but she was never truly challenged in specific ways. And a lot of the time, the workouts we do, we do them together. I’m not just standing around and telling her what to do. A lot of the time we work out together and it’s just something I decided to do because it creates a very healthy, competitive atmosphere. Because she was finally seeing herself physically sweat, that’s why she might say our work has changed her life. She has much more energy than she had before. I think she’s doing things athletically now that she probably couldn’t even do in her 20s and 30s. Chronologically, she might be 51, but biologically, she’s much, much more youthful than that. You can clearly see that in her athleticism and how she moves. She’s by far the hardest working actress that I’ve ever met and I’ve worked with a handful of them. I have to say, she’s my hero.

Oh, wow! Nice! Is there a particular part of her body that she likes to focus on most?

Absolutely. In general, all my training is full-body workout. We will target different specific muscles based on how fatigued the others are. But I would say ideally, most women they want to make sure they have toned legs, a toned butt and that everything is long, lean and athletic. So that’s kind of what we focus on.

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Welcome to the start of #FitnessFriday. Each Friday I’ll be posting something about fitness that I hope will inspire you. So many of you are asking how I have managed to stay in great shape over the years. Well, part of it is genetics, that’s true. I was a gymnast growing up and that certainly has helped as I have always been very athletic. I have worked with many trainers over the years and learned a lot from each of them. However, now I’d like to introduce you to my favorite trainer and what I call my secret weapon! Peter Lee Thomas! This man has changed my life. Besides being an all around wonderful human, he’s a trainer, martial artist, fellow actor, and nutrition specialist! With his help, I have learned so much about fitness and nutrition and I’m excited to share it with all of you. He’s taught me boxing, self defense, and much more. Not only am I in the best shape of my life, but I can actually defend myself and most importantly… my children! As a woman there is nothing more empowering. I’ll be launching #hallewood very soon and within that community, Peter will be laying it out! In 2018, he’ll help all of us get healthier, stronger and more fit! Swipe for more! #FitnessFridayHB

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How do Purium’s products supplement the training she does with you and why is that your go-to brand?

Of all of the different companies that have been set in front of me, I’ve been using Purium for about 12 years now. I was a sponsored athlete with the company, and when I used to compete in boxing and kickboxing and mixed martial arts, I really didn’t know much about superfoods, nutrition or supplements that could help your mobility. So I stumbled upon  a friend who connected me with the people over at Purium. It truly just revolutionized my entire outlook on anti-aging and being more athletic. All of these different modalities, I just started to see a complete increase in my performance. I thought, there has to be something to this because all of the other stuff I tried, it didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t feel optimized. I felt slow and sluggish and I was always getting injured and being sore. So the second I got to experience the Purium experience, I thought, “This is incredible. I’d love to share this twith everybody.” Everyone can benefit from their products because it’s not just from the athletic perspective. It’s about longevity. These are lifestyle-enhancing products.

Halle is very disciplined and the Purium supplements help with that. But in what ways have you encouraged some of the dietary changes she’s been able to make? She’s been a major proponent of the ketogenic diet and often speaks about forgoing sugars and carbs. How have you helped her balance her diet?

I research a lot of different diets. But as everyone knows, she’s diabetic. Naturally, when you’re diabetic, your body craves certain foods. From what I understand, she was already doing intermittent fasting, which I’m a huge fan proponent of. I do it every day. A lot of athletes practice it. It’s one of those things that once you feel the results of it, it’s kind of hard to go back. But I specifically think the ketogenic diet perfectly complements what we’re doing and the specific training we’re doing. She naturally wanted and craved those foods because her body was sending those messages. But the ketogenic diet, there’s so much science and research behind it. I don’t think it’s going to be a fad diet. It’s something she naturally gravitated towards based on her entire existence. It’s something that just naturally fit the bill. But I did suggest it because I was already doing the diet myself and I think it’s fantastic. I just suggested, “You should really look into this more and the science behind it,” and so she did. She’s now in ketosis and eating the right foods at the right time. She’s picking the right choices. And when you’re in ketosis, you don’t even really crave sugar. Those cravings kind of dissipate and they go away. So I could look at a big cookie and I could not associate that with real food, as opposed to if I look at an apple or a strawberry or a blueberry. That to me is really aesthetically pleasing and I’d rather go for that. With this diet in mind, she just felt like herself and at her complete best performance when she adopted the ketogenic lifestyle. And that’s what it is. It’s a lifestyle.

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Yooooooo this #FitnessFriday is about overcoming discomfort and fatigue! Initially when adapting to a fitness lifestyle, fear of discomfort usually sets in. The truth is, when you get fit, exercise is actually something you look forward to. It’s a stress reliever (God knows I’ve needed that over the years), makes you feel relaxed, optimistic and those endorphins are just heavenly! After I workout, I feel like I can conquer the world. Ok, now real talk, I do sometimes get fatigued, tired and don’t always look forward to my workouts but that is when I force myself to push harder and work through it. When I get to the other side, it’s always well worth my effort. Why? Because I’m worth it and so are YOU! Today’s exercise is about lifting and firming our butts! Trust me the battle is real for us to keep it tight and right, especially if you have an average butt like me. 😄 So today I’m sharing a simple exercise that I love! We call it a skyscraper. It’s easy to do at home all you need is a ball, a stack of towels or anything that you can lift your foot on. I’m also sharing another exercise for your core. My core is the only muscle group I work on everyday. A strong core is an essential part of performing every other workout I do. We call this exercise a sit through. All you need for that is a towel! Swipe left to view the exercises. Enjoy ❤️💪🏽 #FitnessFridayHB

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Is it true that by sticking to the ketogenic diet, her body was able to shift from being a Type 1 diabetic to a Type 2?

Yeah. I’ve been reading more and more about that and I’ve just been hearing more stories about people who are able to do that. She’s among a lot of people who’ve witnessed these benefits and I think there’s definitely something to it. With the science that’s backing it up, it’s no longer a pseudo-science based thing.

What Purium supplements that you and Halle are a fan of would you recommend for people just starting their fitness journey?

I always suggest that people go on the 10-Day Transformation. You’re resetting your metabolism and getting off of processed foods. You’re getting off of all of the junk, sugar, potato chips and whatever else people eat and you’re giving your body a break. You’re also giving a shower to yourself from the inside out and it clearly shows. And your’e still eating regular food! You’re not just drinking juices for 10 days. You go on this cleanse, and I think it’s one everyone should start with. People are surprised when they get on it because they’re like, “Here I am, day five, day six, and I’m not even hungry!” You feel satiated the whole time you’re doing that. You’re feeding your body on a cellular level. You’re not just consuming macronutrients and eating all of this caloric-dense food. You’re eating micronutrients that are nutritionally dense superfoods that feed your cells. You’re allowing your body to go on vacation from all of the stuff it’s used to. If you never got an oil change on your car, imagine what would happen. That’s how the human body operates indirectly. Give it a little break and let it do what it does best. It knows how to clean itself if you give it the right tools.

Those interested in testing out Purium products can try them for a discounted price for a limited time. Thomas is offering a $50 Purium gift card. Just use the code “peterleethomas” while shopping on the online store when you check out. 

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