Celebrity Transformations

Gym near RockwallI’m going to chat with you about a few celebrities and their transformations, but I’m going to talk about in a different way than most tabloids and media.

This isn’t going to be about hacks, fads, meds, or other solutions. This is something entirely different that I hardly EVER see anyone mention that I feel warrants the reason some make these dramatic changes.

I remember reading an article about when Oprah Winfrey lost quite a bit of weight; I can’t recall the amount, but she had a personal chef and a personal trainer. I believe a doctor was monitoring her as well.

About everything you could want to make some solid changes.

She was up at 5 am the morning with her trainer to start her morning run, then ate breakfast from her chef; later that morning, she did her weight training regime before starting the day.

She looked good and lost quite a bit of weight.

Many people praised how great she looked and were asking for her secrets.


…many more said, “well, I could do that do if I had my own personal trainer and personal chef,” essentially diluting her progress.

In an interview, someone brought up all her advantages and said something so simple that it stuck with me.

“Yes, your right, I did have a trainer and a chef, but I still had to get up and do it.”

Think about that. Oprah had all the resources, but just because she got the trainer and the chef didn’t mean she still didn’t have to do the work, eat the food and live the lifestyle.

Dwayne Johnson
Another one that comes to mind is Dwayne Johnson.

There was a story that went around; I believe it was when he was filming for his first Jumanji movie, where he had his entire home gym shipped out to his location in Hawaii. Basically, wherever he was filming, he has his home gym (which is a VERY nice, well-equipped gym that is on par with some great commercial gyms) packed and shipped to his set.

He did this for several reasons.

  1. Workout whenever he wanted due to his chaotic schedule.
  2. Workout without interruption from fans.
  3. Keep in shape since his physique is part of his persona.

Personally, I thought this was cool, but I remember how many gave him crap about it. The comments ranged from “if they were paid 10 million per movie they would do that to” etc…

They missed the point.

The reason he’s paid 10 million+ per movie is BECAUSE HE does that, and he has done that long before Jumanji.

Do you remember J-Lo in the movie Husterls? She looked good, phenomenal. Yes, she was 50, or around 50, in that movie but age aside, her body was on point.

Again, people said if they had her trainer, diet, chef, and routine, they could do that.

That right there was not the result of just one training session for a movie but MANY years of training, working on herself and living the lifestyle.

Her look is part of her job.

Now, Why Do I Share This With You?
Celebrities, athletes, and movie stars, in general, DO HAVE advantages. No one can doubt that. They have experts at their side coaching, pushing, telling them what to do; they have many tools at their disposal to help keep them on track.

But what no one ever gives them credit for is what Oprah said best “I still had to get up and do it.”

They have the tools, but they still had to do the work, and in a lot of ways, they have to work even harder because they have all the tools. There’s no excuse at that time; it’s now all on them to do the work.

What Can You Learn From This?
This piggybacks off my last post (HERE) that at some points in your life, you should think about your goals as a job and do whatever you have to do to get the job done.

No matter what tools you have or don’t have at your disposal, no matter what unfair advantages you have or don’t have, at the end of the day, the work still has to be put in to get the job done.

While I know that celebrities get a lot of crap about all the unfair advantages they have, people fail to forget they still did, and do, the work that needed to be done to get there.

Oprah still got up at 4:30 am to run at 5, then work out again at 8, then get ready for work for the day.

Dwayne Johnson has been known to work 19+ hour days THEN head off to the gym at 1 or 2 in the morning while everyone else has gone to sleep.

What you can learn from people like this is, “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice.

I’m not saying it’s not going to suck somedays. You’re going to be tired, sore, hungry, and somedays it will feel like the world is pushing against you but remember… that’s not every day.

Be willing to do the work, and when you look back, you realize it was never as much or as hard as you thought, but the rewards are beyond what you can imagine.



In Health and Awesomeness,
Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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