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Halle Berry's Supremely Ripped Trainer Shares His Tips for a Better Physique

Berry introduced fans to her "favorite trainer," Peter Lee Thomas, via Instagram—and they're about to share their know-how with nearly 2.5 million followers each week.

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Halle Berry and Trainer Peter Lee Thomas
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Halle Berry has always been in incredible shape and sported a gorgeous physique. But lately the star seems to have kicked it up a notch when it comes to her fitness routine. The mom of two looks decades younger than 51, and, even with great genetics, maintaining a physique as fit as Berry's undeniably includes a solid exercise and diet regimen.

Rather than keep fans guessing, Berry took to her Instagram account to introduce them to her "secret weapon"—trainer, martial artist, and actor Peter Lee Thomas. She shared some photos of Thomas as part of his introduction, and (unsurprisingly) he's absolutely shredded.


Welcome to the start of fitness Friday. 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!

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In the caption, she writes that although she's learned from every trainer she's had over the years, Thomas has changed her 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," she writes.

"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!"

The star announced that she and Thomas will answer fans' fitness questions each week on "Fitness Friday" until her fan website, Hallewood, relaunches. In the duo's first Fitness Friday installment, Berry posted a response to people who'd love to get fitter but don't know how to get started.


It’s fitness Friday. You asked how to get started? It’s simple... you just decide to start! You decide today that you are worth it! Trust me, I know it’s hard to focus up and dedicate time to working out each day, but with 24 hours in a day you can surely take ONE and dedicate it to YOU! You don’t need a fancy gym to get started - all you need is a living room, a patio, a kitchen floor, a driveway or a backyard, and a water bottle. This simple exercise is called a plank pull. This starts to strengthen your core, and a strong core has been key to my workouts. Each week until the launch of hallewood I’m going to pick a question that you ask and Peter and I will do our best to answer. First, we were asked: if you have weight to lose, is it better to lose weight before you start working out? Peter says it’s best do them simultaneously. You can start by walking each day or doing jumping jacks for cardio, while using very light weights, or again holding water bottles in each hand if you don’t have weights. And you can also start the plank pulls. Here’s to getting started! Swipe to see the plank

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Getting started is easy, Berry explains in the post: All you have to do is decide to go for it. Thomas advises starting out by walking or doing jumping jacks for cardio, and using light weights or water bottles to start out. Berry even included a video of Thomas demonstrating a move that you can do with nothing more than said water bottles—plank pulls. Check out the video in the second slide of the post above.

Going forward, we can expect nuggets of fitness advice from the pair each week until her site relaunches. (After that, Thomas will presumably act as a contributor on that platform.)

Berry started her Hallewood fan site in 2000 to connect with fans more directly, but shut it down in 2004. Now, she's relaunching the site because she feels it's more important than ever for her to have control over her representation in the media, she explained during a panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Social media is empowering in many ways, but the part that is concerning for me, especially with my personal brand, is that that power can be misused,” she said. Even just taking photos with fans can lead to rumors that she's dating countless men, she explained.

Follow Berry on Instagram at @halleberry to keep up with her fitness routines and for more tips from Thomas.

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