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If you're into muscles, tattoos and motorcycles, you're going to really, really like our number 15 Hottest contestant, Bobby Waldron. A former wrestler and top trainer at Crunch, Waldron now tones up celebrities and has even gotten into the biz himself as an actor and stuntman. We asked him all sorts of questions about his celebrity clients and found out what he does when not at the gym.
How did you get into training?
"I started in New York and worked with Crunch for about 10 years. When we opened Crunch in LA I came out with them. I helped design their floor plan and their personal training department early on. Then I went independent and started training my own clients. I opened my own little gym in Hollywood and began training there—it's called The Loft. I developed a specialty, working with actors doing some kickboxing and other training specific to their roles. I also train other industry people, from producers to directors to writers. Along the way, I was inspired to start my own business and developed a fitness product called The Belly Burner. It's in 80,000 stores now and is doing really well."
What's the hardest thing about your job?
"Initially, I'd say it was the hours because a lot of people would want early workouts. But I don't do as many one-on-ones now. The success of the [Belly Burner] allows me a little bit of hourly freedom. It's really not a difficult job. It's a lot of fun. It's an easy job to help people be healthy."
Do you have tips for people just starting out?
"Initially, I tell people to control their diet and work with a trainer and get to know your body better."
Are their any unique challenges that come with training celebrities?
"I train a lot of celebrities that have physical roles, so their stuff is very specific. We'll be jumping around, playing with swords, going over leg movements. I also train a lot of rock stars. I trained Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day for awhile. He's a very physical performer so we had him jumping on and off boxes, doing handstands, all kinds of stuff. He lost like 30 pounds."
What kind of mistakes do you see people making with their workouts?
"Exercise is evolving, and has evolved a lot, in the past 10 years. It's only been mainstream for what 20, 25 years? A lot of movements that we were taught to do years ago, especially with heavy weights, can actually put strain on the joints and ligaments. If you do the wrong form with heavier weight, it can lead to injuries. Learn the proper movements."
We've been asking every trainer for their secrets to a flat stomach. What are your thoughts?
"[Laughs] What do you think, The Belly Burners! It's a good tool. For one, it gives you core awareness so it keeps your posture good. But it also helps you lose a lot of the water weight that builds in the fat cells and the skin cells. And anything that helps you increase your body temperature will help you burn calories and in turn, get a flatter stomach."
What do you do when you're not working out?
"I'm doing stunt work, mostly fighting, and I'm a certified stunt driver. I'm doing motorcycle stunts on the Sons of Anarchy—I'll be in the first two episodes this coming season. I'm trying to do more of that and some character-based acting. You know, the bad guy. And I have this old house in Laurel Canyon that I'm slowly renovating. That's a lot of fun. I also ride motorcycles. I have a Harley, a Duke, a Triumph, just got a new Buell and then I have two dirt bikes and a quad."