NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their Favorite Cheat Foods

Rachel Torgerson | March 4, 2015 | Style & Beauty The Latest

Your New Year’s resolution might be collecting dust, but swimsuit season is just around the corner. Fortunately, even fitness pros allow themselves to indulge every once in a while. We talked to New York’s most famous trainers to find out their favorite cheat foods and their top workout motivators.

Becca Raphael, Trainer at SoulCycle

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Just Do It: “You’ll surprise yourself with what you can do when you don’t have a choice. Basically… just do it! Don't even give yourself the option to quit. Don't give yourself the option to change your mind. When you commit, you hold on to it.”

Ben & Jerry’s is Okay, Every Once in a While: “Skinny Pop is my go-to snack. I eat it every day. But I also like carrots with black bean hummus and, let’s be honest, Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice-Cream.”

Get Involved: “My roommate took me to my first SoulCycle class. I didn't totally get it at first, but there was something about the community element that drew me in. I kept going back after the initial class and my once-a-month treat quickly turned into a twice-a-week habit.”

Alonzo Wilson, Founder of Tone House

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Do What You Love: “I grew up playing sports, so I naturally gravitate toward conditioning workouts and exercises that make you move.”

Asparagus is Amazing: “When I’m really looking to stay lean, I eat a lot of salmon and asparagus—it is my superfood. It’s a natural dietetic and helps take the excess water off your body.”

Everything in Moderation: “I have nuts almost every day, but I try not to eat too many—everything in moderation.”

Taryn Toomey, Founder of The Class

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Find Your Food Rhythm: “I’m a big grazer and often have handfuls of nuts and dried mangos in between ‘meals.’”

Yes, You Can Have Wine: “My go-to snack is rolled nori with guacamole and arugula. My not-as-healthy indulgence is wine!”

Say No to Stress: “I ask [my clients] to identify stressors and tensions in their daily lives and throw them into the fire.”

David Kirsch, David Kirsch Wellness

6 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Work Out Your Whole Body: “I’m a big fan of full-body circuit training. When I want a little extra cardio blast, I’ll hit the rowing machine.”

Cheat With Good Foods: “My new obsession is freshly ground almond butter on celery sticks. But I swear by berries, chia seeds, eggs, quinoa, and nuts and incorporate all of those into my daily diet.”

Well-Rounded Meals Are Where It’s At: “I have a balanced diet consisting of protein, grains, fruits, and lots of green vegetables.”

Gerren Liles, Trainer at Equinox

5 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Swear By This Super Food: “I’ve actually become a fan of Brussels sprouts. I hated them as a kid, but when seasoned correctly, they can be delicious as well as high in nutrients and fiber!”

Indulge if You’ve Earned It: “I’m ridiculously addicted to Levain’s bakery goods—their cookies are giant mounds of heaven. I tend to indulge in those after a photoshoot when I’ve been deprived of sweets.”

Words to Live By: “Fitness is one of the few things in life where failure equals success. If you get exhausted or reach your limit, then you’re doing what needs to be done to challenge and change your body.”

Bethany Lyons, Cofounder of Lyons Den Power Yoga

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Pescatarian Life: “I am a pescatarian, so I’m happy with a piece of simply grilled fish and steamed vegetables as a meal. I drink tons of water—it's safe to say I drink about three liters of water a day. On days I teach a lot, I can drink more than a gallon.”

When In Doubt, Choose a Healthy Knock-Off: “[I reach for] Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups—they’re like a healthy version of Reese’s cups.”

Be Present: “I ask them to show up fully once they have showed up in a class and I appeal to my clients' wants. I ask them all the time: ‘What do you want? What do you want to have happen? And what do you need to do in this moment to make it so?’”

Joey Gonzalez, Partner at Barry’s Bootcamp

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Don’t Overdo the Cardio: “It’s very important to get a combination of strength training and interval cardiovascular. [Some people] don’t understand how overdoing cardio can stand in the way of reaching your fitness goals. If you’re not overweight and are in the ‘physique-building phase’ of fitness, lifting weights and building lean muscle tissue is the most essential part of seeing results.”

Different People Get Different Results: “The trend in nutrition is pointing toward analyzing one’s actual DNA. We’re all wired differently and your chemistry reacts to diets in a specific way. The one certainty is to steer clear of refined grains and sugars.”

Curb a Sweets Craving With Something Healthy: “Honey Crisp apples and almond butter are a favorite sweet treat.”

Will Torres, Founder of WILLSPACE

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Be Balanced: “Most people do just one type of exercise. Yogis tend to stretch, weight lifters like to lift, and runners focus on cardio, but those are the three components of fitness. When you neglect the other two, you limit your personal results.”

Find a Snack that Reduces Your Cravings: “Lately I’ve been snacking on GG Scandinavian Thins. I’ve found that they’re really filling and they curb my appetite.”

There’s a Reason Chia Seeds are Everywhere: “I’m a big fan of chia seeds … I like that they’re filling and packed with nutrients.”

Rosalia Chann, Trainer at ModelFIT

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Refrain from a Structured Diet: “I refrain from a structured or restricted ‘diet’ and do not count calories. I believe in eating whole nutrient-dense foods that are as close to the source as possible.”

With Snacks, Convenience is Key: “My go-to snack is a banana. They’re easy to carry and they help stabilize blood sugar between meals. They’re full of fiber and good for the digestive system. I eat one a day.”

Be In Tune With Yourself: “I listen to what my body requires on a daily basis and strengthen myself from the inside out.”

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NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their Favorite Cheat Foods

Rachel Torgerson | March 4, 2015 | Style & Beauty The Latest

Your New Year’s resolution might be collecting dust, but swimsuit season is just around the corner. Fortunately, even fitness pros allow themselves to indulge every once in a while. We talked to New York’s most famous trainers to find out their favorite cheat foods and their top workout motivators.

Becca Raphael, Trainer at SoulCycle

9 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Just Do It: “You’ll surprise yourself with what you can do when you don’t have a choice. Basically… just do it! Don't even give yourself the option to quit. Don't give yourself the option to change your mind. When you commit, you hold on to it.”

Ben & Jerry’s is Okay, Every Once in a While: “Skinny Pop is my go-to snack. I eat it every day. But I also like carrots with black bean hummus and, let’s be honest, Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice-Cream.”

Get Involved: “My roommate took me to my first SoulCycle class. I didn't totally get it at first, but there was something about the community element that drew me in. I kept going back after the initial class and my once-a-month treat quickly turned into a twice-a-week habit.”

Alonzo Wilson, Founder of Tone House

8 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Do What You Love: “I grew up playing sports, so I naturally gravitate toward conditioning workouts and exercises that make you move.”

Asparagus is Amazing: “When I’m really looking to stay lean, I eat a lot of salmon and asparagus—it is my superfood. It’s a natural dietetic and helps take the excess water off your body.”

Everything in Moderation: “I have nuts almost every day, but I try not to eat too many—everything in moderation.”

Taryn Toomey, Founder of The Class

7 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Find Your Food Rhythm: “I’m a big grazer and often have handfuls of nuts and dried mangos in between ‘meals.’”

Yes, You Can Have Wine: “My go-to snack is rolled nori with guacamole and arugula. My not-as-healthy indulgence is wine!”

Say No to Stress: “I ask [my clients] to identify stressors and tensions in their daily lives and throw them into the fire.”

David Kirsch, David Kirsch Wellness

6 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Work Out Your Whole Body: “I’m a big fan of full-body circuit training. When I want a little extra cardio blast, I’ll hit the rowing machine.”

Cheat With Good Foods: “My new obsession is freshly ground almond butter on celery sticks. But I swear by berries, chia seeds, eggs, quinoa, and nuts and incorporate all of those into my daily diet.”

Well-Rounded Meals Are Where It’s At: “I have a balanced diet consisting of protein, grains, fruits, and lots of green vegetables.”

Gerren Liles, Trainer at Equinox

5 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Swear By This Super Food: “I’ve actually become a fan of Brussels sprouts. I hated them as a kid, but when seasoned correctly, they can be delicious as well as high in nutrients and fiber!”

Indulge if You’ve Earned It: “I’m ridiculously addicted to Levain’s bakery goods—their cookies are giant mounds of heaven. I tend to indulge in those after a photoshoot when I’ve been deprived of sweets.”

Words to Live By: “Fitness is one of the few things in life where failure equals success. If you get exhausted or reach your limit, then you’re doing what needs to be done to challenge and change your body.”

Bethany Lyons, Cofounder of Lyons Den Power Yoga

4 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Pescatarian Life: “I am a pescatarian, so I’m happy with a piece of simply grilled fish and steamed vegetables as a meal. I drink tons of water—it's safe to say I drink about three liters of water a day. On days I teach a lot, I can drink more than a gallon.”

When In Doubt, Choose a Healthy Knock-Off: “[I reach for] Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups—they’re like a healthy version of Reese’s cups.”

Be Present: “I ask them to show up fully once they have showed up in a class and I appeal to my clients' wants. I ask them all the time: ‘What do you want? What do you want to have happen? And what do you need to do in this moment to make it so?’”

Joey Gonzalez, Partner at Barry’s Bootcamp

3 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Don’t Overdo the Cardio: “It’s very important to get a combination of strength training and interval cardiovascular. [Some people] don’t understand how overdoing cardio can stand in the way of reaching your fitness goals. If you’re not overweight and are in the ‘physique-building phase’ of fitness, lifting weights and building lean muscle tissue is the most essential part of seeing results.”

Different People Get Different Results: “The trend in nutrition is pointing toward analyzing one’s actual DNA. We’re all wired differently and your chemistry reacts to diets in a specific way. The one certainty is to steer clear of refined grains and sugars.”

Curb a Sweets Craving With Something Healthy: “Honey Crisp apples and almond butter are a favorite sweet treat.”

Will Torres, Founder of WILLSPACE

2 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Be Balanced: “Most people do just one type of exercise. Yogis tend to stretch, weight lifters like to lift, and runners focus on cardio, but those are the three components of fitness. When you neglect the other two, you limit your personal results.”

Find a Snack that Reduces Your Cravings: “Lately I’ve been snacking on GG Scandinavian Thins. I’ve found that they’re really filling and they curb my appetite.”

There’s a Reason Chia Seeds are Everywhere: “I’m a big fan of chia seeds … I like that they’re filling and packed with nutrients.”

Rosalia Chann, Trainer at ModelFIT

1 - NYC's Top Celebrity Trainers Share Their F…

Refrain from a Structured Diet: “I refrain from a structured or restricted ‘diet’ and do not count calories. I believe in eating whole nutrient-dense foods that are as close to the source as possible.”

With Snacks, Convenience is Key: “My go-to snack is a banana. They’re easy to carry and they help stabilize blood sugar between meals. They’re full of fiber and good for the digestive system. I eat one a day.”

Be In Tune With Yourself: “I listen to what my body requires on a daily basis and strengthen myself from the inside out.”

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