We last checked in with Halle Berry’s equally hot trainer, Peter Lee Thomas, about a month ago. It turns out Halle and Peter are launching a health and wellness site called Hallewood, which is up with photos but doesn’t have any content yet. This is a good move for Halle and one that’s consistent with her brand. Peter clearly adores Halle and admires her commitment to fitness. In an interview with People, Peter claims that when he first met Halle he didn’t realize her age (now 51) because she has the “athleticism of a 25 year-old.” She’s also game for whatever he throws her way and he says not all of his clients can handle that.
Thomas, who has been working with Berry for about two years, credits the star’s commitment to health, wellness and workouts for staying in tip-top shape.
“I had no idea what her age was when I met her. I never looked or was interested in that and when I found out I was absolutely shellshocked because she has the discipline and athleticism of a 25-year old,” Thomas tells PEOPLE.
Thomas sought to “challenge” Berry further while using a combination of exercise techniques such as martial arts, boxing, yoga and “a lot of military training [like] the Navy Seals would do.”
“If Halle wasn’t an actress, she would very easily transition into becoming a professional athlete if she was coached the right way,” he says. “She’s also not afraid to experiment and explore and take risks when it comes to fitness because she understands that in order for there to be potential growth and change, she’s going to have to do things that are commonly difficult to do.”
Also key for Berry is the element of surprise.
“She never truly understands what’s going to happen for that morning, for that day,” says Thomas, who trains the actress five days a week. “I bring a constellation of things. That, in itself, is quite challenging because she has to be ready almost on improv. It can break a lot of people, who don’t see the workout the day prior.”
Fitness is my favorite hobby and I love it because it trains you to adapt to whatever life throws your way. When you’re strong and when you challenge your body on a daily basis you just handle things better. Reading this interview makes me wonder if I should splurge on a trainer at some point, but for now I just mix it up with different classes and YouTube workouts. I had a guy a few years ago but he moved away and I never got a new trainer.
Last week Halle talked about the fact that she follows a ketogenic diet, which limits carbs and sugar. She said “I don’t really eat pasta, anything with sugar, it’s very much meat-based. I eat meat, I enjoy chicken and beef and a lot of vegetables.” Halle has type 1 diabetes so sticking to a strict diet is necessary for her condition. While I’m not on board with a keto diet, it’s smart for her to launch a lifestyle site, she’s goals to so many of us.
Here’s a post Halle made with Peter in which she touts the benefits of bone broth. (You can read that caption at the source, it’s long.) I first heard about that from Shailene Woodley and I have a bone from the butcher sitting in the freezer waiting for me to make this.
Halle has another long caption to this Instagram post below in which she talks about the benefits of meditation and describes her practice. You can read that by viewing the original post. I can recommended guided short meditations on YouTube from The Honest Guys and Great Meditation. They really help me relax and focus.
photos credit: Instagram/Halle Berry and Backgrid