Monday, November 7, 2016

Get To Know Celebrity Trainer Wes Okerson


So I came across Wes through my love of reality television! And honestly, this is probably the most productive thing ever to come out of my tv obsession. I was flipping through the channels when I saw a promo for a show called 'Strong' on NBC. And I'm not going to lie, at first I thought to myself 'This can't be any different from Biggest Loser or any of those other reality shows!" But upon taking a closer look I found out there was much more to the show and much more to Wes... but I'll let him tell you about that!

So tell me about your experience on NBC's 'Strong'?


The show itself was wild! From the casting to the first night there because we thought we were just going to be training not actually participating! The challenges were extraordinarily difficult! Needless to say, we had a lot on our plates. But I think because of all this it made the show very emotional. I mean, the first time we tried the obstacles were on the show we didn't test them out beforehand.


So How's Your Partner From the Show Doing?

I mean she back squats 220. She doing these amazing and incredible things!!


What was the most challenging part of the show for you?


Heavy squatting was the most difficult things for me. It was just something that I had never really trained myself to do.

What's your background personal training?


So I was a Kinesiology major at the University of Maryland. Moved out to Hollywood and started training some managers and agents and it kind of all went from there! Honestly, just showing up is half the battle! I actually has started training Tom Cruise's son who was playing baseball then ended up training Tom! We worked together for about two years in the early 2000's before he headed back into the Mission Impossible franchise. His work ethic is incredible!


How did you first get into fitness? 

So I played College baseball so that's where my love of fitness really began.


How do you prepare to train someone?


Wes Running Alongside Katie Holmes
There's so many factors that come into training someone. How much time they have. How much rest and recovery they can get. And certainly their nutrition.


What's your best advice to those who want to get in shape? 


The body is really adaptable. So my biggest advice is to change things up! When you do things a different way it disrupts the system and gives you better results. When you get uncomfortable are when things change. But overall just get moving!


Let's talk Ketones...


So the whole idea is to get your body to start using fat rather than Glycogen which is broken down sugar or glucose. So this is basically a form of tapping into the body called 'bio-hacking' through exogenous ketones and changing how the body uses fuel. In addition, the body needs to consume good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocado for something like this to work.


You can learn more about Wes here, follow him on social media here, and try ketones for yourself here

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