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Celebrity trainer Josh Holland shares his food and fitness tips

Josh Holland
Chloe Best
Chloe BestLifestyle Features Editor
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With celebrities including Gigi Hadid and Madonna among his clients, it's safe to say that Josh Holland knows a thing or two about fitness. Now the celebrity trainer has shared his advice with HELLO! in time for the New Year's fitness boom: from the best bodyweight exercises to the optimum diet to support your training.

A big fan of new HIIT class STRONG by Zumba, Josh also incorporates moves such as squats, lunges and planks into his workouts for toning benefits with no equipment. Read on for his top training tips…

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What is your advice for anyone looking to shape up and get fit in the New Year?

I recommend people focus on de-stressing, sleep and recover. Eat well, move with a purpose and do this more frequently. 

Do you have any advice for staying motivated?

Just three - set goals, find an exercise buddy and track your results.

Which body weight exercises do you recommend for anyone looking to tone up with no equipment?

There are several exercises people can do – planks, wall sits, squats, hopping and/or jump rope, step-ups or lunges, push-ups and dips, hanging from a bar and handstands.

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You've trained many celebrity clients – do you have a favourite client you like working with?

No, they're all great in their own special way.

Who has worked the hardest?

They all do! The cool thing is that they all have a strong work ethic, which helps them achieve their goals. 

Is there a particular celebrity you would love to train?

I would love to train Barack Obama.

What are your most important training tips?

Be smart and don't overdo it. Learn the most basic, primal exercises and progress on to more difficult exercises. Also, don't forget the importance of recovery. 

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 How important is diet?

Diet is everything. Without a proper diet, a person might not perform properly. Therefore, they might not get the desired results and won't perform to the best of their abilities. When the body is properly fed, it has the potential to perform at its peak!

An example day's menu would include the following:


2-3 pasture raised eggs and half an organic avocado

OR organic green tea/coffee with 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter and 1 tablespoon coconut oil or MCT oil

OR grass-fed yogurt or kefir with low glycemic fruit (blueberries, raspberries, etc.) 


Large salad with a variety of veggies and a protein (quality chicken, fish, or beef)


Big plate of mixed vegetables (steamed or sautéed) and green, leafy vegetables with protein (quality chicken, fish or beef)

Optional snacks:

Macadamia nuts, 85% dark chocolate, whole fruit, whole veggies

*All in all, try moderate refined sugar intake; And aim to stay within 100-150 grams of carbs per day for weight maintenance and lower for weight loss goals (obviously differs from person to person but this is a general idea). Drink lots of water and try to understand how your body/mind functions with quality, whole foods 

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