Eight of our favourite celebrity personal trainers

What are the limits of a personal trainer? Will there come a point where you will have to admit, I have reached my peak? Many people come into personal training after a long-term love for fitness. The impulse at the heart of most personal trainers is the desire to share their experiences with likeminded people, while also encouraging them to grow physically and mentally.

So, what are the limits?

In terms of the broad options available to personal trainers, the community is split down the middle. One half is set on becoming gym trainers, working varied gym shifts under the umbrella of larger fitness organisations, while the other aspires to take risks. The latter take their chances setting out by themselves, and sometimes their risk-taking leads them to great opportunities.

As a PT, more often than not, if you’re going to take a risk, you’re going to find yourself in a freelance setting. This can be a daunting experience. The prospect of looking for clients could be something you’ve never done before.

Establishing a social media presence can also be a nerve-wracking process, and some people may not be very familiar with how these platforms function. On the other hand, if you nail your social media, the possibilities really are limitless in terms of your growth and status in the industry, and beyond.

Up for a little inspiration from people who have taken a risk and got it right?

Below we have compiled a list of the most sought-after, elite online personal trainers. They all have their own website, and provide a number of programs that are specifically tailored to suit their clients’ needs. They manage, produce, and distribute content through their social media platforms, which returns a large following. In short, they took the risks and enjoy their status as celebrity personal trainers as a result…

Dickersonross – Ross Dickerson

Ross Dickerson was born in Texas, USA, before moving to London. Initially, he was unsure what he wanted to do in life, but then he discovered the gym. It wasn’t long before he was working out regularly, inspired by people getting into great shape, and determined to have a physique of his own that he could be proud of.

“I decided to make fitness my career as well as a hobby and went from tennis instructor, to PT, to modelling and owning my own online business.”

Ross has curated a library of videos which allow him to bring life to his training routines, tips and techniques. His clients can enhance their experience using his fitness plans and videos, and the content is also available to the wider public. As such, there are now tens of thousands of people all over the world using his content, maximising the impact of Ross’ training programs.

Justin Gelband

Justin is renowned for working specifically with women clients, often focusing on clients with aspirations to be a model (his clients often work for institutions like Victoria’s Secret, among others). He’s been dubbed the model whisperer by the New York Times, because of his expertise in training models to be in the best shape possible for their careers.

Justin uploads video training exercises to platforms like Instagram, showing audiences some of his techniques and increasing his status and prestige as a PT.

Dwayne Johnson – The Rock

Everyone knows who The Rock is, and we know that this was a list for famous personal trainers. But seriously, this guy is a fitness inspiration to anyone. Whether it’s an update on his ludicrous diets, his rigorous training, or if he’s just saying hello to his 98.9 million (!) Instagram followers, The Rock has truly mastered the social media game.

At Origym, we love him, and you should definitely give him a follow if you haven’t already!

Aaron Williamson

Of course, we can’t show our love for The Rock without mentioning his personal trainer. Like us, many people seem to be intrigued as to who exactly it is training a mountain like The Rock. In fact, “Who is the Rock’s PT?” is a highly searched question in Google.

So, who exactly is it?

Aaron Williamson became The Rock’s personal trainer in 2013. I’m sure, if you are an avid follower of social media, then you’ve more than likely come across any number of meme comparisons, showing how The Rock looked before and after he was trained by Aaron Williamson.

Aaron’s website holds a number of varying online programs and Skype calls that clients can purchase to receive more advice from his team of professionals. His business is a large one, and has no doubt been aided by celebrity clients like The Rock.

Alexia Clark

Alexia Clark caters to all kinds of fitness levels, which tends to appeal to a wider audience. Her 1.1 million strong Instagram following certainly suggests so.

Looking through her feed, you’ll find that she tries to switch up her routines, using a large variety of equipment. Think about the most unusual exercises you have seen…Alexia Clark has probably posted about them already. This combination of accessibility and unique training methods has made Alexia a huge hit with online audiences.

Jeanette Jenkins

Jeanette Jenkins boasts an unreal client list. She doesn’t only work with NFL and NBA stars, but also with professional gymnasts and a host of celebrities. In the past she has worked with big names including P!nk, Alicia Keys, Tia Mowry, Amber Rose, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nia Long, Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, and Shonda Rhimes.

Impressive, right?

No wonder she’s dubbed the “Hollywood Trainer.” Don’t sweat it though, you don’t have to be a member of Hollywood’s elite to follow her workouts. Jeanette puts real effort into her social media posts, and always makes sure that there is a routine for everyone, available either through her website or following her Instagram.

Kevin Hart

You heard right.

But can you blame us? Yes, he isn’t a PT. And yes, most trainers would scoff at the slightest mention that he could be considered “in the fitness industry.” But as we established with The Rock, you don’t have to explicitly be a trainer, to post inspiring fitness-related content.

Go over to his Instagram account for the laughs, but why not stay for the fitness too? Hart has got no time for your excuses, so go head over and check out his monster workouts.

Grenadejay – Jamie Alderton

You want to check out some celebrity PT’s online and see what they’re all about… But you’re a no-nonsense kind of girl or guy. Fear not, Jamie Alderton is the dude for you. His straight-talking personality and intense workouts have garnered him a large and dedicated following in the fitness industry.

If you want some immediate-impact inspiration, Jamie Alderton is your man.

Celebrity PT’s and fitness personalities prove that there are no heights when it comes to establishing your business. The truth is, anyone can achieve them. As long as you are creative, take (the right) risks, and work hard. And an Instagram account wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.

Speaking of Instagram, why not give Origym a follow. You won’t regret it!

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Written by Luke Hughes


Luke is the CEO for OriGym, with a masters degree and 1st class honours degree in sport and exercise science and is a qualified personal trainer. Luke loves playing football and running, but his main passion is for cycling, where he can often be found cycling round the Lake District on a Sunday afternoon!