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PERSONAL TRAINER Gunnar Peterson works out up to nine clients a day at his Beverly Hills gym, and they're often a mix of pro athletes and movie stars. J-Lo says he's the best trainer she's ever had, Sly Stallone (above) was so grateful for Peterson's help he cast the trainer in Rocky VI, and after Pete Sampras won the 2002 U.S. Open he gave Peterson a racquet signed THANKS FOR EXTENDING MY CAREER. "My main focus is function," says Peterson, 43. "I make sure their bodies are balanced so they don't have one under- or overdeveloped part." Here Peterson demonstrates his greatest hits.
Drill Stand holding a 25- to 45-pound dumbbell at level of right earlobe. Twist body to the left and push weight straight up above head. Return and repeat six to 10 times on each side. Two to four sets.
Peterson "This is an overloaded, sport-specific movement that simulates [the Eagles quarterback's] throwing motion. It's for muscle memory. When he substitutes the weight with a football, he'll feel like he's been down that road before but he's been down it with a backpack. Working his nonthrowing arm is necessary for muscle parity."
Hamstrings and Shoulders
Drill Anchor resistance bands behind you and hold end handles at shoulder height (left). Step forward into a lunge with left foot, punching right arm overhead and punching left arm down in front of shin. The bands form a V shape. Return and repeat 10 to 20 times on each side. Two to four sets.
Peterson "This simulates him reaching for a shot and helps him stabilize; if he steps into the lunge without control, the bands snap him back. After 20 reps he'll drop those things and start saying things about my parents."
Drill Load 35 pounds on one end of a barbell and put the unweighted end in a corner. Squat parallel to bar at the weighted end with the left hand gripping the bar underhand on the outermost edge and the right hand placed overhand next to the plate. Lift bar and twist toward corner where end is anchored. Six to eight times on each side. Three sets.
Peterson "This is like a [boxer's] left cross. The twist works his core. I call it the core-nerstone."