Ask celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak of ABC's "The Revolution" about his latest project, and he'll rattle off a list that would make the rest of us keel over. From prepping Lady Gaga and Rihanna for upcoming tours to whipping Amanda Seyfried and Robert Pattinson into shape for movie roles to launching his 5-Factor Success System ("everything in my brain in a box") on HSN -- all while filming the weekday show -- Pasternak has multitasking down to a science.
In fact, science is at the core of the Canadian's passion for effective, efficient methods of achieving optimal health. Pasternak, who holds degrees in exercise physiology and nutritional sciences and in kinesiology, spent several years as a nutrition and exercise scientist for Canada's defense department. And though he may have been military, Pasternak isn't militant when it comes to the diet and fitness program that endeared him to Hollywood. Espousing meals that embrace all food groups, including healthy fats and carbs (plus a no-limits cheat day), and workouts that take minutes instead of hours, Pasternak's plan is accessible to all lifestyles and incomes -- which made him a natural for "The Revolution."
"Now I can share all my knowledge with millions of people, and that feels great," he says. "You do not need to have great wealth to achieve great health."
"People have the opportunity to watch one show and get the absolute authority in each of our fields," he explains. "And most importantly, we're communicating with each other. So it's me giving you a dieting tip but also tying it to what Dr. Jen says about your medical health. And then Tim Gunn and I talk about what your new body shape will look like and how to dress it."
Pasternak says he's especially proud of the show's five-month real-time transformations. "If we have a woman who has lost 70 or 80 pounds, she's doing that while still taking care of her children, still working her job, still under the financial constraints that most of us are facing today."And that's truly revolutionary.
What are you currently reading?" 'Born to Run' by Christopher McDougall. It's about these indigenous tribes in Mexico that are the greatest distance runners in the world."
What did you have for dinner last night?"We got in late from a flight, but we had an apple/cinnamon/oatmeal frittata. It's one of my five-minute recipes. We got home at 11 p.m. At 11:05, we ate!"
What is your next project?"A video game for Microsoft X-Box Kinect and Nintendo called 'Hollywood Trainer.' My ability to work with people on a personalized basis is so limited. With this new technology, I can teach someone a new exercise, and if they do it wrong the game will know, and I'll say, 'Hey, keep your back straight!' That's pretty cool!"
When was the last vacation you took -- where and why?"We're about to take our honeymoon -- five months delayed. ... We're going to Japan."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun