Gary Gould is a 30-year-old financial adviser in Los Angeles with a schedule that leaves little room for a personal trainer—even though he knows he needs one. "I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and catch an occasional workout," he says. "Now if I don't stay with it, I gain weight. But if I don't have someone push me, I skip workouts." After meeting trainer Jarett Del Bene, he no longer has that excuse. When he has to fly to New York to meet clients or to Dallas for a conference, Gould schedules a Skype session with Del Bene, who customizes a workout depending on whether his client is in a gym or a hotel room.
"You have to evolve," says Teddy Bass, an L.A. trainer who's worked with James Van Der Beek and Guy Oseary. "Everyone says they can't make it to the gym. Bullshit. You don't have to go to the gym." Mandy Ingber, creator of the Yogalosophy DVDs and Jennifer Aniston's yogi, says, "It's a pretty intimate relationship." She started offering Skype one-on-ones after Kate Beckinsale asked her to keep up their sessions while she was on the Underworld set. As for Gould, he likes the convenience of the Skype workouts so much that even when he's home in L.A. he'll sometimes tell Del Bene otherwise. "If I don't feel like seeing him in person, I'll say I'm in Kansas."
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