TRAINER TO WATCH – LACEY STONE
Do you want to know what Hollywood’s bi-coastal celebrity trainer Lacey Stone has to say about health, nutrition and fitness? Stop comparing yourself with celebrities and start listening to actual fitness experts! We have met America’s most sought after fitness professional and talked about how to break years of bad habits, why nutrition and portion size is crucial, what it takes to get a six-pack and how to kick-start your new health & fitness routine. Read the interview, shop Lacey’s look, steel her workout playlist and follow the expert’s journey on Instagram…
“I know a lot of women with sexy bodies who aren’t very happy. A great body without happiness isn’t worth it. Happy first!” Well, she is one to watch (her fitness bible will be published soon!), AND one to listen to.
WTL: Which three words sum up what LACEY STONE FITNESS stands for?
LS: LOVE, HARDWORK, and RESULTS.
WTL: What are the milestones in your life that have inspired you to become a personal trainer and fitness professional?
LS: My division one basketball scholarship, finding success in both the NY and LA markets and finding love in my heart after a rather upsetting divorce.
WTL: Can you please tell us a bit about your career path? How did it all start?
LS: Both of my parents were/are very high-level athletes so fitness runs in my blood, I can’t imagine being any other way. Because I loved both of my parents I got involved in sports at a very young age. After graduating from college I felt like being involved in an “Athletic” Career was a natural progression. Right out of college I worked at Equinox in Greenwich Village New York, the epicenter of business and trend. I was lucky to start in fitness before it was a popular career and I learned how to be a great trainer and instructor from some of the founding innovators in my industry.
WTL: Today, you consult companies like Nike and train celebrities on a daily basis. What was your biggest career moment so far?
LS: Creating and building successful fitness programs in both the LA and NY markets so much so that my methods have been featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show.
WTL: Being an entrepreneur can be challenging at times. Looking back, what was the most important lesson you have learned?
LS: Learn to be flexible and don’t take no for an answer.
WTL: You are a role model to many young fitness enthusiasts. What advice would you give to young fitness professionals who want to follow in your footsteps?
LS: Get in touch with what makes “you” great… Then fight like hell to never lose touch of that.
WTL: And what was the best advice someone ever gave you?
LS: My College Coach used to always say, choice not chance determines destiny… Chose to be a champion. That just means find the good in things and never give up on the hope and potential of your dreams.
WTL: What are the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of your job?
LS: The most challenging aspect of my job is helping people to realize that they must learn to break years of bad patterns/habits to change their bodies. When I can get them to understand this simple yet complex principle I’m able to help them transform their own lives for the better from the inside out.
WTL: What do you want to inspire in others through your work?
LS: Be the best person they can be from the inside out. If my clients are so focused on the external results they will never reach their full potential. I’m not interested in hot bodies without happy hearts.
WTL: Can you please walk us through a typical day of work? What’s your schedule like?
LS: Being a Fitness Entrepreneur is a 24/7 commitment. I wake up around 5:30 am every day. I usually teach 1-2 classes 5 days a week and train about 10 clients/week. I’m constantly on the phone and social media helping my clients or my followers reach their full potential outside of the gym. I usually do a phone interview or write an article for print or online every day or I’ll shoot a youtube video or do a live or tapped TV segment. In the evening I often attend fitness related events or I stay at home and watch Netflix… hahaha.
WTL: What are your ultimate tips to balance work and private life?
LS: Organization and heavy scheduling of priorities (know your priorities so you don’t get lost in the clutter, and surround yourself with ambitious dreamers).
WTL: Actually, do you think there is such a thing as balance? What do you do that’s just for you?
LS: No, it’s a consistent “struggle.” I surround myself with family, great friends, and I try to travel as much as my schedule permits.
WTL: Do you practice any kind of yoga or meditation to stay focused and centered?
LS: Yes, I love mediation; I do it every day in one way or another. I believe that daydreaming is a form of mediation.
WTL: What do you predict about the future of health and fitness?
LS: I hope that fitness gets back to the basics of what Jack LaLane used to preach years ago. I also hope that people stop looking to celebrities for how to lead healthy lifestyles and really listen the actual fitness experts on how to lead their healthiest life.
WTL: In your opinion, is our society doing a good job of getting the word out about health today?
LS: No, fitness has become a business. It’s not based in health it’s based in dollar signs of the shortest quickest way to success. I can’t think of anything in my life that was worth having that I accomplished quickly. I find it very upsetting at times.
WTL: Yes, fitness is big business and there are constantly new fitness & nutrition trends popping up. How do you keep your knowledge up to date?
LS: I try to focus on whether the new findings are based in science or Ho-Kiss Po-Kiss, and if I believe it’s based in reality I will try the new findings out for myself before I would ever consider sharing it with my following.
WTL: This being said, are there any new fitness & nutrition trends you are following?
LS: I’m a fan of paleo inspired menus, I also practice volumetrics and I try to limit alcohol in my diet.
WTL: What’s your take on “gluten-free” and “vegan” diets?
LS: Everyone should get tested for food allergies it’s a real thing. The gluten thing is real as well but it may not be an issue for you. You need to take the necessary steps to establish if that is an allergy for you. I respect vegans however I LOVE animal protein. It’s not for me.
WTL: How important is nutrition to you in creating a fitness program?
LS: The most.
WTL: What is your nutrition guideline?
LS: Portion size is crucial, consistency of healthy eating is what will help make the changes, and look to cut down on the amount of carbs you consume and processed foods you eat.
WTL: What evaluations do you conduct on a new client who wants to begin a fitness regime?
LS: I need to get a window into my clients every day routine, their lives, their friends, their jobs, in order for me to be able to see if I’ll be able to help them shift their unhealthy habits. I have evaluations for that.
WTL: How do you keep your clients motivated during training?
LS: I learn about their past struggles and use it as motivation so it doesn’t impact their future successes.
WTL: What do you do to overcome pain during workout, how do you motivate yourself to do these extra 10 repetitions? Any tricks?
LS: For me the pain of reaching the end of my comfort zone is a great feeling. It means I’ve pushed myself to my limit and I’ve actually learned to enjoy that feeling.
WTL: What training regime would you offer a client who says he strictly wants to lose weight?
LS: I like to direct them to focus on their nutrition mainly, and increase their cardio capacity. They should find a HIT Workout that works the best for them, I suggest a bootcamp style class because it involves both weight training and cardio. I also suggest to get on a healthy eating meal plan immediately as it takes out the guest work. The company I work with in Los Angeles is called Paleta – laceystonefitness.com. It usually takes about a month to see any real noticeable change. I’d suggest to only do workouts the clients enjoy but also make them sweat or get out of breath. There are so many different types and styles, so I suggest to explore and know if it feels easy it probably is. Just because the instructor says it’s hard it might not be hard enough for the results the client is looking for.
WTL: What is the best workout for a pregnant client?
LS: If you were fit before you can continue to workout until you give birth at a lower intensity. If you were not you must clear your workouts with your doctor depending on your own personal pregnancy. I think the best workout for moms to be is spin. Low impact and you can easily wear a heart rate monitor to stay connected to your body temperature.
WTL: So, what if I want to kick-start my health & fitness program in order to get that bikini-body. What would you recommend me to do for 1weeks?
LS: Cut the carbs, cut the alcohol, and increase their cardio and weight routine.
WTL: What are your top 5 rules to get as close to a six pack as possible?
LS: CLEAN EATING, NO ALCOHOL, CUT THE CARBS, HIIT WORKOUTS, LESS STRESS!
WTL: Looking at your killer body – do you have any guilty pleasures?
LS: I love Tequila, Guacamole and chips, and I LOVE peanut butter…
WTL: How do you fight those awful cravings for sugar and unhealthy food such as burger, fries and ice cream?
LS: With lots of practice I’ve learned to develop extreme discipline and I try to focus on the results I want rather than short-lived pleasure of “chocolate cake”.
WTL: Any advice about life in general?
LS: Do your best not to compare your body or your success to others, stop following what’s cool and popular and start to educate yourself on what’s important and right for you.
WTL: What are the consolations of getting older?
WTL: What are some of the principles that guide your life?
LS: I try to live every day with love, respect, honor, hard work, truth, and passion.
WTL: Are there any differences between your celebrity clients and your everyday appointments?
LS: They tend to differ in money and stress level.
WTL: What is your beauty routine?
LS: I love lotion. I use hydrate everyday lotion a lot because it’s rich but not too thick. I’m big intro moisturizing my entire body. I’m all about beauty from the inside out so I really try to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of water.
WTL: What are your favorite beauty products?
LS: Nothing fancy. I love Hydrate everyday body lotion, I’m a big fan of Kerastase hair products, and I’m not really loyal to a lot of other beauty products. I’m into finding products that bring out a sun soaked natural look.
WTL: What’s the best thing a woman can do to keep looking healthy?
LS: Get in touch with what makes your heart happy and do it consistently.
WTL: What are your favorite workout clothes?
LS: I buy almost all of my clothing from carbon38 and I’m really into Michi leggings and Zara Terez right now.
WTL: What songs are on your top 10 playlist during training?
LS: 1. New York Raining – Charles Hamilton 2. Back It Up – Prince Royal 3. Show Me Love – Sam Feldt 4. Like I Can – Sam Smith 5. Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj 6. Old School Love – Lupe Fiasco 7. Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair Remix) 8. Jubel – Klingande 9. Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo 10. Hold My Hand – Jess Gynne.
WTL: How important is social media for you personally and for your work?
LS: Personally, it’s a great way to stay connected to friends in a voyeur kind of way. Professionally, it’s vital, it’s a way to stay connect and inspire people you will never meet. Social media is instrumental in growing your business through understanding all of the media platforms and leveraging them in ways that are authentic to your own personal brand.
WTL: What are your top 5 Instagram accounts that you follow?
WTL: What is your idea of happiness?
LS: HIT WORKOUT with my cardio and my weight training technique. Anything that gets me sweating makes me happy. The freedom to live a life that is true to you.
WTL: If you could to tell us a story you have never told before, what would?
LS: That would require a separate interview over a cocktail…
WTL: …you just signed up for another interview-round!
WTL: What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
LS: Their hearts.
WTL: You could not live without…
WTL: What is your dream destination you love to travel to?
LS: The Maldives.
WTL: What is your favorite restaurant, bar and club?
LS: Coliccohio & Sons in NY and Bar Gracias Madre in LA. I’m not really into the club scene to be honest… But if I had to choose it would be somewhere that people danced all night long.
WTL: What are the three items you couldn’t live without?
LS: My contacts, coffee, my computer.
WTL: Windows down, the song you’re playing is?
LS: The Music – Gigamesh.
WTL: If you could leave us with one thought, what would it be?
LS: Never give up on what makes your heart smile.
Picture Credit: Maggie Zulovic