Corey Calliet On The Fitness Hacks He Uses To Train Hollywood’s Best

From movie stars to men who've gained over 40KG, Corey has seen and trained it all. Learn from him. 

Nadim Nyker |

Corey Calliet has made a name for himself throughout the globe, and when most search for movie star bodies in the gym, Corey plays a hand in creating them – quite literally.

The 28-year-old has trained some of Hollywood’s meanest, taking the reins on Michael B. Jordan’s body, getting the ex-coverguy in shape for one of the Men’s Health team’s favourite movies – Creed. Corey also got the likes of Star Wars front man John Boyega, the award winning Jamie Bell (Rocketman, Fantastic Four) and rapper A$AP Rocky in fighting form.

Lately, he’s seen working alongside Khloé Kardashian in her reality show Revenge Body, a show that sees Corey inspire even the most feint at heart to meet their transformation goals. He talked to MH all the way from LA, and shared some insight into his training methods.

It Starts With The Mind

“We waste no time getting to work, and the process doesn’t rest until we reach that aesthetic or functionality we’re after,”says Corey. His signature training programme is called The Calliet Way, which is aimed at improving one’s body aesthetics. But Corey notes that the journey begins with the mind. “I first assess the current state of both the body and mindset I’m working with. I then identify areas I can change: nutrition, body composition and target areas,” he adds.

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…real, lasting results come with making you feel good about your journey as well.

“Each one of my celebrity clients undergo a mind and body approach to their training. The Calliet Way embodies a full transformation – inside and out. I can make you look good, but real, lasting results come with making you feel good about your journey as well. I’m constantly pushing them to the next level mentally, and physically. As soon as we meet, the transformation begins.”

But Corey says training celebrities can come with bigger challenges. “Deadlines, crazy hours, and pushing them to put the work in when other commitments and responsibilities are pulling them in every direction [is tough. But] no matter who it is, I instil in them a ‘no-excuses’ approach to their training and more importantly, to their health and fitness goals.”

Corey’s Go-To 30-Minute Workout

Since his high-end clientele are always on the run, Corey gave us his go-to five exercise moves if you only have had an hour to feel the burn:

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Burpees
  4. Squat jumps
  5. A form of cardio to finish

Corey’s pro tip: “To really rev up your metabolic rate and get burning, perform the exercises in circuit fashion and rest for a minute or two between rounds. Finishing your workout with cardio increases the chances of your body tapping into unwanted fat to use as energy,” he adds.

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Mix Up Your Training:

The PT says he’s understood how his body works over the years, and when it comes to routine, “it’s key to always keep your body guessing,” he says.

“That’s how I get results; I never let my body get comfortable. This means switching up the types of exercises, the style of training, and the amount of weight, sets, reps etc. I do each week. Also, my lifestyle keeps me on the go. One week is rarely like the next so I’m usually having to get creative with my routine.”

Corey’s Advice

On the show Revenge Body, Corey has his work cut out for him, training Logan who gained 45kg (see below). he gave us some key advice for those who have experienced a similar weight gain, where they feel there is no turning back to full fitness:

“Enough worrying about the past, focus on the solution. It is so important to understand that worrying about the past will only set you back. Any step forward, no matter how big or small, is a step closer to your goals. Focus on being consistent, and even the most daunting weight loss goals will become your new reality,” he says.

Don’t worry about the amount of weight you start with, focus on progression and how you feel after doing it.

Physically, it’s all about getting off your feet, Corey adds. “Just get moving! That’s the starting point. From here I recommend getting on a solid weight training program and sticking to it. Don’t worry about the amount of weight you start with, focus on progression and how you feel after doing it. That sense of accomplishment will fuel you to stay consistent. And consistency is key in any weight loss journey.

It’s All About Routine

When it comes to training, it’s all about consistency and routine for Corey’s clients. “The routine becomes more about sticking to consistency in the level of work I set for them each day/week,” he says. “Their days rarely go according to plan, so I always enforce the importance of them tending to their [fitness] goals first thing in the morning, before anyone else can get to them. I recommend this strategy for anyone struggling to put time towards their goals in a day.”

And of course, Corey leads by example, with a killer daily routine. “Depending on what stage of my program I’m in, I’ll typically wake up with 20-30 mins of cardio to wake my body up and prepare it for the day’s work,” he says. “This does double-duty as it also keeps me lean and feeling great. After getting the proper nutrition, I’m fuelled up to get in the gym and hit the weights. I do this 5-6 days a week and usually do some form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or MRT (Metabolic Resistance Training) hybrid workout twice a week.”

Watch Corey in Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian on E! (DSTV channel 124).

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