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September 2021

Back to Basics with Personal Fitness Training

By Beth Anne Macaluso & Caitlin O’Malley _________________________________________

Mary Ann Browning of Brownings Fitness

Forget fitness trends and fad diets. Personal fitness trainer Mary Ann Browning of Brownings Fitness takes an almost retro approach to getting a buff body: eat a balanced diet and work hard—really hard. A former principal dancer with the South African Ballet Theatre, Browning makes no apologies that changing your body requires intense effort and discipline, in particular 3½ to 4 hours of strength training per week plus a rather rigid diet (see sidebar).

That hasn’t scared off her loyal personal training clients, including Vera Wang, Donny Deutsch, Ulla Parker, Cristina Cuomo, Marjorie Gubelmann, Aby and Serena Boardman, Samantha Rosen, and Roger and Sloan Barnett. With her celebrity following, Browning has rolled out personal-trainer-only gyms, including 4 in New York City. She also runs the fitness facility CORE Club as well as the gyms in the Hudson Hotel and Lowes Regency Hotel, all in New York. Recently, she opened a 3,000-square-foot Brownings Fitness in South Hampton.

For Browning’s followers, the pain is truly worth the gain. Clients reduce body fat by a minimum of 3%–6% and radically change their body shape and tone, in particular in their buttocks, hips, and abs. Says Browning: “If you want to change your life, you can.”

Browning’s Daily Regimen

Drink at least 8–10 glasses of water; 1 small skim cappuccino and another coffee or tea allowed.
No diet drinks.

½ to ¾ cup Fiber One or Kellogg’s All Bran with 1–2 tablespoons of low-fat granola (meaning no more than 3g of fat), ¼ cup skim milk or ½ a Fage Greek nonfat yogurt, and 3–4 sliced strawberries

Morning snack
Fruit: 1 small orange, apple, or pear or ½ grapefruit

2 scrambled egg whites with 1 cup chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes, season with pepper and Tabasco sauce; plus 1 slice of rye,  pumpernickel, or a reduced-calorie English muffin, no more than 100 calories. I recommend Ezekiel or  Arnold Bread.
1 whole-wheat Pita, 120 calories, with a large salad—spinach, onions, corn, carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, and 3-oz. can low-sodium tuna—plus dressing (1 tablespoon olive oil plus lemon juice, grainy mustard (to taste), and minimal sweetener if needed (Stevia or Splenda preferable)

Mid-afternoon snack
Fruit: 1 small orange, apple, or pear or ½ grapefruit

5 baby carrots, 5 celery sticks, 4 radishes, sliced fennel with lemon juice, dash of salt, plus 1 tablespoon hummus as dip

Large plate of grilled, steamed, or stir-fry vegetables, tomato paste (low fat, low sodium) for flavor, another salad of ½ beet and 45 calories low-fat goat cheese or 3 oz. fish or grilled chicken

After-dinner (if still hungry)
3 organic prunes or 2 low-fat biscotti and ½ Fage Greek yogurt (left over from breakfast) plus 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of almond flakes

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The top personal fitness trainers in these cities can whip you into shape.

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Michael George, PageDaily contributing editor, fitness
Has worked with: Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon

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Has worked with: Diane Sawyer

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Has worked with: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani

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