Get fitness tips from a a pioneer in the fitness industry who was elected into the Fitness Hall of fame. Gilad has helped millions to stay fit with other popular TV fitness shows such as “Basic Training, the Workout” and the series “Total Body Sculpt with Gilad,” with his gold and platinum instructional home fitness DVDs and videos. Gilad’s fitness experience is unparalleled, his gentleness mesmerizing, and humility … well … humbling. I hope you enjoy reading this article as much as I liked interviewing Gilad.
Gilad is one of the world’s most popular fitness personalities, building a strong following and training some of the world’s best known celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzeneger, Jack La Lanne, and quarterback Joe Thiesman — all of whom trained with Gilad and appeared on his television program shot in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, “Bodies in Motion.”
In January 2005 Gilad released Total Body Sculpt with Gilad. This series was created for FitTV to complement the existing ‘Bodies in Motion’ show and give the viewers a dynamic new concept in fitness that focuses on sculpting exercises and strength training. Forty shows have been taped to date.
Most of Gilad’s life has been devoted to fitness since his high school days where he excelled in track and field. He eventually became a record holding decathlon athlete in Israel and a fitness officer in the military. Later, as an Olympic hopeful in 1980, he trained and competed alongside some of the best athletes in the world. Gilad was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
After an achilles injury shattered his Olympic dreams, Gilad enrolled at the UCLA film school and began instructing fitness classes in some of Los Angeles’s top studios and fitness facilities where he built a strong following and trained some of the world’s best known celebrities.
You know Gilad.
Or, if you don’t, you know of him. You’ve probably seen his face, as well as his fit body, staring back at you from the television screen as you’re flipping through the channels. That’s because Gilad and his production company have been producing fitness shows and fitness since 1983!
Gilad lives in beautiful and scenic Honolulu, Hawaii, where many of his world famous and popular exercise videos and TV shows are filmed. Despite hosting two television shows and filming videos all year long, Gilad still finds time to personally teach classes during his hectic and busy travel schedule.
You are Never to Old to Keep your Body in Motion
Gilad shared a bit about a man he looked up to. “His name was Erwin Jaskulski [and] he was very fit man who broke a Guinness World Record, and lived here in Hawaii, and we were very good friends for many, many years.
“He was a close friend and a mentor, and actually very inspiring.
“He passed away in 2006 at the age of 103 1/2… Competing all the way until he was 102. He actually established and broke all these world records in the track and field events. 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meter dashes. It goes by five year increments.
“When he turned 90 he broke a couple of world records. When he turn 95 he broke two, and established one, and when he turned 100 he broke and established three world records.”
Gilad’s Workout Recommendations
“I used to run track and field, and one of the things I’ve learned very early on, is that no matter what workout you do, you always need to do a good warm[-up] and a good stretch to prepare the body for more intense moves.
“So with every one of my workouts I’m always very adamant about giving a very good warm-up, then of course focusing on the three most important elements of fitness, which is cardiovascular endurance, strength training and toning and stretching and flexibility.”
For peak conditioning, Gilad recommends doing at least something physical every day. “It has to be a variety of different things,” he adds. “Let’s say, for example, on a Monday you would be focusing more on cardiovascular and cardio. Tuesday you would be focusing a little bit more on sculpting and toning. Wednesday you’ll focus on core and stretching. There’s a variety of ways to do this, but, in general, [have] a lot of variety in the workout. Not the same thing day after day.”
[quote_box_center]“Never completely exhaust yourself because of the workout. Always walk away from a workout with something left.” ~ Gilad Janklowicz[/quote_box_center]
“Let’s say you’re used to working out in the gym. It takes 1 hour a day or 45 minutes, or whatever it is. And then you can’t get there one day, bad weather, schedule conflict, the kids driving you up the wall, your husband’s driving you crazy – whatever it is, can’t get to the gym.
“You have 10 minutes. Most of you will go ‘I can’t do today so never mind. Forget about it I’ll do it tomorrow.’ With the workout, something else happens, before you know it, two weeks went by, they didn’t do a thing and they get miserable and they don’t do a thing for another year after that.
“So the nice thing about the express workout is, you have 10 minutes, at least you did something. Maybe it’s not enough as far as workout is concerned, but it definitely gets something. More importantly, it keeps you on track: ‘You know what, I did something yesterday, so it’s okay. I’ll go tomorrow and do a little bit more.’ So it keeps you on the wagon. It’s like an emotional crutch a little bit.”
Now, this is a real treat! Getting specific fitness, eating and health advice from a world-class personal trainer and elite expert like Gilad is a bonus within a bonus! Here are 4 of his Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Tip #1: Don’t make contracts in your mind that your body can’t keep.
You always have to find a program or workout schedule that is comfortable and easy for you to do. Of course, if you’re a competitive athlete, then you have a completely different training system and program, and you have coaches, and the whole thing. But if you’re [an] average person at home who just wants to get into better shape, want to lose a few extra pounds from the holidays, whatever it is, is to always maintain a program that you can control, so that you feel fun.
Tip #2: Don’t give it all away.
Never completely exhaust yourself because of the workout. Always walk away from a workout with something left.
Tip #3: Slow and steady wins the race.
Most people want the quick fix. It took them 30 years to get out of shape, or six months to gain 15 pounds, and now they want to do it overnight. So they’ll go on all these crazy low cal, no cal diets, fasts, and deprivation. And they try to fix what took them months or years to get to into two weeks or a week, and that’s a really, very bad idea. Because you have to go, ‘Okay, I made a decision that I want to get back in shape or lose 20-50 pounds. I’ll just do something a little bit everyday and just control it and take the time to do it in a safe manner, not in a hurried and rushed manner.’ [Be]cause those are the ones that usually fail. And the ones that usually succeed and are able to maintain their weight loss and fitness levels, are the ones that ease into it, do it the right way, continue eating good, healthy foods, exercising regularly, not overdoing it, not under doing it ‘cause those are the ones in the long run have the best success rate.
Tip #4: Don’t use the people on TV as your role model.
Unfortunately, you see a lot of programs where you see a lot of people that are 300 pounds, who need to lose 100 pounds, something like the Biggest Loser or something like that – it makes for good television. It doesn’t make sustainability for these people. I frankly don’t like the way they go about it – eliminate people that lose weight. Why would I eliminate anybody who lost weight? That will be so hard; so counter-intuitive to anyone who helps people lose weight.
By Tiffany Youngren • August 23, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of Gilad’s story and the rest of her 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU,, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Gilad and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
Hall of Fame fitness trainer and con in Honolulu, HI