We had the good fortune of connecting with Gunnar Peterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gunnar, what do you attribute your success to?
Being consistent. Answer the bell every day. I don’t know any other way to do it. As for the brand, exactly the same thing. It’s consistent, it’s real, and there is no quit in it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am open to change and new approaches. I take what I find works and I distill it down to where I can use it with people who train with me. It is always changing and always improving towards being the most efficient, safe, and rewarding path to progress. Nothing is an island. Combining different methods and pushing boundaries are where change occurs. You never know where the next best thing will come from!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Dream Hotel Hollwood for a rooftop lunch. Venice Beach because, well, Venice Beach… World Gym, Venice. Rodeo Drive, I mean, you have to. Roni’s Diner in Beverly Hills. The HollyWood sign. Soho House West Hollywood. Nobu Malibu. That ought to do it!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family-and my extended family. My parents for paving the way and instilling the work ethic. My little big brother for showing me what REAL success looks like and for being there for me without fail. My wife, too many reasons to list here but she keeps this train on the tracks. My kids, for the perspective-why I do what I do. My other trainer at work Brad Siskind, and Kailey Davis for always making me work to be better at my craft. And of course, all the people who train with me and trust me. There are others in the field who raise the bar-the NSCA, Ben Bruno, Boss Everline, Chattin Hill, Ed Street, Daniel Shapiro, Jen Widerstrom, Brett Bartholomew, Janet Fitzgerald, and Randy Hetrik, to name some. The fitness industry shapes people inside and out.