The world’s best trainer — and a flat out leg­end.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

Luke Zoc­chi works his celebrity client Chris Hemsworth, and belo w rigright, with star Cate Blanchett. t’s hard to find a can­vas more beau­ti­ful than Chris Hemsworth’s tall, toned mus­cles. But celebrity per­sonal trainer Luke Zoc­chi cer­tainly does the Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight’s physique jus­tice. The Thor star called him: “The world’s best trainer — and a flat out leg­end.” That’s a big call for the man who’s con­fessed to wak­ing Hemsworth up at 5am for a tor­tur­ous on­slaught of box­ing, run­ning and weights in high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing. Hemsworth’s trainer of six years is known to whip the star into the shape his lat­est role de­mands — how­ever hard that may be.

“I’ve done ev­ery­thing from starv­ing him for Heart Of The Sea to work­ing him hard to get big and mus­cley for Thor,” Zoc­chi tells BW Mag­a­zine.

He gets two to three months be­fore each role to mould the actor and hasn’t missed a dead­line yet. It’s this suc­cess rate that’s seen his ex­clu­sive clien­tele ex­tend to fel­low Aussie Cate Blanchett and New Zealand di­rec­tor and actor Taika Waititi.

But can the man be­hind the God of Thun­der trans­form the av­er­age Joe as well? When you put this ques­tion to Zoc­chi, he says it’s pos­si­ble, but within rea­son.

It’s why he’s launched his new book — The A-list Diet & Fit­ness Plan. It is a fool­proof 12week plan that in­cludes recipes and a range of high-in­ten­sity work­outs. And health con­scious Aus­tralians can see it as the mere mor­tal’s bi­ble to look­ing like Thor — sort of.

“Celebri­ties can do what­ever they need to make it work but I tried to bring it back to a more re­al­is­tic ap­proach, to cre­ate some­thing that nor­mal peo­ple can stick to,” he says.

“Not ev­ery­one has a pri­vate chef or the time to come up with crazy diet plans so I tried to cre­ate meals that are healthy but also easy.”

Zoc­chi also re­alises that most Aus­tralians can­not com­mit to five days of train­ing every week or buy ex­pen­sive or­ganic pro­duce.

He con­sid­ers the book a stripped back ver­sion of a celebrity fit­ness and diet plan. Hemsworth and Blanchett may work out early in the morn­ing for an hour, but Zoc­chi’s sub­sti­tuted that to easy 20-minute work­outs you can do be­fore work or through­out the day.

And although he feeds the stars or­ganic pro­duce and su­per­foods, he’s com­piled 30-minute meals for the time-poor gen­er­a­tion that are made from whole­some but more af­ford­able in­gre­di­ents.

It’s less of an un­re­al­is­tic guide to get­ting a celebrity body and more a prac­ti­cal way to get­ting fit­ter with­out break­ing the bank.

“When you can, I en­cour­age you to pick or­ganic and good pro­duce but you have to make it work for your life­style,” Zoc­chi says.

“Some peo­ple can af­ford to pay for or­ganic meat and veg­eta­bles, but not ev­ery­one can.

“It’s all about do­ing things that are rea­son­able and things you can con­tinue.”

One look at his In­sta­gram ac­count, and it’s ev­i­dent that the trainer prac­tises what he preaches.

Zoc­chi has care­fully cu­rated a feed of pic­tures of his feel-good meals, tu­to­ri­als on how to make them and plenty of videos of the tat­tooed young trainer work­ing out in the gym. he health fo­cus has also prompted him to co-found Sipp, an in­stant co­conut cof­fee and tea. It has pro­bi­otics, or­ganic grains and is ve­gan — a prod­uct per­fectly aligned with his health-ob­sessed fol­low­ing of 178,000.

At a time when raw, ve­gan, gluten-free di­ets are the flavour of the month, Zoc­chi says it wasn’t hard to cater to the world’s di­etary re­quire­ments.

“I’ve based this book off my pro­gram and I first started with ‘nor­mal’ meals, I brought out veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan-friendly di­ets as well. I’ve been across the peo­ple who are go­ing veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan for a few years and I’ve just worked it into the book.”

The new re­lease ar­gues the plan is suit­able for any­one — men, women, young or old. And Zoc­chi is pre­pared to ex­plain how.

“I’ve tried to put a mix of meals that would work for ev­ery­one. There are recipes that would ap­peal more to women and those that guys might pre­fer. I tried to cover all ar­eas,” he says. But in his ex­pe­ri­ence, while Aus­tralians love to try out health­ier di­ets, where they stum­ble is con­sis­tency — the av­er­age per­son seems to lack the celebrity de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“If some­thing’s ba­sic and sim­ple it’s eas­ier to stick to and that’s the key part,” he says.

Zoc­chi is quick to point out fol­low­ing the plan will lead to a health­ier you but jokes that look­ing “Hemswor­thy” is a lit­tle more elu­sive. “You need to be six­foot tall, blue-eyed and ex­tremely good-look­ing. The height and the looks I can’t guar­an­tee,” he says. The A-list Diet & Fit­ness Plan, Pan Macmil­lan, $34.99, is avail­able on Tues­day.

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