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Celeb fitness guru's book is A-list success

PUBLISHED: 13:15 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

Cornell and Leonardo DiCaprio

Cornell and Leonardo DiCaprio

A FITNESS professional who has been trainer to celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Firth and Audrey Tatou, has been celebrating the success of his new book. Beckenham-based Cornell Chin, fitness guru to the stars, used his experience getting A-lis

A FITNESS professional who has been trainer to celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Firth and Audrey Tatou, has been celebrating the success of his new book.

Beckenham-based Cornell Chin, fitness guru to the stars, used his experience getting A-list actors into shape for film roles to write his new book entitled Celebrity Bodies On A Budget.

Mr Chin, of Chancery Lane, Beckenham, worked with actor Leonardo DiCaprio for four hours a day over 16 days in Thailand as he prepared for his role in the 1999 blockbuster The Beach.

He also trained Colin Firth, getting him into shape for the lead role in Bridget Jones' Diary.

Mr Chin said: "I devised a complete healthy eating regime for Colin and we embarked on a very intense exercise plan, as he only had a few months before filming commenced.

"He worked out four days per week with me over the eight week period and Colin made amazing progress during that time and met all of his goals. We continued to train during the filming to maintain the results achieved, which are clear in the film."

After this he worked with Amelie star Audrey Tatou for the film Dirty Pretty Things and then trained up actress Naomie Harris to be a zombie-defeating fighting machine.

After undergoing a two-year course with the Kent-based company Future Fitness in 1986, the fitness fanatic went on to manage a number of gyms in central London before

establishing the Cornell Chin Fitness Consultancy in 1992 to focus on one to one personal training.

He says that his book is particularly important in the current economic climate as many people can no longer afford their gym membership.

Mr Chin said: "Exercise doesn't have to stop if you can't afford a gym membership, sluggish economic times are no time to stop exercising. You need the benefits more than ever.

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