Celebrity Personal Trainer Kevin Richardson

Celebrity Personal Trainer Kevin Richardson



  • Celebrity Personal Trainer to Actors, Singers, Politicians and CEOs
  • 7 Time Winner Best Of Manhattan Awards For Personal Training – 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • The First International Fitness & Nutrition Consultant For UNICEF
  • Creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training
  • Lifetime Drug Free Natural Bodybuilding Champion
  • Trainer of Professional Drug Free Bodybuilders, Figure and Bikini Competitors
  • Recognized World Authority On High Intensity Training
  • Head Instructor Amegakurekan School Of Ninjutsu
  • Featured In Numerous Media including the Wall Street Journal & CBS News
  • Over 2.6 Million Blog Readers Readers
  • 30 Years Of Personal Training Experience

Celebrity New York City personal trainer Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training and the founder of Manhattan’s Naturally Intense Personal Training Services. (Note that as of March 2nd 2020 Online Personal Training and Diet Coaching with Celebrity Online Trainer Kevin Richardson is now available). A former international fitness and nutrition consultant for UNICEF, Kevin is also a highly prized guest speaker at corporate events, working with major international corporations to help improve the health of their employees with his time saving workouts. In a career that has spanned over quarter of a century, he has helped hundreds of clients from celebrities to CEO’s to regular New Yorkers achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals with his program of short-duration, high-intensity workouts. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Kevin grew up in a fitness-oriented family. He was a painfully thin child who preferred reading books – especially comic books – to playing sports, and often found himself the target of schoolyard bullies. The best way to stand up to them, he decided, was to be like the comic-book heroes he idolized, so he began martial arts training at the age of nine. As he became proficient in karate and ninjutsu, he was, indeed, better able to take care of himself. Unfortunately, while he could fight, he didn’t look like he could; he remained a scrawny kid who had to prove himself over and over. Eventually, he decided it wasn’t enough that he could fight like his comic-book heroes – he needed to look like them, too.

Kevin 1 month before he started training! Kevin 1 month before he started training!
“I didn’t always look the way I do today, and as a father of 5, professional photographer, martial arts teacher and small business owner there is no way I could have done it and maintained my current level of fitness if I had to spend hours at the gym! I am, and always will be “Client #1” as for the past 30 years I have trained no more than three times a week with the same brief high intensity workouts that we use with our clients. Workouts that have helped me achieve the highest possible levels of strength, muscle development and physical fitness. Best of all, I did it all without drugs and have helped people see that you don’t need drugs to build a great physique! It’s been a long journey! When I started out almost three decades ago there were no studies backing up my form of high intensity training, just my success and the success of my clients. So it’s heartening to see more and more science based studies validating the effectiveness of short high intensity workouts!

Following in the footsteps of his father, brother and cousin, he began training at age fourteen in natural bodybuilding, a branch of the sport that rejects performance-enhancing drugs. Frustrated that he was progressing slowly and that all the hours of weight training were taking time away from his martial arts studies, Kevin did what any nerdy kid would do: He began reading every book he could find about physiology and kinesiology. Drawing on his marital arts training, which used brief, brutally intense movements to strengthen the body and mind, he began developing, through trial and error, a system of short, high-intensity workouts that helped transform him from a skinny, 125-pound teenager into a 205-pound natural bodybuilder. His 2005 DVD, Naturally Intense, was a one of the first documentaries ever made by a lifetime drug free bodybuilder. (Get a copy at Amazon.com!) Learn about Kevin’s Bodybuilding Personal Training Services here!

Celebrity Trainer Kevin Richardson today! Celebrity Trainer Kevin Richardson today!

A husband and father at age twenty, Kevin left the Caribbean for New York in search of a better life for his family. He found a second home at Brooklyn’s legendary Fifth Avenue Gym, which produced more natural bodybuilding champions than any other facility of its kind. For fifteen years, he worked by day in social services, running a recreational therapy program for people with AIDS and formerly homeless New Yorkers, and by night at the Fifth Avenue Gym, doing personal training. Inspired by his own success, Kevin spent the first ten years of his personal-training career refining the principles of high-intensity training and applying them to his clients. Committed to the scientific method, he set out not to prove but to disprove the effectiveness of ten-minute high-intensity workouts. It wasn’t enough that the system worked for him and his first set of clients; he wanted to determine if the results could be replicated consistently by a wide variety of individuals with a wide range of fitness levels and goals. And indeed, he found that Naturally Intense High-Intensity Training worked for men and women from their 20’s to their 70’s whether they were trying to lose weight, increase endurance, build muscle mass, enhance overall fitness, or develop a world-class physique.

In early 2009, at the depth of the last recession, Kevin took a leap of faith, leaving his job in social services to bring the Naturally Intense 10-Minute Workout to a larger audience. Headquartered in the Chelsea/Flatiron District, his personal-training business was honored with the Best of Manhattan Award in 2012, 2013,2014, 2016 and 2017. His clients have included various celebrities, actors, politicians, business executives, athletes, models, natural-physique competitors, Navy SEALs, and plenty of ordinary folks. Some have traveled regularly from as far away as London and Singapore to train with him, while others have commuted weekly from Massachusetts and North Carolina. Kevin is a a major figure in the fitness community with over 2 million readers of his award-winning blog (naturallyintense.net/blog), and his Naturally Intense 10-Minute Workout has reached a broader audience over the years through features on CBS on the Couch, Fox 5 Good Day New York, and the CBS Morning News, The Daily Mail and The Wall Street Journal. Kevin is also a highly in demand public speaker, and is often hired to speak about his own journey and present his unique Naturally Intense methodology of better results in less time at conferences across the country. A true Renaissance Man, Kevin is also an internationally published fitness and dance photographer and he is the creator of the overwhelmingly popular, Dance As Art- The New York City Dance Photography Project, a celebration of dancers photographed at iconic locations in New York City, which has been exhibited both locally here in New York City and internationally. You can see his extensive range of work at his official website at www.danceasart.com.



Celebrity personal trainer New York City Kevin Richardson on CBS News


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So let me get this straight, it's all about genetics?

If it was all about genetics, I don't think many of the men and women you see headlining in the natural bodybuilding circles would be where they are today.

I, for one, would have quit on my first day in the gym if I believed in genetics as a deciding factor, as on my first day I was told that at 6 feet tall and 125lbs, with narrow shoulders and spindly legs and I simply did not have the genetics to ever be a bodybuilder.

Add to that the fact that I wanted to compete drug free and it must have sounded to my first instructor like I wanted to land on the moon by means of a slingshot.

He didn't mean to put me down, as much as those words hurt, he just didn't understand that the boy in front of him was willing and ready to work for years on end to see what he could achieve, and that's the mindset everyone needs to have, regardless of where you are in the process.

You don't know what your "genetics" are unless you put in years, sometimes even decades of hard training and (most importantly) unshakeable attention to your diet.

In over three decades, I have yet to see anyone who applied themselves for years on end not achieve an impressive physique.

Sure, there are many who walk around looking great from day one, but the majority of those who look great today, didn't necessarily start off that way.

And it's been my experience as well, that those are the ones who will keep looking fantastic long after those who naturally have great bodies become unrecognizable from those who never trained a day in their lives.

Time has a way of being unforgiving to those who don't have to work hard in the beginning, as if you didn't have to learn the work ethic and consistency that those with "lesser genetics" are forced to master, age tends to take it all away.

Forget genetics.

Focus on working hard, focus on your diet and focus on being consistent, as in the end, it's just that plus time that will get you where you want to be. Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense #geneticsdontmatter

#naturalbodybuilding #fitnessmotivation #naturalbodybuilder #naturalbodybuildinginspiration #bnw #instabnw #blackandwhite #fitover40 #dothework

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What Happens When You Stop Training?

A week by week breakdown of exactly what happens to your body when you stop training, and we go over endurance changes, strength changes, muscle loss and body fat increases over time after you stop working out.

Also covered are differences in detraining between men and women, how training intensity determines how much and how fast you lose your gains when you stop training and also how muscle memory helps you get back to where you were faster when you start back.

It's a must see for anyone going away on vacation or who is planning on or taking a break from training!

Click on my bio link to watch the full video on YouTube or click on the link in My Stories and thanks as always for taking the time to look at my work! Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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In retrospect, I guess I did have big legs back then too!

It's hard to see yourself as you are, and I always had this image of myself with spindly legs.

It's how I was when I was younger and I know all too well the many years of training as hard as humanly possible and waiting to see the fruits of my labor.

The thing is, that you don't see it when it happens, as it takes another few years well before you ACCEPT the fact that you have changed and then begin to adjust how you see yourself.

All these years later, I still have to remind myself that I am a bodybuilder and often can stop in front of a mirror and have a genuine moment of, "That's me?"

And it's the part that they don't tell you about body transformation. that not only is it slow, but that it's hard to see.

It's almost like you reach your goal, but are only able to see it in short glimpses, as if viewing yourself from afar.

Which is why it's so important to find a way to enjoy the way, as sometimes it's all that you have.

The only thing that kept me squatting and bending that bar, wasn't really the promise of bigger legs, but the fact that I loved to squat.

It's also why I've stayed more or less in near contest shape all these years later even though I last stepped onstage in 2004.

Because it's what I love, and if there ever was a "secret" to being able to persevere for years on end without "seeing much in the way of results" it's learning to love what you do.

My thanks to @dennisjpleefsc for this back in the day shot and here's to you loving what you do!!! Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Me putting my best foot forward.

It’s all you need to do every day, not be the best, but do your best.

If you do your best every single day, you will not only achieve excellence in whatever you are striving towards, but you will also have the profound peace of mind that comes from knowing at day’s end that you did everything you could to improve yourself.

It’s not a feeling to be underappreciated and most find that when the abs start showing and the muscles start sprouting, as gratifying as it may be, it pales in comparison to the satisfaction that comes with always knowing that you are doing your best!

Here’s to you doing your best today and Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

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Food tracking is incredibly popular these days, and there are many studies that show that those who track their foods tend to experience better outcomes compared to those who don't.

I tracked every meal (and every workout) I had for the first 15 years of my career. A practice that was instrumental in the development of the dietary principles that I use today, and so you might think that I would be a strong proponent of food tracking for all of my clients, and I am not.

In this video, I go over my real world observations of what I have seen over the years working with large numbers of men and women and why I don't univerally recommend it for all of my clients coming in.

You can see the full video by clicking on my bio link and thanks in advance for watching!!! Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense

#foodtracking #naturalbodybuilding #naturalbodybuilder #fooddiary #foodtrackingisnotalwayshealthy #fitness #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #weightlosstips

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