Fitness trainer to the stars

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A FITNESS fanatic from Bridlington has been putting celebrities through their paces in Los Angeles and is about to launch his very own workout DVD.

Ricky Parcell, 38, says he is living the dream after establishing himself as a weight-loss retreat and celebrity trainer in the USA, the country he is hoping to make his permanent home.

To date he has trained the cast of The Only Way is Essex, actress Susie Amy from TV soap Footballer’s Wives, Jon Lee from teen band S Club 7, reality TV star and son of footballer George Best, Callum Best.

Speaking to the Free Press from LA Ricky said: “This is my dream job in my dream country. As a kid I loved American TV shows, so to be out here is just incredible.”

Ricky attended Headlands School and East Riding College before joining the Royal Navy in which he served as an elite fitness coach for 14 years before turning his attentions to running celebrity boot camps in the UK and Spain.

His parents, Annette and Phil Parcell, live in Bempton and ran a successful Flamborough restaurant, Copperfields, for 25 years before moving into restaurant consultancy work across East Yokshire.

After braving the UK winters outdoors, helping professionals lose weight through intense eight hour workouts and life coaching Ricky decided to head off in search of warmer climes.

“I made a big decision to make it happen in Los Angeles and move into the big league, after a couple of winters spent outdoors working in the UK with clients in the cold weather. There are plenty of celebrities to work with in LA and lots of sunshine,” he said.

For the past ten years Ricky has been visiting LA to hone his training skills and is now in the process of securing his work visa so he can stay state side and continue living the American Dream.

“The way of life is incredible. Most people in LA work out daily. It’s a vital part of the day for people here; there are lots of body conscious people.

“I simply kept finding myself coming out to California for the weather, food, palm trees and the positive attitude of the American people, people here dream big and live big.

“There is nothing I miss about the UK. You can even get the football here, although it’s on at different times,” he said.

His bootcamps involve spending a week at a time helping celebs and people who have not been looking after their bodies get back into shape.

The intensive course includes a combination of boxing, aerobics, five hour long treks, circuits, yoga, weight training, dancing and running for up to eight hours a day.

Recruits have to stick to strict lifestyle rules, such as no alcohol, six small healthy meals a day and lots of water. And after training various celebrities, Ricky is keen to one day work with movie star Tom Cruise.

“I have heard he is extremely focused and dedicated in his movies and with his health. He does not drink or smoke and I am told he is the most professional and kind actor on set you could meet.”

Now Ricky is looking ahead to the launch of his home fitness DVD, ‘British Navy Fitness’, which draws on his experience of military workouts which have been tried and tested at his retreats to help others achieve success in their own goals.

“My success is from years of belief in myself, not listening to negative people and being thankful for everyday we have on this planet,” he added.