The Los Angeles Lakers added a bit of star power to their training staff on Wednesday when the team announced the hiring of Gunnar Peterson as Director of Strength and Endurance Training.
Peterson is a world famous for training athletes and celebrities including a client list that includes Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian. On Peterson's website, the trainer displays an article that states he had been training Kardashian since she was only 19, along with gives him credit for Kourtney Kardashian's recent body transformation. In fact, Peterson has seemingly trained the entire Kardashian family.
Along with the celebrity clientel, Peterson also has experience working with Lakers president Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.
"Gunnar is a true pioneer and visionary at his craft, and will bring a new mentality to our weight room which we are all very excited about," Pelinka said in an official team statement. "Since Magic and I have worked with Gunnar in the past, we have a strong relationship with him, which makes working together now feel seamless."
The Lakers also stated that Peterson is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and that he has experience working with athletes from the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, USTA, boxing and various NCAA sports. Of course, he's most famous for being a trainer to the stars.
Earlier in the summer, the team parted ways with former Strength and Conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco, as the new regime of Johnson and Pelinka continued to shake up the organization since assuming control at the tail end of the 2016-17 season.
After taking the reins, Johnson previously publicly mentioned that he would like to see the players in better shape and specifically mentioned cutting down body fat levels. Seemingly, Peterson's hire is a means to that end.
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Also, without a doubt, it adds to the star power in the room and makes a statement in LA, which is still an entertainment town, after all.