Meet celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak, the creative force behind the fitness center at ONE Mission Bay.  Paternak has a vast background in all things exercise;  he holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and an Honors Degree in Kinesiology from University of Western Ontario. He is also certified by The American College of Sports Medicine and The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, and served as an exercise and nutrition scientist for Canada’s Department of National Defense.

A New York Times Bestselling Author, Harley has trained many celebrities including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Jessica Simpson, Ke$ha, Hilary Duff and Jennifer Hudson.

Discover the inspiration behind the fitness center at ONE Mission Bay and get to know Harley:

What inspired you to begin a career in fitness?

I guess I grew up during the Reagan era where every male role model was either named Schwarzenegger, Stallone, or Van Damme. So, when my mother took me to a Y to work out when I was 12 years old, I was hooked right away.  I wanted to look like my favorite movie stars.

Describe the design philosophy behind the fitness center at One Mission Bay:

The philosophy behind the fitness center design at ONE Mission Bay is versatility meets creativity meets simplicity.

First and foremost we really wanted to focus on Bestin class. You’ll notice the facility is not just one brand of equipment, rather a combination of a few brands each that specialize in certain styles of training.  The choice of equipment allows the versatility of pursuing countless styles of training while allowing the user unlimited creativity without too much clutter or overly and unnecessarily complex equipment. We streamlined the kind of exercise equipment and modalities while incorporating some of the more traditional forms of exercise i.e. free weights.