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Harley Pasternak knows Jessica Simpson. They share a relationship that goes far beyond trainer and trainee. “It’s almost like a family, a family feel, where we’re able to be open with each other,” said the celebrity trainer who chatted with us exclusively by phone for nearly an hour, thrilled to talk about Simpson whom he’s worked with on and off for many years. “She doesn’t have to come here in makeup or dressed to the nines, and I can be honest with her. She says, ‘Gosh, don’t want to do this one,’ and I say, ‘Do it,” and she’ll do it.”
Simpson’s doing a lot with Harley these days, visiting him at his gym four to five times a week as she tries to shed the baby weight following the birth of adorable Maxwell, who looked scrumptious in a bikini photograph Jessica showed on the premiere of Katie Couric's new show, Katie.
Harley said Jessica feels the way so many of us who gain weight during pregnancy and have trouble losing it feel. (Six years later, I'm still trying to lose it all!) “I think part of why most Americans love Jessica is because she’s real. Whether someone admits that it’s sometimes frustrating not having the same body you had before you had a baby, or whether they don’t admit it, they feel it. So the difference is she’s honest and voices what (a lot of) women experience when they gain weight because they’re having a baby … Everybody feels the same way, she just voices it.”
Harley is not the only man helping Jessica lose those Maxwell pounds. Kiefer Sutherland is too, although not in real life. Jessica’s addicted to the former FOX hit starring Sutherland called 24 (I am a former addict myself!), which means she actually sometimes stays on the treadmill longer than planned! “She surpasses a lot of the exercise targets that I give her because she’s in the episode that’s great. She’s like, ‘I’m sorry, I did 18,000 steps today because there was this one episode and the president,’ and I’m like, ‘Great.' She’s going through them so fast that if I told you at the beginning of the conversation of one episode, she’s probably on a different episode right now,” he said with a laugh.
Harley says Jessica is 100% committed to getting her body back. “This is for Jess, Jess is doing this for her. That’s just a fact. People say, ‘Well she’s got a Weight Watchers deal and all that,' but the fact is regardless … she would be doing this just as hard no matter what.”
The superstar's getting a ton of support from her team of family and friends, namely her fiancé Eric Johnson, said Harley. “He’s amazing, he is supportive. He doesn’t work out with us but I know he’s been a huge advocate of her pedometer use in walking,” he said, referring to the device Jessica has to track how many steps she takes every day. “They go on beautiful family walks in the morning before I see her. Eric, Maxwell and Jess. They go on these long walks and he supports her that way.”
While Harley and Jessica work together, they find time to gossip and of course, look at pictures. Yes, Jessica is like us in another way. She has photos at the ready on her phone to show off her darling gal. “Oh yeah, we … get her little pictures on her phone, she shows me little pictures … I’m up to date on all the new changes that come day to day with Maxwell.”
Cutie pie pictures in between bicep curls? Jessica, we love you even more!