PASADENA – When Vanessa Graddick decided she needed to tone up, she turned to Thai Edwards, owner of Body Couture Personal Fitness, LLC.
Soon afterward, she found herself facing a workout regimen that was daunting – but effective.
“It’s something different every time,” the 31-year-old Los Angeles resident said. “I’ve been an athlete all my life, but I just got sloppy. I wasn’t so much trying to lose weight because I have so much muscle. I just wanted to lean out a bit.”
And the results?
“It’s insane,” said Graddick, who works as a professional comedian. “The results are amazing. I had reached a plateau before, but now I’ve lost inches and my jeans are falling off of me.”
Graddick isn’t the only one singing Edwards’ praises. Since he launched Body Couture three years ago, the 35-year-old Pasadena resident has built up a large roster of clients, ranging from professional athletes to more ordinary folk who simply want to look and feel their best.
“Many of my clients know I’m an athlete,” Edwards said. “It’s important for them to have self-esteem. We do ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos for them.”
Edwards is what many might consider a modern day Renaissance man. He is the owner of Body Couture Personal Fitness, which is housed in the Matador Performance Center, at 2620 E. Walnut St. in Pasadena.
And if that wasn’t enough, he also works as a professional actor and is a personal chef.
“My dad is also a chef, so I’ve been around that most of my life,” Edwards said. “I work that in with my personal training because you have to eat clean. Most people don’t know how to do that.”
Edwards runs his clients through a variety of workouts, utilizing everything from cardio equipment and punching bags to sprints and barbells.
The underlying foundation of the workouts equates to good health. But Edwards doesn’t necessarily look at it that way.
“My philosophy is I’m not selling health,” he said. “I’m selling image and vanity. It’s OK to want to look good and to want to feel good and have pride in your outward appearance. Vanity is only bad if you put everyone else down. We really don’t love ourselves enough.”
Client Beth Staehling of Pasadena said Edwards has been a great personal trainer.
“He’s a great listener and very professional,” she said. “And when you have specific wants and desires he creates a custom program just for you.”
Edwards, whose fitness business is by appointment only, also has a variety of acting roles on tap.
“I’m a pretty physical guy, so I get a lot of action roles – a lot of fighting,” he said. “I have two movies coming out. One’s called ‘InAPPropriate Comedy,’ with Lindsay Lohan, and I’ll also be in a four-part miniseries called ‘Blackout.’ I play a renegade military commando.”
That series features Anne Heche and James Brolin, among others.