About MaryAnn

MaryAnn Browning

Founder and President of Browning’s Fitness, is one of the most sought after trainers in New York City. Celebrities, socialites and moguls alike, train with MaryAnn because she produces results that last a lifetime without sacrificing quality of life.

MaryAnn’s clients include: Vera Wang, Candace Bergen, Tommy Mottola, Jonathan Tisch, David Steinberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Rachel Nichols, Samantha Boardman, Stavros Niarchos, Adam Lindemann, Gregg Hymowitz, Alina Cho, Lyor Cohen, Tico Mugrabi, Marjorie Gubelmann, Aby Rosen and David Hamamoto.

MaryAnn has been featured in Allure, Elle, Vogue, Self, Fitness Magazine, Town and Country, Hamptons Magazine, More, Glam, Page Daily, Daily Candy, Glam.com, Fitist, Plum Magazine and Plum TV, and The New York Times. MaryAnn is a regular contributing editor for Page DailyGlam.com, and is one of the distinguished Board of Experts for Fitist.

MaryAnn is a certified trainer in MESC, NASM, AFTA, Pilates, Spinning, Swimming and Running Coach, Sports and Nutrition, and Yoga. MaryAnn has competed in the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon as well as 37 marathons worldwide, and six Iron Man competitions. Mary Ann holds a degree in Sports and Nutrition.

Prior to becoming a personal trainer, MaryAnn was a prima ballerina with the Johannesburg Ballet Company in South Africa, as well as the Munich Ballet Company. MaryAnn attended the Royal Academy Ballet School in London, and was awarded the Margot Fonteyn Award for the Dancer Most Likely to Succeed.

MaryAnn was named South Africa’s most successful personal trainer, and worked in New York as a Specialist Trainer to the Stars until 2005 when she opened her first Browning’s Fitness Center.

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Three Months

I always set goals for a five year plan, but I wait till the last minute to make any changes. Recently in a course I am doing, they suggested asking yourself what you want your life to look like in three months; and not waiting until the last minute to start working at it. Each day, do something towards that goal. Of course, for your health and fitness it works well, but even for your personal goals, you should give it a try. Maybe you want educate yourself in art somehow? Go to museums, reads books on art, visit a gallery, listen to a lecture online. It’s amazing how thinking this way really helps! Write down how you want to be, and start it now. Book your sessions ahead, plan your extra steps with a friend, even once a week. Take a bike tour or a walking museum tour. Life is passing by. Don’t waste a single day. Best,...


Why is it always after a holiday, I feel like I need a holiday? The truth is most holidays aren’t really spent resting. Totally getting out of the routine and structure, over indulging in food, plus not enough exercise makes one feel totally out of sync. Of course, as soon as we get home we get hysterical that everything is not the way it should be. We put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything just right. As a result, we eat even worse and exercise less. Start now. Breathe. Use the part of your brain that says nothing is so important that we cannot take a break. Let me just do the best I can do, and I’ll certainly be the best if I get my exercise in. Once that’s done, I will organize my eating and everything else will follow so easily. Buy yourself a little notebook and write down the things you want to achieve. Cross them off when they done. Do whatever it takes. It is so satisfying! Stop getting so caught up on the drama. It’s really not worth it. Think about the people with the hurricanes on the horizon. That will certainly make you stop. Best,...

Time to Resign

It’s almost 25 yrs since I started this third career, which is a lot longer than some people seem to hold onto jobs nowadays. After speaking to a client that’s struggling with sticking to her healthy eating plan and a 20 pound weight loss, I asked myself how different my life might be if I had kept on a healthy plan in every way myself for the last 25 years. Would that mean I had made no progress? Changes and growth are how I reached where I am today. Yes, it can be a struggle. You can look at it that way or you can realize everything has its path. You can try to fight it but what will be, will be.  You have to do the best that you can on your own path. Look at it just as you would look at your job, something that you’re committed to. Are you just going to stop going to work after a couple of weeks?  If you really hate it, maybe. However, if it’s a struggle but it’s working, you must keep trying. Take some time to think about it, but don’t think to hard. August is here. You have come this far. Don’t give up!! Make the effort, book your sessions, commit to them and to a healthy life.   Best,...