By john Hanc
New York Times
Pierre Rougier, a publicist in Manhattan, is known as one of the fashion’s industry’s most powerful behind-the-scenes players.
But during his monthly trips to Paris or Milan, the source of Rougier’s power derives not only from his media contacts and his shrewd handling of designers and their latest apparel lines, but also from the way he starts his morning: with an intense, 15-minute exercise regimen done in his hotel room, his apartment in Paris or even, on warm days, outdoors at the nearby Jardin des Tuileries.
“These workouts are quick, explosive and intense,” said Rougier, who is president of an agency called PR Consulting. “I feel totally energized when they’re done.”
There are no weights, machines, kettle bells, treadmills or any of the other popular gym accessories in this exercise repertoire. Using his 195 pounds of body weight as resistance, the fit, 6-foot 3-inch Rougier moves rapidly through a series of exercises that would be recognizable to any World War II-era GI as the kind of calisthenics performed in basic training.