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The Top 50 Hottest Trainers in America

Adam Von Rothfelder

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30, TRX suspension and rip trainer certified, strength and conditioning specialist, Milwaukee, Wis.

Fitness philosophy: It is consistency not novelty that will lead to uncommon results.
Pushups before exhaustion: 93
Proudest fitness accomplishment: Besides being featured on SHAPE.com? I would have to say owning my own facility and creating a revolution in one of the most unfit cities in the country.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Cell phone talkers or when your spotter is checking himself out in the mirror
Power song: "Madness" by Muse
Relationship status: Married and expecting
Hidden talent: I'm great at voice-overs.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Zumba. It's awesome for the hips.
Favorite chick flick: The Proposal
To learn more: Qmodels.com

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Glenroy Watson

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33, personal trainer at Reebok Sports Club/NY, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: You can only take out what you put in. If you make the investment, then and only then can you make a withdrawal.
Longest static plank: 2 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Body odor
Power song: "I Smile" by Kirk Franklin
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Kerry Washington
Favorite chick flick: The Notebook
To learn more: Facebook.com

Tomas A. Mikuzis

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30, SoulCycle instructor, NASM-certified personal trainer, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. Always give 100 percent in all that you do! Hard work pays off.
Pushups before exhaustion: 127 (with perfect form!)
No. 1 pet peeve at the gym: People not putting their weights away! This is not your home. Clean up after yourself. Also, use proper form!
Power song: "Claridao" by SILVA (It's Brazilian but the beat is insane and gets me all pumped!)
Relationship status: Engaged
Hidden talent: I can still walk on my hands and do back flips from my years as a young gymnast.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Zumba. I like to shake what my mama gave me.
To learn more: Facebook.com

Kern Alexander

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29, ACE-certified personal trainer, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Health and wellness shouldn't be viewed as a means to an end but rather integrated into your lifestyle. Reaching your fitness goals is a challenge in itself, but the greatest achievement is in maintaining your results, and that's what sets apart real fitness enthusiasts from fade junkies.
Longest static plank: 5 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who use weights and equipment and don't put it back where they found it
Power song: "Ten Thousand Fists" by Disturbed
Relationship status: In a relationship
Celebrity crush: Jessica Biel
Hidden talent: I'm very skilled at sketching.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Zumba
Favorite chick flick: A Walk to Remember
To learn more: Fitnessawayoflife.com

BJ Gaddour

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30, C.S.C.S., Milwaukee, Wis.

Fitness philosophy: Having gone from a former fat kid with bum knees to being listed as one of the 100 fittest men of all time by Men's Health, I credit my success to consistency. I've never missed a scheduled training session since completing my first workout at age 14. My performance enhancing drug is a great workout, and I'm on a mission to help people all over the world laugh and lean out.
Longest static plank: 3 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Going to the gym! I only train at home. No distractions, no excuses. It's my time to make a change.
Power song: “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Meagan Good
Hidden talent: Comedy (Check out this YouTube video with nearly 1 million views!)
“Girly" workout I secretly love: River dancing
Favorite chick flick: It's Complicated
To learn more: BJGaddour.com

Justin Klein

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25, C.S.C.S., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Fitness philosophy: If it's important enough to you, you will find a way. If it's not, you will find an excuse. Fitness is something that can be gained with simple changes in your life. It should be enjoyable, not a task!
Proudest fitness accomplishment: Becoming C.S.C.S. certified and gaining the opportunity to help others through my experiences
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who spend more time socializing than working out
Power song: "'Till I Collapse" by Eminem
Relationship status: In a relationship
Hidden talent: I grew up in the country, so I can perform maintenance on vehicles, build cabinets, and I like to think I'm a pretty good handyman around the house!
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Cardio kickboxing and boot camp workouts have put me in my place. I'm on the floor seeing stars when everyone else is still going!
To learn more: Fitnessstarnetwork.com

Jonathan Angelilli

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32, holistic fitness coach, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Train deep, exercise from the inside out, and live your truth. Inside each and every one of us is a health warrior, the part of us that knows the real enemies are internal: weakness, fear, greed, laziness, disease, ignorance, and attachment. Through discipline, exercise, and training, that peaceful warrior learns to face and conquer these enemies.
Mile time: 5:20
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who look miserable working out. Enjoy your life and your body. Exercise doesn't have to be bad-tasting medicine.
Power song: The Thundercats theme song
Relationship status: Engaged
Celebrity crush: Scarlett Johansson
Hidden talent: I am a ninja, so I have tons of hidden talents. But they wouldn't stay hidden if I told you.
“Girly” workout I secretly love: FlyBarre
To learn more: Getdynamicresults.com

Mike Simone

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28, fitness/lifestyle editor and producer, Oceanport, N.J.

Fitness philosophy: Train hard and train intense, but also be smart and listen to the body when it needs rest and recovery. Embrace all types of training styles from high-intensity resistance training to yoga, CrossFit, power lifting, and even "old-school" bodybuilding splits. Treat food as fuel for the body; experiment and learn what works for you. Avoid stress, negative people, and always pursue some type of active adventure.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who think they're an expert
Power song: "We Rock It" by NoiseShaper and "The Prodigal Sun" by The Black Angels
Relationship status: Single
Hidden talent: I give incredible massages. (So I've heard.)
Favorite chick flick: Friends with Benefits
To learn more: Humanfitproject.com

Brad Gouthro

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32, certified personal trainer, nutrition and wellness specialist, Halifax, N.S., Canada

Fitness philosophy: Two words: Live lean. I educate, motivate, and inspire my "Live Leaners" to make the choice to eat real food and move their body more effectively via my Live Lean TV show. It doesn't matter if it's January or August, when you're living lean, you're comfortable in your own skin to rock a bikini or bathing suit 365 days a year.
Pushups before exhaustion: 89
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People following poorly designed programs that don't allow them to maximize their time/effort/results at the gym
Power song: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
Relationship status: Single (AKA the most eligible bachelor in fitness)
Celebrity crush: Eva Mendes
Hidden talent: My intuition, meaning my intuition is heightened and has never failed me.
Favorite chick flick: How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (I've seen this hundreds of times… by myself.)
To learn more: Bradgouthrofitness.com

Matt McGorry

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26, fitness and performance coach, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.
Proudest fitness accomplishment: In 2010 I was ranked top 50 in the deadlift in three different weight classes, and I won my first natural bodybuilding competition.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Personal trainers who put down their clients and use negative reinforcement as their main tactic for getting their compliance
Power song: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
Relationship status: In a relationship
Hidden talent: Performing magic (leftover from ages 10 to 13)
Favorite chick flick: I honestly love any good chick flick, as long as it's a good movie or pretty funny. Love Actually is a no-brainer.
To learn more: Mattmcgtraining.com

Jay Zuccato

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21, certified personal trainer and online body transformation coach, Toronto, Canada

Fitness philosophy: Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Pushups before exhaustion: 105
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Cell phones
Power song: "Go Get It" by T.I.
Relationship status: In a relationship
The best compliment I've ever received from a woman: "You have an incredible smile."
Hidden talent: I'm a great cook.
Favorite chick flick: The Notebook
To learn more: Facebook.com

Joe Dowdell

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Founder and owner of Peak Performance NYC, certified strength and conditioning specialist, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Fat loss (and being lean) is really a lifestyle! It's about being disciplined with your nutrition, training, and recovery. It's about creating and embodying a positive mindset so that when obstacles occur, one doesn't get discouraged or derailed from this objective. All of these things need to work together in order to optimize your path to the body you desire.
Proudest fitness accomplishment: Publishing my women's fat loss book, Ultimate You
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People talking or texting on their cell phone while on the training floor
Power song: "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2
Relationship status: In a relationship
Favorite chick flick: Say Anything
To learn more: Joedowdell.com

Tim McComsey

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30, fitness expert and registered dietitian, Dallas, Texas

Fitness philosophy: To be physically and mentally fit, you have to put in the work. I don't believe in the shortcuts that make quick, unsafe changes. My fitness philosophy is based upon natural nutrition combined with dynamic and effective training in a fun environment.
Pushups before exhaustion: 62
Proudest fitness accomplishment: When I won second place in the Model America competition in Miami, Fla.
Power song: "Roll Up" by Wiz Khalifa
The best compliment I've ever received from a woman: "You're better looking than Channing Tatum."
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Body Pump. I was a certified instructor for two years.
Favorite chick flick: Something's Gotta Give
To learn more: Trymfit.com

John Romaniello

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30, fitness expert, author of Engineering the Alpha: A Real World Guide to an Unreal Life (HarperOne, April 2013), New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Being fit—or, more specifically, getting fit—is a process that can help you be better at everything you do. Success and dedication are learned habits, which can be transferred to everything from your job to your relationships. So my philosophy is pretty simple: The goal of fitness is to get better at getting better. The tool you choose is irrelevant.
Longest static plank: I've never made it past two full song on my iPod, which I calculate to mean between 5 and 6 minutes.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Probably when people hold planks longer than 6 minutes. Or not racking your weights. One of those two.
Power song: Any song on the Rocky IV soundtrack. Each and every track has been proven to increase performance by about seven percent. I can't back that up with science. But it's probably true.
Relationship status: Engaged
Celebrity crush: Nicki Minaj
Favorite quality in a woman: Either a deep and abiding love of Star Wars or a willingness to put up with my deep and abiding love of Star Wars
Favorite chick flick: I have to pick one? This is gonna be tricky. Let me think... Mean Girls. No! The Notebook. WAIT… Serendipity. Definitely Serendipity. Or Mean Girls.
To learn more: Romanfitnesssystems.com

Christopher Power

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28, ACE-certified and ZUMBA-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: I am a firm believer in pushing your personal limits in all areas of life. In training, developing superior core strength while mixing functional programs with high-intensity interval training is essential to living a happy, healthy, and defined life.
Pushups before exhaustion: 101
Proudest fitness accomplishment: Physically? Being able to complete 200 pull-ups in 20 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who ask for advice and then don't take it
Power song: "Gun Session (Remix)" by Vybz Kartel
Relationship status: Single
Hidden talent: I can roll my stomach like a belly dancer.
Favorite chick flick: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
To learn more: Cpowerfitness.com

Joe Vennare

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26, writer, trainer, and co-founder of Hybrid Athlete LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Fitness philosophy: Simplify fitness for everyone by using short and effective bodyweight and kettlebell workouts.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: When people don't clean up after themselves
Power song: "Sail" by Awolnation
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Alex Morgan
Favorite quality in a woman: Ambition
Hidden talent: I'm a bit of an artist—painting, drawing, photography.
Favorite chick flick: P.S. I Love You
To learn more: Thehybridathlete.com

Michael Taylor

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39, yoga guide at Strala Yoga, degree in mind/body medicine from Harvard Medical School, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Be easy in your body. This capability is something we practice in yoga, and it's invaluable to athletes in every category. The greatest athletes are always the ones who make the impossible look easy. It's the difference between winning and losing.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Pushing and struggling. I think that's part of normal gym culture, but I don't think it leads to better performance. It just leads to stress and struggle.
Power song: "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Tara Stiles (my wife). Or Maggie Q. She's pretty good at yoga too.
Favorite chick flick: Love Actually
To learn more: Stralayoga.com

Jeremy Scott

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29, certified personal trainer and creator of Jeremy Scott Fitness, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fitness philosophy: Be the best you can be. It's not about comparing yourself to other people you see in the gym, on TV, or in magazines. Fitness is the fairest form of society—whatever you put into it you get back out of it.
Pushups before exhaustion: 75
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Guys doing biceps curls in the squat rack
Power song: "Rise Against" by Re-Education
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Rosario Dawson
Hidden talent: Drawing
"Girly" workout I secretly love: I actually don't mind step classes, even the old school aerobics ones—minus the hot 80s attire!
Favorite chick flick: Twilight (all of them)
To learn more: Jeremyscottfitness.com

Scott Chain

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22, motivator and mediator, Marion, Ind.

Fitness philosophy: If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse!
Pushups before exhaustion: 107
Proudest fitness accomplishment: My first fitness photo shoot before I ever did any show or fitness-related events; I was published in Men's Workout magazine in a five-page spread!
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People sitting on machines for extremely long rest periods. Get motivated!
Power song: "Day by Day" by Miss May I
Relationship status: Single
The best compliment I've ever received from a woman: "Scott, you're genuinely not like other guys!"
Hidden talent: Solving other people's problems
To learn more: Facebook.com

Rob Sulaver

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28, writer, trainer, coach, sports nutritionist, and owner of Bandana Training, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: I give good shred.
Mile time: 4:58
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Too many mirrors. Why do we have to stare at ourselves the whole time?
Power song: Does Miley Cyrus count?
Relationship status: Nervous
Celebrity crush: Hillary Clinton is foxy.
Favorite quality in a woman: A soft, kind, and gentle heart and/or promiscuity. One of the two.
Hidden talent: Cuddling
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Dancing. Dirty, sweaty, aggressive dancing.
Favorite chick flick: Love Actually, Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally… Don't you judge me.
To learn more: Bandanatraining.com

Dai "Moose" Manuel

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36, CrossFit coach and competitive CrossFit athlete, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Fitness philosophy: Personal fitness is about quality of life. To live the best life possible, one needs the physical ability to do what they want, when they want, at any time. If one loses the functional fitness capacity to do something as simple as getting up and down from their favorite chair, where does that leave them? A question I always ask my clients: "When you retire and travel Europe, do you want to walk the monuments or see them from the window of a bus?"
Longest static plank: 7 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Dudes doing biceps curls in the power rack
Power song: "Gonna Fly Now" (Rocky theme song)
Relationship status: Married to my best friend and father of two amazing daughters
Celebrity crush: Kate Beckinsale
Hidden talent: Planning awesome scavenger hunts for my little ones (I love Easter!)
Favorite chick flick: The Notebook
To learn more: Daimanuel.com

Joey Gonzalez

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35, celebrity trainer and COO Barry's Bootcamp, New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: My mission is to emphasize the importance of balance between cardiovascular and strength training.
Longest static plank: 7 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People using their cell phones
Power song: "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson
Relationship status: In a relationship
Celebrity crush: Angelina Jolie
Favorite quality in a woman: That she could be my best friend
Hidden talent: I was a performer—actor, singer, all of it.
Favorite chick flick: Mean Girls or Pitch Perfect
To learn more: Barrysbootcamp.com

Jay Cardiello

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39, strength and conditioning specialist, nutritionist, SHAPE fitness editor-at-large, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Eighty percent of your fitness success happens in the kitchen.
Pushups before exhaustion: I performed 90 in 60 seconds at this year's Olympia, but 105 is the most that I've ever completed in a row.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: When all cardio machines are empty and someone decides to run on the treadmill next to you
Power song: "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett
Relationship status: Married
The best compliment you've ever received from a woman: "I'm proud to call you my son." (Thanks, mom!)
Hidden talent: I am actually a pretty decent baker. Apple crumb pie is my specialty.
To learn more: Jcorebody.com

Adam Knutson

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32, NASM-certified personal trainer at Sports Club/LA, San Francisco, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: There is no finish line in fitness; it is a lifelong pursuit. We all played as children, and as adults we need to integrate play or exercise into our daily routines. Our bodies are designed to move and doing so allows us to become our best selves.
Longest static plank: 2 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Using weight benches as towel racks
Power song: "Stomp" by The Roots
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Eva Mendes
Night club or dive bar? Dive bar
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach
Favorite chick flick: Say Anything

Justin Woltering

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27, certified personal trainer, author, Dymatize sponsored athlete, Kansas City, Mo.

Fitness philosophy: Get stronger!
Longest static plank: 3 minutes
Power song: "Protect Ya Neck" by Wu Tang Clan
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Emily Blunt
Hidden talent: Drawing and singing in the car (by myself)
"Girly" workout I secretly love: I love working with some of my ballet dancers on flexibility and posing. These are the most artistic and underrated aspects of fitness in my opinion.
Favorite chick flick: Amelie
To learn more: Justinwoltering.com

Scott Thomson

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32, certified personal trainer and sports coach, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Fitness philosophy: Don't let yesterday's mistakes affect today's successes.
Pushups before exhaustion: 72
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Excuses
Power song: "N****s in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West
Relationship status: Engaged
Celebrity crush: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
Favorite quality in a woman: Sense of humor. (Also, thinking I'm funny is key!)
Favorite chick flick: Serendipity
To learn more: Yourinnerskinny.ca

Ben Hwa

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25, strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer at Sports Club/LA, San Francisco, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: Run Fast. Lift Heavy. Have Fun.
Mile time: 4:29
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Curls in the squat rack
Power song: Anything with 2 Chainz
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis
Hidden talent: I run about 100 miles per week.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Shoe shopping
Favorite chick flick: Friends with Benefits
To learn more: twitter.com/BenHwawesome

Nate Miyaki

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34, fitness author and fat loss expert, San Francisco, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: First, figure out what you're fighting for. Everything else is just details. Second, use diet as your primary fat-loss weapon and strength train to maintain lean muscle mass and shape your body.
Pushups before exhaustion: 80
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Annoying cell phone guy
Power song: "Black" by Sevendust
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis
Hidden talent: Former pro wrestler/stunt performer
Night club or dive bar? Dive bar
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach
Favorite chick flick: Bridesmaids
To learn more: Natemiyaki.com

Ryan Ford

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25, head parkour trainer and founder, Apex Movement, Boulder, Colo.

Fitness philosophy: Fitness should be fun so treat it like play. Be a kid and just enjoy exploring your environment and potential through movement.
Pushups before exhaustion: 100
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who don't even get close to doing full range of motion
Power song: "The Tempest" by Pendulum
Relationship status: In a relationship
Hidden talent: Word games. I have a photographic memory that helps me dominate!
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Pole fitness. I love doing strength-based tricks like the human flag!
To learn more: Apexmovement.com

Bret Contreras

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36, C.S.C.S., Phoenix, Ariz.

Fitness philosophy: Abs are made in the kitchen and glutes are made in the gym.
Longest static plank: 3 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Claiming multiple sets of equipment during peak gym hours
Power song: "The Good Left Undone" by Rise Against
Relationship status: Dating
Celebrity crush: Jessica Alba
Hidden talent: Going off on tangents and somehow finding my way back home.
Night club or dive bar? Night club
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Jane Fonda (glute activation!)
Favorite chick flick: The Ugly Truth
To learn more: Bretcontreras.com

Adam Bornstein

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30, health and fitness expert, Santa Monica, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: Everything starts with improving self-perception and finding the reasons why you want to improve your health. Once you learn to become more comfortable in your own skin, then it becomes easier to make changes, stay motivated, and run through any barrier. Everyone has the potential to create the life and body they want, and oftentimes it’s the simplest, most sustainable programs that get the best results.
Longest static plank: 4 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Guys that wear short shorts and no underwear (Yeah, it happens.)
Power song: "All my Life" by Foo Fighters or "Spaz Out" by Jedi Mind Tricks
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis
Hidden talent: I can dance.
Favorite chick flick: Love Actually
To learn more: Bornfitness.com

Marvin Foster Jr.

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31, SoulCycle instructor, international dance and fitness presenter, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: Find a workout/method that's fun, creative, and pushes you past your comfort zone. This way, you feel successful in a body you love.
Longest static plank: 4 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who treat the locker room as their own personal bathroom
Power song: "Clubbed to Death" by Rob Dougan
Relationship status: In a relationship
Hidden talent: I can recite the alphabet backwards.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: BodyGROOVE by Misty Tripoli. It allows you to dance with no rules and forces you to move outside the lines.Favorite chick flick: Bridesmaids
To learn more: Marvinfosterjr.com

Nate Green

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27, writer, coaching program director at Precision Nutrition, Portland, Ore.

Fitness philosophy: The best workout plan or diet is the one that amplifies the best parts of you and makes you feel more empowered, strong, and ready to take on the world. The best way to make big changes in your body and life is by working with a coach who can take care of all the nitty-gritty details so you can focus on what really matters to you.
Proudest fitness accomplishment: Helping thousands of people lose weight, get healthy, and lead better lives through Lean Eating, our online nutrition and workout coaching program.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: "Bros" that strut around and make everyone else feel uncomfortable with their "look-at-me" noises and actions
Power song: "The Fire" by The Roots
Relationship status: In a relationship
The best compliment I've ever received from a woman: "Your ass is so round, it looks like a basketball that's been cut in half." I think that's a compliment.
Favorite chick flick: Crazy Stupid Love
To learn more: Precisionnutrition.com

Ben Bruno

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27, strength and conditioning coach, Woburn, Mass.

Fitness philosophy: I have a motto I really like: "Can't go wrong with strong!" Getting stronger on basic compound movements with great technique will help you achieve just about any fitness goal you have, whether it's to build muscle, lose fat, feel better, move better, or perform better. It all starts with a good foundation of strength.
Pushups before exhaustion: 85-90
No.1 pet peeve in the gym: Laziness, no question. It amazes me how many people just go through the motions.
Power song: "Already" by DMX
Relationship status: Single (Want his number? Just ask!)
Favorite qualities in a woman: Passion. I love a woman who is passionate about life. I don't really care what it is they're passionate about so much, but passion in general is contagious. And a good sense of humor. I don't take myself too seriously, so that's key.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: I use Valslides a lot with my own training—the pinks ones, in fact. I used to think these were girly, but I've found ways to make them pretty freakin' hard.
Favorite chick flick: Pretty Woman, though I'd deny it under oath
To learn more: Benbruno.com

Jason C. Brown

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39, kettlebell training and combat conditioning expert, Philadelphia, Pa.

Fitness philosophy: Fitness should be based on pleasure and joy. Pleasure makes everything easier, including exercise, movement, and play. It's simple enough to understand and we all realize this, but for some reason we've been brainwashed into thinking that training and movement has to be about suffering to be effective. This is absolutely not true. Pleasure makes everything easier. Easy is productive.
Pushups before exhaustion: 175 (a long time ago however)
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Not sharing equipment
Power song: "The Fixer" by Pearl Jam
Relationship status: Married with three handsome sons
Celebrity crush: Eva Mendes
Hidden talent: Drawing
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach. I prefer mountains, but I can't ski. If it can it be hiking snow-covered mountains, I'll take the mountains.
Favorite chick flick: Legends of the Fall
To learn more: Pathfindermethod.com

Chris Weible

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25, personal trainer at Reebok Sports Club/NY, corrective exercise specialist, and US Olympic weight lifting coach, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: I believe in helping clients correct their movement imbalances along with achieving their goals so they go on to live a healthier, more functional lifestyle. I want my clients to walk away with the knowledge they need to continue pushing themselves beyond anything they mentally or physically thought was possible.
Pushups before exhaustion: 90
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: When people do not put their weights back
Power song: "Titanium" by David Guetta
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Lawrence
Hidden talent: I sing, act, and dance.
Favorite chick flick: Silver Linings Playbook
To learn more: Reeboksportsclubny.com

Franklin Antoian

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38, ACE-certified personal trainer and founder of iBodyFit.com, Delray Beach, Fla.

Fitness philosophy: There is no "perfect workout" for everyone. The perfect workout is one that is designed around your goals, ability, budget, and desire.
Pushups before exhaustion: 99
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Sweat left on equipment
Power song: "Call To Arms" by Angels and Airwaves
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Aniston
Night club or dive bar? Dive bar
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach
Favorite chick flick: Where do I begin? Let's go with The Notebook and then anything else that stars Rachel McAdams.
To learn more: iBodyFit.com

Steven Ram

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30, certified strength and conditioning specialist, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: I believe that you must educate someone to empower them with strength and movement for life. You must find an activity you enjoy so it doesn't feel like exercise. Figure out your goals and work backwards to ensure your actions line up with your objective.
Pushups before exhaustion: 100
No. 1 pet peeve at the gym: Grunting
Power song: "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Diane Lane
Hidden talent: I'm a djembe player.
Favorite chick flick: The Notebook
To learn more: Peakperformancenyc.com

Steve Pfiester

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42, creator of BCx Boot Camp and certified CrossFit trainer, Vero Beach, Fla.

Fitness philosophy: Never, never, never give up. "SEMPER PERSEVERA" (never give up/always persevere) is literally tattooed on my body. Enduring the struggle is what prepares us to handle success.
Pushups before exhaustion: About 187
Power song: "Too Close" by Alex Clare
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Heather Locklear
Hidden talent: I can ride a unicycle. Yes, really.
Favorite chick flick: As Good As It Gets
To learn more: Stevepfiester.com

Andre Farnell

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34, certified strength and conditioning specialist, fitness mindset coach, New York, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: "The soul should guide the mind to making the body do." The mind should be trained simultaneously with the body in order to make fitness stick.
Pushups before exhaustion: 85
Mile time: 5:12
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People reclining on machines that I need to use
Power song: "Burn" by Meek Mill feat. Big Sean
Relationship status: In a relationship
Celebrity crush: Sofia Vergara
Favorite quality in a woman: Confidence
Hidden talent: I am a really good freestyle rapper.
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Reformer Pilates
Favorite chick flick: He's Just Not That Into You
To learn more: Betterbodyexpert.com

Chad Howse

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27, ACE-certified personal trainer, author of PowerHowse Challenge, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Fitness philosophy: Nothing can take the place of intensity. No gimmick, supplement, or piece of equipment will get you better results than pure hard work.
Pushups before exhaustion: 105
Proudest fitness accomplishment: When I transformed my body, gaining 32 pounds of lean muscle in 32 weeks.
Power song: "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash
Relationship status: Single
The best compliment I've ever received from a woman: I was on a date, and the girl grabbed my arm, gave it a big squeeze, and told me she felt safe with me. That made me stand a little taller.
Hidden talent: I can do an impeccable "Carlton" dance, à la the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Favorite chick flick: The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love, PS. I Love You... any with some meaning to them
To learn more: Chadhowsefitness.com

Ramon Clark

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28, personal trainer at Sports Club/LA, certified golf instructor, San Francisco, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: Do it, and have fun doing it.
Mile time: 5:28
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People who think they have maids and do not clean up after themselves
Power song: "Headlines" by Drake
Relationship status: In a relationship
Celebrity crush: Kerry Washington
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Dancing in the streets
Favorite chick flick: The Devil Wears Prada
To learn more: Rcptfit.com

Patrick J. Striet

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35, owner of LiveFit Personal Training, Cincinnati, Ohio

Fitness philosophy: The foundation of a successful training program is becoming progressively stronger in the basic multiple-joint exercises and supplementing this strength work with high-intensity interval training and metabolic resistance training for fat loss and improved conditioning.
Pushups before exhaustion: 60
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: 150-pound guys who do curls in the squat rack while wearing a shirt that is two sizes too small
Power song: “Calm Like a Bomb” by Rage Against the Machine
Relationship status: In a relationship
Favorite quality in a woman: Loyalty
Hidden talent: I’m actually a pretty good cook.
Favorite chick flick: The Devil Wears Prada
To learn more: Livefitcincinnati.com

Kasper Allison

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41, ACE-certified personal trainer and AFPA post-rehab specialist, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: Train smarter, not harder.
Pushups before exhaustion: 90
Longest static plank: 4 minutes
Power song: "Build & Burn" by The Loved Ones
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Eva Mendes
Favorite chick flick: Ghost of Girlfriends Past
To learn more: Physicalfocus.com

Derek Beres

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37, yoga instructor, Los Angeles, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: Do a practice that focuses on all aspects on your life, not just the physical. One of the greatest benefits of yoga is it teaches you how to hold your own weight—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It offers you tools to create space in your body and brain, which translates to everything that you do.
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Cell phones
Power song: "I Against I" by Mos Def & Massive Attack
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Emilia Clarke
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Nia
Favorite chick flick:Amelie
To learn more: Derekberes.com

Ben Kneeland

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27, climbing instructor and fitness coach, Syracuse, N.Y.

Fitness philosophy: I want everyone to be happy about themselves. If that means becoming a better climber or being able to bench more, I’m going to help them get there. It all stems from finding happiness and satisfaction within yourself.
Pushups before exhaustion: About 40
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Actually getting there. I prefer to train at home.
Power song: "Take a Bow" by Muse
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Leonardo DiCaprio. Not ashamed to say it. You all saw Departed.
Favorite quality in a woman: Sense of humor. If she can’t laugh at herself, she’s not worth being around.
Hidden talent: I’m actually a really good Opera singer. It was going to be my profession until I found climbing.
Favorite chick flick: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Jason Ferruggia

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38, strength and conditioning coach, Santa Monica, Calif.

Fitness philosophy: You have to get strong first then everything else falls into place. You build muscle, lose fat, and look, feel, and perform a lot better when you're stronger.
Pushups before exhaustion: 65
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: People talking or texting on cell phones. You're there to work.
Power song: "Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy
Relationship status: Married
Favorite qualities in a woman: Sense of humor, appreciation of good music, Yankees and Giants fan, shares my passion for fitness.
Hidden talent: 80s hip-hop dance moves.
Favorite chick flick: Ghost
To learn more: Jasonferruggia.com

Rog Law

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26, writer and strength coach, Shrewsbury, Mass.

Fitness philosophy: Make diet and exercise fun, exciting, and sustainable above all else. Your goals are unique to you, so you may as well enjoy the journey towards reaching them.
Longest static plank: 1 minute. I smelled steak cooking and forfeited to go investigate.
Power song: "On The Eve Of War" by Jedi Mind Tricks
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Stacey Dash
Hidden talent: The ability to eat four Cinnabons in a row while remaining a productive member of society and not falling into a food coma
Night club or dive bar? Night club. It's the only place capable of handling my trademark Tornado dance.
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach because the likelihood of puppies being there is quite high. And puppies are awesome.
Favorite chick flick: Romeo and Juliet
To learn more: Roglawfitness.com

Josh Hamilton

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19, personal trainer and nutritional consultant, Toronto, Canada

Fitness philosophy: My goal is to merge physique enhancement with health optimization. Everything I do, I do for a reason. There is no "filler."
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: The shadow boxing champions who stand directly in front of the dumbbell rack, directly in front of me. No. 2? Trainers who charge to watch their clients do cardio
Power song: "Power" by Kanye West
Relationship status: Lone Wolf
Hidden talent: Drawing and dancing (everybody's got to get their Magic Mike on)
“Girly” workout I secretly love: If I had to choose a group exercise class, hot yoga would be the one. The man to woman ratio is just too good to pass up.
Favorite chick flick: Mean Girls
To learn more: Joshhamiltonfitness.com

Joseph Holland

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25, personal trainer at Sports Club/LA, Washington, D.C.

Fitness philosophy: Fitness is not just an idea we have but a way of life. It is sanity in a crazy world, peace in a screaming room, and a constant in an equation of variables.
Pushups before exhaustion: 200
Power song: "Stronger" by Kanye West
Relationship status: Single
Celebrity crush: Beyonce
Night club or dive bar? Night club
Ski slopes or sandy beach? Sandy beach
Favorite chick flick: Country Strong
To learn more: Joehollywoodfitness.com

Kyle Bealert

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31, ACE-certified personal trainer and owner of Evolution Fitness, Orlando, Fla.

Fitness philosophy: I believe in high-intensity training techniques, bringing the muscles to total failure to achieve maximum gains while keeping the heart rate elevated. It's effective and efficient.
Longest static plank: 3 minutes
No. 1 pet peeve in the gym: Bad personal trainers who give the profession a bad name
Power song: "Who's Gon Stop Me" by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Relationship status: Married
Celebrity crush: Cameron Diaz
Favorite quality in a woman: Sense of humor
Hidden talent: Judging pageants (I judged America's Perfect Teen.)
"Girly" workout I secretly love: Spin class
Favorite chick flick: Failure to Launch
To learn more: Evolutionfitnessorlando.com