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Racked SF Hottest Trainer 2013 Contestant #13: Lark Miller

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Welcome to Racked SF's search for San Francisco's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile a dozen-plus smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. (Not only do they look hot in spandex, but if you take their classes, you might someday look nearly as good.) Then, once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite. Let the games begin!

Photos by Aubrie Pick

Lark Miller may have grown up in a teeny-tiny town in Western Massachusetts, but he's got a world of fitness knowledge under his belt. He has competed at a semi-professional level in cross-country skiing, road cycling, and mountain biking. Step into his private gym in the basement of the Bently Reserve in downtown San Francisco, and prepare to receive personal instruction that's finely tuned to help you reach your goals. Lark is known for keeping workouts interesting—he'll be gentle while he helps you get strong, and then get ready to take it to the next level. Or, join one of his Boot Camp classes—no matter which you choose, we guarantee you will never get bored or grow tired of that smile.

How long have you been a trainer?
"Since 2006."

What prompted you to become one—did you have a different career path in mind prior?
"I was an interior lighting designer prior and owned and operated photo booths and life coached, but a strong passion for all things fitness-related has always been a consistent thread running through my life."

What classes do you teach, and which is your favorite/why?
"I love all my clients. I mostly do one-on-one training but I lead some boot camp style classes that are really fun as well."

Describe your training style: Are you drill sergeant? More laid back?
"Love and nurture your body till it's running like a swiss watch, then kick the heck out of it!"

What's one piece of advice everyone should hear before beginning a new workout?
"Have fun. If you don't enjoy it you probably won't keep doing it."

Tell us a fun fact about you—the weirder and wackier, the better.
"I grew up in a town with less than 300 residents!"