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Welcome to Racked San Francisco's Hottest Trainer Competition!

Katie Panas won the women's category in 2013. Who will top the pack this year? Photo by <a href="">Aubrie Pick</a>.
Katie Panas won the women's category in 2013. Who will top the pack this year? Photo by Aubrie Pick.

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Today officially begins our search for the hottest fitness trainer in the Bay Area. After scanning all reader submissions and analyzing the abs, pecs and thighs of the nominees, we've narrowed it down to sixteen sizzling contestants from full-equipped gyms, indoor cycling studios, bootcamps, Pilates studios and more.

We'll start rolling out profiles of our contestants today at noon, and continue over the next two weeks. Each trainer will get their own post, complete with a photo gallery and a short bio. We'll begin the voting on Thursday, August 21st by splitting the contestants up into groups, the winners of which will be chosen by a reader vote. We'll continue to pit them up against each other until there are only two left—they'll face off, and one will be crowned the ultimate champion.

As always, promoting your fave trainer via social media is key, so if you're feeling someone, don't be afraid to show your love on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/etc. We'll be using the #HottestTrainer2014 hashtag, so feel free to follow along.

Note that comments are encouraged, but anything mean-spirited or offensive will be removed. In addition to being ridiculously hot, our trainers are all really great people. Without further ado, let the games begin!
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 coverage [Racked]
· Hottest Trainer 2013 posts [Racked]