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Welcome to Racked SF's search for San Francisco's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking hot candidates who work at local gyms and studios. 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 Eva Kolenko
Hottest trainer contestant Jennifer Pattee signed up for her first bootcamp to meet guys—and to lose fifteen pounds. She not only managed to do both, she also went on to run ultra marathons —she's running her second 100-mile trail race in September— and discover her new career as a trainer. Jenn founded Basic Training in 2008 to better utilize the city's landscape for an outdoor bootcamp. The workout has become wildly popular, and her supporters rallied together last year to raise over $40,000 to build the fitness hub at Proxy SF. It wouldn't have happened without Jenn and her willingness to run off the beaten path. She's a doer and she'll make you one, too. Plus, if you're going to sprint hills at dawn, there's no better motivation than Jenn looking good in her spandex.
In one line, tell us about yourself.
I'm a San Francisco native and black sheep in the fitness world who used to be a designer at Apple, and before that, worked for Congress.
Why did you become a trainer?
It took me a decade to get back the body I had in college. Along the way, I realized there was a huge void in the fitness world. People think you have to beat yourself up at the gym to get a slammin' bod and the life you've always wanted. But that's not true: keeping workouts simple, having fun, getting outdoors, and making new friends in the process are just as effective. I figured out a ridiculously simple 6-week program and wanted to share it with the world.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
Don't overthink it.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I went to my first bootcamp class to meet guys.
If you weren't a trainer, what would you be?