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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!
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This guy will not only kick you into shape but he'll teach you some sweet, late '90s dance moves as well. That's right, East Coast transplant Tommy Tessier knows all the words and choreography to I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys. And nothing will make your heart melt into a puddle on the Barry's Bootcamp floor like watching him shake it in sexy boy band fashion. That said, Tommy T. leads a high energy class that's sure to bump you into high gear. With a background in teaching, this handsome man motivates everyone in his class to focus on the fitness journey and work on improving themselves.
In one line, tell us about yourself.
I grew up ski racing alpine where you wear those weird spandex suits and go downhill really fast.
Why did you become a trainer?
I guess athletics has always been a big part of my life and it's been such a positive piece and it gives me so much wealth in terms of working with people. You know, teaching was a big part of my life, I was a camp counselor, I was a teacher, now admissions [at Stanford]; I love meeting people and working with people and combining that with a passion of my own—athletics. Its kind of a perfect marriage.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
Just keep at it. I can totally relate to often wanting to be perfect on the first try, but fitness is a journey for everybody, you know, I'm still improving. Anyone who works in fitness or anyone who says they're perfect, well there's still a road ahead of them.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I once came in third place out of 20 at a dating auction at Mount Holyoke College when I was a Junior.
If you weren't a trainer what would you be?