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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 Arlene Watson
Training with Michael Wilbert may be tough on the body, but it's easy on the eyes. He's a dead ringer for Ryan Reynolds, complete with the dimples and the eight-pack to match. But Michael isn't just acting—he really knows fitness and exercise. The Rutgers University grad has extensive experience in all aspects of training, from gyms like Equinox to sports teams and hospitals. He also specializes in endurance training, which he credits for making his body into the "perfect training machine." Add in teaching weekly group fitness classes, mountain and road biking, and running all around San Francisco and Mount Tam, and it's no wonder that Michael's in top form. But best of all, he'll get you there, too—motivating you with his good looks and his rock-hard abs to see you through to your goals.
In one line, tell us about yourself.
I have extensive knowledge in are Muay Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts, which I trained and competed in tournaments for over five years.
Why did you become a trainer?
I became a trainer because I wanted to change people's lives. What most of us don't realize is that we have to be happy within ourselves before we can help change others. It took a breakup for me to realize what I really wanted to do in life, and that is helping others see the light that I didn't see before. Motivation is everything in life, and by providing that to others—as well as helping others fulfill their goals—I'm able to find my own inspiration in life.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
To be patient! Exercise is like marriage: it can take a long time to see why you even started this in the first place, but once you're in it, and you realize what benefits come out of it, you see why you started it in the first place.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
One time I forgot to start the washing machine with my spin clothes in it, and put them in the dryer, thinking they were done. So later that day in spin class, my spin shorts started sudsing up from the laundry detergent in front of the 40-plus people in class. It was super embarrassing, but also really funny.
If you weren't a trainer, what would you be?