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Where to Sweat With the Bay Area's Hottest Trainers

What's better than a killer workout? A killer workout with a hot instructor

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Each summer, we profile a group of the city's sexiest trainers before letting you, our beloved readers, decide who is the hottest of the bunch. But these folks are more than just pretty faces— they're also top notch instructors. Wanna know where you can work out with the best (and most attractive) trainers in the area? We've assembled the Bay Area gyms where both our 2013 and 2014 contestants work in a handy map, organized roughly north to south. And yes, there are plenty of pictures to help you choose your next class.

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1. Rhythm& Motion at ODC Dance Commons

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351 Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-6606
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Dudley Flores, our 2013 Hottest Trainer, continues to teach at Rhythm & Motion, where you can take both his Dance Workout and contemporary dance classes. Go see Dudley for a high-energy, spirited, and motivating session. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

2. Accelerate Sports Performance

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2215 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Looking for a science-driven workout? Go see Jack Cooney at Accelerate Sports Performance. This 2013 HT contender draws on the latest sports science to create a workout that makes you stronger and more efficient. ASP specializes in individualized semi-private training, which allows for optimal athletic achievement. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

3. Infinite Fitness

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301 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Step into Lark Miller's private gym in the basement of the Bently Reserve, 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 take it to the next level. You can also try his boot camp classes. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

4. Barry's Bootcamp

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236 King St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 546-3996
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Barry's is home to three previous Hottest Trainer contenders: Tommy Stracke, Chris Reid, and reigning champion Erica Stenz. Between the three of them, there's plenty of eye candy to distract you during the 1,000-calorie-burning workout. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]

5. BodyRok Studios

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2128 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-4765
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BodyRok is still home to two of San Francisco's hottest trainers. Both 2013 women's champ Katie Panas (pictured) and Ashley Pelton continue to put locals through the paces at this popular Lombard Street gym. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

6. Bar Method

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3 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 956-0446
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Bar Method Downtown co-owner Heather Thompson only teaches a few classes a week, so sign up early to get a spot in one of this 2013 contender's classes. Come prepared for your glutes and quads to burn. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

7. BodyLabSF

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2529 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 205-8052
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Jess Hess, one of our 2013 contestants, continues to work out her devotees at Body Lab in Cow Hollow, using barbells, free weights, kettle bells, battle ropes, and more. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

8. SoulCycle SoMa

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75 1st St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 701-7685
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John Taylor knows his music and always stocks his playlist with good beats and remixes, which are totally clutch for those long, grueling climbs and leg-burning sprints. Catch him at the city's newest SoulCycle, or down the peninsula in Palo Alto. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

9. SoulCycle Union Street

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2095 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 695-7685
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Heather Anderson's classes regularly sell out within a matter of minutes. If you want to rock your bod with this pint-sized hottie, block your calendar for Mondays at noon: you'll need that time to book your spot with this little songbird at the Union Street, Marin, or Palo Alto studios. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

10. Basic Training

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3300 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 519-6483
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In the wee hours of weekday mornings, you'll find Alex Ho putting Basic Training clients through the paces near the Palace of Fine Arts. Keep training with Alex, and maybe he'll let you tag along for one of his 100-mile trail races. [Photo: Brooke Duthie]

11. Equinox

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301 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 593-4000
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If you go to Equinox on Pine, and you haven't taken one of Caroline Jordan's classes, you are truly missing out. The dancer-turned-tiny-butt-kicker will not only motivate you to do burpees, she'll make you feel happy about it. Check out one of her cycling or strength-training classes. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]

12. Bay Club San Francisco

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150 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 433-2200
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In addition to training clients privately, 2014 contestant Michael Wilbert teaches indoor cycling classes at the Bay Club and Equinox on Union. Drop in for a class and let the beat of his epic playlists drown your worries. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

13. Equinox Sports Club San Francisco

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747 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 633-3948
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Chris Reid, a 2014 contestant, splits his time between Equinox and Barry's Bootcamp these days. Throw around kettlebells and dumbbells with Chris at both the Market Street and Union Street Equinox locations. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]

14. Yoga Tree

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780 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 387-4707
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Join yogi extraordinaire Lauren Slater for your Vinyasa practice at the Yoga Tree on Stanyan in Cole Valley, or the Mission location at 1234 Valencia Street. From the opening om to your final chaturanga, you'll be glad you stopped into Lauren's class. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

15. BlakeFit

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424 Shoreline Hwy #3
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Our hottest male trainer of 2014 has just branched out with his own studio in Mill Valley. Wanna train with the BlakeFit crew? Now you have options both in San Francisco and Marin. [Photo: Kim Lucian]

16. Synergy Fitness

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1217 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 595-7793
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Johnny Gilbo meets with personal training clients at both Synergy Fitness on Polk Street and Diakadi. Synergy's 3,500 sq ft facility is ideal for those commuting between Pac Heights and downtown. It's only half a mile west of Union Square, and it has all the free weights and cardio machines you need to rock your bod for summer. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

17. Diakadi Body

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290 Division St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-4922
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This SoMa studio boasts two 2014 Hottest Trainer contenders: Ryan Allen (pictured) and Johnny Gilbo. If one-on-one training is your kind of thing, this is your kind of place— a serious gym complete with heavy weights, battle ropes, and contraptions that you've probably seen in a movie training montage. [Photo: Arlene Watson]

18. The Pilates Center of San Francisco

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351 Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 503-7072
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Carro Czechowska stays busy both as a dancer and a Pilates instructor. She currently teaches classes both through the Pilates Center of San Francisco (inside ODC) and Keep It Classical Pilates on Market Street. Her clients rave that Carro can teach you how to move, breathe, stand up straight, and relax. [Photo]

19. Four Elements Fitness

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153 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 593-2342)
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Carey Ryan Rockland recently opened a new studio in Oakland, where you can take classes like Hustle & Flow (based on martial arts principles), Combat Pilates, and Stunt Double (think free running + parkour + acrobatics). She may not be training in the city anymore, but this new gym warrants a trip to the East Bay. [Photo: Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser]

20. Vyayr Fitness

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Crissy Field
San Francisco, CA 94118
Kristi Dowler of VyAyr Fitness uses the great outdoors at Crissy Field as her gym. Her dedicated Boot Camp for Women clients meet there, with the Golden Gate bridge as their backdrop, at the wee hour of 5:30 to 6:30am Monday through Friday. You know Dowler must be good if she can get folks to haul (and work) their butts outside in the foggy Bay Area morning. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

21. Crunch

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2330 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 292-5444
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One of our Hottest Trainer contestants in 2013, Hannah Holdren continues to kick ass and take names at Crunch on Polk Street. Her Monday and Wednesday morning Beach Body classes are not to be missed. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

1. Rhythm& Motion at ODC Dance Commons

351 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dudley Flores, our 2013 Hottest Trainer, continues to teach at Rhythm & Motion, where you can take both his Dance Workout and contemporary dance classes. Go see Dudley for a high-energy, spirited, and motivating session. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
351 Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Accelerate Sports Performance

2215 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Looking for a science-driven workout? Go see Jack Cooney at Accelerate Sports Performance. This 2013 HT contender draws on the latest sports science to create a workout that makes you stronger and more efficient. ASP specializes in individualized semi-private training, which allows for optimal athletic achievement. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
2215 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Infinite Fitness

301 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Step into Lark Miller's private gym in the basement of the Bently Reserve, 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 take it to the next level. You can also try his boot camp classes. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
301 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Barry's Bootcamp

236 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Barry's is home to three previous Hottest Trainer contenders: Tommy Stracke, Chris Reid, and reigning champion Erica Stenz. Between the three of them, there's plenty of eye candy to distract you during the 1,000-calorie-burning workout. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]
236 King St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. BodyRok Studios

2128 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
BodyRok is still home to two of San Francisco's hottest trainers. Both 2013 women's champ Katie Panas (pictured) and Ashley Pelton continue to put locals through the paces at this popular Lombard Street gym. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
2128 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Bar Method

3 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94111
Bar Method Downtown co-owner Heather Thompson only teaches a few classes a week, so sign up early to get a spot in one of this 2013 contender's classes. Come prepared for your glutes and quads to burn. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
3 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. BodyLabSF

2529 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Jess Hess, one of our 2013 contestants, continues to work out her devotees at Body Lab in Cow Hollow, using barbells, free weights, kettle bells, battle ropes, and more. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
2529 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. SoulCycle SoMa

75 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105
John Taylor knows his music and always stocks his playlist with good beats and remixes, which are totally clutch for those long, grueling climbs and leg-burning sprints. Catch him at the city's newest SoulCycle, or down the peninsula in Palo Alto. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
75 1st St
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. SoulCycle Union Street

2095 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Heather Anderson's classes regularly sell out within a matter of minutes. If you want to rock your bod with this pint-sized hottie, block your calendar for Mondays at noon: you'll need that time to book your spot with this little songbird at the Union Street, Marin, or Palo Alto studios. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
2095 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Basic Training

3300 Lyon St., San Francisco, CA 94123
In the wee hours of weekday mornings, you'll find Alex Ho putting Basic Training clients through the paces near the Palace of Fine Arts. Keep training with Alex, and maybe he'll let you tag along for one of his 100-mile trail races. [Photo: Brooke Duthie]
3300 Lyon St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

11. Equinox

301 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
If you go to Equinox on Pine, and you haven't taken one of Caroline Jordan's classes, you are truly missing out. The dancer-turned-tiny-butt-kicker will not only motivate you to do burpees, she'll make you feel happy about it. Check out one of her cycling or strength-training classes. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]
301 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

12. Bay Club San Francisco

150 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94111
In addition to training clients privately, 2014 contestant Michael Wilbert teaches indoor cycling classes at the Bay Club and Equinox on Union. Drop in for a class and let the beat of his epic playlists drown your worries. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
150 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94111

13. Equinox Sports Club San Francisco

747 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Chris Reid, a 2014 contestant, splits his time between Equinox and Barry's Bootcamp these days. Throw around kettlebells and dumbbells with Chris at both the Market Street and Union Street Equinox locations. [Photo: Mark Kuroda]
747 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

14. Yoga Tree

780 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Join yogi extraordinaire Lauren Slater for your Vinyasa practice at the Yoga Tree on Stanyan in Cole Valley, or the Mission location at 1234 Valencia Street. From the opening om to your final chaturanga, you'll be glad you stopped into Lauren's class. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
780 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117

15. BlakeFit

424 Shoreline Hwy #3, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Our hottest male trainer of 2014 has just branched out with his own studio in Mill Valley. Wanna train with the BlakeFit crew? Now you have options both in San Francisco and Marin. [Photo: Kim Lucian]
424 Shoreline Hwy #3
Mill Valley, CA 94941

16. Synergy Fitness

1217 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Johnny Gilbo meets with personal training clients at both Synergy Fitness on Polk Street and Diakadi. Synergy's 3,500 sq ft facility is ideal for those commuting between Pac Heights and downtown. It's only half a mile west of Union Square, and it has all the free weights and cardio machines you need to rock your bod for summer. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
1217 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

17. Diakadi Body

290 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This SoMa studio boasts two 2014 Hottest Trainer contenders: Ryan Allen (pictured) and Johnny Gilbo. If one-on-one training is your kind of thing, this is your kind of place— a serious gym complete with heavy weights, battle ropes, and contraptions that you've probably seen in a movie training montage. [Photo: Arlene Watson]
290 Division St
San Francisco, CA 94103

18. The Pilates Center of San Francisco

351 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Carro Czechowska stays busy both as a dancer and a Pilates instructor. She currently teaches classes both through the Pilates Center of San Francisco (inside ODC) and Keep It Classical Pilates on Market Street. Her clients rave that Carro can teach you how to move, breathe, stand up straight, and relax. [Photo]
351 Shotwell St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Four Elements Fitness

153 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Carey Ryan Rockland recently opened a new studio in Oakland, where you can take classes like Hustle & Flow (based on martial arts principles), Combat Pilates, and Stunt Double (think free running + parkour + acrobatics). She may not be training in the city anymore, but this new gym warrants a trip to the East Bay. [Photo: Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser]
153 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

20. Vyayr Fitness

Crissy Field, San Francisco, CA 94118
Kristi Dowler of VyAyr Fitness uses the great outdoors at Crissy Field as her gym. Her dedicated Boot Camp for Women clients meet there, with the Golden Gate bridge as their backdrop, at the wee hour of 5:30 to 6:30am Monday through Friday. You know Dowler must be good if she can get folks to haul (and work) their butts outside in the foggy Bay Area morning. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
Crissy Field
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. Crunch

2330 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
One of our Hottest Trainer contestants in 2013, Hannah Holdren continues to kick ass and take names at Crunch on Polk Street. Her Monday and Wednesday morning Beach Body classes are not to be missed. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]
2330 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109