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Welcome to Racked LA's search for Los Angeles' hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. (Not only do they look hot in spandex, but if you take their classes, you might someday look nearly as good.) 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!All photos Elizabeth Daniels
Our first hottest trainer contestant is Brandon Copes. The East Coast native (born in Philly, raised in Newark) has been a trainer for the past five years and specializes in sports conditioning, TRX suspension training, bodybuilding and weight loss. When he's not working out, or working you out, he likes to hang out with friends, see movies, hit up sports bars and do a bit of modeling.
How did you get into this line of work?
"I had a friend that was a personal trainer. And he recommended me for his club, the Philadelphia Sports Club, and I then I apprenticed. I watched him, learned from him and started from there. I was already working out and I was into it. I just wanted to take it up another level."
What's the hardest thing about your job, and the most rewarding?
"The hardest thing is [keeping clients] consistant. People want results fast but then they're not really willing to put the time in on a consistant basis. Once they put the time, effort and hard work in, it pays off. It's definitely rewarding when someone's trying to achieve a certain goal and it actually happens, you know?"
Do you have any tips for someone who is having problems sticking with a workout?
"Stay hungry, stay focused and ambitious and the results will come. A lot of it's mental. Once you get over the mental aspect, the physical part is easy. It's mind over matter."
What's the biggest mistake you see people making when they're working out?
"Everyone thinks they know what they're doing. They just look at the person next to them and what they see that person doing, they think they should be doing the same thing."
What do you think the secret is to a perfectly-flat stomach?
"The diet, for sure. It's 80/20: 80 percent what you eat, 20 percent with the weights and cardio and your training."
Where do you shop for workout gear?
"I'm a Nike fan. I love Nike stuff, as you can see. I'm decked out in Nike."