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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!
Photos by Elizabeth Daniels
Meet our second hottest trainer contestant, Kelly Hancock. The Laguna Beach native trains at Pure Barre Hollywood, the location of our first-ever Racked Fit Club event. After becoming hooked to the isometric movement-powered workout as a student nearly a year ago, Hancock was approached by one of the head instructors to teach a class. "Safe to say I was thrilled," she tells us. "I admired the trainers and how they inspired and motivated countless women, including myself, every day."
A star in the making (she moved to LA to become an actress), Hancock salutes the biz by adorably naming her pups after pop culture icons. "My first dog I ever had as a kid was a golden retriever named Obi Wan Kenobi, then shortly after we got our cat Luke Skywalker," she reveals. "Now if I head home, I am greeted at the front door happily by two King Charles Spaniels: Charlie Sheen and Elvis Presley. When I was younger, Two and a Half Men was always on TV, and Elvis was on our stereo on a regular basis, especially around the holidays. I think this is my family's wacky little trademark!"
But don't let Hancock's love of sweet, fuzzy animals fool you. Although growing up in SoCal has inspired her laid back training style, she isn't afraid to give her seasoned clients a challenge: "If I come in one day and I noticed that the class is mostly regulars who have the technique down, the drill sergeant comes out, and I try to push them the extra mile. That's when people start to give those little dirty looks like, 'Oh come on, Kelly! This is too much', but they are the clients that thank me the most after class. I know they appreciate it!"