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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

If Mario Lopez and Joseph Gordon-Levitt had a brother, he'd be Seth Gee. This self-proclaimed "astrology nerd" (he reads his Scorpio horoscope almost every day), trains at both Flywheel West Hollywood and Barry's Bootcamp. Want to impress him? Come to class often, because there's nothing he loves more than a packed house. "If there's more than 75% occupancy in a room, it really helps me feed off my spinners and bootcampers," he explains. "I'll give right back to you what you give to me. It's a symbiotic relationship, but with a lot of sweat."

Although you'd think the chiseled trainer's first love was always fitness, he actually got his start as an artist. "I was an actor, a singer, and for the most part, always on the 'huskier' side of the spectrum—at least that's what my jeans said," Gee reveals. After dropping out of liberal arts college in New York he attended the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy, which sparked his initial interest in the human body. "After I graduated though, I spent most of my time lifting high ball glasses and twerking on the dance floor 'til 4am."

Eventually, Gee decided something had to change and moved to Portland, which provided a respite from the ongoing siege of NYC nightlife. After training friends at the local gym, he made the move to LA five years ago "to expand my career as a Holistic Trainer in the world's epicenter of fitness." With his clubbing days long gone, Gee now focuses on keeping clients in shape with his motivational words, like this for newbies: "Remember, it's the first time you're doing something new to what your body is not only used to, but oftentimes capable of doing. Use that first workout to set the bar and don't get frustrated when you can't go to completion. Truly listening to your body is the most important thing."

· Flywheel Sports [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2013 Coverage [Racked]