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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
Amy Edwards has been a dancer since she was six years old. Also a singer and actress, she teaches barre at Xtend Barre, which is a mix of Pilates and dance, amplified. "To say I'm hooked would be an understatement," she says. "Growing up as a ballet dancer, I have always remained fit, but Xtend Barre really transformed my body. I have the best time teaching it, too. The music is pumping, and after every class I'm buzzing with energy. I'm completely obsessed with this workout!"
Her dedication to the practice is evident in her training style, which clients call hardcore, but with a smile. "I do teach a hard class because I want them to see results and feel amazing, but I also feel that I encourage my clients from beginning to end. Working out should be fun, so I like to create that atmosphere in my classes. There's a tough trainer behind my smile, so they know there's no slacking off with me!"
Want to know how hardcore Edwards is? "When I was 22 years old, I was trampled in the mosh pit of a Britney Spears concert. After being seen by the paramedic who told me I must leave before suffering any permanent damage, I cried and was taken backstage. Winning?"