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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 Danielle Directo-Meston

Our ninth hottest trainer contestant, Storm Newton, has been a trainer for twelve years. In addition to kicking butts at Barry's Bootcamp in Sherman Oaks, the blue-eyed dreamboat also has a number of personal training clients.

Asking him to pick which class he digs more is like asking him to pick a favorite child. "The great thing about teaching classes is that not only do I help people achieve their fitness goals, it also allows me to be a performer, and a performer is what I am deep down," he explains. "I thoroughly enjoy personal training as well because it allows me to get in touch with individuals on a human level. Nothing is better than witnessing someone succeed that you possess a emotional connection with."

When Newton isn't getting emo with his many loyal students, he's collecting comics. "I love comic books and anything to do with comic book heroes," the trainer reveals. "I have a collection of over 3,000 comic books and over 100 action figures that are still in the box. Reading a comic book that I have never read brings me so much joy. I want to be a hero!" With a name like Storm, he's well on his way.

Newton's best advice for newbies? "Know that there will be successes and struggles when you're starting a new workout. Focus on the moments you feel strength, inspiration and admiration for all of the hard work that you're putting in."

· Barry's Bootcamp [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2013 Coverage [Racked]