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Welcome to Racked LA's search for our city's Hottest Trainer 2014. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing, too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Ready? Let's do this!
Photos by Elizabeth Daniels
Our first contestant is Drew Lipson, an Eminem superfan who ditched his plans to become a ball-busting talent agent (à la Ari Emanuel) to teach fully-body, high-intensity classes at Orangetheory Fitness in Brentwood. A natural thrill-seeker, Lipson once hurled himself over a 15-feet balcony to land on a bean bag (something he used to do as a child on a smaller scale) and ended up compressing his L1 and L4 vertebrae. Ouch! He's all better now, but naturally his top workout tip is; "Form is everything. Stick to what you can handle with good form and you will progress much quicker, not to mention avoid injury."
As for his training style, this blue-eyed, blonde-dyed babe can be a drill sergeant one day and totally laid-back the next. "It really comes down to how I'm feeling that morning," he explains. "My mood dictates my style (insert smirking-devil Emoji here)."
One thing that remains constant is Lipson's distaste for a specific body part: "I have a belly button phobia. Like, you can't touch my belly button—it's just not allowed! For some reason, I feel like it's just a knot that was tied by the doctor at birth and that with excessive force, it can open up and all my guts will come pouring out of me." Slim Shady should totally write a song about this.
· Orangetheory Fitness [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]