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Welcome to Racked LA's Hottest Trainer Competition!

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Image via Valeriy Lebedev/Shutterstock

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Today officially begins our third-annual search for the hottest fitness trainer in Los Angeles. After scanning all reader submissions and analyzing the abs, pecs and thighs of the nominees, we've narrowed it down to sixteen sizzling contestants—eight men and eight women—from full-equipped gyms, indoor cycling studios, CrossFit boxes, barre spots, burlesque hubs and more.

We'll be rolling out profiles of our contestants over the next two weeks. Each trainer will get their own post, complete with a photo gallery and a short bio. We'll begin the voting on Thursday, August 21 by splitting contestants up into groups, the winners of which will be chosen by a reader vote. We'll continue to pit them up against each other until there are only two left—they'll face off, and one will be crowned the ultimate champion.

As always, promoting your fave trainer via social media is key, so if you're feeling someone, don't be afraid to show your love on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/etc. We'll be using the #HottestTrainer2014 hashtag, so feel free to follow along.

Note that comments are encouraged, but anything mean-spirited or offensive will be removed. In addition to being ridiculously hot, our trainers are all really great people. Without further ado, let the games begin!
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]