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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. Let the games begin!

Photos by Danielle Directo-Meston

Although one would assume that Jeff Schine has always wanted to be a professional Pilates guru, the lucky Angeleno actually fell into his success by accident. "One day, I was taking SPX [a Pilates, cardio and strength-training workout] in Hollywood," he explains. "The owner was looking for new trainers and asked me if I would be interested. I liked the workout and it seemed interesting, so I said, 'Why not?'" Now four years into his training career, Schine currently shines at Racked Fit Club fave Studio Metamorphosis in Pasadena.

If his training style was a song, this fitness star by day/biker buff by night tells us that it would be "Harder Than You Think" by Public Enemy. "I'd say I'm intense, but motivational. Of course, a client told me the other day that he thought I was exercising my demons out on the class last week. At the end of the day, I expect a lot, but I'd like to think that when I ask my clients to take that leap of faith, they feel safe and supported enough to jump."

If you're thinking of taking one of Schine's classes for the first time, be sure to "check your ego at the door," he warns. "Ego is the great killer of just about everything. Going into a workout with a preconceived notion of what you should be able to do just sets you up for all sorts of trouble. Just commit, be ready to work, and let it be what it's going to be. And remember that there's a reason why it's called 'working out,' not 'hanging out.'"
· Studio Metamorphosis [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]