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Welcome to Racked LA's search for our city's Hottest Trainer 2014. Over the last few days, we've been profiling our 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, this week we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!

Photos by Danielle Directo-Meston

Design, sociology, neuroscience and nutrition are just a few fields that Amy McGuire dabbled in before becoming a yoga guru and barre pro at Pop Physique in San Marino. Now five years into her certified fitness career, the bubbly brunette strives to lead a "happy, conscious life" while helping her many loyal students seek strength and balance in their workout routines. "When you witness a person have a breakthrough that changes their life, that's cloud nine status for me." she adds.

McGuire says that "exercising for the sole reason of 'being skinny' is a thing of the past," which is why she champions an "adaptogenic teaching style that calibrates training sessions based on the whole enchilada instead of just one aspect of wellness. I truly believe as we are challenging ourselves physically, we are also revealing aspects of our personalities, hence the waves of emotions that can accompany certain workouts." As for her studio personality, McGuire claims that she's been labeled everything from "Murder Ball" to "Therapeutic" to "Warm-Strict." It's also rumored that she eats unicorn meat. "That explains my explosive, happy vibes!"

As for her musical inspiration for perspiration, this old soul swears by retro jams from ACDC and Creedence Clearwater Revival. "I find that songs with a strong 4/4 back beat and soul lead me to better focus in the moment," she explains. "When songs are so beautifully complex that they require too much of your ear's attention, they serve as a distraction from your body instead of a tool for it's refinement." Deep. On another note, she does have a pretty cute quirk: "When I'm really happy, I smile with my ears."
· Pop Physique [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]