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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

Although he's definitely hip to the latest and greatest workout crazes, Marco Reed is definitely not new to the fitness game. A 20-year industry vet equipped with a BS in Exercise Physiology from UC David, the ACSM- and NASM-certified trainer flexes his pecs at LIFT West Hollywood and Factory Fitness, where he teaches a handful of classes, like his signature "Grind" time-saver. "Although the workout is only 30 minutes, it incorporates five movements—a push, a pull, a leg exercise, a core exercise and a short interval to spike your metabolic system," he explains. "It's by far one of the most efficient ways to make use of your time.

Formerly focused on becoming the next big baseball pro ("I decided to set my sights on something else after soaring to the mediocrity of Division II Baseball"), Reed is known for his challenging-yet-inspiring training style. "I've been called 'The Muscle Monk' because I take into account a client's whole body experience, from mental, physical and spiritual," he adds. "I often end my workout or class with a meditation to calm the mind and body."

Some fun facts about Reed: he officiates weddings, teaches salsa dancing (has he met Hottest Trainer contestant #8, Latin music-loving Jacquelyn Omof yet?) and has a soft spot for '80s tunes. "Although it was perhaps the most unconscious decade of all time and without a doubt the worst-dressed, a little Depeche Mode goes a long way!" Reed says. "I'm a salsa dancer as well, so any Latin rhythm is a great pick-me-up."
· LIFT West Hollywood [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]