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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
Jai Franklin's stunning exotic features can be attributed to her Thai, Chinese, Irish, Polish and Scottish background. A star trainer at The Dailey Method in Venice, this born-and-raised Cali girl has a son named River, a dog named The Dude and a workout discipline that we're calling superhuman. "My favorite class to teach is on Mondays at 6am," she reveals, instantly triggering our sleeping-in guilt. "The clients that consistently show up every monday for that rise and shine are truly inspiring. They motivate me in more ways than they'll ever know! I always hope that they leave invigorated for their week ahead."
Devoted to The Dailey Method for two years strong, Franklin knew she was going to be a lifer at the popular Westside barre studio from the start. "I had always wanted to teach a fitness class, and the philosophy and people at the Method made it a natural choice," she explains. "Although I manage to act and write and raise my son outside of teaching, being an instructor has added an element to my life that I absolutely love; I feel like I'm a part of a community and a lifestyle."
While Franklin may have a sweet demeanor, she admits that she likes to teach a "hard" class. "Every class has a theme," she adds. "I keep the choreography simple, the work deep, the energy motivational and the music blasting. I definitely like to have fun while working hard." Her class song of choice is "Harlem Shake" by Baauer.
Because this multi-faceted trainer never ceases to surprise us, we leave you with this gem: "During college I worked in the library and thought it was the funnest job ever! Being paid to read? I'll always be a nerd at heart."
· The Dailey Method [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 Coverage [Racked]