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For Drake Abshire, fitness runs in the family. "My dad was a former bodybuilder, and both my sister and sister-in-law are current bodybuilders and trainers," he reveals. Although the Southern Louisiana-raised talent was clearly destined to become a workout superstar, he first gave police dog training a try. "I realized I was great with animals and loved the job, but it was not the career path I wanted to pursue long-term," Abshire adds. "So, I packed up and moved to Houston to pursue my dream of being a fitness professional."
Today, the self-proclaimed Trekkie is a devoted dog lover (he has a rescue dog named Luke Skywalker) and two-year Angeleno, keeping bodies in tip-top shape at Equinox West Hollywood. "I specialize in kettle bell and aesthetic-based training," he note. "I really love the free form and natural movements you get when you work with kettle bells. It's high energy and a lot of fun!"
Speaking of fun, expect a lot of it when working out with Abshire. In addition to playing pop hits like his favorite "Cool For the Summer" by Demi Lovato, this trainer treats all of his clients like friends, offering motivation rather than intimidation. "We all have inner deep reasons to get fit," he explains. "I try to appeal to those needs so they are moved to make the changes for themselves. I am there to guide them and show them the way. Also, who doesn't love looking better naked?"