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Welcome to Racked NY's search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. (Not only do they look hot in spandex, but if you take their classes, you might someday look nearly as good.) Then, once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite. Let the games begin!Photos by William Chan
Our third hottest trainer contestant is Robynn Europe of The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. One of her specialties is physique transformation, and since she has a background in competitive bodybuilding, she's the perfect woman for the job. Despite all that, she claims to be "the least athletic person you will ever meet." She adds, "I was pretty much a total lardo until I decided I wanted to get my life/health/body together and become a trainer."
Sports may not be her specialty, but a lot of other things are. According to her Chelsea Piers profile and this Vice article, Robynn used to be super into the New York punk and hardcore scene, she's attended at least three Saved by the Bell theme parties per year since 2006 (the year she became a trainer—coincidence?), and she's an expert at DIY nail art. She told Vice, "A lot of times women who bodybuild get labeled manly, but nothing says feminine like a Hello Kitty manicure with pink bows and shit attached to your nails."
With her clients, Robynn says she focuses on the "basics," like compound moves and strict form, which are all bodybuilding techniques. She's also come up with an interesting way to teach people how to do a squat: "When people are first learning to squat, in an effort to keep them from lifting their heels off the ground and letting their knees shoot forward, I tell them to imagine that they are strippers and the pole is about two feet behind them. You don't get your ass on that pole, you get no tips. It's the most effective visual I have ever come up with."
· Robynn Europe - Skinbyrd Turned Bodybuilder [Vice]
· The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainers posts [Racked NY]