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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 Bonnie Burke
Candidate number four is Natasha Pasricha, the associate director of fitness at Asphalt Green on the Upper East Side. Natasha's a British citizen who was born in Africa, but she grew up in California, where she won the California State Talent Competition several times over, both with her dance group and as a solo performer. Now, she teaches everything from yoga and Pilates to kettlebells and Urban Rebounding, which is one of her favorites. As she puts it, "How can you not have fun bouncing on the trampoline feeling like a kid?"
A new mom, Natasha taught classes up until the very end of her pregnancy, and she was back in the gym just a few weeks after delivery. (Here she is leading a trampoline class at 37 weeks pregnant.) "I think there is a huge misconception of what you can and cannot do while pregnant," she says. Her number one piece of advice for future students, whether they're pregnant or not: "You can't out-exercise a bad diet."
· Asphalt Green [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainers [Racked NY]