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Hottest Trainer Contestant #8: Emily Cook Harris

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Welcome to our search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile twenty-two smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite.

Photos by Driely S

Emily Cook Harris has been in the fitness industry for five years, and if you couldn't tell from her beaming smile above, she's "loving every minute of it." She's the head trainer of EMpowered, a company she founded that offers personalized training and nutritional guidance. She's also the only petite blonde we've ever seen lift a massive tire while wearing a great shade of red lipstick—but don't let any of that fool you: she's a badass. Her a signature bootcamp class is called RECESS.

What classes do you teach? Do you have a favorite?

I specialize in private training sessions and transformations. It's about giving you the tools and support you need to achieve your goals and be healthy for life. I also created the EMpowered signature bootcamp class RECESS, where we work hard and play harder. Exercise should be fun!

My favorite part is that EMpowered donates 10% of every session to the nonprofit She's the First, supporting girls' education in the developing world. Every time I am training, empowering others to live their best life, we are simultaneously empowering a young girl with the gift of education. We currently sponsor two scholars in Tanzania! EMpowerd is all about paying it forward.

What's your training style?

I'm a positive motivator. I love high intensity training, working full body utilizing strength and cardio exercises to build lean muscle and burn fat. I challenge my clients and push them to give me all they've got. But I do so with a smile. One of my clients recently called me "Tomb Raider Cinderella." I can't quite disagree.

I used to be "good friends" with Alice in Wonderland in Disney World. ;-)

For more info on EMpowered, check out the company's website below, along with its Facebook and Emily's Twitter account. All the photos above were taken at Hype Gym on Second Avenue
· EMpowered [Official Site]
· Empowered by Em[Facebook]
· Emily Cook Harris [Twitter]
· All Hottest Trainer 2013 Contestants [Racked NY]