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.
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Here's another great example of why you should probably sign up for a pole dancing class immediately: trainer Courtney Alexander. She's been in the fitness industry for the past three years, and currently teaches group fitness classes at Crunch. (If you'd rather dip it low in the company of just your friends, she hosts private parties for that.) In addition to pole dancing, Courtney specializes in strength and endurance training, weight loss, core training, and pre/post natal clients. She also created a class called Gym Rat Race for Crunch, where "exercises are inspired by some of your favorite school yard rituals."
What prompted you to become a trainer?
I was unhappy with "traditional" office jobs. The happiest part of my day was when I went to the gym. So I took a leap of faith and left my job to become a fitness professional. And now I'm the happiest I've ever been with my career.
What classes do you teach, and which is your favorite
My favorite class to teach is Pole Dancing because it incorporates strength, agility/fluidity, and flexibility—and not to mention it's pretty cool (and sexy).
Describe your training style: Are you a drill sergeant? Laid back?
I think of myself as a "happy drill sergeant." I'm very specific and stern, however, I'm always encouraging and smiling. I don't yell, but for the session to be over everything must be completed. No quitting allowed.
What's one piece of advice everyone should hear before beginning a new workout?
Keep an open mind and smile through the "pain" :-)
Tell us a fun fact about you.
I cannot listen to a song I know without singing the words, it's impossible for me.