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Welcome to Racked New York's search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile sixteen smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!
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A man with moves on the dance floor is a rare find—and one that's hot to boot? A diamond in the rough. And on that note, Ryan Beck comes up to bat as our next hottest trainer contestant. He teaches at Broadway Dance Center, Body and Pole, and Equinox—that is, when the 20-year veteran not choreographing with ballet companies, appearing in commercials, or sharing his knowledge with students around the world.
At Body & Pole, Beck (unfortunately) is not swinging around any poles. He's teaching bodyART, which is specifically designed to compliment dance training by incorporating elements of yoga, tai chi, and pilates. Read on to learn what he eats after a long training session, why "non-dancers" irk him, and why "you probably need to be doing a few more reps" at the gym.
What's the biggest misconception about your sport?
That "non-dancers" exist. Dance is for every body type—"non-dancers" are people who are six feet under.
Favorite post-workout snack?
Biggest gym pet peeve?
People complaining about sweating too much.
If you weren't a trainer, you'd be...
Gym selfies: yay or nay?
If you have time for gym selfies, you probably need to be doing a few more reps.
What's always in your gym bag?
My Mac Air for music edits and mixes
What food would you do 50 burpees for?
Emmenthal cheese drizzled with honey.