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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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Tone House workouts are intense, but studio's founder Alonzo Wilson knows how to keep his students motivated. The Wilhelmina fitness model is all about giving everyone in his class personal attention—drop in on a typical session and you'll see him offering high-fives, securing harnesses, and telling his class that they can definitely jump over those last five hurdles.
Alonzo didn't pick up these skills overnight—he's been in the fitness industry for 20 years, having worked as a professional football player, personal trainer, and TRX certified instructor. Read about his favorite post-workout-snack, biggest gym pet peeve, and the song that gets him pumped, this way!
What's one song that always gets you pumped up?
"I Stand Alone" by Godsmack
Fitness advice you swear by, in five words or less.
Demand more from yourself.
What's the biggest misconception about your sport?
There is so much competition in the fitness industry right now, but really strong teachers support one another.
Who's your athlete role model?
I love watching sports, but my role models are family members.
Gym selfies: yay or nay?
Yay, especially if it helps motivate someone to get moving.
Favorite post-workout snack?
Anything at Hu Kitchen, and Nature Works' protein brownies.
If you weren't a trainer, you'd be a...
I would love to teach or coach kids.
What's always in your gym bag?
TRX's Rip Trainer and Suspension Trainer, and two Quest bars.
Biggest gym pet peeve.
Lolly-popping around. If doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
Food you'd do 50 burpees for.
All of the food at my Aunt Olga and Uncle Swanton's Fourth of July BBQ party.