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It's only six months until the next Racked's Hottest Trainer competition (yes, we're counting), but we're still not done obsessing over last year's nominees. It doesn't matter if you're into yoga, bootcamp, cycling, or barre—we've got a hot trainer for that. Below, see where you can get your sweat on all across the city with 15 sexy trainers that are more than just pretty faces and toned torsos.

All photos by Sean Gomes.

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1. Soulcycle - Karyn Nesbit

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The North Carolina native, who indulges in red velvet cake when she's not tapping it back, has been a Soulcycle instructor for three years now (not pictured here: her crazy-good abs). You can also find her at the Tribeca and Noho studios during the week.

2. Cyc Fitness - Keoni Hudoba

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The cycling instructor was a Soulcycle instructor before he struck out on his own to develop Cyc's method, and now it's hard to find an empty bike when he's at the front of the room. His advice that we're taking to heart? "If you work your ass off, eat a cupcake."

3. Exhale Meatpacking - Kira Alvarado

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Teaching Core Fusion Barre classes at nearly all of Exhale's NYC locations—including the Meatpacking District, near her favorite raw food spot One Lucky Duck inside Chelsea Market—helps this multi-hyphenate stay in shape for gigs outside the studio.

4. SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone) - Jay Centeno

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Seven years of training has led Centeno to splitting his time among several franchises, one of them being the director of training at this home of the Megaformer. Find him leading students in ab-defining planks at all four of SLT's Manhattan locations.

5. Barry’s Bootcamp - Jay Centeno

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And here's Centeno's other fitness passion—Barry's Bootcamp. He teaches at both the Chelsea and Noho studios on a regular basis, and there's a good chance you'll find Fall Out Boy's "The Phoenix" on his playlist.

6. Lyons Den Power Yoga - Bethany Lyons

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Lyons fell hard for Bapiste-style yoga—so hard that she opened Manhattan's first studio dedicated to the practice. When she's not running her Tribeca studio that has frequent appearances by her dog Josie, find her leading the pack at Soulcycle's Tribeca and East 63rd Street studios.

7. Broadway Bodies - Ryan Beck

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Your best bet for finding Ryan Beck is at Broadway Bodies, where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance along with the complimentary training class Body Art. If you're angling to be the teacher's pet, bring along some watermelon to share for a post-workout snack.

8. Equinox - Ryan Beck

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And on the Upper West Side (as well as the Upper East Side, Midtown, and the West Village), Beck challenges students in Equinox's Deep Extreme, a barefoot cardio class that only uses body weight as resistance, and uses his dance background for the ballet-focused Barre Burn.

9. CrossFit Solace - Julia Avery

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38 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 684-2689
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"I know they're one of the world's most hated exercises, but I love burpees," Avery told us last summer. That's just one of the characteristics that makes her an ideal Crossfit trainer (and competitor). Another one? Her childhood spent in gymnastics competitions.

10. The Fhitting Room - Julia Avery, Jason Tran

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Get a double dose of hotness at the Fhitting Room - both Julia Avery and Jason Tran regularly make appearances on the Upper East Side, as well as at the gym's new Flatiron location.

11. SWERVE - Jason Tran

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And when Jason's not swinging a kettlebell with Fhixers, he's stoking the flames of competition as a Swerve instructor. Need to know which studio he'll be at and when? Tran keeps an updated weekly schedule on his personal website.

12. Physique 57 - Sherri Norige

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2014's hottest female trainer doesn't mince words when it comes to her teaching style at Physique's flagship studio. "People think it's an easy class where you stretch a lot, but you have to be extremely strong of mind and body to make it through a Physique 57 class," she told us last summer.

13. DavidBartonGym - Mike Strevel

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"Winning the jump rope contest in 3rd grade was the best day of my young life—I killed it," Strevel boasted to us. That's why you'll find him teaching the jump-rope cardio class "Shredded," among other offerings, at DavidBartonGym's Astor Place location and at Chelsea's new church-themed Limelight.

14. Vixen Workout - Meliza Fernandez

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Since the Vixen Workout blew up last year, Meliza's classes have been jam-packed with those aspiring to move like the professional dancer. "To see woman come together and support one another while unapologetically embracing their fierceness?"she said of the hip-hop workout. "Doesn't get better than that."

15. Tone House - Alonzo Wilson

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Those looking for a ticket to this gun show needn't look further than Union Square's Tone House, which Wilson founded. Class sizes are small so that he can give personal attention to each student as they do challenging moves while, at times, being bungee-corded to a wall.

16. Mark Fisher Fitness - Brian Patrick Murphy

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New York, NY 10018
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2014's hottest trainer has a devoted following at midtown's Mark Fisher Fitness, where he helps ninjas tone up and boost confidence in as little as six weeks. Come for his challenging workouts and stay for his spandex onesies.

17. Crunch - Brookelyn Suddell

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Suddell is all over the board when it comes to her teaching range—just like Crunch. Classes she leads at the 59th Street studio go from anti-gravity yoga to pole dancing, all of which help her train for bikini fitness competitions.

18. Flex Studios - David Holland

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A long career in dance eventually led Holland to Flex Studios, where he leads "physically challenging, mindful, and lively" Pilates classes. Looking outside his sport, the North Carolina native finds fitness inspiration in legend Michael Jordan.

1. Soulcycle - Karyn Nesbit

196 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY 11249
The North Carolina native, who indulges in red velvet cake when she's not tapping it back, has been a Soulcycle instructor for three years now (not pictured here: her crazy-good abs). You can also find her at the Tribeca and Noho studios during the week.

2. Cyc Fitness - Keoni Hudoba

4 Astor Pl New York, NY 10003
The cycling instructor was a Soulcycle instructor before he struck out on his own to develop Cyc's method, and now it's hard to find an empty bike when he's at the front of the room. His advice that we're taking to heart? "If you work your ass off, eat a cupcake."

3. Exhale Meatpacking - Kira Alvarado

18 Ninth Ave New York, NY 10014
Teaching Core Fusion Barre classes at nearly all of Exhale's NYC locations—including the Meatpacking District, near her favorite raw food spot One Lucky Duck inside Chelsea Market—helps this multi-hyphenate stay in shape for gigs outside the studio.

4. SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone) - Jay Centeno

132 Crosby St New York, NY 10012
Seven years of training has led Centeno to splitting his time among several franchises, one of them being the director of training at this home of the Megaformer. Find him leading students in ab-defining planks at all four of SLT's Manhattan locations.

5. Barry’s Bootcamp - Jay Centeno

135 W 20th St New York, NY 10011
And here's Centeno's other fitness passion—Barry's Bootcamp. He teaches at both the Chelsea and Noho studios on a regular basis, and there's a good chance you'll find Fall Out Boy's "The Phoenix" on his playlist.

6. Lyons Den Power Yoga - Bethany Lyons

279 Church St New York, NY 10013
Lyons fell hard for Bapiste-style yoga—so hard that she opened Manhattan's first studio dedicated to the practice. When she's not running her Tribeca studio that has frequent appearances by her dog Josie, find her leading the pack at Soulcycle's Tribeca and East 63rd Street studios.

7. Broadway Bodies - Ryan Beck

151 W 26th St New York, NY 10001
Your best bet for finding Ryan Beck is at Broadway Bodies, where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance along with the complimentary training class Body Art. If you're angling to be the teacher's pet, bring along some watermelon to share for a post-workout snack.

8. Equinox - Ryan Beck

2465 Broadway New York, NY 10025
And on the Upper West Side (as well as the Upper East Side, Midtown, and the West Village), Beck challenges students in Equinox's Deep Extreme, a barefoot cardio class that only uses body weight as resistance, and uses his dance background for the ballet-focused Barre Burn.

9. CrossFit Solace - Julia Avery

38 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
"I know they're one of the world's most hated exercises, but I love burpees," Avery told us last summer. That's just one of the characteristics that makes her an ideal Crossfit trainer (and competitor). Another one? Her childhood spent in gymnastics competitions.
38 E 32nd St
New York, NY 10016

10. The Fhitting Room - Julia Avery, Jason Tran

1166 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Get a double dose of hotness at the Fhitting Room - both Julia Avery and Jason Tran regularly make appearances on the Upper East Side, as well as at the gym's new Flatiron location.
1166 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028

11. SWERVE - Jason Tran

30 W 18th St New York, NY 10011
And when Jason's not swinging a kettlebell with Fhixers, he's stoking the flames of competition as a Swerve instructor. Need to know which studio he'll be at and when? Tran keeps an updated weekly schedule on his personal website.

12. Physique 57 - Sherri Norige

24 W 57th St New York, NY 10019
2014's hottest female trainer doesn't mince words when it comes to her teaching style at Physique's flagship studio. "People think it's an easy class where you stretch a lot, but you have to be extremely strong of mind and body to make it through a Physique 57 class," she told us last summer.

13. DavidBartonGym - Mike Strevel

656 Sixth Ave New York, NY 10011
"Winning the jump rope contest in 3rd grade was the best day of my young life—I killed it," Strevel boasted to us. That's why you'll find him teaching the jump-rope cardio class "Shredded," among other offerings, at DavidBartonGym's Astor Place location and at Chelsea's new church-themed Limelight.

14. Vixen Workout - Meliza Fernandez

500 Eighth Ave New York, NY 10018
Since the Vixen Workout blew up last year, Meliza's classes have been jam-packed with those aspiring to move like the professional dancer. "To see woman come together and support one another while unapologetically embracing their fierceness?"she said of the hip-hop workout. "Doesn't get better than that."

15. Tone House - Alonzo Wilson

20 E 17th St New York, NY 10003
Those looking for a ticket to this gun show needn't look further than Union Square's Tone House, which Wilson founded. Class sizes are small so that he can give personal attention to each student as they do challenging moves while, at times, being bungee-corded to a wall.

16. Mark Fisher Fitness - Brian Patrick Murphy

411 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018
2014's hottest trainer has a devoted following at midtown's Mark Fisher Fitness, where he helps ninjas tone up and boost confidence in as little as six weeks. Come for his challenging workouts and stay for his spandex onesies.
411 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018

17. Crunch - Brookelyn Suddell

1109 Second Ave New York, NY 10022
Suddell is all over the board when it comes to her teaching range—just like Crunch. Classes she leads at the 59th Street studio go from anti-gravity yoga to pole dancing, all of which help her train for bikini fitness competitions.

18. Flex Studios - David Holland

47 W 14th St New York, NY 10011
A long career in dance eventually led Holland to Flex Studios, where he leads "physically challenging, mindful, and lively" Pilates classes. Looking outside his sport, the North Carolina native finds fitness inspiration in legend Michael Jordan.