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Hottest Trainer Contestant #8: Melissa McNamara

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Our last Hottest Trainer contestant is Melissa McNamara of just-opened Pilates studio mind art core. The studio might be brand new, but Melissa knows her stuff—she's been a trainer for almost ten years. At mind art core, she teaches four classes: Connect, Pulse, Pump, and Flex. "I would say FLEX is my favorite because we use fun music and weights," she says, "and the men are really challenged."

Melissa's also a performer specializing in physical theatre, and she found Pilates after hurting her back. It must have worked, because she's incredibly flexible: She once toured with a theatre piece in which she fit herself into a suitcase.

· A New Pilates Experience Opens in Lincoln Square [Racked Chicago]
· mind art core [Official Site]
· All of 2013's Hottest Trainers [Racked Chicago]