Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.All photos Barry Brecheisen
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.