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.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to move on to the next round in our quest for Chicago's hottest trainer of 2013. Today and tomorrow, our round one winners will face off for a shot at the finals. Then, starting on Friday, we'll hold a weekend-long vote to determine the official champion.
Today's poll features two very talented Niks: Nik Rodriguez of Hard Pressed and Reform Chicago, and Nikki Metzger of Nike and ENRGI Fitness. Check out their profiles to learn a bit more about them, and then cast your vote before 11am tomorrow.
Remember, this is about showcasing some of Chicago's most inspiring fitness pros, not tearing people down. We'll be monitoring the comments in an effort to keep things sporting and civil.
Update: The poll is now closed. Congrats to Nik Rodriguez, who pulled ahead to win an extremely tight race 1176 to 1156!