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Welcome to Racked Chicago's search for Chicago's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile eight smoking locals and 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!
Our second nominee, Betina Gozo, used to think she was "pretty athletic" as a trained dancer. Plus, she'd always preferred yoga and Pilates to anything involving heavy lifting, because she was afraid of getting too bulked up. But everything changed once she picked up a weight.
"The first time I ever took a circuit class, I discovered how out of shape I was," she says. Once she realized how much weight lifting and personal training changed her body for the better (and not for the bulkier), she was hooked.
Years later, Betina's not only in amazing shape, but she's getting everyone else addicted to those endorphins, too—and she's waking up at 3:30 every morning to do it. (She tries to be in bed by 8pm.) "I realized I wanted to help people find this same feeling, no matter where they were in their level of athleticism," she says.
Betina is now a certified personal trainer and the fitness director at Crosstown Fitness in the West Loop, where her favorite athletic moves are feared by many: pull-ups, burpees, and—bonus—burpee pullups.
Don't worry, she's also into less intimidating things, like donuts. "It's so important to listen to your body," says Betina. "Take rest days when necessary." When she's taking a rest day, it very well may involve an airplane flight, since her fiancé plays for the Boston Red Sox. And that's not even the most surprising fact about her personal life: for a good five years, her full-time job was playing bass in a cover band. Dancing, bass, baseball, and weight-lifting? If there's one common denominator here, it's gotta be sweat.
· Crosstown Fitness [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 posts [Racked]