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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 sparkly third contestant, Angie Shriner, has been described by clients as an "artist disguised as a trainer." If you're working out with Angie, you may find yourself spelling out the phrase "Ninja Turtle" with your body—N is for navel, which leads to ab exercises, and so on—during one of her AlphaBootCamp classes at Cheetah Gym, or breaking it down to Top 40 music during one of her ultra-popular WERQ dance fitness classes at Cheetah or Urban Athlete.
Why so creative, Angie? Probably because she's "first and foremost" an actor. In fact, acting was what led her to training in the first place. "I wanted to have an energized and capable body for my job," says Angie. "And let's be real...I wanted to look good too! I started working out with a few stellar trainers, and they encouraged me to become a trainer." She cites dance fitness as one of her favorite ways to work out, but is also a major fan of BOSU, TRX, and—intimidation alert—kettle-bell fitness.
To her clients, Angie instructs, "Choose to move well." It's about quality, not quantity, with this trainer: "Two push-ups with stellar form will do so much more for you than 20 fast paced push-ups done with horrible form. We are all individual. Find a way to make movement fun—movement is medicine, yo."
Her creativity bubbles over when she describes her ideal Saturday, which starts out realistic ("supremely good coffee" and "a giant brunch"), then turns magical, as she takes on the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride in Orlando, dons a frothy ball gown, and dances at a Beatles/Michael Jackson/Spice Girls concert in a t-shirt and pajama shorts. Oh, and somewhere between singing along to "Bad" and eating "coconut oil and truffle salt popcorn," she'd take a WERQ class.
· Cheetah Gym [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 posts Racked]