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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 fourth contestant has competed as an amateur boxer and appeared in off-Broadway shows. Mark Moore, who trains at David Barton Gym, was drawn to the world of personal training in college, when he found himself giving friends boxing lessons and seeing them improve. "It's a nice feeling watching someone succeed because you've helped them," says Mark—even if the successful person is currently coming at you, swinging.
The love of boxing has stayed with Mark through his time at David Barton. "If I had to pick one exercise as a favorite, I'd say hitting the punching bag via kicks and punches. There's nothing like getting your demons out and shredding at the same time," he says. He usually starts his morning with a two-to-three mile run with his dog and ends his evening with a boxing workout. If you want to exercise from AM to PM like Mark, he's got a simple reminder for you: "Don't forget to eat."
When he's not in the gym, you can find Mark outside, "usually with my dog playing fetch, running or even biking (the dog follows me). I'm big into mountain biking, wake-boarding, and snowboarding." He's also a model for Ford Models Chicago and Elite Models Miami, meaning the gym isn't the only place you'll find him without a shirt. And don't forget the beach: "If I had one Saturday to do whatever I wanted, I would fly all my family and friends to a tropical island for some fun in the sun. My dog included."
· David Barton Gym [Official Site]
· All Hottest Trainer 2014 posts [Racked Chicago]