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Barton typically interviews fifteen candidates for each trainer he hires (there are between 30 and 60 at each location). New recruits, many of whom are triathletes or bodybuilders themselves, take four weeks of physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics classes just to start, and continuing ed is required; Barton brings in cardiologists, chiropractors, and physical therapists, who give attendance-required seminars to staff. “I look for empathy,” he says. “They have to understand what it’s like to be in that person’s body on the last rep.”
Gym With the Best-Trained Trainers
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).