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Looking For A Top-Grade Trainer Or Class To Kick Your Ass? Use RateYourBurn For That

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Finding the perfect personal trainer, SoulCycle spin guru, yogi, fitness class, or studio is a lot like dating. It’s about developing a connection, a trusting relationship, and the perfect fit.

Every individual instructor has their own distinct attributes and minutia. Teaching style, personality, intensity, paradigm of thought, communicability, motivational prowess, energy level, fitness specialization, music — there are a BILLION little intricacies that impact the effectiveness of a training session/class, each of which vary highly from trainer-to-trainer.

And that’s where the puzzle often falls apart. What clicks for one person and releases the motivational floodgates might utterly repulse someone else and drive them out of the fitness game. That doesn’t mean the trainer is horrible and should flip industries — PTs tend to mesh with some, and others not. Life goes on.

rate your burn, rateyourburn, rateyourburn reviews, personal trainer reviews, personal trainer review sitesWhen searching for your very own Obi Wan to guide your personal fitness quest, finding a PT that can access the inner software of your brain, churn your motivational core, and make YOU comfortable is key.

That’s where RateYourBurn (RYB) comes in. It’s a crowd-sourced user review site — think Yelp for trainers — that can help take some of the guesswork out of the selection process. User reviews are generally honest, credible, and supportive, and provide first-hand opinions on top trainers, classes, and studios across 6 cities (NYC, Boston, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland)


What Rate Your Burn Can Help With —

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  • Find a quality personal trainer at a local gym.
  • Choosing an instructor when you’re jumping into a new discipline — think yoga, pilates, boxing, Crossfit.
  • Signing up for one-off specialty classes with a million different teachers/locations — think SoulCycle, Barry’s Boot Camp, Zumba.
  • Gauging different classes offered by a gym you’re a member of.
  • Gaining trainee feedback. If you’re a trainer/instructor, encourage your trainees to drop you a review. Positive or negative, feedback is a constructive cycle. Heck, you might already have a database of reviews without even knowing it.


While RYB definitely has its limitations — it’s only in 6 cities, simplistic/lacks advanced functionality and filtering, and there aren’t reviews for every teacher/class/gym — it’s a helpful free resource to churn the fitness gears, kick start whatever change you’re GOING to make, and avoid nightmarish-ly picking a class/trainer completely blind.

If you don’t have a friend/co-worker/family member with a suggestion, and don’t want to shell out cash each month for Angie’s list (another good resource, especially if you’re not in 1 of the 6 cities offered), RYB is your best bet.

And because people have asked — I’m not currently training in NYC, but if you’re interested please shoot me an email and I’ll be in touch once I start up again (likely end of 2013, but we can chat).

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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

Come be friends with me on Instagram (@BRYDISANTO) & Snapchat (BRYDISANTO).
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