The Capital Region’s favorite fitness trainers

Arleen Larkin, Vent Fitness"She is a force - always on, always pushing to get the best from you, always positive, inspirational and motivating ... and that's at 5:30 am. She expects nothing less than everything you've got and she gives the same of herself at the same time." — Erika Liguori Photo: Courtesy Photo

OK, so you ditched that New Year’s resolution to get fit, but you’re ready to kick your rear into gear now. While hitting the crosstrainer at the gym or any of the dozens of local running trails is nice, sometimes a fitness professional is what you need for that extra motivational boost.

Earlier this summer, we asked asked readers for top trainer recommendations on Kristi Gustafson Barlette’s blog, and the results were overwhelming. We have limited the list to trainers who received two or more nominations. Special mention to the trainers who received the most nominations in this call-out survey: James House III of Fitness Artist; Judy Torel of Judy Torel’s Coaching and Training Center and Arleen Larkin of Vent Fitness.