Women's Fashion: Top Trainers

FN goes inside some popular New York fitness studios to find out what gear scores with the trainers to the stars.

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Six of New York’s most in-demand trainers put clients through their paces in performance footwear tailored to their unique fitness philosophies. Here, WillSpace’s Will Torres spars with Paul Wilmot Communications partner Kate Doerge, a testament to his precise approach to physical engineering. A bold-face favorite, Torres also tends to the buff bodies of Andy Cohen and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. “I create a program that is specific to each client’s individual goals. It’s all very methodical,” he said from his West Village gym. Added Doerge, “I have Will to thank for these arms.”

Body by Simone
Classically trained Australian dancer Simone de la Rue isn’t just teaching clients her rigorous technique, which combines cardio, Pilates and strength training into catchy choreographed routines. Indeed, the plucky woman responsible for the taut physiques of Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway and Matt Damon also picked up a thing or two from the A-list along the way. Though she won’t name names, Footwear News learned it was Sandra Bullock who turned de la Rue on to her now-signature Newton runners.

“I often get introduced to new products from my celebrity clients. She wore them because her sister used to run marathons. I was attracted to the color and thought they looked cool,” de la Rue said from her airy West Chelsea studio. “Then she explained that they are used for running to push you onto the balls of your feet. I tried on a pair. They were so lightweight, breathed and felt almost like a dance shoe. I became obsessed.” Ten pairs later, de la Rue now sells the brand’s Gravity style at her two locations and provides loaners for first-timers.

“We just opened in Los Angeles and everyone has been coming in their standard shoes. They do one class and their calves hurt because it’s high-impact jumping,” said de la Rue. “I always suggest Newtons. Clients say it makes such a difference, especially for the dance cardio class.”

The Clients:
Hairstylist Lindsay Block and writer/life coach Ellie Burrows are two of de la Rue’s early adopters. They attend BBS classes frequently, often ones taught by energetic trainer and operations manager Gabrielle Najarro.


Fashion Editor: Mosha Lundström Halbert
Market Editor: Jennifer Ernst Beaudry
Assistant Fashion Editor: Christian Allaire

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