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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Photographer Terry Richardson’s former studio on the Bowery is now where trainer Justin Gelband sculpts a host of camera-ready models (think Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel and Irina Shayk) into Victoria’s Secret shape. “It’s like a piece of clay I mold,” he said. While chipping away at both supermodels and mere mortals through his own unique blend of movements, which focus on balance stability and functional training, Gelband also weighs in on shoes. “It all starts from the ground up. It’s imperative to me that they wear good footwear. I’m into these APLs right now for their stability. Ankle and sole support are key.”

The Client:
Ford model Stephanie Smith began sessions with Gelband as soon as she landed in New York from her native Melbourne. “I had to discover what it was all about. He works with the biggest and best models, so he must be good.” Just three weeks into her training, she’s noticed a difference. “He’s changing my body.”

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