For over 5 years I have been blogging on Laurens Fitness without anyone really knowing anything about me, my background or anything past the fact that my name is Lauren and I am a Personal Trainer. It’s time to change that.
So here goes.
My name is Lauren, and I come from Melbourne in Australia. I am 28 years old and I come from a small family. I have a younger brother who is about to get married, and my mother and father still live in Melbourne. I currently live in Luzern, Swizterland. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I have seen.
I am lucky enough to say that by day my profession is Volleyball. I play professionally and have been doing so in Europe for the last 8 years. I’ve lived in Germany, France, Spain (Tenerife in particular) and Switzerland. The rest of the time, I am either at home working with people at AAP, or blogging and connecting and helping people online.
The Fitness Side
Growing up I was always watching Dad train anyone from those looking to get fit, lose weight and improve their health, right through to some of the most elite sportsmen and women in Australia. Needless to say, I followed in his footsteps.
I figured pretty early on in high school that I wanted to study in the Sports Science area. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Movement at RMIT in Melbourne. During that time I had already gained my Personal Training qualifications and was working in various gyms. Majority of my clients were those looking to lose fat and get healthier and stronger in general, so I secretly guided them to success my way, ignoring my workplaces protocols and generic plans (honestly some of the stuff out there is completely useless, research before you spend your hard earned cash!).
I got a great gig at Green Gully Soccer Club in Melbourne, a Premier League team. For a 21 year old girl this was a daunting task; managing, tracking and bossing around 20 grown, ugly and very arrogant men. I will always have an interest in sports conditioning, especially Volleyball but I want to make big changes to a lot of people, and I know I can.
I eventually moved to Europe to start my professional Volleyball career (which was a dream) and wanted to keep my brain moving so I enrolled in a Masters program online and have completed the Post Grad Diploma part of it so far. I was really missing working with people to achieve their goals, so I started Laurens Fitness. I got picked up by a couple of big blogs. Lifehacker and Stronglifts are two that quickly come to mind. This helped me to get readers and start consulting with people online, for free of course, and I was totally happy again.
Since then Laurens Fitness has been my main focus. I recently wrote an ebook on one of the biggest topics I get asked about, working out at home. You can check it out here! I’m really proud of it, and it includes the kind of programs I use to workout before I go away for another season.
When I head home in the off-season you can find me working and training at Advanced Athletes Performance, where my Dad is slaving away!
The Volleyball Side
Basically, I decided to play a tall people sport and have continually fought against the fact that I am a tiny person on the court, but hey, I like to fight. I have one Australian Championships, and too many second places. I’ve played 62 games for my country, and competed in four Asian Championship and have a bronze medal at the World Champ qualifiers in China. Professional Volleyball has taken me to see the world, and I have lived in some pretty cool places whilst playing. Yes, I get paid to play and it is full time. I currently reside in Switzerland, and have previously lived in France, Germany and Spain. Tenerife was by far my favourite place to play.
The clubs I have played at are:
- FC Luzern Swizterland NLA (2013-2014)
- VfB Suhl German Bundesliga 1 (2012-2013)
- TSV Dudingen Power Cats Swiss NLA (2011-2012)
- CV Cuesta Piedra Santa Cruz Spanish Superliga 1 (2009-2011)
- Chemnitz Fighting Kangaroos German Bundesliga 1&2 (2007-2009)
- Hainaut Volley France Pro A (2006-2007)
Volleyball has tied into my fitness aspirations really well. I have learnt a lot about my own body, and have had to rehab a lot of my own injuries as well as do my own fitness training in some strange places. Check out the tennis ball series for a great example of this! It has only helped me develop as a trainer and has enabled me to apply a lot of important things to ‘real life’.
My Constant Journey
I wasn’t blessed with great genetics and fitness and weight has always been a major struggle for me. When I started my professional career it was very daunting being a step behind everyone. Not as fit, not as strong and certainly with a lot more body fat. I’ve had to battle serious eating issues and eventually (after a lot of mistakes) transformed my body into a healthy machine with good nutrition and some clever exercises… many of which you will find in my ebook. I was always obsessed with lifting heavy, but it wasn’t until I went back and focused on some of my problem areas and incorporated a lot more body weight work into my program that I really got huge gains, started to transform my body and become more athletic than ever.
I have run into countless people that are following a dangerous path. Unfortunately the media and the fitness industry don’t always provide the right information to make sure you succeed in fitness and health. Laurens Fitness is an attempt to change that on a big scale. I want to make you fit, healthy and pain free.