Lauren Fox: Warrior Girl
No one knows the meaning of “no pain, no gain” like Lauren does. No matter what obstacles life throws her way, she’s found that fitness, leg day, and cheat treats helps her keep a shining, positive attitude!
What is your name and age?
Lauren Fox, 26
What inspired you to get fit?
A few years ago I was diagnosed with an incurable, debilitating chronic condition. At the time I essentially gave up and believed that would be my life. On top of suffering with the disease, there were people that really hurt me. I realized that I deserved the best and decided to fight to get my life back and make it better than ever and become the best version of myself too. I turned to fitness, specifically weightlifting, and it ended up being a huge part of what made that happen.
What keeps you motivated to live the healthy life?
I know that if I don't keep living this life, I will have let all of the bad things that have happened and this disease beat me and I cannot let that happen. I won't. I want to inspire others that no matter what you are facing in life, you must keep going. You have to keep fighting.
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How do you balance life, work, training and family?
It's not an easy thing to do. You have to make time for what's important to you. Everyone is busy, including myself. Everyone is given the same twenty-four hours and it's your choice how you utilize them. There's this idea out there that fit people must have nothing else going on in their lives. I've even heard it said to me, that I must have so much time on my hands and that's just not true. I work all of the time, I have a family, I have other things I want to enjoy, and I have to battle through constant physical pain which makes things even more difficult. Sometimes I physically can't lift when I'm in too much pain. It's frustrating but it's a reminder that there will be times life gets in the way but I have goals and I will make them happen. That's the key. If you have fitness goals, it's a matter of how much you really want to reach them!
What is your favorite body part to exercise and why?
I may be the only person in the world who feel this way but my favorite body part to train is legs...by far! I love it! I can lift the most weight and also move up in weight the fastest with legs so it feels more rewarding to me. I love the transformation I've seen in my legs (and glutes too). I seriously get so excited about leg day!
If you had to pick three key exercises - what would they be and why?
1. Deadlift - Deadlifts are such a great exercise. I love what they have done for my hamstrings and the power I now have in my hips.
2. Front Squat - Notice how I'm saying front squat and not back squat. Front squats are so much better for your back and knees and actually use more of your leg and glute muscles efficiently. When I discovered them, it was honestly life changing. My legs have never looked better since incorporating them into my leg day!
3. Shoulder Press - I love the look of sculpted shoulders and the shoulder press is a perfect way to help achieve that look.
What is your favorite cheat “treat”?
This is the hardest question to answer! How do I pick one? I have such a sweet tooth...I love creme brûlée, donuts, cinnamon rolls, and Oreos!
What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in fitness?
There's always the classic "lifting makes women look bulky" myth which just is not true but the misconception that bothers me the most is that women in fitness are superficial and full of themselves, that we only work out because of looks and that we all have huge egos. What people may not understand is that for most women, fitness is our therapy. Yes, we all want to look good but it's so much more than that. Fitness probably helps every woman get through something. It requires so much knowledge, research, and even sometimes certifications like I have gotten. Fitness teaches and displays determination, self respect, perseverance, patience, discipline, hard work, strength, and self love. Women should encourage other women to exercise, not put each other down. The benefits of fitness are endless!
What was the best part of wearing Affitnity? Did you love the clothing? Tell us why :)
I love wearing Affitnity clothing! It gives me the ability to feel sexy and beautiful while being a badass in the gym at the same time! The clothes feel great too.
Anything else you would like us to know?
This lifestyle is definitely not easy, but it's absolutely worth it! Fitness has completely changed my life for the better and I can't wait to see where else it takes me.
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