Whether it’s 5:30am or 6:30pm, those flyers that come through our doors each day all have something in common; a desire to be better. Whether that is just moving their body, or attempting a pull-up or crushing a new PR on the tread, each person is taking 60 minutes out of the busyness of their day to dedicate to themselves. And that is a really big deal.
The first real encounter that I remember with Lauren was in the locker room. After one of my first classes, (she was a veteran at this point.) I just was sitting on the bench - not even able to make a move to the shower and asked Lauren if it was like that every time. Meanwhile, she had already showered and was halfway through blow drying her hair. She said “YES”, without any hesitation, “every.single.time.” I knew at this point we were going to get along just fine. We bonded over secretely loving to hate 4 minute efforts and getting asked to lift heavier and run faster than we thought we could when walking in the door.
I can always count on Lauren for a smile, a few sassy comments and maybe a couple angry murmurs under her breath when she hears dynamic mode is coming. This girl is a go-getter and I am so happy Fly Feet created a space for us to become friends.
Who is Lauren?
I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and transferred a little over a year ago to Minnesooooota for work. (Yes, you Minnesotans have wild accents...booooats, baaaags,etc.). Outside of sweating my life away at Fly Feet, I love to travel, bake, and read. Meeting new people and exploring different places fuels me, reading quenches my thirst for knowledge, and baking tames my sweet teeth (Yes...teeth not tooth! My whole mouth is freakin’ full of them.)
If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be and why?!
Dependable- Friends and family are an extremely important part of my life. I want them to be able to count on me at all times. In order to do that your girl has got to be dependable.
Competitive- I’ve been an athlete my entire life and actually played college basketball at DePauw (Ben Shane- GO TIGERS!). On top of that, I grew up with two brothers. From Ping Pong to pick up basketball, there were always winners and losers in my house. What can I say? It’s in my blood.
Silly- I love to laugh. I love to have fun. I do weird things…I’m fully aware…we can’t be serious all the time.
How did you first hear of Fly Feet and what got you in the door?
The BA lights, the trendy AF studio, the v good looking coaching staff……need I say more? In all seriousness, one of my coworkers told me about it when I first moved here. Fly Feet was in its “soft opening” and my office knew that I enjoyed working out. Despite almost getting sick after my first class (lol good mems), I was hooked. I knew I could never push myself the way Fly Feet did on my own and I’d be pushed to my limits every time I entered the studio.
From class #1 to today - what has your biggest takeaway been? What has been the best thing you've learned?
Biggest takeaway- When you see dynamic mode on the butcher paper…just go home. KIDDING. My takeaway has to do with the fitness journey and how to deal with those peaks and valleys. I used to think that every day I had to sprint my fastest and lift my heaviest, but what I’ve learned is that you need to take each day at a time and listen to your body.
Best thing I’ve learned- It never gets easy. The concept that we are always chasing fitness is something that Fly Feet has instilled in me. I’ve been to countless workouts and I’ve made progress, but that doesn’t mean each workout has gotten easier for me. The grind is real and trust me I feel it every time I enter the studio.
What are your goals for 1 month and 6 months from now?
1 month- Stay consistent over the Holiday season. Seems vague but it’s an easy time of the year to neglect your fitness journey.
6 month- Get serious about my mobility. Maybe lift my knee of the ground in shin to wall? Seems ambitious.(Y’all are probably laughing, but my mom and dad didn’t hook me up with flexible genes. The struggle is real.)
What keeps you coming back day in and day out?
My fellow fly feeters and the baller coaching staff. 7:30a.m. crew is small, but mighty and I can honestly say those people are the ones that get me up in the morning. You go through wild workouts with one another and have a since a comfort walking into the studio knowing you might die, but at least you’ll die together. (Yikes, that sounds morbid but you get the jest.) Anyways, those peeps mixed with the coaching staff, push me to do crazy things and I. love. it.
There have been so many sweet friendships and relationship that have been built within the walls of the Fly Feet studio. People file into a space and share treadmills with friends and strangers every single day. We are asked to be vulnerable and push the limit, while sweating next to someone we may have never met.
All Hail the Treadmighty,