Born and raised a Hoosier in a very small lake town, Lauren is a lover of minimal traffic, non-chain restaurants and beautiful bodies of water like that of Lake Wawasee which sits right next to hundreds of acres of cornfields. Lauren found herself at a very young age throwing away the wedgie prone leotard and becoming a “tom-boy”. When she was not playing on the water or football with the boys, she was falling in love with every competitive sport she could get her hands on.
Lauren’s passion for mental performance coaching can be traced back to her pre-professional days, as she was the athlete with way too much energy at any given moment who would give off an intense positive energy that would motivate both teams. After hanging up both her collegiate soccer cleats and basketball shoes, Lauren began her journey of coaching athletes at all levels and found that there was much more to the process than just bettering one’s physical nature in sport. The rest is history!
We hear you have enough energy for an entire room of people?
It is true and honestly probably more than your typical room. I truly do not need an ounce of coffee, pre-train or caffeine. I have always had an abundant amount of energy which is why I love spending time getting creative on how to individually help others develop and possess the correct energy that will push them towards crushing their goals in life!
What motivates you?
I have never been a big fan of the word “motivation” as motivation has a tendency to get watered down or just completely dissipate. It is pretty black and white; you have to truly be passionate about what you do. You have to feel it deep down in your soul, in a way that you cannot put it into words. You have to know that no matter how hard things may get, you will be better for it. Seek passion, not motivation.
How has adversity been one of the main reasons why you became a coach and continue to pursue this passion?
Let’s just say I once had a very tight-knit relationship with depression and alcohol, as I lost my father to alcoholism at 21 and then was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and passed around the medical system when I was 24. Thankfully, I found myself at a local CrossFit Gym, Broad Ripple Fit Club in 2016 and have never looked back. Even though adversity can be a handful, it is the world’s best teacher. Once you dig deep and decide to fight, you will come out on the other side and your outlook on yourself and your life is completely different. It is very refreshing.
I hear you are an author?
Well, my first book is in the works! One day I woke up and could not stop writing and within 24 hours, the book had written itself. Now it is time to find a solid editor and finish the process!
What is one of the best parts of being a coach that focuses on mental performance?
The moment when an athlete internally is able to process that they have had what they are looking for within themselves the entire time. It is beautiful and very rewarding.
We heard you love all things barbell?
There is something about lifting heavy shit that just makes me feel alive!