Lauren Powers, ACE CPT

Dance Pro + Trainer

Lauren Powers is a coach, dance instructor and ACE certified personal trainer. Her journey with wellness began unexpectedly in her early 20’s when unhealthy diet choices and little exercise started wreaking havoc on her health. She quickly realized that a lifestyle overhaul was in order. During that time, her love of fitness and overall wellness and her desire to share it with others was born!

Lauren got her start in training by teaching REB3L – a cardio dance class because of her philosophy that fitness should be enjoyable. She believes that if you love what you’re doing while exercising, it is much easier to incorporate it into your daily routine! Lauren’s passion is to help her clients develop a passion for fitness while having the time of their lives.

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INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN

You teach dance and stamina here at STAT - what got you into teaching?

I became interested in fitness about seven years ago. I decided to pursue my personal training certification, but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it. I ended up taking dance fitness and body sculpt classes from a company called REB3L Fitness and loved the format and the company overall. They offered instructor trainings, and I got certified to teach both. I met Kristin when she came to my dance fitness classes a couple of times. When I heard she was opening her own studio, I jumped at the chance to get involved because I loved her mission. I absolutely love group fitness, and I’m super happy that this is where my path lead!

You work a full time job and teach at STAT. What are some tactics you use to stay healthy and organized with such a full schedule?

Working full time on top of teaching has definitely been an adjustment because there’s only so much time in the day. Sometimes I leave my house at or before 7:30 a.m. and don’t get home until 10 p.m. Mental health is super important to me, so I’ve had to learn that the best thing I can do to keep myself sane is ask for help. If you’re super type A like I am, you know that’s not easy. Luckily, I have a super supportive husband, great friends, and an amazing family who help pick up the slack for what I can’t get done. My schedule is pretty much the same each week, so I can plan ahead and map out what I can actually get done, and what I’ll need to ask for help with. I also always schedule out time to do whatever I want to do and not feel bad about it. I used to be super organized and on top of every little detail in my life, but I’ve had to learn to be a lot more flexible and let things go because I have so much going on. My house is a little bit messier than it used to be, my husband typically cooks each night, and please don’t ever ask me for a ride because my car is a disaster from living in it. Which, I’ve had to accept that it’s all okay! I’m doing what I love and it’s all worth it in the end.

Tell us something about you that we might not know.

I only started dancing about three years ago and couldn’t dance to save my life before that. After a few too many glasses of wine, I agreed to take a dance class with my aunt. I stood in the back of every class I took praying no one saw how awkward I was. After a while, I stopped caring what people thought. The second I stopped caring, I started improving. And the rest is history!

You choreograph some of your own dances - where do you get inspiration for your moves?

(I actually haven’t choreo’d for dance yet. I’ve helped with some parts of our Groove songs, but I haven’t done full routines yet)

What’s your advice for staying motivated in a hard core stamina class?

My motto is that you can do anything for an hour, no matter how hard. It may not be easy, but you can do it! I have a fellow instructor colleague who starts each of her classes by saying, “take this hour for yourself.” That really speaks to me. Our time is very valuable, and I believe that setting aside an hour for yourself each day is one of the best things you can do for your health. Free time can be hard to come by, so I always think it’s important to make the most out of what you choose to do with it. When I’m tired in a hard class, I always come back to this and it makes me push myself because I’ll feel better knowing I made the most out of my time. Also, I’m super motivated by music. It’s much easier for me to go harder when I’m lost in a song pretending that I’m JLo in my head. I always ask my students if they have any song requests during class because of this. If you’re motivated by music, ask your instructor to play your faves!

What’re your favorite ways to stay moving outside of the gym?

I love to walk! I work on a college campus, so I have to walk everywhere to get to my car, meetings, etc. If I can walk somewhere without sweating to death or getting rained on, I’ll do it. I also love being outside, so my husband and I enjoy taking our dog on long walks and to the park as much as we can.

Have you read or watched anything motivational recently we should check out?

It’s not a recommendation for something to watch or listen to, but I came across a quote recently that really stuck with me. It’s, “People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.” This motivates me to focus on my goals and stay true to myself, because worrying about what others think isn’t going to help me succeed.

If you had to listen to the same song on repeat for a whole workout, what would you choose?

This is old school, but it’s “All the Above” by Maino. You’ll definitely hear this one if you take one of my classes.