Q: What's your training philosophy?
A:My training philosophy all begins with inspiring and motivating. Showing clients that they can reach their greatest potential on all aspects of life is where it all starts. Being well rounded using a multitude of cutting edge and efficient training methods for high end conditioning, strength, and mobility is just one aspect. Everyone needs motivation and a reason to keep on fighting. No matter how great the training program or nutrition plan is, if the person doesn't have the drive, then their dreams and goals will never be reached. My goal is to keep that focus and drive with my clients or help them to create it. Designing fun, playful, stimulating, challenging and rewarding workouts that provide real life results is what people thrive on and need. I can go on and then talk about the other aspects regarding nutrition, sleep, mental outlook, but I'll stop now otherwise I'll be here all day.
Q: What's your favorite training method?
A: Hmmm, let me think about this one for a moment! Kettlebells, duh! Why Kettlebells? Kettlebells have been the gateway to proper, natural movement. Bodyweight exercises are outstanding and carry over to real life situations. Adding this tool to bodyweight exercises has increased that benefit tenfold. Kettlebells are what initially opened the doors for me and many great coaches to veer away from the traditional leg curl machines, adductor equipment, and boring cardio machines. Even though I have a lot of other training methods that I enjoy, with kettlebell training being as versatile and easy to use in any location as it is, it wins #1 in my book.
Q: What inspired you to get fit?
A: We all go through mentally challenging times in our life. I had some difficult times, and somehow I wound up in the gym letting out that steam. I started lifting weights periodically. Then I found surfing as my major outlet and confidence builder during my high school years. It was the confidence that it gave me, the sense of accomplishment that drove me to want to be as physically fit as I could possibly be.
Q: What's your fitness background?
A: All through my college years I spent my free time in the gym, surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and snowboarding. I found that when I would go without one for too long, I felt like complete shit both mentally and physically. Fitness became my drug and it was something I needed in order to feel happy and complete. Because being active was such a part of who I was, I'd rather be dead than be stuck at a boring desk job, which led me to the fitness world. I went to college and studied Kinesiology receiving my Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health. My first fitness job in college was personal training at 19 years old making almost nothing per hour.
Q: How does being a mother affect your business?
A: Most people believe that once you have a baby you will never get your body back. Then they say if you have a C-section, you won't stand a chance. I do my best to show them that they can get pretty darn close since I have had two extremely large babies and two C-sections. I have NEVER had cosmetic surgery and I do have scars from my large pregnancies, although women need to understand that it's real, natural, and can still be beautiful. I also work with many woman who are pregnant, especially since I am the only one who has a "pregnancy kettlebell" DVD available in the world. ;-) Basically, moms can be super strong too!
Q: What motivates you to keep your clients & yourself in shape?
A: When I am not in shape I fear for the people around me. As I discussed earlier, I am just not a pleasant person to be around if I haven't had my daily dose of activity. Now that I have little kids, not only do I need to feel good and be healthy for them, but I also need to lead by example. This continues to keep me motivated and makes me never want to stop. My clients start to feel the same way and the feeling of being in "shape" becomes infectious. When people hit low times in life, I am able to pick them back up by showing real life examples of obstacles that others have been able to overcome.
Q: What's your view of the current fitness world where it's headed?
A: People are finally getting away from the traditional "body building" and aerobics classes. Trainers are starting to become more educated and aware of what the body truly needs. I see a positive change happening. However, with all the different training modalities I see wars amongst different training camps, which worry me. Some people are so set on their training ways and philosophy they feel that their way is the only way. With that mentality, we may end up having some problems come up in the future. I am already starting to see it amongst a few training communities. Overall it's a positive trend of people getting back to their roots of the way we should be moving our bodies.
Q: Do you have any personal fitness goals that you're trying to achieve?
A: I enjoy rotating my goals and challenges every so often. I recently reached one of my goals of being able to perform a Get Up with half my bodyweight on both sides. Then it was to advance to the next level of Krav Maga, which I'm proud to say I achieved. Now with my recent injury rupturing my ACL, my goal is to move my body smarter without causing any further imbalances. Besides rehabilitation, I will focus on overall conditioning with kettlebells and ropes. With what I am able to work with, my strength goal is for heavier weighted pull ups.
Q: What gets you pumped to have a great workout?
A: Being around my colleagues and clients pump me up for a great training session. Any music with a hard hitting beat from Hip Hop, House, to Punk can really get me pumped for a great workout.
Q: Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
A: I see myself doing exactly what I'm doing now except on a more expanded level. I am truly lucky that I have been able to inspire and reach thousands of people at a global level with my line of DVD's, blog, and social media. On top of my fitness business, I've been consumed with my pregnancies and having kids. I'm the weird mom that has a hard time leaving my kids for longer than a day. Therefore, I have not been able to follow through with seminars in states outside of California and other areas of the world that people have kindly asked me to do. I see myself being able to make that happen in the very near future. In addition, I'd like to expand the unique BuggyBellz (kettlebell stroller class) concept internationally.
Q: Do you have any products coming out in the near future?
A: I will be releasing Volume 3 of my Ultimate Body Sculpt DVD series soon. I have carefully listened to my audience and have tried to implement almost every request and suggestion. I definitely feel that this will be one of the most original, effective, and well done products I have released. At least that is what I hope since we learn as we go! And boy have I made mistakes and learned from them fast!
Q: Thanks for your time, Lauren! Where can people find more information about you, your products, and your services?
A: They can check out my website: www.OnTheEdgeFitness.com, blog: www.kbellqueen.blogspot.com or email me at