Hello, I’m Lauren, Lojo, L-Jo– it changes depending on what my coach wants to call me on the day. I’m currently studying nursing and, like many, I lift the pressures of life off me. Originally from a Quaker village. Bit of a question mark as to where exactly I originate from, but let’s not go into that. My family model is pretty complex, as are many in Eastenders.
My Athlete Story
I first had this idea to lift when I suddenly thought running was boring and so was not eating (took me years to figure that out). I took up rowing in 2010 and decided that I would run in the summer, as I was paranoid about massive legs (worst athletic transition ever).
I decided to head to a CrossFit gym as it seemed the best way to learn how to lift in an environment I felt comfortable in. I began to eat more and develop muscle. Then the big BOOM happened. Working with GorillaPT meant I was able to get completely jacked, eat very well, and now I’m at the point where no jeans in all of the lands fit me.
I am totally 100 percent happy with that. You can keep your jeans. The benefits lifting has brought to me now far outweigh my appearance. I feel more confident. It’s empowering, it helps to lift my mood and to see that every bit of work I put in is worth it because I see results in my strength. There is no self-doubting. It works.
Back from a couple of weeks in #Australia and already back into the swing of things! Look how #happy @thebeardaughter is to be back with the #coach haha! Great #weightlifting session last night of positional #snatch work and a rather spicy #clean and #jerk complex! #gorillapt #strongnotskinny #girlsthatlift #sharethegrind #strongishappy #barbell #fitfam #motivation #dedication
At MiniBIGLifts.com I’m looking forward to helping develop a platform for women of all shapes and sizes that are interested in or partake in strength training. It’s light humoured here and there are no barriers. It’s a bunch of real women with good intentions to lift others.
Look at me now.