As a long time BYS lover, and all-around inspirational human — it was a natural fit to welcome Lauren into the family. Read on for Lauren's biggest fitness inspo, her advice to anyone starting their journey, and her favourite pizza recipe!
Q. Who or what inspired you to get involved in the fitness industry?
A. My mum has always been my biggest inspiration. She was always playing sport as I grew up and I remember hanging out with other kids while the mum’s did pump classes at the gym. I started off with group fitness training because of her. I fell in love with bettering myself and the feeling of progress. As I started to get more involved in the gym…Instagram also became increasingly popular - then I discovered the world of bodybuilding! I started to see these incredible physiques on my newsfeed. The girls were glamourous and their body conditioning was on another level…from that moment I knew I had to get up there too!
Q. Do you have an interesting fact about yourself that would surprise people to learn about you?
Q. We love that you advocate for balance and enjoying food within your nutritional goals, what’s your current favourite dish?
My go-to pizza recipe right now:
- Woolworths high protein pizza base
- Peri peri roast chicken (from Coles) 100g
- BBQ sauce to top
- Mozzarella cheese 25g
- Pizza sauce (garlic, onions & herbs - Leggo’s brand)
- Cherry tomato
Q. Tell us about your proudest achievement?
I’ve also had other very proud moments in more recent times such as buying a home on the water on the Gold Coast (it’s been a huge goal of mine to eventually move from Sydney to GC!) and also another is starting my fashion brand ‘RARE’ and hitting some pretty big goals in our first year of operation.
In saying that, I do want to get back to consistently strength training again so hitting a 150kg squat would be nice. Watch this space!!!
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting their journey to improving themselves, whether that be with fitness, nutrition or their career, what would it be?
You need to push back at that inner critic.
Speak to yourself like you would your mum or bestie.
KIND, ENCOURAGING WORDS ONLY.
At the end of the day, you achieve nothing without taking action so start backing yourself every step of the way and being your own biggest cheerleader.
Q. What’s at the top of your travel bucket list now the world is re-opening?
Follow Lauren on Instagram: @laurensimpson