Lauren K. wears many hats as a Fitspot Wellness employee: She’s our wellness coordinator in New York City; she teaches on-site fitness classes for Fitspot clients; and she contributes tips, advice, and more for our wellness collateral. But one common theme ties together the many tasks that take up her time: a passion for wellness.

During and after college, Lauren has spent years learning how the body and work, at a scientific level, and she is a certified yoga instructor and health coach. Read on to learn more about what it’s like to be a Fitspot FitExpert—from the awesome parts to the more difficult challenges—and get Lauren’s top tips for a balanced, healthy life.

How did you get started in the wellness industry?
I studied exercise science and psychology in college, which created the perfect marriage of degrees for a career in lifestyle wellness. Understanding how the body functions from a scientific standpoint as well as knowing the patterns of the mind help paint the bigger picture of what goes into health. After college I went on to study yoga on my own, and eventually became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor! I also am an ACE-certified health coach.

What attracted you to Fitspot?
I came from a large banking firm’s corporate wellness team, where we designed wellness solutions. I loved working with one company, but was craving making a larger impact. I saw that Fitspot was working with companies nationwide, using the most innovative and creative ways to design these programs. I knew I had to get in on the action!

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What kinds of classes do you teach?
I teach yoga and bootcamp classes for Fitspot’s corporate clients. I also teach hip-hop vinyasa yoga class and a surf-inspired workout class at NYC studios.

How would you describe your role a Fitspot FitExpert?
We are corporate superheroes! FitExperts swoop in to break up people’s everyday routines and bring the seemingly impossible back into the office: movement and wellness! We are here to combat the stress and negative effects on the body that come from working long hours. 

What is it like coming into an office to teach a workout class?
It really depends on an office’s overall vibe. Some companies have employees who are always down to come to every class. Other offices require a lot of encouragement and time to get into the swing of wellness at work. Often, people are still working around the class as well so it’s a good way for them to learn what we do from a distance (and hopefully join in next time)!

What are some typical reactions to your Fitspot classes? 
People tell me how the workouts helped improve their day, or even their overall health. I’ve heard reactions like:

  • “I needed that today.”
  • “This was better than my usual two coffees.”
  • “I started to meditate in the mornings now!”

Our wellness activities help energize employees, help them get stronger, and relieve tension and stress. When you take a class at the office, people’s minds are able to reset, as you step aside from the normal workday thoughts. And you leave feeling accomplished! All good things.

What kinds of challenges do you face as a FitExpert?
It’s interesting to walk into a corporate environment as a yoga teacher and/or trainer. People are used to their routines and habits, so having an outsider come in and offer a program that may be entirely new can seem overwhelming or strange. As FitExperts, we work to break down the obstacles of shyness or hesitance and create a culture of wellness at work. It’s important to have consistency, which is why Fitspot builds programs that create cultural changes — not just one-time events.

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What’s your typical morning routine?
Most days of the week I am up at 5:30 am to teach a 7:00 am yoga class! Contrary to popular belief of my students, I’m not a morning person by nature. So, I really need to take my time to wake up. I set two alarms 8 minutes apart. Sometimes I choose to wake up on the first go, but I give myself permission for the extra 8 if needed. Next, I start the tea kettle and brush my teeth/wash my face/all the hygiene things. French press coffee is always next! I’m not a breakfast person so my go-to is a cold breakfast. (Peep the recipe below!) By this time I’m fully awake and thinking about my day.

How do you squeeze in your own workouts in a busy day?
Luckily, my environment is usually a studio or fitness center! If I can’t take a yoga class (my first choice) I’ll do my own workout or yoga routine. I try to dedicate at least an hour a day to concentrated movement. Plus, as a New Yorker, I am typically walking 5 miles a day too!

Do you have a nighttime routine?
I recently got into podcasts! I try to listen to an episode close to bedtime. This also pulls me away from my phone screen and simply spend time learning about a topic. After, I reflect on the topic and I’ll chat with my other half (my boyfriend!) about it.

Lauren’s Go-To Breakfast: Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Cashew Milk
  • Splash of Maple Syrup
  • Your choice of cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao powder (depends on my mood!) 

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together, cover, and place in fridge overnight. If possible, stir the mixture once 5 minutes after placing in fridge, and then again in another 5 minutes. This helps the chia seeds not clump together. In the morning, throw in some nut butter and/or any fresh fruit, and go! 

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