Lauren Arps
SPECIALITY: Dance
“One breathe at a time.” I say it in every single class. Any challenge big or small can seem so overwhelming if you take it all in at once. Moment to moment, you can conquer anything and before you know it, you’ve already won.
Meet Lauren Arps
I love to combine cardio and strength so I do a cardio dance set for a section and then lift heavy weights for another! I love that “hurts so good” feeling!!
When did you decide that you wanted to be a PT?
It was when I first started teaching in 2015 and I had a student stay after class to chat with me. We ended chatting for the next 2 hours about what brought her to class that day and the things that had held her back from reaching her goals. It was in that moment that I learned what it was to be truly empathetic. I wanted to not just help her in that moment but every moment after that. I wanted to help her learn how to improve her overall lifestyle not just a workout change but to relieve the mental blockage that was holding her back from achieving her goals. I think a lot of times we forget the “personal” in Personal Trainers, otherwise we would be called General Trainers. Each individual is just that, an individual. I believe all of my students/clients have all the tools and capabilities to achieve any goal that they have, it is my job and passion to help you realize your own strengths.
First thing you do when you wake up?
I take out my journal and write down my to-do list for the day. My journal really helps to keep me organized, I am a person with alot of ideas and it brings me so much satisfaction to make a little check knowing that I had an idea and I made it come to fruition.
What did you do before you became a trainer?
I was a dance and theater major, so I was an actress in LA going out for castings everyday.
If you had to pick a career outside of fitness, what would it be?
Professional ballerina 100%
Is there anything in the fitness industry you’d like to change, and why?
A couple of things actually. First, I would like to see more teachers and trainers that look like me (a dark-skin black woman) getting the credit and opportunities that other ethnicities are exposed to. I believe Diversity is such a simple concept that has been overlooked and ignored time and time again. It is quite literally in your face everywhere you look, the world is a melting pot and that’s what makes it beautiful. I am not talking about hiring an African American person purely because they are black but giving him/her the Chance to be hired or not because of their skill set not their skin color. The second thing is fair pay. A passionate teacher/trainer takes time with their student/client, not just that hour class but days,weeks and years with a single person or class of students. In that time, we teach them how to self-heal through strengthening,lengthening and toning their bodies and minds. We take the role of doctor,healer and psychiatrist without the monetary value coming even close to comparison. I personally have had countless experiences with students/clients telling me that they have had years of pain that is now gone because of what we do together. That is what we do because we love it and I think it is time the fitness industry recognizes that without that those teachers that wear all those hats there would be no fitness industry.
What is your training philosophy?
“One breathe at a time.” I say it in every single class. Any challenge big or small can seem so overwhelming if you take it all in at once. Moment to moment, you can conquer anything and before you know it, you’ve already won.
What’s your sweet spot for training, (ie. Strength, HITT, yoga, etc.)
Ballet Barre, Yoga and Dance Cardio.
Where do you draw inspiration for your workouts?
Music 1000%. I am really particular about my playlist and it is a very personal experience for me when I arrange music for class. I listen to a song at least 4 times fully, then in parts to see if it builds the way it needs too. If I don’t feel, I don’t use it.
What’s your preferred way of training?
I love to combine cardio and strength so I do a cardio dance set for a section and then lift heavy weights for another! I love that “hurts so good” feeling!!
If you could do a workout collaboration with one person, who would it be, and why?
Misty Copeland! The Prima Ballerina! She is strong and graceful and I think we would have a sweaty good time working out together. I’d like to think I put the ballet back in barre and who better to push the limits than the amazing Misty?!
What advice would you give someone just discovering fitness?
Figure out what brought you to that class. The motivation behind the reason why want to be there. Maybe because you want to feel powerful or to dance or box or scream or simply to let go. Find it and be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable because that is what will drive you and keep you in it and coming back for more.
What is the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t try to be or teach like anybody else. Relax, take your time and listen to how you feel in that moment and speak from there.
If you had a full day off, what would you do with it?
Listen to David Bruebeck while take a 2 hour bubble bath followed by a face mask, green tea latte (w/soy) and a thera gun.
The song you have on repeat?
Lacrimosa-Apashe
What are you hoping people will get out of your rē•spin workouts?
Energy and release. I want you to know that you are safe with me and that it is ok to let go even if it is just for the time we workout, give yourself the freedom to check-in with your body and mind. By the end of our workout together, you will be so energized to take on your next challenge.
How do you feel you’ve rē•spun your life?
I’ve taken charge. It’s my life now, there is a difference between being alive and living. For a while I was just letting days go by and waiting for things to change without actively making them happen. I’ve woken up and am not afraid to go for the things I want out of life. It is mine for the taking and I’ve made a promise to myself that I will every dream a reality and every goal, achieved. It has take a lot of work to find my purpose and that is what makes my life worth living.
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My hubby, family and my dog
Last thing you purchased online?
Facial steam w/ towel warmer ( I love skincare stuff, its so relaxing!)
What does your pre/post-workout meal consist of?
Pre - A toast w/ peanut butter and jam pre-workout energy drink Post - egg white omelette with a protein shake
A protein bar or shake?
A shake for sure, I have this thing with textures and for me protein bars have this weird chalky taste I can’t stand
Describe yourself in 3 adjectives?
Genuine, blunt, driven.
What would you like to be remembered for and why?
I would like to just be remembered. If I am remembered, then I must have done something right.
What has 2020 taught you?
Not to take the smallest things for granted. Most of the time, the smallest things are the things we can not live without, like breathing freely or life in general.
What's your mindset moving into 2021
I am ready to enjoy every single day and give 2021 everything that I have in me. No fear and no expectations.