Welcome to my blog, Lauren Matheson Fitness!

My fitness story began during my sophomore year of college, when I changed my major to Health Promotion.

I had come to college knowing I wanted to work in health field, but having not been a high school athlete, or even very active at all, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I choose physical therapy, because the thought of helping people get back to their normal lives seemed appealing. What I soon learned was that not every patient finds physical therapy appealing. The exercises they were asked to do were “work” and sometimes painful.

I was discussing this with a professor of mine, and she suggested I look into Health Promotion. So I did, and one of the first classes I took was Techniques of Aerobic Conditioning which exposed students to all different varieties of group fitness. These classes were fun! People from all different backgrounds could do the workouts, even a non-athlete like me who had never even seen a group exercise class!

I soon realized that group fitness was my passion. I could help people like me see that exercise isn’t just work, but can be fun too! So, in 2011 I achieved the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor certification. Since then I have graduated with a BS in Health Promotion and a MS in Exercise Science.  I also became an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and completed specialty trainings for PiYo LIVE, Zumba Fitness, and SilverSneakers Classic, Cardio, and Yoga.  I have been working in the health and wellness field for over five years through group exercise instruction, personal training, working with special populations, and work site wellness programming and implementation. 

I live in Arkansas with my two dogs and two cats and love good food and traveling.  Through this blog I hope to share more of my fitness journey, clean eating, and living life.