Laurie Larson

Laurie Larson

Laurie Larson is no newbie to the spotlight; this buff beauty began her career as a dancer and blossomed into the inspirational lady of muscle we see today. Clearly passionate about the sport and the power of body transformation, Laurie has made a living out of her lifestyle. She is a certified trainer and nutritionist, supporting people to maximize their personal health to find their peace with themselves and their bodies. To Laurie, a life without fitness is no life at all and she is in it for the long haul! In the follow installment, Laurie shares her story with you.

A Way to the Stage

My attraction to the stage began as a dancer at the age of five and led me to a career as a professional performer and instructor. I had my own dance studio before leaving to go to college and perform onstage. In 1997, after years of success, a friend wanted to compete in a fitness show and didn't want to do it alone, so she asked me to join. I missed being onstage and choreographing routines for dance, so despite the fact that I had never lifted in a gym and had only done group exercise and dance classes, I decided why not? I then participated in two fitness competitions, after which my new boyfriend (who I would later marry) said if I wanted to win, I should try bodybuilding. I was 5'8, 135lbs with no muscle, but he had dated Ms. Olympia competitors and I decided he must know something about it so I started lifting weights with my friend and was immediately hooked! My whole life I had fought my body and starved myself to try and stay thin, and now for the first time, I was so happy with how quickly I got the firm toned body I had always wanted just by lifting weights!

The World of Competing

I was a little embarrassed when I first started bodybuilding and I didn't even tell anyone I was doing my competition. However, when I won the overall and a national qualification, there was no one there to share it! I quickly realized that competing is something to be proud of. When preparing for my second show I had begun working as a trainer at Hewlett Packard and it was so awesome to have my friends and people that I taught and trained encouraged me along the way, be there to cheer me on like crazy and see me win the overall that time! Of course my man said," I told you so! ”I was really hooked! I felt like I had finally found where I belonged and what I was good at. I had made a career of my passion, training people and working with them to help them reach their goals and they were truly my inspiration to try my hardest too and not let them down! I've done 10 competitions now and I learn something every time! The awesome thing about physique training is that you can always continue to make changes and improvements if you train and eat smart!

I was a little embarrassed when I first started bodybuilding and I didn't even tell anyone I was doing my competition. However, when I won the overall and a national qualification, there was no one there to share it! I quickly realized that competing is something to be proud of. When preparing for my second show I had begun working as a trainer at Hewlett Packard and it was so awesome to have my friends and people that I taught and trained encouraged me along the way, be there to cheer me on like crazy and see me win the overall that time! Of course my man said," I told you so! ”I was really hooked! I felt like I had finally found where I belonged and what I was good at. I had made a career of my passion, training people and working with them to help them reach their goals and they were truly my inspiration to try my hardest too and not let them down! I've done 10 competitions now and I learn something every time! The awesome thing about physique training is that you can always continue to make changes and improvements if you train and eat smart!

Goal Getter

My short term focus is to win my pro card this summer at Master’s Nationals where I'll be competing at the young age of 50. Last year, I just missed it by one place at the North Americans in WPD after taking seven years off, so with hard work, a few improvements, and a little luck, I'm hoping that I have a shot this summer. Long term, I'm curious to see how I do if I get to compete as a pro and hope to inspire others as so many have inspired me. I also look forward to sharing everything I've learned in my journey to help others reach their health and fitness goals and help them to look and feel their best every day!

Overcoming Obstacles

My family was completely unsupportive of their ballet dancer getting muscular and has never attended any of my competitions, but with the support of my husband, friends, and fans, I've been able to follow my heart. My three sons have always been very supportive and think it's cool that their mom has muscles :) My husband has also been super supportive every step of the way, even dieting with me, and especially loves the way I look at contest time which is helps keep me inspired to compete.

Another challenge that I face is, believe it or not, my physique! Until they get to know me, some potential clients worry that I'm going to try to kill them or make them into bodybuilders. I always start with the little joke that I'm not just a "meathead" but actually have a degree in exercise and sport science, along with certifications and tons of experience and my goal is to help them reach their goals, whatever they might be. I also assure them that I won't cripple them!

When Passion Meets Profession

I began as the Fitness Director and floor trainer at Hewlett Packet and am currently working as a personal trainer and nutritionist at Longmont Athletic Club. I truly believe that people must understand how factors like food, exercise, stress, sleep and medications can affect their metabolisms and can actually prevent and reverse most diseases. I enjoy the discipline of putting together diet and training to create the best physique you can, a goal really helps me stay focused. Since I'm finally personally committed to work and eat smarter all the time, I can test run techniques on myself and then share them with clients.

The introduction of the physique division has helped bring my physique down a bit and encouraged me to start competing again. WPD wasn't around in 2007 when I last competed and now I've dropped about 20lbs off of my former competition weight for a more streamlined physique. There is still plenty of muscle but I feel better without the extra weight. Changing my program around made this past year's competition prep the easiest I've ever done and my abs were sharper than ever so that makes competing more fun too. A WPD type of physique is also more marketable for me in my work and as a fitness model so for me, it's a great fit! I have done physique modeling off and on since I was 18 and one of my favorite things to do it choreographing routines for bodybuilders and physique athletes. I also do makeup and posing coaching for photo shoots. I’m available as a northern Colorado support to any woman looking for support in competition and training.

The Lady Lifters

I've never met a more amazing and supportive group of ladies and I can’t wait to get to know them all better! When I first started competing, the women, especially in bikini and fitness (which were the only classes besides bb) tended to keep to themselves and competition was so fierce; I had bikini straps cut and a routine outfit stolen right before the show!! Now it’s such a different feeling with the girls helping each other and being supportive and lady lifters really exemplifies that! We have always needed a place to feel safe and ask questions and be supportive of each other. It’s so nice to go someplace where people really understand why we do what we do and to help us out with the rough spots. I always leave feeling so good and so impressed by all the ladies, truly inspired by them all! This past summer, after taking 7 years off , I didn't know if I could do it or if I was crazy for even trying, But I can’t tell you how good it felt to get back onstage and back into the fold with the Lady Lifters group. I feel like I'm finally back where I belong. And it shows, in all that I do.

Laurie’s Inspirational Advice

Stay true to yourself! Know what you want in your heart and follow your dreams! Many a champion was told in the beginning that they just didn't have what it takes to ever get there but they never gave up.

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