- NDEITA Certified Personal Trainer: 1999
- ACA Certified Personal Trainer: 2000
- BS Exercise Science The Ohio State University: 2003
- NSCA CSCS (certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist): 2003
- NASM (certified Personal Trainer) : 2006
- NASM PES (performance Enhancement Specialist) : 2009
- Certified Coach: Precision Sports Nutrition
- Level 1 Crossfit Certified: 2013
I became passionate about fitness at 17 when I got my first personal training certification. I was working at a small gym in my home town Coshocton, Ohio. I was an aerobic instructor at the time and the gym owner asked me if I would be willing to become certified to train. I thought, “why not”? From the point on I was hooked. I couldn’t learn enough about anatomy, exercise, and philosophy of training. I wasn’t a good trainer by any means, but my drive to learn and passion to help others made me better. I studied exercise science at The Ohio State University while working as a personal trainer at lifetime fitness.
I studied anything and everything I could get my hands on: sports specific training through NCSA CSCS, rehabilitation training through NASM CPT and PES, golf training, etc. I believe the minute I believe I know enough to stop learning is the minute I begin declining in my profession. Nutrition became a new fixation for me after I had completed my first figure competition in 2003. I realized how important diet was. I barely changed my workout routine and drastically changed my diet to drop 15lbs and 12% body fat in 6 weeks. I studied nutrition by utilizing multiple coaches to prep me for shows. There are unique techniques and theories from each coach that I have adopted and implement now with my clients. I have earned a weight loss coaching certification and the Precision Nutrition Certification along the way.
After college, I advanced up the corporate ladder into management. Managing was challenging but definitely not my passion nor did existing in the corporate world fit with my personality.
I left Lifetime in December 2013 to pursue my own business and build my own dream. My dream is to teach my clients how to find balance between discipline and freedom, driving to reach fitness goals and listening to your body to avoid injury. Every person is meant to move and feel healthy physically and mentally. My passion is guiding each person to strike that tricky balance. To live life only for the gym is to not live fully. To live life only to quench the next desire limits your appreciation for that desire fulfilled. Through living a disciplined, hard working existence; we are more present to appreciate all of the pleasures in life.
Lauren Lett, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Level 1 Crossfit Trainer
Whoever said, “you are what you eat” was telling the truth. Our diet is part of our lifestyle, and it connects us to our well-being and quality of life. Food was designed to strengthen us, sustain us, and protect us. It is also meant to be enjoyed. The words “food” or “nutrition” are meaningful terms for nourishment, energy, and growth -or in one word; life. At the base of life, there are four components: physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. These aspects spill over into each other and are in need of balancing. However, most of us will admit we are a bit more off-balance. We have busy lives, messy relationships, high demands, and unpredicted hardships. Along with that, the world we live in now sends all types of mixed messages about nutrition, weight, and health. How to eat right is just one more confusing thing to add to the mix!
As for my personal story, my childhood nickname sums up my early dietary habits pretty well. My brother bequeathed me as “Porker Jeanne”. He had good reason for it. I ate sticks of butter as an after-school snack, and was the one to blame when the new box of Pop-tarts went missing. As a kid, my only interest in food was if I was eating it. I share this for the humor, and for the sheer amazement found in the journey that life takes us on. While I still really enjoy butter (in an appropriate amount), I did discovered my true passion for nutrition later on in high school. At first, I got caught up in the hype of low calories diets and misconstrued health facts. I decided to figure out for myself how nutrition and the body actually worked together to redefine my conception of health. Coupled with my natural desire to connect with and encourage others, I sought the path to become a registered dietitian.
I earned my Bachelors of Science in 2012 from The Ohio State University in Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon graduation, I worked for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as a dietetic technician. At this time, I also joined Crossfit Grandview, deepening my interests in fitness and performance. In June 2015, I graduated from the University of Virginia Health System’s Dietetic Internship. The internship provided me with extensive clinical training and coaching in a variety of settings and patient populations from athletes to nutritional therapy for cancer. While living in Charlottesville, VA, I also provided nutrition coaching and seminars to the members of Crossfit Charlottesville. It was no question for me to join up with Kate Lonsinger Couden, and start pursing my dream job right away as a personal fitness and nutrition coach. The Body Biz values a relational approach to each client’s unique needs and goals with scientific, experiential, and intuitive methods that guarantee that client’s success.
Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
My passion for fitness and nutrition started at a very early age. Through sport and exercise I have formed some of my most cherished memories, friendships and now a career that I love. I have researched just about every diet out there- and experimented with- on myself. The common denominator on every method that I found was none were sustainable. Yes, you will have to make sacrifices to reach your goal- but, life is short- I didn’t want to feel that I was “dieting” every day of my life. I started working with The Body Biz (as a client) in October of 2015. I knew after I worked with The Body Biz that it was time to be part of the team. I wanted the opportunity to positively impact others lives the way mine had been impacted.
Now, over a year has passed for me as a member of The Body Biz. I continue to learn, research and apply different methods to every one of my clients. No two approaches are ever the same- just like no two clients are ever the same. My ultimate goal for each and every client is always to get them the results they seek, but also to find a balance they can sustain for a lifetime. Whether your goals are aesthetic, performance-based or just finding a balance- I am confident I can help you reach them.