"I've seen a huge difference in myself not only physically but I'm finally able to stick to a program because I'm actually getting results."
"Working with Laurine is hands down the best thing I did for myself this year!"
"Joining the program was the best thing I've ever done. I notice a difference in my clothes and how I feel and talk about myself."
"I can visibly see the changes. I'm getting leaner & stronger!"
"I counted down the time until I got to workout with her again!"
I chose to join the body positive squad because I wanted to change my workout routine but had so many questions about how I should do it. I wanted to be stronger, increase my mobility, and generally just feel better.
I used to be an athlete, but after trading in my swim goggles for chef whites I put on a lot of weight. Even though I had a good base knowledge for working out-it did not include a lot of weight training, and more importantly how to work out in my new body. I have lacked the confidence to safely try new workouts, or incorporate weight training into my routine. I was also struggling to hold myself accountable.
When I found out about Laurine’s group I honestly thought it was too good to be true. Its focus was on body positivity and weight training. It gave me the confidence I could do any of the workouts she was planning. She had modifications for every exercise so if something was too hard/painful, you could still focus on working the same muscle with less strain or impact.
I have never felt self-conscious with Laurine or the other group members, which is something I typically struggle with at the gym-especially when I am trying something new. I have accountability from a bad ass trainer/coach-and a group of women who all have similar goals.
I would recommend other women to join because I think not matter what your fitness level is, accountability is something hard to come by when trying to incorporate exercise into your life. This group offers that and so much more!
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When I decided to start my journey into fitness, I was really concerned about looking clueless at the gym. I had no idea where to even begin. I realized I needed a mentor like I would with any other skill. When I found Laurine’s Strong Girl Company message online I knew this was exactly what I had been looking for. A place where it was cool to be vulnerable while learning how to get strong. Bingo!
When I started Laurine’s program I did not necessarily believe I reflected a lot of diet culture’s stereotypical thought patterns towards myself. I thought that I just lacked motivation when really I was putting myself down for needing help. Laurine kept me accountable when I needed it and her Facebook group educated me on the side! Within a few weeks I realized that I had start to let go of the harsh mindset that was bringing my confidence down and preventing me from maintaining these new healthy habits I’ve built!
I recommend Laurine’s training because not only does she know her stuff but she makes an accessible and safe space wherever she goes. Her classes are equally fun and demanding. After only a few months it feels as though I’ve moved mountains, quite literally!
Late last year I started to notice that my strength was beginning to weaken, my knees hurt, aches and pains seemed to come out of nowhere and I got really disconcerted about it. During the summer I went out to BC and found myself not being able to engage in things like hiking because I would get too physically exerted. It's worth it to mention that I am 43 so to be feeling the way I was, became a real lifestyle hindrance. A family member mentioned to me that I may benefit from strength training so without much more information than that I started to research PT's in my area, that's when I came across Laurine and Strong Girl Co.
I'll be straight up about it, I HATE diet culture, it's parasitic and is totally constructed to make people feel bad about themselves so that companies can sell more snake oil. It's also an industry that passively fosters unhealthy eating habits that can have tragic outcomes. That said, Laurine's approach is the antithesis of traditional diet culture and opens space for everyone in a healthy and inclusive way through a goal-oriented program that facilitates long term sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.
The rewards of Laurine's program come pretty quick. The first major changes I noticed was probably only 2 weeks in, I could feel a notable decrease in my anxiety and HUGE increase in energy levels. Now, almost 2.5 months in, I can note many physical changes, most apparent is my physical strength and in particular my core. I have better balance and reflexes, hands down.
I highly recommend Laurine if you're seeking to achieve fitness and well-being goals without the necessary pressures and assumptions of mainstream diet culture. She really is a super person and can most definitely help you get to where you want to go!
I feel extremely lucky to have found The Body Positive Squad. I recently moved to Toronto and I felt that I hadn't found my groove in terms of fitness. There are so many niche or boutique classes around town that have an emphasis on a certain type of look or person to join.
Having struggled with aspects of body positivity my whole life, I don't believe that a workout class should be about punishing yourself for the muffin you ate earlier, or being the solution to food freedom, which I find a lot of classes focus on. Laurine's classes are about being fit, no matter what you look like or ate that day, which is incredible. The women are all very supportive and there for their own personal reasons. For me, I've always been intimidated by lifting weights or workout equipment I don't understand, assuming that it's just not for me. But Laurine helped me realize anyone can be doing these moves and how strong I really am!
I would recommend this Squad to anyone who is interested in finding some food and fitness freedom while working on strong and positive goals to achieving a fit and active lifestyle. And if you are looking for a good group of friends :).