Hi I’m Lauren Palm, previously Lauren Fingers. I know. Go ahead and make the joke- Palm and Fingers?! No way! Yes way. Somewhat of an upgrade if you ask me, but the name “Fingers” will always hold a soft spot in my heart.
I was born and raised in Centerville, OH in the most American and small-town way. I graduated from Miami University and now I currently live in Columbus, OH where I work and teach Sunday School. I am married to a man way out of my league and am patiently waiting to become the owner of our future fur-baby, Little Bear- he’s a Newfoundland, so the name makes sense. My favorite color is yellow; which also happens to be my favorite song.
At the age of 12, my neighbor and I would design workouts for each other. I started weight-training in high school and began a self-taught study of what certain types of workouts would do to my body.
I started long-distance running in college where I completed my first full-marathon with my dad (26.2 miles allows for some great father-daughter bonding time).
Upon graduating, I got involved in power-lifting and, dare I say, fell in love. The process of feeling yourself get stronger is incredible and addicting. I began to see changes in my body that I never thought possible. I felt empowered, I felt capable, and I felt the desire to continue to push myself. “How cool is this?!” I thought. I have the power build the body (aka the glutes I never thought I could have), the health, and the lifestyle that I want. I can’t NOT share this with people.
I began looking into personal training certifications and options while helping friends design workouts based on their goals, schedules, and abilities. Before feeling totally confident in making the jump, I wanted to feel what it would be like on the client side and asked my girl, Garrett Wood to coach me in the most extreme of ways. I wanted to be pushed to my limits before I’d ever ask someone else to let me push them. I competed in my first body building competition in 2016 and can now say I’ve been involved in each aspect of the fitness industry.
I fell in love with the study of macros because of the way that understanding them changed my own life. In high school and early college, I was victim to the traps of all fad diets. You name it – I tried it, and 10 times out of 10, I bounced back – and I don’t mean in a casual way. When I “bounce back,” I eat a full large pizza, a triple chocolate milkshake, and a box of white cheddar cheese-its. Don’t mind me- just over here having a causal binge session… Then I would feel guilty, rinse, and repeat. Flexible dieting saved me, my body, and my metabolism. It wasn’t an option- I HAD to find a way to incorporate the foods I love without crushing my fitness goals. Turns out, I just needed to be educated on the science behind nutrition. While I had done some further self-study of nutrition and wellness throughout college, it wasn’t until my senior year that I took my first Nutrition class. I’ve always been a nerd for science, but this took it to a whole new level. There is no arguing with the science of it: calories in < calories out = weight loss, calories in > calories out = weight gain; but nutrition is awesome because there is an art to it as well. There are so many different ways of getting to the end results that can be completely customized to each person and what their goals are. Personally, I love experimenting with my own nutrition – it’s like one big science project: “What will happen if I add/subtract this from my diet…?” “How will this supplement change this aspect…?”
I was lucky enough to grow up with Christ, but I’m still falling in love with Him more every day. I know this is not my home and I know the war has already been won for me, this gives me the hope to start each day, and the courage to take chances in living life to the fullest. God truly wants to help us become the best-version-of-ourselves, and to do this, we have to take care of our bodies too. It’s amazing how a solid fitness program and diet will increase your mood, productivity, and over-all energy for life. Don’t ever let someone make you feel bad for investing in your health and wellness. It’s not selfish; it can actually be quite the opposite- we need to strengthen ourselves to be able to serve others most efficiently!
I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) and am working towards my Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. I put myself through it first and would never ask you to do something I haven’t tried. I am forever a student of the industry.
Fitness is a journey and it’s individualized to each person. There is no “one size fits all” and there is no right way. How cool?! If you’re looking to make big (or small) changes in your life, happiness, and health, you’ve come to the right place. I could not be more excited to help you find YOUR way and guide you through YOUR journey here with Crossroads of Fitness.