We had the good fortune of connecting with Chevy Laurent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chevy, how do you think about risk?
I think it’s important to take risks and be willing to “bet on yourself.” I’ve built my career on the principle of stepping out on faith rather than letting fear hold me back. I took one of the biggest risks of my professional life when I quit my decade-long full-time corporate marketing and sales career to move to New York, to train with the hope of joining a major fitness brand and becoming a fitness instructor. And since taking that risk 7 years ago, I’ve been a full-time fitness professional ever since; and I’ve never felt happier and more fulfilled in my career. So while, risk can be very scary, if it’s a smart, calculated risk, that you truly believe is right for you in your heart, I say — go for it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Im so proud of my NAMSTRONG 12-week fitness program and all the women who have achieved their goals with it. I dreamed up the NAMASTRONG program, during the COVID-19 global pandemic. At the time, I was stressed and anxious and feeling like lockdowns and mandates were dominating my LIFE. I remember feeling unexpectedly, overly emotional at times, and the lack of control with regards to what I could, and couldn’t do in my city and state seemed to spiral into every aspect of my life. I was feeling out of control. And despite being a fitness professional, and knowing better, I was regularly eating huge portions of high calorie comfort foods, and I was drinking wine almost every night just to be able to cope, relax and sleep. What’s worse, is that even after a full nights rest, when I woke up every morning I felt extremely tired, sluggish throughout the day, and I didn’t feel as confident in my body as I used to. I remember the moment, when I went into my closet and realized that none of my clothes fit properly. Literally everything was too tight, wouldn’t zip up, or just “felt uncomfortable.” And I remember convincing myself that I must’ve shrunk certain clothes in the wash! But the reality was not that the clothes shrunk, I had gotten bigger. And I hadn’t realized the extent of it because my beloved stretchy leggings and athletic apparel that I wear everyday for work, had continued to stretch and accommodate my then ever-growing frame.
My turning point happened in January of 2021, when I stepped on the scale for the first time in years. And let me clarify here –Yes– I do get weighed at the doctor, but I pride myself on not looking when I’m there (I don’t like the idea of getting caught up in the numbers). So that January was my first time weighing myself in the privacy of my own home in years; and when I stepped on the scale the number that I saw shook me to my core. I remember being shocked and in utter disbelief. And while I won’t share my weight then, or my weight now, as I really don’t want the focus to be on the numbers, the fact I had to face, was that I needed to make a change. So that day, I designed and put myself through my NAMASTRONG program and my results were AMAZING. Not only did I lose 20 pounds in just under 12 weeks, in that same time frame, I felt mentally and physically stronger and more confident than ever! I felt more calm and ready to take on every aspect of my life with a positive mindset, and boundless creative energy.
Now here’s my disclaimer — these results were my results — and this was a personal decision to lose weight for me and me alone. That said, since I launched the program almost a year ago, I’ve helped hundreds of other women achieve their own weight loss, muscle gain, or general health and wellness personal goals. And that is what makes my heart sing. Helping other women achieve their goals, whatever they may be, is what my program is all about.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m an LA South Bay girl all day! So I’d have you visiting Manhattan Beach & Hermosa Beach for some fun in the sun, and for some of my favorite spots to eat in the hustle and bustle of each cities thriving downtown area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my incredible husband, Jaime Laurent. He’s a busy partner in a major law firm, but always makes time to love, support, and encourage me in all of my endeavors. He’s truly my rock. Love you hubby!
photo credit: Jaime Laurent