We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Kinsie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It may sound cliché or cheesy, but I was tired of working for others and supporting their brands while being stuck in the background. I had many experiences working at gyms. Some good and some not so good. I always wanted to start my own brand and business but I always thought it would take time and I had to create a long 5 year plan before I could execute it. Once COVID hit and I was forced to be creative with what I did at home, I got a bit of a kick in the butt to get my website started and start taking more straps to creating my own business. I wanted to create a way for people to stay active at home while still having fun.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My personal fitness journey started when I was around 16. When I started, my goal was to lose weight. As a 16-year-old girl, I wanted to fit into this unrealistic standard of beauty that I thought was expected of me. I worked out everyday and barely ate enough calories to feed a toddler. I struggled with bulimia. I had an obsession with not looking “bloated” or “bigger” than the boys in my grade. I had a very unhealthy relationship with my body and with food. It was only when I got my own trainer did I realise that I was not properly fueling my body for the amount that I was working out. From then on, I have been working on mending that relationship and fueling my body properly as well as working my booty off to be the best version of myself.

My personal fitness journey started when I was around 16. When I started, my goal was to lose weight. As a 16-year-old girl, I wanted to fit into this unrealistic standard of beauty that I thought was expected of me. I worked out everyday and barely ate enough calories to feed a toddler. I struggled with bulimia. I had an obsession with not looking “bloated” or “bigger” than the boys in my grade. I had a very unhealthy relationship with my body and with food. It was only when I got my own trainer did I realise that I was not properly fueling my body for the amount that I was working out. From then on, I have been working on mending that relationship and fueling my body properly as well as working my booty off to be the best version of myself.

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?
If a friend was visiting, we would start at my place! I live at the heart of downtown Toronto. We would have a glass of wine and get ready for our night out. We would then head out to one of my favourite Japanese restaurants, Akira Back for some drinks and food. After our stomachs are full, we would head out to my favourite bar, Escobar, and head down to the VIP section for a fun bottle service experience. Great music and a fun vibe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is no one person that has helped me along my journey but instead so many friends and family that supported me and believed in me. My parents have always been so supportive of my dreams and ambitions and they have been there rooting for me along the way. So I want to thank them as well as the many others who have been there since the beginning.

Website: Lkfitness.ca

Instagram: Laurenkinsiefit

Linkedin: LaurenKinsie

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