Ever wanted to step into somebody else’s shoes for the day and see what life is like as a magazine editor, a professional sportsperson or corporate high-flyer..? Well, SHESAID is giving you the closest thing to your very own Freaky Friday experience with our A Day In The Life Of… series.
Name and role?
Lauren Hannaford, former elite gymnast turned health and fitness professional and national gymnastic coach.
Tell us about what you do?
Since I stopped competing in gymnastics professionally, I decided to turn to the health and fitness industry to build on my passion for fitness, gymnastics and working for myself. Training wise, I have created a series of workouts that can be done ‘anytime, anywhere’ that utilise core gymnastics skills for strength and conditioning. I have found that this approach works really well for my clients and it is hard to get bored because there are so many things that you can do! I also tour sometimes with groups such as The Wiggles and I am always on the go doing one project or another. That’s the great thing about the health and fitness industry, there are so many opportunities to work on new projects, its hard to get bored.
When did you discover your interest in this industry? What made you want to follow it into a career?
I grew up being an elite gymnast so I was always fit and active. The strength and discipline that I learnt from gymnastics really helped me in other sports like athletics, swimming and diving as well. Competitive sport has always played a big role in my life. After I finished school I had always planned to become a personal trainer, it just happened a little later than I thought due to my training and coaching commitments from teaching babies their first forward roll, all the way up to national level competitive gymnasts. From the age of 16 I started to pick up a few coaching hours, which progressed to full time coaching position. After many years coaching it was time to get my personal training certificate so I could start progressing further into that field.
Your workdays are much more exciting than the average 9 to 5. What does a typical day for you involve?
6am: Wake up!! Its up and at it this morning to spend a bit of time with my boyfriend before he head off to work and then I get my day under way. I have two glasses of water first off which I believe is the most important way to start the day.
7am: Now its work out time. Making sure I start my day feeling fit and energised with a 60 minute interval bodyweight workout before my firs client of the day. A morning sweat session gets me motivated like nothing else.
8:30am: It’s then onto checking all the important things in life like Instagram and Facebook. Work emails are in the mix as well as an IsoWhey® Post Workout shake. Diet and recovery are very important so that I can keep going at full speed all week! I follow this with a bowl of Morning Glory toasted muesli, some all natural Greek yoghurt, blueberries and some Hannaford homemade stewed plums and relax for a moment by the window before heading outside of my morning client.
9:30am: I have two back-to-back clients for the morning.
12:30pm: I take myself for a walk into Coogee with my notebook and laptop in tow for a lunch meeting at the Pavilion.
2:30pm: I whip out my laptop post meeting, ready to work on some blog posts, one of them being for my new site www.laurenhannaford.com.au. Then it is onto some online interviews and workout write ups.
4pm: Joined by my boyfriend, we wrap up the afternoon with a delicious Will & Co latte at The Pavilion before heading off to Maloney’s grocer in Coogee for dinner.
7pm: Dinner time, finishing up the day in the kitchen together is the best! Our favourite is the little lamb steaks with a side of greens, beets and baby potato salad.
8:30pm: Now it’s onto some tragic yet fantastically addictive American reality TV before sleep.