Lauren Austin - Musclemania Women's Physique Pro

Lauren: I started competing in 2013. At the time I was a 5th grade teacher in Houston TX and was miserable. At that point I had also been suffering from an eating disorder for 10 years. I needed to make a change so I did some research on fitness competitions and found a trainer in Houston that could prepare me. My first show was May 2013, The Muscleman Lonestar show in Galveston, TX. There I place 4th in Figure Open. By training for the show, I was able to learn to control my disordered eating and learn that food is fuel for my body!

Since that show I have gone on to compete in 9 other shows, I branched out and started to compete in Model, Bikini, Physique, Figure and Bodybuilding. In November 2014, I became the first ever Musclemania Woman's Physique Pro/World Champion. I currently operate my own Personal Training company in Houston Texas where I train fitness competitors, pre/post pregnancy women, men and woman looking to lose weight, stay in shape, or just to feel good! I am also a posing coach for both men and women.

I eat clean all year round, no matter if I am preparing for a show or not. I cut out cheat days/meals when prepping for a show though. My trainer, coach, Dewayne J. Malone has always done my prep and my plans have never failed. A certain amount of weeks out from a show I will carb cycle and he alters it as my body changes.

I lift 5-6 days a week on prep, I do both HIIT and slow burn cardio. I eat every 2-3 hours. I fit my lifting and cardio in between clients. My schedule varies day to day because of my job so I do not have a set daily schedule.

Building self-confidence: That took some time, but I attended posing camps for years and practiced with my stage presence. I don't always walk away from a show with a trophy but I do hear a lot from people that they remembered me from the stage, and that to me means more than a trophy.

My last competition was the Musclemania Fitness America last November, I love going to that show; I arrive with my team and we get to meet and take pictures with competitors from all over the world. The Musclemania competitors are amazing and very uplifting to each other.

I plan on taking 2016 off from competing to build my business and focus on my own growth. I will be stepping on Stage in June of 2017 at the Musclemania Fitness Universe in Miami.

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