Posted on March 02 2018
“Have a good day at school boys! I’ll see you this afternoon.” Lauren Tivey, 35, is a single mom raising her two sons, 12 and 14 years old. The Astoria, Oregon, resident’s world centers around them and their well-being. “They are my pride and joy and I love them so much. I make sure I meet all of their needs and some of their wants. I am so happy they are in my life.”
When Tivey isn’t dealing with her sons, you can find her at a local gym teaching fitness classes, something she decided to do after began attending these training sessions a decade ago. She said it’s rewarding to have the ability to share her love of fitness with others. “I am able to watch them grow and change, not just physically, but mentally as well. Honestly, it’s better than my paycheck. My classes are all about self acceptance.”
Her impact on the world of fitness reaches far beyond the gym and her classes, Tivey is also a brand ambassador for MuscleTech. The company chose Tivey and nine other athletes and fitness competitors through a Sign Me MuscleTech contest on Instagram. She says the experience has been ‘amazing,’ allowing her to grow personally and serve as a motivation for others.
Tivey has been active and competitive all her life, but she fell in love with fitness after noticing how much she enjoyed helping others push past plateaus and reach their goals. “I wanted to take things to the next level and decided to compete in a figure competition last October, which was an amazing experience that proved not only to myself, but to my boys as well.” The competition showed her that no matter who you are, you can accomplish anything, if you put your mind to it.
Although many of her life’s lessons are fitness-related, there is one experience that she applies to her life each day. It was the unexpected passing of her dad three years ago. “His death taught me to live in the moment. Now I do the things that scare the shit out of me, because . . . well . . . why not? I happen to love fitness and sharing that with others. I have been lucky enough to be able to do that. My phone rings daily with text messages, phone calls, emails, DMs, you name it. They are asking for help and advice, some of them just need to vent. I am those big shoulders people can lean on.”
Nevertheless, Tivey urges people to do all they can to take life from a fun perspective. “Life is too short to live it not happy and healthy. When people get control of a diet, balance in workouts, after that, you’ll see and feel the changes. Your outlook on life will change too.”