A fitness guru from Sidmouth says opening her own studio in the town is a ‘lifelong dream’ come true.
Lauren Clapp, 25, has seen her business go from strength-to-strength and was thrilled to move to the new hub in Station Yard on Monday, August 5.
She started up LC Fitness in village halls in April 2017 before spending 18 months sharing a base.
“It’s exciting – I feel really proud I’ve managed to do this,” said Lauren. “It’s something I’ve always wanted.”
Sporty Lauren, a former Sidmouth College student, was a talented heptathlete as a teen and competed for Devon before she was hit by back and knee injuries.
She was inspired to become a qualified personal trainer when a fitness professional helped her to recover.
“It had a massive impact on my life,” said Lauren.
“I’ve been involved in sport for as long as I remember, but lost my way a bit when I got injured.
“The most rewarding part of my job now is seeing the changes in people and the positive impact on their lives.”
Lauren is now looking forward to launching even more classes and taking on more personal training clients.
She added: “The last 18 months sharing a studio with Matt from Sidmouth Bike Studios has been absolutely brilliant, and the time is now right for me to take the next step and open my own studio – something which I have wanted to do for so long.”
The new studio will see Lauren run her usual popular fitness classes including LC Flow, Boxercise, LC Beatbox, HIIT, and LC Teenfit.
Extra sessions have been added in the fresh timetable and new classes will follow in September.
They will be run by Lauren and her mum Sharon, 52, a qualified fitness instructor – having been trained up to take classes by her daughter.
LC Fitness will stage an official opening party on Saturday, August 17, from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Clients old and new can view the studio, book classes, and share a celebratory drink.
A raffle will also be held for Action on Hearing Loss. The charity is close to Lauren’s heart as she lost part of the hearing in one of her ears in 2017.
She is also looking forward to running the London Marathon next year in aid of the cause.