by Katie W., Lauren L. and Jen P.
Katie and Lauren first met at AUXO after both deciding to take initial BodyFlow training in February 2016. Brinn suggested to Lauren that she touch base with Katie and see if they can plan ahead for the training. From there, Lauren and Katie took on a road trip and weekend in Tampa for the training. Initially, Lauren was concerned about how a weekend-long trip might go having not spent any time with Katie. But Katie and Lauren clicked immediately!! … Which is good because they drove down to Tampa together, stayed at Lauren aunt’s, grabbed dinner with her family, and spent a full two days in training. What stuck out to Lauren was how caring, fun, and well-prepared Katie is. Katie was pleasantly surprised at how easy and natural the whole weekend felt and was so thankful to have Lauren’s support. Since then, Katie and Lauren have spent most of their free time together. Some of their favorite moments are times spent at the studio, or at studio events (such as Katie always bringing Lauren Starbucks when she comes to her class!).
But they realized they needed another BodyFlow instructor to join the group. So both thought to ask Jen, who had recently started attending both of their classes. She just seemed like a perfect fit for the group! So one day, Katie sat down next to Jen during a Barre class and said, “Hey, do you want to be a BodyFlow instructor?” Jen pondered this for some time and eventually said, “I hate talking in front of people, so maybe.”
Jen ended up at a training in Jacksonville with Tanja and ultimately passed the Les Mills certification after months of team teaching and filming the most nerve wracking video.
During this time, Jen was invited to events with Katie and Lauren – A Gator tailgate (did Katie accidentally invite the wrong person?), and a few dinners. Once Jen got invited to Lauren’s bachelorette party, she knew she was one of them. Lauren and Katie quickly learned there were so many layers to Jen. She is both passionate about teaching fitness and spending time with AUXO friends, but also loves her quiet time to herself in her “Jen Den” with Darby the dog (termed “Jen weekends”).
Katie, Lauren, and Jen have gone through the ups and downs of many life events, including Katie being Lauren’s best woman. And us all holding each other up during rough points in all of our lives, involving many late night sleepovers at Katie’s place. Many of their weekends are spent together enjoying game and fire pit nights at each others’ houses, date nights at Dragonfly, adventures at local breweries, and Gator (and Irish!…for Jen) sports. Jen, Katie, Lauren, and Brinn have all found a way to connect their passions of teaching fitness and spending time together. This has resulted in “watch” parties when the newest BodyFlow release comes out, and occasional BodyFlow launch-day bets on if one of us says an awkward phrase used by one of the BodyFlow Master presenters.