Meet SculptHouse Sandy Springs Lead Trainer: Laura Pound

How did you get into teaching fitness? 

I began my journey of teaching fitness about 4 and a half years ago when I started teaching Barre classes. I fell in love immediately! Teaching fitness has been an amazing experience – meeting so many amazing people, learning their goals and fears of getting back into exercise and being there to coach them along the way is incredibly fulfilling.  The Atlanta Fitness community is a special group is people and I am proud to stand beside them.  I’ve grown and learned so much over the past few years. Each experience has helped mold me into the type of instructor, trainer and coach that I am today.

 

What is it about the SculptHouse method that made you want to be the one to help bring it to Sandy Springs and how is it different than anything else you’ve taught?

I grew up a runner, played soccer and danced as well. The SculptHouse method offers the same mental and physical awareness as these sports and allows me to tap into my inner athlete.  I love that SculptHouse offers the mindful movement component paired with the rush of cardio.  The SculptHouse workout can apply everyone. Whether people are looking to reach a specific goal, branch out and try something new, are rehabbing injuries or coming back post baby – the workout allows you to push yourself every day.  Finding new ways to challenge the mind and body and reach further to find and achieve personal goals using two unique pieces of equipment in one workout sets SculptHouse apart from all other group classes.

 

What’s your favorite Megaformer move?

Reverse Curtsy!  I love how this move blends together the core focus, lower body burn and alignment principles.  I always feel my entire working leg burning and my core engaged to balance and stabilize my body.

 

Favorite Curve block?  

My favorite Curve block is called 2 – 3 – 4’s UP: Simple yet challenging! I love the gradual build in Levels and Time.  It takes me back to my race days of building my speed for the last mile to the finish line.

 

What’s in your gym bag?

– Laptop

– Toms Lavender Deodorant

– Erin Condren Planner and always a Pencil

– Hair Brush

– Buxom Lip

– Hand Sanitizer

– Grip Sox

– Water bottle

– Burts Bees Face Wipes

 

How do you balance work, life and fun? 

One thing for certain about me is that I am a planner and like for things to be organized!  I like to keep everything I do written down in my planner. This allows me take a step back when I need to enjoy a night in with my husband, Daniel and the pups, or a night for just me or gals night with a cheese board and wine!

 

Where can we find you when you’re not in the studio?

If I’m not at the studio, I can be found at home with Daniel and the pups (Stella and Gypsy), enjoying a girls night, or watching a cheesy scary movie!

 

What are you looking forward to the most as the new Sandy Springs Lead Trainer?!

I took my first SculptHouse class soon after I was released to run post hip surgery.  Going in to class that morning was a feeling that we all know too well being a “new client” to a fitness class.  Thoughts of: Am I going to be able to run fast enough? Will I look silly on the M3? What if I can’t do something? However, I was greeted with open arms.  I ran the best I could and tried my best class.  Class felt AMAZING and I felt accomplished.  When I started training as an instructor at SculptHouse, the same insecurities crossed my mind:  What if I am not good at teaching the SculptHouse Method?  What if people don’t like me? After getting a few class under my belt I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.

 

I’m so excited to lead a new group of trainers to finding their instructor voice at SulptHouse and look forward to motivating a new community to embrace their journey towards fitness and all we have to offer!

 

Sandy Springs SculptHouse Owner Spotlight: Sarah Hoots

SculptHouse is excited to announce its second location in Atlanta and we want to introduce you to client turned owner of the Sandy Spring location, Sarah Hoots!

Do you remember your very first SculptHouse class? Going back to that moment, what advice do you have for someone new to the method and machines?

SculptHouse welcomed me with open arms at my first class in February 2016. My mom had told me about the studio and wanted me to try it. Going in, I had no idea what to think. I considered myself to be strong and in shape, but was amazed (and humbled) by how much my abs were trembling during the first 5 minutes of class!

My advice to any newcomer is to keep an open mind, breathe, and go slow! Don’t go in expecting it to be similar to anything you’ve ever done before.

 

What was it about the SH method that got you hooked?

Having CardioSculpt Up, Down, 360 and Core classes with the promise of a heart pounding 25-minute cardio component on the Curve treadmill had me hooked. The intervals timed to perfection kept me accountable and allowed me to push harder than I ever would on my own. The core work is always intense and something you can’t recreate anywhere else. Also, let’s highlight that you get amazing results without having to throw weights around and put unnecessary stress on your joints.

 

You’ve been coming to SculptHouse for 2 years…tell us about your results both physically and mentally?

When I came to SH, I was frustrated and unhappy with the way my body looked. Feeling like I had tried everything from running and yoga, to competitive weight lifting, I was ready to raise the white flag on #bodygoals. SH nailed the perfect workout in 50 minutes and I felt like I had finally found ‘it’. I was still training and using my body weight, but the resistance and counter resistance added a dimension I had never used before. Combining it with the Curve created the HIIT concept I desperately needed. Two years and twenty-three pounds later, my body has never looked this good!

 

You had quite a big health setback last year. Can you share your story, your struggles and how you overcame such a serious diagnosis with such perseverance, determination and grace?

I was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in March 2017 and went into surgery five days later (watching the SH March Madness on Instagram was torture!!). Along with my lymph nodes being removed, I had twelve inches of skin and tissue removed from my leg where my tumor was. Walking and bending my knee at all was out of the question for two months. During that recovery time, I became so grateful for all of the days I was healthy and felt I had taken them for granted. I swore to myself I would never miss a workout again just because I was too lazy or too tired to go. However, life gives you challenges for reasons. When I was finally given clearance to train again, I showed up to Megan’s 6:00 AM with one crutch and averaged 0.7 mph on the curve before collapsing during a plank. As defeating as it was to be so weak, the entire team at SH made it a point to encourage me and never let me feel alone in my recovery.

 

What are your favorite Megaformer moves? Favorite Curve blocks?

SO many favorite M3 moves. Top favorites: runner’s lunge, reverse kneeling crunch, cobra, IYT, and anything with the bungee! Curve blocks, I love to hate 60 builds and 45s.

 

How is the SH method different than any other type of workout you’ve done and why does it work for YOU?

The M3 was a foreign concept to me that I was not sure about in the beginning! I knew it worked, but wasn’t sure it would work for ME. The M3 creates a corset effect on your entire body! Within a month of going to SculptHouse my waist got smaller and my body just felt tighter. Combining that approach with a low impact treadmill that allows you to burn 30% more calories kills two birds with one stone. Workout done, bring on the day!

 

What else do you do outside of SculptHouse?

I enjoy boxing, trail running, and a great spinning class. I also race road and mountain bikes professionally- what started as a weekend hobby turned into a competitive addiction (SH is the perfect cross training). Incorporating yoga three times a week as well has done wonders for my overall mood and stress level. It’s taught me to take 3-5 minutes out of my day, whether it’s at work, driving, or in the middle of chaos, to breathe, relax, and re-center.

 

Thanks Sarah we look forward to your continued success and inspiration as you move into the next chapter starting a SculptHouse of your own!

 

Love,

The SculptSquad