The beauty of FHIT by Lauren Hannaford

The first thing you notice about Lauren Hannaford is her energy. Even through the phone, the popular personal trainer’s vibrant nature radiates through, immediately revealing why in this digital age she has attracted such a dedicated following.
With 41,000 connections on Instagram alone, and the lean physique and bubbly personality to go with it, Lauren is in many respects a modern day fitness star. But unlike some of her Insta-famous peers, Lauren’s wellness career started long before social media came to dominate so much of our lives.
By the time Lauren took on the persona of Dorothy the Dinosaur and went on tour with The Wiggles, she was already an accomplished gymnast, had worked as a gymnastics coach and was a qualified personal trainer. But it wasn’t until she embarked on this rather unusual adventure that she was forced to distil her training knowledge into a gym-free fitness solution.
‘I grew up as an elite gymnast, having started gymnastics when I was five. I trained and competed nationally for most of my life,’ she explains. ‘Then I was coaching gymnastics and transitioned that knowledge into more everyday fitness training. Instead of always doing the usual shuttle run to push-ups, I would do a run cartwheel and then do some push-ups!’
‘My life then went pretty randomly in a completely [different] direction when I toured with The Wiggles,’ she continues. ‘With travelling and being on the road all the time, I needed to figure out how I was going to keep that element of fitness and training for myself, while being outside of my daily routine and the gymnastics gym.’
Undeterred by the impractical nature of touring, Lauren set about developing a more convenient approach to fitness. The resulting workout would eventually inspire a move into fitness entrepreneurship as the face and founder of FHIT by Lauren Hannaford.
FHIT is a functional high intensity workout program that requires no equipment and can be performed anywhere by anyone at any time. Through an online subscription platform, FHIT members have the option to follow a six or 12 week workout plan or to dip in and out of the guided training video library as they please.
The nutrition side of FHIT by Lauren Hannaford is equally flexible in that members can follow a set six week meal plan that aligns with their recommended calorie intake or work more freely with the recipe bank to build menus of their own.
While Lauren acknowledges the potential business benefits of focusing on a particular audience, FHIT caters for everyone. ‘It’s for the time poor parent who needs to be able to just grab a moment and do a workout and the high-end executive who is just as time poor,’ she says. ‘I encourage everyone to do it at their own pace. There are low impact, low intensity workouts, but there are also really fast paced high intensity workouts so there is something that suits everyone. You do it at the level you’re up to and the pace that suits you.’
Building connections
Given her experience in both fitness and performance, Lauren’s transition to virtual trainer seems like a natural progression, but the 32-year-old says FHIT by Lauren Hannaford was as much inspired by the women who reached out to her online as her own desire to merge her existing skills.
‘I had so many mums writing to me through Facebook and Instagram because I was putting videos up on my social of me training backstage or in a car park,’ she explains. ‘They were writing and asking questions about how I stay motivated and what I eat and wishing they could do some form of exercise while their child was asleep. I saw I needed to create something for these people that they could access that’s going to make them feel good; something that will help them create a moment for themselves.’
While the concept of human connection may seem out of place in the online fitness world, it is Lauren’s ability to connect with FHIT followers through a variety of mediums that makes her program so unique. ‘I base everything on communication and emotional connection,’ she says. ‘It’s amazing how many people send me an email and write as though we’ve known each other forever because of the style of [workout] I’ve tried to create.’
This sense of connection is not confined to Lauren and her clients, but has gone on to spark an international community of FHIT followers through a members only Facebook group. It was through this page that Lauren recently witnessed two Canadian women bond as they discovered they were both from Ontario. ‘To see these two people connecting with the same interests and the same goal was just such a nice feeling,’ she recalls.
Changing perspectives
While FHIT by Lauren Hannaford is easy to use and integrate into daily life, it is by no means reductionist in its approach to health. The program has been carefully crafted to address the key elements that restrict weight loss and limit healthful living – movement (or lack thereof), nutrition, lifestyle and mindset.
It is the last of these factors that has gained much attention in recent years, yet many people still struggle to align their actions with their goals. When asked about maintaining motivation, Lauren says she encourages her clients to focus on the short-term benefits of working out rather than becoming intimidated by lofty long-term goals.
‘I always say think about how you’ll feel afterwards, how you’ll feel once the workout is done. You might be puffed out or it might be a difficult workout to do, but you feel invigorated from it. It’s almost like the more energy you expend, the more energy you feel you’ve got. You feel that classic endorphin rush.
‘Have your goals, but break it down, make it shorter term. You’re not necessarily turning up because you’ve got a goal that’s at the end of the month or end of the year. Literally turn up because of how the end of your workout yesterday made you feel and come back the next day for that same feeling.’
Interestingly, while so many of us adopt the latest fitness offering with the rather superficial goal of weight loss, as we proceed on our fitness journeys Lauren has noticed how the focus is inclined to shift to something far more important, but much more difficult to explain.
‘The thing that I love the most is that before people even talk about losing the baby weight or being down two dress sizes, they always say how it makes them feel,’ Lauren reveals. ‘You turn up for something because of the emotional connection to it. People always write to say, “I love doing my FHIT workout, it makes me feel so good,” or “Before I know it my 15 minutes is over and I just want to keep going”. Then they say, “And I’ve lost my baby weight”.
‘It is exactly my intention that weight loss is not the main focus and that they keep turning up for how the workout makes them feel. They feel energised, they feel encouraged, they feel motivated and they’ve lost weight.’
Having long been inundated with messages about weight loss, Lauren’s perspective seems refreshingly forward thinking. By transitioning our intentions from how we look to how we feel, perhaps we could unlock a more enjoyable relationship with fitness, one where weight loss, where appropriate, becomes a happy side effect of genuine healthful living. In one sense this idea seems almost radical. Yet in another, it feels just right.
FHIT Membership
Full access to the FHIT by Lauren Hannaford workout library
15, 30 and 45 minute guided workouts with high and low intensity options
No equipment required
Weekly meal guides, nutritional advice and healthy recipes
Personalised fitness testing
Mindfulness advice and exercises
Access to the Facebook FHIT community.
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The Daily Edition gets FHIT

From Dorothy the Dinosaur to a fitness empire
Former entertainer Lauren Hannaford has started her own fitness empire! ?
Posted by The Daily Edition on Sunday, 2 September 2018

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Daily Mail get fit with Lauren

From performing with the Wiggles to fitness queen: Lauren Hannaford, 32, reveals the exact diet she follows for a lean physique – and the five minute workout she swears by
Lauren Hannaford, 32, shared her exercise routine and day on a plate
She once played Dorothy the Dinosaur for The Wiggles and is a personal trainer
Lauren also shared how people can get fit with only five minutes of their day
A former elite gymnast who once played Dorothy the Dinosaur in the Wiggles has revealed the secret to her killer abs.
Lauren Hannaford, 32, may be best known by some as the beloved green dinosaur on Australian TV screens but has since made a name for herself as a fitness guru.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she shared her day on a plate, her exercise routine and how others can get fit in five minutes.
‘FHIT is an online training program that you can do anywhere and at any time. The workouts suit all fitness levels and range from 5 to 45 minutes,’ she explained.
FHIT is a program that Lauren has started that has been specifically designed for those who are time poor.
All the workouts are based around the principles of interval training and they are body weight exercises, which means there is no equipment needed.
‘I like to train in the morning so depending on what commitments I have that day I will usually get up and do it first thing to get my mind and body activated for the day,’ she said.
‘My exercise varies from doing a FHIT workout at home, training outside or going to the gym.’
If she finds herself sitting behind the computer most of the day she makes sure to go outside and go for a walk in the afternoon.
‘I find it hard to sit still for long periods of time so I always get out and get some fresh air when I can,’ she said.
Lauren learnt how to fit exercise into her days due to her hectic schedule when she toured with The Wiggles.
At the time she was in a different city every day and her routine was never the same.
‘I had to make exercise a priority in my day so I would decide the night before what time I would train and lock it in and commit to it,’ she said.
‘I like to train in the morning so depending on what commitments I have that day I will usually get up and do it first thing to get my mind and body activated for the day,’ she said
Her exercise varies from doing a FHIT workout at home, training outside or going to the gym
‘I then created workouts for myself that I could do anywhere. Whether it was in a hotel room, backstage at a theatre or in the car park of the venue.’
Many people struggle to find balance in their lives but Lauren explained it’s all about people being clear about their goals and being organised enough to achieve them.
She recommended that people take exercise one step at a time and realise that there is no secret or quick fix to reaching goals.
‘Extreme dieting or training is impossible to maintain and so you need to find the balance between healthy eating and exercise,’ Lauren said.
‘For me if I’m out to dinner and want to have a glass of wine then I make sure I eat a healthy meal and I won’t have dessert. That’s what balance means to me.’
For those who have been out of the exercise game for a while but want to start it up again, Lauren said they need to think about why they’re wanting to get back into it.
The former Wiggles member said if they don’t have a purpose or intention that’s strong enough then they won’t get started nor will they stay committed.
Many people struggle to find balance in their lives but Lauren explained it’s all about people being clear about their goals and being organised enough to achieve them.
Lauren learnt how to fit exercise into her days due to her hectic schedule when she toured with The Wiggles.
‘My top tip for both fitness and wellness is to stay consistent. When Spring comes around and the weather warms up try to workout outside as much as possible,’ she said.
‘Make the most of the warmer weather and sunshine as there’s no better feeling for your body and your mind that training outdoors in the sunshine.’
Lauren also revealed what she eats in an average day to keep in shape as exercise and diets go hand in hand.
The first thing she does when she wakes up is drink a couple of glasses of water.
‘Then I’ll have an espresso and get ready to train,’ she said.
Although she has a strict diet she ensures to keep it balanced so will have the occasional glass of wine or chocolate
‘I don’t like to eat before I train, I tend to graze as the day goes on and don’t sit down and eat big meals,’ Lauren added.
She eats breakfast after her morning workout, which varies from bananas and fruit to a protein shake or if she’s really hungry she has poached eggs with avocado.
‘Lunch would be some type of garden salad with a protein, probably chicken or tuna, or if I’m running around I will grab a couple of rice paper rolls,’ she said.
‘Afternoon snack would most likely be a piece of fruit or a protein bar and dinner is always a plate of veggies with either a piece of chicken, salmon or red meat.
‘Maybe a couple of pieces of chocolate after dinner and then an apple to finish it all off.’
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Lauren’s FHIT philosophy on wellness podcast

Lauren Hannaford is a former elite gymnast, competing and coaching at a national level for over 20 years with a burning desire to encourage, motivate and inspire people to live fit, active and healthy lives.
Her passion for health and fitness evolved over the years, branching out into personal training, dancing and fitness modelling.
In 2010 Lauren was approached by the Wiggles to join the troupe and accepted the once in a lifetime opportunity. Over a four-year period, Lauren fulfilled the roles of Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and Dorothy the Dinosaur and featured in numerous Wiggles DVD’s and their TV series Ready Steady Wiggle.
Following her retirement from competitive gymnastics, she developed a revolutionary online training program FHIT by Lauren Hannaford. The Functional High-Intensity Training features her unique style of physical workouts with a focus on strength and conditioning. Backed by her firsthand experience and knowledge of core gymnastics exercises and skills, FHIT utilises body weight and zero equipment – making workouts easy, equipment free and can be done anytime, anywhere
Lauren is an incredibly positive person and we chat about her exciting career and key philosophy, her amazing fitness program plus she shares a tonne of great fitness advice including:
-Lauren’s journey from an elite gymnast to Dorothy the Dinosaur to a leader in fitness
-How often should we be exercising?
-How hard should we be training to see results
-Lauren’s Ninja Warrior Experience and what her training schedule entailed
-Finding the “conscious why” in our workout
-Lauren’s favourite workout and wellness hack

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A day with Lauren in Sydney

THE REAL HEALTHY LIVES OF SYDNEY: LAUREN HANNAFORD, FORMER ELITE GYMNAST & FOUNDER OF FHIT
First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!
My name is Lauren Hannaford from Sydney and I am the creator of FHIT by Lauren Hannaford, an online workout streaming platform.
I grew up as an elite gymnast so exercise has been a passion of mine from a very early age. I have also been a performer for The Wiggles which was a lot of fun as performing has also been a huge love of mine since I was young. It is so amazing that I now get to blend my love of fitness and performing all in one to help encourage all of my members to focus on themselves, their health and to help them become the strongest, fittest version of themselves.
What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?
I usually wake up at 6:15am to get the day going. I absolutely loooove my sleep but I function best if I have had 5/6 hours sleep. Shame I know!!! I wish it were 8 or 9 haha.
I actually bought myself a Phillips light which you can set to turn on at a certain time of the morning to wake you up. I have it on the sunrise setting and sit it next to the window sill so it is just like as if the sun was coming up. This has the absolute best for winter as it is so dark in the morning.
Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Sydney is?
Huxton’s in Bronte – They are constantly changing their menu so there is always something new and delicious to eat. I do find it hard to go past the omelet though. It may not fall directly into the healthy category, but their Lamington’s are to die for!!! SO YUM!!
Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in Sydney?
Melonhead in Coogee is my go to smoothie place. I am a creature of habit so i get the Protein punch every time I go there. I love it so much that I experimented at home and made my own version to share with my FHIT by Lauren Hannaford members on my blog. There are no surprises that has very quickly become everyone’s favourite also. My Banananut Protein Power smoothie is simple, quick and DELICIOUS!!
If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…
P.E Nation for sure!! Every piece they create is so effortlessly cool and comfortable. I spend waaayy too much time on their website haha.
What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?
Just a simple massage at Massage by the Sea is my go to. Unfortunately, I don’t spend enough time on treatments for myself (thanks for the reminder) but if there is one that is my go to then it would be a massage. It is the best time for me to force myself to slow down and regroup in a relaxing way.
What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?
I am pretty hopeless at getting regular treatments to look after my skin so I would love to make more effort to that but in particular i would love to try the micro skin needling. I have heard great things about it really rejuvenating your skin.
You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?
Train regularly, eat healthy and drink lots of water which is what I try to do everyday anyway but maybe I just become a bit more conscious of it. Also…. EARLY NIGHTS to get allll the zzzzz’s! I can be a real night owl and don’t really need a whole heap of sleep to be on my A game, but sometimes it does catch up with you so I’d be a bit more conscious about getting more sleep. Lastly….It is probably the time that I will get myself to the beautician for a skin treatment.
If you could have the ultimate day of wellness & happiness in Sydney what would it involve and where would you go?
Ooooh most definitely have the day with my husband. How it would look would be – Wake up early to do one of my FHIT by Lauren Hannaford workouts then walk up the road for a coffee. Followed The Full Body Facial at The Langham’s Day Spa by Chuan.
What’s your dream wellness vacay?
I would looooove to go to Tahiti with my husband and completely unwind by relaxing by the pool, eating fresh food, getting a spa treatment every second day and going on all the adventures the island has to offer. We would of course keep up our FHIT workouts but being able to do that on the deck of a bungalow in the sunshine and then dive straight in the water would be absolute heaven.

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Loz’s secret to rock hard abs

At one time, underneath every kid’s favourite dinosaur, Dorothy, was Lauren Hannaford, a former elite gymnast who has now launched her very on fitness empire.
The former member of The Wiggles team — who also happens to be married to red Wiggle Simon Pryce — has now taken to her Instagram page to post a series of images, flaunting her incredibly toned body.
“Looking killer! I mean those abs tho!” one person posted, while another said “Goals! You look amazing and strong.”
Hannaford said her fitness style involves constantly changing up workouts.
“My exercise varies from doing a FHIT workout at home, training outside or going to the gym,” she told news.com.au
“If I find myself sitting behind the computer most of the day then I make sure I get outside and go for a walk in the afternoon. I find it hard to sit still for long periods of time so I always get out and get some fresh air when I can.”
The personal trainer left the hugely popular children’s entertainers group four years ago to focus on developing her own fitness program (FHIT).
“I was always going to end up back in fitness,” she told news.com.au
“I was coaching gymnastics for years and mixing gymnastics exercises with workouts before coaching.
“One day, I had a whole bunch of people come up to me wanting to do the same thing so I thought I’d better get my personal training certificate.”
The idea to start her own program was always sitting in the background but was put on hold when she took up an offer to join The Wiggles.
“Just after I got my personal training certificate, (blue Wiggle) Anthony Field randomly approached me during one of my gymnastic classes. I was coaching his three children.
“He saw the way I interacted with kids and my teaching style and asked if I wanted to audition for The Wiggles.”
The 32-year-old took up the offer — and was cast as characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, and Wags the Dog.
“People don’t realise how heavy the costumes actually are,” she said, “but more importantly you have to be aware of your surroundings — especially the Dorothy costume.
“While you feel like you’re just standing there, you forget you body circumference is much bigger.
“I always had a such a passion for performance, but it wasn’t something I fully pursued, so doing The Wiggles gave me an opportunity to really pursue that passion more strongly,” she said.
Hannaford has posted a series of images showing off her rock-hard abs.
Hannaford has posted a series of images showing off her rock-hard abs.Source:Supplied
She recently appeared on the TV show Ninja Warrior.
She recently appeared on the TV show Ninja Warrior.Source:Supplied
“When I was part of the show it was very gymnastics and circus focused, but as the show naturally evolved it began transitioning out of that and into more strict pointe shoe ballet and Irish dancing which were not what I was trained in.”
Her time travelling nine months of the year with The Wiggles had given her the idea of a fitness routine that didn’t require a gym or equipment.
“I had to make exercise a priority in my day so I would decide the night before what time I would train and lock it in and commit to it. I then created workouts for myself that I could do anywhere. Whether it was in a hotel room, backstage at a theatre or in the carpark of the venue.”
Simon Pryce, 46, and Lauren Hannaford, 32, were married in January 2017.
Simon Pryce, 46, and Lauren Hannaford, 32, were married in January 2017.Source:News Corp Australia
Hannaford is a former elite gymnast who now focuses on her fitness program.
Hannaford is a former elite gymnast who now focuses on her fitness program.Source:Supplied
FHIT by Lauren Hannaford only launched six months ago but has already attracted more than 2000 members.
“The workouts go from five minutes to 45 minutes and can be done from anywhere — it’s mainly for time-poor people — and you don’t need to be in a gym or have any equipment,” Hannaford said.
“I think people like it because it’s so interactive.
“I gets lot of people emailing about how they find themselves talking back to me on the screen which is quite funny.”
The workouts are a combination of all full-body weight exercises that focus on functional movement.
The first thing she does when she wakes up is drink a couple of glasses of water.
The first thing she does when she wakes up is drink a couple of glasses of water.Source:Supplied
LAUREN’S DAY ON A PLATE
First thing I do when I wake up is drink a couple of glasses of water. Then I’ll have an espresso and get ready to train. I don’t like to eat before I train. I tend to graze as the day goes on and don’t sit down and eat big meals.
Breakfast varies from bananas and fruit to a protein shake or if I’m really hungry I have poached eggs with avocado.
Lunch would be some type of garden salad with a protein, probably chicken or tuna, or if I’m running around I will grab a couple of rice paper rolls.
Afternoon snack would most likely be a piece of fruit or a protein bar and dinner is always a plate of vegies with either a piece of chicken, salmon or red meat.
Maybe a couple of pieces of chocolate after dinner and then an apple to finish it all off.
LAUREN’S TOP TIPS TO FITNESS GOALS
Finding balance is all about being clear about the goals you want to set for yourself and being organised to achieve them. It’s also about understanding that you need to take it one step at a time and there is no secret or quick fix to reaching your goals. It takes time. Extreme dieting or training is impossible to maintain and so you need to find the balance between healthy eating and exercise.
For me if I’m out to dinner and want to have a glass of wine then I make sure I eat a healthy meal and I won’t have dessert. That’s what balance means to me.

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Nutrition partner for RunWest 2019

Lauren Hannaford is the official Nutrition partner for NAB RunWest and we are proud to have access to her expertise and advice on how to prepare by eating well and nourishing our bodies.
Lauren is a qualified personal trainer, fitness model and former professional elite gymnast, with a mission to encourage, motivate and inspire people to live fit, active and healthy lives.
Following her retirement from competitive gymnastics in 2007 and time touring with The Wiggles as a performer, Lauren launched FHIT by Lauren Hannaford – an online holistic fitness programme designed to address important areas of good health – movement, nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. As well as a series of workouts which can be performed by anyone, anywhere and without the need for equipment, there is a strong focus on nutrition and its importance in living a healthier, happy life.
Lauren will be bringing us healthy eating tips, recipes and other ideas on how to best use the time between now and March 31 to help our bodies cross that finish line.
Considered a leader in the Australian Fitness industry you may have seen Lauren in one of many high-profile campaigns including Women’s Health Magazine, Lorna Jane, Women’s Fitness Magazine, and Women’s Running Australia. She was 2015 finalist for the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star and has represented Athletes Foot, Adidas and Under Armour Australia. Lauren has appeared as a fitness expert across a wide range of media outlets and publications including Women’s Health and Cosmopolitan.
More information:
http://www.runthewest.com.au/category/nutrition-and-fitness/

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