If you’re looking for more information about Lauren Herrera, a top female CrossFit athlete, then you’re certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about her life before CrossFit, stats, results, bio, and more.
An Introduction to Lauren Herrera, CrossFit Athlete
Who says you can’t be a nurse and CrossFit athlete at the same time? Well, certainly not Lauren Herrera, the fourth fittest nurse in the world in 2018. Are you interested in knowing more about her? Then, continue reading to know who Lauren Herrera really is.
Life Before CrossFit
Similar to other CrossFit athletes, Lauren Herrera also has a background in sports. She used to play volleyball, soccer, track, and flag football. Moreover, Lauren was quite an active person.
These activities eventually led to a globo gym membership right after she graduated from college. Lauren has a bachelors’ degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion as well as a nursing degree.
Lauren and CrossFit
She got into CrossFit in 2011 because of her husband, who was still her boyfriend at that time. Her husband was introduced to the sport while at the base in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he brought Lauren to a local gym.
When the couple went to a gym together for the first time, Lauren thought they were joining an Orange Theory class. At that time, Lauren had no idea what CrossFit was all about. She was even apprehensive about picking up a barbell at the start.
All these apprehensions soon disappeared and she fell in love with the sport.
Lauren felt that she accomplished something each time she left the gym. While her husband paid for her first month, she continued the membership after the initial month.
Lauren Herrera joined her first open competition in 2012. Since her husband was redeployed to Afghanistan, she focused on working and training.
Even though she didn’t qualify for the regionals in 2012 and 2013, she continued to work hard with the goal of entering the regional competitions in 2014.
Her hard work paid off in 2014 and she qualified for the South East Regionals. She finished 6th overall in the women’s individual category. It was a memorable year for her since it was also the year when her husband proposed to her.
In 2015, Lauren qualified once again for the Atlantic Regional competitions. While she finished 11th overall, it was comparable to her 2014 finish since the number of regions was trimmed down to eight from 17. Due to this, there were more athletes competing at the regional level.
Lauren the Coach
In addition to qualifying for the regionals and getting the proposal, 2014 was also the year when Lauren and her husband operated their own CrossFit box.
The schedule was hectic for her since she had to coach and train in the morning. The same thing happened after lunch. Due to this, Lauren set up a couch and air conditioning in one part of the gym so she can take a short nap in between her morning and afternoon sessions.
While she loved coaching, the schedule was quite frenetic so the couple decided to slowly let other people handle the gym. This resulted in people starting to leave the gym since they felt attached to the couple when they were running the gym. In the end, Lauren and her husband eventually closed the gym.
Lauren and Hustle Hard CrossFit
In 2016, Lauren joined Hustle Hard CrossFit while studying to become a nurse. The team finished 2nd overall in the Atlantic Regionals. This was also Lauren’s ticket to her first CrossFit Games appearance.
Even though the team finished 22nd overall, it was a great experience for Lauren who was finally able to compete in the CrossFit Games. The team qualified for the next two editions of the CrossFit Games.
In 2019, Lauren’s CrossFit campaign hit a snag when she tested positive for a banned substance while competing at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. As a result, Lauren was suspended from competing in CrossFit events for four years.
The issue may have put her plans on hold, but it allowed her to focus on something she was already thinking about before the 2019 season started, starting a family with her husband.
Life as a Nurse
Even though Lauren is not allowed to compete in CrossFit events until April 2023, she still keeps in shape. She is also focusing on her work as a PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) nurse.
Since CrossFit took up most of her time, she was initially unsure if being a nurse was something she would be happy with. But, all of her fears went away after she became a nurse.
Becoming a nurse allowed her to find a perfect balance for her life. It also allowed her to have a means of achieving her ultimate goal of helping others. Since she is a PICU nurse, she deals mainly with newborn babies up to 17-year olds.
Lauren finds her job fulfilling since she is able to help children progress in the right direction in terms of their health and eventually get better.
Another top female CrossFit athlete and nurse is Jessica Griffith.
Lauren Herrera’s Stats
Weight: 130 lbs.
Check out the results of Lauren Herrera in some popular CrossFit exercises.
Back Squat: 315 lbs.
Clean and Jerk: 225 lbs.
Deadlift: 295 lbs.
Max Pull-ups: 45
400 m sprint: 1:06
5 km run: 21:25
CrossFit Games Results
2016: 22nd Team
2017: 23rd Team
2018: 30th Team
Herrera started joining CrossFit competitions in 2012 in the individual women’s open category. She first qualified for the South East Regionals in 2014 where she finished 6th overall in the individual women’s category.
In 2015, Lauren qualified again in the Atlantic Regionals where she finished 11th overall. But, she didn’t make much headway as an individual in the CrossFit Games.
After joining the Hustle Hard CrossFit team, she was able to qualify for the CrossFit Games in 2016. The team went on to qualify for two more editions of the games with Lauren on their roster.
What about her Diet?
She follows a macro set diet based on her height, body weight, and training. She counts around 90 to 100 percent of her intake.
Lauren’s nursing background also comes into play since she is more aware of the things she needs in her diet to keep herself healthy.
Her diet consists of lean meats, fish, and vegetables. It also has a good amount of healthy fats and simple and complex carbohydrates. Her sources of carbohydrates include sweet potatoes, brown rice, and fruits.
In addition, Lauren also takes some supplements, including a multivitamin and whey protein. These supplements are mainly used to ensure she covers any deficiencies in her diet.
Training Day of Lauren Herrera
Lauren’s training regimen normally includes weightlifting, high-intensity cardio, mobility drills, and conditioning work. If you’re interested in how the training day of Lauren Herrera looks like, check out the video below:
Lauren Herrera Instagram
Herrera gives her followers a snapshot of what she’s up to through her Instagram account. With over 68,600 followers, Lauren has a good fan base looking forward to updates through the account under the handle Luluskie.
If you want to check for updates on what Lauren is currently doing, you can check her Instagram account through the link below:
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