The former D1 Track & Field athlete believes there’s an inner athlete inside of every individual
Lauren Collins-Reid is half of the heart of SISSFiT, which refers to sisters and stands for Stay Inspired, Stay Strong. Reid is a former D1 Track and Field athlete, trainer, sports model, wife, mom, and co-founder of the SISSFiT brand with her sister, Kelly Collins. The two California-born athletes encourage, educate, and inspire women to live stronger and healthier lifestyles.
Lauren began her athletic career as a competitive gymnast before transitioning to track and field in high school – and never looked back. Lauren says her goal as a trainer is to bring out the inner athlete in everyone she trains. The brand launched an app, Faster by SISSFIT, which offers audio-coached HIIT workouts.
Athletech News caught up with Lauren and talked about fitness trackers, recovering from injuries, the importance of sleep, and finding a balance.
Athletech News (ATN): How do you start your day?
Lauren Reid: If I’m not getting up for an early morning workout then I like to wake up 30 minutes before the rest of my family for quiet time: prayers, an oat milk latte, and either a Perfect Bar, G2G bar or GoMacro bar.
ATN: When can you actually relax?
Lauren Reid: It can be hard for me to relax at home because there’s always something to do, especially with two toddlers. Our family has a house along the Colorado River and that’s definitely our “happy place” so I find it pretty easy to relax when I’m out there.
ATN: How many days do you work out?
Lauren Reid: 5-6 and I always take at least one day fully off.
ATN: What do you do on your “off” day?
Lauren Reid: My off day is typically Sunday, and I love a good family day to slow down. Saturdays tend to be busy with sports and commitments, so it’s nice to go for a walk to our local bagel shop, have a pool day, bbq, go to church, and just gear up for the week ahead.
ATN: When you are injured, how do you manage your inability to workout?
Lauren Reid: Ohhh, injuries I’ve dealt with plenty, as I know most athletes have, and they can be so frustrating. If I’m able to work around the injury by cross training using other modalities – pool, bike, elliptical, upper or lower body lifting, I will always do that first. Exercise is my sanity and I’m not afraid to mix up my routine.
My sister Kelly and I actually started our business, SISSFiT, where we offer workouts that adapt to these different modalities so that we always have a go-to, no matter what. After years of having to improvise due to injuries, it’s nice to have a hub of workout options. If I’m fully unable to workout, such as when I was on bedrest for a short time during one of my pregnancies, then I will take that time to focus more heavily on proper nutrition and do my best to learn something new or take on a new certification to distract my mind and still focus on health goals.
ATN: How much sleep do you get?
Lauren Reid: I need at least 7-8 hours per night. My goal is 9:30pm – 6:15am, if I can. Sleep is one of my non-negotiables. Everything is harder without sleep!
ATN: Yes or No to fitness trackers? Data friend or enemy?
Lauren Reid: I love data. My sis makes fun of me all the time for wearing both a Fitbit and a Whoop band. Sometimes I consider ditching them altogether because I know that I know my body better than any tracker, but I still love checking the data.
ATN: How healthy are you really?
Lauren Reid: I would like to think I’m pretty healthy. I love a glass of wine and chocolate, and won’t shy away from treats or nights out, but I hate the way I feel when I eat poorly for too long. That said, I’m also terrible about cooking/meal prepping so it’s key for me to find quick and easy go-to’s like loaded salads, sandwiches, overnight oats, egg breakfasts, salmon or turkey burgers, etc.
ATN: Coffee or Tea?
Lauren Reid: I live for my one cup of morning coffee with frothed oat milk.
ATN: What are some of your greatest indulgences?
Lauren Reid: It’s pretty boring and simple, but honestly, my greatest indulgences are really just listening to what my body/mind needs and treating them well. If I’m tired, I rest, if I need more sleep, I do my best to prioritize it, if I feel sluggish, I aim to eat healthier, if I want to indulge, I go for it. I’ve found this to help me stay consistent and not need big, expensive, time consuming things. But, I do also find huge value in getting away for girls weekends/wine nights, weekends with my husband, and just disconnecting now and again.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.