The eyes of the sporting world are on France right now as the United States Women’s team gets ready to play for a World Cup against the Netherlands. Besides having breathe taking sites and being the home of the men’s World Cup champions the French also have a buzzing fitness scene. That is where we find our spotlight on fitness this month as we introduce you to an up and coming name in the fitness industry. By way of Guadeloupe in the West Indies and now calling France home introducing Lauwencia Gauthierot!
Joe Cardoso: Who is Lauwencia?
Lauwencia Gauthierot: Lauwencia is a very determined entrepreneurial woman. Who learns from all her struggles to make her strength and grow every day.
I’m very solitary, I learned to love my own presence so as not to depend on others, and it’s one of my strengths, but I’m also very generous when I give I give everything, or I give nothing at all. Loyal with a strong character of a lioness, I can be sometimes very hard and demanding with the others but especially with myself.
JC: Let’s talk a little bit about your background. Are you born and raised in France?
LG: I was born in Guadeloupe in the West Indies, at the age of 10 years old I came to live in France.
JC: Growing up, were you involved in any sports?
LG: Yes, I was born in a very sporty family! So since the age of 5, I practice sport, I started swimming and football for four years.
When I arrived in France, I did volleyball for six years, with my team, we were the national vice-champion.
The last sport that I practiced is track and field for six years at the national level, specialty sprint (60m-100m-200m)
JC: What is it about fitness made you want to make it a career for you?
LG: When I started my studies in the sport I did fitness for the first time at the university, and I loved it! It became a new passion; I set myself physical goals to achieve because I wanted to transform myself because I didn’t like my body physically.
Over the years, I transformed, and in the gym, so many people were asking me more and more information for training. I had the necessary studies so one day, I decided to start to be a personal trainer to help people to transform themselves to feel better in their body and to love their body. I’m a very generous person, so it’s a daily pleasure for me to help people become the best version of themselves.
JC: What is a typical week like for you?
LG: My weeks are not all the same, but one thing is sure is that no matter what day of the week I train every day I need it to feel good it’s like an addiction. And in general every week I establish a list of things to do professionally and sportingly to get closer to my goals every day and reach them.
From Monday to Friday I work a lot on programs for my clients, for me, this is one of the most important things to do because I want to respect the commitment I made with them and help them to evolve. I also work on the content that I share on Instagram and my website because my goal is also to inspire and motivate the maximum of people to fight in life to achieve their dreams.
Saturday I try to entertain myself, I spend time with my family and friends, and I cook (this is my second passion, I love cooking) I also shoot for content for the coming week.
And on Sunday, I go to church; it is also vital for me to maintain a powerful spiritual relationship with God because it allows me to persevere every day. And in the afternoon I prepare for my week and my meals.
JC: If you were not doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
LG: Wow, good question! I don’t see myself doing anything other than sport, so I think I would have persevered to become a professional athlete.
JC: On social media, you do not see very many black faces male or female being talked about in fitness. How important is it to you to push the industry to see other people of color?
LG: Yes, we are not put enough on the media, and yet there is a lot of potential! For me, it’s vital to represent my origins, my values, and also push my community up.
I want things to change and make people discover our true potential, so it’s also part of my goals, and it’s a big challenge!
JC: Correct me if I’m wrong but not even living in different parts of the world seems to matter to women of color in the fitness industry. Almost feels like a sisterhood. Can you talk about that?
LG: Yes, that’s it! We are a community, and we are very proud of our origins, so it’s always a pleasure to see a black sister who shines and therefore makes us shine because we are together. We support each other without jealousy; there is no concurrence!
JC: What do you have planned for the rest of 2019?
LG: I can’t say more now, but a lot of great projects are coming up, and I can’t wait to share them with my community. In the meantime, there is a lot of work and patience.
JC: What do you say to someone just starting with fitness and no clue where to begin?
LG: I think a lot of people start without defining their goals, and for me, it’s the first thing to do!
- Make a list of goals to achieve (short, medium and long term)
- Make a list of things to do to achieve these goals because there are several steps before you get there.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help to gain efficiency; sometimes we want to do everything alone but surrounded by good people we advance better.
- Stay focused, determined, disciplined, and patient because good things take time to arrive, but hard work always pays off!
Viva la France! The determination and to succeed and passion for fitness is easy to see in Lauwencia. Zero doubts she is one to watch, and you can check her progress and projects through her social media. Follow her on Instagram or her website Lauwencia.com. Both of us work like maniacs so I want to thank Lauwencia for fitting me in not to mention the time difference. Stay tuned to Nuts And Bolts to see where the spotlight on fitness shines next it could be you.