April 6, 2017

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be able to be able to beat the boys in athletic endeavors.

My first memory of wanting to be better than the boys was actually not in a physical event, but I feel it’s worth noting. When I was 7, my school was putting on our fi...

March 22, 2017

I want to preface this with stating that nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. I am simply sharing my story, and providing perspective as someone who has dealt with both body dysmorphia and depression in the past. My reason for sharing these detail...

March 2, 2017

I have an incredible friend, Dillan. Dillan is a certified integrative health coach, and every single conversation we have makes it more and more clear to me how much he is truly meant to be a health coach. He has a way of connecting with people, meeting them where the...

February 20, 2017

I think Mike Boyle first popularized the phrase, "the evolution of a strength coach," and my good friend Ana Tocco has been bringing it up a lot lately. It has been making me reflect on my own evolution as a strength coach. I've spoken a lot before about my personal ev...

February 10, 2017

When I was 18 years old, I went on my first “diet.” Up until this point in my life I had always been naturally thin and had never even thought about what I ate. I certainly didn’t have a healthy diet - I hated most vegetables and ate my fair share of buffalo chicken te...

February 9, 2017

Something I used to hear a lot (and still hear from time to time) is people saying they don't want to start working with a trainer until they get fit first. I just never understood this mindset! Helping people get fit is why we exist! Why would you want to do it on you...

January 30, 2017

When I was 6 or 7, my mom asked me what religion I wanted to be. I knew that she was Jewish and that my dad grew up Catholic, but identified as agnostic. I told my mom that I wanted to be Jewish, but I cried because I didn't want to hurt my dad's feelings. (If you know...

January 29, 2017

Yesterday, my co-ed flag football team won the championship!! We went undefeated in the regular season and then pulled out the championship win in epic comeback style after being down by two touchdowns going into the second half!

But the reason this post is titled, "Gir...

January 26, 2017

"She's doing that for attention."

"She probably doesn't eat."

"She has good genetics."

These were just a few of the sentences that would go through my head daily. If I saw a female in the fitness industry demonstrating an exercise in just a sports bra, I immediately judge...

January 25, 2017

I spent a lot of my life hating my body. Every glimpse in the mirror was a reminder of how much of a failure I was for not meeting the elusive standard that I had set for myself. I lived in constant fear of judgement and a sense that nobody would ever take me seriously...

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Lauren Pak

Sharing my life experiences in strength, discovery, and self-love.

My mission in life is to help people find their confidence.

I am the co-owner of Achieve Fitness in Somerville, MA alongside my amazing husband, Jason Pak. We opened Achieve in 2013 and have since been named one of Men's Fitness' top gyms in America. I love everything about owning a gym and I put my heart and soul into it, however I feel that I can only reach so many people within our four walls. This blog will be my way of sharing my experiences with more people, in hopes that my message brings comfort and confidence to my readers no matter their geographical location!

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I have a reputation for smiling a lot, encouraging people to get outside their comfort zone, and taking too many pictures of my dog...


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