Lauren Zdon

I am a multisport athlete who found fitness to be my saving grace during my struggle with PPD. “Failure is the start of your comeback

Placed 11th

in her group

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

You need to set goals for yourself. Not one huge unattainable goal. You need to set small realistic goals to get that sense of accomplishment along your fitness journey. Find an accountability partner to workout with and y’all have a plan when you walk in the gym. Lastly, don’t ever compare your fitness journey to others. Everyone has different body types, health history, and situations. Look in the mirror and you should want to be better than the person staring back at you.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I had my child 3 years ago and suffered from PPD for almost a year and a half. I went from being a full time athlete to being pregnant and a full time working mom and I was miserable. I stepped one foot into the gym and looked around at the ratio of men to women. All the women were in the yoga room or on treadmills and no one dared to be near the boys with the free weights and barbells. I wanted to step into a man’s world and prove that ANYONE can lift 2-3x their own body weight. And I did

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I have always wanted to open a powerlifting gym with my husband.