Never underestimate a cheerleader.
When you think of a fitness influencer, you probably think of someone like Jillian Michaels. Although strong as hell and effortlessly gorgeous, she’s quite petite with few curves. This leads to the masses thinking that the “athletic” look means slim, toned, and even flat – that no one can be athletic if they’re curvy. Well, that’s just a bald-faced lie. Athletes come in all shapes in sizes. Athletes come with breasts, in different heights, and even with a little booty.
This next influencer embodies just that. Lauren Boggi is a former Division IA USC college cheerleader who is bringing the workout of cheerleading to your living room. She designed Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting, her own HIIT workout that will kick your butt each and every time.
We asked the incredible Lauren Boggi about her innovative and rewarding routine, how she handles criticism for her body type, and how to become your best athletic self.
Q&A with Lauren Boggi
Despite all of the integration into pop culture with the popularity of cheerleading and cheerleading films, a lot of people still don’t consider cheerleading to be a hard-core sport. To prove them wrong, how has being a cheerleader made you stronger as an overall athlete?
Div. IA college cheerleading was BY FAR the toughest, most grueling, time-consuming, thrilling, dangerous, exhausting, and physically demanding sport that I have ever done. (Think: working out until you puke while yelling your lungs out.) My cheer background is why Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is so effective and intense. We do the same training/conditioning.
As an athlete at University of South Carolina, we worked out 3x a day in the same stadium next to the strongest football players (practice at 5am, stadium weights/cardio conditioning at 3pm, practice again at 6-8pm) every day of the week. To build our endurance, we would run the steps of the Williams Brice Stadium in the hot and steamy August, Columbia, South Carolina sun. Seriously, the hottest place on earth.
To even think about making the squad, you needed to be fit, petite, coordinated, and athletic. You had to be able to dance really well, have good jumps, and run a six-minute mile. You had to have a round-off back handspring back tuck, and you had to, at least, be able to do a toss up liberty onto hands. If you didn’t have that as a baseline, you didn’t even make the cut. Have asthma? Forget it. Lung capacity is crucial.
Our squad consisted of 12 men and 12 women. We had two PT’s, two conditioning trainers, a sports MD, and three tutors to help us with what we were actually there for (college). We worked just as hard as all the other athletes both in and out of the stadium.
Cheerleading is what inspired me to create Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting (I missed my sport and my physique that much) and it’s what inspires me still when I programme and create workouts for both LB Active and Lithe. I have major love and respect for cheerleaders, but I’m not talking about Eagles/Cowboy Cheerleaders or girls who dance around and shake their pom-poms and flip their hair. I’m talking about the real thing.
Describe Cardio Cheer Sculpting and its benefits.
Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is a full body workout combining the dynamic cardio of cheer-based choreography (like Dance Cardio but with sharp empowering movements) with the grounded sculpting of cheer-based conditioning (like, Pilates and strength conditioning). Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting is loved for its muscle-shaking strength moves blended with explosive cardiovascular sequences (like HIIT). Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting gives you functional full-body strength, a strong core, and is perfect for those who are looking to burn serious calories (up to 1,000/hr.) build strength, endurance, become leaner, and push their overall fitness.