That SAUCE! Laura Mucci.

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What’s my special sauce? I’m going to start by quoting the Queen B for this one. “I got a hot sauce in my bag, swag.” Ha! But really, this was a hard one for me to answer. I had never really thought about it before, but for me, it boils down to authenticity. From my personality, to my teaching style, to my playlist, to my sass – I’m always unapologetically me and it works. Let’s be real, Boston is not a big city, yet the fitness industry is thriving and we have a LOT of great instructors here. So, what makes people choose one trainer over another? Yes, some of it is the facility and the class, but it also has a lot to do with the person teaching and his/her vibe. This is what I think makes this industry as successful as it is and for me specifically. I believe in OWNING who you are.

I think the thing that most people like about me is I’m relatable; I am just like you. I admit that I get injured, and tired, and make mistakes, and fail like everyone else. I’ve been very open about my life and its challenges, but I also hammer home that no matter what life throws your way, you still have to show up, every day. There will be setbacks but you can’t throw in the towel. It doesn’t work that way. You get stronger by facing challenges head on – in and out of the gym.

I’ve been in the industry now for almost seven years, and I’ve worked for quite a few places. I have taken a LOT of classes, and I’ve tried to surround myself with the best in the business. There is always something to learn; you should never stop being a student. Additionally, you should always be open to feedback. Throughout my time, a lot of people have given me advice, both negative and positive. Some to change me – “Don’t say this, do this, don’t play this song, I don’t like your ‘Woo’(the last ones a big one if you know me)” – and some of it was super helpful regarding learning to use your voice, musicality, and cueing. It’s helped me find my identity as an instructor, encouraged me to own who I am and stay true to it. In fact it’s now part of my job to help other instructors find their “special sauce” at EverybodyFights.

I’m proud that I’m best known for focusing on form, moving safely and effectively, acknowledging where you are in your fitness journey on any given day, taking what you need and leaving what you don’t, and most importantly, listening to your body. There is no one-size-fits-all approach in fitness. It looks different on everyone, so why should I have the same expectations of everyone in my class? We show up to a group fitness class for the social interaction, the energy, the competitiveness, the community, to learn, and to feel good. You should leave feeling challenged, but also inspired, like you learned, you were safe and now feel incredibly whole and empowered. You should be excited to come back.

It’s simple really. Show up and so will I. I will give you my everything, and all I ask is that you do the same, be mindful of your movement, and work hard. I’m always going to keep it real with you, and I ask that you keep it real with your body. Movement is a gift, a choice, not a punishment, so if you do show up to my class, remember to smile or I’ll likely remind you. It’s supposed to be fun, don’t forget that. WOOHOOO!

 

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