Why I Fight: Lauren Keenan
Why I Fight: Lauren Keenan – What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Lauren Keenan, I’m originally from the city of brotherly love- Philly! Moved to Boston close to 6 years ago. I FIGHT to be the best version of myself each day and try to bring that to others by being a trainer at EBF and a certified health coach.
What makes you a fighter?
My heart, self-awareness and grit! We all have our own heart beat that is reflected by life’s ups and downs. Sometimes it races, beats deep and loud, beats at a painful broken pulse, and at times it stops, but only briefly, because I know I have the grit to handle whatever life throws at me!
What do you fight for?
ME!! As selfish as that sounds, we only have this one chance to make the most of OUR life! I’ve had to learn to say no, for the bigger picture. If I’m not the best version of myself each day, then how am I expected to help others be the best versions of themselves and believe that I am in their corner?!
What inspires you to take the hits and keep on fighting?
That ‘ah ha, I got you” moment! It’s the reason I am so passionate about boxing. I started boxing because I was at the lowest point in my life, shattered, alone, depressed, in and out of the hospital for blood transfusions, barely 90 lbs and I thought that if I just started to hit something, the pain would go away. It helped, but temporarily. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people, hear some incredible stories of pain and misfortune, but what I heard most of all was their Triumph! I wanted to be strong and resilient like them, and it clicked, you have to believe in a bigger plan for you, and be okay with taking hits, so you can wait for the right moment to make your move, and say “ah ha, I got you!”.
If you could fight side-by-side with one person, past or present, who would it be?
Chuck Bednarik, he is one of the NFL’s last “full-timers” (meaning he played both offense and defense). I am too young to see him play live, as he was on the Eagle’s 1960 championship team, BUT I’ve had his famous hit against Frank Gifford hanging in my room since college. This man had grit, a little rough around the edges, but he was passionate for the love of the sport, and nothing else. I look at that picture of him standing over Gifford and it gets me fired up thinking about the rush he must have been feeling. I’ve been chasing that feel everyday of my life!
What is your Fight Fuel?
H2O, staying hydrated is key! I also love adding avocado to my smoothies.
What is your Fight Song?
Warrior Daughter- Wildwood Kin , I must have listened to this 1000x before my first fight. It’s my meditation.
What’s your favorite EverybodyFights class?
BODYxCORE or BODYxSUSPENSION with Anthony DiLuglio. Not only is this class a physical challenge, but mentally it will break you if you let it. You need grit to step in the room with Anthony, you have to trust your body, and yourself enough to just let go, breathe and commit to the process! Changed me as a person and fighter!
Who is your favorite EverybodyFights Trainer, and why?
The great thing about EBF is EVERYONE is amazingly talented and brings something unique to their classes. BUT Kevin Cobbs has been my brother since day one, broke me down, just so he could build me into the fighter and trainer I am today. He won’t let you get away with not giving 110%.
How do you Fight It Forward?
Treating others the way I would want to be treated, having an open mind, and doing the little things each day. Yes the participating and being apart of organizations and fundraisers are important, but I’ve learned a simple smile and thank-you goes a long way. Be genuine.
Why I Fight: Lauren Keenan