Green Bird Fitness

We count ourselves lucky to rub elbows with some serious fitness experts in our line of work. Through our daily interactions with our awesome partners we learn everything from proper technique for a particular movement, to the latest trends in the fitness industry – and everything in between. And as our mission is to support you Mamas, we want to share these fit tips, trends and stories with you! Read on to learn more about what inspires Green Bird Fitness Owner and Lead Instructor, Lauren Whitehead, to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

I have always been active with dance and playing soccer. I just couldn’t imagine my life without movement! When I was in college at Texas A&M I loved going to fitness classes to reduce stress. I realized that the instructors with the Britney Spears microphone headsets were also students just like me. I quickly started practicing teaching and auditioned tobecome a fitness instructors at the Texas A&M Recreation Center. From there I was hooked on teaching! I trained in every format they had to offer at the rec center and taught as many classes as was humanly possible. I just loved motivating others to push themselves beyond what they thought they could. That’s what fitness classes always did for me. There was this person invested in my success. They were cheering me on to do more reps, run a little faster, lunge a little deeper. I always left feeling exhausted, but so strong and hungry for the next class…that next opportunity to dig a little deeper. I wanted to do that for other people.


When I moved back to Austin after graduating from grad school at A&M I kept finding myself teaching at fitness studios around town. I needed to find a full-time job that was flexible enough that I could keep teaching 8-10 fitness classes a week. It became non-negotiable for me. I needed to teach because I loved the feeling of supporting and motivating others through movement. Once I realized that I couldn’t live without immersing myself in fitness and once I had convinced my husband through years of dedication to teaching then we took the leap to start Green Bird Fitness and create our own fitness community.

What is your favorite way to stay active?

Of course I LOVE to take and teach classes at Green Bird. When the music is bumping and everyone’s feeling the groove it’s just the most motivating atmosphere to push a little more. When I’m not at the studio, I’m probably outside playing with Sammy, our German Shorthaired Pointer. He loves playing fetch in this big field area behind our house. Jeff (my husband) and I also love to go walking at the great parks we have so close to our house like Pedernales Falls and Charro Ranch Park.

What is the best piece of advice you have for people (ahem, parents!) that are busy to keep up a healthy, active lifestyle?

My advice is two-fold: 1) Make a goal for yourself to do 1-2 active things a week (ex: hike with the family, barre class, walk the dog, online yoga class). Put these activities in your calendar ahead of time, so you can’t cancel. These are your own appointments that are non-negotiable. Doing something active is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and you have to make it a priority. 2) Don’t be hard on yourself when you can’t meet your goal every week. One of the things I hear a lot is a person being really down on themselves because they missed just one class. Life happens and just because you aren’t hitting your goals perfectly every time does not mean you’re failing. It’s necessary for you to pick yourself back up and stay the course.

Example: As a business owner and fitness instructor it used to feel impossible to get my own workouts or active Me-Time in. It’s become normal for me to work well over 40 hours a week most weeks (and I LOVE IT!). Teaching classes is actually not my workout. It’s for the clients. I always had an excuse for why I couldn’t do something for myself—there’s so many meetings to attend, so many classes to teach or I should be something that’s directly building my business. It’s selfish to do something for me when I have so much that needs to get done. Then, last November I made a choice to do something active at least 2 times a week. I put in my calendar every week and I tell people I’m busy during that time. I’ve been doing this consistently ever since and I feel so much better. I’m happier. I have more energy. I’m stronger. I’m a better business owner and instructor because of it.

Tell us about what makes Green Bird a unique and effective gym for its members?

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and warm studio for every person that walks through the door. No matter if it’s your first class ever or you’re coming back from an injury or you’re a Pilates veteran we welcome you with open arms. Everyone is supportive and our members cheer each other on during class. The members have become friends through meeting at Green Bird. We miss our members when they’re gone for awhile and we check up on each other to make sure all is well. It’s a community of genuine, good-hearted, and kind people at Green Bird.

Our classes are special because it doesn’t feel like a workout. We make sure each class has the best music and a party-like atmosphere. We want you to have fun while you sweat. But don’t be fooled…the classes are challenging. We’re all still there to burn it up.  

What is your favorite class taught at Green Bird?

That’s a tough one because I love all of the classes. I love how each class complements the others. You can take a barre class to strengthen your hips and thighs. Then you can take a yoga class to stretch it all out and gain more flexibility. If I were really pressed to come up with that one class that I love the most it may have to be Barre+Kickboxing. I love that mix of the burn and shake at the barre with the sweat and grit of the kickboxing segments. It’s a fantastic combination of cardio and toning exercises. Plus you get so much anger, frustration, and stress out of your body with every jab, hook, and cross.  

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