Lauren Shagla – McKotch – Assistant Operations Manager

Growing up I played sports all year round, with my main focus being basketball. Being as active as I was, I was able to eat anything and everything I wanted, not worrying about weight gain. It wasn’t until I started college and stopped the physical activity that I started to see the scale increase. Over four years I gained around 100 pounds and became someone unrecognizable both physically and emotionally. In July of 2014, I reached 258 pounds and realized I was not happy, I was severely depressed, my eating was emotional, and it was time I started making better decisions to make a positive change in my life.

I am happy to say that in two years I not only have lost 80 pounds, but have grown so much as person, ultimately finding my true self through living an active healthy, lifestyle. I joined Jada Blitz in January of 2016. I had gained ten pounds back out of the sixty-five I had lost over the last year and a half, I was struggling with my nutrition, and I felt I had hit a plateau in my training. Jada Blitz was my answer, as I started training and following a nutrition program, with Justin, I was able to refocus my goals and found my passion for fitness.

It was at this point that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in fitness and helping others in their journey. I was fortunate, that Jada Blitz was looking for an Assistant Operations Manager at the same time that I decided to make this career change. I cannot express how grateful I am to be a part of this family, as that is what they have become to me. I look forward to coming to work every day to see the hard work that the members, clients and trainers put in and to hear everyone’s rewarding stories. I am excited to see what the future holds for me with both working professionally at Jada Blitz, along with continuing my fitness/nutrition journey here as well.