Today, I’m happy to introduce you to fitness expert and Woman v. Workout host and star, Lauren Berlingeri who joined me to discuss her attempt at being the only woman to complete the Extreme SEAL Experience. She was also kind enough to share secrets on how fitness novices can become fit this winter, how to create green juice (which she swears by), how to recover from a hangover, and much more!
Candace Rose: As host of Woman v. Workout, you are an extreme fitness expert, and recently attempted the Extreme SEAL Experience- a training course no woman has ever completed. Can you tell us about your experience?
Lauren Berlingeri: “As you can see on the show, it was one of the toughest things I’ve done so far. I’m proud to say I’m the first woman to have ever completed the Extreme SEAL Experience. There was so much physical activity in this course that it was so draining. I really found that I had to dig deep, and it was my mental strength that ended getting me through the course. In these 24 hours I learned more about myself than I have ever.”
Candace Rose: Congratulations on completing it.
Lauren Berlingeri: “Thank you so much. I wasn’t surprised, but yet during the 24 hours it was definitely the longest 24 hours of my life.”
Candace Rose: What would you say was the toughest part of it?
Lauren Berlingeri: “The toughest part definitely had to be the fact that when you’re so physically exhausted and they’re preying on your weaknesses the mental part really has to kick in. You really have to have that mental strength in order to get through it because they’re waiting for you to be weak in order to prey on you. Also the fact that we did Log PT training where I had to hold logs over my head. There were times when it was four o’clock in the morning and I was freezing, I was completely drenched in army fatigues doing my 700th pushup of the day, the list goes on. It was jam packed full of fun but very challenging activities.”
Candace Rose: What advice do you have for those who want to stay fit over the holidays, but don’t want to miss out on those holiday get-togethers and meals?
Lauren Berlingeri: “I really believe in the 80/20 rule- 80% of the time make healthy decisions, go to the gym, do some sort of activity, be adventurous, try to incorporate some green juices and green smoothies and some whole foods in your diet. But that other 20% of the time enjoy yourself, don’t feel guilty about it. But after that holiday dinner and you had a few drinks and maybe you’re feeling a little bit hungover the next morning, instead of just lazying around on the couch or eating a greasy meal, wake up, get your body moving, get that blood going. Get that green juice in you and just set up your day for a chain reaction where the rest of your day will reflect your morning.”
Candace Rose: What are some great exercises to help energize us this winter?
Lauren Berlingeri: “I do all sorts of things to change it up. What I like to do is try to incorporate my fitness regime with my social- I go out with my friends, I go for a run, we go for hikes, we make trips around activities. We’re constantly changing it up, it’s never boring. I might go to the gym maybe once a month, but I’m always doing something different and exciting like doing the yoga which has so many different benefits to it. I find that the more I change things up, the more I’m likely to come back.”
Candace Rose: What advice do you have for beginners?
Lauren Berlingeri: “For beginners the best thing to do is get out there and do it. Again, find like-minded people that are very inspiring. A lot of my friends are people that like to do the same things that I like to do, so instead of going and meeting up for a coffee or going and meeting up for a drink, we go out for a walk and we socialize or we go out for a run and socialize. Definitely by surrounding yourself with inspiring people is definitely going to give you that kick to get your morning started or get your day started with something healthy.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Lauren Berlingeri: “I’m a big advocate for green juices. I’m not sure if many people know about green juices but green juices are packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals and digestive enzymes. They’re raw and alive and it enables you to feel alive as well. It gives you a lot of energy, and you can mix it up with kale, Swiss chard, spinach, cucumbers, celery, lemon. Put whatever is green and yummy in there and try to incorporate that into your diet. I try to find that many people once they start incorporating this, they really start to find it’s a chain reaction where the rest of their decisions that day end up being a lot healthier just from that juice having so much energy in it, and you want more foods that are like that.”
Candace Rose: And speaking of green juices, you mentioned kale- what’s good to mix in with the kale? For somebody who isn’t used to drinking green juices, it can be kind of be overwhelming at first.
Lauren Berlingeri: “You can put your green apples in there; cucumber is really fresh. Put mint, mint is really fresh; coriander; all sorts of great herbs. If you are just starting out, you can mix it with carrots and beets as well. Even though it’s not green it’s packed with so many different phytonutrients as well. Just try to change it up and be creative. Play around with it, get yourself a juicer and have fun.”
Candace Rose: Where can we watch Woman v. Workout?
Lauren Berlingeri: “You can catch Woman v. Workout on Youtube.com/3V. One of the newest episodes coming out is definitely our NASCAR episode- I get to drive a stock car at 130 miles per hour, it’s so exciting. The show is so much fun, and I’m sure you guys will love it, so definitely check it out on Youtube.”