To kick off our new series “Athlete Profile,” we’re helping you get to know a familiar face—Lauren Rosemeyer. If you happen to frequent Paramount’s evening classes, then you’ve definitely seen her in there working up a sweat. As an accountant with a private equity firm in the Loop, Lauren spends her days (and, unfortunately, sometimes nights) sitting at a desk, staring at Excel files. With that kind of schedule, we were curious what drives her to come into the gym…and what drives her in general.
First off, when do you typically like to work out?
Everyone knows I am NOT a morning person. I am a frequent attendee of the 7:15 PM classes. I also try to go for some good runs with my dog on weekends.
Why did you first start coming to Paramount?
It answered all of my lame excuses for not working out, such as:
- “I don’t know how”—Well, that’s why Alex, Megan, and Kim are there to help. And they’re all very approachable and knowledgeable.
- “I don’t have time”—Paramount’s night classes work well for me. Plus, I can burn through an entire season of a TV show in a week, so I definitely have time to spare.
- “It’s not fun”—I love the community aspect of Paramount, and I enjoy spending time with everyone there. The people make it fun.
What can you do now that you couldn’t before?
And what’s your favorite workout?
Deadlift. It’s my strongest lift. Make sure you tell people I can deadlift 162 pounds! But make me sound humble about it.
Hey, there’s no need for humility when it comes to deadlifts. Anyway, what’s something people at the gym might not know about you?
Before Paramount, I hadn’t exercised since mandatory P.E. classes in high school, and I don’t even think that counts. My P.E. teacher used to let us pay $5 to get out of class for the day, and I often took him up on that offer. When I started training in November 2013, I only ran when I had to catch the bus. I never even lifted weights. I was truly starting from zero and can’t believe how far I’ve come since then.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Logan Square?
Parson’s. They have great fried chicken, hush puppies, and coleslaw. And they make great micheladas that I cannot replicate at home despite many attempts.
You can’t beat fried chicken and cocktails. So, we have to ask, what’s your favorite place to grab a drink?
The Boiler Room in Logan Square. They have cool bathrooms…which sound a little weird, but you’ll know if you go there. Plus, they have good beer on draft and an outdoor patio.
We know the season is winding down, but tell us about your favorite thing about Chicago summers.
I’m getting a lot of use out of my grill, and I enjoy eating outside. My least favorite is probably all the slack-lining going on in Palmer Square.
Okay, okay, with the cold fast approaching though, it’s time to hunker down and catch up on TV. Who’s your favorite Game of Thrones character?
Jon Snow. He’s loyal, smart, attractive, and unavailable. He’s the perfect man…err…character I mean.
Of course, what’s a Q&A without a deserted island question? If you were stuck on one, what would you bring of the following:
Movies / TV shows?
30Rock. I’ve seen every episode at least three times, and each time is funnier than the last. And Tracey Jordan gives some great advice on the show. “Live every week like it’s shark week.”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. They’re very smart and completely absurd at the same time. A lot of fun to read, but don’t bother with the movie that came out in 2005 (sorry Zooey Deschanel and Mos Def).
I would stock up on sriracha, good mustard, salt, and my favorite spices in hopes that I could put them to use with whatever I find on the island. Oh, and lots of coffee and red wine if you can count those as food.
I love Beyoncé at the gym, but I would go with Led Zeppelin on the island. Their music runs the entire spectrum from ethereal to heavy rock, often in the same song. And Robert Plant is a big Lord of the Rings fan, which I can definitely relate to.