Laurie Donnelly Interview
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have known Laurie Donnelly for quite some time now.
She is one of the better versed of the fitness girls.
If you saw her on ESPN, with the exception of Rick Valente
rattling off his nonsense and pawing all over the girls
that were on the show, you know Laurie was a class act.
Not that the other girls weren't, Laurie just has the
ability to shine. That's how she is. I do not think
she can help it. We keep in fairly regular touch and
so I asked her to do a quick Q&A with us. She of
course agreed. We met a few years ago and ever since
I have been prodding her about projects she has been
neglecting! What's up with that Laurie? In time I am
sure she will get to them. A woman under this much scrutiny
has got her hands full enough already. The funny thing
is that we have attended the same conventions over the
past 3 years and never seem to cross paths. Since she
lives in Colorado, it will probably be by accident on
a ski slope this season. Who knows. Read on! Here is
So what have you been up to since last being on ESPN
regarding the fitness industry?
LAURIE: My main focus has not been the fitness industry
in the same sense as it had been. I am still
involved in personal training and fitness consulting,
both in "real life and in cyberspace." I have
been working on an integration of balanced holistic
approach to fitness and to life. I hope to have
some things ready to share via the internet and a book
in the future. I plan to attend this year's Fitness
America in Redondo as it is the 10th Anniversary (my
how time flies). I have had a number of requests
to "Get back on TV," but as of yet have no immediate
How is YOUR training coming along? Any new goals achieved?
LAURIE: Training is actually great! I no longer
train because it's what I think I need to do to stay
in shape. As you know - most of that is through
diet! I am going more for enjoyment and gearing up for
some competing - but not in fitness shows! In a few
trail races and off road triathlons (you know I used
to compete in running). I have also recently started
Laurie the Jedi! What is upon the immediate horizon
LAURIE: Depends on the day! Both of the goals
mentioned in the above questions are my immediate goals
in "fitness" I am also planning to return to school
for my Master's - I love to learn and continuing my
education is quite important to me.
I know your 'real' job is in the business world. Beauty
and brains. Question. If you have one food that gets
you every time, what would it be?
LAURIE: I suppose you are referring to what I love
to eat - and hate to pass up - if that's the question,
the answer is: Iced sugar cookies - not one good
thing about them that's good for me though!
Mine is peanut butter pie. Problem is I haven't had
but two restaurants serve a good one and both no longer
do. So I cheated a lot for nothing! Laughs. If you could
change one thing about mainstream fitness, what would
LAURIE: The amount of BS that is out there!
I can't believe all of the infomercials on TV selling
crap! And the part that gets me the most is that
there are so many people who will believe almost anything
in regards to an easy way to get in shape!
Well, that goes more to the theory America is kept stupid
so the rich can steal their money from them. You have
an extensive resume in this field. You were a tremendous
marketing tool for ESPN. What is one thing about you
that people do not realize but you feel they should
LAURIE: This is a rather tough question ... One thing
that continues to come up when I meet people is their
surprise that I am a "regular person" without an "attitude."
This makes me wonder if a number of people that have
"public exposure" have an "attitude" or whether this
is an assumption those that haven't met them make.
No, it is more like the average person feels so insecure
about themselves being left in the dark so much that
they tend to forget we all wear pants and shoes and
walk on the same earth. This is back again to the theory
America is better off this way. Control. Speaking of
the 'truth' when is your book for women's exercise going
to be made available?
LAURIE: HMMM... Now I have to wonder if this is your
way of "motivating" me to get going!!
You bet your butt. Is there a chance of doing a video
to accompany it?
LAURIE: This project is a bit further down the road.
As you may know I participated in Body Shaping's videos,
and quite honestly I didn't think much of the production.
Putting together a top quality video is an enormous
project that doesn't work real well "on the side."
I hear you. Oh do I hear you. What was the last movie
you saw, the last video you rented, the last book you
read, the last CD you bought?
LAURIE: Movie in a theater (I hardly go out to movies):
Big Daddy, which consequently was also the last CD I
bought - I liked the sound track. We rent movies
quite a bit, so I've probably seen almost everything
out there that might be decent - no horror films though!
I am currently reading a book by Russell Blaylock called
Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. If you have
not read it, I think it might be one you would find
interesting and alarming!
I am familiar. People are scared enough though Laurie!
Besides Adam Sandler and Russell Blaylock and Judge
Roy Bean, who are three people you want to meet in this
lifetime and why?
LAURIE: Oh boy, another tough question: Dali Lama-
to learn more about his views on profound wisdom and
peace. Depok Chopra- to see if he practices what he
preaches (which is quite profound) as some of those
out there who preach motivation and health, do not practice
it. Those are the two that come to my mind first.
I enjoy meeting people in general as I think everyone
we encounter in life adds interest and dimension to
our lives. Sounds like everything in your life has gotten
What have you been doing since your last public appearance
for fitness? You know, television, etc.? I know you
came down for the Fitness America. How was that?
LAURIE: Since my last appearance (who even remembers
when that was?) I have been working on developing my
career in marketing (which is going very well). Although
I still maintain my web site and train a few clients,
I am not very involved in the public fitness arena.
I am currently enjoying training for triathlons, playing
soccer, and trying to learn yoga which as I am sure
you know, are all far different than training for a
Did you enjoy being a part of the fitness industry?
LAURIE: The Fitness America was great. It was
fabulous to see everyone and "stand in the limelight"
again. Part of the industry I miss, part I don't.
What exercise equipment line do you prefer? You know,
like Nautilus, Cybex, etc.
LAURIE: For gym exercise lines, I prefer Cybex.
For home, I think Pacific Fitness is doing a good job
with their equipment.
What form of aerobic exercise do you prefer and how
is it best manipulated to lose fat?
LAURIE: For aerobic exercise, as you may have guessed
from above, I enjoy running, biking, and swimming (soccer
is not bad for staying in shape either :)
As far as controlling body fat goes, these types of
activities are very conducive to warding off body fat.
As long as I keep my diet 80/20, I've found I don't
need to worry about it.
Women's bodybuilders didn't used to be as muscular as
today's fitness competitors. Now the bodybuilders are
bigger than men. Where can we draw a line here?
LAURIE: In regards to the line, I would have drawn
it along time ago. You couldn't pay me to compete
now if it meant gaining as much muscle as the competitors
have today. My health is far more important than
being big and ripped as a women, and since it takes
precedence as a priority in life to be in that condition,
I'm no longer willing to sacrifice every other area
of my life that I enjoy.
Ever considered getting back on a stage?
LAURIE: I believe my answer above has adequately
answered the question of whether or not you'll see me
on stage competing!
How is work and what is it you are doing these days?
LAURIE: Work is great. I am Marketing Manager
at a health related catalog company. It is challenging
and the people I work with make nearly every day fun.
Certainly I feel like I have a much more balanced life
with regard to working out, my personal life, and my
professional responsibilities. Just to make everything
more interesting, I am going back to school to get my
MBA in the fall.
What types of supplements do you use and how do you
LAURIE: The only supplements I take are vitamins,
not very interesting stuff.
What type of a workout split routine are you following
and what are some of your strongest lifts?
LAURIE: My workout split... frankly a joke.
I train full body with weights 2-3 times per week, and
it's nothing strenuous. I am very happy with how
my body looks and performs. I do what works for
me. My strongest lifts ended years ago!
What friends have you made in the industry and who are
you regularly in touch with?
LAURIE: I wish I could say I kept in touch with everyone
I wanted to. I'm not real good at staying in touch.
I have made some great friends in the industry and I'm
embarrassed to admit my lack of contact with them.
By the way, tell Madonna I said hi (I think she's great)
and that I need a new move to practice (she'll know
what I mean). Some of the girls I wish I would
keep in touch with more (in addition to Madonna) are
Sherri G., Marla, Debbie Kruck, Carol Semple, Mia, Monica
Brant, Alphie (I have no idea where she is or what in
the world she's up to) this list could be long, you
get the point.
If you could set up an organization of your own, how
would you run things differently?
LAURIE: An organization of my own - NO WAY - not
something I'd be interested in doing. :)
So what now my dear?
LAURIE: You, keep in touch with me and let me know
how you're doing. Tell everyone you come in contact
with that I know, I said "hi"! What are you doing this
Being busy as a bee. Was working with Madonna Grimes
at her studio for a while and am now in Vegas preparing
for the Weider Awards.
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LAURIE: Hopefully see you there!
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