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International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHercampaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Lauren Kleban.

LEKFit founder and fitness enthusiast, Lauren Kleban, offers her favorite piece of advice for women trying to make an impact on their career. “Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. Learn more about her story in our candid interview below.

Tell us the story of how you started your business?

I was a professional dancer prior to having children. I had taught dance-inspired fitness classes throughout my dance career so the transition from dance to fitness was a natural one. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 

Every single woman who does LEKFIT. They keep me motivated to consistently create effective and efficient workouts.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? Be confident and who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will to always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Check my phone. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 

Check my phone. 

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

I think the demand of doing and having it all will only increase. With the crucial, but never ending, presence of social media, I can only imagine the pressure that will ensue. 

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far?

Remaining committed and authentic to my vision and brand while not allowing myself to be affected by competition. My second best decision was partnering with my husband and third was bring on Alex, our incredible operations manager. 

What are the worst? 

Hiring out of desperation instead of quality and ability.

What is your self-care routine? Daily LEKFIT sweat session followed by green juice and bone broth. Nightly epsom salt bath, weekly manicure and pedicures plus regular massages and facials. 

We have the best jobs on earth, which includes traveling to far off places, meeting new ad interesting  people, eating yummy food and experiencing a variety of cultures! As our brand continues to grow we will be sharing our picks of fun things to do, good places to eat and great blogs to read in a variety of countries.

Australia
Sydney

Favorite place to eat:

LuMi bar & dining is a beautiful, hip modern italian restaurant that is all glass and over looks the Sydney wharf. When lit up at night this place glows like a light box on the water. Lumi means small bites italian and that is what this place does best. Innovative and fresh ingredients add to the romantic yet trendy vibe while fresh flowers, plants and succulents make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forrest.

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Photo via LuMI bar & Dining

Fitness:

HardCandy Fitness-gyms created by Madonna that offer an eclectic variety of dance classes. Our favorite is “addicted to sweat-cardio dance”. Of course if you’re near the beach you can always surf!

Health/Beauty Product:

Developed by the most gorgeous Australian on the planet, Elle McPherson’s Super Elixir drink is taking the US by storm. This made a splash in the UK by selling out upon its launch. Now available online and in the US, this energy drink will keep you going while detoxing your system.

Due to it’s beach culture Australia is very sun protective aware/ With its many SPF laws and fair skinned population, sun care is big and growing.

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Fashion bloggers:

While Australia is a huge country, the beachy look cannot be ignored. Due to many beachside and waterfront cities, the relaxed boho look is alive and well.  We always take a peek at Moulinfrock.com to see what the trendy girls are wearing. Similar to the US, booties, jeans shorts and rompers are all the rage.

Beauty bloggers:

Gritty Pretty forthe must haves of the moment and Bella Mumma for busy moms on the go.

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Favorite designer:

Sass & Bide

China
Hong Kong

Beauty blog:

We always take a peek at life and lens of beauty. She covers both Western and Eastern brands so it is the perfect mix! Cindiddy is our favorite with the perfect mix of edge and class! We love her hair too!

Fashion Blog:

Asians are known for their style and aead of the trend fashion choices. Hong Kong being the international city that it is, has a variety of fashion looks. Never disappointing and always fierce!

Best food:

Long Key Noodle shop. Hog Kong is touted the best food city in the world, so its hard to go wrong. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. Menus consists of  pork, salted meats, seafood and oddly enough goose. Try ChiuChow, which is ‘late night food’. Similar to Cantonese style food but different than Chinese food as it is made form fresh ingredients and then sits for the day until eaten.

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Fitness:

Piloxing is the newest craze in Hong Kong. While popular in western countries this mix of cardio, dance, Pilates and boxing has taken Hong Kong by storm. Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend time in a class, the walking alone on Hong Kong is enough to keep you in shape.

UK
London

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Favorite food:

NOPI– farm to table fresh ingredients and communal tables. This is usually the first place we eat at in London.

You cannot go to London without indulging in fish and chips. The Punch Bowl is where we go. This classic pub owned by Guy Ritchie is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. They serve up traditional English dishes and have the most delicious fish and chips… don’t forget the mushy peas! Terrific selection of beers and ciders on tap-this is a must eat at!

Fashion blogger:

London is a mix of styles. There is an underground punk vibe to it as well as the upper crust, proper designer vibe. This gives a lot of options on what to wear. Two fabulous women that come to mind are Ella Gregory of Coco’s Tea Party and Sarah Luxe.  Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle bog that never disappoints! Ella is gorgeous and smart and has a way of mixing patterns and designers that make us want to wear everything she posts!

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Sara Luxe is a blogger, stylist and trend setter. Coined by ASOS as ‘A 90‘s girl at heart”, she manages to mix 90‘s grunge with edgy/rock and roll looks. We are also obsessed with everything she does to her ever changed mane of hair.

Beauty Blogger:

ReallyRee is our goto girl for everything beauty! She selects and tries all new beauty products and then shares her step by step experience and opinion. Always honest and and willing to try anything once this girl isn’t gorgeous by accident.

Fitness:

Luckily for us Barry’s Bootcamp is now in London! When we aren’t running around working we can be found sweating it out at bootcamp! Thank s to Lauren we also like to do Tracy Anderson workout in the hotel gym. She is amazing at it, I am still learning the moves but regardless always a fun and tiring dance workout.

These bars make it easy to conquer a grumbling stomach, whether you’re grabbing breakfast on your way out the door, running between meetings at work, or on subway en route to yoga class. With only a few simple whole food ingredients, this healthy snack option will keep you energized no matter what the day throws your way.

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Makes 18-21 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal (gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 cup instant oats (I used Love Grown Foods Super Oats which are gluten-free)
  • 1 cup flaked almonds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 5 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raw honey (or swap with maple syrup if vegan)
  • ½ cup nut butter of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

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Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients (crispy rice cereal through cinnamon).
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining ingredients together, stirring constantly to prevent burning. This should take about 3 minutes and the liquid should be smooth and thick when ready.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl and stir to coat as much of the oat/cereal mixture as possible.
  • Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spatula and/or rolling pin to flatten it out into a flat, even layer.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool a bit (but not completely, or they will crumble) before slicing into squares or bars.
  • Store in the fridge, or freeze leftovers if you won’t be eating all of the bars within the next 10 days.

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Angela is an avid runner, fitness instructor, foodie, healthy living blogger, and health coach. Having been overweight, unhappy and insecure as a teenager, Angela took control, changed her unhealthy habits, and adopted a clean eating lifestyle that she continues to maintain today. Her goal is to support, inspire, and motivate others to improve their health and be their best. You can learn more about her on her blog,
Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat.com.

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