Meet Our Coaches: Laura Nitowski - South Loop Strength & Conditioning

Laura Nitowski

Registered Dietitian

Where were you born?
Christiana, Delaware

Where did you grow up?
A small town in Pennsylvania about an hour outside of Philadelphia, Lincoln University

What schools did you attend?
Ursuline Academy for High School in Wilmington, Delaware
West Chester University of Pennsylvania BA in English Literature, Minor in Psychology, BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

When did you start CrossFit?
Winter 2012

What made you start CrossFit?
I was reading The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and he mentioned this thing called “CrossFit”. Having been a long-time runner, I had hardly done any weight training in the past. I was ready to try something different and wanted to improve my strength. There was no way I could have known how much I would fall in love with it! From my very first workout, I was addicted. It has really changed my life for the better.

When did you come to SLSC?
Summer 2016 when my Husband and I moved from Philadelphia to Chicago. We chose our first apartment because it was close to SLSC 🙂

What do you enjoy about SLSC?
I love the community. Not only is the gym practically always open, but everyone is friendly and welcoming. Also, can’t ignore the quality of the programming!

What do you enjoy about coaching?
I really love providing people with the tools and support to achieve optimal health & performance. There is no better feeling than when clients share that they have made positive changes which are moving them towards their goals.

What would you say to someone who is considering trying out SLSC but is unsure?
SLSC is much more than just a place to work out. The principles of CrossFit – good form, community, challenging yourself to try but knowing when to scale, finding inner strength – spill over into the rest of your life in a very positive way. The coaches are knowledgable and kind, and are experts at individualizing movements to ensure you have a safe, quality workout. I am obviously biased because I was addicted to CrossFit the second I tried it but I would still encourage you to give it a shot!

Worst case scenario? Don’t like it, move on. Best case scenario? You change your life for the better. Also, SLSC is unique in the services it offers – nutrition, private coaching, FAST classes, ongoing seminars, open gym whenever the gym is open, powerlifting classes, etc. There is something for everyone.

Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – which means I have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science in an accredited program, completed over 1,200 hours of supervised practice and passed a national certification examination.

Social Media

Instagram: @ljn_nutrition