About Laura

Hello

I’m Laura Flynn Endres, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, homeschooling parent, tutor, speaker, henna artist and unabashed smart-ass.

I began my fitness career in 1990, when I was hired at Bally Total Fitness in Madison, Wisconsin. I walked in, asked for a job, and they hired me.  It must’ve been the scrunch socks and thong leotard.  (Oh yes I did.)

For the past eight years, I’ve worked as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Summit Fitness, a small but awesome local gym in Pecatonica, IL, an online trainer, and Chief Fitness Officer at inerTRAIN where I created content and trained and managed a team of trainers. 

I hold certifications in Personal Training (AFAA and inerTRAIN), Mat Pilates (Physical Mind Institute), Silver Sneakers Senior Training (Healthways) and First Aid and CPR (plastic dummies don’t taste good). I have a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers!

So I’m legit! And people like me. 

Beyond fitness, I’ve served in a variety of roles, including:2013-03-26 13.52.18

* unschooling speaker, advocate and liaison, writer, local group leader, statewide website designer, and workshop coordinator, as well as publicity chair and co-organizer of an annual statewide conference
* elementary school teacher (grades 4 & 5), 7th grade coach for girls’ volleyball and track and field, and tutor
* administrative assistant at Woodward Governor Company in several departments including human resources, engineering, sales, and the cadet program, and administrative assistant off and on all my life at my father’s insurance agency
* director of Religious Education at the UU Church in Stockton, IL where I also designed curriculum, developed and implemented a mentor program pairing church adults with RE students, wrote a column for the monthly newsletter, and co-organized a Midwest regional women’s spirituality conference
*  director of kids’ summer camp and two Murder Mystery Dinner performances for Pec Playhouse Theatre where I also performed, served on the publicity and script committees, hosted opening night receptions, created newsletters and show programs, and ushered
* and more

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Oh and I almost forgot – I even moonlight as a henna artist at Renaissance Faires, festivals and home parties.

No, seriously. I get paid to draw on people.  

Before we relocated from farm country in the Midwest to the urban jungle that is Los Angeles, my family and I also helped – where “helped” sometimes meant “got in the way” – on the family farm I co-own with my mother and siblings. My sister and her family manage the whole gig, and our children are fifth-generation on the farm. 

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I’ve been married to my husband Rob for over twenty-five years (wait, what?) and together we have two sons, Brady, who is making movies in Los Angeles, CA, and Jonathan, who is an independent sales rep for Collective Goods.

My husband Rob is an investment advisor with Stonebrook Capital Management. They do amazing work.  You should check him out. (Not like that.) (Seriously, not like that.)

That’s the long and short of it. Enough stalling. Go have a Quickie!