Rock Force
By Laura McDonald
New York, NY
"To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping." -- Chinese Proverb
A native of Louisiana, Laura McDonald moved to NYC as a musician and songwriter and started a family. After the birth of her third child (and gaining over 70 lbs with each pregnancy) she joined a local gym, lost the weight and fell in love with the excitement and energy of group and personal training. She became ACE and AAFA certified and has done training in kick-boxing, yoga-fit, mat Pilates, and is currently a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Laura went on to create a customized boot-camp class in NYC, “Box-Fit” and was featured on NBC with Hoda Kotb. Laura contributed numerous segments to NBC’s web based series on MSNBC. She worked directly with New York City Policewomen after 9/11 creating a six-month “Healthier Living” challenge.
Currently Laura is a contributor to the popular web-site, working with private clients, training online and teaching her custom classes in NYC. She recently completed a “sizzle” reel for a new fitness/reality show developed for low-income families. She has published 2 e-booklets and is working on a Southern inspired healthy cookbook. Laura enjoys engaging audiences as a health advisor through social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest,YouTube and her blog,
Her mission is to help empower busy people and guide them on a journey towards a more balanced life. From London to Louisiana, from Italy to India, women and men reach out to Laura for inspiration, motivation and advice.
I play bass guitar, write songs and jammed with Bob Dylan.


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  • at 2:45 am on 9.14.14
    VOTE FOR LAURA!!!!!!
  • at 12:03 pm on 9.13.14
    Laura is an inspiration! ~Crystal
  • at 1:53 am on 9.13.14
    Let's Go LAura!
  • at 11:52 pm on 9.12.14
    Laura is vibrant, vivacious and makes working out not only affordable, but fun! She has my vote!!
  • at 8:54 pm on 9.12.14
    Laura has an infectious enthusiasm!
  • at 6:13 pm on 9.12.14
    Got my Vote!
  • at 5:15 pm on 8.27.14
    Laura is a rock star!!! So proud to know and workout with her!! Vote for Laura people, she is an inspiration.
  • at 1:58 pm on 8.23.14
    Yay, Laura!
  • at 12:31 am on 8.22.14
    Laura rocks!
  • at 3:10 pm on 8.21.14
    Another day, another vote for Laura the Great! Go girl!
  • at 2:40 pm on 8.20.14
    You continue to rock on, Laura! I am behind you 150%!
  • at 4:11 am on 8.20.14
    I find Laura's articles and videos to be both informative and inspirational.
  • at 5:11 pm on 8.19.14
  • at 2:47 am on 8.19.14
    Laura la mejor!
  • at 1:31 am on 8.18.14
    Go LAURA!
  • at 4:21 am on 8.17.14
    Laura you´re amazing!!
  • at 4:07 pm on 8.16.14
    God Bless Laura!!! I'm on vacation this week and because of all I've learned from her I kept up my fitness routine and have gone on two long runs and watched my diet. Be good to yourself and others!! Thanks Laura, you've got my vote!
  • at 11:11 pm on 8.12.14
    Whoo hoo! Go Laura :)
  • at 6:56 am on 8.12.14
    Hola dear Laura! You did well; I wish you good luck and I'm going to keep voting!
  • at 6:20 pm on 8.11.14
    this woman keeps me motivated every day...damn she is the BEST!
  • at 4:31 pm on 8.10.14
    I wrote this morning but, I just got back from a run down the hudson and had to post again! Laura has helped my realize that health and fitness is so important to make time for. Taking good care of yourself is something everyone should do. Hop on board people.
  • at 2:14 pm on 8.10.14
    Laura is not only beautiful and fit; she truly cares about others.
  • at 1:37 pm on 8.10.14
    Glad to stumble back on this all these months later and see the episode and how great you are Laura! Fun Knowledgeable and sensible. Great workout and great coach
  • at 1:07 pm on 8.10.14
    Wow! Really cool video and I love how passionate this woman is about health and fitness. I'm going to keep voting!!! Good luck Laura!!
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  • at 2:39 pm on 8.07.14
    Has helped me with fitness and health issues love her
  • at 12:05 pm on 8.07.14
    I am back to say again what a true inspiration this woman is. Go Laura!
  • at 11:10 am on 8.07.14
    My best trainer ever!!!!
  • Kassinda Campbell at 4:50 am on 8.07.14
    You rock Laura!!!
  • at 3:15 am on 8.07.14
    Love Laura's workouts!
  • at 1:40 am on 8.07.14
    Laura touches lives! She is phenomenal!! Always ready to help,motivate,inspire and inform. Thank you for being so special!
  • at 8:11 pm on 8.06.14
    Laura Rocks!!
  • at 5:36 pm on 8.06.14
    LOVE Laura's workouts!!!
  • at 3:54 am on 8.06.14
    Laura you inspire me!
  • at 3:25 am on 8.06.14
  • at 1:22 am on 8.06.14
    Laura is fantastic inside and out and working out with her is a boost physically and mentally.
  • at 1:16 am on 8.06.14
    Yeah Laura!!! Good Luck@
  • John Circello at 11:06 pm on 8.05.14
    You so got this you are Amazing Laura!!
  • at 7:15 pm on 8.05.14
    You are amazing, Laura! Good luck!
  • at 6:32 pm on 8.05.14
    Without any doubt, a truly amazing, inspiring, remarkable motivator who absolutely deserves the ultimate prize !
  • at 5:10 pm on 8.05.14
    Laura Rocks!!
  • at 4:04 pm on 8.05.14
    Laura has always had wonderful workouts. Workouts simple enough that ANYONE can jump in and get step at a time. She is an AWESOME motivator and her LOVE & PASSION shows it. Laura definitely deserves getting to the next round!!
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  • at 10:36 am on 8.05.14
    I love all her online workouts, I can do them right at home and feel great. She can and should get through to the next round so vote for her!
  • at 6:40 pm on 8.04.14
    Laura has the BEST recipes and her works outs keep me motivated every day to be my BEST and get out there in the real world with REAL issues and stay true to my practice...her programs WORK!
  • at 12:07 pm on 8.04.14
    I love working out with Laura and love her recipes.
  • at 2:00 am on 8.04.14
    Laura is my motivation to keep moving and you can eat clean but delicious!!!
  • at 5:44 pm on 8.03.14
    Wow a real person with a brain!!!!!I could see myself training with Laura. Well done!
  • at 2:05 pm on 8.03.14
    Awesome recipes, great workouts, super motivation and upbeat energy! Laura covers it all!
  • at 2:09 am on 8.03.14
    My walking fitness encyclopedia. Thanks Laura for all your fitness tips, workouts and support. You rock!
  • at 12:39 am on 8.03.14
    You are amazing!!! Best workout I've ever had! :-) laura for life
  • at 8:03 pm on 8.02.14
    Laura is a great source of fitness and nutrition advice.
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  • at 1:49 pm on 8.02.14
    as a fellow fitness enthusiast, Laura really knows her stuff!
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  • at 8:53 pm on 8.01.14
    Joined her Mom's Drop Off Class, got to excersize outside in the park when weather permitted. It made working out so much more enjoyable. Then I did Laura's Boxfit. It was crazy fun, learning to punch and kick! I'm a fan.
  • at 3:56 pm on 8.01.14
    Laura truly cares about fitness and is generous with her assistance.
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  • at 12:49 am on 1.14.14
    Laura is a great motivator and inspires you to do more!
  • at 9:39 pm on 1.01.14
    Laura is one amazing lady! She obviously loves helping others find their own stride when it comes to making their health and fitness goals a reality. As a fellow fitness lover, I look to Laura as a source of inspiration for my own routine and in tackling the toughest workout we all go through called "life."
  • at 12:32 am on 12.31.13
    Laura is amazing! Her upbeat attitude and enthusiasm for what she is doing is contagious. It was a great day when I met Laura.
  • at 7:18 pm on 12.29.13
    Laura is the best fitness instructor I've ever had. She constantly changes it up, so it's never boring, and I love that we can work out anywhere, using the landscape as our "equipment." She makes it fun but pushes hard and doesn't allow a lot of chitchat so you really get the most from it. She has so much energy and is always positive. She's a fantastic role model because she obviously follows her own advice!!
  • at 5:15 pm on 12.29.13
    Laura is AWESOME! She has taken on changing lives and LOVES what she does! She makes it a point of constantly taking new classes HERSELF so that her clients are ALWAYS getting the BEST and most UP TO DATE information on health, wellness and fitness. You don't feel like you are being with some trainer who is just killing feel like you are hanging out with your best friend who is committed to you best YOUR BEST YOU!
  • at 4:30 pm on 12.29.13
    Laura's great, always upbeat, one of the best workouts I have ever had.
  • at 4:12 pm on 12.29.13
    Laura is responsible for me getting fit. She understands what real people want and need and the challenges that we face with fitness and diet. She actually showed me how to change my life and made it possible for me to do it. This is a smart well educated woman with real life experiences.



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