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Talking Top Tens: Laura Miranda

Founder, Strong Healthy Woman

04.14.15

Dr. Laura Miranda DPT, MSPT, CSCS, is the founder of Strong Healthy Woman, which provides outdoor fitness Boot Camps in NYC, and exclusive in-home training in NYC and Long Island. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an educational and motivational speaker for companies such as Whole Foods, Twitter, The New York Stock Exchange, and BlackRock. Laura is also a fitness expert contributor for Pazoo.com and an on camera fitness expert for HealthGuru.com. By trade, she is a fitness and physical therapy guru; by mission, she helps people ‘Become The Best Possible Version of Themselves’ (also the company motto!). Follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

And more with Laura Miranda…

Your greatest achievement:

My greatest achievement (so far) was backpacking alone through 10 different countries in Europe and the Middle East when I was 25. I conquered every one of my own personal insecurities and self imposed limitations and showed myself that I could handle just about anything that was thrown my way!

What do you love most about your work?

When I was very young I had a coach who not only believed in me when no one else in my life did, but she helped me see what I was truly capable of in athletics, academics and my personal drive for success. Today, through my business, I get the chance to “pay it forward” and empower women to uncover just what is possible in their own lives.

Your most recent culinary discovery and obsession:

The Veggetti is my recent culinary obsession! It’s a little device that turns zucchini or squash into faux-pasta shaped noodles that make it super easy to jam tons more veggies into the day!

Your motto in life:

My motto in life is how I strive to live each day and also how I sign off on all of my blog posts: “Stay determined, focused, and addicted to improving yourself.”

Your last great read:

Healing Your Emotional Self’ by Beverly Engel reminds me that without digging deep to cultivate a strong belief in your own self worth, even the best workout and diet plan in the world will fail. We must work on acceptance of who we are, with compassion for where we are, and combine that with the willingness to LOVE ourselves enough to change.

You decompress each day by:

Since I go hard starting at 4:30am each day, around bedtime (8:30pm) I wind down by walking my puppy dog, Wolf, up the Hudson River. There is something about the water that puts me in a meditative state and allows me to slow down enough to just “be.”

The trend you hope never goes out of style:

I hope florescent sneaks and clothing will stay with us forever! But as history has already proven, it probably will be on its way out again soon. (This time I’m not getting rid of it all like I did in the 80s!)

Your (real life) hero and why:

Oprah is my real life hero! She is a badass female entrepreneur that, among many other things, has made self-care and self-improvement a mainstream topic. Oprah has been through a ton of hardships and has used them to fuel her growth, empowerment and drive to get ahead.

Where does your credit card get the most use?

If you look at my credit card statement, you will see a blur of Nike.com & Zappos.com charges. I am the fitness version of Carrie Bradshaw with, at last count, 46 pairs of kicks in my closet! 

If you weren’t at your current job, you’d be a...

If I weren’t doing what I am right now then it means I probably wouldn’t be alive. Fitness and Physical Therapy are the ONLY things that I have ever wanted to do since I was in the 3rd grade. (In 2nd grade, I wanted to be a nun.)