Laurie Junkins

Laurie Junkins is a trainer at ZUM Fitness in downtown Seattle.

Laurie Junkins


With a B.A. from the UW, an M.F.A. in Literary Arts, and a stint as an alpaca breeder on Orcas Island, Laurie’s one sports claim to fame was undergraduate sailing for the UW, where she was part of a regionally-dominant team (even coming in second when she fell overboard!) Beyond that and several yoga DVDs, she had never considered herself athletic. That all changed when, on impulse, she signed up for a six-week “Boot Camp in the Park” program in 2008. By 2013 she had become an avowed gym rat and made the decision to switch careers from writer/editor to trainer/coach. It is now her mission to teach as many people as possible, especially women who have traditionally been discouraged from strength training, how fitness enhances and extends life at all ages and levels of conditioning. Because she loves a challenge, she shares that passion with her clients by motivating them to make, and then conquer, goals they never thought possible.

Laurie is a native Washingtonian and loves being outdoors, even in the rain. She is a long-distance runner, and is happiest when scuba diving in Puget Sound with her husband and kids.

Oh… and she’s a published poet.

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