About Kate LaPak

As I have gotten closer to finishing physical therapy school, I’ve realized that there are many ways that I can impact the health of others besides being a patient’s physical therapist. I’ve always had a knack for fitness and being active, and I want to be able to inspire others to get up and get moving.

Surprisingly, many people don’t realize movement is an essential part of life. Without it, quality of life would suffer immensely. Another thing the general population may not realize is there are proper ways to move, specific mechanics, that will allow the best results with the least risk of injury. I want to be able to educate others about good quality movement with information backed by not only my personal experiences but by science, and I’m hoping this blog will help me do just that.

Not only is movement important for increased quality of life, but what you put into your body and how you treat your body, i.e. dietary health and mental health, are large factors. I believe life is all about balance. Everything in moderation. It’s okay to cry or have a breakdown. It’s okay to eat that cake you’ve been staring at for the last ten minutes. But you don’t want to eat cake at every meal or have breakdowns every day. Eating a salad everyday or being extremely happy 100% of the time would drive anyone crazy. I want to inspire people to have an overall healthy lifestyle, because it really is a way of living that I can stand behind.

Why Squats?

This is actually quite an interesting story. One summer while working at Hofstra University (my alma mater, go pride!), a few of my coworkers had noticed some muscle gains that I had been making after being 115 pounds and the size of a barbie doll the summer before. Some girls started asking me, “How and when did you get that butt?” and I simply answered “Squats, lots of squats.” Meanwhile they were my favorite exercise to do because the progress I was making was definitely showing. Soon thereafter, a few of my coworkers would shout, “squats by Kate!” anytime I entered the office and it just stuck.

My Background

I am a current physical therapy student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (WUPT 2018!). I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hofstra University. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association  (APTA) and am aspiring to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

I am the only girl of five children and I was born in Syracuse, NY. I’ve always been a New Yorker at heart and I know for certain that I belong on a coast somewhere (no offense to you Midwesterners). I played soccer from the age of 3 until about sophomore year of college when my studies started taking priority and I found my love of weightlifting. During college I also discovered yoga. I am a huge advocate for yoga not only for physical health, but for mental health as well.

I have two adorable beagles (one is a beagle-blue heeler mix) and they help to keep me sane. Some hobbies I enjoy other than yoga and weightlifting include boxing, running, hiking, surfing, gardening, painting, traveling, and trying new food. I’m also a HUGE St. Louis Blues fan.