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Humans of Central: Taylor Heatherly

Becoming a Lululemon ambassador requires significant vetting of candidates, and Central English teacher Taylor Heatherly joined those ranks and taught a fitness class for a time while. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Heatherly)

“I was [a Lululemon ambassador] for a year. There’s a recruitment process, so a previous ambassador [asks if] there’s any recommendations, and Steff Nash, who is the owner of Shred 415 and was a Lululemon ambassador for five years, encouraged them to take a look at me. So they come to your workout classes, they watch your social media, you have coffee conversations, then they make their selection.

I loved [being an ambassador]. It was so transformative, I felt so appreciated and special, there is a Lululemon experiential store in Lincoln Park, we call it

the mothership, and every single Lululemon event that I went to I just felt so honored, it was inclusive. There was a really strong community connection [because] they would advocate for marginalized communities.

I was really, really inspired by my other fellow ambassadors who were also on the bench, they were just really special people, and so it’s really cool to be a part of a community of just really inspiring people.

I threw an event at Lululemon experiential for my soccer team, and they provided products for that, [so then] I could host those types of events [and] I could get products for people that were special. One of the cool events that we did was like a fitness crawl [and] I led a run portion.

I became a shred 415 fitness instructor as a group fitness instructor, but I’ve actually stopped doing that. I love attending classes but It was just too much. I felt like I was taking away from being an effective coach and taking away from my job here. Now I’m just happy to be a fitness participant. I don’t need to be leading the classes. Maybe someday [I’ll do it] again.”

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Vanshika Shahdadpuri, Staff Writer
Vanshika Shahdadpuri is a junior and this is her first year on Central Times. She loves to write basically anything, she usually spends her time writing fiction and recently discovered her love of journalistic writing. In her free time she is usually found reading or listening to music.
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