#AHHPowerfulWomen: Celebrity Trainer, Holly Lawson Connects Boxing to Music


(AllHipHop Features) Leaders and bosses come in many different forms. Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson has experienced greatness first hand as a Top 5 Welterweight contender, but now she uses her experiences to help a star-studded clientele take their talents to new heights as a celebrity trainer. Holly’s uncanny motivational techniques have helped actors such as Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day”, “Girl Gone, A Untied Kingdom”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse” “Straight Outta Compton”), Sophie Turner (“Game of Thrones, X-Men Apocalypse”), Eddie Cahill (“Under The Dome”, “CSI:NY”), and Aimee Carrero (“Elena if Avalor”, “Young and Hungry”, “The Last Witch Hunter”). She has also trained artistic eccentrics like Grammy-winning superstar Lorde, producer Brook D’Leau and Hip-Hop artist Murs. Even AllHipHop’s own Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur has sought out Lil’ Bear’s expertise. “I’ve fought my whole life, both in the ring and outside. My training philosophy is helping people become the best versions of themselves, physically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Lawson.

She has been featured on mainstream outlets like E! Online, Elle UK, Yahoo.com, Variety, W Magazine, Healthista.com, Self.com, Daily Mail (The UK’s largest paper) and more. Continually challenging herself, Holly is a Bellator MMA fighter and a California Golden Gloves Champion. “Holly works harder than most of the male world champions I see. She has always brought a welcome light, along with her talent to Wildcard. We are all big fans of her both professionally and personally,” says Freddie Roach, Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer. Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson is an entrepreneur of another sort. She moves between Hip-Hop, Hollywood, combat sports and celebrity, all seeking remarkable metamorphosis in their physiques.

AllHipHop: Explain what you’re job entails:

Holly Lawson: A lot of telling people they can’t eat donuts for breakfast and make their fitness goals! I am side eying Aimee Carrero and Alexandra Shipp right now. In all seriousness, technically I am a trainer, although my role in a lot of peoples lives tends to fall more into a life coach capacity, so my job changes daily.

I am in the final stages of a training platform that’ll be available via an app as well as online, so there’s a lot of energy going into that. I’ve also got a boxing and Hip-Hop podcast I am launching with Glasses Malone next month and I’ve been working on commentating in boxing (which is my first love and a huge part of everything I do).

AllHipHop: What’s the most enjoyable part of the job and your duties:

Holly Lawson:

My jobs – plural – keep me bouncing between worlds, so I get to experience and work in different environments, with different people. I’m not sure I have finished finding my calling, but I do know I am super grateful for the space and opportunity to work with the people I work with. I would definitely say that getting to work with my clients daily is one of my biggest blessings.

AllHipHop: What is the hardest part:

Holly Lawson: I am a professional boxer and there was a point I reached with it, that I realized that boxing wasn’t taking me where I needed to go in order to keep growing as a human being. So I had to put boxing to the side for a bit, while I fully embraced all the other opportunities that were being offered to me. What is interesting about that, is that when I chose to stop chasing it, boxing came back into my life on its own accord. You know that saying “if you love something let it go, if it comes back to you, it was meant for you”? It’s usually applied to relationships between people but I believe it fully applies to a person and their purpose too.

Alexandra Shipp and Holly Lil Bear Lawson

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