About Us

Why FPC?

Much like day to day life, the road to achieving your health and performance goals is accompanied by physical, mental, and emotional hurdles. We believe that when applied to human performance, fortitude describes an individual’s ability to overcome these obstacles. Through the process of dedicated physical training, an individual develops more than their physical potential, defining their character, and building resilience to adversity. FPC offers individualized, evidence-based training programs, along with the support and expertise needed to build strong and resilient athletes. Lauren and Simon are both NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have years of combined experience working with athletes of all backgrounds.

Our Team

Lauren Higgins, M.S., CSCS, FMS (Co-Founder & Head Coach)

Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and ability levels with different passions, goals, and obstacles to tackle. This is what I love about coaching, meeting an athlete where they are physically, mentally, and emotionally and helping them to achieve their health and performance goals.

With years of experience working with a variety of athletes competing in a multitude of sports, my goals as a coach are to:

1 – Listen and take a thorough assessment of each athlete’s physical development, training status, injury history, needs, and goals.

2 – Take an evidence-based approach to develop individualized, training programs.

3 – Educate athletes on training theory and methodology so they understand the ‘why’ behind what I prescribe.

4 – Help athletes achieve their performance goals, while encouraging balance in training and life.


B.S. Kinesiology and Health – Miami University
M.S. Exercise Physiology – The University of Georgia
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist  (CSCS)
Functional Movement Screen Level 1

Coaching Expertise:

Endurance Sports: Running, Cycling, Swimming, Triathlon, and Motorsports
Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
Training for Female Athletes

Notable Athletes Coached:

Amanda Dennis (USA Paralympic Women’s Goalball Team)
Chris Kirk (PGA Tour Golfer)
Russell Bobbitt (KTM Factory Team Rider and 5 Time National Enduro Champion)
Nick Fahringer (National Enduro Series Pro Rider)
Evan Smith (National Enduro Series Pro Rider)
Ming Yuang Chang (Taiwanese Olympic Shotput)
Andrew Davis (IMSA Weathertech Racing Series Professional Driver)
Theo Bean (IMSA Weathertech Racing Series Professional Driver)
Brooks Brown (MLB Pitcher)
Oscar Clarke (Hincapie Racing Team Rider)
United Healthcare of Georgia p/b The 706Project Cycling Team

Personal Athletic Endeavors:

Cycling (Mountain Biking, Cyclocross), Running, Triathlon, Strength Training 


Simon Higgins, Ph.D., CSCS, FMS (Co-Founder)

As an academic I want my students to develop both inside and outside of the classroom, learning evidence-based practices derived from current research whilst maturing into functioning members of society through life experiences that challenge their character. My goals as a coach mirror this educational mentality:

1 – Above all, helping clients meet their performance goals through physiological, biomechanical, and personal development.

2 – While doing so, to educate clients about the methodologies we use, why we use them, and how they are building towards optimal performance.

3 – To promote an overall love and understanding of movement which will lead to sustained, successful training, competition, and general activity participation throughout the rest of their athletic career and/or life.

B.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science – Leeds Metropolitan University, England
Ph.D. Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) – University of Georgia
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist  (CSCS)
Functional Movement Screen Level 1

Most-Recent / Notable Publications and Presentations:

Higgins S, Sokolowski CM, Vishwanathan M, Anderson JG, Schmidt MD, Lewis RD, Evans EM. Predicting diaphyseal cortical bone status using measures of muscle force capacity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (Accepted: Feb 2018 – In Press)

Higgins S, Straight CR, Lewis RD. The effects of pre-exercise caffeinated-coffee ingestion on endurance performance: An evidence-based review. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2016; 26(3): 221-239. DOI: 10.1123/ijsnem.2015-0147

Higgins S, Fedewa MV, Hathaway ED, Schmidt MD, Evans EM. Sprint interval and moderate-intensity cycling training differentially affect adiposity and aerobic capacity in overweight young-adult women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2016: 1-7. DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2016-0240

Higgins S, Kindler JM, Mahar TF, Coheley LM, Laing EM, Schmidt MD, Evans EM, Lewis RD. Sedentary Behavior and Cortical Bone in Healthy Adolescents and Young Adults: An Isotemporal Substitution Analysis. Poster presentation at the International Symposium on the Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis Conference, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, November 2017.

Higgins S, Kindler JM, Mahar TF, Hathaway ED, Laing EM, Schmidt MD, Evans EM, Lewis RD. Sedentary time and diaphyseal cortical bone outcomes in American adolescents. Poster presentation at the American Society of Bone Mineral Research Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA, September 2016.

Higgins S, Reed RM. Developing undergraduate research assistants using graduate-focused mentorship. Oral presentation at the Innovation in Teaching Conference, Athens GA, October 2016.

Personal Athletic Endeavors:

Strength Training, Mountain Biking, and Running (Track, Road, and Trail)
Collegiate 100m & 200m Runner (Leeds Metropolitan University – England; 2009-2011)