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Photo: Laura Gentile

Welcome to Wellness Confidential, our quick-fire interview series where we ask hard-hitting (okay, entertaining) wellness questions, lightning round-style.

This week we’re chatting with Laura Gentile, the senior vice president of espnW and Women’s Initiatives.

First thing I did when I woke up this morning

The very first thing I did was check on my baby boy, Beau. Then, I looked at my phones—I have an iPhone and a [Samsung] Galaxy.

I never make a smoothie without adding


If sugar was a superfood, my diet would consist of

Ice cream, for obvious reasons: it’s delicious!

Workout I’m currently obsessed with

YogaGlo because it’s accessible and easy to do, no matter how much time you have or where you are. Instructor Kathryn Budig is fantastic.

My most memorable sweaty moment is

Giving birth.

I firmly believe that a woman can never have too many

Hair ties and slippers.

The one song that I’ve been playing on repeat

There are two: “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”—I just bought The Essential Michael Jackson album—and Adele’s “Water Under the Bridge.”

Where I go when I need to be alone

For a run.

Most people probably don’t know this about me, but

I saw Pretty Woman six times at the movie theater.

One way I’ve given back to that I’m proud of

Being a mentor to others—namely young women coming up the ranks and helping young girls who are passionate about sports.

My mantra of the moment

I’m the mother of two boys and I recently read a quote on prioritizing work and family from Drew Barrymore that hit home. She said, “I don’t want my girls to grow up saying, ‘Oh yeah, wow, she really worked hard but I didn’t see her.’ I want them to be like, ‘I don’t know how the hell she was there for all those things and she still worked!’”

Speaking of women who are passionate about sports, here’s what it takes to train like an Olympian (according to track star Allyson Felix). And you’ll want to try this game-changing smoothie ingredient that fitness instructor Holly Rilinger swears by.