We have known Stephanie for a while. Over the last few years she has transformed her life and is constantly seeking excellence from herself and sharing that experience with others through her training. Be ready to be inspired by the hard work! If you want to train with her, she is taking on new clients at LifeTime Fitness.
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How would you describe yourself, and what got you interested in fitness industry?
The number one reason I got involved in the fitness industry was to help people. I feel strongly that we do not educate enough on the value of health and nutrition. Nothing makes me happier than helping my clients achieve their personal goals and become more healthy. If it’s getting off certain meds, or just feeling happy I want them to feel confident in their own bodies.
Do you feel that female fitness competitors struggle harder or more than the male competitors do?
I cannot really speak on that because I do not know how it feels to be a male competitor. I will say the amount of judging and comments I received during my competition prep was overwhelming at times. People I hardly knew felt the need to come up to me and make comments and opinions on my body. Things like you are too skinny, you are losing your butt, look to big, you will look better after this, you looked better before,blah blah. I think all competitors have pretty thick skin and are mental tough people so really these comments never discouraged me I just was a little shocked. I don’t believe anyone has the right to tell you what you should or should not be or do. On the other end one of the things I loved most about competing was the support. I have to say everyone I met going through the prep and at the show was super supportive and kind. At the end of the day everyone is just trying to be the best version of themselves and I think thats why there is just a strong mutual respect all around. an
I love how you post your progress pics through your social media channels. What are your goals for 2017?
At first I was anti posting things, I didn’t even have an IG account. My prep coach got me on and I would say its been very beneficial for me. Of course I get constant teasing for posting selfies etc but I also get messages and feedback from others telling me how inspired they are or motivated. Thats been extremely rewarding for me. Like I said early I just want to help people so hearing things like that makes my heart happy. My 2017 goals Is to be the best version of myself, and to help as many people as I can. I want to get more involved into the nutritional aspect of this industry, and continue growing in this industry. You don’t know what you don’t know and there is always room to learn and grow. As far as competing I’m very anxious to get back on stage. Listening to my coach and thinking I will give my body time to grow and diet down properly so we are looking at November. Thats all I will give you I’m a big believer of keeping your goals quiet and letting your work speak.
The fitness industry can be very male dominating.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you could give to other female fitness entrepreneurs?
I would just say focus on yourself and your goals don’t ever let anyone else make you feel like you can not accomplish anything you put your mind to. I have never felt any less of anything being a female in this industry. If anything sometimes it works as an advantage.
You have had to overcome obstacles to get where you are today. Tell us a little bit more about that side of your life?
I have overcome a lot of things in my life, a lot of them I know I did to myself. I may not be where I want to be just yet in life but when I look back I’m extremely proud of the woman I have grown into. We are all human and we all make mistakes, sometimes forgiving ourselves is difficult. I struggled with addiction and finding peace in the loss of my father. Everyday is a new day and you can only control you and your actions. It took me a long time to accept some things from my past and move forward. Fitness is the one thing that always keeps me feeling healthy physically and mentally. My fitness goals may always be changing but it will always be my therapy. That is another reason why I gravitated towards this industry.
What is your favorite meal to eat/cook?
My favorite meal to eat cook thats a hard one. I love trying new things in the kitchen and cooking for loved ones. As of recent my my meals are very simple and to the point, but I’m a pancake addict. Sundays have become one of my favorite days and I’m always looking for and trying new twist on cakes before I hit the gym.
How important are the people around you when it comes to your goals?
I’m a big believer in you are who you surround yourself with and those people are a reflection of you. I am a huge homebody so my circle is rather small. I spend a lot of my time with my family, and I think thats very important. Tommy Busch helped me with my prep and he was a huge part of my success. Not only was he extremely knowledgable, but he knows how to motivate different people. What motivates me may not motivate another person and vise versa. So he was extremely good at knowing what works for me, and keeping me mentally healthy as well.
Lastly, How did you hear about Fight Chix and what does the brand mean for you?
I have known Elisabeth and Jacob Nuesser for 10 years. My friendship with Elisabeth is one of my most favorites. We have both seen each other grow into the women we are today. She is one of the most motivating and Kind souls I know. Fight Chix to me is about an empowering women, and striving to go after your dreams/goals.