Meet the Crew: Stephanie
1. What sparked your interest in fitness? How did your fitness journey begin?
I've always been physically active my whole life (grew up training & competing in dance) but didn't ever go to a gym until I was in my mid 20s. Fitness runs in my family starting with my mom (Anne, who is a member here as well!) and she always urged me to become a fitness instructor like her. I truly enjoyed taking fitness classes and never thought I could stand in front of people and lead an entire class myself. She was persistent with me and believed I could do it. So I did! And to this day I whole heartedly thank my mom for the start of my fitness journey.
2. What makes you excited to teach at Health House?
I see what Health House is doing and it's rare. It's rare to find such a unique, yet specific, environment that is created here. From the design, to the classes, to the music, to the formats we teach. I truly believe every instructor gives 150% every class we teach here. I've been to other gyms and I can't say that about these places. We take pride in what we do and we want to give all we have every single class because, in return, we want that from the members as well. It all comes full circle.
3. What are your tips to stay motivated to eat healthily and stay fit?
Don't deprive yourself of everything you consider bad for you! Heaving a "cheat day" or a snack here and there is ok. It's all about moderation and balance. As far as staying fit, my biggest tip is don't be afraid of lifting heavy weights. It is proven that lifting heavier weights as opposed to lighter ones result in: building muscle strength faster, losing more body fat, creating leaner muscles, strengthening connective tissue and bone, and improve overall health is other systems of the body. So when in doubt, pick up the heavier weights!
4. What is your favorite 20-minute exercise circuit (for the days you can't make it to class?)
I love HIIT (high intensity interval training) style workouts, especially if I don't have a lot of time, so I normally stick to that type format. What most people forget is you don't always need a gym/gym equipment to workout. Use items in your house (couch, stairs, chairs, floor, etc.) or even head to your local park and get creative with the equipment there. If you have no equipment to use, body weight exercises can be some of the toughest ones! Simple exercises like push-ups, lunges, ab crunches, squats, burpees, etc. can all be effective using the HIIT format.
5. Favorite post-workout meal or snack?
This is going to sound like a strange combo, but natural peanut butter and a hard boiled egg on whole wheat toast. Try it! Other favorites are roasted sweet potatoes, roasted unsalted almonds, greek yogurt with homemade granola (I make my own!), and avocado toast topped with tomatoes.
6. Share a quote that describes you/your fitness style?
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."