Stephanie has been involved in health and fitness her entire life. She has completed 13 marathons and over 20 half marathons, was a gymnast for 13 years, and has practiced Bikram and Ashtanga yoga for over 12 years. Stephanie’s experience in traditional weight training prompted her to find something that would get her better strength results. Despite her years of experience in various fitness activities, one Stephanie discovered slow-motion strength training she simply had to become part of the team! In 2012 she became a certified Personal Trainer at The Perfect Workout and has since helped hundreds of clients on their fitness journeys.
Before joining The Perfect Workout, Stephanie traveled the world as a Photographer. She graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Photojournalism, and immediately began working at Vogue magazine and various agencies. It took her on assignments in many different countries, and she still does photoshoots a few times a week.
In 2012, she was hired to join The Perfect Workout’s West LA studio. Due to her compassion for clients and effectiveness in getting them results, she was quickly promoted to the position as Facility Manager. To this day, Stephanie still oversees the West LA studio which has rapidly grown into one of the largest training studios in the company.
Stephanie is extremely proud of being able to help hundreds of clients improve their health and their bodies over the years. She’s helped over 30 clients lose more than 20 pounds at The Perfect Workout and has helped even more clients achieve tremendous strength gains and new muscle definition. One of Stephanie’s favorite client success stories was when she worked with a client who had Multiple Sclerosis. This client walked with a cane for 10 years, and after working with Stephanie and consistently implementing slow-motion strength training, she was able to walk without her cane.
“My clients put all of their trust in me, and they feel really comfortable around me,” says Stephanie. “I love working them really hard. I never them let them give up. I think I have a knack for knowing just how far they can go.” Getting to know her clients physically, mentally and personally allows Stephanie to help them work hard for their goals. “Watching them get stronger year after year and seeing them feel amazing about themselves feels incredible. Being a part of their journey and watching them crush their goals is so rewarding.”
On top of helping clients change their bodies, Stephanie has noticed significant changes in her own body from slow-motion strength training. ”I was on the verge of seriously injuring my knees from running so much, I had to stop running. This method has definitely helped me improve my overall leg strength and now my knee is pain free.” She’s also built muscle tone she had never been able to build with other methods of exercise. “Slow-motion strength training has given me so much energy and a crazy fast metabolism.”
Stephanie prides herself on creating a family-oriented environment in West LA. She’s determined to make every client and trainer feel supported and motivated. “I love every single one of them, they’re a huge part of my life as I am in theirs.” As one of The Perfect Workout’s longest tenured Facility Managers, Stephanie has years of experience helping not only clients, but trainers grow. “It’s both challenging and totally rewarding. I’m grateful to play a part in helping my trainers grow and I love watching them consistently succeed.”
Creating a strong, and fun culture is one of the keys to Stephanie’s success as a Facility Manager. Implanting a positive work space where all trainers can learn from one another every day is important to the success of The Perfect Workout. “We’re a family amongst ourselves and our clients. We have a strong community. We support each other, challenge each other, and always keep our space positive and fun.”
When she’s not immersed in her worlds of personal training and photography, Stephanie loves to do yoga, meditate, hike, skateboard, and travel the world. She has goals to get certified in hot yoga training, and establish her own photography and videography content creation brand. The more she expands her knowledge, the more she wants to help her clients expand as well. “Seeing my clients feel better about themselves, and watching their bodies evolve into something they love again, makes working here worth it every single day. I want to change lives forever.”
Matt Hedman is a Master Level Super Slow instructor and the founder of The Perfect Workout, which is the largest privately-owned 1-on-1 personal training company in the United States with over 60 fitness studios nationwide. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He worked briefly as an engineer in GE, until he found his passion for HIT, and pursued a career in personal fitness training.