Stephanie joined CrossFit KOP weighing more than 300lbs, having gained back much of the weight she had lost after a Gastric Bypass surgery almost 5 years earlier. Stephanie had struggled with weight her entire life, and therefore never played sports or participated in physical activities. Basically when she started CrossFit, she was starting fitness from scratch.
It only took a week or two for Stephanie to fall in love with CrossFit. The physical intensity and sense of accomplishment was exhilarating. Since Stephanie started CrossFit in 2009 she has lost 100lbs, and has learned skills and gained abilities she never thought would have been possible.
In 2011, Stephanie took her passion for CrossFit to another level and became a CrossFit trainer. The fact that Stephanie started fitness from scratch helps her to be a better coach. She had to learn all of the movements from the ground up- building rudimentary body awareness. It is for that reason that she has an understanding of what can help someone understand how to execute a movement and how to use scaling to be most successful, for all athletes but especially those starting CrossFit with deficits in their fitness.
Stephanie is highly involved in the kids program and Steve’s Club at CFKOP. Working with the kids is important to her- to help them have a different experience than she did, creating a positive relationship with their bodies from early on!
Stephanie is also highly passionate about how CrossFit positively impacts a persons mind and overall sense of well being. She encourages athletes to consciously cultivate their, “mental game” for better performance in the gym and outside of it.
CrossFit has changed Stephanie’s entire life. She knows now that fitness and health doesn’t have to be a chore that it can be joyful. Her own personal transformation has turned into her life’s work to help others transform themselves whether it’s through coaching CrossFit or through her life coaching practice, Radical Hateloss.
CrossFit Journal Article, Coaching Fitness From Scratch- October 2011
CrossFit Radio Interview- January 2011
August 2010- Iron Sport Strongwomen Competition- 1st Place Novice
2011 CrossFit Games Mid-Atlantic Regional – Volunteer Judge
January 2011- Hybrid Athletics Partner Competition- 3rd place HWW Division
Volunteer Writer for the 2012 CrossFit Games Site
Certifications and Degrees
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, March 2011
- CrossFit Kids, April 2011
- CrossFit Olympic Lifting, October 2011
- CrossFit Goal Setting, Attending April 2012
- CrossFit Coaches Prep Course, Attending April 2012
- NACA Athletics Gymnastics Seminar, Attending June 2012
- CPR & First Aid