Why I decided to transform
I was bullied in school, always stood out, and never wanted to fit in and do what everyone did. I was my own person and stood my ground. I had a verbally abusive father growing up, so I had to be tough to take care of myself. I had friends in junior high who started drinking and partying by ninth grade, which I tried for a year but eventually hated who I became.
I decided to completely shut myself off from everyone and work on myself mentally through meditation and writing poetry. Later, I decided to lock myself down physically and discovered my passion in the gym.
I didn't know much at first but quickly learned the ins and outs of training. I got my first job at GNC, worked there for three years, met many competitors, and was intrigued by their transformations. I went to my first bodybuilding show in 2011 and decided to compete. I put on as much muscle as I could for a year, competed in figure the following year, and placed third in my category at age 20.
In 2013, my goal was to step it up and compete in women's physique. I built more muscle for the division and won my category and the overall.
How I accomplished my goals
My focus has always been progressing in every way possible. My life is bodybuilding. I own a fitness studio with my fiance John Perry where we do online coaching for general fitness all the way up to competition prep coaching. Our main priority with our business is customization, which brought us lots of success in the past year, because there's no one protocol or program that fits all.
I'm extremely passionate and put 100 percent into everything I do. I don't get side-tracked, live a separate party life, or drink. My fiance and I train, eat, sleep, and train our clients. We're living our dream and put our heart into it every day.
That's the main reason why I'm successful. I don't put mediocre effort into anything. It's all or nothing. That's what makes you successful.
My future fitness plans
I'm training for the CBBF Nationals. My goal is to win a pro card in women's physique. I follow my coach's instructions and do everything in my power to succeed so nothing is left to chance.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
- Be passionate about what you do.
- Be true to yourself.
- Don't be influenced by friends or family.
- Be honest with yourself and your coach.
- Surround yourself with positive like-minded people who have similar goals.
- Surround yourself with people who are already successful at what you want to achieve.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com is a great community with helpful forums, great supplements, and a supportive network of people who share progress, motivation, and success.
It's the spot for information, innovation, and quality supplementation.
Steph's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "What Now" by Rihanna
- "Burn" by Ellie Goulding
- "All Of The Lights" by Kanye West (Feat. Rihanna)
- "Diva" by Beyonce
- "Run The World" by Beyonce