I have been active my whole life & played most sports. I've always enjoyed being active. When I was 12, I moved to Hawaii & that was tough for me. It led to the beginning of my life's transformation & purpose. In high school, I was one of the only white kids which led me to isolate and not do sports because of the bullying. I eventually gained a lot of weight & became very unhealthy. After a few years of the bullying, I took up martial arts to learn to protect myself. I trained in Muay Thai & Jiu Jitsu. It was good to feel like I could defend myself, but it also led into a big obsession with my eating. I obsessively studied calories, macros & the effects of food & the body. This was not necessarily a good thing. I lost a lot of weight & muscle. I didn't have enough knowledge about food, diet, & muscle building yet. I was doing 3 hours of martial arts/day & not eating nearly enough. I was 135 lbs and 6'1.
At 18, I had enough & was sick of feeling depressed, tired & weak & I needed change. I joined a coaching program from a bodybuilder & it taught me about food, performance, & body composition. After learning how to eat right for body transformations, I gained 50 lbs of muscle in 1 year. Since then, I continued to study fitness, weight lifting, diet & nutrition in college & after. Since 2010, I have been helping friends & family with their health/fitness & it became a deep passion of mine to this day.
Over the years I have gone through phases of being in & out of shape. Just because you know how to do it, doesn't mean you always will. Being a part of a community that helps you stay motivated has been when I always had the most success, which is why my wife & I started The Ark Fit. We love helping people & wanted to create a safe, loving, & encouraging environment to help people with their goals.
Now, I've found a balance of eating healthy, but not obsessively. I love to help people achieve their health & fitness goals. I truly believe deep down in my heart that anyone is capable of achieving any of their health & fitness goals, no matter how big or small they are. Sometimes we just might need help & I want to be able to help you.Say something interesting about your business here.
Hey guys! If you don't know me already my name is Stephanie and I am one of the trainers here at The Ark Fit. I wanted to share a little bit about my fitness journey and how I got to where I am today. I grew up very active. Played soccer from when I was 5 years old and all through high school. My junior year of high school I decided to throw in the towel and call it quits. I cruised through my senior year and into college not playing any sports or working out in any way. I ate whatever I wanted, gained some weight and eventually became very unhappy with how I looked or felt. I had very little confidence with my body and knew I needed to make a change.
In 2015 I started a 21 Day Challenge at a gym and lost about 10lbs. I didn't want all of my hard work to go to waste, so I signed up for the gym membership and continued working out. In 2016 I started a program that provided semi private sessions with a coach, weekly weigh-ins and nutritional advice. This program kick started my entire fitness journey and I learned how to manage my meals, weight, portions and how to incorporate it into my day to day life. I started feeling stronger, energized, more confident and overall found a healthy sustainable lifestyle.
It only continued to grow from there and lead me to The Ark Fit, which has truly changed my life because now I get the honor to help and support people on their fitness journey just like I was given. I absolutely love helping those around me reach and strive for any and all goals that they have. If it wasn't for that program and The Ark Fit, I would not be where I am today!
Hey guys! I just wanted to let you guys know a little more about my fitness journey. I have always been active & it really started with tennis! I’ve played tennis since I was 8, & all the way up into college, it was all I really knew. My sole focus was to make it into college to play tennis. Everything I did was in pursuit of this goal and I made that happen! Unfortunately, due to family obligations at the time, I wasn’t able to pursue what I truly wanted & I was lost as to what to do next.
Not knowing my purpose—or even my next step—left me distraught & confused. That never changed throughout college once I stopped playing tennis. I didn’t see a reason to compete because there was nothing I was striving for. That freshman year I had an experience that most typically do in college. I drank & ate way more than was healthy, & that I found myself being 20 lbs heavier with little to no muscle.
Eventually I was tired of feeling lost in life & I wanted to take charge of where I was headed. My new goal was to find my purpose/calling in life. I made it a goal in 2019 that I would start working out. After watching/reading thousand of videos & articles learning how to workout & how to eat, I fell in love with the confidence, mental clarity, & process of working out. I found the Ark Fit at the end of 2019, & I ended up loving the environment & what it stood for. I’ve never left since.
Finding a reason & goal is an important part of a transformation. Now, I workout because, yes, physically it makes me feel/look better but also mentally it allows me to do something beneficial for myself & my family.
I am just like you guys! I started as a member of this community and I think that is what sets The Ark Fit apart. The purpose I spent so long finding is helping you. I want to help you with whatever goals & aspirations you have because you never have to do it alone. I know that with a lot of love & support you are able to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Never be afraid to reach out to any of us here. We will always be in your corner supporting you!