Meet Stephanie Szpila – Personal Trainer


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A PERSONAL TRAINER?

Seven years ago, I found myself diligently at the gym every day between going to grad school and working full time in a hospital. While I was going to school for teaching, I immediately felt that I was living my passion when I began training clients for the first time. I loved making others find their confidence again as they saw noticeable changes in their strength, decreased body fat, and increased performance.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST ROLE MODEL AND WHY?

Biggest Role Model and Why: While I was in college, I had a mentor teacher who once told me “No one cares what you know, but they will always know that you care”. I have always held this as the most important piece of advice I have ever received. While education and knowledge is always important, the care, guidance, and compassion that I use every day with my clients always shines through.

AS A FEMALE, WHY DO YOU LOVE TO STRENGTH TRAIN?

As a female, I train because I love challenging myself in the gym because it is often seen as “masculine” and I love to stand out. I love taking the next steps to be stronger and to truly push the limits. As my strength increased on the outside, I found that my insides began to catch up. I began to love who I was and build confidence in the gym. It has been the biggest blessing to be able to find something to keep me motivated and to keep my interest. The physical and mental changes that I have partaken in the past seven years can only be thanks to what I have achieved in the gym.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART TO TRAIN?

My favorite body part to train is always legs! I love how exhausted I feel after every leg session. There are so many exercises you can do for legs that it never gets boring and its always guaranteed to be a great workout. In the last two years at Jada Blitz, I have seen the most changes in my strength as I added squats and deadlifts into my routine and began training for powerlifting. For as long as I can remember, i have always trained legs twice per week and have seen the most progress in this area of my body.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS MOTIVATED?

How do i Keep myself and others motivated? Every day, I flood myself with motivational books, quotes, and audio messages that inspire me. If I am having an off day, I turn to music and can easily get myself into a positive mindset. If all else fails, I write to release stress and get the words on the page and out of my head. I only hope that my straightforward, positive nature is a reflection of the lifestyle that I lead and inspires others. I think the best way to encourage and motivate those around you is to live a life by example. I know that my choices provide a positive message to all of those around me.

WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT OTHERS MAY NOT KNOW?

Something about me that others may not know? Prior to becoming a trainer, I received a Bachelor’s Degree at Canisius College in 2008 for Adolescent Education and History. I had always loved school and had plans on being a teacher since I was ten years old. I never would have guessed I would have become a trainer and have never been athletically gifted. Recently, I graduated from Trocaire College with an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy and look forward to expanding this service into the Blitz in early autumn.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT TO RECEIVE AT JADA BLITZ TRAINING?

What can someone expect to receive at Jada Blitz? The absolute best thing about Jada Blitz is the atmosphere that has been created since day one. We are a group of loyal, caring professionals that always puts the needs of our clients first. While we are down to business, we never are not having fun as we train to the max. The music is blaring to get clients pumped. The frienships turn into family here and everyone is always welcome to join the party!

FAVORITE PRE and POST WORKOUT MEALS?

Recently, I have been training in the early mornings and have little time to get a pre workout meal in. I find that I perform best with a pre workout meal of oatmeal, peanut butter, strawberries, and egg whites. I always take a pre workout before I train and drink aminos throughout my training session. Post workout, I make low carb protein pancakes with 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 2 egg whites, and 1 scoop protein powder. I also have two rice cakes with sugar free jelly or a bowl of puffed rice cereal with unsweetened almond milk.

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    Great post! Love the advice from your mentor. And thank you so much for sharing your meal plan.

    See ya @ Jada!

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