We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Yip and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stacy, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My balance was off because I always helped everyone before I helped myself. As I have gotten older I realized the better I take care of myself, the more people I can help. Balance is like exercising, I need to strengthen my mind and body on a daily basis. I exercise, I eat healthy, and I read behavior science books to stay mentally and physically strong in order to tackle any task in front of me. Stress and anxiety will hurt my work so I try to manage my stress to be the best I can be.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a personal trainer since 2014, certified by NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). It clicked that I wanted to become a trainer when I became my 90-year-old grandmother’s 24-hour caretaker. I was allowed 1 hour at the gym every day, it became my favorite part of my day because I loved taking all the fitness classes. I was always learning new things about taking care of my body and making new friends. Over the years, I have had 7 different personal trainers, I have taken a variety of fitness classes, and I have been teaching group fitness and personal training for 7 years now. Because of Covid, I have been teaching over Zoom and I believe it has made my style of fitness classes better. There is no commute, anyone can join from anywhere, and my one on one weekly health meetings are more private because when I use to do them before class, it felt more rushed and maybe others would hear what we were talking about. Now I can take my time with each client and understand their goals and discuss more in-depth about injury prevention. My class format is everything I wished a fitness class would have: Ice breaker with stretching, workouts that focus on form over reps, a long ab routine, and stretching and cool down. My weekly health meetings are free and focused on helping clients be accountable for their goals. Health meetings are weekly because our goals can change from week to week. I believe I have created a formula that helps people change bad habits because they are getting consistent support. My clients call my program personalized group training. Getting new clients is so hard, I have 40 women who love me and have been with me for 7 years, but just being recommended is not enough to convince their friends to join my program. I have been featured on the local news, I have made Facebook ads, created fundraisers with different schools, I am always thinking of a new strategy and trying it out. How I overcome challenges is a relentless energy to try everything. When I feel stuck, I have meetings with friends who own small businesses or work in marketing. I listening to their experiences, which inspires me to think of new ideas. I feel the current fitness industry doesn’t help people effectively and is overpriced. I constantly talk to my clients about their feelings, questions, and concerns. I do surveys where we have a conversation about what they want in a program. I believe I can become a global brand, I can change the health of everyone with the formula I have created, there is no program that does it like mine, and I want to help the whole world be healthier and happier.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I lived in China for 3 years after college and I am obsessed with good Dim Sum. The best restaurant is Longo Seafood in Rosemead, CA. I booked my future wedding banquet there when Covid is over. Boba is great at Wushiland, I had this brand in Taiwan, and it tastes special with small pearl boba. I love Din Tai Fung’s xiao long bao dumplings, it tastes better in Taiwan, but I still love it in LA, I also love their red bean dumplings for dessert. My family likes to make Korean BBQ and hot pot at home now so dinner can be at home or at the many restaurants in Koreantown or near my house in the San Gabriel Valley. I went to Korea in 2019, now I am now obsessed with Korean Fried Chicken with beer, a good restaurant is Bonchon in San Gabriel, CA. My friend is an improv actress in the main company of the Groundlings, I check out free shows because she is so amazing to give me tickets. When she was considering taking classes there, I was the one that brought her to her first show to see what it was like before her big jump towards becoming an actress. A lot of people have visited me from all over, and I have taken them to eat all these different kinds of foods and always to see Groundlings. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My younger brother Calvin, who had autism, recently passed away 2 years ago. His death has been the hardest pain I have ever experienced. My parents are Chinese Cambodian refugees, English was not their first language, so my childhood was full of hard moments. I learned to take on responsibilities and develop patience from taking care of my family. Owning a business takes a lot of patience and inner strength. If you lose your temper or will to move forward, no one is going to help you, you need to have relentless energy to move forward to make any goal a reality.

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