We had the good fortune of connecting with Stefanie Barboza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stefanie, how does your business help the community?
You can come to my studio at any stage in your life. My studio is a safe place to come and workout and be part of our Barboza community—no matter your fitness level. People come to my studio at their lowest, physically or mentally, and it’s such a joy to see them transform and grow and get stronger week after week. My studio is a place for people in the community to come and feel comfortable and get on this journey with us.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets apart Barboza is my attention to details—in my class, it’s just about what you do, but HOW you do it. My teachers and I give more than encouragement—we strive to make you the best you can be through the corrections we give in class. I’m most proud that I made it through COVID and I’m excited to see my students flourish and bloom and I’m happy to be with them on their journey. I got so much feedback from them during COVID that my posts were inspiring to them, and helped to keep them going. They see that I believe in Barboza Method and it inspires them to go after what they want.
Getting where my business is today wasn’t easy. I made it happen by listening to other people. I let go of my ego and took advice from people. And when someone has expertise I listen to that, and I think that served me the most in my career. When I step down and let other step up and shine in the areas they are experts in, we succeed and grow. I think it’s a strength to know your boundaries and know when to insert yourself, and when to hire someone.
Along the way, I’ve learned to always be a student. I never feel like I know everything. I am willing to take advice and I’m ready to be a chameleon at all times—if a pandemic hits and I have to move the studio online, I do it—evolve or die.
I want the world to know is something I’ve learned people thrive when they have a routine to follow. Discipline is a gift, and when we can rely on a structure, it helps us through the rough times. Being able to sustain that schedule for years to come is the key to life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Everyone should see Cages downtown. It’s an amazing show. A day trip to Catalina would definitely be on the itinerary. And then we would hit up Musso & Frank for a martini. I would also take my best friend to Melrose Trading Post on Sunday.
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?
I would like to Shoutout thesunsetstrip and fitgirlclubla on Instagram. Thank you guys so much for supporting me during this tough year and beyond. Love you!