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

Hi Steph, what matters most to you?
Inclusion in the fitness world matters most to me. I aim to create a space (whether it be in person or online) where people know they can show up, wherever they are on their fitness journey and I’ll take care of them. I spent years feeling out of place and overlooked at gyms. It left me feeling defeated and made it even hard to WANT to come back. When we welcome people to show up where they are…it can be life-changing.

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.
In addition to fitness, I’m a Musical Theatre actress and singer and it’s my original passion. I moved to NYC almost 20 years ago to pursue it and it’s been quite the journey. It’s been the hardest thing and the most fulfilling at the same time. I think many artists can identify with that. Being an actor in NYC teaches resilience and tenacity that serves you forever. It’s that time of my life where I learned I can bounce back from anything. My job as a trainer has been extremely special in that I have built a community of clients that are in or adjacent to the NYC/LA theatre communities. It allows take care of “my people” in a unique way and for that, I’m so, so grateful.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh wow! This is a great (and challenging) question as I am only 3 years into my LA life, one of them in a pandemic. But, I have had some visitors and I always prioritize outdoor adventures! So we’d definitely do a Fryman Canyon hike followed by lunch outside somewhere! A weekday trip to Malibu with lunch at Neptune’s Net while looking at the Pacific. An afternoon coffee (or drink) and a walk on the beach for sunset, nothing like it! And I almost always do an aimless drive through Bel Air so we can have some real estate, jaw-dropping moments. LOL! Oh…and SUSHI…I haven’t found my fave spot yet, cuz there are so many good ones!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to send a shoutout to the folks at Mark Fisher Fitness, my “OG” fitness family back in NYC. It’s there where my coaching foundation began and where my philosophy of “coach the person, not the exercise” was instilled. Fitness is not a “one size fits all” practice and nothing can feel more overwhelming for a client to feel like their needs aren’t seen, let alone met.

Website: www.leadingladyfit.com

Instagram: @leading_lady_fitness

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-wilberding-8a1b7a130/

Twitter: @stephwilberding

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.wilberding.1

Image Credits
Both my pics were taken by STLZ Photos.

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