Stephanie Earl is a powerlifter, nutritionist, and coach. We caught up with her via email to learn more about her training, business, goals, and beyond!
Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey!
I grew up playing a variety of sports - but my heavy background in gymnastics started it all for me. I did gymnastics for 16 years, and it was my first coaching job -- the day I turned 15, I started shadowing and volunteering where I could at my local gymnastics club.
I then continued to coach gymnastics from toddlers all the way to pre-national gymnasts until I was in my early 20s. It wasn't until I was in my second year of university that I found the world of CrossFit. I competed heavily in this for about 4 years. I fell in love with weightlifting and the barbell movements.
Next, I made the switch to powerlifting in 2016, refined my coaching expertise to compliment this, and I haven't looked back since.
How did you get into fitness?
I've always loved what the human body was capable of. Across all sports. I think having the courage to discover and untap your potential is a unique and necessary journey for self-growth, and the time spent under load and under the barbell proves to be a fantastic outlet in discovering this.
What's your fitness specialty?
I now am thankful to have a full-time business coaching beginner strength athletes all the way to national level powerlifters. I also do nutrition for most of my clients, including on- and off-season nutrition for athletes of all levels, helping the general population get back in control of their health, and handling weight cuts for higher-level athletes.
Most of my business is online and you can read more about the services offered on my website.
How do you track fitness goals?
I think the benefits of having a coach are immeasurable. It's important as a beginner to have a set of eyes to learn good habits that will carry out long-term, and having a coach as a higher-level competitive athlete is nice to have as a resource of reassurance for both off-season productivity to see progress, and to handle a peak for a competition since there are numerous variables to consider.
Having a coach takes the guessing out of things, provides feedback on your training so you can progress, and provides a fantastic resource to continually learn as an athlete.
What metrics do you track for your goals?
It depends on what my goals are. However, a plan to reach your goals can be tracked backward using manipulation of metrics such as load, variation, and frequency. It's also important to consider variables outside of training such as stress management, recovery, sleep, steps, and nutrition so you can reach your goals in the fastest and most productive way possible to support longevity in the sport and reduce your likelihood of injury.
How are your favorite workouts structured? By sets and reps? Or sets and duration?
I love all periods of my training! However, the days that normally stand out are the final 2-3 weeks out before a meet during prep. This time is usually spent lifting heavy singles and doubles for the squat, bench, and deadlift and is (hopefully!!) spent hitting new PRs!
Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
I can't say I have a fitness icon or a famous person who I look up to in particular. I seek a lot of inspiration from my clients' progress and wins, my friends and family, and my own successes! I'm so thankful that I have a supportive group of people around me that pushes me to be better, both in my business and as an athlete.
What is your favorite food?
SHAWARMA, for SURE. And I looooovveeee a good bagel. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with some fresh cream cheese. *drools*
What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
Most, if not every, PR has been to Alexisonfire. I LOVE them! I also listen to a lot of A Day To Remember, Tragically Hip, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Lynard Skynard. I listen to a lot of classic rock music, early 2000s rock, and your good ol' scene music from the MySpace Days. Taking Back Sunday, anyone?!
What are three interesting facts about you?
1.) I grew up in Montreal and I am fluent in French.
2.) I have a twin brother.
3.) I have a degree in Studio Fine Arts!
What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
I think my greatest achievement is having the courage to do what I love, and stray away from the "perfect" ideal life we're all set out to do. Doing what YOU love, figuring that out -- which isn't easy!!! -- and not listening to others' opinions of me. Quitting my 9-5 and pursuing my passion and making it my career was the scariest and best decision I have ever made, and it has (and continues) to shape me into the person I am today.
If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
Having patience, LOL. All jokes aside, I would love to be able to sing and/or play guitar. I am sooo not musically inclined and I appreciate people who are. It's such a unique talent!