Hi! I’m Stephanie Mansour. In 2008 I started Step It Up With Steph to help women everywhere “step it up” in their lives. I offer in home workouts for women through one on one personal training sessions, in home yoga, and private pilates in Chicago. Aside from being a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and Pilates instructor, my real mission here is to coach women to feel more confident and secure in their bodies and to define beauty in their own terms.
At the University of Michigan I studied Communications with an emphasis on Women’s Studies and Psychology. Do you ever read magazines or watch TV and think, “What a horrible example this is for women!” or “These messages are confusing women, causing them to criticize and self-doubt themselves, and training them to be self-conscious competitive lunatics!” No? Sometimes? Maybe it’s just me.
As I’ve intimately worked one on one with women through my personal fitness programs, I’ve discovered that the root of most of our problems today is a lack of confidence. This can manifest in weight gain, unhappy or unsuccessful relationships, feeling like there’s not enough hours in the day, working with a demeaning boss, and so many other ways.
As a certified professional life coach, I’ve combined my education and experiences to create a holistic, comprehensive approach to women’s health, fitness, weightloss, and confidence.
Last year I trained and coached my client to lose 80+ lbs in 12 weeks on a reality TV show in Chicago
. I’ve been featured on CNN, AOL, WGN, NBC Chicago, Crain’s Business, and have online programs like the 30 Day Jumpstart
and 30 Day Workbook
to help women across the world.
I’m known for my in-home personal training in Chicago as well as my one on one yoga and one on one pilates sessions. I create custom fitness plans for women who make up the majority of my clientele. I also work with companies (large and small!) to help employees “step it up” in their everyday lives through my Cubicle Crunch workshop – a fabulous way to energize and exercise at the office.
And finally, in 2012 I was named an “Inspiring Chicagoan” by Inspire.Connect.Grow, a top 20 trainer by Nike in Chicago, one of Chicago‘s top 30 female entrepreneurs under 30, and one of 50 inspiring trainers on Twitter. I also worked with Shea Vaughn (Vince Vaughn’s mom) on her new foundation, Healthy Initiative, in which I helped train and coach 40 participants to lose weight and gain confidence through a 90 day breakthrough program. It was a busy year.