Park Teacher Helps Others Follow Her on the Path to Fitness | News
With the start of 2022, many people are resolving to be in better physical shape.
How many of them are on diets and exercise programs remains to be seen, but those who truly want a change for the better can turn to Canonsburg resident Stephanie Miller for inspiration.
âI hardly trained and got extremely overweight after having my two children. Then I lost a hundred pounds, âshe recalls. âOnce I started it I felt the passion for it and felt it was something I had to do. So I decided to get certified and keep going, and now that’s what it is.
The Peters Township High School graduate began teaching outdoor fitness in 2012 and now owns Stephanie Miller Fitness, a 1,700 square foot facility with floors designed to reduce impact and stress on the joints.
Miller also teaches in the Bethel Park School District, having graduated in Special Education and Elementary Education from Gannon University.
âI basically have two full-time jobs,â she said.
His fitness studio has a 5:30 am âboot campâ – featuring strength training, core conditioning, jumping exercises, and flexibility challenges – on weekdays, and Miller often leads the sessions.
âI teach early risers a lot because with my kids and my other job it’s basically the best time for me to train,â she said. âThese are generally the most complete classes. We have a lot of people who need to train before going to work, so this seems to be very popular. “
Other offerings from Miller and his team of five other certified instructors include Muscle and Flow, a class that integrates cardiovascular, strength-training, and sit-up exercises with a meditative vinyasa yoga session. Also on the program are Tabata, a form of high-intensity interval training that originated in Japan, and Crazy 8 Full-Body Circuit: eight different exercises, eight reps for each for a total of three laps.
Whatever the individual interests of his clients, Miller pointed out that they represent a wide variety of ages and abilities, from elite athletes to those in poor physical shape.
âEveryone is so welcoming and motivated to help each other,â she said.
From her perspective, she is an incentive by offering clients the opportunity to overcome various challenges. For example, someone who completes 22 classes in January earns five more for free.
Throughout her continued efforts to achieve peak fitness, Miller enjoyed the support of her husband, Ryan, who joined her along the way.
“I basically told him if I lost weight,” she said, “he must too.”