We had the good fortune of connecting with Star Quinones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Star, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The motto on my IG page is.. No risk, no reward. I started my page because I joined a challenge. That challenge was only supposed to help me stay accountable as I got back into shape after my baby.
Had I not started that IG page, I would have never discovered powerlifting and the amazing people in that community. Had I not started lifting heavy, I would have never thought of competing… twice while pregnant. Although the delivery of my 3rd baby put a halt to competitive strength sports- it didn’t put out the fire to do more.
Risks take commitment.
When the world shut down in 2020, I was working FT from home and getting my certification in personal training and nutrition. The imposter syndrome hit hard. Even with years of personal experience and being coached by wonderful people. Thankfully, I felt everyone’s support and belief in me.
The want to compete came back and I knew what I wanted to do. A bikini wellness competition. When I say I’m going to do something, my first step is to announce it. Now I’m accountable. You risk integrity when you don’t follow through. You can’t just talk about it, you gotta be about it. So we did the thing! 16 weeks of prep. Show day came and went and I don’t regret a single thing.
I am still excited about bodybuilding and what it looks like for me. I’m also excited about my clients and the transformations they are making.
Without risks, we would never discover our possibilities, our grit and our determination that has been there all along.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a personal trainer and a stay at home mom. My Instagram feed is not perfect or put together nicely with nice bright photos. I show up how I work out. I like to stay relatable and approachable.
I’ve invested a lot into myself as far as my own training because… coaches also need coaches. So I understand what it’s like to have a good coach…and I’ve also had some poor ones. I’ve learned how good coaches communicate. I know how it feels when the poor coaches don’t follow up.
I’ve learned to value my worth as a coach because I also put skin in the game to get better at doing the things I teach. I test all my workouts. I also tweak all my workouts depending who I’m working with.
I’m here to show everyone that works with me that they are stronger than they realize.
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.
I live in the OC, but my heart is the South Bay Beach cities/LA. For food, I love the Original Farmer’s Market in LA. For the beach I will always be biased toward Hermosa and Redondo. But I love people watching in Hollywood and who doesn’t love the shopping there? Also 3rd street in Santa Monica is great for walking around and seeing street performers.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband. He is my supporter, my chauffer, the one who feeds me before during and after competitions. He has been the one to say, if you’re serious, then let’s do it. I know that these are all possible with or without someone there… but him being there is what makes it special.