We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephania Ochs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephania, what role has risk played in your life or career?
There are no rewards without the presence of risk. I truly believe that in order to be something extraordinary, we need to prove to the universe we want it enough to take a leap of faith Risk has shown up in my life time and time again, specifically career-wise. When I was 23 I moved out to California for a banking job. Turns out, I absolutely hated it. I had taught fitness throughout college while getting my business degree. My first big risk was quitting that salary job, to break into the already, over-saturated & low paying fitness scene in San Diego. Although this seemed like such a risky move in the moment, it took me just three months to get enough gigs under my belt & make the same amount of money I was making from the banking job. I knew it would only go up from there… Looking back to 3 years ago and taking that transition, I am beyond thankful that I took that leap for an uncomfortable 3 months to get my legs running in San Diego as a trainer. It worked! The process was not easy, it was 5am alarms, up to 8 classes taught in a single day, complete physical exhaustion, working over the weekends, and saying “YES” to every opportunity that came across. This initial risk I took to actually take a swing at something I love has allowed me opportunities such as paid athletic modeling photo shoots, trips across the country and even to europe to instruct, making connections with amazing clients across all industries, and the most rewarding opportunity has been self fulfillment and alignment. I hope that is something everyone gets to experience whether its expressed through a career, hobby, or achievement.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The next step in my fitness career path, I can thank the pandemic for. I have now transitioned all of my classes to an online format through my new business named “The Sweat Obsessed”. TSO is a cohesive 12 week wellness program where I lead at home on demand workout classes. This program has a lot more than just fitness classes. We focus many efforts on mindfulness throughout the 12 weeks. It is my belief that our mental fitness is just as important (if not more important) than our physical fitness. I offer each member a custom nutrition plan according to their genetics so they can finally find food freedom & feel good when making meal choices. And lastly members find comfort in the community of TSO. We have weekly live check in calls where we all hold one another accountable. It is so important to be surrounded by a supportive, uplifting & positive community. It is the fast track to moving forward in life and breaking through barriers. These are the pillars that support The Sweat Obsessed. I thank COVID-19 for this new venture of mine, because once the gyms all closed down, I knew in my core that people need fitness, positivity, and inspiration, especially through such dark times. I knew people out there needed the energy I have to give. It was not an easy process and I actually hired a business coach (Jess Glazer) because I knew nothing about running an online business. It was the largest investment I ever made in myself (again another risk) and it paid off almost immediately. I want the world to know that my brand reflects the dreamers. I want each member to leave TSO feeling like they exude confidence, positivity, and passion. I want them to feel their best, look their best, and create ripple effects in their own life to inspire others to do the same. The TSO community reflects a safe space where we support one another to follow through with those dreams until they become our reality.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the city, I would begin the day by taking her to Spill the Beans Coffee, grab an americano, and head to Seaport Village for a walk around the Bay. Of course once we feel vibrant and awake, we will take 30 minutes to complete our TSO workout at home. We’d take a late morning tee time at Torrey Pines Golf Course. I love the views and serenity this home course offers to us San Diegans. We would finish the evening with a dinner reservation at Serea at Hotel Del Coronado with a seat on the patio looking out to the ocean. I love seafood and this modern coastal cuisine offers exquisite taste paired with unique cocktails! This would be my perfect day with a best friend in San Diego!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our successes are never accomplished solo. I am so grateful to be surrounded by uplifting individuals. I was able to start my fitness career in San Diego working at Fit Athletic Club because a great friend & yoga teacher of mine, Dominic Mineo, took a risk and recommended me for hire. Once I had my foot in the door I was able to grow as an instructor, challenge my creativity, and hustle through thousands of hours of sweat. Community is everything, and I have my downtown San Diego crew to thank for support along the way of my career development. Each and every individual who has ever stepped into a class of mine has shaped me into the instructor I am today. That community created through fit is more valuable than anything I could ever purchase.