What’s your backstory?
I am a former fat kid turned fat loss and muscle building expert. I struggled with my weight for most of my childhood and early adult life. It wasn’t until high school that I got tired of feeling sick and tired with how I looked. So I decided to do something about it. Taking the first step of action towards bettering my health and image would start a sequence of events over the next few years that would ultimately change the direction of my life.
I became obsessed with seeing my body change week over week and I wanted to learn everything I could about the human anatomy and nutrition and weight training. My first job was working at Gold’s Gym where I was the cleaning boy, wiping down machines and cleaning bathrooms…but I didn’t care because I loved being in that atmosphere and talking to all of the personal trainers and bodybuilders, trying to soak up as much information as I could.
After graduating from college and getting my Bachelors degree I went to work in the corporate world. It was a typical 9-5 sitting in a cubicle. I did it for 2 years and was miserable every day. I knew that life wasn’t for me, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. During this time my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so I knew I didn’t want to be away from her all day. My good friend was the head personal trainer at a prominent country club where I lived and asked me to come work with him. The hours were good and the pay wasn’t bad so I did it. During this time I was training some of the most powerful CEO’s in the country and some celebrities.
About a year after being diagnosed I watched my mom take her last breath. This was a turning point in my life. She was only 52 years old. I realized how fragile life was. And I knew I didn’t want to spend my life training people. I felt like I had a lot of knowledge to share about fat loss and fitness so I started sharing my thoughts and beliefs on social media. Little by little I started gaining traction and started to build a following. At first I just wanted to do it for fun because I truly loved helping people, but I started getting tons of messages asking if I had a program to buy or if I did any coaching. This led me to create my first fat loss program.
Momentum grew and shortly after launching my program I was able to leave my personal training job and do my online fitness business full time. In a very short amount of time I have helped thousands of people all of the world reach their fitness goals and my client transformations are some of the most impressive around.
Currently I am getting ready to do something no other fitness influencer has done before. I am doing a 12-week transformation challenge in which the winner will win a brand new car. I know the hardest part about getting started is lack of motivation so if people know they can possibly win a car, then that motivation will get them to the finish line.
Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?
The most important success to me up until this point in my life was taking control of my life and using my passion for fitness and turning it into a full time and very successful business. There is not better feeling than not only helping people reach their goals, but being able to scale it and grow it into a recognizable brand.
Currently I am partnering with a Hollywood celebrity and working on creating a fitness program that will help hundreds of thousands – millions of people. It will be announced in the next few months.
Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?
When my mom passed away I went through a period of deep anger, regret, pain, depression. I really didn’t know what I was meant to do with my life and I knew I wanted to make her proud and use her life and fight with cancer as a testimony and story of never giving up and always fighting until the end. I took this mindset and started applying it to my business and things changed. I have found that the best way to get out of a rut, is to help as many people as you can. When you focus on others, your problems seem to disintegrate and dissolve.
– Stephen Campolo