Last month we shined a spotlight on one of our awesome members. The MET-Fit community is made up of a great team of coaches as well. This month I'd like to introduce you to our newest Exercise Physiologist, Stephanie Clookey. Stephanie has been an important additon to our staff and I am excited for you to get to know her. Read her answers to a series of questions below to learn more about Stephanie!
1. Tell us a little about yourself! (work, family, hobbies).
I’m originally from Plattsburgh, NY, which is a small town near the border of Vermont and Canada. In 2016, I graduated from SUNY Geneseo, where I studied Biochemistry and played college soccer. Just recently, May 2018, I graduated with my M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Mizzou! I am passionate about all things science, especially when it comes to health! Back in NY, I have a beautiful family consisting of my two parents, my sister Sarah, and my little nephew Grayson. Here in Missouri, I’ve been able to find family in my boyfriend, Rory, my dog, Lyla, and all of our friends. When I’m not spending time with them, I love training, reading, and doing anything outside in nature!
2. What brought you to MET-Fitness?
Almost a year ago, I was approached about joining the Mid-Missouri Weightlifting Team. Through training and being a part of the team, I met Mason. Months down the road, he offered me the position as a coach here at MET-Fitness and the rest is history!
3. What are a few of your goals?
Professionally, my goal every day is to become a better coach and make our members have the best hour of their day within our four walls.
As an athlete and a weightlifter, I hope to one day compete at the National level (or beyond).
Personally, I try my best to be present, grateful, and willing to serve others every day. Of course, somedays I’m better than others!
4. What has been something you've enjoyed about MET-Fitness?
I love the endless amount of support and opportunity I’ve had to grow as a coach working under Mason, and I also love our MET-Fitness community! I have a blast every single training session and I always look forward to working with our members!
5. What is something you've struggled with personally?
In regard to training, I’ve made every mistake in the book. From not eating enough, to over training, to injuries, to being hypercritical and burning out, I’ve done just about everything someone shouldn’t do! Getting my M.S. and taking interest in the science behind nutrition and training has been both liberating and empowering. Although I’m much better in many of these areas, I still work on not being so critical of myself. I’m always reminding myself, and our members, to be gentle to ourselves! We should be proud for showing up and putting in the effort day in and day out. Not every day is a banner day.
6. Who is someone who motivates you in the gym? Do you have a fitness inspiration/motivation - if so, who?
My mom is my biggest fitness/life motivation. My mom is, and always has been an incredible athlete (bragging moment, she is going to be 54 this year and she can run a marathon in 3:20 and her half marathon in 1:28- she’s AMAZING!). She trained me through every single pre-season growing up, and she continues to teach me about mental toughness, discipline, and perseverance despite set-backs. She is my idol, and every day (in and out of the gym) I’m always trying to make her proud.
7. What is a fun fact about yourself you'd like to share?
Fun fact about me: I’ve played soccer on three continents and in 4 different countries!