Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Stumbo.
Katie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As a child, I was lazy, overweight and had little interest in exercise. My parents gave me the option, pick a sport to participate in, or we will pick one for you! After a few trials I chose swimming, and I loved it! I swam competitively from age nine all the way through high school. At that time I also participated in two forms of martial arts, Akido and Shinkindo. In high school, I decided that I wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy. In order to boost my resume to the academy, I earned my pilots license before my 17th birthday. Slow and lazy Katie was gone forever.
All of my early plans and goals changed after I fractured my pelvis, and had a partial tear to my rotator. My college swimming dreams and my dreams of attending the Air Force were dead. I refocused and decided on a career as a Physical Therapist. I had to learn how to take care of my damaged body and continue to do the things that I Ioved. Almost immediately I earned my personal training certification and went to work. My college education got put on hold as I entered the workforce and married my high school sweetheart who was then in the Marine Corps.
I spent the early part of my career working for big box gyms and managing country club health clubs. In 2008, I launched my own business Katie’s Fitlife Bootcamps. I did that for six years and loved it. Meanwhile, I had two children and returned to school to finish my Bachelors of Biology with a focus in Pre-Physical Therapy. I graduated from Grand Canyon University, Cum Lauda, while working, raising our two daughters and attending school full time. It was hard but worth every minute!
After graduation, I decided it was time to rebrand myself as I was so much more than boot camps in the park now. I also do one-on-one personal training focusing on massive weight loss, injury prevention, pre and post joint replacement therapy, post-rehab, seniors to help them stay independent and age in place, and PNF (Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). That is why I created Go Conquer Fitness. At GCF I have created an atmosphere of fun, friendships, education, and comfort. All levels and abilities are welcome!
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, there have been challenges! However, with each challenge and obstacle, there are lessons to be learned, and I strive to identify the solutions to each new challenge as they arise. Balancing my work, spousal and mommy life will continue to be one of the challenges I face. I have set many goals to achieve through Go Conquer Fitness and as a mom and wife there are only so many hours in a day!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
As the founder of Go Conquer Fitness, I am very proud of the work I do! It is very satisfying to help someone reach for great personal wellness heights and achieve them.
With my one-on-one clients, I love the personal attention that it allows. I get to know each one of my clients on a deep and personal level, and the more I know, the more I can directly tailor the workouts for them. In my one to one clients, I have had a 76-year-old women with bilateral knee replacement gain 100% range of motion and hiked Machu Pichu! I have had clients in their 90’s be able to maintain enough independence to stay in their homes, and for them that is priceless. I have 100+ pound weight loss clients that blow my mind!
They have had to change everything about the way they live and eat to achieve this, and they do! It is an incredible journey to be on with them. As amazing as these massive weight loss achievements are I get as much joy from them as I do from clients who gain strength, reduce inflammation and pain enough to be able to do simple things you and I take for granted, like having the mobility in your shoulders to brush your hair without pain, get out of a chair without help and so much more!
In addition to the one-on-one clients, I also teach classes such as boot camp, circuit and stretch, and core classes. Check out my website to get the most current class schedule. I love the comrade of these classes. Some of my members have been with me for ten or more years! I keep the classes challenging, fun and motivational. With my experience, education, and attention to detail I can safely push each client to achieve the success they are looking for.
One of my favorite modalities I use at Go Conquer Fitness is PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). It is a great technique designed to increase flexibility, decrease pain and the risk of injury. It is great for almost anyone from athletes trying to stay at the top of their game to someone with frozen shoulder, sciatica, restless leg syndrome, low back or neck pain.
I am also strongly convicted that there is so much bad information out there that we have to educate people. I am enough appearing on the Rosie On The House radio program on KTAR 92.3 FM several times a year as well as speaking engagements. Education is at the very heart of empowering ourselves to be successful at any venture. I thoroughly enjoy speaking either on the radio, in person at groups or on Media segments.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I come from a large family, with three sisters and two brothers and more cousins than I can count. I have an endless supply of wonderful memories. Family road trips, camping trips to explore Arizona, and summers at the family camp in southwest Louisiana are always fun memories to reminisce on. If I had to pick one favorite memory, it would be getting one on one time with mom or dad.
One very vivid memory I have is shortly after I earned my private pilot’s license at 16 years old I took my dad flying. He was not a pilot, had no experience behind the controls of an airplane, yet he climbed into a small Cessna 172 and trusted me to be a competent pilot as a teenager!
As an adult and now a parent myself, it blows my mind how trusting he was that I could handle the airplane. It just one of those surreal moments you don’t understand the importance of until later.
- monthly classes starting for as little as $17 a class
- privates as low as $40 per half hour
- Address: 13832 N. 32nd St. Suite 156
- Website: www.goconquerfitness.com
- Phone: 480-200-4632
- Email: email@example.com
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- Twitter: @goconquerfitness
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