It all started in 1992 when I went to my first competition... They didn't even have fitness contests yet so it was a bodybuilding competition in Stratford, Ontario Canada which is now the CPA Stratford Championships. After watching the contest I knew this was something I wanted to try. That whole year I trained my butt off, it worked out well since I worked at a gym as a trainer and aerobics instructor.
I knew a lot of people at the gym thought it was a joke for Steph to do a bodybuilding show since my background was dance, long distance running and I was an aerobics instructor! needless to say I didn't carry much muscle mass, but that even motivated me more. After a year of intense heavy lifting and a strict diet I entered the 1993 Stratford bodybuilding show.
People including myself were pretty impressed by what I did to my physique in one year, and the great part about it was I did the training and dieting myself, with a few tips from a few friends from the gym. The day of the show there were 6 girls in my class and I placed second. When I look back to those pictures I looked like a string bean! I had some muscle but I was so shredded I only weighed 116 pounds and now I compete at 130 pounds... quite a difference!
I was pretty excited about the outcome of this show! A few months later there was contest in Windsor called Ms. Fitness Canada, USA competition. It was one of the first fitness competitions in Canada. With my background of dance I thought this would be perfect. Thirteen girls entered this show, and I had a great time! I ended up winning the show; I enjoyed this much more than bodybuilding. After that competition I knew I had a new passion. Since then I've been in over 30 fitness competitions.
I received my IFBB Pro card in 1996 and qualified for the Fitness Olympia my first pro year. And much to my surprise I qualified again in 2007. That was when I decided to retire from the stage to start a family. I now have a 8 year old son or gift named Morgan William Roy Gleason. He really has been a gift! I lost both of my parents within the same year as having Morgan - life sure puts you through some bumpy roads.
I feel I've been blessed in this industry! I've had nothing but great experiences and I have met wonderful people. I have worked my ass off though, but when you work hard and have passion in what you do you will have success! PVL, which is now Fit Foods www.fitfoods.ca a Canadian manufacturer of PVL, Mutant, North Coast Naturals and Whey Gourmet have been very supportive and a big part of my life. As any competitor knows being amature or a pro competitor is very expensive! Costumes, music, and travel the list goes on. After my first few years as competing as a pro I was going to retire because of financial reasons and that's when PVL stepped in right at the perfect time. I always used their supplements and contacted them about sponsorship. I worked a few events for them and then they signed me up, yaaa! I didn't have to retire.
I've been with them for over 18 years now and they have been nothing but supportive and encouraging! I love their products so much that I left my job at the gym as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant to be an account manager for Fit Foods (and believe me I'm not a sales person!) Believing in the product and loving people I have become one of their top sales reps! Being one of their sponsored athletes I had the opportunity to host a television series called the PVL finally fit challenge on roger's television and living well with PVL. It's a twelve week transformation series where we diet (also using PVL products like whey gourmet etc.) and train people to reach their physical and nutritional goals. The show ran for 5 years and has been a great success that has opened up many more doors for me in the industry. I am really excited to be hosting the 8th Annual GNC Live Well Allmax CPA Stephanie Worsfold Classic again this year! The show had been a huge success. Being an IFBB pro it's nice to be able to give something back to the sport. Keep fit, healthy and live life to the fullest!
- Stephanie xoxox
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