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Meet Stefanie Basso of Steffitness Whole Body Personal Training in La Jolla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefanie Basso.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Stefanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I know what it feels like to be overweight. In the 4th grade I remember weighing in the health room at 180 pounds. I was very shy and teased often by peers. This was the start of my driving force toward fitness. I also know what it feels like to be extremely skinny and unhealthy. At age 20, after suffering years of gut issues, I was diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease & became malnourished, anemic & have so far had 4 emergency bowel resection surgeries.

I graduated college with a degree in Exercise Science, immediately obtained my NSCA-CPT, and have been a certified personal trainer since.

Today, at age 36, I eat many foods for optimal health, and implement healthy and efficient workouts for a Figure physique. I also obtained a master’s degree in Sport Psychology and am currently a University/College Nutrition & Exercise Science instructor and thriving personal trainer. I am grateful for my past experiences which have led me to be the trainer & educator I am today.

Since my IBD diagnosis, I’ve successfully competed in 5 Figure Bodybuilding competitions, including 1 at the national level.

Bodybuilding has always been a dream of mine ever since I was that little girl. It is not the end of my fitness journey. I continue to work on optimizing my health, train clients & educate the community. My 3 doctors are fitness, nutrition & stress management.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My fitness & health journey has not been a smooth road. Many people tend to stereotype the average personal trainer as someone who is naturally genetically fit and always has been their entire life. Again, I know firsthand both ends of the dis-health spectrum – from extremely overweight as a child to autoimmune sickly skinny as a young adult.

These experiences led me to master many spectrums of fitness, nutrition and even spirituality. Today, I’m also a life coach to my clients and utilize fitness as the vehicle to helping them transform from the inside out.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Steffitness Whole Body Personal Training – what should we know?
I train the Body, Mind & Spirit to connect and work together.

I utilize the 3 doctors in getting healthy & fit: Fitness, Nutrition & Stress Management.

I specialize in the following 4 main fitness programs: Transform, Rebuild, Sports Performance and Contest Prep.

What I’m most proud of is all of the unique transformation stories of my clients. When they share stories such as how their relationships have improved, they’ve found new meaning to life, or they were able to get that dream job during their transformation, it reminds me that ‘transformation’ is priceless. I help people shine on their life stage and become their best selves utilizing fitness to realize and achieve it.

What sets me apart from all other gyms and trainers is that I come from a wealth of autoimmune disease knowledge. I’ve cracked the code in how to balance fitness, nutrition and stress management despite disease and having now 5 kids and have actually gotten on that bodybuilding stage. I walk the walk-in transformation, every day, with my clients.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality/characteristic I feel is most important to my success is ‘unwavering desire’. When you want something bad enough, you will find a way. If you don’t, you’ll make an excuse. That goes for anything in life. Having that kind of desire is what makes things happen. It separates the dreamers from the doers. That desire has to be so strong, it’s tangible. You feel it in your veins. Your tummy gets butterflies thinking about it. You will implement a plan and you will be successful within a matter of time.


  • Online Personalized Programs (include weekly coaching, check ins) $599-699.

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