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Meet Wendy Steinman of Center For Balanced Training in Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Steinman.

Wendy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Unanimously considered the most uncoordinated six-year-old in her ballet class by the other parents, my father convinced me to take up martial arts instead. Little did he realize, this was the environment where my love of movement and attention to detail would blossom. A few years later, I earned my black belt in American Tang Soo Do. I experienced setbacks due to chronic illness, but continued to learn, train, and move.

Ultimately losing my large intestine to the illness, I pressed forward in martial arts and received another black belt in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. Taking a break from martial arts to focus on my studies, I graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, with a specialization in Neuroscience and a minor in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Working as a software engineer, my love of movement was rekindled when I joined a half marathon training program with Team Challenge to raise funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I mentored several teammates through five race seasons and went on to run 34 half marathons and 3 full marathons.

In 2014, I hung up my New Balances for a pair of rock climbing shoes and fell in love with a whole new world of training styles. I dove head first into calisthenics, aerial, and competed in two bodybuilding competitions at the end of 2017. Working through my own physical, health, and everyday life setbacks sparked my career change into fitness and fuels my passion for sharing knowledge and experiences with my clients on every level.

My gymnastic strength coach Daniel Chavez introduced me to Center for Balanced Training while I was working with him as his client. I could not be more elated to experience the incredibly versatile and movement-oriented environment, CBT, as a client, a trainer, and now the manager. The facility is top notch, but the people and community surrounding it is what makes it truly remarkable. We are all a bunch of movement geeks that want to play and share what we’ve learned.

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?
There have definitely been bouts of imposter syndrome and frustrations when it comes to my own training, results, and how that plays a role in the fitness industry. What they don’t tell you, is that no matter what your niche market is, you still have to be good at business. Without a formal background, I’ve been learning from the seat of my pants.

There have been countless late nights editing social media content, web design, reading articles on formulating effective marketing campaigns… but the truth is, I love every minute of it. The grind, if you will, only feels like a grind when your heart isn’t in it. It’s an amazing litmus test to see if your enthusiasm really is a passion when what would otherwise feel like grueling work, just stokes your fire to dive deeper.

However, there is no such thing as an endless supply of psyche, no matter how passionate you are. I still struggle with trusting the process, keeping diligent to what I’ve set into motion, and remembering to take breaks and recharge so I can get right back into the thick of things when I’m ready.

Please tell us about Center For Balanced Training.
CBT is a world-class private/semi-private training facility designed to help people move. Our passionate and enthusiastic trainers love to work with all bodies, from professional athletes to individuals looking to add more movement to their lives. If you have a body and a brain, you are designed to move.

We specialize in Corrective Exercise, Self Defense/Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, Strength and Conditioning. But, what really puts us on the map is our Slackline training and Gymnastic Strength/Calisthenics programs.

We have two SlackFit Certified Master Trainers on staff who incorporate balance training aspects of the slackline into full body functional movements that facilitating neuroplasticity and simultaneously incorporates injury prevention techniques. I guess you could say that it’s a pretty big deal and we are very excited to be partnering with Gibbons Slacklines to share this training modality with the rest of the community.

Our Gymnastic Strength Coach is top notch and his unique blend of movement takes Gymnastic Strength to the next level. His conditioning exercises combine strength with mobility, making sure that one does not limit the other. This is the bread and butter when it comes to skill work, where progressions are challenging, fun, but more importantly, reducing injury by teaching clients how to maintain body tension and strength in each range of motion. It’s no wonder dancers, aerialists, rock climbers, and other full body athletes seek him out.

What makes us different is that we are not just here to show you “how” to move, but to teach you the “why.” Movement is empowering, healing, and one of the purest expressions of joy. CBT is designed to be a space to challenge, refine, and pursue your purest expression.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite childhood memories is going out to the beach with my dad as a young kid and he says “Let’s go sit on the grass and watch the surfers wipe out.” Looking back, my dad clearly has a very special sense of humor. But really, surfing is one of those examples where you always fail. Failing is fun. Failing is beautiful. Failing means you get to get back up and do it all over again.

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