Name: KT Stemper
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in 2013 on a complete whim. I had never been here before, but I immediately fell in love with the city’s commitment to fitness, the protection of green spaces and the genuinely kind and curious attitude of the people living here.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I was admittedly a band nerd through grade school! I started lifting after I started playing the tuba and realized I’d have to get stronger to be able to handle it like the guys.
When I moved to Austin I was fortunate to get a job as a physical therapy technician. Learning from some fantastic PTs made me realize how important the transition is between rehab and an active lifestyle. I got my certification in order to play a more direct role in this.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I have competed in powerlifting as well as strongwoman competitions in the past. My current goal is to log press my body weight overhead.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
That a previous injury prevents a person from normal function. Movement is medicine and with slow progression and alterations in form in particular movement patterns we can make a lot of difference in day-to-day ability!
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to leave our sessions with the belief that they have the power to make the change they desire in their lives.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
Austin Simply Fit is a diverse group of trainers from many different backgrounds. I’ve watched us grow so much as a community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from my coworkers.
Favorite quote and who said it?
“The only work really worth doing — the only work you can do convincingly — is the work that focuses on the things you care about. To not focus on those issues is to deny the constants in your life.” – David Bayles, Art & Fear