Building a life you love: Balancing life in the fitness, acting & modeling industry, with Stephany Auernig.
By Coach Jonah
Inspiring women throughout Bangkok, Fitness Coach, Actress & Model, Stephany Auernig uses her platform to inspire others.
Former international school student, Stephany, is a coach at BASE Bangkok, a spinning instructor at RYDE and an actress with Channel 7 and other independent films.
She understands the pressures of being in the limelight and how to balance between school and sport. A couple weeks ago we managed to take time out of her schedule to ask her a couple questions for you guys!
First up, tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Stephany Auernig, most people just call me Steph. I’m Thai/Austrian, born and raised here in Pattaya, Thailand.
I studied at The Regent’s International School from pre-nursery up until Year 13 (12th Grade) and began working in the modelling / media industry at the age of 15. This was not easy, however, I’ve learnt a lot during those times.
I moved to Bangkok a couple of years ago to study Biomedical sciences at Mahidol University and I now work as Fitness Coach at BASE Bangkok and spinning instructor at Ryde.
What made you want to work in the Fitness industry?
I’ve always loved sports and have always been competitive and extremely active since I was a kid. In high school, I played every sport you can name; swimming, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, athletics, etc.
To be honest, I thought I wanted to be a biologist or a doctor but I had an opportunity in the modelling industry, and started acting when I was 18, which was when I started university. Not going to lie, it was not easy. My social life was gone. My routine was basically, going to lectures and driving to the set for my shoot straight after class. It was a great experience, however, I slowly realised I needed a more balanced lifestyle.
After university I had some time off and I decided to take the NASM fitness coaching course. I did this for myself, because I was very interested and wanted to learn more about strength training and how to program. Then, the next thing I know, I was asked if I was interested in becoming an instructor / coach for both RYDE and BASE.
You teach your clients important facts about nutrition, would you like to share some with us?
Keep it simple. Don’t over complicate it. Whatever your goal is, you have to focus on the quality of food. Select unprocessed, natural foods, and try to cook at home yourself on most days. Also, be patient, everything takes time, whether you’re trying to gain muscle or lose fat.
Portion control is also important. These are the basics that you need to know for portion control; protein serving should be about the size of your palm, carbohydrates serving should be about the size of your fist, and fat serving should be about the size of your thumb. Keep track of how you feel, your hunger cues. Question yourself, are really hungry? or are you just bored and want to snack. These are the basic tips I give my clients, and practice myself to stay fit and healthy.
How do you balance coaching, acting & time for yourself despite having a busy schedule?
I make sure I fix my times with my clients and my classes at RYDE and BASE. I make notes of everything!
For acting, I make sure I work with a good team that allows some flexibility and understands that I have other responsibilities. Communication is key! Having a planner helps a lot too. I work at all 3 branches for BASE, and 2 branches for RYDE so I also have to consider travel time, because as we know, Bangkok traffic can be horrible. I always make sure I arrive at least 30 minutes before my client or my classes. Arriving early is better than rushing, and being late just doesn’t look great at all.
We love that you aim to inspire young females. Tell us a little about how you keep a positive mindset and stay disciplined to work towards this goal?
Set a goal for yourself, and set a realistic timeline. Consistency is key with whatever you do. It’s normal not to be motivated every single day, but that is when you have to get up and just get it done. Hard work pays off, trust me.
Fitness in Bangkok is slowly becoming more popular, what do you do to inspire young females to stay active?
If you’re still in high school, luckily you still have team sports and practice in school. However, it might be a little different when you start university. You’ll be busier and more tired. You will have to make time to go to the gym. My tip is to try out different classes, see what you enjoy most, and continue from there. You’re more likely to stick to it if you enjoy it!
What key pieces of advice would you give to young athletes balancing school and sport?
My advice is to plan ahead. If you have an assignment, try to complete straight away, in good quality of course, rather than doing it last minute. That way, you don’t have to worry about it, and you can enjoy your practice more.
The classic Train To Play tradition, we’d like to finish off with a quote that you live by, or that motivates you!
“Do a job you like, build a life you love, and connect with people who inspire you”
Enjoyed learning more about the Steph & the fitness industry?
Stephany continues to coach around Bangkok, you can easily find her at BASE or at RYDE where she spends most of her time. You can also stay connected with her through her Instagram (@stephanyauernig).
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