Things you didn’t know about Steph Ferris:
- She loves the Marvel universe and superheroes – Jessica Jones tops her list of favorites.
- Getting asked for ID is a common occurrence. Yes, she really is 27. No, she doesn’t look it.
- She’s a figure competitor, but she’s never set foot on stage. Hard to believe especially considering the more than impressive physique she’s crafted.
Figure competitor Steph Ferris started on her path to excellence as a gymnast. Over time, injuries took a toll on her body. This led her to start weight training to build up her strength. In 2013, she became a certified personal trainer.
Fast forward to 2018. May 12 marks the date when Steph steps on stage for her figure debut.
Steph Ferris by the numbers
Competition weight: probably around 134 lbs
Off season weight: 149 lbs
What are your goals as a competitor?
I think most serious competitors dream of turning pro one day and that’s definitely a goal of mine.
What is the personal appeal to you of being a strong, muscular woman?
I like that my body is a physical representation of my inner strength and resilience.
You must draw attention because of your physique. What’s the strangest question someone has asked you or the strangest incident you’ve experienced?
I do find myself in awkward situations sometimes. The strangest thing is when people just feel the need to throw comments at me when I’m casually walking down the street. Like, “Holy cow, you’re so built.” or men who say “You’re bigger than me. All we notice is your shoulders from miles away. Don’t get any bigger.”
I have just learned that these observations come with it and have grown accustomed to being put on the spot.
What are three things you want people to know about you?
- I really care about how I influence people.
- I am passionate about whatever I put my mind to.
- I always try to find a way to work through a difficult situation.
Three things you can’t live without?
- Deep tissue massages.
You have $10,000 to donate to charity. Where does it go and why?
Probably to Food Banks Canada. I think having food is a basic need that everyone deserves to have met, and many people are not aware that poverty exists even within developed countries.
What person or people inspire you and why?
Many people have inspired me!
Kai Greene is definitely one of them. He came from nothing and defied many odds to get to where he is. His resilient mindset is inspiring to me.
Last year’s Miss Figure Olympia Cydney Gillon is another one. She is a young, hard-working athlete and extremely genuine person. She definitely keeps me pushing on my rough days!
What do you like the most about yourself?
I’m extremely loyal – a tough quality to find these days.
If you could be a A) WWE Wrestler; B) UFC cage fighter; C) UFC ring girl; what would you choose and why?
UFC cage fighter! Martial arts fascinate me (I did some kickboxing in my teen years). The mix of speed and agility required make it an all-around awesome sport.
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