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Olympian’s recovery and pivot to lead women’s health – In Conversation with Steph Prem
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

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Steph Prem is an Olympian, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and one of Australia’s leading experts on health and wellness. Steph is the founder of the Studio PP training method. With high-profile business and celebrity clientele, Studio PP is a reflection of Steph’s unique, inspiring and performance-driven ethos. Before founding Studio PP, Steph was a five-time Australian champion and the only female to represent Australia in the snowboardcross event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Kate Sears sits down with the professional athlete, personal trainer, clinical Pilates instructor and health and wellness coach and consultant.

Photo by Nat Deague

How did you transition from Olympian to business owner of Studio PP?

Following my traumatic exit from professional sports – I had a snowboarding accident that ended my career and was a five-year physical rehabilitation process to come back from – I dived wholeheartedly into my own wellness and recovery journey that inspired me to launch my business Premium Performance, now known as Studio PP. I spent a number of years running retreats and fitness and Pilates sessions in the parks of Melbourne. I then  opened my first PP studio on Chapel St, Prahran, in 2013. In 2015 I opened our South Yarra HQ followed by our Portsea summer pop-up studio in 2018, which has now been running three years, and in 2019 our corporate health studio in Melbourne’s iconic 101 Collins St tower. The PP method is unique because it embraces not just body/form but also mindset, so it is much more of an overall holistic wellness approach.

Do you have a notable moment from a motivational speaking event that you can share?

In my role as a Medibank Live Better wellness ambassador, I recently did a live online speaking keynote focused on resilience. I shared my own journey from injury to rebuilding not just my body but my mindset and building – or rebuilding – a fulfilling career post sport. Dealing with change or loss is an inevitable part of life, and especially in today’s uncertain environment, everyone is experiencing varying degrees of setbacks and worry. We’re all navigating this unprecedented time together. I love motivational speaking and I feel grateful that people off the back of COVID-19 are more invested in health and fostering positive and healthy lifestyle habits like mindfulness, proper nutrition, sufficient sleep and regular exercise.

Do you have one piece of advice that you often share?

I observe and work with so many clients in relentless pursuit of this thing we all call the work-life balance, and I’m a strong advocate for the pursuit – but it’s challenging. Personally, I’m lucky that I genuinely love my work. Yet I’m the first to admit I’ve been guilty of complaining of lack of ‘balance’, itching for the weekend or a day off even, because I’ve allowed the work part of the balance see-saw to dip too heavily the wrong way. I’ve found the key is having a toolkit of ‘non-negotiables’ to refer back to, to bring you back into balance. For me that’s daily exercise, acupuncture, Pilates, breath work, alone time for creativity and quality time with family and close friends. Also red wine is helpful.

To get more of your Steph fix, head to Instagram and follow @stephieprem

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