Maria M. Stevens grew up in Seattle, Washington before moving to New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale University. During college, she rowed with the Yale Women’s Crew Team to four NCAA Championships, won the World Indoor Rowing Championships in 2004 and 2006, garnered multiple All-American and All-Ivy titles, and spent summers training with the United States National Rowing Team. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey to train full-time with the U.S. Women’s team, which included a two-month residence at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
After deciding to branch away from rowing, Maria relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked for Fitcorp in 2007 as a Group Fitness Director and Fitness Trainer. At Fitcorp, Maria also developed the ground-breaking team-based training program, Total Transformation–a successful, highly affordable, eight-week training regime. The development of T2 ensued shortly thereafter.
Before long, Maria left her job with Fitcorp in 2008, donated half her belongings, and departed from America to work as a volunteer farmer and laborer throughout Europe. In large part, her travels were guided by her interest in high-quality organic food production, and nutrition. For 20 months, Maria worked in gardens and kitchens, and trained several individuals during her spare time. Her travels culminated in a research project on organic food production and food policy in the European Union.
Maria returned to the United States early in 2010 and briefly resumed work as a fitness trainer and lifestyle and weight management consultant before returning to Europe for additional volunteer work on organic vegetable farms and at the Jus Cogens living foods holistic healing center in the south of France. She spent one year as a individual and group fitness trainer, and as an active isolated stretching therapist and corrective exercise specialist in San Francisco.
She is currently traveling (again).
I want to educate, motivate, and enable individuals to enjoy health and balance in their lives. I want to help others nourish and strengthen their bodies, which I believe is fundamental to soundness of mind. Physical activity and excellent nutrition should be accessible to everybody. I intend to filter the avalanche of confusing and oftentimes misleading information of the health and fitness industry by blogging in layman’s terms. I write, furthermore, in order to alert others about potential trends and policies that will inevitably affect their health. I do not sell products or have affiliations with any outside party or economic interest. I write because I care deeply about what I do and because it strengthens my skills as a health professional. I humbly request that you share my blog with your friends, family members, and co-workers; its content is relevant to everyone.
Maria Mae Stevens