trainer Lacey Stone has been called a human exclamation point, which
is an accurate description, provided the exclamation point is ripped,
charismatic, positive and bursting with never-ending stores of energy.
Stone, a 1998
Whitefish Bay graduate, is the CEO of Lacey Stone Fitness, and a
frequent guest on "Good Morning America," "The Dr. Oz
Show" and MTV. In 2012, she wrote an online guest column for the
New York Times and in 2013 she was featured in The Wall Street
roster of clients has included Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster and Brooke
Shields. She is based in Los Angeles where she leads fitness classes
at Flywheel Sports.
She is probably
best known for creating TheBigGame! and BOOTYCamp! classes, both of
which, naturally, have an exclamation point. The BigGame! draws on her
sports background and is divided into four quarters and designed to
feel more like a game than workout. BOOTYCamp! takes people out of the
gym ó and their comfort zone ó and into the streets and parks
where the only equipment is their body.
So just how in
the world did Stone, who played Division I basketball at the
University of Maine and graduated summa cum laude with a major in
psychology and a minor in political science, end up preaching the
fitness gospel? "I was always fascinated with the mental
toughness side of sports," she says. "Itís about passion,
patience and persistence. Once itís in your mind, the body falls
Stone learned to
excel at a young age as an athlete and student growing up in Whitefish
Bay. "Whitefish Bay is no joke when it comes to academics. Thereís
a lot of pressure but itís a great place to grow up because everyone
is working so hard to be the best they can be with support from their
parents," Stone says. "Itís a fantastic place to raise a
Stone returned to Milwaukee and took a temporary job as a production
assistant with MTV for the 2002 All-Star Game at Miller Park. She did
so well that they asked her to work full time in New York City.
Stone fell in
love with New York and she started teaching fitness classes at Equinox
to pay for her membership. She quickly became one of the most popular
trainers in town, and a new career was born. So instead of working
behind the scenes in production, she was now leading fitness classes
and quickly becoming a go-to source for broadcast and print media.
Stone also is a
motivational speaker, and her speaking engagements have included
companies such as Nike, Google and Gatorade.
In 2011 she
moved to Los Angeles and her career continued to take off. One of her
regulars in class is Jesse German, a celebrity hairstylist, who
attended Whitefish Bay Middle School with Stone.
remembered Lacey as this tomboy basketball player, and when I saw her
in class she was this ripped, beautiful trainer," German says.
"The best way I can describe her class is that itís challenging
but she makes it really fun. She almost tricks you into working harder
because you feel like youíre playing a game."
social media and describes herself as resident A** Kicker and Mega
Motivator on Twitter; she tweets from @LaceyStoneFit where she has
more than 31,000 followers. She also blogs at LaceyStoneFitness.com.
Ask Stone to
pick a career highlight to date and sheís more focused on looking
blessed and grateful to be able to lead classes and try and help
people lead a more positive life," she says. "I donít
think thereís anything more rewarding. The best is yet to