Kid who struggled with weight loss grows up to open fitness studio

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Steve Tanen was bullied as a kid. As an obese child and teenager, his peers were never kind about his weight, Tanen recalled.

“I was no stranger to being bullied for most of my life because of my appearance. I decided to make a change, and it resulted in a well over 100-pound weight loss,” he said.

However, the amount of pounds he shed wasn’t the impressive part.

“It was that I felt good. I felt good about myself. I was more confident. I fit better in clothes; I felt healthy. I literally felt like I could do anything if I put my mind to it,” Tanen added.

But losing weight was only half the battle. Tanen wanted to help others slim down and get healthy as well. He wanted to guide people through the same transformation he underwent.

“I knew that I wanted to help others feel this way, so after years of working on myself and helping friends and family members work on their goals, at the age of 17, I became a certified personal trainer,” he said.

However, the big box gym setting didn’t suit him well. And he knew others who struggle with weight could find the setting “uncomfortable.”

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