There is not a stronger duo than Chris & Stephanie.
Knowledge. Determination. Passion.
Look no further, Team Crushing Limits is ready to help you reach your next level.
MEET Chris Santamaria
Owner & Coach
I started my business Crushinglimits over 15 years ago. I had struggled with IBS for many years and was able to learn how to cope with it, so I wanted to help people learn to overcome their own limits in fitness. In 2013, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis, something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone! Colitis is basically a condition where your intestines get so inflamed that ulcers start to form and from there you can barely absorb any nutrients from the food you eat, and you’re in the bathroom nonstop. In 2 weeks time, I lost 50lb! I had hit rock-bottom for the first time in my life. As I laid there in the hospital bed, I just decided; this is not how I’m going out. I decided right then I would beat this against all odds.
After months of not being able to eat properly or lift at all I stepped foot in the gym. My first day back I could NOT squat just the bar, yes you read that right; for 5 reps! It was pretty humiliating to say the least. Little by little I chipped away, meal by meal, rep by rep, until one year later I had put on all 50lb I had lost and I went on to win the Overall Bodybuilding title at the Iron games in California. I beat all the odds.
Now, fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2019. I had my entire colon removed. They tried every medication that was available, and nothing worked so it was the only option left. I had to have an ileostomy bag for months, then March 5th, 2020, I had the “takedown” surgery to remove the bag and reconnect everything. This time, I lost nearly 40lb and I wasn’t able to train for 3 months. There is nothing that I can state to help anyone understand the anguish I had to go through to get to where I am today, but I can tell you it has solidified my purpose in life: which is to help others. I have put on all the muscle that I lost during the 3 months off and I am currently the best I have ever been, mentally and physically.
One of my most important attributes is I believe in all my clients. I love changing people’s lives and if I can help someone believe in themselves, they will unlock the doors of doubt and discover unlimited potential. This is what Crushinglimits is all about. Nothing can stop you.
MEET Stephanie Santamaria, IFBB PRO
Partner & Coach
Stephanie began her first figure competition prep June 2015 on a wild whim to challenge herself. While she was never much of an athlete growing up, Stephanie became interested in health and fitness in her early 30’s. She starting with a little MMA style training then moved into weightlifting and quickly developed a passion for the gym. Stephanie obtained her CPT certification through NASM July 2015. When the idea of competing in an NPC show was mentioned to her Stephanie laughed at the idea, but thought ‘what the heck. I’ll try it.’ Stephanie fell in love with the structure, challenges and process of competition prep.
Stephanie’s first show was NPC Med City in September 2015, followed by NPC Northstar October 2015.
March 2016 NPC Upper Midwest
April 2016 NPC Gopher State
July 2016 Relentless powerlifting
July 2016 Dakota Barbell powerlifting
November 2016 Relentless Detroit powerlifting
March 2017 NPC Upper Midwest
April 2017 NPC Milwaukee Muscle Madness – Won Figure overall and Most Shredded award
May 2017 NPC Jr USA’s – placed 4th (first national level show)
July 2017 Relentless powerlifting
May 2018 NPC Jr USA’s – placed 3rd
June 2018 NPC Jr Nationals – placed 4th
June 2018 NPC Universe – Placed 3rd
July 2018 NPC USA’s – Placed 2nd – earned IFBB Pro card!
March 2019 NPC Upper Midwest - Pro Debut
Stephanie’s hard-headed, just get it done, no excuses attitude is what she attributes to her success in her short bodybuilding career.
Stephanie enjoys helping others reach their potential and crush their goals. Nothing frustrates her more than watching people struggle and efforts wasted. Stephanie excels in using her creativity to bust through any barrier to ensure she and others succeed.
Stephanie is available for one-on-one training, figure posing sessions, and nutritional guidance.
Contact her for rates/options. Contact her at 701-866-3140 or email