Stephanie O’Donnell


Stephanie co-founded Horespower Athletics in 2016 to provide a high quality, boutique Crossfit with air conditioning and childcare to South Tampa.

Focused on her husband and family for the previous ten years through medical school, residency at the Mayo Clinic (in frigid Minnesota), and more recently the Air Force, Stephanie felt like the time was right to pursue her own dream of opening a competitive, supportive gym.

She envisioned a gym that catered to the needs of people in every stage of their life and for the rest of their lives.  She was inspired to bring the kind of family-friendly gym that she enjoyed in Minnesota to her new home in South Tampa.  She was tired of being limited and interrupted in her workouts by the heat and the lack of child care.

Stephanie trained through her third pregnancy, never giving  up, even when she was 9 months pregnant.  She believes that appropriate exercise throughout a pregnancy makes for an easier pregnancy/delivery/recovery.  With a remarkable and quick recovery she won the Dirty South Games in the scaled division at 4 months post-partum.

Stephanie believes life is mostly a marathon with some intermittent sprints.  She trains for longevity and looks forward to coaching South Tampa CrossFit is their pursuit of lifetime fitness. She is grateful to the South Tampa community which has embraced South Tampa CrossFit and the coaching staff that has enabled all of this to happen.


– CrossFit L1