Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I am an NPC Bikini Competitor, Nutrition and Mindset Coach, creator and founder of The Macro Mentality at BuildingBri.com, and lover of all things involving chocolate and/or peanut butter. I have a Bachelors in Psychology and a larger-than-life desire to help others embrace the power of their minds.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
What I love about fitness is how it encourages my personal development. Through fitness, I have found how strong I am, how capable I am of overcoming obstacles, and how clearly my perceived limitations do not define me.
And, on a lighter note, I freaking love how refreshing and empowering it feels to crush a workout and feel accomplished and energized the rest of the day.
How long have you been into fitness?
I began lifting regularly at the gym when I was about 15-16 years old. At the time, I took a lot a slack from my girlfriends who didn’t understand why a woman would weigh train or why I was taking my physical goals so seriously. Despite that, my passion for fitness grew over the years, and I dove into any and all information I could on weight training, conditioning, and nutrition.
By my sophomore year in college, my progress in the gym stalled out due to lack of proper nutrition. I was hungry to become better in the gym, but knew I needed a coach & teammate to help. The answers were there, but working one on one with a coach changed the game. At the time I was also seeing tons of girls on social media that inspired me competing in fitness physique competitions. Their drive made me believe that I, too, could do it. And so I did. I hired a coach (who pushed me and I LOVED him for it. He changed my life, leading me to become a coach as well!) I committed to the goal. And I took the stage in April of 2016, placing 1st and 2nd in my classes – totally exceeding beyond my expectations.
Flash forward 3 years later, I have competed in 5 show, 4 being NPC as a natural athlete, and am taking my second off season to build my muscle up a bit more before my next shows in 2019. I received training with The Diet Doc to become a Licensed Diet Doc Nutrition Coach in 2017. I now team up with clients who remind me of myself – eager, ready to do all the right things to reach their goals, just unsure what those things might be. I love coaching those same clients on shifting their mindsets to be more empowering, and to believe in themselves more. Competing taught me just how capable I truly I am of doing whatever I set my mind to, and that has been something that carried over to life, business and relationships. I instill those same principles with my girls – nothing lights me up more these days then seeing them crush their goals and succeed, knowing I’m a part of it, as my coach was for me.
How did you get into fitness?
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point was definitely when my progress stalled. I couldn’t just walk into the gym anymore and expect to lift heavier, feel stronger and progress simply because I was showing up. It took hiring a coach, committing to the goal of competing and learning about nutrition and training working together for me to really see myself excel as an athlete.
Secondarily, a part of my thrived on the nay-sayers, those who gave me crap for being a female in the gym. Actually, their nagging did the opposite of what I think they mean for it to. I felt empowered by it. Oh, you don’t think women can be strong, boss ladies and still be feminine and successful? That’s funny, watch me. 😉
How has fitness impacted your life?
Wow, how can I count the ways? My confidence. My belief in myself. My truest friendships. My business. My success. All that has made me who I am this moment has come from my love of fitness. I have met incredible, driven, inspiring women who have become my deepest friendships through competing. I have changed how I speak to myself when I look in the mirror, because I now see how strong and unstoppable that girl looking back at me is. I walk into a room with a different presence – a presence of someone who believes in themselves and loves who they have become. I approach life from a feeling of empowerment, knowing that I can do anything I set my mind to, because I’ve done it a million times in the gym, on stage and in business. All thanks to training.
Those daily habits that I build in the training carried over and dripped into every crack of my life. You think you’re going to the gym to hit a workout, sweat, and go home, but that would be so undervaluing all that is fitness. When you walk into the gym, that’s your moment to show yourself what you’re made of, for no other reason than to make yourself proud.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
If you’re in the beginning phases of your fitness journey, know this:
– if you’re looking at pictures of competitors or fitness models or superstar athletes and feeling like you’re not good enough to get where they are, stop. You are.
– be patient with your progress.
– be patient with YOURSELF as you learn. You’ll have bad form sometimes. You’ll eat less-than-optimally. You’ll be okay. You’ll learn from it.
– if you feel like you don’t know enough to make progress, befriend others who love fitness or team up with a coach.
– it’s okay not have all the answers, that why coaches, the internet and books exist!
– above all, know that you CAN do it. You can change your body and your mind for the better.
– and ask for help when you need it. Because you’ll get there 10x faster with support and knowledge than you would on your own.
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