I met Brit recently and realised straight away that she was woman I wanted to know in the fitness industry. We immediately clicked – she is a strong and inspiring woman and I know that I will learn a lot from her determination, energy and sense of fun.
Brit and I are teaming up for our first Bootcamp and Bend special event on the 17 September. Expect a full on, feisty 45 minute bootcamp followed by a 45 minute dynamic vinyasa flow. Start the weekend with an energetic workout that will leave you feeling strong, balanced, revitalised and glowing!
Here Brit shares a little about herself…
When & why did health and wellness start to become a top priority for you?
My family upbringing was pretty laidback when it came to exercise and nutrition. I was naturally active so movement was always a part of my lifestyle, but after various school sporting matches unhealthy snacks and dinners at fast food restaurants weren’t unusual. I chose to give up sport in order to work part-time and save money to go to university abroad, and that’s when I started researching more about fitness programmes I could do at home or in the gym, and how to complement exercise with balanced meals.
By the time I hit university I was hooked, and movement and wellness became as much about training my mind as it was about becoming fitter in the body. I continued to exercise regularly as I worked in various office jobs as a journalist and copywriter, but the several hours I spent sitting still left me feeling incomplete. Training for my PT qualification as a hobby alongside my day job allowed me to test the water, and it was no more than a few months of part-time work in the fitness industry that I decided to take the jump and build a full-time lifestyle based around being active and inspiring others to love exercise. So many opportunities have opened up to me since, and every day I’m grateful for the work I get to do.
How often do you personally work out, and what benefits does a regular exercise regime offer you?
I move by body in some way at least 5 times a week. I say move my body, because life can get messy and it’s not always possible to stick to a strict regime. One week I may enjoy loads of fitness classes, while another week may be so busy I just manage to squeeze in home workouts using my TRX and kettlebells. I thrive on the variety, and this way of prioritising movement allows me to celebrate my body and what it can achieve rather than over-analysing body fat measurements and beating myself up if I miss a ‘leg day’.
Describe your unique teaching style in one sentence…
Smart and balanced in format and personal in delivery, with every session and class designed to make you feel top of your game.
What’s your most exciting fitness career highlight to date?
Becoming a Sweaty Betty Ambassador this summer has been an amazing highlight. Another ongoing passion project is my weekly Fit Brit Collective Bootcamp; it has been so exciting watching a small idea evolve into a committed fitness family, with new people joining every week.
Who do you look to for inspiration in the fitness industry or in the business of fitness?
Jillian Michaels is such an icon to me – her programming is innovative and effective, her style is straightforward and authentic and her growth has been a result of hard work and commitment to her clients and followers. Not to mention that super strong bod!
Which exercise makes you feel strongest?
Bodyweight pull-ups always make me feel unstoppable! I love how functional they are – every time my chin passes that bar I think about how I could pull myself to safety should I ever find myself hanging over a cliff! Now that’s functional fitness ;).
What fitness discipline pushes you most out of your comfort zone?
Yoga is the most humbling fitness discipline to me. I can lift heavy weights, jump high and run fast, but ask me to hold a headstand and a variety of factors will determine whether I’m successful on any particular day. I love the fusion of mind and body, and how empowering the breath is for strengthening the body and focusing the mind.
You grew up in Canada and have travelled around the world for work and play. How would you describe the London fitness scene compared to other countries and cities you’ve visited?
Canadian fitness culture and sporting culture go hand in hand. Exercise is all about getting outdoors – whether it’s to run, snowboard, cycle, rollerblade or golf. There is a deep appreciation for leisure. When I visited Australia last year I found a lot of similarities, with a nationwide consciousness of movement for the sake of health and sporting goals rather than pure aesthetics. Sometimes I feel the London fitness scene can come across as a little vain – yes it’s important that you feel confident in your own skin, but I think it’s equally important that you feel proud of what your body can do. Fitness for me extends far beyond the workout – it’s a tool of empowerment that influences everything I do. I think we’re getting better and I love social campaigns like #strongnotskinny, so it will be interesting to see how it continues to evolve.
What are you most looking forward to ahead of the Bootcamp & Bend event?
I think the event will unite a lot of bootcamp and HIIT enthusiasts who have never tried yoga, and likewise a lot of yogis who may be reluctant to try bootcamp. One of the most exciting things you can do is push yourself out of your comfort zone – so I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone feels as they come out the other side having achieved something the find challenging. I always call Fit Brit Collective a family, and working out together definitely cements that connection, so hopefully everyone who comes will leave feeling as though they’ve been part of something bigger than themselves.