Brittany Elizabeth - Figure Competitor

Growing up, I was always very athletic. I was involved with nearly every sport in school and were on some teams for my town as well. There was a problem though; I wasn’t very good at any of them. I was that last person picked for a team in gym class. All my life, I was searching for something that I wasn’t “mediocre” at. Then, I found lifting. It provided soundness of mind, with the intensity I had been searching for my whole life. And so, I started training to be a Figure Competitor in December of 2016.

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When I first began training, many people very skeptical. I had a past that included eating disorders, and that made a lot of people concerned that this path would lead me to relapse after 5 years in recovery. There’s nothing I hate more than having my past define my future ambitions. I also don’t like anyone telling me what I can and cannot do. I want to show anyone, who may be struggling, that they can achieve anything they put their mind to. All it takes is honesty, dedication, and perseverance. With that, all things are possible.

My diet doesn’t change too much from off-season to on-season. What I have found most helpful to lose weight and build muscle is showing up every day and working my butt off at the gym. During off season, we cut cardio out and really focus on hitting those weights and making muscle gains. Then, depending on what my body needs, we lean out and hold muscle accordingly.

Before starting my current meal plans, I was a total victim of “yo-yo dieting”. I’d have maybe two meals a day and most likely over or under eat. There was no consistency. Being on my current meal plan has definitely changed that; as well as changing my view on food, completely. It’s fuel I need to build and sculpt my body. It’s a complete lifestyle change for me. And, I’ve never been happier!

Self confidence is a big part of this process. Personally, it took a lot of time. I’m naturally an introvert. When I’m training, I use this to my advantage. I put my “resting gym” face on and do whatever I need to do that day to make the most of my training. With presenting myself, it’s been a very progressive path. At first, I was super uncomfortable. But, that which makes me most uncomfortable always brings forth the greatest personal growth and reward. And, I work my butt off! I am very proud of all that I have accomplished and will continue to strive for greatness.

The components of my training vary each season. During the on season, I do the amount of cardio required to hold or build my muscle and continue to lose fat. During the off season, I do little cardio (if any at all) and really focus on getting stronger and building up that muscle.

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Being an athlete affects your whole life. It’s all about scheduling eating, training, sleeping, etc. I put training first in my life and the rest falls into place. I am very fortunate that my family understands my passion for this industry and commends my dedication to this sport. I also have a full time job on top of training, so it’s a constant balancing act. But, half that battle is just showing up. Training is my last thought before I fall asleep and my first thought when I wake up. I think, “how can I be better? What will I do today, tomorrow, next week, etc. to be the best? To be MY best?” For me, I thrive on my passion and thirst to succeed in bodybuilding. I push myself every day to be the best version of myself, and I believe that is the first step to overall success.


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