Brenna is OG status around these parts and has been through, and worked to achieve, just about everything imaginable within these four walls over her five plus years as part of our community. Brenna has overcome personal struggle and come out the other side victorious. A formerly accomplished distance runner, she traded her running shoes for the barbell and is now among our finest all around athletes, getting her name on the wall in every single category of fitness that we offer. Just as quiet as she is hardworking, Brenna loves to work with new athletes and encourage them towards great results.
How old are you and where are you from?
I am 30 years young, from suburbia, NY.
How long have you lived in San Diego and what brought you here?
I moved to San Diego in July of 2013. Had visited a month or so earlier and fell head over heels with this place. The sunshine and palm trees had me at hello.
When did you start coaching at the gym?
June of 2017. Before that I was a member for about four years.
What do you hope to accomplish with someone when coaching? I mean, of course advancing one’s skill, but ultimately, I hope that assists with their confidence and self-trust. It’s pretty darn cool when you see someone’s proud, “a-ha!” moment and they walk out more pleased than when they walked in. I’m a firm believer that if someone leaves feeling accomplished and knowing they’re capable, then that will carry over to life’s activities outside of the gym. That’s the good stuff about fitness.
Describe your own personal philosophies with fitness and nutrition?
Regarding the two on the same token, just eat to perform. There is a lot a BS in the fitness world and, unfortunately, food has been dragged through the mud alongside. Don’t eat gluten. Sugar is bad. Carbs make you fat. In reality, it’s quite simple. Keep it movin’, feed the machine, but don’t eat like an asshole. The magic is in moderation.
Are there any personal results or transformations you’ve achieved through fitness that you’d like to share?
Oh man, we’d be here all day. My “Become More” blog can answer this in depth, if interested. Fitness wasn’t always a positive thing for me. To be brief, my goals entirely shifted from maintaining a certain physique to just being healthy and strong as fuck.
Where are you going locally to destroy food, and what are you ordering? I’ve become a regular at Tap Room in PB. No need to tell them my order anymore. I moved to OB last November, yet still make regular visits to demolish a pepperoni pizza with a side of beer mac and wash it down with a couple IPAs. Amazing.