Brittany started group CrossFit classes in 2012 and instantly fell in love with the challenge that CrossFit presents. When she realized she wanted to achieve more specific training goals that weren't being met in group classes, she started working with Central Athlete’s OPEX CCP coach, Jesse O’Brien. After 14 months of working with Jesse and reaching tremendous athletic and body composition benchmarks, Brittany decided to give group training another shot but needless to say, after several months she realized results and consistent progress specific to her was extremely important. She is now back at Central Athlete as an on-site training client. Brittany brings a lot of energy to the on-site training group. Not only is her dedication to her specific workout regimen inspiring, but also, her positivity and motivation help encourage those around her. Recently, Brittany hit a long-time personal goal in the gym by mastering a 200-pound overhead squat. This movement requires extreme upper and lower body flexibility as well as massive amounts of upper body stability and lower body strength.
Below, Brittany talks about what it took to achieve this goal and what decisions led her back to Central Athlete. Can you give us a little background about what helped you achieve this goal and how you felt after accomplishing it? “The goal for the overhead squat was accomplished through persistent efforts and relinquishing any mental boundaries. Continually attempting and missing a lift can be defeating and adds an intimidating factor to picking up that weight again the following week, if you let it. Instead, I was able to view each miss as one attempt closer to my goal, and it gave me the confidence to keep trying each week. At one point I did ask coach Jesse if I could step back and work strength and positioning (which is sometimes the right choice). However, after finally reaching the goal it was very clear that those two factors were only part of the equation, and with the strength and technique in place, the only thing that was holding me back was my head.” Brittany talks about why she decided to return to Central Athlete after her short time experimenting with group CrossFit classes. “Why did I come back to Central Athlete? Because I know it works. Within my first year of working with Coach Jesse I accomplished multiple goals, including a 135-pound snatch and my first muscle-up. I made the decision to switch back to Central Athlete after a few months of group CrossFit classes because I wanted to target personal fitness goals (absolute strength and running). I knew this type of program would allow me to train specifically to those goals. I love how personal it can get. I know that each person grows differently, and multiple factors are involved outside the gym as well, such as sleep, stress, hormones, personal time, etc. While working with Central Athlete, I have learned so much more about these aspects in regard to my own training as well as in my personal life. The last reason behind switching back to CA is that my schedule can be random sometimes, and I was looking for a way to be more efficient with my time. Through Central Athlete I get to work out when it is convenient for me, which is really helpful.”