Naturally, as soon as the weather starts warming up I have the urge to start moving my body more. In light of my "movement motivation" I had the pleasure of chatting with Brittney Hern - fitness superstar, Nike Trainer extraordinaire, and good friend!
I drilled Britt on some key questions about some of the things we often struggle in regards to: fitness, life, fear, and motivation. She left us with some awesome key tips you can incorporate into your day-to-day, whatever your fitness goals are!
I think a lot of people set themselves up for disaster when they attempt a workout or class that is a bit too advanced for them. This only leads to insecurities, potential injury and lack of motivation - which can all be avoided.
Working for Nike is a real pleasure. It gives me the opportunity to meet new people of all fitness levels working towards the same goal, bettering themselves. Some are seasoned pros and for some, it's their first class ever! The variability gives me the chance to really push myself to make sure I cater the workout to everyone - making myself a better trainer in the end.
Any newcomers are shy at first because they don’t know what they are in for, but after I give them a rundown of how the class works (full body interval training with active recovery between exercises), they are more comfortable. I always make sure they know they can break when they want, but the idea is that they keep moving as best they can the entire class, using modifications if necessary.
There is also a big community feel with all of our Nike programming (both running/NRC/Nike Running Club, and training/NTC/Nike Training Club). The community that Nike has built has really helped ease the nerves of any first timers as everyone is welcome and most people get introduced through a friend which also makes it less intimidating.
**All programming is free and easily accessible online
I always make sure my clients make short term goals along with their longterm goals - that way they can maintain focus along the way to their end goals. Life happens, and sometimes there are setbacks so it's important to have short term goals to keep you motivated along the way.
I think people that have a hard time motivating themselves should also find a workout buddy that will add a little bit of friendly competition to the mix. It’s always nice to have a friend motivate and inspire you while giving you that extra push that you might not have achieved on your own.
I don’t believe in fitness hacks but I do believe in little things that can be done daily to help improve your overall health and wellness.
In the end there are no quick fixes to living a healthy lifestyle, that’s why its called a lifestyle….it's not just for the summer. Try to stick with everyday health to see long term results, not just seasonal ones ;) Remember, with both your training and nutrition, consistency is key!
Q: What are 3 simple things people can choose to incorporate to improve their fitness level on a daily basis?
With myself personally, I try to avoid using the idea of “treating myself” with overconsuming food and drink. Why don’t we treat ourselves to a day at the spa with a friend or a new outfit etc.? Healthy living doesn’t have to be as hard as we all make it, it’s all about your mindset when it comes to your health and wellness.
NTC Studio: a fusion class of yoga and barre focusing on strength, balance, flexibility, posture and alignment. This is not an easy class if done right, I like how much body awareness it can give someone and it is a great addition to anyone’s training routine no matter what their fitness goals.
Circuit Class: this is a full body workout that incorporates strength, endurance, and cardio stations. This sweat session has your heart rate up the entire time due to very little breaks. I teach this class every Friday at my full time job where I get to see the same group of people each week. Its a nice way to start the weekend off right with a group that I get to see major progression in week after week. With the participants being regulars it gives me the freedom to kick their butt, and they always leave smiling ready to conquer the weekend!
Brittany Hern is a certified personal trainer, spin instructor, yoga instructor, and muscle conditioning coach. She has a background in kinesiology and was an avid national level triathlete. Currently Britt works full time as a corporate fitness manager and N+TC Nike Trainer.
Get in touch: Trainwbritt@gmail.com
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