We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Bratton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Like many other women, I grew up with alot pressure to be beautiful, to be “skinny”, to be liked, loved and accepted. I found myself spending hours a day working out, eating a healthy diet, making a ton of sacrifices and very little change to my physique. I spent my entire 20’s working out 4 to 6 times a week and cutting different things from my diet with little to no improvement.
Once I discovered a flexible balanced diet and a fitness routine that was mainly strength training and walking, I saw my body transform. I realized the power of nutrition and felt inspired to help women who lacked confidence like I did in the past. Which is why I created my fitness coaching business which helps women understand the basics of nutrition, weight training and habits that will give them power and freedom to control their weight for the rest of their lives.
What I’ve found that works best for me and my clients is creating something that is flexible, sustainable and does not restrict their favorite foods. I help my clients improve their health, confidence and hormones with many lifestyle habits that help improve their body composition with time, patience and hard work. Impacting a tribe of boss babes that will impact their family, friends and communities is extremely fulfilling to me. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to lead these ladies and to help them see their full potential.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Along with fitness credentials, being a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I also have a degree in psychology and went to graduate school for counseling.
I offer my clients 1-on-1 coaching to help them overcome their mental blocks and self limiting beliefs that are stopping them from achieving their health and fitness goals.
All my plans are completely customized to my clients goals, preferences and lifestyles. Not everyone is going to be able to work out in a gym, so many of my clients have at home fitness routines and everyone has different preferences and dietary restrictions. I know that every person is not cut from the same cloth, so making plans that are realistic and sustainable that my clients enjoy, helps them stay the course of my 12 week programs.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting LA, I would have many places to take her.
First stop would be El Matador beach in Malibu. El Matador beach is the most stunningly beautiful beach in Los Angeles, no question about that. Before stopping there, I’d recommend having lunch or even planning a sunset dinner at The Malibu Farm Pier Cafe not too far from El Matador.
The next day, I would recommend visiting the Getty Museum which has the most stunning view of the city and lots of outdoor space as well to enjoy. You can even take a picnic and have lunch on the grass. On the way home from the Getty, we might cruise through Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive to see if anything peaks our interest. The last stop, a drink at Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills.
The following day, I’d like to visit Manhattan Beach or Hermosa beach, rent bikes from the Hermosa Cyclery right off the Hermosa Beach Pier. It’s always fun to ride the strand and look at the beautiful multi million dollar homes or the ocean and play a game of volleyball on the sand.
In Manhattan Beach, I love taking people to the Creamery, the best dessert shop with literally everything you could even imagine. For breakfast, I love Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, The Fish Bar for lunch or dinner, never disappoints.
The following day, I’d take her to Abbot Kinney and the Venice Canals. Everyone always wants to take some cool photos when they visit LA and there are photo ops everywhere in Venice, cool murals, street art, bright colors everywhere, really is charming in so many ways.
I love the Rose Cafe in Venice. There are many great restaurants on Abbot Kinney as well, coffee shops, ice cream, pretty much anything you want, you can find on Abbot Kinney.
Next up, Hollywood is a must for visitors.. I prefer to stay away from the strip, and opt to go for a hike and check out the Griffith Observatory. The Griffith Observatory is one of the coolest museums with stunning views as well.
And lastly, one of the most epic places in the city, Palos Verdes. The Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes is a beautiful resort, which you could visit without staying there and walk the property, go to lunch, dinner or have a drink. Also there are many amazing hikes and trails in Palos Verdes overlooking the ocean oftentimes with a massive cliff. There is a lighthouse in Palos Verdes too, Point Vicente Lighthouse.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s interesting how we tend to have self limiting beliefs about our dreams and goals and then someone can come into our lives and push us farther than we expected and shatter those self limiting beliefs.
That is exactly what happened to me when I started training at The Powerhouse Gym in Torrance, California. I had always wished I had the strength and courage to compete but I never saw myself stepping on stage. Knowing that I had a professional to support me and help me through the process was the reassurance I needed to go through with it.
The Powerhouse Gym in Torrance is full of competitors and fitness enthusiasts that will give you the motivation and inspiration to go further than you could have ever imagined possible. It is a great community gym!
Photographer for bikini pictures is Elliott Howell @IAmElliott My coach Tarkan My clients