Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Brianne Gardner
Tell us about yourself
- Name Brianne Gardner
- Age 26
- Height 5’4
- Weight 136
- Occupation: Youth Treatment Specialist
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
(Brianne) I have been in the gym consistently since 2012 and began competing in 2016. A few years before competing I was just a regular gym chick going whenever without a definite plan other than to lose a few pounds. I was not aware of my capabilities or my strength; I typically did what was comfortable. One day I was browsing on the internet looking for a program that would keep me occupied. I was struggling with plateaus and had no idea how to get past it. Luckily, I came across a 60 day program that tested every type of strength I did not have. I was able to lose a significant amount of weight, but once I began school again, I hit a roadblock and of course slowly gained the weight back. As time went on I started incorporating lifting into my workouts and I noticed muscle gains I did not see before. After awhile my schedule began to cram and I kind of lost touch of the gym until my last year at school. I needed something to stay focused, I joined an off campus gym near my college, got a trainer and began prepping for my first competition. I guess I can say I’ve always had somewhat of a fitness journey, but now I am aware that I am living the lifestyle.
What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?
(Brianne) A struggle that stands out for me was time management. I think I was over thinking how much time I did not have, but looking back at it full scope, I had plenty of time. I think my mind was psyching me out of greatness! I don’t think I was prepared to dedicate myself to something else. I was a full time student and worked part time, so placing the gym into the mix was not in my plan. What kept me going were my friends at the time and the gym I joined. Being surrounded by like minded people kept me motivated.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Brianne) Advice I could give to someone to keep motivated is visualize what you would look like. I think visualizing yourself at a stage that you don’t know, yet helps stay motivated because you don’t like the place you’re in now and knowing your vision will come to life gives more than enough reason to continue your journey.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Brianne) Flexible and experimentation. Of course, knowing your macros is important. Personally, for me I have to follow a plan, but I do have fun with my food while prepping. Keeping my proteins high, carbs low and fats moderate works best for me. Nutrition is the number one factor in obtaining your goals. Food should be fuel before and after working out, to replenish and to help keep you energized.
What is a typical day of eating like for you?
(Brianne) My meals range between 5 to 6 meals a day. I eat oats, eggs and fruit every morning. My breakfast has been the same since I can remember. After working out I drink a protein shake and soon after I have lunch, which consist of ground turkey, and a mix of vegetables, I’ll eat a snack like a half of an avocado, for dinner I will have between chicken or fish with any veggies of choice. If I spread my meals out correctly or if I am up late I will have another protein shake, so everyday ends different, but the start remains the same.
What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?
(Brianne) My training schedule differs everyday. I don’t have a day designated to a specific muscle group it really depends on how I am feeling and what I lifted last. Some Mondays I begin with legs, other weeks I begin with a back workout. If I haven’t hit shoulders then I will do those. It changes weekly depending on the goal for that week.
Favorite body part to train?
(Brianne) I love my calves. I was teased when I was younger due to how big they were, so as I got older I just learned to embrace them and show them off more!
Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?
(Brianne) I listen to a variety of music. My playlist consist of Beyonce, of course, Chris Brown, Rae Sremmurd, Miguel, slow jams, rap and hip-hop. Anything with a beat.
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Brianne) Yes, I take whey isolate protein, Glutamine, pre workout, BCAA’s, and daily multivitamins
What are your staple fitness products for you?
(Brianne) I pretty much try anything before deciding if it will be a staple for me. Definitely use gloves and straps everyday and when I want to cut I use Sweet Sweat for extra burn.
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Brianne) Anything chocolatey, sweet, and onion rings.
One interesting fact about you?
(Brianne) I dislike working out despite my enjoyment of competing.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
(Brianne) A huge shout out to my family who has supported me through all of my endeavors so far. They are my team and I would love to continue keeping them around while I tackle this never ending lifestyle. They inspire me more than they know.
To keep up with Brianne follower her on instagram @Naturalbreezy08