Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Dr. Brittney Dayne

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Brittney Dayne, PharmD
  • Age 31
  • Height 5’9
  • Weight 145 
  • Occupation: Pharmacist

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Brittney) After earning my degree in 2010, I began my journey as a pharmacist with the goal of educating my community on improving their overall health and lifestyle. I had no idea that through several interactions with patients and learning their stories, I would also be inspired to better my own lifestyle and truly lead by example! I made the decision to train and dedicate myself to fitness so that my patients could see that I ‘practice what I preach!

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Brittney) My biggest challenge with this journey is sacrificing time spent with friends and family. I haven’t missed out on all special moments, but it’s been more than I’d like. As a competitor, the focus and discipline that’s required is extreme. If you are preparing for a competition during the holidays, it’s difficult to not fully indulge in the experience of eating and celebrating with family and friends. The sacrifice has always proven itself to be worth it, but it’s still very challenging in those moments.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Brittney) When dieting becomes the main factor of discouragement, I like to tell myself (and others) that every decision I make will indeed have an impact. I can deal with the temporary joys of eating something that will have a lasting, negative impact. Or I can make a decision that will benefit my body and my goals. The same way we make decisions to get up, go to work, and take care of priorities is no different than the decisions we make for our health and goals.  You must see dieting as a wise decision and not a burden.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Brittney) I’m a big fan of tracking macronutrients. It’s easy enough to stay within calorie limits. However, if the majority of those calories are coming from fats, you will prolong progress and lessen your chances of reaching your goals. MyFitnessPal has been golden for me!

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Brittney) I try to have a balanced breakfast with carbs, low fats, and protein – oatmeal, eggs, protein shake (or a similar variety). Lunch and dinner will consist of veggies and some form of protein (chicken or fish). I’ll have heavier carbs around my workouts.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Brittney) I have a personal trainer that I see 3 times per week for strength training. The majority of my lifting sessions focus on legs. I do 45min to an hour of cardio in the morning, typically 3-4 times per week.

Example of one or more workouts

  • Squats are always a priority. Heavy leg presses and leg extensions are great for quad development. Heavy kickbacks and hip thrusts for the glutes. Isolated hamstring curls and stiff-legged deadlifts to keep the hammies popping!

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Brittney) Glutes!!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Brittney) I listen to albums during my workouts and switch it up with the times! Currently, I love Jidenna’s album “The Chief” and Miguel’s Spotify Sessions really get me going for cardio

 

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Brittney) For supplements, I drink protein shakes daily with breakfast and after a workout, pre-workout (only when it’s been a long day), BCAAs intra-workout, theanine to keep cortisol levels low (stress hormone), stomach enzymes with each meal, and of course my daily multivitamin.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Brittney) For morning cardio, I never leave home without my Lipoxyderm lotion to help burn fat in problem areas like the midsection. And my absolute favorite fitness apparel brand is Celestial Bodiez. Their tights and shorts are incredible for these glutes of mine! LOL

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Brittney) I could eat rice cakes and almond butter all day long! Specifically, Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Brittney) Before I found my passion for fitness, I was a ballerina for 18 years. Tall, narrow, 120lbs, black ballerina! It was my first love!

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Brittney) For the past 2 years, I’ve been competing in the NPC bikini division. I’ve placed at national shows and currently working to take my physique and posing to the next level and earn pro status! Wish me luck!

 

For information on whats new with Dr. Brittney Dayne check out her IG page @drbrit_fit

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

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Keeli Brown

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Keeli Brown
  • Age 29
  • Height 5’4
  • Weight 125 
  • Occupation: Financial Specialist/Trainer

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Keeli) In 2011 my college sweetheart broke up with me. I had gained over 20lbs during college and hadn’t worked out since high school. I was in a bad place. I decided it was time to take care of me – I changed my diet (cooking more and eliminating junk food) and started working out 3-4 days a week (half cardio half weight lifting). I started seeing changes and so did everyone else. In 2015 I got my personal training certification as well as a group fitness certification. I began teaching classes in my apartment complex and eventually started teaching at my work gym. I competed in my first bodybuilding competition in October 2016 and won 2nd place Novice and 1st place Open Class C at the Lee Haney Games in Atlanta, GA. I am currently teaching classes at Evolving Fitness in Mabelton, GA.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Keeli) Training for my first competition was probably the hardest thing I have ever done. I loved working out so it was mostly due to my diet. I had a very strict calorie count and was completely drained after my workouts. I kept reminding myself that I would basically be naked on stage and everything I ate would show. I had an amazing support system of family and friends to keep me on track as well.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Keeli) Having a specific end goal makes a world of difference in a weight loss/fitness journey. Most people are not passionate about fitness. You need a real goal to hit in order to keep going.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Keeli) During my competition prep I had a meal plan but could be flexible and count macros at well.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Keeli) My typical day of eating is as follows:

Breakfast: Oatfit Oatmeal and 3 egg whites

Snack after workout: two rice cakes with PB and protein shake (and banana in offseason)

Lunch: protein/spinach (carb in offseason)

Second lunch: protein/spinach

Dinner: Protein/spinach/carb (off season I can eat what I want)

Snack: Protein cookie

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Keeli) I usually train 4-6 days a week with at least 3 leg days. Not much cardio in the off season if any.

Example workout:

Warm up

Walking lunges 2 minutes

Set A 4 sets

Leg Press (feet wide) 20 reps

Calf Raises 20 reps

Set B 4 sets

Hip Thrust 20 reps

Bulgarian Split Squat 15 reps/leg

Set C

Plie Squat 20 reps

Jump Squat 20 jumps

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Keeli) Glutes!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Keeli) Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki are all staples in my mix and sprinkle in some Drake for good measure.

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Keeli)  Yes – Vegan Protein Powder, BCAAs, and Glutamine.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Keeli) Resistance bands are clutch especially when traveling or I can’t make it to the gym.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Keeli) Peanut Butter.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Keeli) I sang at Philips Arena for an engagement hosted by Grant Hill in 2015,

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Keeli) My goal is inspire women to take charge of their life and bodies – you can look and feel as amazing as you want!

For information on whats new with Keeli check out her website www.workoutsbykeeli.com or her IG page @workoutsbykeeli

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Bria Johnson

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Tell us about yourself

  • Name Bria Johnson
  • Age 23
  • Height 5’2
  • Weight 130 (during offseason)
  • Occupation: Personal Trainer

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Bria) I have always been extremely active, however last year I took a great amount of time off from the gym.  Really wasn’t happy with where I was in my life. So early 2016 my goal was to “get shredded” just for my own satisfaction so I started to work out consistently and rigorous.  In March one of my co-workers brought to my attention that I should compete.  Shortly after I did my research and fell quite fond of the idea.  I am pretty head strong so when I set my mind to something it will get accomplished.  I soon hired a coach and begin to prep for my first fitness competition! It has been uphill ever since, I have now found my passion.

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Bria) Prepping for shows takes dedication you can’t even imagine.  There were many nights I wanted to go home and rest after work or sleep late but I had to go to the gym.  Everytime I wanted to quit I would imagine myself walking out on stage receiving that first place trophy.  That vision alone kept me motivated to keep pushing toward my goals.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Bria) I would ask them what they’re purpose is, and if they see their goals important enough to push through hardship.  If so, sacrifice now and the ending result will be unimaginable because of the work you put in.

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What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Bria) Diet/ Nutrition is honestly the hardest yet most important part of living a fit life.  I believe you are 100% percent what you put in your body and what you put in is what you will get out.  I see it as eating for nutritious benefits and putting the nutrients you need in your body to reach your goal.  You cannot eat for taste while prepping.

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Bria) I typically have 5 small meals and one protein shake a day.  My diet consists of high protein, moderate carbs, and low fat.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Bria) I work out 6 times a week, focusing on specific muscle groups each day.

  • Monday I do legs which consists of squats, lunges, leg press, hamstring curls, deadlift, leg extension, and etc.

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Bria) My favorite body part to train is back.

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Bria) I love music that will keep me motivated and also makes me think.  It really just depends on how I’m feeling that day. It can range from Travis Scott, 2 chainz, and Jeezy, to Lauryn Hill, Kendrick, and bone thugs n harmony. Lol I like to switch it up.

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Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Bria) I take cell you loss from herbal life, optimum nutrition pre-workout, and any protein snacks and shakes from quest nutrition.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Bria) Quest nutrition. I absolutely love their protein bars, chips, powder, and etc.

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Bria) Burger and fries and donuts. I always crave that during prep.

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Bria) I talk in my sleep.

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Bria) Keep pushing and going after your goals! Whatever they may be, don’t conform to please others.

If you are looking for a trainer and would like to work with Bria please reach out to Pbfits via email at Pbfit@gmail.com and also check out her IG page @Bria.lifts