We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Kohnke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, have you had any epiphanies during or due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
This time of isolation has forced me to take some time to do a lot of self-reflection and observation. Some of the epiphanies I have discovered: Personally- although I’m a business owner, work-life balance is crucial for me. Quieting the noise, especially in terms of social media, is a practice I’m doing (I’m actually in the middle of a 30 day social media detox). Getting outdoors as much as possible not only helps me stay calm, but cultivates a relationship of balance and gratefulness. I have a lot of family in the Midwest and being isolated with the option of going outside in great weather is something I definitely do not take for granted. Further, this experience has made me really develop a sense of gratitude for the little things in life: coffee shop Sundays, weekend road trips, and spending time with friends Business- this situation has brought me to a few conclusions as far as how I want this world to know and remember me as a personal trainer and coach. For a while I was chasing the wrong things and as a result it created a disconnect within self. This time of reflection has identified those missteps and has allowed me to become crystal clear on my vision and purpose, especially in the fitness/strength community. Pre-Covid I was in a nice position as I was mostly online with my clients so things on that front didn’t really change; however, it did force me (and my clients) to look at fitness and health differently. I have been watching things play out and see being a coach extends a lot further than training plans and nutrition. The aspect of integrating mindset and behavior coaching has become even more important (and I believe the industry will start to shift to align with that more and more)
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Throughout various times of my life I have been faced with a few instances of adversity and challenge. From overcoming depression, an eating disorder, and leaving an abusive, toxic relationship it was through my training, specifically in the sport of Powerlifting, that has given me monumental strength in every sense. Having learned those lessons and overcoming odds, my mission is to now educate others in the same way. Between the gimmicks and fads within the fitness industry and guiding people to their best, strongest self, I’m on a mission to be a change maker in the industry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so much to see in Arizona I would first start by bringing visitors to one of my favorite destinations up north, Watson Lake. Hiking along the water followed by a stroll in downtown Prescott is a must for any visit. Locally, I would bring visitors to my home of Gilbert. Walking downtown, hiking in the superstitions, and just enjoying the east valley are my points of interest.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is very hard because I feel there are so many to give thanks to, but I have to give a collective shout out to my close friends and family. They know who they are and I’ve said it time and time again, I would not be where I’m at today without them. The last two years have been times of immense personal growth and discovery. Without their unconditional love and support I don’t believe that process could have happened.
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