Brittany Kohnke

Collegiate athlete turned figure competitor turned national-level powerlifter on a mission to sift through the BS and support people on their quest for health, strength, and well-being.

That’s me, Britt.

MY STORY

Growing up I played a variety of sports during my childhood and teenage years, but my passion was always softball. Traveling across the Midwest meant a lot of activity, but little time for adequate nutrition. Eating out replaced the home-cooked meals of my childhood and, as a result, I always seemed to carry extra “baby weight.”

When I got to college, I took a larger interest in fitness. Although I was playing softball, I found the covers of Fitness Rx and Oxygen really appealed to me. The women were lean, strong, and beautiful. I devoured these magazines religiously, every month, as I tried to make myself into the women I idolized.

On a whim, I searched the Internet for “figure competitor trainer” and found a coach to help me look like my idols.  I would train for my first figure competition as a means of achieving my ideal physique.. I trained diligently for 12 weeks, often doing twice-a-day workouts. “Fasted” cardio, weight training, and very strict dieting became my life, all while going to school full time and holding down a part-time job. During this time I became obsessed. I was leaner than I had ever been in my life, but I still felt like it wasn’t enough.  When competition day came, I was on Cloud 9, but little did I know my body was on the brink of breaking.

Little did I know this would only be the start of a long journey

After that show, I battled years of disordered eating and body image issues. At one point had a full-blown eating disorder. I went from feeling on top of the world to not wanting to get out of bed or even living. I used every gimmick, fad diet there was to try and attain my “competition physique”, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t achieve the body I worked so hard for. Endless yo-yo dieting and inconsistent exercise left my body, and most importantly my mind, in shambles.

Years later, once the dust cleared, a friend of mine suggested Crossfit. Being a former athlete, I wanted an outlet to being active and fit, but something that wasn’t focused on subjectivity, but on substance. I wanted results I could objectively measure. So I thought, “why not?”

I was hooked after my first workout. The community, the focus on what I could do instead of what I looked like…it was everything I wanted (and needed) at the time.

I was fortunate enough my Crossfit gym went beyond the traditional Crossfit programming. One of the unique programs this gym hosted was a weekly “Girls Gone Strong” class. During this class, instructors taught the main barbell movements of squat, bench, and deadlift. For 8 weeks we learned how to perform these movements, went through a carefully planned, structured strength programming, and built a community reinforcing the idea that “strength is beautiful”.

This class and the coaches changed me and, more importantly, changed my life. That exposure forged me into the coach, athlete and woman I am today because it allowed me to open my eyes to methods and systems that WORK.

And I’m on a mission. A mission to help people like you do the same.

Certifications

National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer

USA POWERLIFTING CLUB COACH

MASTERS OF SCIENCE- PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Accomplishments

2015 APF ILLINOIS STATE SQUAT RECORD HOLDER

2016 UPA ARIZONA STATE SQUAT AND DEADLIFT RECORD HOLDER

2017 USPA OPEN NATIONALS PARTICIPANT

2017 USAPL FALL CLASSIC 63KG 1ST PLACE FINISH AND BEST LIFTER RECIPIENT

2018 USAPL RAW NATIONALS QUALIFIER

2018 SOUTHWEST REGIONAL 63KG 1ST PLACE FINISH

My Mission

To help others find their strength within training and their beauty within strength.

Achieving your fitness goals, no matter what they are, rest soundly on a foundation of physical strength and emotional and mental fortitude.

It took me years to sift through the bull, the “bro-science”, the fad diets and workouts. I have wasted a lot of time and energy researching this; let me help save you that time and effort. My aim is very simple: I want to give my clients the tools they need to effectively achieve their goals.

Consistent, sustainable, life-long health revolves around simple measures carried out over time. So if you’re tired of spinning in circles and want to achieve your best, strongest self, I can help. Contact me today and let’s get to work!