Meet the Newest Face of Fitness: Brittne Babe
By Janell M. Hickman
To describe fitness guru Brittne Babe as busy, is somewhat an understatement. The 21-year-old already has the titles of athlete, certified personal trainer, online health coach, and Herbalife distributor under her belt—and she’s just getting started! She has over 1 million followers across her social media channels, and 11 years of experience.Thankfully, Babe had time to squeeze us in for an interview in between her finals at MSU during the busy holiday season.
FB: How did you get involved with FitBox? What does it mean to you to be a brand ambassador?
Brittne Babe: I was approached by the owner Greg Lowe—he has a great track record in regards to business and technical software, which is how I've built my business. I feel like he understands how it all works and can only help me grow my brand as well. I have never endorsed a company other than Herbalife, so to attach my name to Fitbox is something that I am very proud [to add to my business resume].
FB: You started working out when you were 11-years-old, what inspired you to get into fitness?
BB: My mom encouraged me—she worked very long hours and wanted me to join some sort of team that would keep me off the streets (and out of trouble). I started with basketball and I was horrible with that! Next, I tried cross-country, [which was] too much running. Finally, I tried track and found I was naturally good at it.
FB: Your body is incredible—what do you say to naysayers who claim it's more than hard work? What tips do you have for staying body confident?
BB: To be honest, I am still learning how to deal with that. But the way I look at it, there will always be a small percentage who will find something wrong with me. The larger percentage will appreciate and love me—that’s is who I am going to devote my energy toward.
I have a slight case of scoliosis and on one side of my body there is a dent (I am shaped like an S). I used to be really insecure about it, but I’m learning to own it and love my body for being as unique as it is. In terms of body confidence, there is a fine line between being confident and over or underweight. There is no reason anyone should accept poor health and pass it off as body confident. However, if there are some things you cannot control (i.e. crooked leg, crooked spine, big hips, etc.) you need to own it because it is what makes you “YOU.”
FB: How do you stay motivated to squeeze in daily workouts?
BB: To be honest, I do not workout daily. I get in at least three to five good days of training. I do not obsess over my body, so it all comes easy to me. I am no longer interested in competing because I have no interest in making training and strict dieting 75% of my life. What I do now is a lifestyle for me, I do things that are fun and if I do not want to work out for 3 days straight, that’s okay too.
FB: What’s an average day like for you?
BB: I get up [daily] at 6 a.m. to get ready for class. Then, I look at my [blog] posting schedule and follow-ups (my mom and I create them the night before) then plan my day based off of that. Next, I create my pre-planned meals before studying. If I don’t have any studying to do, I’m head to the gym or do an at-home workout.
My social life isn’t like the “average” 21 year-old’s, my days and nights are usually filled creating content for BrittneBabe.com and other ideas for my business. Actually, the reason I started to come up with workout ideas is because I often have little time for the gym. When you can workout from home, there should be no excuses.
FB: How has social media played a role in branding yourself as an expert?
BB: I [aim to] appeal to the masses—think, the young woman who is contemplating plastic surgery, the older woman who doesn’t know what to do in the gym, the guy who can barely do ten push ups (but is impressed how I can fly with mine!) I relate to a lot of people, so my social media account isn’t just a bunch of photo shoots of me. All of my accounts focuses on results, how to get them, and how I got them.
FB: They say abs are made in the kitchen—what is your meal plan like? Any guilty pleasures?
BB: Yes, that is true! My meal plan is actually pretty basic during the week. But, I’ll have a couple of small cheat meals throughout. Remember, this is my lifestyle—I am not dieting, I am making positive choices to encourage a better quality of life.
FB: Tell me more about your 21-day plan, what do you think is the biggest hurdle for clients to get over when they start?
BB: I have so many followers who really have never dieted and have no idea of how to train, so I wanted to create an affordable platform to get people educated. The biggest hurdle is consistency, however I remind them to keep trying. This is a challenge, not a diet—you have to eat and train like this for the rest of your life.
FB: What are your must-have workout items and what’s on your playlist?
BB: [I always] bring my water bottle and my iPhone (so I can listen to music) to my workout. I listen to just about everything, but when it comes to working out I prefer dance music. Anything that gets me pumped, it's on the list!
FB: What's on the horizon for you in 2016? What was your biggest blessing and obstacle in 2015?
BB: My goal for the new year is to be a better, much stronger Brittne, both mentally and physically. Honestly, there have been so many obstacles and blessings this year. Sometimes I forget that I'm just 21 years old. [I remind myself] every single day that goes by is a complete blessing! Next year, I’ll be selling swimwear on my website and hosting a few bootcamps so I can meet my followers.