Name: Brittany Reidel
Birth Date: 04/07/1989
Birth Place: Providence, RI
Current Residence: North Attleboro, MA
Height & Weight: 5’3”
1. What made you want to compete?
My personal trainer and inspiration, Erica, encouraged me to compete in my first competition in September, 2011. I loved everything about being on stage and showing the world what I had worked so hard for. Most importantly, I inspired so many friends and family to live a healthier and more active lifestyle by doing what I do. These are the reasons why I am back again this year, 2012, to train hard and compete again!
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
To stay inspired, I surround myself with positive people constantly. I never let anyone try to stray me away from my goals. I know in my heart and mind that I can stay motivated and dedicated every second of every day, as long as I have the people that care most about me around to pick me up when I begin to stumble.
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I have competed in the Ms. Bikini America competition last year through Fitness Universe. I also plan to do the Fitness New England show in April of 2013, then the Fitness American show in Las Vegas in November.
4. Who got you started?
My trainer and coach whom I’ve been with for two years, Erica Garrity, got me started with competing.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
I always turn to my trainer Erica Garrity for help with dieting and training. My friend Lauren Pond, a former bikini competitor as well, helps me with my posing and stage presence. Also, the trainers at the gym I work at, including Sean Vinciguerra, assist me with my weight-lifting.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I usually workout at The Answer is Fitness in North Attleboro with my trainer. Also, I workout often at the gym I work at in Foxboro, Workout World.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I take a women’s active vitamin pack from GNC, as well as a fish oil supplement. I also include the amino acid supplement “Extend” by Scivation during my workouts. Sometimes, when I need an extra boost before a workout I will take “C4,” by Cellucor, which is a pre-workout energy supplement.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My most noticeable results have been in my arms and abs. My diet alone has proven to me how much of a difference it makes to eat healthy!
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Yes, fitness has absolutely changed my life. It not only is a hobby of mine, but the feeling I get every day when I leave the gym is unlike any other. I feel accomplished, stress-free, and completely refreshed. It has allowed me to organize my life and my priorities. I set mini-goals for myself, which helps me to stay committed with not only my fitness, but with my everyday decisions in life.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My original goal when I started training was to simply feel better about the way I look and how I feel. I wanted to be able to see the changes in my body from all the hard work I did. I have already come so far from where I began, and I don’t want to stop. I want to inspire others to be healthy and take advantage of the benefits of what fitness can do for our bodies and minds. My long term goal is to never fall out of shape. I will always have a passion for fitness, and I will always continue to stay healthy and fit my whole life. For right now, I will continue to work hard and prove to the world how dedicated and passionate I am about what I do.
11. Describe your diet.
During competition training, my diet begins at 12 weeks out, and I start with five high-protein meals a day. These meals include protein shakes, chicken, lean ground turkey, fish, green vegetables, high protein dairy, brown rice, oatmeal and berries. Several weeks before the competition I begin to cut many of these food items out. I begin by cutting dairy, then fruit and sugar, and then carbohydrates and salt.
When I am not training for a competition, my diet is almost the same as where I began at 12 weeks out from a competition. My carbohydrate and sugar intake is naturally higher during this time where I am not trying to cut weight. However, I still eat a healthy diet and avoid all processed foods to keep myself on track at all times.
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
Normally I do about 2-3 hours of cardio a week. For weight training, I isolate different muscle groups on each day of the week. For example, on Monday I will just workout my chest and also incorporate some ab exercises in that routine. On Tuesday, I will do all back exercises only. Wednesdays I give my upper body a break and work my legs and abs again. Thursdays I will isolate my shoulder muscles, and on Fridays I will isolate my biceps and triceps with abs. I leave Saturday and Sunday for my “active” recovery days, where I will do only cardio to give my muscles a rest. Also, I don’t always workout certain muscle groups on certain days (for example, I might change the routine and start with legs on Monday). Lastly, and very importantly, the workouts are never the same. I always keep my workouts different each week to keep my muscles working hard and building.
13. What do you do for a living?
I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Environmental Geoscience from Bridgewater State University in May of 2012. I am currently working as a waitress and a part-time personal trainer.
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
My current goal is to discover a career with renewable energy or environmental protection. I have a love for science and how the Earth works, and I want to be involved in trying to protect it.
My life-long goal is to always take every opportunity that is given to me because I want to be able to experience a fulfilling life of traveling and exploration. I try to stay outside of my comfort zone at all times in order to experience new things and places.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
In high school I ran track and field and I was also a cheerleader.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I want to thank my friends, including all of my Toby’s girls, for not being judgmental and supporting my hard work and fitness goals. I am so happy that I have inspired many of you to create your own life-changing fitness goals. I also want to thank my trainer, Erica Garrity for motivating and pushing me to a level of fitness I never thought I could be at. I would like to thank all of my friends at Workout World for all of the opportunities you have given me with personal training, as well as your motivation for my competition. Lastly I would like to thank my family, including my sister Jessica for helping me build my portfolio of fitness modeling photos, my mom for always cheering me up, and my grandfather, who I know is always sending little signs of pride and motivation from where he is now.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
Besides working out, if traveling is a hobby, then yes! I love to travel and explore new places and cultures.
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
One challenge is that I love food. I love all types of food, and there are not many foods that I don’t like. When I need to stay strict on my diet, I will do it; however, it can negatively effect my mood at times because I can’t have what I really want. However, I have seen the results of what a good diet can do, so that is what motivates me to stick to it!
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
One major obstacle is time. It takes a long time to reach your ultimate fitness goals, and many people give up too early because they didn’t see the results they wanted right away. Time is a mental obstacle I have learned to overcome, and I know now that I will always ultimately reach my goals; I just have to keep working hard one day at a time and never quit.
Another obstacle I have overcome is that since I am surrounded by food constantly from working in a restaurant, the temptations to cheat on my diet are much more intense. I definitely have developed a very strong sense of willpower from this, which actually helps keep me on track with my diet everyday outside of work.