Shero Spotlight: Amanda Brush

Today’s Shero Spotlight is Master Trainer and Holistic Health Coach, Amanda Brush! I met Amanda during one of my first semesters in CHAARG when she visited our chapter for a wellness event centered around body positivity. The next two semesters, Amanda came back to lead us in a couple INTENSE buns & abs workouts. Amanda’s dedication to the health and wellness industry and passion for inspiring her clients to pursue their healthiest lives while trusting the process along the way has continued to inspire me long after her events with CHAARG and I am honored to have the opportunity to spotlight her work on my blog!

Amanda Brush leads OU CHAARG in a buns & abs workout. Photo by Hannah Morris

Can you briefly describe how you became involved with health and fitness?
I’ve been an athlete my entire life, I played sports in high school, I played collegiate water polo and when I got to college, my degree was in biology education and I had a minor in exercise science. Then, halfway through my college career, [the college] switched exercise science to a major and that sounded more appealing to me … So, I decided to switch to exercise science …  And I actually taught high school for a year and then worked at a YMCA part time and during that time, I really just discovered that I love fitness and health more than teaching and then when I moved to Ohio, I was no longer able to teach. So, I got more involved in the fitness industry there and then it just kind of took off and now I actually get the blend the two together and teach other trainers in health and fitness in elements [and] through personal training classes.

Photo from @amandalynne_fitt on Instagram

As an avid athlete, what would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?
Qualifying for Ironman World Championships and then going and racing in Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii was probably the most proud thing I’ve ever done in my athletic career.

What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
There wasn’t anything that really inspired me to get into it, but once I was in it, the people that I met and the realization that what I did could inspire other people, and then as I started growing as a person and realized that I could be an example to college-aged girls and young females … I realized that I had this ability to be a role model and impact young women and to me, that was more of an inspiration … I get to see  people change and come to revelations about their lives and their fitness and that’s the part that keeps me going and inspires me.

Photo from @amandalynne_fitt on Instagram

What is the most rewarding thing about being a trainer?
Honestly, the most rewarding thing is watching other people accomplish their goals, and usually in the form of something they never thought they could do, or something that drastically changes their life … I like to call it a little bit more in the lines of coaching as opposed to training. A trainer tells and that gets you so far, but a coach actually like helps you arrive and then gives you the tools and so I think that’s the coolest part is watching watching people accomplish their goals and accomplish things that they never even thought were possible. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to girls who are just starting out on their health and fitness journeys and aren’t really sure where to begin?
Just start. Wherever you’re at, just start. If you can find a reputable source to get some advice from, that’s fantastic. A lot of gyms at least have wellness coaches or staff that are able to give you general advice and so I think that’s a super great place to start. Also, remember to be patient and that comparison kills your joy. Everybody’s Instagram fitness stories are usually retouched and filtered, and it’s the highlight reel. Whereas, the reality is not everybody wants to work out 100% of the time and people have good days and they have bad days and everybody’s on a different part of their journey. So, my biggest thing is you have to start and you have to keep showing up. So, even if you make a mistake or mess up or you miss a day or whatever happens, you’re doing the best you can and just keep showing up because consistent effort over time is what equals big rewards. It’s not what you do for a week, it’s what you do for a year and it’s not what you do for just a year, it’s what you do for the rest of your life. 

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As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.

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