Hello and happy Tuesday friends! I hope you had a healthy and balanced weekend 🙂
I’m thrilled to have my friend Britt on the blog today! I know Britt from playing a summer of AAU basketball together during high school. This girl has a ton of athleticism, which lead her to the University of Dayton where she played Division 1 hoops. She has a Master of Science in Engineering and now is opening a gym in Milwaukee. I’m going to let this boss babe tell you more.
Ames: Introduce yourself.
Britt: My name is Brittany Holterman. I grew up in Racine, played soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and just about everything else you can think of. I am currently 29 years old and living in Milwaukee.
Ames: What did participating in Division 1 athletics teach you about life?
Britt: The obvious things that playing D1 basketball taught me are time management, decision making, leadership, teamwork, and that hard work always wins. The not-so-obvious lessons include patience that my time will come and all of the hard work will all pay off, the importance of surrounding myself with good people, and how lucky I am to have a supportive family.
Ames: After your competitive playing days, did you find it hard to transition into a regular workout routine?
Britt: After college, I started coaching college basketball so you would think that finding a workout routine would be easy. Unfortunately, it was not easy at that time nor was it easy after I transitioned to my engineering office job. Whether it was coaching or engineering, I worked long inactive hours. Yes, coaching includes some demonstrating but for the most part, you are sitting, crouching or standing. My engineering career included sitting in front of a computer for 9-10 hours a day. I swapped out the desk chair for a stability ball and would try to walk the stairs as much as possible, but that is a far cry from the workout routine of a D1 athlete! Mornings or evenings were opportunities to work out but how do you generate energy and motivation in running on a treadmill or lifting weights by yourself? A: I’m sure lots of the readers can relate to those darn inactive jobs!
Ames: Masters in Engineering and now opening a gym?! Tell us how your career journey has lead you to this exciting time. Is the gym going to be your full time job?
Britt: As I stated earlier, I coached D1 women’s basketball for two years immediately following my playing days at the University of Dayton. The economy was terrible so engineering jobs were hard to find. This was a great transition from the college life to real life. I coached for two years in New York and then decided it was time to move back to my hometown and get into the field that I worked so hard to get my degree in. That was a tough transition, but engineering design was all very new and I was learning a lot. After a few years, the job got boring and I felt like I had zero work-life balance. I woke up, went to work, sat there for 9-10 hours, worked out for 30 minutes, ate, and went to sleep. Wash, rinse, repeat. I eventually joined a few soccer teams and then some basketball teams and a football team which helped me find my workout routine and some good friends along the way. I started coaching a local AAU basketball team which really helped me. I found my passion again. I loved coaching! But still, the engineering cycle continued in order to pay the bills. I felt like I wasn’t even close to reaching my potential by being trapped in the engineering field. I have too much to give on a personal level to be stuck by myself behind a computer all day. I gutted it out for five years. That entire time I knew there was something else out there and I just had to put in the work to make it happen. “The Dream” started as a big box basketball gym to host tournaments and practices. Eventually, “The Dream” become Legacy Gym MKE. Three months ago, I quit my job and went all in on this gym. I told Jamie Neumann (our co-founder) about “The Dream” and she loved it and wanted to be a part of it. We went to conferences and talked to a million people about equipment, ideas, etc. We found this location and then we learned how to build a website, create brochures, become an accountant, design apparel, recruit members, barter, and many many more things that all small business owners need to know! A: Wow, that’s quite the journey.
Ames: What will make Legacy Gym MKE different from other gyms in the area?
Britt: Legacy Gym MKE is an innovative functional fitness studio. We offer small group training with certified trainers who develop unique workouts each day and modify or progress them for each member. We are a small community of people who feed off of each other’s energy to have great workout sessions and also connect outside of the studio. We are closed on Sundays so we can host community service events. We will have Special Olympics in here, we feed at local homeless shelters, and we reach out to youth in the area. A: This is amazing. Love that you are giving back already. We are different because we provide high energy 45-minute workouts and encourage group interaction before, during, and after. We are a community.
Ames: What do you think is your greatest strength as a fitness instructor/trainer/coach?
Britt: My energy and ability to motivate and connect with others is my biggest strength. I can see the best in people even if they can’t see it themselves.
Ames: Area you are looking to improve in?
Britt: I am looking to get more technical in my trainings. Kiley Hauck is our lead trainer and has been a great asset!
Ames: What does your weekly workout routine look like?
Britt: I participate in one of Legacy’s workouts per day. I also play basketball on Monday nights, co-ed soccer on Wednesday nights, and Women’s soccer on Thursday nights.
Ames: Staples in your diet?
Britt: Meat and eggs! A: This is something I can get on board with 🙂
Ames: Things that inspire you to be healthy on a daily basis?
Britt: I know how I feel when I eat well and I know how I feel when I don’t eat well. That is about all of the inspiration that I need.
Thanks to Britt for being on the blog and go check out her gym if you are in the Milwaukee area! I love how she was straight to the point in her answers.
On Thursday, the blog will be about paying off debt! My husband + I just finished paying the loans back on my nursing degree in 2 years and wanted to share some tips/insight.
Have a great day! Ames