Brenna Maples | Fitness You Can Relate To


Brenna Maples


Working out was always secretly placed in my life. What I mean by this is ever since I was able, I participated in any sport or activity that I could throughout my middle and high school years. The funniest memory I have is that I was captain of our soccer team my senior year, and I was the only girl on the team. I played every sport from soccer to basketball, tennis, volleyball, and I was a cheerleader and dancer throughout middle and high school as well. I loved the thrill of sports and the other activities were always fun. As I went to college, I kept the same appetite as I did in high school, which is equivalent to a line backer after he finishes the state winning game of the season. I never thought of my metabolism being an issue until I came home for winter break and noticed I looked a lot more..round than I used to.

Overall, I had gained about 20 to 25 pounds and I am only 5’0 ft. This weight was a struggle for me to get off and it made me conscious of how I appeared in clothing as well as how I appeared to other people. I started to lose some of the weight when I started a Muay Thai Kick Boxing class. I loved this class and I loved how I felt after participating in the class. However, I still ate what I wanted and how much I wanted, whenever I wanted. Dieting really didn’t do anything for me. I could eat healthy for a day and then think “Alright that’s good enough, tomorrow I can have pizza”.

In 2011, I got a job singing and dancing at Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood. I still had a little weight on me, but I started to lose some of that by dancing in very hot temperatures, which I can only describe as the fiery depths of Satan’s armpits. I performed for about four years, was able to be one of Dolly’s background singers, and landed a publishing deal in Nashville for songwriting. After all of this, I was a little burnt out and decided to find a different career path, while still chomping down on pizza and the occasional glass(es) of wine on the way.

In 2015, I took all of my sports, dancing, and self-defense knowledge and earned my personal training certification. I was hired at a local gym as a personal trainer and immediately started training people. Looking back now, it amazes me how much I have learned about working out, how muscles react, and what the human body really is capable of.

As of right now, I am the healthiest I have ever been. I usually only have one cheat day a week, for my sanity, and I look better than I ever could have imagined. My next goal is to enter a fitness competition, which I am currently in preparation for, and continue to grow (mentally) in physical fitness, while helping others attain their ultimate goal. I am so excited to share all of the secrets most people will not tell you, the real life cravings that EVERY health nut gets and caves in to, and workouts and recipes that will not waste your time, but will get you on the fast track to being in the best shape of your life!