Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us your experience on becoming Canada’s First IFBB Bikini Pro?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: It happened so fast, that I truly didn’t understand the importance of becoming Canada’s first IFBB bikini pro at the time. The class was just introduced at the beginning of 2009 and they didn’t have any qualifying shows, so it was an open class at the nationals, that just happened to be in my hometown that year.
I won my short class, then next thing I knew I was asking to go back on-stage for the overall against the Tall class winner. My name was called again for the overall and then they announced I was the first IFBB pro and awarded me a pro card. I was in shock to say the least.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Elaborate on your endeavor the online Personalized fitness training program “Bodybybrandt” and also tell us more about your Canada’s #1 selling online training program – “tightntiny”?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: This really came about, after I won the Inside Fitness HOT&FIT Magazine Cover and over night after my cover hit newsstands, my FB account went from 10k followers to 80k and I at the advice of the magazine publisher and my husband, who said you need to capture this opportunity & exposure and launch a online program with all the exercises you have been doing in the gym and using with your clients.
Because keeping in mind, no one really knew how to properly train for Bikini at the time. So I came up with the name Tight & Tiny after I noticed the Judges had this in their notes for what to look for when judging for the bikini class. BodyByBrandt is our company name for our Gym & Nutrition store here in Vancouver – aside from the sports supplement sales we do one on one personal training sessions, contest prep, and Men & Women Bootcamps all under one roof.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us more about your popular “Fit365” Conditioning bootcamps for women?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: These boot camp classes came about, because I, like most women bikini competitors hate doing steady state cardio, so I was looking for a fun circuit style class that incorporated high rep intervals for maximum calorie burn. We also brought in a LIVE DJ to keep it entertaining and fun and its been one of our most popular things we have ever done at Bodybybrandt.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Leigh Brandt: Anything that supports & empowers women like womenfitness.net is very important, as I still see a lot of negativity with women towards other women in the fitness industry. It shouldn’t be this way, as there is enough clients, sponsorship’s, magazine cover and opportunities for all of us and we need to be more supportive towards each other. Thank you for this opportunity!
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