Brittani Acuff: Queen of the Castle
As Miss Orange County USA, Brittani is on a mission to embrace her body, health, and her love of kickboxing! She’s a vocal advocate for strong women everywhere and is doing her part to teach young women that being healthy and fit is for every body type!
What is your name and age?
Brittani Acuff, 26
What inspired you to get fit?
I think sometimes when you have "fallen off" of the fitness wagon it’s really hard to jump back on and you can literally use any excuse to get out of working out. I finally said enough. I knew that the way that I looked was hindering my dreams because I wasn't happy with my appearance. So I went after what I wanted. I got back involved in the entertainment field and went after a life long dream of competing in a pageant. I became Miss Orange County USA and I haven't looked back. Getting fit is now a part of who I am. It’s not easy, but it becomes easier until its natural and you find yourself asking....."why did I wait so long?!"
What keeps you motivated to live the healthy life?
The benefits. Don't get my wrong, I have curves and I love carbs, but you have to find that balance. I used to be sluggish and tired all the time. But once you learn that you can balance some cheat days in with a healthy lifestyle it flows.
Describe yourself in three words:
Motivated, Bold & Charismatic
How do you balance life, work, training and family?
For me its a simple as using a calendar and having "must haves" for my schedule. I am always on the go, so staying organized and having priorities is key.
What is your favorite body part to exercise and why?
I love abdominal work! If I can do abs all the time I would! Have a strong core allows for better placement in many exercises and I always feel great after doing ab work.
If you had to pick three key exercises - what would they be and why?
Squats, with or without weight, sumo or normal. It is a total tone for your lower half and it works for everyone! Planks! They are not fun, and it’s not like I am jumping for joy to do them, but it fully engages your core and upper arms. Plus it’s fun when you can say "I can hold a plank for _____ minutes." Annnnnddddd BOXING! Not really a go to exercise, but it embodies HIIT, cardio, core and strength. I can't get enough of it. I box a minimum of 3 times a week for an hour at a time and that has changed my life. So grab some gloves and WERK!
What is your favorite cheat “treat”?
What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in fitness?
That there is only one type of "fit body." I am curvy and I never want to lose my curves. It is who I am. To some that may not be a fit look. But I can run faster and life more than some of my friends with a 6 pack. Your body is sometimes not a representation of what all you can do. You should never underestimate anyone. Especially if it’s a fierce woman!
What was the best part of wearing Affitnity? Did you love the clothing? Tell us why :)
The quality and cut of the clothing is great. If I could wear the black python leggings every day I would. They hit just right and I feel comfortable in them. Plus I don't have any see-through issue with them and I can't say that about many other brands! Overall you feel great and confident when you wear Affitnity so you end up killing your workout!
Anything else you would like us to know?
I've recently lost over 40 pounds and I believe I did it in a way that opened my eyes to “expectation versus reality”. I think it’s super important that women and especially young women understand that fitness and being fit is not about the number! Get over the scale, get over the numbers, and love who you are. A lot of times being in the pageant and entertainment industry you place your value on your size. Never compare yourself to a number and just be fierce and work it out!
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