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Meet Brianna Battles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Battles.

Brianna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been a coach for over ten years, working in a variety of capacities (collegiate athletics, corporate wellness, personal and small group training). After I had my son, six years ago, I realized how little quality information existed for both athletes and coaches for supporting women through this chapter in their training and life. The only information that was given was “listen to your body, or do what you’ve always done.” After struggling through the first year postpartum, trying to understand my changed body and mind, I knew that I wanted to change the message and information available for women who want to exercise through pregnancy and recover well postpartum. I began connecting the dots between women’s health, pelvic health and exercise science principles so that we had more context for exercise, as it related to our core, pelvic health, mental health and longterm performance and exercise goals.

I started coaching locally, and the class quickly grew to support a variety of women in my community (not just “athletes”) through pregnancy and postpartum. I shared what I was doing on social media and more importantly WHY this was different than just encouraging a “fit pregnancy” or “bouncing back.” It was a wholistic approach to supporting a woman from the inside out, literally.

I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of high-level athletes who wanted to train through pregnancy but do it in a way that would set them up, not back, for returning to their sport/career/training while also pursuing motherhood.

I quickly realized I could not do this alone, and that in order to have a broader reach, I needed to create a curriculum for coaches, trainers, and practitioners to have as a way to support the women they work with through this chapter in their athleticism and life. The online certification, Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism was launched in 2017 and catapulted my business into a whole new venture, expanding to 700 coaches around the world, with thousands of women being supported because of the work and education that is being implemented.

Most of my business is online, through various educational resources, courses and programs for both athletes and coaches. However, I still coach the class that started it all, three days a week at Autumo CrossFit where I rent space for this special program to exist.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, while I’ve had a lot of support, I’ve also had obstacles and fallouts that required me to stand up for myself, what I was doing and why I was doing it, despite the opinion, jealousy or actions of others.

The messaging in the “fit mommy” community as well as shaming marketing to “get your body back” or only spotlighting how fast someone doesn’t look like they had a baby isn’t helpful for the majority of women. We need relatable information and examples, not to have insecurities and vulnerabilities preyed upon.

I’ve also struggled with so much of my work being connected to my personal life, story and example. It’s a lot of pressure to do the “right thing,” knowing it can influence so many people. I try to do my best with communicating that I am always learning, too.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I work with pregnant and postpartum athletes and coaches who want to know how to coach this population. I am proud that I have created a movement through quality messaging, education and resources, not just in my community, but around the world. I have changed and will work to continue to change the information available for millions.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Knowing that there are so many coaches who “get it” now and are working to collaborate with Doctors, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Midwives, Doulas, etc to support women in their community. It’s humbling and incredibly rewarding to know that people listened, watched this huge effort unfold and said, “I want to become who I needed, or who the women in my community need.”

Pricing:

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism: an online certification for coaches $947
  • Pregnant Athlete Training Program $249
  • 8 Week Postpartum Athlete Training Program $99
  • Moorpark, CA: Women’s Strength & Conditioning Class (or consult) $200

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Image Credit:
Rachel Higgins Photography
Armin Razmy

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