Brianna Bernard — Trainer and Nutrition Coach
When I walked through the door for my very first Bodies by Burgoon workout in January of 2014, I had no idea that my life was about to be changed forever – in every way. After gaining 70 pounds during my pregnancy, I weighed 235 the day my son (Tye) was born. And although I had lost 40 pounds immediately following his birth, by the time he turned one I still weighed 195 – which was 30 pounds heavier than I was before I got pregnant. I was tired, disgusted, and embarrassed. I didn’t feel like me anymore. My life was all about Tye… and that was ok because I was loving being a mom.
But after hearing Dawn Bryant’s incredible 130-pound weight loss story, I thought that if these trainers and this gym could have such a profound impact on this woman’s health and life, then maybe they could help me, too. So I started training at Bodies by Burgoon three times a week and started eating clean. Eleven weeks later, I was down 30 pounds – and six months after my first training session, I had lost 50 pounds. Today, I am down approximately 80 pounds. My jeans went from a size 16 to a size 2, and I weigh more than 100 pounds less than I did the day Tye was born.
My weight loss journey has transformed into so much more than I ever could have imagined. I found a passion for health and fitness – and I found my purpose – helping others make positive changes in their lives. And while the physical changes might be the most obvious, what has occurred on the inside of me is far more profound. The mental strength and confidence I uncovered throughout this journey are now the driving forces of my life. And every time I walk through the gym door, I become the strongest version of myself. My hope is that I can help others feel the same.