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Meet Brittany van Schravendijk of KB Fit Britt in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany van Schravendijk.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I became a personal trainer after I graduated college, but I definitely didn’t follow the traditional route to working in the fitness industry! I actually studied Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley, but in my third year, it became clear to me that I was not passionate about my studies and did not feel excited about pursuing a career in engineering. Around the same time, I started working at a gym in the area, where I found out that I loved coaching movement. It was at this gym that I learned about kettlebells, which would become a huge asset to me as I went on to compete professionally and become a sought-after coach in Kettlebell Sport.

Throughout my last year of college, I struggled immensely with whether to continue with engineering or simply do what I really wanted to do and become a personal trainer. I was worried about what other people would think of me. In the end, I realized that my life is mine alone to live and I became a full-time personal trainer and group fitness coach.

Choosing to follow my passion was the best choice I ever made! I moved down to San Diego in 2014, where I started coaching at San Diego’s premier kettlebell training facility, KOR Strength & Conditioning.

Around this time I also started teaching Kettlebell Sports workshops all over the world. I dabble in all kinds of movement, including handstands, yoga, gymnastics strength, mobility, slacklining, powerlifting, running, hiking, climbing, Lyra, and more. My focus is on private training, online coaching for Kettlebell Sport, and working with the company Kettlebell Kings to promote top-notch kettlebell education and equipment.

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?
As I mentioned before, I struggled with deciding whether to follow my passion and leave behind a lucrative career in engineering for an uncertain future. I was very concerned about what my family and friends would think about my decision, but ultimately I knew I wanted to spend my time doing something I absolutely loved – no matter what it paid.

Being an independent contractor and working for yourself is always challenging, as there isn’t as much security as a typical 9 to 5 and you are completely responsible for motivating yourself to work hard. Luckily, I have always been self-motivated and I thrive on seeing the results of my hard work.

KB Fit Britt – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a personal trainer who works with clients one-on-one and in groups, as well as online. I offer online personal training and sell training programs. I am known for having competed in Kettlebell Sport at a very high level, as one of the top female kettlebell lifters in the world. I am also known for taking handstand pictures everywhere I go, as handstands have become an obsession of mine over the last several years.

I have traveled around the U.S. and internationally to teach workshops and seminars on Kettlebell Sport. My goal as a coach is to help people find a modality of movement that they love, whether it’s kettlebell lifting, strength training, handstands, ring work, bodyweight exercise, slacklining, mobility training, etc.

My specialty is in kettlebell training; what sets me apart is I have a ton of experience with all styles of lifting bells, and I truly don’t know any other female coach in the world who has the combination of physical skills that I have acquired over the last 7 years.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of the proudest moments of my athletic career was winning the WAKSC World Championships of Kettlebell Sport in 2017. I lifted 2x24kg kettlebells for 10 minutes and completed 47 repetitions.

The proudest moment of my coaching career so far was watching my student Lauren Sautkulis achieve her Master of Sport in 20kg Snatch in February 2018. You can compare a Master of Sport in kettlebell lifting to a black belt in martial arts. Lauren worked incredibly hard for 3+ years to achieve her goal, and she is the first person I coached to receive a Master of Sport!

Pricing:

  • Private training sessions range from $60-120/session.

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Image Credit:
Claire Davies, Grey Lockwood, Karl Nielsen, Lacey Borba

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