Brittaney and Pat of Athletic Outcomes in Austin, TX, are all about balancing their hard work with family time and for Pat, lots and lots of pizza. They both became enamored with fitness in different ways and eventually Athletic Outcomes came into fruition. Keep reading for lots of laughs and motivation from this dynamic duo.
What is your WHY? Why do you teach?
Brittaney: I teach because I love watching people move. It’s truly enjoyable for me to challenge people, watch them learn and practice a movement, and eventually master it. I also love developing a program that will make people feel so accomplished at the end of their hour with me.
How did you first get into fitness?
Brittaney: After completing my chiropractic degree, I was able to intern with an amazing company called Exos, where professional athletes receive athletic training, physical therapy, and nutrition coaching all under one roof. I was so impressed with the concept and the results that I knew I needed to create the same environment in my own business.
Pat: I signed up for an Ironman and I did it. It wasn’t pretty and I was grossly underprepared, but I did it. I started teaching spin classes after that and gradually became more and more enamored with fitness and the fitness industry.
What’s the best health/wellness advice you’ve ever received that has actually helped?
Brittaney: “Focus on practice, not perfection.” This has been so helpful in every part of my business, becoming a mom, my personal health and fitness, and is something I try to encourage all of my clients to do. I used to set such high expectations for myself, but now I realize that’s just silly.
Pat: Everything in moderation! Also, one of my strength and conditioning role models, Mike Boyle, just posted a talk about cheating. He said that all our lives we’ve been told not to cheat. But when it comes to performance coaching and training, you should always take from those that are smarter than you! I’ve learned tons from coaches that are smarter than me (there are lots and lots and lots of them) and I’ve implemented their ideas and learned what works and what doesn’t.
What’s your favorite workout to do when you’re not teaching?
Brittaney: An upper body strength-based workout OR a family walk. Both usually involve lots of coffee breaks and are immediately satisfying.
Pat: If it’s an actual workout I like to ride bikes. If we’re just talkin’ about being active, than definitely family walk! That usually consists of a few leisurely blocks with Brittaney and June, and then eating my weight in tacos.
What’s the last song you listened to on Spotify (or iTunes, Pandora, etc.)?
Brittaney: Serenade by Steve Miller Band. We avoid gym jams when we are away from work.
Pat: Kill Jill by Big Boi. It’s cool and makes me lift heavier and it’s also our daughters favorite song.
Best thing in your fridge right now?
Brittaney: Baby carrots. Give one to our daughter and she’s content for an hour.
Pat: Haagen Dazs Butter Pecan ice cream. One a day for health.
Go-to pre or post-workout snack?
Brittaney: Pre workout: coffee; Post workout: green smoothies or a rice, protein, and veggie bowl
Pat: After a big workout I will crush a burrito.
Go-to morning beverage(s)?
Brittaney: Black coffee. Nothing fancy. I try to get fancy with my coffee, but it’s so much easier to just keep it simple.
Pat: No talking before coffee.
Favorite splurge meal/dessert?
Brittaney: I’m a sucker for nut butters. Give me a tub of almond butter and it’ll be gone in a day. That’s not good, I’m aware.
Pat: My favorite food is pizza, let’s make that real clear. The best pizza in the world is at Pequod’s in Chicago. Via 313 is the best pizza in Austin. All other pizzas are less good, but they’re still pizza which makes them better than any other food.
Where do you get your health/wellness information? (blog, website, podcast, etc.)
Brittaney: So many places! Recipe inspiration comes from Instagram usually, but that’s about all I trust on the gram. I love reading books and articles form reliable sources. A few of my favorites include: EXOS, Mike Boyle, Precision Nutrition, and the Rich Roll podcast.
Pat: There’s so much great information at our fingertips. Instagram is really helpful if you’re smart enough to sift through the tons and tons of absolute fitness garbage – no one should EVER post a video of themselves on a quad machine. Once you know what’s good and what’s not, that can be really helpful. Any good coach is always reading, learning, and discussing with other coaches different techniques, what works and why!
If this wasn’t your job, what would be your job?
Brittaney: A stay-at-home mom who gets to workout whenever she wants and bakes “healthy” food all day long.
Pat: Probably an astrophysicist or an underwear model. Whatever was easiest.
Favorite way to unwind after a long day/week?
Brittaney: Curling up on the couch with our daughter and watching The Office.
Pat: Holy sh*t have you been watching the Bachelorette?!?! My wife watches it and I can’t stop making fun of everyone and everything on that show. So much so that she has to tell me to stop talking! I also enjoy completely normal things like hanging out with friends, drinking outside, and people watching.