Life is a Beach when fitness is more than skin deep
Ms. Bikini Universe™ Pro Brittany Williams is a self-proclaimed busy body, and has been a lifelong athlete. Brittany says "Although I focused on track and field in college, I have and still do everything from basketball to ballet, Spartan Races to softball. I am even a want- to-be yogi and have incorporated a lot of meditation and yoga practices into my daily life. Being involved in the bodybuilding industry for the past year and a half, I find it even more important to incorporate variety into my routine. While most people equate fasted cardio and heavy weight training to show prep, my body craves variety and focus on balance…in the body, mind, and spirit.
As I have been more heavily involved in competing, I am asked for advice for getting in shape from people from a variety of fitness levels. As being fit seems to be the new “thing,” I have so many conversations about health and getting a bikini body. I have found that many people, competitor or not, are worried more about the aesthetics and looking good- by any means necessary. Sure, that is what the world sees at the first glance, and on stage, that is what is judged, but the part we can’t see, the inside is equal if not more important to maintaining the aesthetic, overall body function and health. That’s something that we can’t forget in this quest for greatness. There is an abundance of pills and potions on the market to pop to get our desired result, unfortunately, people have asked me more about fat burners than about detoxing and taking care of ourselves from the inside out. While the benefits versus the dangers of some cleanses are up for debate, the fact is that detoxing is important.
Being a junkie for any new way to move my body, and the fact that I get bored very easily, I am always open to trying new exercises and fitness technology. As a former arena football player and body builder, Hot Box Detox creator, and Planet Beach CEO, Stephen Smith has been through a few tough workouts himself. Even before the Hot Box Detox was completed and launched, he had me sold. Over more than a year after first learning about it, the first Hot Box Detox sauna was installed in my local Henderson, NV Planet Beach and is now a regular part of my workout routine. You may even see me as a virtual instructor leading a couple of workouts on the monitor in the sauna, which is cool and awkward at the same time.
As I prepare for Fitness Universe, I still do my weights and cardio, but I may have also become slightly obsessed with the HBX. In a semi-private infrared sauna experience, with just a 30-minute flight of isometric postures in about 120 degrees, I can burn up to 800 calories. Isometric postures may sound and look easy, but don’t get it twisted. Looks can be deceiving. It is quite a challenge and is another technique to help build strength and cardio endurance. While I drip sweat and literally feel the toxins being released from my body onto the mat, but the clarity of mind and revitalization that I feel, despite completing such a challenging workout is what has me hooked. I am more than ready for the next challenge of the day and the next workout.
A fusion of old proven methods of exercise along with new technology, I am a fan of HBX for many reasons. Especially after hard training days, particularly leg days, reduction of inflammation and recovery time is essential. Unfortunately, I am very guilty of cutting my stretching time short (I know, I am bad) the postures and stretching help with flexibility, too. By absorbing the radiant heat to the core, there are so many other benefits. Fat burn, cellulite reduction, detoxification, collagen repair and rejuvenation from the inside out, there is so much more to this sauna than meets the eye. And that is precisely what I believe that we should be as competitors and industry leaders, more than a pretty picture."