Today I had the pleasure of meeting Kirri Brazendale AKA Military Mumma. As Kirri and I chatted over coffee (yes she drinks coffee!) it was easy to see just how passionate she is about helping people achieve their health & fitness goals. Kirri comes from a Military background and her primary role as a fitness trainer was to help other Military Personnel who had failed their fitness test pass when they had their retest in 3 months time.
Kirri spoke of the emotional journey’s her clients went through as many of them were not only fighting to pass a fitness test but to keep their income, pay their mortgage and support their families back home. To them it was far more than just a fitness test and Kirri was there to guide them along their journey.
Kirri has a daughter under 2 and knows how hard it is to coordinate a workout or a PT session with your little one. Her desire to stay fit and incorporate her daughter into her fitness regime has helped her create a mum friendly exercise option for women who want to exercise but don’t want to leave their kids at home.
Kirri runs group boot camp sessions and one on one personal training sessions where children aren’t only allowed, they are encouraged and welcomed with open arms.
Kirri lives opposite a park which she utilises for outdoor training sessions. On Saturday’s she has a professional child carer attend her morning bootcamp sessions so mums can feel free to run up the hill (and the stairs!) knowing that their little ones are looked after. Weekday bootcamps involve their children in the workout sometimes as a weight!
I asked Kirri some questions to find out more about her new Business Military Mumma (MM)
Tell us about Military Mumma Personal Training?
MM isn’t a ‘Commando Steve’ kind of workout, if your expecting to get screamed at and be forced to through tires around a sand pit, you wont find it here. Military mumma is all about building resilience and strength as a person whilst also building physical strength. MM aims to provide outdoor exercises that is challenging as well as supporting, incorporating team work which assists in building mateship and comeradery within the community. Having our children close by, and including them in the workouts also encourages and enforces the need for a healthy and active lifestyle, for the whole family. As parents we want to be good role models, leading by example, MM encourages and assists in this.
MM has a few objectives, one is to bring the community of Glebe Hill, Howrah, and the Eastern Shore in general closer, as well as encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle but overall it is all about making exercise easily accessible for mums, and at the same time letting the mums (and parents) have some adult time. although I invite everyone, to attend both bootcamps and one on one sessions, it is harder for parents to find time to workout that is convenient for the children, weather they are 6 months or 10 years.
What made you get into the health & fitness industry?
I faced some Major Physical and Emotional medical issues both during and post pregnancy, which sparked my ‘learn to live’ encouraging a fitness and health over hall. Once I became qualified and started assisting people in One on One and group class’s (both within the military and on the outside) I realized that everyone is facing there own battles, and 9 / 10 people bring this into their workout. Psychological barriers can be beaten with physical strength, and the more I assisted in these ‘battles’ the more I enjoyed it. There is no better feeling than telling some they have reached all of there goals after a 12 week program, seeing the pride and achievement on there face as they walk out with new found confidence.
How did Military Mumma Start?
I have been in the Military since I was 17 years old and have a great love and respect for it. Being in the military has taught me strength and resilience, which is what has gotten be through some of the harder times post illness/child birth. I knew I wanted to train and I knew I wanted to lead people through their journeys and support them in a healthy and active way. I also knew I wanted to run my own business. I wanted my business to represent who I am, who I have been and how I was created. As the great Jeff Bezos (founder of amazin.com) said “Personal branding is what others say about you when you leave the room” and I wanted my personal branding to represent strength, discipline and kindness.
What’s your number 1 health & fitness tip?
To Clients : you don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.
To Myself : Everyone is on there own journey, don’t judge them and don’t force them, just support them while they develop