How I Get Sh*t Done: Brit McQuarrie

Meet Brit McQuarrie! She’s a fitness coach and working mama who loves to empower women to be their best selves! This week on HIGSD, we chat with Brit about everything from why she loves her morning routine to her favourite go to studios here in Toronto!

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Q: It's your average day- take us through your morning routine! 

A: I am a very early riser! I usually wake up to my beautiful baby girl wanting to feed between 4:30-5am. Once she falls back asleep, I’ll read and/or meditate for half an hour and then head to the gym for an hour before anyone wakes up. These are the most sacred two hours of my day.

I always follow my workout with some protein oats. It’s my go to! 

My entire business is online now so I can be home with my baby girl. I feel very blessed that I can do this. Work gets done following my reading/meditating/workout/breakfast. Sometimes, I’ll set up shop at a coffee shop to really zone in, but right now I can’t be far from my babe for too long. 

Protein Oats

1/2 cup of oats 

1/4 cup of blueberries 

1 scoop of genuine health vanilla vegan protein 

1/2 banana 

1 tbsp of hemp hearts 

Pinch of cinnamon 

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Q: What's your favourite way to get your sweat on?

A: I always have a program that I’m following. Going to the gym with a plan is key to seeing ultimate results. I strength train 3-4 days a week and do 2 days of HIIT (high intensity interval training). I like a mix of both to keep things interesting and always switch up my program every 3 months, focusing on different goals each time. Right now, I’m following a pull up program by Sylvie Tetrault and Jamie Snow,  who are based here in Toronto.

Q: What inspired you to become a fitness coach?

A: When I started to see and feel how fitness affected my own life, I knew I wanted to share that with others. This is the way I know how to help people and make a real difference in their lives. There’s no better feeling than knowing you helped someone to achieve their goals and to start loving themselves a little more. 

Q: What's your philosophy as a coach?

A: Do it for you. When you start taking care of yourself for you and feeling the benefits, there’s no looking back. When you are a happy and healthy person, the world is your oyster and it will not only affect you in a positive way it will affect all those around you. 

Q: What advice would you give someone who has never used a fitness coach but is thinking maybe it might be something they need?

A: I believe that everyone needs coaches. Even fitness coaches need coaches otherwise how are you going to grow and learn more? My coaches have pushed me out of my comfort zone and had me doing things I wouldn’t have done on my own. It can be tough, but the results will amaze you. I’ve also learned that when you are monetarily invested in something, you develop a willingness to push yourself that much harder because you don’t want your investment to go to waste. YOU are worth the investment. Do it for YOU.

Q: What are some of your go-to studios/classes to go to in Toronto?

A: Lately, I’ve been training with Jay (@wallstreetfitness) at BOLO doing Animal Flow (he teaches a class called Primal Flow on Monday and Friday evenings) and I absolutely love it!

Bruce at @Forme always kicks your butt! His Saturday and Sunday HIIT classes are the best.

I’ve also been going to F45 in Hamilton (@f45hamiltondowntown), which my friends opened last fall, and they never fail to give me an incredible workout. I always leave there drenched!

A couple other classes I'm really looking forward to checking out are: 

Maddies (maddiecri10) class on Saturday mornings at (@Myodetoxperformance) and Nikita’s (nikita_pntgn) booty gainz class at Lululemon on Saturday mornings. (I better get moving, right?)

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Q: how do you like to unwind after a busy week?

A: An amazing yoga class never fails to put me in the most zen mood possible.

Q: Do you have a favourite quote or mantra that you carry throughout your days?

A: "Small daily, seemingly insignificant improvements, when done consistently over time, yield staggering results." - (The 5 AM Club-everyone should read this book by Robin Sharma)

Q: What's your bedtime routine look like? 

A: We put our baby down around 7:30/8 and usually have a late dinner so my husband and I can eat together. Sometimes we’ll watch something on TV, but I’m usually beat by this time and heading to bed around 9 #momlife 😜. My mornings are my go-to times for reading and meditating. This is when I’m most alert and focused.

Q: Any fitness ventures that are coming up this year? we'd love to know! 

A: I launched my online business this year so that’s very new and exciting for me. And I’m taking new clients! I develop online strength training plans and provide meal plans with a wide variety of delicious recipes so my clients can continue to stay on track well after we are finished working together. For me, it's all about creating and supporting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. 

I’m also almost finished writing my first ebook! It will include a 3 month strength training program, healthy recipes, and also tips and advice on incorporating more health/wellness into everyday life. My goal is to build a community of warrior women where they can find support 24/7. 

Last, but not least, I plan to start teaching some outdoor classes this summer to meet more women in the community. Stay tuned on location and dates as the weather gets warmer!

Q: What does Healthy is Hot mean to you? 

A: For me, Healthy is Hot means staying active and eating healthy because it makes you feel good from the inside out; looking good is just an added bonus. Staying active releases all those feel good hormones, so the more you do it, the more it becomes part of your routine, the better you feel, and eventually it just becomes second nature. You want to get to a place where making healthy choices is like brushing your teeth. No questions asked! When you're healthy from the inside out, there’s no way you won’t feel hot hot hot 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Follow Britt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/britmcquarrie/?hl=en