Meet Kate Browne! She is one of our early adopters and attended our Inaugural Two Day Workshop in Huntington Beach 2016 to become one of our first Affiliated Professionals. She will be our Keynote Speaker at our Two Day Workshop in Chicago, IL in October of this year.
Dr. Kate Browne, Taking Up Space with Kate Browne
Writer, Speaker, and Body Confidence Expert
Bloomington, IL, USA
As an early adopter, what about the BPFA was appealing to you?
The word that kept coming up for me when I joined BPFA and attended the workshop was potential. I’ve never worked for what might be considered “the fitness industry,” so I registered as a future fitpro. I wasn’t sure what that future might be, but I knew that the Seven Pillars and represented the difference I want to make in the world. I believed in the potential of what this organization could be and that my work has a place in it.
What was one of your favorite take-aways from the Huntington Beach workshop?
Scope of Practice was a HUGE takeaway from the HB workshop for two reasons. First, as someone who until that point had only exercised in “traditional” Fit1.0 spaces, I hadn’t considered that the people I counted on for exercise advice may not be qualified to advise me on nutrition, mindset, or physical therapy (even though they did often). The guru mindset is so harmful, and we need to get used to fitness being a team effort. And this led to my second Scope of Practice breakthrough. I was self-conscious about not working as a diet or exercise pro, but once I really accepted Scope of Practice, I was able to see the value of my work in the context of body positive fitness. I may not be qualified to critique your deadlift form, but I can help you stop trash talking yourself before you hit the platform. That work matters too, and it all works together in a holistic way.
Who did you connect with, that you may not have, had you not attended?
In HB, I connected with so many wonderful people who still bring great joy to my Facebook timeline. Meeting other fitpros is the best and most rewarding reason to attend the BPFA workshop in person. We all came to HB from around the world because we believed in a better approach to using fitness to improve our clients’ lives. People who do this work are people worth knowing.
What has been one thing you have brought into your practice that has proven beneficial?
Once I started taking on coaching clients, the marketing training from the workshop was the best addition to my skill set. I am great at modeling how to live that sweet BPFA life, but I needed a little business training to really get my practice off the ground.
How's business going?
Business is great! I’m taking on new coaching clients every month, and I just wrapped up Show Up for Summer, my six week group coaching program specifically for summer body confidence. I’m looking forward to some speaking gigs this fall, and—you heard it here first—I’m working on a book about diet culture rhetoric.
Why is your favorite form of movement?
I learned to love exercise as an adult, so I’m still amazed by how many different ways there are to move. Because I’m still learning, my favorite way to move changes all the time. Right now, it’s a dance fitness class called WERQ. But I also run, lift, bike, swim, and do yoga. I’m always seeking out new exercise classes.
What is your favorite thing to do on rest day or what do you do for self care?
I’m an intellectual and an over-thinker, so it’s important for me to stop using my brain when it comes to resting and self-care. I try to find things to do with my hands, so I crochet and I’m an aspiring gardener.
What is your favorite food?
I love pocket foods. Dumplings, tamales, pierogi, filled pastas, pasties, empanadas, samosas—if it comes with its own wrapper, I’m in love.
If you could tell people anything about what it means to be a Fit2point0 pro, what would it be?
If I could tell people anything about being a Fit2Point0 pro, it would be that when you do this work, you are changing the world. Traditional fitness marketing has hurt so many people by making them believe that they are unworthy and unlovable. When you guide with compassion and lead with empathy, you show clients that they belong in the fitness community. And that work, no matter how difficult it is and how loud the naysayers can be, is work worth doing.
If you are a current or future fitness professional and would like to join the Fit2Point0 movement, you can become an Affiliated Professional by attending one of our workshops!