Q & A with Personal Trainer Britani Birchmeier

Q & A with Personal Trainer Britani Birchmeier

Britani Birchmeier
Personal Trainer at Powerhouse Gym, East Lansing
Age 24
Lives in Lansing, MI

Britani Birchmeier

Photo courtesy of Britani Birchmeier

Britani has been working on her “better living” lifestyle for about 2 years. Before she became a personal trainer, she didn’t have as much dedication to eating healthy and working out. Now, she hasn’t skipped many days at the gym and has remained dedicated to her new ways of eating. Plus, she’s gained between 8 and 10 pounds of muscle. When Britani craves sweets, she chugs water to stay on track.

TBG did a quick Q&A with Britani to learn some of her secrets and see what helps her stay on track.

Q: What is your inspiration for the lifestyle change you made?

A: I was inspired by the need to live a long and healthy life, I have always played sports, so fitness has always been a passion of mine

Q: What’s the breakdown of your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack routine?

A: Breakfast: egg whites and oats. Lunch: fish, sweet potato and a vegetable. Dinner: spinach salad with grilled chicken, Snacks: apple with peanut butter

Q: What does your basic workout consist of?

A: About 45 minutes of cardio in the AM followed by weight lifting in the day

Q: How long did it take you to achieve your goal and what other goals have you set as you continue to work out and live a healthier lifestyle?

A: I am now training to compete in my first NPC competition (National Physique Committee, the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the U.S.) so that is my first goal and my next goal will be to make it to nationals and so on. Always getting better, never settling!

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MSU Greek life helps make Halloween safer for East Lansing families

MSU Greek life helps make Halloween safer for East Lansing families

There was something different about East Lansing on Oct. 24. A big event was taking place, but it was not the leaves changing colors or the night skies appearing earlier

It was Halloween—a little bit early and a little bit safer. Every year the Greek community at Michigan State University puts on an event called Safe Halloween, and it attracts hundreds of families from the East Lansing area.

“Safe Halloween is an event that is intended to give the families of East Lansing and the surrounding communities, especially younger children, a safe and fun environment to participate in Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating,” said Alex Barone, the Vice President of External Relations on the Interfraternity Council.

“East Lansing is a great city for college-aged students to live in, but we also recognize that there are many young families in the area,” Barone said.

The frat and sorority houses all along M.A.C were transformed into different activity stations, such as face painting, beanbag races, food vendors and moon bouncers. There was even a DJ who came to play spooky music. The local fire and police departments also made appearances.

Michael Mansour, owner and manager of Spartan Spirits Liquor, said he heard about Safe Halloween through the East Lansing Business Association three years ago, and has been coming with his family ever since.

“The event has been nothing but a positive experience for the kids; it is a nice gesture made by the students, and our family always likes to support what the students are doing,” Mansour said.

A lot of effort went in to the preparation of Safe Halloween — whether it was advertising or fundraising, sorority and fraternity members had been continuously working since the beginning of the school year. Members from each sorority and fraternity applied to be on different planning committees so that all of the 45 Greek houses were represented.

Advertising played a big role in spreading the word about Safe Halloween. Committees helped promote the event, such as making t-shirts and flyers, and going to different schools to talk to students about the event. Fundraising was also crucial in making the event occur. Greek Life committee members went to local businesses asking for monetary and item donations.

In addition to businesses volunteering, other student groups on campus worked at the event too. A cappella group Ladies First took a few hours out of their day to serenade families with Halloween music.

Every member of the Greek Life system was encouraged to get involved with Safe Halloween. Members had the choice to work at the event or do the planning prior to the event.

Kelly Cullen, a freshman member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority said she had a great first experience being involved with the event.

“It was a lot of fun working with the other fraternities and sororities, and it was also a nice way to bond with everyone,” Cullen said.

This event is not only a great learning experience for Greek Life members, but is also a great showcasing event for the Greek community.

Sharon Anderson, a house mom for the sorority Chi Omega since 2008, said she is a firm believer in this.
“Safe Halloween is a chance to promote Greek Life in a positive way,” Anderson said. “Having this event shows that the Greek system can do nice things for others.”

Photos by Bretlyn Royce

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