Brit Jones was a two-sport collegiate athlete, yet never considered conditioning to be anything more than a tool to score a goal. Post-graduation, Brit realized physical fitness is what allows us to hike, play beach volleyball, or — in her words — “play forever.”
Over the course of her career, she’s worked with athletes of every age group to help discover their inner motivator. Her ability to connect with athletes on what they care about most is one of the many reasons we’re excited to see her on the turf. Keep reading to find out more about your newest Cut coach, and be sure to check out Brit’s classes on the schedule.
How did you enter the fitness scene? Were you involved in sports while growing up?
In high school, I was a four-sport, year-round athlete. In college, I went on to play soccer and softball at a small, DIII school in Virginia, competing as a striker and center fielder.
I hold a degree in secondary education, and never used it. Throughout college, I never found something where I could do what I wanted. I always felt I would have to work for someone else, doing it someone else’s way. To be honest, I wanted to become a teacher so I could be a coach. Then I realized I didn’t have to teach — I could do fitness.
I decided to switch things up, going into individual training rather than team coaching. I coached kids competing in the same sports I once played, training them to be better soccer and softball players.
What was it like transitioning from coaching team sports to group fitness?
In sports, it’s easy to find motivation. I can tell a player, “We’re kicking a ball 400 times so we can attack this specific game scenario,” whereas in group fitness, we are all just looking to feel good about ourselves. My clients’ focuses shifted from goals and saves to longevity, keeping up with their kids, or being able to go on vacation and take a hike. It’s not about going out to compete — it’s about going out to live and feel good.
I went through the same transition as an athlete. After college, I continued to play soccer for fun. Whenever I hit the weight room, I never thought about doing squats as a means to feel good.
I had to re-learn what motivates me to do those things — particularly when there isn’t a sport to play. I always had an inner drive because I’m competitive, and had to shift my mentality to competing against myself, rather than an opposing team.
What motivates you? What forces you to workout when you’d rather sit on the couch?
I want to be able to do everything I’m doing now, later.
I’m originally from Utah, and want to be able to go home without the elevation bothering me. I want to be able to jump on a bike ride with my little sister. I want to hike and play beach volleyball. I want to be able to do all those things that would make me uncomfortable if I wasn’t at this level of fitness.
DC is such a cool place because everyone is such a high-performing person. When approaching fitness, everyone takes it seriously and sees the value of what they’re doing. When I searched for that inner motivation post-graduation, I learned from my athletes. I literally couldn’t care less what I look like or whether I could lift a million pounds — but I do want to play forever.
As a coach, how do you find that *one thing* that motivates each athlete?
A lot of times, people come to the gym looking for answers. They ask me things like, “Should I care about how much I can squat?”
Here’s what it comes down to: We are here for one hour, and we have the choice to be a little better or to leave the same. And to me, leaving the same is equal to moving backwards. Once an athlete realizes their potential, and how it feels to go beyond and stretch that potential to the next level, they see how rewarding it is to progress. Suddenly, that light goes on and you’re working with that intrinsic motivation.
A good coach knows how to spark that fire. So many people come to a workout thinking they care about certain things, but it’s the coach’s job to dig deeper. Athletes want to see the difference they’re making — that their actions directly impact the outcome. It’s the coach’s job to show the athlete how they approach each lift, exercise, and session makes a difference — and soon, you become more teammates than coach-client.
Did you have a coach who influenced your overall mentality?
I only ran track and field my final season of high school — and I only went out to get faster for soccer. Before, I had only played team sports, and having to sprint for myself, and only myself, was completely new to me.
Focusing on myself and my own growth was very foreign. When asked which events I wanted to run, I just said, “I don’t know! Just tell me what to do!” My coach made me realize that this was only up to me, and no other teammate would make up for my failures or successes.
Over the course of the season, he taught me how to talk to and rely on myself. I learned that it was up to me to put one foot in front of the other, and no one was going to cross that finish line for me.
What about a client? Did you have a client who impacted your career?
I used to work at a barefoot-concept gym, filled with ropes and monkey bars. One client was dead-set on the idea that she would never be able to do a pull-up or hold on to a hanging apparatus.
Multiple times, she quit a workout halfway through and left incredibly frustrated. She would scream, “I’m a teacher, who cares if I can do the monkey bars!?” Then one day, we were working on rings and she just refused to let go.
It took six frustrating months, but eventually she could move on the monkey bars and hanging rings — and actually had fun with it. She went from screaming, “I can’t,” “I won’t,” “This is stupid,” to finally, “Holy cow, I’m amazing.” And she recognized that she did this — no one else could take credit for her accomplishment.
What can the athletes expect from your classes?
A lot of times, people walk into the gym and feel out of place. But when you take class with me, I hope you understand this is for you, and you belong here. I want class to feel accessible for everyone, and to make athletes feel comfortable with me as their coach.
I’m approachable, real, not intimidating, and try to be as genuine as possible. I just hope people can get comfortable doing the shit they’re scared of. I want people to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, whether they’re going for that next rep or grabbing a heavier weight.
Humans are amazing, but if we’re not willing to do scary shit, growth can’t happen. And when shit does get scary, know that I’m in your corner.
5 fun facts about Brit
- She has a pet rabbit named Olive
- She’s from a rodeo town in Utah
- She once broke her nose while surfing
- She danced for eight years, starting at age four
- She’s broken seven bones in her life