Tipping the scale at 346 pounds with high blood pressure, a pre-diabetic Brix still wasn’t ready to change his lifestyle. First, second and third attempts at weight loss had failed. Brix became the ultimate yo-yo dieter, with an unhealthy relationship with food and an aversion to physical activity.
It wasn’t until January 2013, when a close friend who was the same age as he, died of health complications associated with obesity. Soon after, Robert made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle. He chose to forgo all lose-weight-quick schemes in favor of balanced nutrition and exercise. “Serious weight loss requires a complete overhaul of your lifestyle,” he says. “I literally had to hit the reset button and develop all new practices and habits and a new and improved relationship with food. I had to fall in love with being active; I programmed my brain to expect pain, stumbles and discouraging thoughts while on the way to the new me.”
Every day since March of 2013, Brix has spent no less than one hour in the gym, often working out twice a day and prioritizing nutrition. Vegetables, grilled or roasted meats and plenty of water have become part of life. The exploration of new, healthy foods is now routine. “All my life I’ve been very closed-minded when it came to food. One of the first things I did once I decided to change my lifestyle was to be open to trying new foods.” Brix also believes in balance, and in the need for the occasional indulgence. “Deprivation is not healthy, and it will probably drive you crazy. The key is to learn your body. At the end of the day, weight loss is simple math, calories in verses calories burned.”
Today, having lost a total of 140 pounds is an accomplishment which Brix doesn’t take lightly. “There’s no finish line when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle,” he remarks. Brix’ current goals include the achievement of a particular body-fat-to-lean-muscle ratio, in an effort to begin competing in physique competitions. “There’s always more you can accomplish, always more to achieve. If you can dream about it, you can have it.”
Candace Nordin’s passion to improve the lives and health of others started when she was a little girl. Nordin’s mother was a fitness trainer and inspired her to live an active lifestyle. But it wasn’t until Nordin’s mother almost died in a car accident that she realized the real power of a healthy lifestyle. Candace recalls how doctors said her mother would not have survived If she wasn’t in good health. It was then Candace realized the power of physical fitness and overall wellness. Candace has dedicated her life to teaching hundreds of people to exercise, eat well, and live healthy lifestyles.
In high school Candace was a star athlete playing, volleyball, softball, track and soccer. She went on to college with a scholarship in volleyball, and also playing flag football, and AVP beach volleyball. She graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida.
Candace is a brain and balance specialist. She worked for the prestigious NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia as a fitness specialist and developed an exercise science program there. Nordin is also co-owner of Brix Fitness LLC, an online fitness company and brand that helps hundreds of people transform their bodies, and lives. With her leadership Brix Fitness LLC has expanded to an online presence of over 35 million views on YouTube, and thousands of people social media. Nordin develops fitness program, and meal plans for online clients.
Nordin was instrumental in helping Robert “Brix” Glover transform his body for competitive bodybuilding shows and is crediting with helping to create the widereaching Brix Fitness LLC brands.
Nordin lives in Pensacola, Florida. When is not working she enjoys biking, walking her dog Bravo, going to the beach, cooking, and playing sports. “I think fitness is a great way for people to discover their true strength, not just physically but mentally as well. I want to help others discover they can do anything!” -Candace Nordin
Leighanne Gerstbrein has a Master of Arts in Health Studies, a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Health and Wellness, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She works with the Military Sealift Command as their Health Promotion Coordinator to improve the health consciousness and health status of their employees, and transform their minds and bodies to allow them to adopt strategies that promote optimal well-being. And now, she is working with Brix Fitness clients, too. Her inquisitive nature and passion for Health Coaching and human behavior change allows her to be a top tier behavioral health coach, asking you the right questions to help you uncover the strategies and tools you need to reach both your fitness and personal goals. A devoted meditator and mindfulness advocate, Leighanne believes that having someone to help you transform your mind, or tap into your own mental power, is just as instrumental to your well-being as is having someone help you physically transform your body.
A former Division I college athlete, Leighanne understands the body and the value of exercise, fitness, and well-being in one’s life. Furthermore, it is her lifelong devotion to being a student of mindfulness, well-being, and human behavior that allows her to be a great coach. She uses a technique called motivational interviewing to draw out client strengths, empowering them and allowing them to live in further alignment with their own vision, values, and goals.
When Leighanne is not working, she enjoys spending time outside and on the beach with her dog, a vizsla mix, reading, meditating, spending time with family and friends, and running. She loves to work with other people and is looking forward to potentially working with you, too!