Fitness 360: Brendy Scheerer, The Relentless Pursuit Of Perfection
Athletes may seem like they have this "fitness thing" figured out, but they often begin their fit lives as confounded as the rest of us. Brendy Scheerer played four sports in high school and was a cheerleader to boot, but poor nutrition and faulty programming held her physique back. She actually counted KitKat bars as part of her "healthy" diet.
In college, Brendy's athletic frame first took the low road. Like many college students, she gained weight and lost muscle. However, a personal tragedy changed Brendy's trajectory and steered her closer to overall health. Brendy reacted positively to trauma, and chose to reinvent her health and build a stage-worthy body. Follow her personal program to build your own fit physique!
Brendy Scheerer Fitness 360: The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
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Name: Brendy Scheerer
Weight: 135 lbs, 125 contest
Education: Bachelor Degree from University of Nevada, Reno
Occupation: BPI Franchise Sales
Model America Winner 2009
Cal State Bikini Tall Class Winner 2010
Sacramento State Bikini 2nd Place 2010
Emerald Cup Bikini 3rd Place 2010
Muscle Contest Bikini 3rd Place 2010
NPC Nationals Bikini 4th Place 2010
Super Powers: Two stomachs: one for food, one for candy!
Athletic Background: Youth basketball and soccer; high school Varsity basketball, tennis, cheerleading, and softball.
Ultimate Goal: To be a positive role model for young girls. One day, I hope to have a facility with my own training studio, nutrition store, and healthy cafe.
Brendy's adult journey to a healthy lifestyle began, unfortunately, in the wake of a family tragedy. Brendy's sister, Dana, was diagnosed with lupus in her 30s. The disease caused Dana great pain and eventually led to her early death.
Watching her sister struggle with her health forced Brendy, then out of college and still carrying some extra weight, to appraise her own health. Dana's death did even more to put life in perspective. Brendy had to think about how she lived—and how she wanted to live.
"My life wasn't going the way I wanted," Brendy says. "I was doing a lot of things that weren't the best for my body. After I lost Dana, it was a kind of a wake-up call. My sister believed in me even when I didn't. When she was no longer there, I wanted her to be there in spirit. That was my first intuition. I needed to do something. I got a trainer and I got someone to help me with nutrition."
The shift was massive for Brendy. She started lifting weights, doing cardio, and studying nutrition. She wanted to live, and to live well. Her desire expanded from self-improvement toward excellence.
"I didn't really know anything about sports nutrition, but I saw it in the magazines," Brendy says. "I saw pictures of these beautiful girls and they became my idols. I just said I wanted to look like them.
I remember taking this magazine to my trainer. I said I wanted to do a fitness competition and he looked at me and said, 'Oh, maybe next year.'"
There was no "next year" for Brendy. She wanted to change immediately. She found a competition one month away. She worked her butt off under the tutelage of Max McManus in Reno, Nevada, to prepare for the comp. Brendy didn't win the contest, but she got on stage and realized that success was possible.
Later, competing in the NPC under the watchful eye of Kim Oddo, Brendy finished fourth at the 2010 NPC Bikini Nationals. This led to her sales position with the supplement company BPI Sports. Her competitive career is on hold, for now, but the spark that got her started will not go out. She has the strength to fuel it.
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Dana Marie Scheerer-Port, Brendy's sister, was diagnosed with lupus in her 30s. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, but often attacks the skin, joints, and organs. Lupus prevents the immune system from fighting off viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders.
Side effects of lupus include can include memory loss, cardiac arrest, staph infections, rashes, and more. Dana suffered from the majority of these side effects before passing away. Brendy participates in the Lupus of America Foundation and recently started another fundraising page in honor of her sister. Donate to the site and help find a cure for lupus.
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Dana, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. You are absolutely an inspirational woman. You took that terrible tragedy and moved forward in a positive way. I wish you all the best!
Brendy! So happy to see this 360 about my girl from Reno! She has an awesome story and I was there when she walked into the gym and told her trainer she was ready to change her life. Inspirational! XOXO
Thank You for sharing your story; I know it has inspired others. I have lupus since 2005; and now, more than ever, I'm trying to stay healthy. My condolences about your sister. I've seen how catastrophic this condition can be at any age. Sometimes I say that I've been lucky 'cause mine is manageable. I wish you the best; and don't look just for perfection, but for the best of you :)