Brenna Huckaby Shares 6 Motivations for Hitting the Gym (That Have Nothing to Do With Weight)

The Paralympic gold medalist offered up her personal list on TikTok.
Brenna Huckaby

Brenna Huckaby.

Sometimes, finding the motivation to hit the gym can be difficult. However, pro snowboarder and one-time SI Swimsuit model Brenna Huckaby just provided a list of her reasons for prioritizing a sweat sesh that we think are pretty inspirational.

The 28-year-old mom of two shared clips of herself exercising on TikTok earlier this week, alongside her personal motivations, which included:

  1. To get swollleee so I can take up more space instead of shrinking myself down like society taught me to do.
  2. Mental training so I can manage mansplaining and misogyny...
  3. To be strong enough to love myself regardless of outside influences.
  4. So I can push the limits of what disabled women can do on a snowboard.
  5. So I can lift up women so we can smash the patriarchy. 
  6. So I can listen to explicit music without my kids hearing.

For the occasion, the three-time Paralympic gold medalist wore a bra and leggings set by Athleta as she filmed herself working out on machines and performing moves on a yoga mat. “I only train in athleta because of the quality of the gear (the fast drying material bc i’m a sweater🙃) & because i subscribe to the notion: look good, feel good, do good,” Huckaby, who is a partner with the performance wear company, noted in her caption.

“You are always Strong and amazing 💜💜💜💜,” one of her 485,300 followers on the video-based platform commented.

“Looking fabulous,” someone else added.

So, the next time you’re dragging your feet when it comes to hitting the gym, try making a list of your personal motivations like Huckaby did in order to feel inspired.

Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.