While she recently shared the precise workout program she's long used to sculpt her famously round butt, she's been keeping a major secret from her fans until now: The fitness star has exclusively shared with Cosmopolitan.com that she and her husband, who've been together for more than 10 years and got married last Christmas Eve, are expecting their first child — yay!
Brittany just entered her second trimester, which means the baby is due in February, and her baby belly is already starting to pop.
While it only took Brittany two months to get pregnant, it hasn't been an easy ride. It's one reason why she's kept her pregnancy on the DL since finding out about the baby in the second week of June. "My first trimester was probably one of the hardest experiences of my life," she told Cosmopolitan.com. "I felt like I was a prisoner trying to escape my own body."
The struggle began around the sixth week of pregnancy when Brittany, who typically goes to her gym nearly every day without a problem, began to notice a rank stench emanating from the other people working out. "I started smelling everyone and everything in the gym. I never knew how badly these people really smelled."
Her mysterious disgust gave way to nausea and vomiting that didn't let up for 4 1/2 bedridden weeks. "Showering was about all I was capable of doing," she says.
While she still has intense food aversions to chicken and various veggies, Brittany is finally feeling well enough to return to her normal gym routine. And apart from easing up on core exercises to prevent diastasis recti (the separating of the abdominal muscles, which can make it more difficult to recover your core strength after pregnancy), she's not planning to change the way she lifts until her bump gets in the way or her doctor advises otherwise. And as of now? She's got the green light.
Although Brittany's Instagram stardom revolves around her body, her greatest concern is keeping up with her posts — not the way she looks in them. "It takes time to get used to seeing a bump where a six-pack has always been, but I don't want to get caught up in how much weight I am gaining. I want to let my doctor keep track of my medical stats, and I'll keep track of how I feel. And no matter how much weight I gain, I know this body is not permanent," she says.
Now that Brittany's back in the saddle and done hiding her baby belly, you can expect lots of fresh fitness posts and foreseeably, baby photos. Here's the first to tide you over — how cute?!
Brittany Perille Yobe (@brittanyperilleee) has been posting butt-centric fitness videos on Instagram for the better part of two years, racking up 922,000 followers in the process. But after posting a seemingly innocuous exercise tutorial that showed her bare baby belly, her account was abruptly disabled.
Brittany, whose first child is due in February, struggled with an entire trimester’s worth of morning sickness that left her too weak to work out. It was only recently, at the end of her second trimester, that she felt well enough to return to the gym and pick up where she’d left off. She posted her first weight-lifting workout last week:
Initially, Brittany was worried about how people would react to seeing a baby belly where a six-pack had once been.
But she was overwhelmed by the positive feedback from her followers, including some who stepped in to defend her from the few negatives comments she received. It didn’t even dawn on her that her baby belly-baring fitness video could be perceived as inappropriate as per Instagram’s community guidelines:
We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples...
Despite the fact that Brittany wore leggings and a sports bra in her baby belly fitness video, it was up for fewer than 24 hours before she realized that her entire account had been disabled. She received this note by way of explanation:
“All I was doing in the video was working out like I’d done in all the other workout videos I have posted for years,” Brittany said, convinced that Instagram discriminated against her simply for being pregnant. “There was nothing out of the ordinary in this one besides my bump.”
For reference, here are some of Brittany’s older butt videos, which she’s reposted to a backup Instagram account (@brittanyperillee).
While Instagram had no problem with Brittany posting either of the videos above, she did have one photo (seen here) deleted from the network last April. Still, she’s never been told that a repeat violation could lead to a permanent ban from the network.
As someone who relies on Instagram for income — she’s built her entire business around the platform, which she uses to market her online training guides and attract paid sponsorships — Brittany isn’t just annoyed by her permanent ban from Instagram but deeply concerned, which is one reason why she’s appealing the decision. Traffic to her website has already tanked and her fitness guide sales are down. And remember, she’s three months away from becoming a first-time mother, an undertaking that will leave her with little time to rebuild her entire Instagram empire from scratch.
As she waits for Instagram to respond to her appeal, she’s begun to repost old content on her backup Instagram account (@brittanyperillee) and is directing her energy toward raising awareness: “I am certain I am not the only woman who has been shut down for posting pictures and videos of a child growing inside my belly,” she says. Here’s to hoping Instagram gives Brittany a break so we can all get back to watching her ~*werk*~ it, baby belly and all.
Update 10/25 11:29 a.m.: Brittany’s main account (@brittanyperilleee) has been reinstated.
Brittany Perille Yobe launched her Instagram account in 2013 to share photos of her chiseled core in the morning, when she thinks her abs look best. But now that she's acquired 708,000 followers and counting, she may be even more famous for her butt and the hardcore workout videos she posts to prove that her butt is 100 percent natural, built solely in the gym.
Yobe has been a certified fitness trainer since college, when she trained clients between classes and her own workouts. She was inspired by her mom, a fitness trainer who worked out daily and encouraged her daughter to eat healthy, unprocessed foods. Cosmopolitan.com recently spoke to the fitness star about her buns and the habits that keep her looking sexy AF on Instagram and IRL.
How often do followers accuse you of having a fake butt? There are quite a few non-believers. It's actually opened my eyes because I never thought my progress was that dramatic.
I post glutes exercise videos day after day to show people that while genetics do play an important role in determining the size of your glutes, significantly growing the muscles is absolutely possible.
How often do you train your butt and how? I train my glutes up to three times a week for up to an hour and fifteen minutes with about 10 different glutes exercises that isolate the muscles by working them from various angles.
I've gotten up to thrusting 315 pounds. I also do deadlifts, keeping the weight relatively low because I don't want to build bulky muscle in my midsection, and stiff-legged deadlifts, which deliver amazing results to the hamstrings without requiring heavy loads.
After lifting in the morning, I go back to the gym in the afternoon or evening to do 30 to 45 minutes of cardio, plus stretching, yoga, and foam rolling because it alleviates soreness and aids in muscle recovery. I stick to this twice-a-day gym schedule six days a week, but work different muscle groups every day. Sometimes I go to the gym on Sundays too, but just to stretch. After eight weeks on this routine, which takes a major toll on the body and mind, I take a week off from heavy lifting to let my body recharge.
What's the biggest misconception about getting a better butt? That squats are the best booty-building exercise. No. This is not accurate. Of course, squats engage the glutes, but compound movements such as squats and lunges train more of the quads, lower back, and hamstrings, so they won't automatically result in greater glutes.
Who takes your photos and videos at the gym? I take a lot of my own videos in the gym using an iPhone tripod I bought so I could stop interrupting friends to hold my phone. I often have to get into awkward positions, so I've gotten really used to people staring. I guess it can be shocking for people at my gym to see my body in certain positions, but I think over time they've gotten used to me and my workouts. I've still had many videos ruined by someone walking by in the background with a trance look on their face.
Why is your face covered or out of frame in so many of your Instagram posts? My pictures and videos are constantly circulating around social media. I'm not sure how far I'll make it in the world of fitness or how fitness famous I could become on social media, so it's important for me to maintain privacy and keep a low profile in my daily life for now.
What do you eat on a typical day of training? Because I lift such heavy weights, my body is constantly burning calories and I need to eat every two to three hours. I eat a Quest bar and take a multivitamin before I go to the gym in the morning. After my morning workout, I drink a Legion whey protein shake with a banana. For lunch, I eat chicken with brown rice and bok choy. Before I go back to the gym, I'll have some rice cakes with a little bit of peanut butter. After cardio, I drink a shake made with amino acids. For dinner, I'll have more chicken, with sweet potatos and bok choy. Then I'll eat another protein bar or drink a Legion whey protein shake. I also eat a slow-digesting protein — usually Greek yogurt — right before bed (and sometimes in bed) to stop my body from going into starvation mode while I sleep so my body doesn't start breaking down my muscles to fuel basic functions.
My diet is very repetitive: I follow a Legion Athletics meal plan that's customized to make sure I eat the right amount of fat, protein, carbs for my body type. I tend to avoid FODMAPS [Editor's note: These are sugars that occur in soft cheeses, wheat, garlic, onions, legumes, certain fruits and vegetables, and artificial sweeteners, and upset some people's stomachs when eaten in excess] to avoid bloating. When I eat out, I try to go to places that serve the same foods I'd be eating at home.
Don't you get so bored eating the same thing every day?! Oh, of course, but eating this way means I know exactly how many calories I'm consuming, and makes grocery shopping and cooking a heck of a lot easier and quicker.
I also eat a treat meal once a week (or more often when I'm not trying to cut weight for summer or a photo shoot). My go-to cheat food is pizza; I don't think I could ever get sick of it. I push myself a little harder in the gym knowing that pizza is one day away. It makes the meal taste that much greater.
How do you handle cravings? I have a pretty big sweet tooth, but I've learned how to adjust my meal plan to make room for desserts and treats every now and then. If I know I'll be eating a dinner that's higher in carbohydrates or fat, I will cut down my lunchtime carbs or fat to balance everything out. If I eat more calories than I'm supposed to in one day, I'll kick a little more butt during cardio or cut my calories the next day. It's all about balance.