Michelle Brandenstein

Mommy of 2, personal trainer, nutritionist, culinary trained chef, entrepreneur and vlogger with a goal of empowering women everywhere

Placed 23rd

in south group seventeen

Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Michelle Brandenstein and her voters for helping us donate $179,724.93 to our injured United States military veterans!


What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

First and foremost, I think healthy living starts with a healthy mindset, meaning loving yourself and loving your body. Without loving yourself and your body, making the changes necessary to live a healthier lifestyle (through fitness and nutrition) becomes more difficult. We are all blessed with unique characteristics and skill sets that make us special, so love the person you are!!! Secondly, find something that you love and think is fun! It will be easier to stick with for the long run!!

How does fitness positively influence your life?

Fitness impacts me in so many ways! Not just in looking and feeling good, but it has also taught me a lot of life lessons (I always draw parallels to life and working out). Fitness has taught me perseverance, endurance, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, patience, struggle, grit and reward. Fitness is a daily reminder that you must go through pain and struggle to gain the reward in the end. The greater the reward, the greater the struggle will be.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I would donate the majority of it to a few charities - ones that inspire healthy living or to women in need, and I would also donate to my amazing church who has helped me grow as a person in so many ways.