Brandi Binkley is a veteran in the exercise and wellness industry, having been an Exercise Physiologist and coach for 11 years. Brandi spent her childhood and teenage years in rural middle Tennessee acquiring a work ethic and sense of adventure that has characterized her life in subsequent years. After graduating from high school, Brandi enlisted in the Navy where she qualified for aircrew/rescue swimmer, a rare feat for a woman, who must meet the same standards as men in all physical aspects of the qualification. After incurring an injury, she was reassigned to a F/A 18 flight squadron, where she was responsible for Squadron Data/Flight Recorder Maintenance and Physical Training Coordination. After 9/11, she was assigned to duty on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In 2001, Brandi caught the bug for fitness competition, meeting former national level bodybuilder Carla Gray, who would later become her coach. She competed in several local competitions but put competition on the back burner to concentrate on her studies and career as an Exercise Physiologist in south Louisiana.