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Fitness Fashion Friday #8: Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf & Baby Blues

Happy Fitness Fashion Friday!  Coming to you today in a simple, yet fun ensemble from Lorna Jane and Lululemon.  First off, I’m obsessed with this Lululemon Vinyasa scarf.  I wear it at least 2-3 time per week.  I can even unbutton it and wear it as a vest.  In LOVE!

I paired the scarf with the super comfy Lorna Jane racer back tank.  It’s strategically “worn out” which makes it super soft.  I really like the long racer back opening that that shows off my arms and shoulders ;)  It comes in a ton of colors – think I’m gonna get some more soon!  My leggings are oldies but goodies from TJ Maxx – I got them for $15.  YES!

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Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a legit Fitness Fashion Friday without showin’ off my backside – HEY!  The long fit on the this racer back tank covers my bum and but is still fitted to maintain a sexy look.  What do you think?  

Happy Friday and I’ll catch up with ya next Monday!

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Home Workout Routine & Video for Agility Drills

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Hey Gang!  Here’s your workout for the week.  I wanted to change it up and incorporate some new moves that I don’t typically do so I designed this 20-25 agility drill circuit.  You can do this workout in your living room – no equipment required.  I promise you will be sweaty by the end and your legs and glutes will get a good burn.  For best results, move from one drill to the next without resting – only rest at the end of the circuit as instructed above. If you have knee issues, it’s probably best that you pass on this workout as it requires lots of jumping.

You guys seemed to like the instructional video from my Hardcore HIIT Workout last week, so I made another for this agility workout.  Feel free to watch me demonstrate the moves if they sound at all confusing.  Also, be sure to blast some of your favorite jamz while doing this workout (makes it so much more fun!)  Expect to burn ~250 – 350 calories.  ENJOY!

Luv, Brit

Here are some more of my sports drills & plyometric workouts:


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10 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job: How I took a leap of faith to start my own business

Hey gang.  As many of you already know, I recently quit my consulting career to open my own fitness studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness (my dream come true)!  My double duty life is officially over.  No more weekly travel, no more day-to-day interaction with corporate clients, no more expense  account, no more health insurance (yikes).  I’m terrified.  I’m exhilarated!

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Over the past 4 years I’ve served over 10 corporate clients, worked for 2 large consulting firms and traveled over 600,000 airline miles. My bittersweet departure from corporate America has come – here’s to the next chapter!

To clarify, this was not a knee-jerk decision. I’ve been praying and preparing for this moment for 2 years. I don’t know if everything will work out. I may fall flat on my face. Nonetheless, I feel confident about my transition thanks to the wise insights from friends, family and mentors. In the spirit of sharing these wonderful words of wisdom, I summarized these insights into 10 questions and my associated reflections.

10 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job

1. What do I dislike about my current job?  

Job dissatisfaction tends to fall in 1 of 2 camps:

  1. “I dislike my job because it’s hard”
  2. “I dislike my job because I don’t care about what I’m doing.”

If you fall in the latter camp, this may signal that you should change career paths.

Hardships and challenges are actually good. They build grit and help us achieve long-term goals.  I highly discourage quitting your job because it’s hard or because you have to work with difficult people.  These are temporary situations and you can control how you handle them.  But if you don’t care about what you’re doing, it’s difficult to be passionate about your work.

This Summer I got to hear Jillian Michaels speak at fitness conference and she said, “Work with passion is purpose, work without passion is punishment.”  When we lack passion, we lack energy.  And we need energy and enthusiasm to be our best selves.

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2. Am I emotionally stable?

My dad always told me to never send an email when I’m angry and to never make a decision in a valley.  Likewise, it’s probably not a good idea to quit your job if you’re in the midst of tough life experience.  I considered quitting earlier this year when I had to work with a leader that I simply did not like.  At times I was so angry and frustrated I just wanted to throw in the towel.  But now I’m glad that I toughed it out because I was able to reach my savings goals and leave my firm on good terms with a positive reputation.

3. What energizes me?

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t dislike my consulting career.  In fact I LOVED my job the first 2 years.  However, once I started teaching group fitness, I realized that I had an excitement about leading workouts that I simply didn’t have in consulting.  I can vividly remember auditioning for my first group fitness instructor position.   I was more nervous for that audition than I had ever been for any corporate client engagement.  I practiced for an entire week and even had my mom come over and watch me do mock auditions in my living room. I initially chalked up my nerves to being out of my element.  But the more I taught group fitness classes, I noticed that I spent hours and hours making the “perfect playlist” and brainstorming ways to energize my class.  I never put that much voluntary effort into my consulting work.  This was that proof that my energy came from my fitness career not my consulting career.  I’m learning to lean into the things that energize me and I encourage you to do the same.

4.  What is my gift?

I love this quote from Pablo Picasso, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” I believe that our “gift” is any talent/skill that we can share with others to help them live life more abundantly.  It’s often something that we are both naturally good at and enjoy doing. Often, you can discover you gift by answering question 3 – find what energizes you!

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5. Do I have a vision for my future?

After I started teaching group fitness I knew I wanted to start a fitness business, but I didn’t know what it would look like. It took me 3 years to develop a vision for my fitness studio.  Without a vision, it’s hard to prepare.   Go ahead and ask yourself the fundamental questions of any new venture: What is my core product or service? Who is my target customer?  Who are my competitors? What is my differentiator?  What are the industry dynamics and trends?

6. Have I identified my “Champion Friends”?

When contemplating the “big corporate jump” it’s critical to have a solid support group.  It’s equally important to avoid negative influences.  Overall I’ve found that people fall into 3 camps:

  1. Champion Friends – This is your core support group.  Champion friends will support you, love you and encourage you regardless.  My champion friends each supported me in their own unique way: my friend from business school (cheerleader), my pastor (spiritual advisor) and my parents (risk managers). It’s a good idea to identify a core group of champion friends and stay closely connected with them during your transition.
  2. Hesitant Friends - These are good friends, however seeing you prepare to take a leap of faith strikes a chord within them.  The reason is that deep down they also want to make a leap but haven’t or won’t for whatever reason.  Be careful with this group, they may unintentionally discourage you.
  3. Haters – These folks aren’t happy with their own lives, so they can’t be happy for anyone else.  Just disregard the negativity and spend more time with your champion friends.
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7. Have I prepared and executed an action plan?

In preparation for my departure from corporate America, I literally created an Excel spreadsheet containing “Action Items Before My Last Day.” I included start and end dates for each action and closely tracked my progress. My action plan included things like: meet with a career coach, attend a fitness conference, secure a personal line of credit, research health insurance options, create a financial business plan, etc. I told myself I couldn’t quit my job until the action plan was 100% complete. I highly recommend you make an action plan.  It served me well.

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8. How much money do I need to save?

After chatting with some trusted advisors, I decided that I needed to save enough money to cover my living expenses for 6 months.  I don’t think this is a hard and fast rule, but I highly recommend saving enough money to cover your living expenses for a few months + additional funds to invest in your business.  At first I blurred the two funds, which made me think I was in better financial shape than I really was.  I was better off setting a personal savings goal in addition to a business investment goal and making the sum of these two figures my overall savings target.

9. When is the right time to transition?

Don’t even think about jumping ship until you’ve completed your action plan and met your savings goal.  That’s step one.  After you’ve reached that point, it’s just a matter of trusting your gut.  There was a very specific time when I knew deep in soul that if I didn’t leave immediately, a part of me would die.  The part of me that’s super energetic, vibrant and excited about life would die and I would just be a person who wakes up each morning and goes through the motions. I responded to that gut reaction and gave my 2 weeks notice the very next day.

10. Do I truly believe in myself?

We are so much stronger than we think and we possess more power than we assume.  I always say this in regards to fitness but this truth transcends to all aspects of life, including our careers.  If you’re going to take the leap of faith to start your own business, you must be confident and you must BELIEVE in yourself!  There will be ups and downs and many obstacles on your new journey, but when you work hard, serve others and pursue your passion, the reward will be great!

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Wishing you all the best and lots of success.

Show your grit! Luv, Brit


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Dreams Coming True: GRIT by Brit + Dallas Fit Body Bootcamp teaming up to launch the BEST group fitness studio in Dallas!

 

new destinyHappy Monday Friends!  I have big news.  Just over a week ago, I quit my job – AHH!   I’ll share more details later this week about how made this decision as it took many sleepless nights, self-reflections and panic attacks.  Nonetheless I’m super happy to announce that starting today, I will spend all day every day pursuing my passion.  Each day I get to wake up and help people live healthier, happier and more abundant lives!  I’m overflowing with joy right now because I have been waiting for the moment for over 2 years.  It’s been exhausting living a double duty life of maintaing a corporate career AND teaching fitness glasses AND blogging.  Now I don’t have to constantly switch personas. I can just be myself and it’s so liberating!

God works in mysterious ways.  Just after I gave my 2 weeks notice, I was teaching my usual Turbo Kick class at 24 Hour Fitness and after class I had a long chat with one of my regular class members.  Her son happens to be one of my closest, hometown friends so we often chat about the good old days growing up in Mesquite, TX.  She also has another son, also a friend of mine (Turner), who is  well-respected personal trainer and owner of Dallas Fit Body Bootcamp.  She mentioned that he was looking for a fitness partner to utilize the other side of his gym which was currently sitting vacant.  I literally jumped with joy when I heard this news.  Long story short,  Turner and I are now partners in crime!

Having my own fitness studio is my DREAM!  It’s so crazy that this opportunity came only AFTER I took a leap of faith and quit my job.  If you want to walk on water you’ve gotta get out of the boat, right?

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Me and Turner last Thursday after signing our business agreement!

The very next day I met with Turner to tour the gym.  The space is perfect for my own fitness studio.  It’s about 1,300 sqft, has a beautiful foyer, long walls for big mirrors and is perfectly located in East Dallas.  On one side of the gym Turner will run Dallas Fit Body Bootcamp and on the other side, I will run GRIT Fitness.  We are offering all-access passes for those who want to workout on both sides of the gym.  So excited!

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GRIT Fitness will be the 1st and only studio in Dallas providing a variety of leading group fitness formats!

You guys know I’m a group fitness junkie so I’ll be offering a variety of my all-time favorite group fitness formats including PiYo, Turbo Kick, Power Yoga, Body Sculpt, Dance Cardio and Hip Hop.  I’m also bringing on some of Dallas’ best yoga and dance instructors to help me create the ultimate, energetic experience.

Turner and I are on a  mission to create the #1 group fitness studio in Dallas.  We are passionate and we work our butts off so I’m 100% confident we will succeed.  I’ll keep you posted on our journey – there’s sure to be ups and downs but we are ready for the challenge.  BRING IT!

Our gym is located at 3821 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.  We will start demolition on the new space today!  Visit the GRIT Fitness website for updates, dallasgritfitness.com – Grand opening January 2015!

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Fall Activewear Style Haul: My Favorite Workout Clothes from Target®

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Fall is fully underway – yay!  I’ve filled my house with pumpkin scented candles and brought my scarves and boots to the front of my closet.  One of my favorite things to do this season is revamp my workout wardrobe!  Of course I made a stop at Target® to check out the Fall C9 Activewear collection (never lets me down).  I can’t beat the prices and I’m always impressed with the trendy styles and bright colors.

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Excited to see lots of Fall leggings w/ cool patterns and darker colors on the tanks and running shorts.

During my visit to “Tar-jay” I immediately fell in love with the printed leggings (above on the left).  Typically I have to search shops online for leggings with cool funky designs and I end up paying close to $100 for them.  I was thrilled to find several prints of leggings all under $35.  I threw a few pairs in my shopping cart and continued on my quest…

It’s critical that I keep a giant stash of sports bras because I teach 7 fitness classes per week – I can never have too many.  Lately I’ve been putting together some cool looks with bright neon sports bras under sheer tanks, so I picked up a few of the C9 Racer bras to try on along with my leggings.

Before I headed to the fitting room, I also checked out the cute matching tank and tights sets.  You guys know I love to match.  I also saw the layered tank and running shorts combo that I bought earlier this Summer, now offered in darker colors.  I wanted to try on some of the C9 long sleeve, dry-fit running shirts as well, but I ran out of time.  I love these long-sleeve tops and actually put them on my holiday gift picks list 2 years ago.  They are still a personal favorite.

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Filling up my shopping cart with plenty of C9 goodies to try on!

Once I got into the fitting room and tried on my pieces, I immediately fell in love with the leggings.  I’m super picky about how my leggings fit.  They need to be snug enough to suck everything in but not so tight that I have a love handle rolling out of the top.  These passed the test.  I like C9 printed leggings so much that I bought 2 pairs (blue & gray – seen below).  Naturally I took some selfies because I was happy with the way I looked.  Hey girl hey!

I also tried on several sports bras to go with the leggings.  C9 has many types of sports bras that provide different levels of support based on bust size and type of activity.  Regardless, most of the C9 sports bras are reversible, which I love.  The one I decided to get is solid coral on one side and has a coral/purple pattern on the other side.  I paired it with the blue patterned leggings for the perfect color combo.  I prefer bright colors over darker ones – I think they look better on my chocolate skin (wink wink).

I’ve decided that the sports bra + leggings combo is my signature style this Fall.  I usually add a big infinity scarf or an oversized tank top for a layered look.  I especially love to rock this look when I’m teaching indoor cycling.  It keeps me cool in the sweaty cycling studio.

Overall, I am very happy with my purchases and excited to “Fall into Fitness!”

What’s your favorite fall activewear?  Do you have a signature “gym style”?

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My C9 selfies in the fitting room – loving my look!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.


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Fitness Fashion Friday #7: Minnie Mouse

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Red Tank and Matching Headband (Lululemon); Black shorts with white polka dots (Lorna Jane)

Happy Fitness Fashion Friday!  I think the title of the post pretty much sums up my look.  Any Minnie Mouse fans in the house?  I wanted to rock these polka dotted shorts before it gets too cold.  I’ve worn them with several solid color tanks and really dig the look.  I was hesitant about buying them initially because I thought they looked a little immature, but I’m glad I went ahead and made the purchase.  There’s nothing wrong with unleashing my inner child.  Have a wonderful weekend – I’ll catch up with you on Monday!

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Love the cross back of this Lululemon tank. I have it in yellow too. It’s an oldie but a goodie.


 


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Will the #SELFMade women please stand up?

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Great news friends!  I’ve been invited to be an official member of SELF magazine’s #SELFMade Blogger Collective.  Hard work certainly pays off.  Now you can read some of my super special blog posts on self.com – yay!  There are several other fabulous women who have joined the movement, including #SELFmade celebs like Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Allyson Felix!  I screen shotted a pic from Jessica Alba’s Instagram (below)

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I’m #SELFMade because for the past 3 years I’ve been juggling a full-time consulting career, teaching group fitness classes and blogging.  There were many days I reached absolute exhaustion and wanted to quit everything, but I’m glad I stuck it out.  Hearing your success stories and knowing that I can make a positive difference in the lives of others makes everything worthwhile.

From your comments and emails, I KNOW that you’re #SELFmade too.  Thanks for sharing your gritty stories and continuing to work hard to make your dreams come true.  Join the #SELFmade movement by sharing how you’re #SELFMade on Instagram.  You can even be entered to win a trip to Hawaii from SELF Magazine! Visit their Instagram profile @SELFMagazine for more details.

Stay #SELFmade! Luv, Brit