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PiYo at W Hotel #wetdeck is back! #WPiyo Summer 2014

2014 PIYO on the WET DeckHooray – it’s that time of year again!  I’ll start teaching PiYo classes at the W Dallas – Victory hotel on Saturday May 31, 2014.  Classes are held on the beautiful 16th floor beside the infnity pool of the W hotel. We start at 9:00am sharp each and every Saturday throughout the Summer.

PiYo is one of my all time favorite fitness formats.  It’s a fun, effective fusion of Pilates and Yoga set to upbeat music.  If traditional yoga classes bore you, this is the class for you!  And the best part is that we can enjoy the best view in Dallas while getting our tummy toning and bun burning on.

Thanks to the W Hotel, PiYo on the #wetdeck is completely FREE and open to everybody – no sign up needed. You must bring your own yoga mat to participate. We also recommend you bring water and a towel.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email at brit@gritbybrit.com.

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My Amazing Night at Jay-Z and Beyonce On the Run Tour #Yonce #Hova #Flawless #SPGlife

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Me and my clique (my mom on my left) chillin’ before the concert – 7/22/14 – Dallas, TX

To wrap up my birthday festivities, a group of my Dallas friends (including my parents) went to the Beyonce’ & Jay-Z On the Run Tour last night.  First off I have to give HUGE shout out to my family at the W Dallas Hotel for hooking me up for floor seats to the concert!  Fortunately, my double duty life, which includes weekly business travel as a management consultant, has earned me Platinum Status at Starwood hotels – sure pays off in times like these.  I got to live the #SPGlife with an up close and personal night with Beyonce’ and Jay-Z!  It was the ultimate belated birthday gift.

I don’t want to spoil the show for those of you planning to see it in the coming weeks, but I had a such a good time I have to share just a little bit.  Overall, it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended – up there with Michael Jackson (I went to his concert when I was 7 – real talk).

Bring your dancing A game and lots of energy because J & B go hard non-stop, for 2.5 hours singing all of your favorite jams.  My legs are like jello today from jumping around to “99 Problems” then shakin’ to “Single Ladies.”  I loved that Yonce and Hova went back and forth doing their own thing, each singing their classic hits, but of course they brought it home together with several duets like Holy Grail, Partition, Drunk in Love and Crazy in Love…sigh.  The videos of their adorable family are so precious - I think every girl in the stadium was like “that’s my dream life.”  hehe   There’s just something so sexy about a thug – am I right ladies?  We all wanna be ‘ride or die chicks’!  Anyway, here a few pics from the evening.  Enjoy and have a wonderful week!  xoxo, Brit

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Screamin’ like a school girl on the floor below Beyonce & Jay-Z while they performed #baller

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My friends and I enjoying the On the Run Tour – So hyped throughout the night – amazing!

Are any of you planning to attend the show?

In what city are going to see J & B?


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Icebreaker Merino Wool Fitness Hoodie #icebreakeradventure

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Warming up for Turbo Kick in my Sublime Long Sleeve Zip Hoodie #IceBreaker Adventure

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So, you fellow Texans will be able to relate to the annoyance of having to deal with constantly changing temperatures during the Summer.  When you walk outside it’s 100 degree blazing heat and then when you step foot indoors, the AC is on super blast and it’s below 65 degrees.  Know what I’m talking about?

Well this is especially an issue for me because I teach most of my group fitness classes indoors at large gyms.  When I was offered a sample of this merino wool hoodie, I got super excited because it’s midweight and breathable, so I don’t get too hot.   Also, this company, Icebreaker Merino, seems pretty cool.  They are fairly new and based in New Zealand (I’m all about showing love to start-up companies).  While I’m not a real “outdoorsy” girl, I do love being active.  This brand seems to blend well across the “granola” types and the “trendy/chic” consumers.

My Icebreaker hoodie stands out from my others because it’s naturally odor resistant and breathable, which is great for chicks like me who sweat a lot.  (I hate it when my clothes stink after a workout – ugh!)  I also love the princess seams, front hand pockets, back air vent and slightly cropped length – stylish and functional.  I like it a lot and highly recommend!

What’s you favorite fitness hoodie?  



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10 Thoughts GRITTY People Reject

Gritty PrettyHappy Hump Day gang!  As I sit in my home office enjoying my week of vacation, I started a stream of consciousness of thoughts/statements that I absolutely hate to hear.  So, I wanted to write a post to reject each and every one of them…

  1. My best days are behind me – Gritty people believe that the best is always yet to come.  If we can’t hope for a brighter and better future, what’s the point of working hard?  Or waking up every day?
  2. My dreams don’t matter – Our dreams are unique. They drive our passions and ultimately our purpose in life.  Gritty people value their dreams and pursue them.
  3. I’ve reached my limit – We have no limits!  We are only limited by our minds and the restrictions that we put on ourselves.  Gritty people continuously work harder, dream bigger and expect more out of life.
  4. I’m cursed – None of us are cursed!  In fact, believing that we are cursed will actually bring about bad situations.  Suffering is a fundamental part of the human experience, but in the grand scheme of things, good always outweighs bad.  Gritty people strive to stay positive!
  5. I’m not supposed to be happy – All of us are given the gift of life and have duty to live life abundantly.  That means we are supposed to experience joy, peace, service, happiness and purpose.  Why even live if we are doomed for gloom?  You are supposed to be happy – gritty people accept this truth!
  6. I’m weak – This is one of the most powerful lies that can ruin your whole life if you start to believe it.  Gritty people know that they are powerful beyond measure.  You are so much stronger than you think!
  7. This is as good as it gets – When we start to accept this thought, we are likely to settle for less than optimal circumstances.  Now I’m not saying that we should never experience bad times, but we must always believe that we can make situations better with hard work, faith and confidence.
  8. What he/she did is unforgivable – EVERYTHING is forgivable.  Gritty people understand that holding a grudge is like “drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha
  9. I have no control over this situation – While we can’t control all of life’s circumstances, we can always control how we respond.  Our responses to situations have so much influence on the outcomes.  Gritty people take control of their lives.
  10. I am the victim – Gritty people accept responsibility for themselves and for their happiness.  Despite wrong doings by others, gritty people refuse to be the victim.  Victims are weak.   Weak is not a good look.

I know each of you are gritty already, so help spread these powerful truths to those you love.  xoxo, Brit

 


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Double Duty – Pursuing Fitness and Business Goals

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today I’m celebrating my 30th birthday – woop woop!  I threw a massive “GRIT by Brit” themed birthday party last weekend.  Long story short, it was the best night of the my life.  DJ, dancing, cupcakes, family and friends – what more could I ask for?  I have lots of pics and stories to share with you guys so be on the lookout.  I’ll post them soon!  Here’s a sneak peak in the meanwhile…

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Celebrating my 30th Birthday in Herve Leger!

In honor of my milestone birthday, I decided to use an entire week of vacation time to stay home from my corporate career and teach fitness classes all over Dallas!  If you are local to Dallas, come join me for a class!  My schedule is below.  Also, I’ve added a new Google calendar (to the right side panel) so you guys can keep up with my teaching schedule each week.  YAY!

Brit’s Group Fitness Teaching Schedule, Dallas, TX

  • Mon 7/14, 5:30pm – Indoor Cycling, 24 HF Royal
  • Mon 7/14, 7:00pm – Turbo Kick, 24 HF Mockingbird
  • Wed 7/16, 12:00pm – Indoor Cycling, 24 HR Downtown
  • Thurs 7/17, 6:30pm – Turbo Kick, 24 HF Coit/Campbell
  • Fri 7/18, 6:00am – Indoor Cycling, 24 HF Downtown
  • Sat 7/19, 9:00am – PiYo, W Dallas Hotel Wetdeck
  • Sun 7/20, 3:00pm – TurboKick, 24 HF Mesquite

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that fitness is not my full-time profession, but rather a passion that I pursue in conjunction with my consulting career.  While balancing the two can be challenging, I find that writing this blog and teaching fitness classes actually helps me in my corporate career.  Recently I did an interview with my alma mater, Harvard Business School, to share details of my “double duty” life.  You can read the full article here.  I hope my experiences encourage you to pursue your interests and put in the work to get everything you want out of life!  Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done – with hard work, faith and confidence, ALL THINGS are possible.  Have a great week.  xoxo, Brit

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Do you have a passion that you wish you spent more time pursuing?  

What’s your side hustle?


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Target® C9 Activewear Review and Sexy Shoulder Workout

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.

I’ve always been fan of “Tarjay” so when I was asked to review the new Target® C9 activewear, I gladly accepted!  Better yet when I went to purchase my gear, I stumbled upon the surprise of finding C9 activewear on sale – buy 1 piece get the 2nd half off!   There were tons of bright colors and pattern combinations so you can mix and match the tanks and shorts. I bought both the light pink and navy Sporty Layered Run Tank + Run Shorts for under $30.  This is a perfect example of why I love Target®.  The product styles are always on trend and the price is affordable.  One of the GRIT by Brit core beliefs is we do not have to be wealthy to be healthy.  To further that, we also don’t have to be wealthy to feel and look good while living a healthy lifestyle :)

Now, a little more about my C9 activewear…

The tank top is layered with a sports bra built-in – YES!  Not only is the design cute, but it’s also functional.  It provides good bust support and the material is light and breezy so I stayed cool while working up a sweat.  I also appreciate the vertical stripe pattern on the back which has a slimming effect (a good look).  The shorts have a wide knit waist band that’s made of this dri-fit material.  Like most running shorts, they also have built-in underwear that are made of the same dri-fit material.  I spent about 10 minutes on the rowing machine and another 15 minutes on the Stair Stepper – fortunately, the shorts didn’t ride up my thighs or annoyingly rub against my skin as I moved.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchases.  I do wish that the shorts had the same cool multicolored design as the sports bra.  However, my friends always make fun of me for being too “matchy” so maybe it’s a good thing that the shorts are a simple navy with light pink trim.  What do you think?

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Rockin’ Target® C9 active wear before my workout – posing pretty :)

Along with my product review and I want to share this workout video.  You guys know I’m always creating home workouts and on the lookout for new moves to incorporate into my routine.  This Sexy Shoulders workout definitely gets my stamp of approval.  I did the workout after my cardio and felt very toned and confident in my racer back tank top - I  encourage you to give the Sexy Shoulder Workout a whirl!

Hopefully you guys enjoy the workout AND head to Target® to get some super cute C9 activewear.  Personally, I felt good and still looked (pretty) good after finishing the Sexy Shoulder Workout – see my sweaty photos below.  Lots of luv!  xoxo, Brit

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Sweaty (but still in style) post Sexy Shoulder Workout. Top: Target® C9 Women’s Sporty Layered Run Tank; Shorts: Target® C9 Women’s Run Short with Knit Waistband


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Live More, Worry Less, Have #GRIT

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Hello everyone! I want to wish you a wonderful week and an even better (US) holiday ahead.  Remember to enjoy some down time with those you love and simply savor the holiday.  Of course I want you to squeeze in a workout at some point, but most importantly, take some time to unplug, relax and appreciate all the good stuff.

Last but not least, I’ve picked a winner for my 4th of July Sweaty Bands Giveaway.  Congrats Christine!  Huge shout out to you for prioritizing exercise while studying for the MCAT – phew!  I hope you make time to sleep.  In case you guys missed Christine’s workout plans, here’s what she has in store…

“This summer, I’ve been spending a lot of time studying for my mcat this coming august. Exercise had been a huge stress relief of mine, and I’ve recently gotten into running! I hope to accomplish a 5k by the end of this summer, so this 4th of July weekend will consist of running along the bayou–my goal is to do a 2.5 mile stretch in one go. I also plan on doing a bit of cross training by getting some laps in at the pool and balancing out my cardio by doing a few Pilates routines. During my study breaks, I want to try your 20 min cardio workout!” – Christine

Also, SURPRISE, I actually got an extra Sweaty Band so I picked a 2nd winner.  Congrats Tory!  You stole my heart when you mentioned Tae Bo.  I always have been and always will be a Billy Blanks fan.  Here are Tory’s workout plans for the weekend…

“I’m planning on working out indoors, because of the heat and humidity that’s forecasted for this week. Over this past weekend I brushed the dust off my old Billy Blanks Tae Bo DVDs.  They are fun and provide me with a great workout. Now that I’ve seen your ’20 Minute Cardio Workout’, planning on alternating this workout with the 30 minute, Tae Bo workouts.  For fun outdoors workouts, it’s all about the water workouts! I’m planning having some playtime with my kids to cool off and get in some laps in the pool.” – Tory

Thanks to everyone who shared their weekend workout plans.  Knowing that others will be up and active always encourages me to get moving. Have a happy 4th of July and remember show your #GRIT.  Lots of luv, Brit  



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4th of July Giveaway from Sweaty Bands & 20 Minute Cardio Workout

Hey Gang – Happy (almost) 4th of July!  In honor of the upcoming holiday I’m hosting a giveaway of 2 super cute headbands from Sweaty Bands (pictured below)!  I love Sweaty Bands because they come in TONS of bright colors and cool patterns and most importantly, they don’t slip during your workout.  To participate in the giveaway, just post a comment telling me your 4th of July weekend workout plans – be creative!  I’ll pick a winner and announce on Wednesday, July 2nd!  Also, be sure to include your email address or a way that I can contact you if you win.

2 Super Cute Sweaty Bands to be given away to 1 lucky winner!  Post your 4th of July Workout plans below to enter to win!

2 Super Cute Sweaty Bands to be given away to 1 lucky winner! Post your 4th of July Workout plans below to enter to win!

In case you’re pressed for time this weekend, here’s a quick and very effective cardio workout that you can complete in 20 minutes.  I do this workout in my hotel room all the time – it’s simple and sweaty!  Warning – there’s a lot of jumping incorporated, so if you have chronic knee pain or knee injuries, this is not your ideal workout.  For best results, move quickly from one exercise to the next and ONLY rest during the set rest times.  You can expect to burn 250-300 calories in 20 minutes or less.  Be sure to stretch after you’re finished.  If you have questions about any of the exercises, email me at brit@gritbybrit.com.  Also, YouTube has tons of example videos to guide you.  Give my 20 Minute Cardio workout a whirl and let me know how it goes.  Also, don’t forget to share your weekend workout plans to win these adorable Sweaty Bands.  Have a great week!  xoxo, Brit

20 Minute Cardio Workout