GLOWGA Party : Glow-in-the-dark Yoga to Celebrate 6 Months of Business

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Excited for the party to start! I couldn’t believe there was a line all the way down the street – ahhh!

Happy Monday morning friends!  I’m cloud 9 after celebrating 6 super successful months of business!  This past weekend, my GRIT Fitness team and I hosted a GLOWGA (glow-in-the-dark yoga) party on the 33rd floor of the W Dallas Hotel.  It was simply amazing!  Hundreds and hundreds of family, friends and studio members came out to “flow in the dark” with us.  Here are a few photos…  You can view the full album on the GRIT Fitness Facebook page.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super sweat 20 minute Tabata workout that I did with my boyfriend last week.  Get ready to WERK friends!

xoxo, Brit

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Me and a few members of my GRIT Fitness Dream Team!

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Flowing in the DARK!

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Melissa & Maria, GRIT Fitness Yoga Instructors who led the class

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Me and my boyfriend, Corey, posing before we called it a night!

Top 5 Inspirational Quotes for Business Owners

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Annabel, Kemi and I posing at the IDEA World Fitness Conference – GRIT Fitness Instructors represent!

Hola friends!  I hope your week is going well.  This week is a bit of a bear as I’m still getting back in the swing of things after being in Los Angeles for the IDEA World Blog Fest & Fitness Convention. This was my 2nd time attending as last year I went for the 1st time and had an absolute blast.  Check out my blog post reflecting on my most memorable moments the 2014 IDEA World.

This year’s conference was equally energizing and inspiring and better yet, 2 of my best friends & fellow GRIT Fitness instructors (Annabel and Kemi) came with me!  We enjoyed 3 days of workshops, workouts and fitness classes in LA.  My adorable aunt (who’s 75 years old and super amazing looking – OMG see photo below) hosted us at her fab house.  We had an awesome trip perfectly balanced with relaxation and invigoration.  Here are a few pics…

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Day 1- arriving at IDEA World Fitness Convention w/ Kemi (left) and Annabel (right)

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After super sweaty Soul Cycle class in West Hollywood! We opted for a fierece workout instead of a fancy dinner on night one (wink wink)

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I ran into some of my Dallas Fitness friends while in LA – say hey to the Lync Cycling gang!

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And more Dallas Fit Friends – Mark Shipman from the Ride House & Shredded by Mark :)

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I took a killer workout with Gabrielle Reece – HighX workout – check it out!

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And obvi I made lots of new blogging buddies during Blog Fest!

I love attending these conferences because I pick up little nuggets wisdom from fellow fitness entrepreneurs.  Here are the Top 5 takeaways that impacted me most…

Top 5 Inspirational Quotes for Business Owners

  1. Nobody can be you like YOU can – Dare to be different from the masses.
  2. Only iron can sharpen iron – Surround yourself with positive, smart highly motivated people.
  3. Work ON your business and IN your business – Don’t get so caught up in your business operations that lost focus on strategic planning.
  4. Anticipate and prepare for change – Change is inevitable so put lots of energy in continuous improvement and never get too comfortable in your current situation.
  5. People are your greatest asset, treat them as such – The only thing that truly seperates good business from great business is passionate and loyal human capital.
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Farewell photo with my new selfie-stick! Me, Kemi and my Aunt Nita who hosted us at her beautiful home in Baldwin Hills, CA!

Rock on this week!  xoxo, Brit

6 Health Benefits of Dance Cardio Workouts

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Our Zumba / Dance Cardio class at the Westin Galleria Dallas after Summer Sweat Series #2

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

– Vicki Baum

Happy Monday beauties!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend – mine was busy but lots of fun.  Yesterday morning I enjoyed an energetic Dance Club Cardio class at my studio, GRIT Fitness, and I couldn’t help but acknowledge how happy I felt after class.  There’s something about dancing that just makes my soul sing and getting a good cardio workout in the process is icing on the cake.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my studio is partnering with the Westin Galleria Dallas to bring a series of free workouts and pool parties each month this Summer.  We’re calling it the Sumer Sweat Series.  Our 2nd series was a Zumba / Dance Cardio class and it was a HIT – over 200 members of the Dallas Community came to sweat and shake with us.  Here are some pics from the event…

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Emily (GRIT Dance Cardio Instructor) and I before her class

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Over 200 ladies shakin’ a little something and ballistic’ calories at the Westin Galleria Dallas

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Representing my clique :)

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The Fierce Four Dance Cardio / Zumba instructors who led our class

In the spirit of sharing my love for dancing I did a little research to summarize its key health benefits.  Check it out!

6 Health Benefits of Dancing

  1. Relieve Stress (Journal of Applied Gerontology) 
  2. Improve Memory (The New England Journal of Medicine)
  3. Lift Your Spirits
  4. Manage Weight
  5. Increase Energy (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
  6. Make New Friends

This week I highly encourage you to try out a dance cardio class or at least dance a for a few minutes infront of the mirror – your body and your mind will thank you!  Also, if you live near Dallas, join us for Summer Sweat Series #3 on Sunday August 9!  CLICK HERE to register for free.  xoxo, Brit

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Summer Slim Down Circuit

GRIT Fitness Body Sculpt Classes showing off their strong, sexy bodies after tonight's class!  #nogritnopearl

GRIT Fitness Body Sculpt Classes showing off their strong, sexy bodies after tonight’s class! #nogritnopearl

HELLO FRIENDS!  I hope this post finds you joyous as well!  We’ve had record class attendance at GRIT Fitness this week so I feel compelled to show some sweaty love and share a new workout I created!  Our Body Sculpt and GRIT HIIT classes are very popular for clients who are trying to slim down, so I put together a quick 25 minute Summer Slim Down Circuit that they can do on the road when they can’t make it to the studio.  Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.  Much love! xoxo, Brit

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Summer Fun. Summer Parties. Summer Patios.

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Hey friends!  Happy weekend!  Sorry for the sporadic posting – GRIT Fitness is growing like crazy and it’s my birthday weekend which means my blogging time has been cut substantially.  BUT I wanted to check in and share a few pics from last night!  One of my Turbo Kick clients/friends threw me a little Friday night pool party at her lovely pied a terre in Highland Park, TX.  I loved the decor so much I had to post pics – very Pinterest worthy don’t you think?

Tonight, the partying continues as I host a party at the Social House in Uptown Dallas.  I’ll post a full update and lots of photos tomorrow.  Have a wonderful weekend.  xoxo, Brit

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Top 5 Healthy Eats On The Go

Top 5 Healthy Eats On The Go

 

Hey friends!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  Mine is pretty awesome!  Lots of exciting stuff happening at my fitness studio including new instructors coming on board, fun fitness events and the launch of several new class formats.  That said, I’ve had minimal time to meal prep and have had to rely 100% on takeout the past couple of weeks.  Instead of grabbing fatty fast food, I’ve chosen healthier takeout options that are actually pretty darn tasty.

Below are my top 5 picks for healthy eats on the go.  I chose these based on the following criteria: delicious taste, price (under $10), high protein and low sugar, under 400 calories and includes at least 2 servings of fruits/veggies.  To me, these factors are most important when considering nutrition, value and convenience.  So without further or do…here’s my list!

I must say the greek salad at Zoe’s Kitchen has been come my new lunch “crack” – I could eat it every single day.  It’s topped with caramelized onions and served over savory marinated potatoes – what a combo!

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Celebrating 5 Months of Business at GRIT Fitness

Hey friends! I just finished teaching my 6am GRIT HIIT class at my studio and I’m feeling energized and ready to take on the day.  Here’s the workout we did this morning in case you want to give it a whirl on your own! (Do 20 seconds of each exercise then rest for 20 seconds, repeat each round 4 times continuously before moving on to the next round)

 

GRIT HIIT – June 18, 2015

Round 1

  • Triple step side to side
  • Skater leap holding medicine ball

Round 2

  • Plank Froggers
  • Forward lunge with medicine ball overhead press

Round 3

  • Hop on one leg, side to side and front to back (2 rounds right, 2 rounds left)
  • Side squat with knee raise back to center holding medicine ball

Round 4

  • Wood chop jumps swinging medicine ball between legs
  • Chair pose twist jumps alternating sides

Round 5

  • Plank spider knee pulls (same knee to same elbow)
  • Full sit up with medicine ball

Today is an extra special day because we’re celebrating 5 months of business of GRIT Fitness!  (check out the little slide show I made in honor of our clients and staff) Time flies when you’re having the time of your life.  I’m so grateful for every single person who’s taken a class, attended an event or simply shared an encouraging word.  I have 100% confidence that the best is yet to come.  Here’s to the next 5 months…and the next…and the next!

Have an awesome day!  xoxo, Brit