Category Archives: Abs

Perfect 1 Hour Workout Playlist

Hey Gang!  I’m especially proud of the the playlist I made for my spin class tomorrow, so I wanted to share.  CLICK HERE to listen on Spotify AND be sure to follow me on Spotify (Brittani Rettig) for tunes to energize your workouts!  I post every single playlist from all of my classes!

Also, on an unrelated note, I just set up a Snapchat account so please add me @ gritbybrit!

HAY GURL!

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Last on somewhat related note, I’ve been hard at work on a new barre/pilates inspired class (powerbelle™) I’m launching at GRIT Fitness this summer.  I incorporated several moves from this “Love Handle Eliminator” workout from the GRIT by Brit YouTube archives.  Check it out!

I truly believe that variety is the spice of life, so I encourage your shake up your weekly fitness routine!  I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone too.  I’m not a big fan of barre classes, but I definitely appreciated the value of isometric resistance training and small repetitive movements to sculpt long lean muscles.  That said, in my new powerbelle™ class, we’ll use gliding discs and resistance bands to intensify traditional barre and pilates exercises.  And of course we’ll rock out to a jammin’ playlist because great music is SO critical for an amazing fitness experience 🙂

I hope your week is going well.  Chat soon!  xoxo, Brit

Complete Core Workout – 30 minutes of abs, lower back & oblique exercises

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Hello friends!  Happy Workout Wednesday!  I’m still on cloud 9 and in a bit of whirlwind as we continue holding classes during our grand opening week of my new studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness.  AHHHH it’s so exciting.  We packed the house again last night for our “Eat Clean Train Dirty” event in partnership with Megan Lyons, creator of the The Lyons’ Share Wellness .  Our classes were FIERCE and sweat puddles were everywhere (just how we like it).

Me and my class doing some serious core work on Monday, 1/19/15 during my very first PiYo class taught at my new studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness!

Me and my class doing some serious core work on Monday, 1/19/15 during my very first PiYo class taught at my new studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness! Photo by Fagin007 Photography

We got great feedback on the core exercise sequences in the workouts so far, so I wanted to aggregate them into 1 complete core workout just for GRIT by Brit readers.  Here is goes…

GRIT by Brit Complete Core Workout

Duration: 30 minutes

Equipment: Mat or soft floor surface + one medium dumbbell or medicine ball (6-8 pounds)

Instructions: Complete each of the following exercise for 60 seconds continuously.  Once complete, rest for 2 minutes, then repeat.

In plank position

  • Straight arm plank alternating knee pulls, pull opposite knee up to opposite elbow
  • Straight arm plank knee taps to the floor, keeping the spine neutral and core engages, continuously drop the knees to tap the floor and return to starting position,
  • Straight arm plank mountain climbers, pull knees up to chest alternating as fast as possible
  • Straight arm plank jacks, keeping the core engaged jump feet apart and back together
  • Forearm plank hip raises, lower to your forearms and raise hips up to dolphin pose them back down to plank
  • Forearm side plank alternating sides, open up to a forearm side plank, come back to center, then open up to the other side

Lying on back w/ knees bent and heels on the ground

  • Bicycle crunches, hands behind your head, alternate reaching you opposite knee towards opposite elbow
  • Alternating heel touches, reach for each heel alternating sides, work the obliques
  • Row the boat, sit up at a 45 degree angle, holding the weight with both hands, Russian twist side to side
  • Crunches pulses, holding your weight straight up towards the ceiling, crunch up and pulse for 3 reps, lower, repeat

Lying on back w/ legs straight up in 90 degree angle

  • Climb the rope, reach each hand up towards your opposite foot alternating continuously
  • Toe touches, holding your weight or medicine balls, reach up try tap your toes
  • Leg raises and lowers, place hands under your booty and lower your legs 6 inches above the ground then raise back up to 90 degrees
  • Scissor kicks, keep hands under booty and keep legs super straight, alternating lowering one leg 6 inches above the ground while keeping the other at 90 degrees, switching back and forth
  • Knee tucks with leg extensions, keep hands under booty and pull knees into chest then extend forward so that legs are 6 inches above the ground, repeat

Let me know how it goes!  Post a comment if you have questions about any of the moves.  Lots of luv, Brit

Washboard Abs Workout

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Showin off my “washboard abs” during a styling session at Lorna Jane (love this outfit BTW – I wear it to teach cycling all the time)

Hey hey – happy Workout Wednesday!  As promised, here is your workout of the week – Washboard Abs.  I’m getting floors installed at my studio, Dallas Grit Fitness, today .  Yay!  This is the last major renovation milestone before I can start decorating and, ultimately, teaching classes.  I’ll be hanging out at the studio all day, so I plan to knock out this ab workout while “overseeing” contractors.  Should be good fun.

It’s been a while since I posted an ab workout, so today I’m bringing you my most comprehensive, complete, core exercise routine.  During this workout you will engage your abdominals in 3 different positions: 1) Standing Up 2) On you hands and toes in the plank position 3) In the traditional position, on your back.  This helps ensure we work the complete core for washboard abs!

Warning: This workout takes about 25 minutes to complete.  You can’t rush through it.  BUT, I promise you will feel the burn.  For best results, do this workout 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks along with rigorous cardio workouts.

Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.  If you have any questions about the exercises below, just post a comment and I can explain.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!  Love, Brit

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Complete Core + Cardio Workout

Hello friends.  It’s been a crazy work week for me here in Chicago.  During high-stress times like these it’s so important to keep up with my workouts or else I feel super groggy.  This morning I did this Core + Cardio Workout in my hotel gym.  It got me a good sweat so I wanted to share 😉  The entire workout takes about 30-35 minutes.  If you don’t like the stationary bike, feel free to hop on the elliptical or treadmill instead.

I’m jetting off to NYC tonight for a conference – hoping to sneak in a ride at Soul Cycle while I’m there.  Also, can’t wait to see the Dallas crew this Saturday at my PiYo class at the W Dallas Hotel!

Let me know how you like the workout!  Lots of luv, Brit

Brit’s Complete Cardio Workout


Lose the Pooch: New Workout to Sculpt Lower Abs

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Alright, you guys asked for it so here it is, another Lose the Pooch Workout.  In case you missed the last one, you can CLICK HERE check it out.   Now, before I get started, you should know that the abs, or rectus abdominus, is actually all ONE muscle group that forms an “8-pack.”  So you can’t really work your lower abs without working your upper abs (and vise versa).

However, there are some exercises that really target the lower region of the abdominals.  I  selected a few of my favorites and effectively sequenced them to create the GRIT by Brit Lose the Pooch Workout.  For best results, complete this workout 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks.  Also, be sure monitor your diet by avoiding foods and habits that cause bloating (i.e. too much sodium and lack of water consumption).

Tighten that Tummy!  xoxo, Brit

 

Instructional Photos

Boat Pose

Boat Pose (with knees bent, you can straighten your legs to increase intensity)

Boat Pose (with knees bent, you can straighten your legs to increase intensity)

 

Single Leg Lowers

single leg lowers with crunch

Single Leg Lowers with Upper Body Crunch

 

Plank Knee Pulls w/ Toe Slide

Plank knee tuck with toes slide - place a towel under your toes and do these on a smooth, hard floor.

Plank knee tuck with toes slide – place a towel under your toes and do these on a smooth, hard floor.

 

Hanging Knee Pulls

Hanging Knee Raise - You can straighten you leg for fully extended leg raises to increase intensity  (Source: Women's Health Magazine)

Hanging Knee Raise – You can straighten you leg for fully extended leg raises to increase intensity
(Source: Women’s Health Magazine)

Your Flat Tummy Plan: 3 Days 3 Killer Core Workouts

#TBT Enjoying warm weather in Martha's Vineyard last year with my "Fit Friend" Brittany - 2 Brit's in 2 Bikinis ;)

#TBT Enjoying warm weather in Martha’s Vineyard last year with my “Fit Friend” Brittany – 2 Brit’s in 2 Bikinis 😉

Hey Gang!  While it’s FREEZING outside, I can see the little light at the end of the tunnel that is Spring Break.  Despite being 29 years old and not having a true Spring Break, I like to still prepare my bikini body – hehe. That said,  I’ve been digging through my workout repository and have pulled my 3 fiercest, most effective AB workouts…

Now, the plan is to do 1 workout every other day for the next 6 days.  So do 1 workout, rest/do cardio, do the other workout, rest/do cardio…and so on.  Got it?  The idea is to give your abs and core one day of rest in between workouts so your muscles can repair and gain strength.  Overworking your abs without adequate rest prevents you from gaining the full benefits of the workout.   Alright… let’s do this!

Grit by Brit AB Workout #1:

ABS for Days Vol. 2

CLICK HERE for full instructions & photos

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Grit by Brit AB Workout #2: 

Tight Tummy, Sexy Stomach, Cut Core

CLICK HERE for full instructions & photos

Tight Tummy, Sexy Stomach, Cut Core

Grit by Brit AB Workout #3:

Six Pack by Summer

CLICK HERE for full instructions & photos

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Enjoy your Spring Break Abs ! (cliche’ I know – hehe) 

Peace out, Brit

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5 Minute Ab Workout – Vol. 2

As promised, here’s another 5 minute ab/core workout for you to enjoy.  In case you missed my 5 minute Abs Vol. 1, you can CLICK HERE to check it out.  Feel free to do the workout on your own or with me in real time via my YouTube video below.  Lots of luv, Brit

5 Minute Abs