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GRIT by Brit Mobile App Launch

Hey friends!  I’m so excited to announce the launch of my official mobile app – YAY!  Now you can have me in your pocket, literally, with on-the-go workouts and daily inspiration.

Since I opened my boutique fitness studios, GRIT Fitness, I haven’t blogged as much as I once did 🙁  So I was determined to find a creative way to:

  1. Stay connected with my beloved blog followers who live all over the world
  2. Provide home workouts and inspiration to my GRIT Fitness members who live Dallas (so they can sweat when they can’t make it to the studio)

Over the past several months I’ve been working diligently to create the content, test the functionality and execute all of the small details required to develop my very first mobile app!  I think this is a first step to something HUGE!  It’s been such a challenging and engaging experience, much like 4 years ago when I created my first workout DVD (remember that?!)  I’ve really enjoyed the process as it’s truly a labor of love.  I hope you love the app as much as I do.

Throwback! Launching the GRIT by Brit Workout DVD in 2013

So now you’re probably wondering, what’s in the app?  Well here’s a run down:

  • My personal  21-Day Fitness challenge complete with workout calendar and nutrition tips
  • Several on-the-go workouts categorized by focus (arms, legs, abs, cardio, etc)
  • On demand workout videos featuring my original workouts
  • Inspirational pep talk videos from yours truly!

GRIT by Brit Mobile App Coming Soon!

Because I’m so excited about this new creation, I’m making it FREE to EVERYONE for one day only – August 21, 2017.  Once you download it, you have it FOREVER – so I suggest you save the date and get ready to download.

To download the app, just got to the app store and search “GRIT by Brit” – the app will be available on both iOS and Android.

Thanks so much for your continued support.  Get ready to get GRITTY!

xo,

Brit

 

DOWNLOAD THE GRIT BY BRIT APP TODAY!

New Year Best You | Fitness & Yoga Retreat 2018

January 3-7, 2018

Prana Del Mar | Luxury Beach Yoga Retreat Center

I’m SO excited to announce that I’m co-hosting my very first fitness & wellness retreat – yay!  The New Year Best You Fitness & Yoga retreat is for ladies who want 2018 to be their best year yet! Together we’ll challenge ourselves in sweaty workouts, restore our bodies with a daily yoga practice and sharpen our minds in empowerment seminars. Each morning we’ll start the day with a book discussion and meditation session. The book we’ll discuss is, “GRIT” by Angela Duckworth – all attendees are requested to bring a copy of the book and read it prior to arriving.  Get your copy here: http://tinyurl.com/hmdhb5z

But don’t worry, those who work hard must also play hard, so get excited for daily social events including a welcome cocktail reception, pool party, ladies wine night, hikes, beach time and more! While we have a full curriculum of workouts and self-improvement activities, you’ll also have plenty of free time to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, whale watching, spa treatments, cooking classes, trips in town, lounging by the pool and more.

About Prana Del Mar | Luxury Beach Yoga Retreat Center

Prana del Mar is located near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, just north of Cabo San Lucas.  The desert oasis of Prana del Mar offers 16 luxurious guest rooms and suites with swimming pool, spa, and two beautiful yoga studios. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service, and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.  Learn more at https://pranadelmar.com

 

Pricing

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

Total Retreat Fee

(Does not include airfare)

$1,495

$ 1,795

Deposit

(Due by Oct. 1, 2017)

$400

$500

 

What’s Included:

  • Lodging / room accommodations for 4 nights
  • Full use of all resort amenities – including pool, hot tub, sauna, stone labyrinth, desert gardens, hammocks, and more
  • Transportation from/to Los Cabos airport (SJD)
  • 3 gourmet, chef-prepared meals per day
  • 3 workouts per day led by Brit & Kaleigh
  • Morning meditation and book discussion
  • Daily empowerment seminar
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Ladies roof deck wine night
  • Pool party with cocktails
  • Exclusive retreat swag bag
  • Official retreat tank top

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to Los Cabos International (SJD)
  • Spa treatments
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Additional alcoholic beverages (you are welcome to BYOB)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities for your guides

REGISTRATION STEPS

Step 1: Complete the registration form here: https://goo.gl/forms/WWh9AnVRNhDOi7hd2

Step 2: Pay your non-refundable deposit. Deposits, progress payments and final balance may be submitted via PayPal to britandkaleigh@gmail.com

Meet Your Retreat Leaders

Kaleigh Walker – Kaleigh grew up in a family full of avid athletes, fitness enthusiasts and dancers’, so being active has always been a huge part of her life. She began teaching dance and junior golf in her teens and continued throughout college at the University of Kansas, where she earned her degree in Strategic Communications.

When Kaleigh moved to Los Angeles in 2005, she was introduced to yoga. She quickly realized the profound physical and mental benefits that could be achieved with a regular practice and became hooked! As she continued deepening her yoga practice, she became more confident of her true calling in life – to leave the corporate world and get back to teaching!

In 2008, Kaleigh completed her 200-hour yoga alliance certification through YogaHop in Santa Mon-ica and soon after, her Certified Personal Trainer certification through the National Strength & Condi-tioning Association, and her Nutritional Coaching certification through the Institute of Integrative Nu-trition. Since then, she’s continued to immerse herself in studying the fundamentals of fitness, nutri-tion, and yogic philosophy with some of today’s most knowledgeable individuals.

Kaleigh’s clients and students range from celebrities and professional athletes to those individuals battling ailments or just trying to stay healthy. After nearly 10 years in Los Angeles, Kaleigh relocated to Dallas, TX in March of 2015. In addition to her extensive private clientele, you can find Kaleigh teaching regular yoga, dance cardio, and spinning classes at several studios in Dallas, as well as Re-treats across the globe. Kaleigh is an ambassador for Lululemon, Manduka, and Carbon 38.

Learn more about Kaleigh at http://kaleighwalker.com

 

Brittani (Brit) Rettig – Brit is the founder and owner of GRIT Fitness studios in Dallas, TX. This full-body boutique fitness concept is based on her belief that mental grit or “passion and perseverance for long-term goals” is the key to both fitness success and to living our best lives. Brit advocates that learning to endure though physical challenges teaches us to persevere through greater life challenges. “We can’t always control life’s circumstances but we can control how we respond.”

GRIT Fitness brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing energetic group classes in a dance club environment. A carefully curated and enthusiastic staff of instructors teach over 60 classes each week at two studios, ranging from dance and kickboxing to high-intensity interval training, toning and cycling. Since its inception in January 2015, GRIT Fitness has rapidly grown to become the premier location for millennial women to get fit, socialize and feel empowered. Through engaging, high-energy fitness experiences and a “no mean girls allowed” culture, it successfully differentiates itself in Dallas’ highly saturated boutique fitness scene. By hosting monthly events and over 100 complimentary community classes, GRIT Fitness has energized thousands of young women in Dallas to stay active and connected.

Prior to founding GRIT Fitness, Brittani Rettig worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLC. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she was captain of women’s varsity basketball team. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and numerous fitness certifications. Brit continues to author her leading fitness/lifestyle blog, Grit by Brit, which receives national recognition from SELF Magazine, POPSUGAR and Greatist. Brit currently holds the following national fitness certifications:

  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA): Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer
  • Schwinn: Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Spinning: Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Les Mills: Certified GRIT Series Coach
  • Beach Body: Certified Turbo Kick Instructor
  • Beach Body: Certified PiYo STRENGTH Instructor
  • American Heart Association: CPR & AED

Learn more about Brit at http://gritbybrit.com

GIRLBOSS Rally 2017 | Los Angles, CA

Hey Friends!  Last weekend I got the awesome opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and attend the inaugural #girlbossrally hosted by Sophia Amoruso, Founder and Former CEO of Nasty Gal.  2 conferences back-to-back weekends!  I co-hosted the 1st WHAT SHE SAID, Women’s Empowerment Conference in Dallas Feb 25th and then  jetted to LA for the GIRLBOSS Rally March 4th.

So what is the GIRLBOSS Rally?  You ask….

Girlboss is about being the boss of your own life. We will gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and tastemakers to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about. From marketing and brand building to getting paid and quitting jobs, health & wellness, sexuality and more, it will be a day filled with actionable takeaways.

The rally was truly a once in a lifetime, girl power inspirational experience.  Here are the top 5 things I learned:

1️⃣ There are 40 million women born between 1980-2000 who want more experiences and less stuff and to be the author of their own lives!
2️⃣ Slow is smooth and smooth is fast (slow down!)
3️⃣ It’s great to dream big, but more important to work really freakin’ hard
4️⃣ Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel
5️⃣ Be aggressive. Take the shot. Get out of the your own way!

It was so motivating to feel the energy of 500 female hustlers under 1 roof.  Simply being in the presence of other GIRLBOSS women gave me the kick in the butt I needed to keep fearlessly growing my business at GRIT Fitness and the courage to take some new risks!

Here are a few pics from the rally for you to you enjoy…

Just arrived at the rally – posing on the wall of inspirational quotes!

Snapping a selfie with THE Gabby Bernstein

Listening to a panel of awesome girl bosses including the founders of CLASS PASS and Brit & Co.

Swag bag was on point!

Also enjoyed some quality time with my lovely Aunt Nita who who hosted me at her house in LA for the weekend!

Wishing you happy International Women’s Day and encouraging you to be a BOSS of your own life!  xoxo, Brit

WHAT SHE SAID CONFERENCE | Dallas, TX

I’m so excited to announce that my company, GRIT Fitness, is partnering with W Dallas Hotel to host the first WHAT SHE SAID women’s empowerment conference in Dallas. WHAT SHE SAID is a new global speaker series featuring inspirational women from the worlds of fashion, fitness, music, tech, media and more. W is giving these incredible women at the top of their game a platform to share their personal stories at W Hotels around the world, inviting attendees to mix, mingle in true W style, over cocktails and incredible music!

I’ve partnered with the W Dallas – Victory for several fitness / social events over the past 4 years including Cardio and Cocktails and Flexin’ Flow on the WETDECK!  I love the hip, creative vibe of the hotel so I though it would be the perfect location to host a women’s conference!  I mean look at this ah-mazing conference space!  AND we got some awesome local, #GIRLBOSS interior designers to decorate the panels with super chic styles.

Main Conference Room – Great Room Meeting

Breakout – Industry Classroom

Over 80% of the speakers are members of the #GRITFAM (GRIT Fitness community).   I had strong passion to host a conference this year because I want young ladies to connect outside of the gym and have “real talk” about turning their passions into action.  This event is not limited to GRIT members ALL ARE WELCOME and we hope you decide to join the fun!  Here are the details…

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, February 24 – GRIT Fitness Design District

5-8PM Dance Cardio Party and Networking Reception presented by Tory Sport and Dulce Vida Tequila

 

Saturday, February 25 – W Dallas Victory

9AM     Check in, coffee and breakfast bites served

10AM   Side Hustle to CEO, Brit Rettig, founder of GRIT Fitness

11AM   Goal Setting for Success, Boss Women Who Brunch

12PM   Lunch, Expo of local #GIRLBOSS vendors

12:30 – 3:30PM Breakout Sessions

Time to Get Your Money RightAction-planning workshop for getting out of debt

Look Good, Feel Good

Fitness, nutrition and health “real talk” for looking and feeling your best

Winning in the Workplace

A GRIT girl’s guide to getting ahead in corporate environments

Creativity to Cashflow

Turning your creative passion into a money-making machine

Succeeding at Start-Ups

What it takes to lead and work at the world’s leading startup companies

3:30PM            Closing happy hour with live DJ and cocktails

Speakers: Amber LaFrance, Co-Founder/Owner of Culture-Hype PR and Owner of DFW Style Daily; Molly Mathias, Founder of MM Vintage; Leah Frazier, Founder of Diamond Icon and Blogger at BeautyforAshes; Lindsey Kilbride, VP of Sales for Trunk Club; Rachel Kuhr, Founder of Productable.Us and former Innovation Lead for Mark Cuban Companies; Lakshmi Shenoy, VP of Strategy and Business Development for 1871 Chicago; Danielle Moye, Pediatric Cardiologist at UT Southwestern; Megan Lyons, Founder of The Lyons’ Share Wellness; Erika Elmore, Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley; Brittany Madrid, “Living Well” host as seen on WFAA; Liz Stanley, Founder and Blogger for Oh Hey Dallas and model; NaTarra Allen, Personal Trainer at Equinox; Courtney Sanders, Founder of Think & Grow Chick, LLC; Emily Hsieh, CFA, CFP® and Founder of Narrative Financial; Annabel Williams, Regional Sales Director for AIG; Ashley Fincher, VP and Legal Counsel for Comerica Bank; Brittani Rettig, Founder of GRIT Fitness; Yasmeen Tadia, Founder of Fluff Pop and Make Your Life Sweeter Brands; Alison Magdstadt, Marketing Director for Neiman Marcus; Marty McDonald and Ashley Cash, Co-Founders of Boss Women Who Brunch

General admission tickets are $99 and VIP tickets can be purchased for $149 at whatshesaiddallas.eventbrite.com

For a full list of events and featured speakers, visit dallasgritfitness.com/what-she-said.

For questions, email dallasgritfitness@gmail.com

About GRIT Fitness

GRIT Fitness, founded in January 2015 by Brittani Rettig, brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing energetic group classes in a community-focused environment. A carefully curated and enthusiastic staff of instructors teach over 60 classes each week at two studios, ranging from dance and kickboxing to high-intensity interval training, toning and cycling.

About W Dallas Hotel and WHAT SHE SAID

Since its inception, W Hotels has always worked with female icons in fashion, music, design and fitness to enrich the travel experience and provide a platform for emerging visionaries. To take that further, WHAT SHE SAID is a global speaker series hosted by W featuring women across these fields, sharing their stories, and providing opportunities to mix, mingle and network. Previous speakers have included Rachel Zoe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Who What Wear, WNBA, etc. Because everything is bigger in Texas, W Dallas – Victory in partnership with GRIT Fitness is turning WHAT SHE SAID into a two-day women’s empowerment conference! The conference will be a day and a half chalk full of robust curriculum for our local female entrepreneurs and girl bosses. We’re talking about all things fitness, personal finances, kicking A in your career and discovering your passions and purpose! We’ll be bringing in Dallas’ most influential women to inspire and motivate the next generation of female entrepreneurs – AKA YOU, girlfriend! Join us and get ready to connect, ignite your creativity and take your passions and turn them into actions.

 

WHAT SHE SAID – DALLAS | SUPPORTERS & EXHIBITORS

Blushington
DFW Beauty Guide
Dry Sparkling
Dulce Vida Tequila
Ellevate Network – Dallas
Glamsicle
Harper & Tucker
Jess Peterson – Indpendent Consultant for Rodan + Fields
Joiya Johnson – Business & Accounting Services
Kendra Scott
Krave jerky
Ladonna Stein
Lemonade by Lauren
Lexie Faucher Photography
Nike
Nikkie Smith Designs
NOH8
Peechy Keen Studio
Read Between the Lines
Rose Pearson – Executive Consultant for Rodan+Fields
Simply Elegant
Socialite Pink
Sparkling ICE
Sugar Bear Hair
Sugarfina
The Cookie Cheff
The Iman Project + Lavender & Mint
The Lyons’ Share Wellness
Tory Sport, NorthPark
Trunk Club
Whitness Nutrition

Time Management Tips to Slay your Goals

Hey friends!  As I mentioned in my last post,  I’m making a personal commitment to post at least 1x per week in 2017.  Man….I tell you what….it’s harder than I thought.  I know I have to set aside designated “blogging time” to reestablish the discipline and rigor I once had around writing.  That’s why I love the quote above so much…it’s so true!  If I don’t plan, I’m essentially “planning” to not achieve my goal.

As small business owner, efficient time management is critical for survival because I have limited resources and am consistently forced to do more with less.  So I thought “Time Management” would be the perfect topic for this blog post.  Now  I’m not the most detailed nor the most talented person, but when comes to getting sh*t done, I don’t mind tooting my own horn.  People ask me all of the time, “How do you do it?”  And the short answer is, I’m NOT a perfectionist.  I prioritize the most  critical tasks required to achieve my BIG goals.  And I plan everything!  I actually have some strategy around how I plan my week and how I think about each day as an input into the greater whole.   I also operate under the core belief that DONE is always better thanks PERFECT, thus I’m not a perfectionist.

Below is my personal 5 step approach for strategizing and managing my time.  Now, most people probably have a day planner and they just pencil in everything that pops up on their “to-do” list.  Not my style.  I create strategy for my entire week and then slot my activities into my “ideal outline.”  Let’s dive a little deeper…

Brit’s Weekly Time Strategy for 2017

STEP 1: CREATE AN OUTLINE OF YOUR ENTIRE WEEK BY FIRST BLOCKING OUT THE NON-NEGOTIABLE TIME

As you can see above, I think about my week as a whole, and set aside designated time to work on the things most critical for achieving my BIG life goals. In doing so, I essentially have a “template” for my day planner and give myself structure so that I’m in control of my time, and random stuff that pops up can’t control me!

Obviously, I have to be physically present at work at certain times, so I block this time in green.  For me this is when I’m physically teaching classes.  So step 1 for you, think about your entire week and block out the time that is totally non-negotiable for your livelihood (i.e. weekly work and family commitments)

STEP 2: EVALUATE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS AND BLOCK TIME TO WORK ON THEM

Then I review my list of goals for the year and think about what specific actions are required to make them come to life.  For example,  I want to continue to grow my business and innovate new services for our clients.  So, I have to block a few hours on my weekly calendar for “Standardization” and “Innovation.”  During these time blocks I document our business processes, develop training manuals, create new class formats and work on strategic brand partnerships.  Notice that nobody is “making” me do these things, but I have to make a personal commitment to myself to work on these things.  Otherwise, 6 months will pass and I realize that I’ve made no progress.

Me with my 2017 goals in hand!

Another example is time for my relationships.  On my 2017 goals, I stated that I want to continuously strengthen my relationships with my friends, family and myself. So I block out time on my weekly template to hang out with besties, to catch up with family and to just be alone and read, work on my personal development and quite simply enjoy my own company.

I can go on and on, but I think you get the point.  Step 2 – evaluate your goals and dedicate time each week to work on them in bite size chunks.

STEP 3: PLAN TO PLAN

Weird, I know.  But the reality is,  I allocate time in my weekly calendar to plan the next week!  That’s right…I plan to plan.  So for me, on Sunday evenings I plan all of the choreography and playlists for my fitness classes the upcoming week, I plan my meals and my personal workouts.   I also plan “free time” which allows me to handle random events in a structured, efficient way.

STEP 4: FILL OUT YOUR DAY PLANNER WITH SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES ALIGNED WITH YOUR OVERALL WEEKLY TIME STRATEGY

This part is fun.  During my “planning time” each week I physically update my planner for the week ahead.  As you can see above, my day planner aligns with my overall weekly strategy.  I force myself to work on the things only during their designated time slots.  This prevents me from getting distracted and makes my life easier because each day I simply wake up and follow the plan for the day.

STEP 5: TREASURE YOUR TIME

You owe it to yourself to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams, and the only way to make that possible is to spend time working on your goals every single week.  That means when people or outside commitments try throw something on your schedule, tell them  that that you can get to it during your “free time” not during the time you’ve designated for working on your goals, your full-time job or other critical activities.

Well, that wraps it up.  My 5 step time management approach for slaying your goals.  Do you have any additional tips for making every minute count?  If so, I’d love to hear them!  Have a wonderful week and I’ll be back with more life and business hacks next week.  xoxo, Brit

Holiday Travel Workout – 20 Minute Circuit

 

 

Beachin' in St. Pete!

Beachin’ in St. Pete!

Hello from sunny St. Petersburg Florida!  I’m enjoying an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday vacation with my family – lots of college basketball, fun in the sun, beach time and good meals.  That said, I’m doing my very best to squeeze in at least a 20 minute workout every morning so that I’m not sucking air when I get back to GRIT Fitness next week.

holiday-travel

Above is the 20 minute workout I did yesterday on the stairs outside of my hotel.  Remember, you don’t fancy equipment or a gym to get an effective (and fun) workout in.  You just need energy, passion and a positive attitude….like with all things in life 🙂  Below is a peek at my post-workout SnapChat.  (I was clearly feeling the burn)  Enjoy!  xoxo, Brit

GRIT #GIRLBOSS Pop Up Shop

girlboss

Please join me and my team at GRIT Fitness on Saturday, Dec. 10th from 9am-12pm for our 2nd annual Girl Boss Pop Up Shop! We are passionate about supporting women in business and want to create a postive, energetic enviroment for women owned businesses to show off and sell their products and services.

You can enjoy awesome holiday shopping and fun sweat sessions! We’ll offer 2 complimentary community classes:
– 9:00am Dance Club Cardio w/ Jackie
– 10:30am Body Sculpt w/ Brit (yours truly)

Here’s the link to get details and RSVP on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/214011032356181/

ATTENTION VENDORS: Email dallasgritfitness@gmail.com to register. Vendor registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $25 per vendor table. You can purchase the vendor registration here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=194656&stype=43&prodGroupId=10179

We have space to host up to 20 vendors.