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NYC Fitness Tour: Best Fitness Studios in New York City

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Hey gang!  Last weekend I traveled to NYC to catch up on the latest happenings in the fitness studio world.  I took 9 classes in 3 days (thank God for Class Pass) and had an absolute blast.  I saved all of my snaps from the weekend so you can watch my story below!  Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @gritbybrit

Also below is a quick recap of my experience at each studio (in order of my preference) :

  1. Tone House – (Boot Camp / High Intensity Interval Training) Hands down my FAVORITE class of my trip.  I legitimately took a time warp back to my college basketball days and endured the most challenging “preseason condition workout” ever.  It was exhilarating!  I did things I didn’t think my body could still do: shuttle runs, sprints, walking lunges carrying sandbags over my head, football drills, burps, etc.  BUT the best part is that we did EVERYTHING as a TEAM and the coaches and my “teammates” were so positive encouraging during this 60-minute total body workout.
  2. NW Method by Nicole Winhoffer (Dance Cardio / Total Body Toning) Only one word can describe how I felt during and after this class… LIBERATED!  There’s something about the sexy, hip opening moves that Nicole Winhoffer creates that allowed me to express my emotions.  The room was warm and the toning moves were very challenging, but we did everything to the bet of the music and I felt left I was just “letting go” the entire class. Ia so liked that her dance choreography was very easy to follow (even for me who had never been there before).  At the end we learned some Hip Hop choreography and performed it a in groups.  The atmosphere was very safe, and very sexy.  I just felt so free.
  3. Dance Body – (Dance Cardio / Total Body Toning).  This was the most cardio intense dance workout I’ve ever taken!  We did burpees, leaps, ballerina hops and more.  I was so sweaty and my heart rate was sky-high.  I loved it.  Unlike most Zumba or Cardio Hip Hop classes I’ve taken, Dance Body seemed to incorporate more Ballet which I was though was super interesting and unique.  Between dances, we’d drop down into a plank and do core work or gab our mats and do some booty work.  This is a new concept and they don’t have a studio yet, so we just had class in a Dance Studio that I assume they rent by the hour.  even without all of the fancy studio decor, the was an amazing experience that I highly recommend.  They also stream classes online and I’m thinking about buying the online program so I can stay connected now that I’m back in Dallas.
  4. 305 Fitness – (Dance Cardio / Leg Toning) One of my all time favorites!  I haven’t taken a 305 class in 2 years, and let me tell you, this class is like a fin wine…better with time.  My instructor, Latoya just had so much swagger – I had a total girl crush on her.  I just wanna be cool like her.  The new Midtown studio is absolutely flawless with neon sign, crazy cool graffiti art, live DJ, self station and bright colors everywhere I loved the flashing club lights during the class and how everyone stayed in sync like a music video.  At the end of class, we grabbed dumbbells and did some leg strengthening WERK.  Overall = amazing!
  5. Swerve Fitness – (Indoor Cycling) – Yay for team games!  This was my first time to take a class at Swerve and it was so positive and fun.  They put us in teams at the beginning of class and throughout the ride we were competing based on our watts and on how well we could “serve to the beat.” I like the camaraderie, the music was on point and the studio decor was super-sleek with cool lighting and excellent amenities.  If I lived in NYC, Swerve would def be on my list of regularly frequented studios.
  6. Peloton – (Indoor Cycling) – The coolest cycling studio ever.  Can I just say that the Peloton bike is the BOMB-DOT-COM.  Aside from the fact that my class was being live streamed to hundreds of viewers riding in their own homes, this is the smoothest bike I’ve ever ridden.  I got a killer workout and seeing all of the precise metrics in real-time made me push myself. If I get rich anytime soon, I’m definitely buying a Peloton bike for my house 🙂
  7. AKT In Motion – (Dance Cardio / Leg Toning) – So I took an AKT class about 3 years ago and I was NOT impressed.  Back then, they didn’t have a downtown studio so the class was held inside a small dance studio inside of a daycare (yes…a daycare).  The instructor looked like she was wearing her PJ’s, there were 3 people in the class and the dances where very corny. This time = different story!  I went to the original Upper East Side studio, which is super cute (especially the disco ball that hangs in the middle of the studio).  The instructor was super friendly, fit and energetic.  Again, the class was small (only 5 of us).  But the dancers were awesome – we learned 2 long sequences and by the end of class I had them down.  The room was heated, so I worked up a good sweat, and nd at the end we did lots of total body toning work. I really loved the ab work we did using a foam roller – very unique.  AKT has definitely been redeemed in my book.
  8. Uplift Studios – (Total Body Strength + Cardio) This was a total girl power sweat sesh!  I love that it’s a women’s only gym and that we lifted heavy weights – yeah!  We did a lot of partner exercises and athletics drills.  We also moved to the beat of the music at times, which I love.  The studio is very small and can only hold about 10 girls, so the class was intimate and safe. During our class, some other ladies were having personal training sessions outside of the studio. Overall, I got a good workout and I like that you can cater the exercises to your own fitness level.  There were a variety of beginners and super fit athletes in the class and together, we all enjoyed a fun sweat session!  #girlpower
  9. Model Fit – (Total Body Toning) I tried to have an open mind with this class, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  So the Model Fit method is based on very slow, controlled movements with light weights.  The room was warm to help us break a sweat (although I didn’t).  And some of the moves were pretty unique and very original.  I just didn’t feel like a got a good workout in the class.  We didn’t move to the beat of the music and the energy level was very low.  I think this class is better for a beginners who are just starting their fitness journey or maybe someone who wants to do something active but doesn’t want work too hard.
  10. Cyc Fitness – (Indoor Cycling) Unfortunately, I got stuck in Midtown traffic after my AKT class on the UES and I arrived to Cyc like 10 minutes late and couldn’t get in.  I was so bummed.  BUT, I’m headed to Austin this weekend for a wedding and I plan to take a class at the Cyc studio there to make up for.  Let’s see if Cyc can bump up on my list after this weekend 🙂

And that’s a wrap gang!  Are there any studios that didn’t make my list that you love?  If so, let me know so I can check ’em out next time!  xoxo, Brit

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I loved that Nicole Winhoffer email us a group pic post class! ya for sweaty hair…don’t care!

4 Week Shape Up Program – SIGN UP NOW

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Hey y’all!  I hope your week is off to an awesome start!  SO…last month my  friend Megan, Founder of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, and I hosted a new service at my fitness studio called the September Shape Up!  Essentially, I was noticing that lots of the girls at my studio were super consistent with their workouts, however they weren’t getting the results they wanted…

Brit’s 2 Reasons For Lack of Results: 

  1. Lack of proper meal planning / meal prep
  2. Doing the wrong mix of workouts

SO, I designed a 4 week program to help them create weekly workout plans and weekly meals plans based on their specific goals and preferences.  Megan and I also provided recipes and workouts to put in their plans and track over the 4 week period.

We started the program with a kick off workshop and over 80 ladies signed up and showed up – WOW!

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A packed house of ladies fully engaged in our meal prep seminar at the Shape Up Kick off meeting

I led a seminar teaching them how to create an effective workout plan and Megan taught them how to meal plan and meal prep.  We also walked through an inspirational goal setting exercise and assigned weekly accountability metrics to track their progress.

Me helping the ladies measure and understand their body fat %

Me helping the ladies measure and understand their body fat %

The September Shape Up has been a HUGE success with SO MANYs losing body fat, feeling more energized and most importantly, getting stronger and healthier!

Because the program has had such a tremendous impact,Megan and I decided to video our meal planning and workout planning lessons from the kick off workshop and make the 4 Week Shape Up Plan available online just for you – YAY!  We have tons of recipes, home workouts, lessons and personal tips to help you shape up.

Just visit 4weekshapeup.com for details and to register!  This means that you (no matter where you live) can sign up for the program and start get results today!  Get excited to look and feel like a BOSS.  I’m so pumped for your success!

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If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll answer ASAP!  Have an awesome week!

xoxo,Brit

 

GRIT Fitness SALE: 18 Classes for $85

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Hey y’all!  I hope your week is going well.  The weather is getting cooler and most people fall out of their fitness routine this time of year!  So that’s why my team and I at GRIT Fitness host our annual Fall N2 Fitness special offer + class challenge in the month of October.  If you live in Dallas, I would love for you to join the fun!

For only $85 you can take unlimited classes at BOTH grit fitness studios (East Dallas and Design District) for the entire month of October.  This usually costs $165!!!  It doesn’t get any better than this y’all 🙂  CLICK HERE to sign up!

PLUS during the month of October, you can also participate in our BLACKOUT class challenge.  It’s essentially a game of “GRIT Bingo” where you’re trying to black out the game card. We’ve spent a lot of time picking the classes on the card because we want you to get a solid balance of strength, cardio and flexibility exercise to stay in tip top shape this Fall.  Check it out!

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Not only do you get a great sense of personal pride for completing the challenge, but you also get the newest style GRIT tank top!  Keep in mind that GRIT tanks tops can’t be bought, they can only be EARNED!

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So what are you waiting for?  Quit contemplating and join the fun!  The #GRITFAM can’t wait to WERK it out with you!  xoxo, Brit

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FREE Fitness Events | September Schedule

Hey gang!  My company, GRIT Fitness, is hosting 3 super fun, super sweaty, super FREE community events in the month of September and I’d LOVE to see you there.  Check out the dates and descriptions below and join us!  xoxo, Brit

HEALTHY HAPPY HOUR | GRIT HIIT

SEPT. 9TH AT 6PM, GRIT FITNESS DESIGN DISTRICT

SIGN UP (registration opens 2 weeks in advance): http://tinyurl.com/gwyafxy

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HEALTHY HAPPY HOUR | TURBO KICK

SEPT. 23RD AT 6PM, GRIT FITNESS DESIGN DISTRICT

SIGN UP (registration opens 2 weeks in advance): http://tinyurl.com/he5t4y5
View More: http://fagin007photography.pass.us/turbo-kick-anna-lee

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REVOLUTION CYCLING SPOTLIGHT PARTY

SEPT. 30TH AT 5:00PM, GRIT FITNESS DISIGN DISTRICT

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808112596087508/

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July FREE Fitness Events| Dallas, TX

Happy Monday friends!  My fitness studio, GRIT Fitness, is hosting 4 super fun FREE fitness events in the month of July.  If you live in Dallas, you MUST come sweat and smile with me and my inspiring team of instructors!  Here’s a run down of the classes we’ll offer – book your spot 🙂
xoxo,
Brit

Final-15611. Healthy Happy Hour | REVOLUTION (cycling)

GRIT Fitness Design District, 1729 Irving Blvd. Ste 101 Dallas, TX 75207
Friday, July 8 | 6:00pm

Register at dallasgritfitness.com/schedule

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2. Flexin’ Flow on the Wetdeck

W Dallas Hotel, 2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219

Saturday, July 16 | 9:00am

Register at wetdeckyoga.eventbrite.com

3. Healthy Happy Hour |  Flexin’ Flow

GRIT Fitness Design District, 1729 Irving Blvd. Ste 101 Dallas, TX 75207

Friday, July 22 | 6:00pm

Register at dallasgritfitness.com/schedule

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4. Summer Sweat Series | Tone & Tighten

Westin Galleria Dallas, 13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Saturday, July 24 | 2:00pm

Register at http://tinyurl.com/gnu5e65

GRIT Fitness Design District Preview Pass | 2 Weeks for $25

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Hey Gang!  I hope your week is going wonderfully!  As you can probably tell from my sporadic posting, I’ve been heads down in “start-up land” after the grand opening of my 2nd fitness studio, GRIT Fitness – Design District.  It’s a such a dream come true to see this 5,000 sqft facility be filled with positive vibes, loud music and lots of sweat!

I’m just wrapping up week 2 of operating and learning a lot!  Business expansion comes with lots of joy and also growing pains (I’ll write a full blog post on that later).  But today, I wanted to share a crazy-good deal that my team and I are offering: TWO WEEKS of GRIT for just $25!

Enjoy a special, limited-time offer to preview unlimited classes at our new Design District studio from June 20 – July 3. This offer is open to everyone, including current and former clients.

Link to purchase: tinyurl.com/hdmwxgv

This means all of the Dance Club Cardio, Jazz Funk, Turbo Kick, powerbelle, Body Sculpt, HIIT, Flexin’ Flow & REVOLUTION classes that you can handle. It’s also a great time to check out the awesome amenities including towel service, showers, changing rooms and WiFi lounge!

*Offer valid only during the dates above. Design District Studio only. No exceptions. No transfers.*

If you live in Dallas, I’d love to meet you and WERK you out!  Come join the par-tay and have an awesome day!  xoxo, Brit

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GRIT Fitness Design District Launch Party | June 5, 2016

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Hey hey friends!  I’m still on a high from our Cardio & Cocktails party last Saturday!  Over 300 people came to shake it with us at the W Dallas hotel.  It was an absolute blast and I want to give a HUGE thanks to our partner, Fabletics for providing awesome swag and adorable outfits! CLICK HERE to checkout the photo album on Facebook!

SO in LUV with our outfits from Fabletics summer collection!

SO in LUV with our outfits from Fabletics summer collection!

The fun doesn’t stop there, next up is the MAIN EVENT, our “Sunday Funday” Launch Party for the Grand Opening of the GRIT Fitness Flagship studio – woo hoo!  The launch party on Sunday, June 5 will include cocktails, light bites, and workout gear offerings to shop by top fitness brands! The GRIT Fitness flagship is located at 1729 Irving Boulevard Suite 101 Dallas, Texas 75227.

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Here are the details…

TICKETS: FREE General Admission or $25 VIP Tickets which include priority entry and special GRIT swag bag.  Purchase at gritlaunchparty.eventbrite.com

ATTIRE: Your most stylish “Athleisure” (workout clothes)

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: GRIT Fitness Design District – 1729 Irving Blvd #101, Dallas, TX 75207 – View Map

 

IMG_2870I hope to see you June 5th! xoxo, Brit