Start-Up Success Secrets

Hey friends!  I just returned to Dallas from a fun-filled, informative weekend in Chicago!  My primary purpose was to visit my best friends (Jan and Lakshmi) but in the midst of our patio chillin’ and fine dining I received some valuable business inspiration!

I read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso during my flight.  Have you read it?  It was a funny and inspiring read that got me in “empowered entrepreneur mode” for the duration of the trip.  My main take away from the book is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE WILL BELIEVE IN YOU TOO.


My in-flight reading! #GIRLBOSS

The weather in Chicago was absolutely perfect, sunshine with a cool breeze.  Lakshmi, Jan and I enjoyed several cocktails on the patio throughout the weekend.  Jan is a member of SoHo House so we also had a yummy lunch on the roof.  So fancy huh?


Having a drink by the river and enjoying the awesome weather

On Thursday night, Lakshmi invited me to an exclusive party that her company, 1871, was hosting.  1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups.  The party was their annual fundraiser celebration that also highlighted the companies in 1871’s community.  Throughout the night I got to chat with fellow founders/CEOs.  Nothing inspires me more than hearing success stories from young entrepreneurs like myself.  There’s hope – yeah GRIT Fitness!


Lakshmi, Me and one of the 1871 Entrepreneurs

I was excited to put on an old dress that I love – it’s a metallic, fitted Alice & Oliva dress – an oldie but a goodie.  I wore it 2 years ago the Dallas Autumn Ball (see here at the bottom of the post) and was pumped to get some more wear out of it this weekend.  I love fancy events – great drinks, lots of dancing and engaging conversation – what more could I ask for?


Oh hey – show stopper! LOL

The fun didn’t stop there.  On Friday morning I got to attend another exclusive event with Lakshmi (yeah – she’s connected). It was a private breakfast and discussion at the Virgin Hotel for a hand-selected group of 1871 entrepreneurs. Alistair Campbell, former spokesman/press secretary  British Prime Minister Tony Blair, was the keynote speaker.  He talked about his new book, Winners,  and having a “winning mindset.”


Alistair Campbelle (right) and moderator (left) at Virgin Hotel Breakfast event

I found his comments very thought-provoking.  Especially this one…



Deeply engaged at Alastair Campbell’s talk. Photo by Cloud Spotter

He elaborated with numerous sports examples.  But his bottom line was that the feeling of “not being good enough” can really drive some people more than anything.  As a small business owner and a “grit” enthusiast, I couldn’t agree more.  Nothing motivates me more than overcoming obstacles and proving to myself and to others that I am capable.

The rest of the weekend was filled with laughs, deep conversation, a sweaty ride at SOUL CYCLE and a final farewell home-cooked dinner at Lakshmi’s place.  While the fancy events were nice, I gained the most valuable insight and inspiration from my dearest friends.  Every time I’m around them I feel so good about myself because I know that they love me for who I am.  I can be 100% myself, silly-jokes, crazy comments and all.  And this brings me to the last secret to start-up success = CREATE A BRAND THAT IS TRUE TO YOU.

At the end of the day, there are unlimited products and services in the world that are essentially the same.  However, winners are able to deliver value in a different/unique way.  A way that makes people feel connected to them.  The best way to be unique is to be yourself!  Let that uniqueness shine through in your brand.

Remember, nobody can be you like you can be you!  xoxo, Brit


Me, Lakshmi & Jan taking a selfie before I headed back to the Big D

Dallas Dance Cardio Party!


Hey hey friends!  I hope your day is off to a great start!  I’m Chicago bound this morning to visit some friends and do a little market research among some leading studios in Chi-town. As 2015 wraps up, I’m kicking my innovation juices in high gear a developing some fun, fresh new class formats to introduce at GRIT Fitness in 2016!

But before I get a ahead of myself, I’m wanted to share an upcoming event that I’m super excited about – our first ever Friday Night Dance Cardio Party!  Talk about a “healthy happy hour” huh?  So, 3 of our super fab dance cardio instructors are teaming up to bring a 2-hour dance party.  Better yet, our friends from Fabletics are providing swag to all attendees.

If you live in Dallas – I personally invite you to join the party on Oct. 23rd at 6pm!  I’ll be there shaking a little something along with the other members of our GRIT family.  Can’t wait :)


Onzie Activewear A to Z: Brit’s Favorite Fitness Looks

Onzie in Action

Hey Friends!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my fav workout clothes.  After opening my fitness studio, I haven’t blogged as much about Fitness Fashion.  But don’t you worry, I still diligently acquiring my fair share of activewear!  For the past year I’ve really been really into Onzie, a funky fitness line of clothing based in Southern California.  I especially love their bold colors and crazy prints – they scream energy and fun!  Above are a few of my looks from recent weeks!

Better yet, today Onzie came out with new video called “Yoga A-Z.”  The video features 26 sweet yoga poses (one for each letter of the alphabet) each demonstrated by a fab chica rockin’ her Onzie activewear.  Watching the video is like a more interactive way to shop online (hehe).  If you’re in the market for some cool new gear (or a just want a fun distraction from work) CLICK HERE check out the video!

I hope your day is as beautiful as you!  xoxo, Brit

#FallN2Fitness Challenge at Dallas GRIT Fitness

Happy Monday Friends!  I hope you had a lovely weekend!  Did any of you see the blood moon eclipse last night?  I totally missed it, BUT I enjoyed the most beautiful full moon on my way to work at 6am this morning.

I had a wonderful weekend myself, albeit a very busy one.  One major highlight was our SHAKE. SWEAT. SCULPT free, community mash-up workout that we hosted for Lorna Jane’s Active Nation Day.  It was an absolute blast, the weather in Dallas was perfect and we had an AMAZING turnout (as you can see below).  Thanks so much to all members of the GRIT Fitness family and the Dallas community who came to WERK it out with us!


While Summer is winding down and the weather will keep us from offering as many free outdoor community classes, I’m still gearing up for one strong fall – and I want you to be a part of it.  Whether you’re heading back to school, cranking things up at work or looking for a way to take some time to focus on you, my dream team of instructors and I at GRIT Fitness are here to help. One sweaty GRIT class is all it takes to find joy, feel great and be your best self.

To help kickstart your GRIT routine, we’d love to invite you to take our #FallN2Fitness Challenge.  This challenge is open EVERYONE – you don’t have to be a member to participate.  To complete the challenge, you have knock out 14 classes in 4 weeks, between October 4-31st.  45-2


It’s super fun, affordable, energetic way to get in shape and earn some swag!  Yup..that’s right, not only do you get enjoy music-blasting, super fun sweat sessions, BUT if you successfully complete the challenge you also receive the GRIT Tank Top of your choice. Choose from any of the styles below

NOTE: At GRIT we do NOT sell our apparel, it can only be earned.  That means the only way to score our swag is to show your GRIT :)

We can’t wait to Fall N2 Fitness with you!  xoxo, Brit

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day 2015 – Dallas, TX

10AM at NorthPark Center - Center Park Garden-2

Hey Friends – Happy Monday!  To compensate for my recent posting hiatus, I’m coming back strong with 2 blog posts today – yeah buddy!

I’m so excited to announce that this Sunday (Sept. 27th) my fitness studio GRIT Fitness will be the official Dallas leader of Lorna Jane Active Nation Day! Join me and fellow GRIT instructors Annabel and Emily as we lead you through a super special “Shake, Sweat, Sculpt: GRIT Mash Up Workout” = Dance Cardio + Turbo Kick + Body Sculpt! The class is 100% free and open to the public – it will take place next Sunday at Dallas’ NorthPark – Center Park Garden at 10:00am. Shop styles from Lorna Jane NorthPark and enjoy healthy bites along with your sweat session! ****BRING YOUR YOGA MAT****

Dallas friends can RSVP NOW at

“Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!” (Lorna Jane).  You can learn more about Lorna Jane’s Active Nation Day at

Get excited!  I can’t wait to see you there!  xoxo, Brit

AND 2015

GRIT Game Day Workout


Who’s enjoying football season?!  I am!  In fact we are hosting a special GRIT Game Day Workout at my studio on Oct. 17th – all of our clients are wearing their favorite team’s football jersey or t-shirt and we are serving treats and goodies throughout the morning.  If you live in Dallas, you should definitely join us for a class or 2, CLICK HERE view the schedule and register.  We’re all about FUN + FITNESS :)

While Summer is my favorite season, Fall comes in a close 2nd mainly because I Iove football and love the crisp weather.  That said, today I’m sharing a super athletic, agility cardio workout that will get you sweating and make you feel like superstar athlete!

Before I get to the workout, first I want to express my sincere apologies for going MIA on the blog the past 2 weeks.  As you can imagine, being a small business owner is quite a demanding job.  Lately I’ve spent a TON of time trying to standardize and document my processes so I can bring on some full-time help!  I’m happy to announce that starting next week I’ll have a full-time front desk staff at GRIT Fitness – yay!  This means I can go home at 6pm each night instead of 9pm.

Aright, so here’s the workout you’ve been waiting for.  I’m calling it my GRIT Game Day Workout because is focuses on speed and agility – 2 skills needed to be victorious on Game Day!  Just watch the video to gain and understanding of the exercises, then put on some of your favorite JOCK JAMZ and get to work!

As an added bonus, here’s a throwback to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Football Field Workout that I created a about a year ago – it’s great in this lovely Fall weather!

Who’s your fav football team?  

Have an awesome week! xoxo, Brit

Fun Partner Workout: 20 Minute Buddy Boot Camp


Me and Maria (follower her at demonstrating partner planks w/ alternating high fives!

Hello friends!  As usual, I hope this post finds you joyous and well!  I’m gearing up for a wonderful week ahead… writing out my “To Do” list, making playlists for my classes and drafting our weekly newsletter.  Lately I’ve incorporated several parter exercises into my classes at GRIT Fitness, and I’ve been amazed by the positive response!  My classes love the personal interaction and the energy is through the roof.  This gave me the idea to create a “Buddy Boot Camp” partner workout that my clients (and you) can do on your own.  See below!


No equipment is required to complete the workout, all you need is a friend!  Here’s a brief explanation of the 5 exercises in the circuit:

  1. Plank Hold w/ alt. High Fives (Core + Upper Body) – Hold a straight arm plank position facing your partner.  While keeping your core tight and hips square to the ground, give each other a “high 5” with alternating hands.
  2. Squat Jump w/ Turn (Cardio + Legs) – Facing your partner, squat low and when you jump up, turn and face away from him/her.  Then squat jump and turn and face your partner again.  Keep repeating continuously for 1 min.
  3. Iso Squat Hold & Hi Knee Run In Place (Cardio + Legs) – One person holds a deep iso squat with both arms extended out in from of them, parallel to the floor.  During this time, the other partner does a hi knee run in place and tries make his/her knees to touch their parter’s hands.  Switch positions at the half way point (30 seconds in)
  4. Plank & Agility Footwork (Cardio) – One parter holds a forearm plank (hover position) while the other partner has to hop over his/her legs. Switch positions at the half way point (30 seconds in).
  5. Straight Leg Throw Downs (Core) – One partner lies down on her back with legs straight and holds onto the ankles/calves of her partner who is standing up behind her shoulders.  The lying down partner raises both legs up off the ground so that the standing partner can catch them and try to throw them down.  The challenge is for the lying down partner to not let her legs touch the floor while the stand partner throws them down.

After this workout, you and your friend should be covered in SWEAT & SMILES!  I’m big believer that workouts are more fun and effective with done with a partner – two are better than one :)


GRIT Fitness Instructors: Me, Maria, Melissa & Annabel chillin’ at the pool after a fun day of sweat and smiles!

Last but not least, if you live in Dallas and want to join a super fun, FREE Buddy Boot Camp, Maria and I are hosting a free class at the Westin Galleria Dallas on Sunday, September 13th.  RSVP NOW to join the fun!  Wishing you a wonderful week.  xoxo, Brit