GRIT Fitness Opening Flagship in Dallas’ Design District

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Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!

I’m so excited to share, that GRIT Fitness will open it’s 5,000 square-foot Flagship Headquarters this Summer!  This milestone is an absolute dream come true.  Never did I ever think that in only 1 year of business, we would get the opportunity to expand.  When I opened the Dallas GRIT Fitness studio last year, my only goal was stay alive, haha.  But that’s what happens when you have GRIT (passion and perseverance for LONG TERM goals) – you don’t just survive, you thrive!

Seeing this vision come to life has given me so faith that the best is yet to come!  I came up with the idea for GRIT about 3 years ago after realizing the ONLY reason I had a gym membership was to take group fitness classes.  I thought, “why don’t I create a place that offers a variety high-energy, music-driven classes all of the time?!”I became obsessed with creating innovative fitness classes by taking standard workouts and making them “gritty” with added intensity and motivating playlists.

The idea spun around in my head for over 3 years, but not until 1 year ago did I take the leap of faith and quit my high-profile consulting career to work on GRIT full time.  In the beginning it was just me, teaching free community classes on the weekends and moonlighting as a fitness instructor to get away from my “real job.”  Now we’ve grown to 7 original class formats, 14 instructors (pictured below), 35 classes per week and a family of over 2,500 active members!

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But…we are SO MUCH MORE than another fitness concept – we’re a fun, fierce, fabulous fit family!

  • Monthly social events (e.g. Cardio & Cocktails, Vino & Vinyasa)
  • FREE community classes attracting hundreds of participants
  • Building deep personal relationships  (#GRITFAM for life)
  • Passion and perseverance for long term goals

That’s what GRIT is all about!

This is ONLY the beginning, we’re determined to transform the fitness industry into one what welcoming, hard working and focused on helping you live your best life!  The next step is build out our flagship studio in Dallas, TX.  I’ve secured an amazing 5,000 square foot location in Dallas’ Design District which we are transforming from an art showroom to our flagship studio!

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I’ve hired architects and contractors to build 2 studio rooms: 1 multipurpose group fitness studio and 1 cycle studio for our newest indoor cycling format, “GRIT Revolution!”  The flagship will also have a locker room with showers, offices, a stretch bar and a lounge area!  This will be the official GRIT headquarters where we innovate new class formats and host instructor certifications, social events and lots of sweaty classes!

I’ve raised almost all of the money for the nuts and bolts of the finish out (e.g. demo, construction of new walls, plumbing, flooring, etc.)  BUT we still need funding for class equipment, awesome lighting and killer sound systems for each studio room.

If you’ve taken one of our free community classes, joined us for a cardio party, followed my blog for a while or if you’re simply on board with our mission – help us build this FIERCE flagship studio to better serve the #GRITFAM and the world!  We’ve got a LOT of work to do, but with your help we CAN make this bold, gritty vision come to life.  BE A PART OF THE GRIT MOVEMENT!

Lots of luv,

Brit

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BIG NEWS at Dallas GRIT Fitness

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Happy Saturday friends!  Over the past 10 days, my #DREAMTEAM at GRIT Fitness and I have been counting down to a really BIG announcement…

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And we’ve finally made it to the last day!  Tomorrow is the BIG announcement and I’d love to share it with YOU = my beloved blog community who’ve been a part of my journey long before I was a fitness entrepreneur.  Sign up for my special newsletter that will be sent tomorrow morning and be the first to hear the good news!

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Hint: My dreams are really coming true!

xoxo, Brit

Fabletics Fitness Fashion Friday

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Hey friends!  I want to bring back old tradition, Fitness Fashion Friday!  Every Friday you can check out my my most favorite workout clothes from the week.

This week I want to show off my newest outfit from Fabletics.  I was SO excited last Spring when Fabletics asked me to be one of their Master trainers.  I wasn’t too familiar with the brand at the time, but since then I’ve gotten to experience a ton of their styles and I must say that I’m now a Fabletics junkie!

This outfit is called the Supernova.  It’s 3 pieces all for only $69.95 when you become a VIP:

  1. Off the shoulder top
  2. Strappy sports Bra
  3. Black leggings

I’m obsessed with the look because it’s athletically chic! Don’t you think?

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What your favorite winter workout look?

5 Body Weight Sculpting Exercises

Hey Friends,  I hope your week is going well!  Today I want to share some body weight, sculpting exercises that you can do at home.  I get asked all the time, “How can I can tone up if I don’t like lifting weights?”  Well, you can actually use your own body weight to get awesome resistance training and build lean muscle mass!  Here are 5 of my favorite body sculpting exercises and we’ll sculpt every part of the body 😉

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Try this workout on your own:

  • Warm up with a 5 minute jog OR 2 sets 50 jumping jacks
  • Complete each exercise above for 1 minute (do as many reps as possible – Right side only)
  • Rest for 2 minute
  • Repeat all 5 exercises for 1 minute each (do as many reps as possible – Left side only)
  • Stretch for 5 minutes

Here’s a little video I made demonstrating the moves so you’ll know exactly what to do.

Enjoy your sexy sculpted body 🙂

xoxo,

Brit

Celebrating 1 Year of Business at GRIT Fitness

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Hey hey friends!  My baby (GRIT Fitness) turned 1-year-old this week – YAY!  It feels like yesterday I wrote this post recapping our grand opening party.  It’s crazy how much good stuff happens in 365 days.IMG_0191

We kicked off the business birthday celebration with a Friday night VINO + VINYASA (wine + yoga) party at my studio.  Over 50 members of our GRIT Family came out to celebrate!  The party was complete with wine, cupcakes and my favorite birthday jamz (e.g. Rhianna Birthday Cake).

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We’ve  kept the party going all week with themed classes.  (See above our full list of themed classes – I’m pretty proud of our creativity here).  Today was our final round of themed classes, “Crunk Party HIIT’s” = High Intensity Interval Training classes set to  our favorite party songs.  Lots of sweat and lot of smiles guaranteed!

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Some of my rockstar instructors and advisory board members at the Vino & Vinyasa party. From left to right: Emily H. Emily T., Annabel, Ariana & Tarra

As I reflect on the past year I pinch myself because I can’t believe this is really happening!  Just over a year ago I was a traveling management consultant, disengaged with my career and pouring myself into this blog as a way to escape my “real life”. But now  this is my life.  We really did it!  We built a business and a community out of a simple idea and lot of hard work.  The accomplishments and experiences (good and bad) from this past year give me so much confidence and hope that the best really is yet to come…

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Me and Jenny, our VERY 1st member at GRIT in January 2015 – thanks for the loyalty Jenny!

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Me and Megan, GRIT Front Desk Team Lead

In only 1 year we’ve grown to over 2,500 active members, 15 instructors, 35 classes per week and 7 original class formats – WOW!  As  I said in the last post, “teamwork makes the dream work.”  But the best part of the journey are the personal relationships I’ve made with the #GRITFAM and they’ve made with each other.  Nothing is more important than family – #GRITFAM included!

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Sophie (Maria’s Daughter), Me, Maria & Jenny smiling after the sweating Flexin’ Flow class at the Vino & Vinyasa party

Stay tuned my friends…this is only the beginning of the GRIT Fitness revolution.  I have some exciting news to share in the coming weeks and I want you to be the first to know! 

THANKS SO MUCH for following my journey to and through healthy living and entrepreneurship.  xoxo, Brit

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Me and my #dreamteam of instructors and advisors getting ready to get to WERK!

Me and my #dreamteam of instructors and advisors getting ready to get to WERK

Hey Friends – happy 2016! First off, my sincere apologies for the sporadic blog posting.  We have been crazy busy at GRIT Fitness with a rush of new members who are ready to get fit and feel fabulous in 2016.  I’m not one for excuses, so I’ll just say “my bad” and start doing better.  Most posts coming – I promise!

To kick off the New Year, my team and I met for an inspirational brainstorming and goal setting session.  We chatted about things that were going well at GRIT and things that we can do better. We also spent time articulating our vision of an “amazing fitness experience” and then set some team and personal goals around that vision.

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Letting our innovative juices flow to help create a bigger, better GRIT Fitness!

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Setting goals for 2016!

Fortunately, I had a great boss back in my consulting days who taught me about setting SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time Bound.  What are your goals for 2016? I encourage you to also set smart goals – they are more effective for driving to results!

As a small business owner and new entrepreneur I value this quality time with my team.  Sure, I see these ladies everyday as sweat and smile during our classes at GRIT, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my first year as an entrepreneur is that my business success is 100% dependent on the engagement and performance of my team.  Without my team – I have nothing! #realtalk

As a self-proclaimed “independent woman” this was a tough pill for me to swallow because a part of me prides myself on developing the concept for GRIT Fitness on my own and getting it up and running by leveraging my skills and experience.  But as we continue to grow, there are SO MANY things that I simply can’t do by myself and SO MANY things that I just don’t know.   I have to develop and empower my team to be leaders in their own right, take risks and to share their gifts with others.

While I absolutely LOVE group fitness and feel so blessed to wake up every day and pursue my passion, I get so much more joy from serving my team and creating a foundation for us all to pursue our passions together.  I’ve learned that “it’s great to do what you love, but even greater with the great team.” Teamwork really does make the dream work.  xoxo,Brit

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Maria, GRIT Body Sculpt & HIIT instructor, showing off her mug



GRIT Fitness 2016 New Year Challenge

Happy 2016 my friends!  I hope you rang in the new year with those you love.  I enjoyed New Year’s day by teaching SOLD OUT back-to-back classes at my studio at “Brit’s 2016 Sweaty Surprise” class.  Essentially, I picked all of my favorite songs from 2015 and choreographed a mash-up workout of kickboxing, body sculpting and dance exercises.  It was a one hour of good old sweaty fun.

To keep the momentum going, I’m hosting a #NEWYEARBESTYOU challenge for our GRIT family. If you don’t live in Dallas, you can still participate!  All you have to do is write down one personal goal of how you will be your best self this year and email it to dallasgritfitness@gmail.com.  Then you must complete 15 workouts that are each at least 30 minutes long before the end of January.  Share your progress by posting 15 post-workout pics to Instagram and use the hashtag #newyearbestyou.  Everyone who completes the challenge will earn our newest “I’m Allergic to Basic Workouts Tank Top” #dontbebasic.  Let’s do this thang!

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If you live in Dallas, come join the challenge in person!  We are offering a killer New Year deal for unlimited classes and official membership to the GRIT Family.  For only $105 per month you can join the party, take the challenge and hang out with me (which I hope you want to do)!  Here’s the link to sign up: REGISTER NOW

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Alright gang, let’s make 2016 the best year of our lives and let’s do it as a team!  Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year!  xoxo, Brit