Happiness is…

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Good morning friends!  I’m loving this quote that I stumbled upon this morning via Instagram browsing.  It’s a great reminder of why I love mornings and why I love Mondays.  I encourage you to take this new week as a fresh opportunity to make your dreams come true and to be happy!  Remember, YOU hold the power :)

Happy Monday!  xoxo, Brit

25 Women to Know + Body Sculpt Workout

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Happy hump day my friends!  This week is a bit of a bear – lots going at the studio and in my life!  On the bright side, Hello Beautiful, a leading pop culture site for today’s Black Women recently named me as one of their “25 Women to Know” – yay!  CLICK HERE to read the full article and my interview.

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Photo by Hello Beautiful & ShareAntoinette Photography

On an unrelated topic, I’m really proud of the playlist I put together yesterday for my BODY SCULPT™ class, so I want to share it!  Here’s a link to it on Spotify.  Who would have known that Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child is the perfect song to power through continuous bicep curls? 😉

Also, I created a home-version of my signature BODY SCULPT™ workout that you can do on your own.  This class is designed to fatigue each major muscle group and keep your heart rate elevated with a couple of cardio intervals.  Here’s the full class description.  BODY SCULPT™ is a very popular class format at my studio!  Give this home workout a whirl and let me know what you think.  You will need two 5-8 pound dumbbells to complete the workout.

Brit'sHave a wonderful rest of your day!  Remember, you hold the power the make it great!  xoxo, Brit

lucy Dallas Studio of the Month

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Hello friends – happy Spring!  I’m so excited to share that my studio, GRIT Fitness, has been chosen as lucy’s studio of the month in Dallas!  For the entire month of April, lucy will show lots of GRIT Fitness love at their store – yay for more marketing of our new business.  Last week I got to decorate their bulletin board in the store window with GRIT Fitness stuff…what do you think (see below)?

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After decorating the bulletin board at lucy Dallas – GRIT Fitness represent!

They also let me put flyers and business cards at their front desk for customers to pick up during check out.  The BEST part is that all of my clients get to join me for a discounted shopping day on April 18th!  We’ll stock up on cute workout clothes at 20%  mark down from the full-price.  This should be a fun opportunity for us to hang out outside of the gym.

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And I got to leave flyers and business cards at the front desk

After placing our GRIT swag at the lucy Dallas store, Maria and I enjoyed a yummy lunch next door at True Food Kitchen.  Maria teaches Flexin’ Flow and GRIT HIIT at our studio.  We enjoyed the food so much I wanted to share some pics…

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My SPRING VEGETABLE GARDEN salad with grilled chicken

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Maria enjoying her Farmers Market Salad and “Hangover RX” juice consisting of Coconut Water, Pineapple, Vanilla & Orange

I always feel good about myself when I find real, natural food that’s tastes great.  If there’s a True Food Kitchen near you, I highly suggest you give it a try!  After our shopping day next Saturday, we plan to have brunch at True Food.

Well gang, that’s my good news for the day.  I’m off to make my playlists for my classes this week – I’m teaching 10!  Eeeeek.  Wish me luck and have a Marvelous Monday.  xoxo, Brit

Happy Easter 2015

Happy Easter, Passover and Sunday my friends!  I hope you enjoyed a nice day with your family or friends.

Last night I enjoyed a lovely Passover Seder hosted by my friend Amanda (author of Glitter & Spice blog).  It was my first time to partake in this Jewish tradition and I really enjoyed it.  We started off the dinner with a toast of red wine and then listened to Amanda recite traditional readings that recounted the events of the Exodus.  The food was delicious – Matzah ball soup, brisket, potatoes and a yummy blueberry dessert – we enjoyed it all!  (We also drank plenty of red wine).

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My homemade Easter breakfast: Black coffee, fresh berries, whole wheat french toast, sugar-free syrup

Early this morning I made myself a delicious breakfast and did a bit of work before heading to church with my parents.  Yesterday, I kicked off training for our 2nd round of GRIT Fitness instructors – yay!  We have 8 in our training class.   While I try to keep Sunday’s “work-free” I ended up sending some follow-up emails to the group this morning.  On the bright side, I’m pretty proud of the whole wheat french toast I whipped up – looks pretty good huh?

Here’s a pic of the 8 lovely ladies who started instructor training yesterday!  So excited to work with them over the next 6 weeks and coach them to teach their first class!

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8 new instructors in training at GRIT Fitness

After church today, my parents and I went out to lunch.  Here’s a pic of me and my dad.  He’s not great a looking at the camera but he’s a really great dad and friend.   There’s no way I would have been able to start my business without his guidance, coaching and day-to-day support.  My mom’s pretty awesome too.  She’s probably the most positive and encouraging person in the whole world – 4 realz (she also took this pic).

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Me and my dad at Easter lunch (photo credit: Mom – Kay Rettig)

Now I’m cleaning up my place and getting  ready for the week ahead.  Stay tuned, I have lots of new workouts and playlists to share with you this week.  I promise you will like.  Talk to you tomorrow. xoxo, Brit

Spring Shape Up Circuit: Running & Strength Interval Workout

Hello friends!  Spring has officially sprung here in Dallas, TX.  We enjoyed a gorgeous weekend of sunshine and 75 degree weather.  Some of my friends even enjoyed time by the pool.  I’m so glad that Winter is over and cannot wait to spend more time outside, especially partaking in outdoor workouts.  This week I plan to hit up the Katy Trail and knock out this running and strength training circuit.  I made the perfect 40 minute playlist to energize my sweat session – you should too!

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In addition, my friends from Studio Hop and Lorna Jane NorthPark and I just finished planning the premier fitness event of the season!  We are hosting a free outdoor workout at NorthPark center on Saturday, April 11th at 10:30am.  If you live in Dallas, you should DEFINITELY join the party!  There will be a lot of sweat, a lot of shopping and a lot of smiles!  What’s not to like?  So grab your yoga mat and a friend and join the party.  CLICK HERE to RSVP at the Facebook event page.

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Spring into shape!  xoxo, Brit

Savor The Moment

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Me and my Dream Team at the grand opening of Dallas GRIT Fitness – so blessed to have the most energetic, talented and dedicated team of instructors and friends!

Hello hello my dearest blog community!  I hope this post finds you joyous and well.  Wow – what a week.  My new venture, GRIT Fitness, is growing like crazy.  We’ve had record attendance over the past 2 weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful for the early success.  In the midst of writing newsletters, planning special events, networking with brand partners, creating playlists, cleaning and developing instructors, I’m trying to take a few moments each day to sit still and savor the moment.  Of course I want to grow GRIT Fitness to be the world’s leading fitness/wellness brand BUT sometimes I get so focused on “what’s next” that I forget that I’m actually living my dream TODAY!  This time last year, I hoped and prayed for an opportunity to quit my consulting career and wear workout clothes every day.  A chance to wake up each morning with a direct opportunity help people reach their fitness goals and simply be a source a positive energy to everyone I encounter.  Now I get to do just that.  So amazing.  For me, learning to savor the moment is easier said than done, but little by little I’m getting better at it and I can see an improvement in overall wellbeing, mood and happiness.

For instance, this morning as I sit at my kitchen table writing this blog post and checking things off of my “to do” list, I try to be really mindful of how yummy my greek yogurt parfait tastes.  Usually I just scarf it down while typing an email, but today I paused after I took a bite and thought to myself, “damn, this is pretty tasty.”  Sounds so simple, but it really put a smile on my face.

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Brit’s breakfast 3/19/15 – greek yogurt, blue berries and watermelon (giant pot of black coffee not pictured)

Yesterday, I enjoyed tea time at Sip Stir Cafe with my good friend Megan, founder of the The Lyon’s Share Wellness.  We try to get together once a month to share stories and encourage each other.   Like me, Megan also quit her consulting career to start her own business.  She’s a certified nutrition and running coach whom I very much admire.  After our chat, I hung around the cafe and caught up on work and during that time I took a moment simply express gratitude for positive, healthy friendships.  I often take those for granted, but boy does being around positive people nourish my soul!  So good :)

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Yesterday at Sip Stir cafe after my tea time with Megan – savoring positive friendships and the yummy apple/lemon grass tea

I’m going to continue to mindfully pause throughout my day and savor the good that’s in the present moment.  Hopefully it will become a healthy habit!

Alright gang, I’m off to teach my noon spin class for the awesome employees at Fossil corporate HQ.  I’ll savor that sweaty ride and endorphin pumpin’ playlist :)

How do you savor the moment?

Flexin’ Flow™ : The Hottest New Yoga-Pilates-Bootcamp Hybrid Workout

Hello friends!  I hope your week is off to an amazing start!  I just finished teaching my 6am Flexin’ Flow™ class and I feel very accomplished!  Flexin’ Flow™ is a new total body strength, stretching and intensity interval class that I designed and launched last month.  If you like the idea of Vinyasa Power Yoga, but have a really short attention span and a deep love for hip hop music, this is the class for you!  Here’s the official class description:

If yoga, pilates and boot camp had a baby, it would be Flexin’ Flow™! Our signature, total body workout is designed to build strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Enjoy the unique combination of vinyasa power yoga sequences, core stability exercises, leg toning circuits and intensity intervals all while jammin’ to upbeat music! Prepare to tone your entire body and leave class super sweaty.  Bring your yoga mat! Bare feet; 55 minutes

So here’s a quick overview of how the 55 minute class is structured…

We start off by connecting to our breath and generating heat in the body with a series of arm circles, squats, lunges and chair twists.  Keep in mind that the beats are bumpin’ right from the start so we move at a fast pace and stay on beat with the music.

After warming up,  we complete a series of Sun A salutations and plank variations to begin generating heat in the core.  The goal of this section is to ensure everybody has worked up a sweat – wink wink!

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Then we REALLY get the party started with an intense, energetic set of leg toning sequences.  Think pile’ squats, heel raises and every kind of lunge you can possible imagine.  YEAH – sexy legs please!

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Leg Sequence

The leg series is following by an active recovery of vinyasa flows to stretch and tone the body.  I like to include lots of Warrior 1, 2 and 3 variations, push ups, side angles, Goddess poses and more.

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Vinyasa Flow

After we’ve caught our breath and stretched our bodies, it’s time to increase the intensity again with our calorie blasting “power series.”  This is when we knock out some old school burpees, mountain climbers, plyo lunges and other “boot camp style” drills.

We wrap up the workout with hardcore glute exercises, core stability sequences and lower back strengthening moves.

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Brit Teaching Flexin’ Flow at Lorna Jane Dallas Active Living Room – Booty Work

Once we’ve reached our max, we enjoy a nice cool down with deep stretches and then take it home.  WARNING If you’re looking for an amazing shavasana, you’ve come to the WRONG place.  There’s no time to chill in Flexin Flow – just keepin’ it real.  After class expect to feel energized, sweaty and accomplished!

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Flexin’ Flow class participants flash sweaty smile post class!

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Everyone enjoyed their Flexin’ Flow workout – way to FLEX for the camera!

If you live in Dallas, come take a Flexin’ Flow™ class at my studio, GRIT Fitness – CLICK HERE to view our schedule and register!  In only one month, Flexin’ Flow received several raving reviews including this awesome write-up from D Town Sweat, check it out! AND starting May 2, my team an I will teach FREE weekly Flexin’ Flow classes on the W Dallas Hotel Wetdeck – SO FUN!  Mark your calendars because it’s GDFR (goin’ down for real) :)

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Have an amazing week!  xoxo, Brit