The Power of Vulnerability

 

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Hosting book club last week with my FAB friends!

Hey friends!  Happy Sunday.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  My weekend was super busy, but I don’t mind (I like it like that).  Last week, I hosted my best friends at my bachelorette pad for a LOOOONG overdue book club meeting/wine night.  We start the book club over 3 years ago, but unfortunately have not met in the last 18 months.  Needless to say, we very much appreciated the time together AND thoroughly enjoyed our book, Daring Greatly by Brené Brown (yay Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday crew).

Daring Greatly is all about the power of vulnerability.  While putting ourselves in vulnerable situations often makes us feel weak, it’s actually one of the most empowering actions we can take to strengthen our relationships and our sense of self-worth.

The week I had a unique opportunity to “choose vulnerablity” by sharing a video that I think makes me look “weak.”  Here’s a little back story…last summer I met an awesome producer, Clint Howard, via Thumbtack who developed the GRIT promo video that’s my studio’s website.  A few days ago he sent me this “behind the scenes” video he created.  I hesitated to share it because I want to put on a “strong/girlboss” image, but after thinking about it some more I decided it’s good for me to be totally transparent and let my clients and blog followers know exactly why GRIT exists and why the #GRITFAM means the world to me.  You can watch the video below…

Grit Behind the Sceens from Clint Howard II on Vimeo.

While I run the risk of being made fun of, negative feedback, etc., I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to face whatever outcomes may be.  Most importantly, I believe in the vision of GRIT Fitness so much that I want to make intentions crystal clear.  Quite honestly, this is the first time in my life that I’ve felt this way and it’s so liberating!  Having a truly unique personal passion/ life purpose is simply the best.  And for it, I’m forever grateful.

 

GRIT Fitness Flagship Video Tour & Update

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Hey Friends!  I hope you had an awesome weekend are looking forward to an even more awesome week ahead. We are enjoying AMAZING weather in Dallas – I’m talking patio chillin’ with no sweater on – HEY!

I have so much exciting news to share with you!  First, we have raised over 20% of our goal for the new GRIT Flagship on @indiegogo. Thank you to everyone who has helped so far, we luv you! Click the link at the bottom of this post check out the campaign and help us make the Flagship the best it can be!

Second, I shot a little video tour of the new FLAGSHIP so you can see what’s in store.  7 Original GRIT Fitness classes + GRIT Revolution (our new indoor cycling format) ALL under 1 roof!  This means more BANG FOR YOUR BUCK for the #GRITFAM.  Take the tour and get excited!

Last but not least, our construction plans were approved by the City of Dallas last Friday – YAY!  This is such a big deal, because often this step in the process can take WEEKS! On Monday morning I have a meeting with our design team to pick out the final materials and confirm the final plans so we can start construction ASAP!  Wish me luck!  I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m pumped up but also feeling a little anxiety because I want to create the BEST fitness environment for the #GRITFAM.

I’ll post continuous updates here on the blog so you can closely track our build out and ramp up in the coming weeks.  Thanks for all of the love, kind emails and contributions to our campaign.  I APPRECIATE YOU!  xoxo, Brit

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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