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GRIT Game Day Workout

GRIT GAMEDAY

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

10X10 CrossFit-inspired Calorie Blasting Workout

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Hey Gang!  Hope your week is going well.  I’ve been working away in Chicago and still attending regular CrossFit sessions with my team.  I’ve always had mixed feelings about CrossFit (seemed a little “meatheadish”) but over the past few weeks I’m becoming more of a fan. In fact, I actually created my own “CrossFit-Inspired” workout to do this Friday when I get back home.  I wanted to share it with you guys so you can give it a whirl on your own.  A few things to note:

  • Duration = 15-20 minutes
  • Calorie Burn = ~ 250 calories
  • Rest for 1 minute between each round
  • The workout requires a kettle bell.  If you don’t have a kettle bell, feel free to use a 10-20 pound dumbbell instead
  • Be sure to do full sit ups (not crunches) keeping your feet flat on the ground

crossfit inspired workout

Spice Up Your Running Routine

push ups during a run

Hey guys!  I hope you are enjoying some Super-duper Spring Sunshine and  taking your workouts outside like I recently recommended.   BUT in case your outdoor running routine starts to get stale, here’s a way to keep it spicy!  I’m happy to present my 3 Mile Tone Up Circuit!

What’s great about this workout is that is nicely combines long cardio endurance segments with body weight resistance training.  This means that you are burning fat + adding definition to your muscles!

The overall workout takes about 45 minutes to complete.  Expect to burn 400 – 600 calories!

Brit's 3 mile tone up circuit

As usual, workouts are ALWAYS more fun and more fierce when you do them with a friend.  So grab a buddy and hit the trails – you’ll feel awesome when it’s over!

Keep on truckin’!  xoxo, Brit

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(ABOVE – me and my workout buddy after completing my 3 mile toning circuit at Lake Norman, North Carolina)

PSYCHO GYM – Ultimate Kettle Bell Workout

A few months ago I bought a Groupon for Psycho Gym, a popular Dallas workout spot that’s been getting a lot of buzz.  Last Saturday, I checked it out and I’ve been 3 times in the past 4 days!  Bottom line – I dig this place.

Usually, I’m really skeptical of single method gyms (ie. Pure Barre, Cross Fit, etc.) because of the high prices.  I mean what can they possibly be doing in there that’s so great, right? However, I was pleasantly surprised by Psycho Gym.  Here’s my run down:

What’s Psycho Gym?

Simply put, Psycho Gym takes you through a 1 hour workout.  The workout is   a circuit of 15 exercises that you do for 40 seconds each.  Getting through the circuit takes about 15 minutes and you repeat the circuit 3 times.  Trainers can adjust the workout however they please.  For example, so some will do longer circuits (20 exercises) but only 2 times through.

The workout utilizes a lot of cool “toys” but primarily kettle bells.  From heavy ropes, tires, weighted sleds, TRX suspension cords, resistance bands, jump ropes, cones for agility drills, and random tools invented by the gym itself, there’s a wide variety of workout equipment to keep things interesting.

Last, most of the exercises are both strength AND endurance based.  You are encouraged to challenge yourself with heavy weight BUT also to pump out as many reps as possible in the 40 second split.

Pros – What I liked

  • Every workout is different which prevents boredom
  • There is minimal rest between sets and the workouts last for a full hour -you are guaranteed a good sweat!
  • Several exercises that I would never do on my own are included, so it’s a nice change-up to ensure I work muscles that I usually skip
  • Cool, trendy atmosphere.  Gym is very clean and located in the heart of Deep Ellum which adds even more character.

Cons – What I could do without

  • The trainers aren’t very welcoming, motivating or nice – but,  maybe they aren’t supposed to be.  The gym is called “Psycho” after all…
  • Some of the exercises are overly complicated (example: Turkish Get-ups) .  I found myself spending too much time trying to understand how to do the exercise rather than actually working the target muscle. As I say, “doin’ too much” SMH

Bottom Line – Dallas folks should definitely check it out!

  • Psycho Gym is a great change-up to your RESISTANCE TRAINING regimen.  Remember, resistance training is needed at least 2x week to develop and sustain recommended fitness levels.
  • CONSISTENT CARDIO workouts are still required at least 3x week!  It’s easy to be deceived by this workout because you will sweat a lot.  However, the primary focus is resistance training, so Psycho Gym CAN NOT be swapped in place of your cardio.
  • Because the workout is intense with lots of anaerobic drills and resistance training, it really tears your muscle fibers which will make you HUNGRY and SORE.  This is okay, but be sure to closely watch your calorie intake and avoid OVER EATING.  You also need lots of lean protein (Whey protein powder is also a good option) to RECOVER after this workout.

Here are few shots of me getting my “plank rows w/burpee” on this morn at 6am

EXTREME Bikini Body Workout

Rockin’ my bikini body at Monte Carlo Beach Club  (June 2012)

  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Calories Burned: 700 – 1,000
  • Focus: Maximum calorie burn, rectus abdominis (abs), quads and hamstrings (thighs)
  • Facts: Circuit training is the most effective way to get both cardiovascular and strength conditioning in your workouts.  The cardio segments blast calories while the resistance segments keep your body burning calories long after you finish working out.
  • Brit’s Commentary: Let’s face it, no matter your size or body composition, took look good in a bikini you need 3 things: 1) Flat tummy 2) Toned thighs and 3) most importantly SELF-CONFIDENCE.  I created this workout to give you just that.  It focuses on the abs, thighs and overall calorie burn to make you look lean from head to toe.  Since this workout is a DOOZY, simply getting through it will surely boost your self-confidence.  Try throwing this workout into your regimen once a week for that extra PUSH towards your ultimate beach body.  Enjoy 🙂