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NYC Fitness Tour: Best Fitness Studios in New York City

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Hey gang!  Last weekend I traveled to NYC to catch up on the latest happenings in the fitness studio world.  I took 9 classes in 3 days (thank God for Class Pass) and had an absolute blast.  I saved all of my snaps from the weekend so you can watch my story below!  Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @gritbybrit

Also below is a quick recap of my experience at each studio (in order of my preference) :

  1. Tone House – (Boot Camp / High Intensity Interval Training) Hands down my FAVORITE class of my trip.  I legitimately took a time warp back to my college basketball days and endured the most challenging “preseason condition workout” ever.  It was exhilarating!  I did things I didn’t think my body could still do: shuttle runs, sprints, walking lunges carrying sandbags over my head, football drills, burps, etc.  BUT the best part is that we did EVERYTHING as a TEAM and the coaches and my “teammates” were so positive encouraging during this 60-minute total body workout.
  2. NW Method by Nicole Winhoffer (Dance Cardio / Total Body Toning) Only one word can describe how I felt during and after this class… LIBERATED!  There’s something about the sexy, hip opening moves that Nicole Winhoffer creates that allowed me to express my emotions.  The room was warm and the toning moves were very challenging, but we did everything to the bet of the music and I felt left I was just “letting go” the entire class. Ia so liked that her dance choreography was very easy to follow (even for me who had never been there before).  At the end we learned some Hip Hop choreography and performed it a in groups.  The atmosphere was very safe, and very sexy.  I just felt so free.
  3. Dance Body – (Dance Cardio / Total Body Toning).  This was the most cardio intense dance workout I’ve ever taken!  We did burpees, leaps, ballerina hops and more.  I was so sweaty and my heart rate was sky-high.  I loved it.  Unlike most Zumba or Cardio Hip Hop classes I’ve taken, Dance Body seemed to incorporate more Ballet which I was though was super interesting and unique.  Between dances, we’d drop down into a plank and do core work or gab our mats and do some booty work.  This is a new concept and they don’t have a studio yet, so we just had class in a Dance Studio that I assume they rent by the hour.  even without all of the fancy studio decor, the was an amazing experience that I highly recommend.  They also stream classes online and I’m thinking about buying the online program so I can stay connected now that I’m back in Dallas.
  4. 305 Fitness – (Dance Cardio / Leg Toning) One of my all time favorites!  I haven’t taken a 305 class in 2 years, and let me tell you, this class is like a fin wine…better with time.  My instructor, Latoya just had so much swagger – I had a total girl crush on her.  I just wanna be cool like her.  The new Midtown studio is absolutely flawless with neon sign, crazy cool graffiti art, live DJ, self station and bright colors everywhere I loved the flashing club lights during the class and how everyone stayed in sync like a music video.  At the end of class, we grabbed dumbbells and did some leg strengthening WERK.  Overall = amazing!
  5. Swerve Fitness – (Indoor Cycling) – Yay for team games!  This was my first time to take a class at Swerve and it was so positive and fun.  They put us in teams at the beginning of class and throughout the ride we were competing based on our watts and on how well we could “serve to the beat.” I like the camaraderie, the music was on point and the studio decor was super-sleek with cool lighting and excellent amenities.  If I lived in NYC, Swerve would def be on my list of regularly frequented studios.
  6. Peloton – (Indoor Cycling) – The coolest cycling studio ever.  Can I just say that the Peloton bike is the BOMB-DOT-COM.  Aside from the fact that my class was being live streamed to hundreds of viewers riding in their own homes, this is the smoothest bike I’ve ever ridden.  I got a killer workout and seeing all of the precise metrics in real-time made me push myself. If I get rich anytime soon, I’m definitely buying a Peloton bike for my house 🙂
  7. AKT In Motion – (Dance Cardio / Leg Toning) – So I took an AKT class about 3 years ago and I was NOT impressed.  Back then, they didn’t have a downtown studio so the class was held inside a small dance studio inside of a daycare (yes…a daycare).  The instructor looked like she was wearing her PJ’s, there were 3 people in the class and the dances where very corny. This time = different story!  I went to the original Upper East Side studio, which is super cute (especially the disco ball that hangs in the middle of the studio).  The instructor was super friendly, fit and energetic.  Again, the class was small (only 5 of us).  But the dancers were awesome – we learned 2 long sequences and by the end of class I had them down.  The room was heated, so I worked up a good sweat, and nd at the end we did lots of total body toning work. I really loved the ab work we did using a foam roller – very unique.  AKT has definitely been redeemed in my book.
  8. Uplift Studios – (Total Body Strength + Cardio) This was a total girl power sweat sesh!  I love that it’s a women’s only gym and that we lifted heavy weights – yeah!  We did a lot of partner exercises and athletics drills.  We also moved to the beat of the music at times, which I love.  The studio is very small and can only hold about 10 girls, so the class was intimate and safe. During our class, some other ladies were having personal training sessions outside of the studio. Overall, I got a good workout and I like that you can cater the exercises to your own fitness level.  There were a variety of beginners and super fit athletes in the class and together, we all enjoyed a fun sweat session!  #girlpower
  9. Model Fit – (Total Body Toning) I tried to have an open mind with this class, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  So the Model Fit method is based on very slow, controlled movements with light weights.  The room was warm to help us break a sweat (although I didn’t).  And some of the moves were pretty unique and very original.  I just didn’t feel like a got a good workout in the class.  We didn’t move to the beat of the music and the energy level was very low.  I think this class is better for a beginners who are just starting their fitness journey or maybe someone who wants to do something active but doesn’t want work too hard.
  10. Cyc Fitness – (Indoor Cycling) Unfortunately, I got stuck in Midtown traffic after my AKT class on the UES and I arrived to Cyc like 10 minutes late and couldn’t get in.  I was so bummed.  BUT, I’m headed to Austin this weekend for a wedding and I plan to take a class at the Cyc studio there to make up for.  Let’s see if Cyc can bump up on my list after this weekend 🙂

And that’s a wrap gang!  Are there any studios that didn’t make my list that you love?  If so, let me know so I can check ’em out next time!  xoxo, Brit

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I loved that Nicole Winhoffer email us a group pic post class! ya for sweaty hair…don’t care!

GRIT Fitness SALE: 18 Classes for $85

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Hey y’all!  I hope your week is going well.  The weather is getting cooler and most people fall out of their fitness routine this time of year!  So that’s why my team and I at GRIT Fitness host our annual Fall N2 Fitness special offer + class challenge in the month of October.  If you live in Dallas, I would love for you to join the fun!

For only $85 you can take unlimited classes at BOTH grit fitness studios (East Dallas and Design District) for the entire month of October.  This usually costs $165!!!  It doesn’t get any better than this y’all 🙂  CLICK HERE to sign up!

PLUS during the month of October, you can also participate in our BLACKOUT class challenge.  It’s essentially a game of “GRIT Bingo” where you’re trying to black out the game card. We’ve spent a lot of time picking the classes on the card because we want you to get a solid balance of strength, cardio and flexibility exercise to stay in tip top shape this Fall.  Check it out!

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Not only do you get a great sense of personal pride for completing the challenge, but you also get the newest style GRIT tank top!  Keep in mind that GRIT tanks tops can’t be bought, they can only be EARNED!

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So what are you waiting for?  Quit contemplating and join the fun!  The #GRITFAM can’t wait to WERK it out with you!  xoxo, Brit

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GRIT Fitness Design District Preview Pass | 2 Weeks for $25

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Hey Gang!  I hope your week is going wonderfully!  As you can probably tell from my sporadic posting, I’ve been heads down in “start-up land” after the grand opening of my 2nd fitness studio, GRIT Fitness – Design District.  It’s a such a dream come true to see this 5,000 sqft facility be filled with positive vibes, loud music and lots of sweat!

I’m just wrapping up week 2 of operating and learning a lot!  Business expansion comes with lots of joy and also growing pains (I’ll write a full blog post on that later).  But today, I wanted to share a crazy-good deal that my team and I are offering: TWO WEEKS of GRIT for just $25!

Enjoy a special, limited-time offer to preview unlimited classes at our new Design District studio from June 20 – July 3. This offer is open to everyone, including current and former clients.

Link to purchase: tinyurl.com/hdmwxgv

This means all of the Dance Club Cardio, Jazz Funk, Turbo Kick, powerbelle, Body Sculpt, HIIT, Flexin’ Flow & REVOLUTION classes that you can handle. It’s also a great time to check out the awesome amenities including towel service, showers, changing rooms and WiFi lounge!

*Offer valid only during the dates above. Design District Studio only. No exceptions. No transfers.*

If you live in Dallas, I’d love to meet you and WERK you out!  Come join the par-tay and have an awesome day!  xoxo, Brit

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Dallas Dance Cardio Party!

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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 🙂

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#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!

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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

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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
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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

D Town Sweat: New Dallas Blog For All Things Fitness

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Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a wonderful week.  As a lover of all things fitness and all things Dallas, I was super excited to stumble upon a new Dallas blog providing objective, thorough reviews of the city’s hottest fitness studios and classes!  D Town Sweat launched only a month ago and has generated a huge following due to its honest studio reviews and thorough class assessments.  After a few hours of Instagram stalking, I found the voice behind the blog, Kate Putney.  This TCU grad is a management consultant by day and fitness blogger by night (AKA Girl BO$$) I met Kate last Saturday when she came to my studio and knocked out back-to-back workouts.  Check out her reviews of our Flexin’ Flow and Body Sculpt classes.  Afterwards Kate and I had coffee and I got to learn a little more about her fitness and blogging journey.  Here’s the scoop…

What motivated you to start D Town Sweat?
With shared studio memberships hitting the Dallas market, I’ve had a lot of friends recently incorporate a consistent fitness routine into their daily lives, and I’ve been so proud of them for making that commitment to better themselves. I’ve been a life-long runner, but I too started exploring Dallas studios, and often wondered what to expect when heading to a new class, or what else was out there in terms of yoga, cycling, strength etc. I tried to find a single location to read honest and thorough studio/class reviews, and while there are a few other bloggers that do an awesome job of blogging about fitness, I couldn’t find anything that was just Dallas fitness, and really honest and straight-forward. After a few weeks of searching around, I figured, why don’t I do it? I want to help connect people in Dallas to fitness that’s right for them, and I hope that D Town Sweat will be that resource.

Describe your fitness journey.
My fitness journey started with my mom. From the time I was a baby, I ran with my mom – first in a jogger, then next to her on a bike, and finally with her, starting in middle school. She always took time out of her day to focus on her health, and by prioritizing fitness, she engrained in me the importance of taking care of my body, no matter how busy life or work gets. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in high school, and my first full marathon at 24. I recently ran the Dallas Marathon, and soon after decided that it would be beneficial for my body to try to mix up my fitness routine, which is where D Town Sweat comes in.

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How do you define a “healthy lifestyle”?
A healthy lifestyle to me is a balance, and not just a balance of fitness and food. I think in order to truly be healthy, you also need family and friends, a community, faith, a work-life balance, adventure, and stability. Fitness and eating well are part of the overall picture, but if you workout and eat well, and live in isolation, or work yourself into the ground, you’re not living a healthy life.

What’s the most interesting/unique fitness class you’ve taken?
The fitness class that comes to mind as being one of the most unique is a Big Kahuna class I recently took at City Surf. A fitness class on a surfboard is most definitely unique, and surprisingly really hard! I would recommend it to anyone in Dallas who is looking to try something completely different! No prior-surfing skills required!

What do you love most about group fitness?
I love being able to turn my mind off completely, and let my body do all of the work. I spend lots of time in front of a computer, so letting my body have a chance to take over, and giving my brain a break is definitely one of my favorite things. The other thing that I love is that it’s an opportunity to spend time with friends. At least 50% of the classes that I attend are with friends, so it’s a fun way to spend time together and feel productive.

In your opinion, what 3 factors make the city of Dallas great?  

  1. It’s in Texas – After living elsewhere, and traveling far and wide, I feel strongly that there is no other state that has so much to offer.
  2. The People are great – I went to TCU for undergrad, so lots of my close friends landed in Dallas after graduating. Besides the people who I already knew when I moved here, people are just nice here.
  3. The Community – Between the cost of living and the job opportunities, I think that Dallas is one of the best places to be from a job perspective, which draws a lot of really great people into our city. As a result of the awesome people here, there are so many organizations doing really cool things to better North Texas, and the greater community. I’m proud to be in a place with so many good apples.

What does “grit” mean to you?
Grit means grinding through the tough stuff – working harder and smarter, even when it’s really rough, because you know the end result will be worth it.

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Kate Putney, Founder of D Town Sweat

I highly encourage you to add D Town Sweat to your RSS feed.  With new posts almost everyday, you don’t want to miss the latest trends in Dallas fitness!  You can follow D Town Seat on Instagram @dtownsweat or on Twitter @dtownsweat

Have a happy, sweaty, super day! xoxo, Brit