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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?

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



If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again

Good morning friends!  I hope you’re ready to kick-start an amazing week.  This weekend I enjoyed not 1, not 2 but 3 fabulous holiday parties and today I’m in major need of a sweat session to burn off holiday cookies and champagne (sooooooo good!)

I wanted to share update with you that I hope gives you hope and encouragement.  If you recall,  a few weeks ago I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I didn’t win.  (You can read my recap here).  I expressed my disappointment, but resolved to keep pushing forward to make the vision of my business come to life.

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Me making my pitch (once again) at the InnovateHER pitch competition in Dallas, TX

Well…today I’m happy to announce that I recently competed in another local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I won 1st place!  This means that my business pitch will be submitted to Washington, DC for the national competition after all.  I’m overjoyed and feeling proud of myself for not giving up after my setback.  I’ll be honest, I had to give myself a major pep talk to go at it again after losing the week before.  But I figured I had nothing to lose but my pride.  It was worth it!

As icing on the cake I connected with a fabulous group of Dallas women entrepreneurs.  We’ve already hung out since the competition and I invited them to come represent their brands at the  #GIRLBOSS women-owned business showcase to take place at my fitness studio this Saturday!

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Me with the judges and fellow contestants in the Dallas, TX InnovateHER pitch contest – November 2015

My ultimate mission with the GRIT by Brit blog and the GRIT Fitness studio is help others develop the mental grit needed to best their lives.  Each day I have to practice perseverance to make it a habit.  It’s not easy, but I believe we can train ourselves to be “gritty.”  By choosing not to quit in the business plan competitions,  I’ll more readily persevere through the next challenge I face.

That said, I don’t believe failure is anybody’s destiny.  Life if too good for that 🙂

xoxo,Brit


#LUKESGRIT Challenge – Complimentary Fitness Classes in Dallas this Holiday Season!

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Hey Hey friends!  I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday and ate lots of yummy food that you love 🙂   No need to feel guilty for indulging because I have five, free, super-fun workouts in store for you this holiday season.  If you live in Dallas, come join me and my friends from Luke’s Locker for the #LUKESGRIT Challenge!  Me and 3 instructors from my studio will teach a sweaty series of high energy, motivating classes during the month of December.

The #LUKESGRIT challenge aims to provide a fun environment that encourages women to stay active during the holiday season. Generous prizes from Luke’s Locker will be awarded to those who complete 3 or more community classes in the month of December.

The challenge begins this Sunday, Dec. 6th with a kick off “GRIT mash up” class and shopping event at Luke’s Locker – Mockingbird, Dallas, TX. Each week following, members of the Dallas community can participate in a complimentary community workout at the GRIT Fitness studio located at 3821 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.

KICK OFF DETAILS

  • Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: Luke’s Locker 3046 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
  • Cost: Free & open to the Dallas community
  • Details: Enjoy a 1-hour “mash up” workout led by GRIT Fitness instructors, followed by refreshments and shopping. The kick-off class will consist of Dance Cardio, Body Sculpting and Cardio Kick Boxing. Space is limited – class participants must register online!

SIGN UP FOR COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES

  • Kick Off – GRIT Mash Up Workout  12/6, 10:00am at Luke’s Locker – Mockingbird, Dallas, TX
  • Class 1 – Dance Club Cardio, 12/9, 7:30pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 2 – Turbo Kick, 12/16, 6:30pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 3 – GRIT HIIT, 12/23, 6:00pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 4 – Body Sculpt Express, 12/30, 5:15pm at GRIT FITNESS

You can visit the GRIT Fitness website to read the description of each class format.  I hope to see you there!  xoxo, Brit