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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

5 FIERCE Thigh Workouts – Get Trim, Toned Thighs!

Hola friends!  How’s it going?  My Thursday is off to a good start.  I just finished teaching my back-to-back cycling classes at BEYOND Pedaling.  I have to teach one more class this evening, but until then I’m blogging and working at my fitness studio.

In honor of  “Throwback Thursday” I decided to share 5 of my favorite thigh workouts from the blog.  I designed these exercise routines over past 3 years and they each take a different approach to toning and strengthening the thighs.  Some use hand weights, some are body-weight only and others incorporate more endurance training.  Whatever your preference, I’ve got something for you.  But one thing is for sure, each workout is gritty and will give your thighs a good burn!

Each workout has instructions and photos to guide you through the moves.  If you have any questions, just post a comment below or shoot me an email to brit@gritbybrit.com.

Enjoy!  xoxo, Brit

5 FIERCE THIGH WORKOUTS

1. Thursday Thigh Burn Circuit

Body weight leg workout with endurance segments.  Feel the burn! (30 minutes)

2. 4 Effective Moves for Firm Thighs

Get ready to step and lunge your way to sexy sculpted thighs. (20 minutes)

3. 10 Minute Legs & Thighs Workout Video

Fun, efficient thigh workout that includes cardio intervals to get you sweating! (10 minutes)

4. Bye Bye Jiggly Thighs

Hardcore thigh workout with lots of reps to build strong, lean quads and hamstrings.  (30 minutes)

5. At Home Leg Tone: Get Killer Legs in Your Living Room

Home workout requiring no weights.  Fire up your legs without leaving your living room! (30-40 minutes)

 

Fitness Studio Review: The Barre Code Dallas, TX

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From left to right, my friends Ashley, Julie (instructor), me and Andria after our Brawl workout.  I was happy to rock my Fire Cracker capris from Lorna Jane!

Hey friends – happy workout Wednesday!  I hope your week is going well.  I’m working away at my new studio, Dallas Grit Fitness.  We are in full swing decorating and getting ready to welcome our fierce, fabulous instructors for orientation in 2 weeks.  I’m excited and honored to have the most energetic dancers, trainers and yoga instructors join my team!

In honor of workout Wednesday, I wanted to share some insights from my recent visit to The Barre Code Dallas, Design District.  Turns out The Barre Code Dallas Master Trainer, Julie, was actually the Group X Manager of 24 Hour Fitness who auditioned me for my very first fitness instructor position!  When I walked into the class and saw that she was teaching, I totally freaked out.  Such a small world!

While The Barre Code offers several barre formats my friends and I decided to try out the “Brawl” class because it seemed the most intense.  “Brawl, which has been recognized by SELF magazine as one of the best workouts in the country, is an intense class that combines cardio kickboxing sequences with strengthening work for the thighs and glutes.”  As a Turbo Kick fanatic, of course this is right yup my alley!

Here’s a quick run down of my experience…

  • The Class – Brawl is a 50 minutes, high intensity cardio kickboxing class.  We did the whole class in socks – no sneakers!  Fortunately the floors are a soft rubber that you can bounce on.  About half way through the class, we got down on the ground and did 10 minutes of core, thighs and booty toning exercises.  Then we ended class with one final cardio push and a cool down.
  • The Instructor – So I may be biased because I know Julie and personally like her style, but she was awesome!  I always appreciate fitness instructors who actually do the workout with the class and practice what they teach.  Julie rocked it out!
  • Music – We kicked, punched and jumped around to a mash-up of Top 40 music.  It was remixed into a continuous flow that synced well with the moves.  The sound system was great – I could feel the beat!
  • Who was there – Barre Code is a women’s only gym.  Most of the ladies in our class were in their 20’s and 30’s and all dressed in super cute activewear.
  • Loved – The high energy of the class.  We never stopped moving!
  • Hated – I didn’t bring a towel and had to creatively wipe my sweat on my clothes.
  • Final Verdict – After class I was drenched in sweat, my thighs were on fire and I had a smile on my face – the 3 signs of an effective workout!  I highly recommend.
My friend Ashley, invited us along for the day. She's a regular at The Barre Code

My friend Ashley, invited us along for the day. She’s a regular at The Barre Code

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Ladies checking in at the front desk for Brawl class!

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The studio was perfectly accented with thematic fitness equipment – gotta love pink kettle bells 🙂

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Afterwards we were sweaty and tired so we treated ourselves to a yummy dinner at Ascension

10 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job: How I took a leap of faith to start my own business

Hey gang.  As many of you already know, I recently quit my consulting career to open my own fitness studio, Dallas GRIT Fitness (my dream come true)!  My double duty life is officially over.  No more weekly travel, no more day-to-day interaction with corporate clients, no more expense  account, no more health insurance (yikes).  I’m terrified.  I’m exhilarated!

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Over the past 4 years I’ve served over 10 corporate clients, worked for 2 large consulting firms and traveled over 600,000 airline miles. My bittersweet departure from corporate America has come – here’s to the next chapter!

To clarify, this was not a knee-jerk decision. I’ve been praying and preparing for this moment for 2 years. I don’t know if everything will work out. I may fall flat on my face. Nonetheless, I feel confident about my transition thanks to the wise insights from friends, family and mentors. In the spirit of sharing these wonderful words of wisdom, I summarized these insights into 10 questions and my associated reflections.

10 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job

1. What do I dislike about my current job?  

Job dissatisfaction tends to fall in 1 of 2 camps:

  1. “I dislike my job because it’s hard”
  2. “I dislike my job because I don’t care about what I’m doing.”

If you fall in the latter camp, this may signal that you should change career paths.

Hardships and challenges are actually good. They build grit and help us achieve long-term goals.  I highly discourage quitting your job because it’s hard or because you have to work with difficult people.  These are temporary situations and you can control how you handle them.  But if you don’t care about what you’re doing, it’s difficult to be passionate about your work.

This Summer I got to hear Jillian Michaels speak at fitness conference and she said, “Work with passion is purpose, work without passion is punishment.”  When we lack passion, we lack energy.  And we need energy and enthusiasm to be our best selves.

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2. Am I emotionally stable?

My dad always told me to never send an email when I’m angry and to never make a decision in a valley.  Likewise, it’s probably not a good idea to quit your job if you’re in the midst of tough life experience.  I considered quitting earlier this year when I had to work with a leader that I simply did not like.  At times I was so angry and frustrated I just wanted to throw in the towel.  But now I’m glad that I toughed it out because I was able to reach my savings goals and leave my firm on good terms with a positive reputation.

3. What energizes me?

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t dislike my consulting career.  In fact I LOVED my job the first 2 years.  However, once I started teaching group fitness, I realized that I had an excitement about leading workouts that I simply didn’t have in consulting.  I can vividly remember auditioning for my first group fitness instructor position.   I was more nervous for that audition than I had ever been for any corporate client engagement.  I practiced for an entire week and even had my mom come over and watch me do mock auditions in my living room. I initially chalked up my nerves to being out of my element.  But the more I taught group fitness classes, I noticed that I spent hours and hours making the “perfect playlist” and brainstorming ways to energize my class.  I never put that much voluntary effort into my consulting work.  This was that proof that my energy came from my fitness career not my consulting career.  I’m learning to lean into the things that energize me and I encourage you to do the same.

4.  What is my gift?

I love this quote from Pablo Picasso, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” I believe that our “gift” is any talent/skill that we can share with others to help them live life more abundantly.  It’s often something that we are both naturally good at and enjoy doing. Often, you can discover you gift by answering question 3 – find what energizes you!

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5. Do I have a vision for my future?

After I started teaching group fitness I knew I wanted to start a fitness business, but I didn’t know what it would look like. It took me 3 years to develop a vision for my fitness studio.  Without a vision, it’s hard to prepare.   Go ahead and ask yourself the fundamental questions of any new venture: What is my core product or service? Who is my target customer?  Who are my competitors? What is my differentiator?  What are the industry dynamics and trends?

6. Have I identified my “Champion Friends”?

When contemplating the “big corporate jump” it’s critical to have a solid support group.  It’s equally important to avoid negative influences.  Overall I’ve found that people fall into 3 camps:

  1. Champion Friends – This is your core support group.  Champion friends will support you, love you and encourage you regardless.  My champion friends each supported me in their own unique way: my friend from business school (cheerleader), my pastor (spiritual advisor) and my parents (risk managers). It’s a good idea to identify a core group of champion friends and stay closely connected with them during your transition.
  2. Hesitant Friends – These are good friends, however seeing you prepare to take a leap of faith strikes a chord within them.  The reason is that deep down they also want to make a leap but haven’t or won’t for whatever reason.  Be careful with this group, they may unintentionally discourage you.
  3. Haters – These folks aren’t happy with their own lives, so they can’t be happy for anyone else.  Just disregard the negativity and spend more time with your champion friends.
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Photo Credit: NY Magazine

7. Have I prepared and executed an action plan?

In preparation for my departure from corporate America, I literally created an Excel spreadsheet containing “Action Items Before My Last Day.” I included start and end dates for each action and closely tracked my progress. My action plan included things like: meet with a career coach, attend a fitness conference, secure a personal line of credit, research health insurance options, create a financial business plan, etc. I told myself I couldn’t quit my job until the action plan was 100% complete. I highly recommend you make an action plan.  It served me well.

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8. How much money do I need to save?

After chatting with some trusted advisors, I decided that I needed to save enough money to cover my living expenses for 6 months.  I don’t think this is a hard and fast rule, but I highly recommend saving enough money to cover your living expenses for a few months + additional funds to invest in your business.  At first I blurred the two funds, which made me think I was in better financial shape than I really was.  I was better off setting a personal savings goal in addition to a business investment goal and making the sum of these two figures my overall savings target.

9. When is the right time to transition?

Don’t even think about jumping ship until you’ve completed your action plan and met your savings goal.  That’s step one.  After you’ve reached that point, it’s just a matter of trusting your gut.  There was a very specific time when I knew deep in soul that if I didn’t leave immediately, a part of me would die.  The part of me that’s super energetic, vibrant and excited about life would die and I would just be a person who wakes up each morning and goes through the motions. I responded to that gut reaction and gave my 2 weeks notice the very next day.

10. Do I truly believe in myself?

We are so much stronger than we think and we possess more power than we assume.  I always say this in regards to fitness but this truth transcends to all aspects of life, including our careers.  If you’re going to take the leap of faith to start your own business, you must be confident and you must BELIEVE in yourself!  There will be ups and downs and many obstacles on your new journey, but when you work hard, serve others and pursue your passion, the reward will be great!

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Wishing you all the best and lots of success.

Show your grit! Luv, Brit

Will the #SELFMade women please stand up?

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Great news friends!  I’ve been invited to be an official member of SELF magazine’s #SELFMade Blogger Collective.  Hard work certainly pays off.  Now you can read some of my super special blog posts on self.com – yay!  There are several other fabulous women who have joined the movement, including #SELFmade celebs like Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Allyson Felix!  I screen shotted a pic from Jessica Alba’s Instagram (below)

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I’m #SELFMade because for the past 3 years I’ve been juggling a full-time consulting career, teaching group fitness classes and blogging.  There were many days I reached absolute exhaustion and wanted to quit everything, but I’m glad I stuck it out.  Hearing your success stories and knowing that I can make a positive difference in the lives of others makes everything worthwhile.

From your comments and emails, I KNOW that you’re #SELFmade too.  Thanks for sharing your gritty stories and continuing to work hard to make your dreams come true.  Join the #SELFmade movement by sharing how you’re #SELFMade on Instagram.  You can even be entered to win a trip to Hawaii from SELF Magazine! Visit their Instagram profile @SELFMagazine for more details.

Stay #SELFmade! Luv, Brit