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GRIT by Brit Mobile App Launch

Hey friends!  I’m so excited to announce the launch of my official mobile app – YAY!  Now you can have me in your pocket, literally, with on-the-go workouts and daily inspiration.

Since I opened my boutique fitness studios, GRIT Fitness, I haven’t blogged as much as I once did 🙁  So I was determined to find a creative way to:

  1. Stay connected with my beloved blog followers who live all over the world
  2. Provide home workouts and inspiration to my GRIT Fitness members who live Dallas (so they can sweat when they can’t make it to the studio)

Over the past several months I’ve been working diligently to create the content, test the functionality and execute all of the small details required to develop my very first mobile app!  I think this is a first step to something HUGE!  It’s been such a challenging and engaging experience, much like 4 years ago when I created my first workout DVD (remember that?!)  I’ve really enjoyed the process as it’s truly a labor of love.  I hope you love the app as much as I do.

Throwback! Launching the GRIT by Brit Workout DVD in 2013

So now you’re probably wondering, what’s in the app?  Well here’s a run down:

  • My personal  21-Day Fitness challenge complete with workout calendar and nutrition tips
  • Several on-the-go workouts categorized by focus (arms, legs, abs, cardio, etc)
  • On demand workout videos featuring my original workouts
  • Inspirational pep talk videos from yours truly!

GRIT by Brit Mobile App Coming Soon!

Because I’m so excited about this new creation, I’m making it FREE to EVERYONE for one day only – August 21, 2017.  Once you download it, you have it FOREVER – so I suggest you save the date and get ready to download.

To download the app, just got to the app store and search “GRIT by Brit” – the app will be available on both iOS and Android.

Thanks so much for your continued support.  Get ready to get GRITTY!

xo,

Brit

 

WHAT SHE SAID CONFERENCE | Dallas, TX

I’m so excited to announce that my company, GRIT Fitness, is partnering with W Dallas Hotel to host the first WHAT SHE SAID women’s empowerment conference in Dallas. WHAT SHE SAID is a new global speaker series featuring inspirational women from the worlds of fashion, fitness, music, tech, media and more. W is giving these incredible women at the top of their game a platform to share their personal stories at W Hotels around the world, inviting attendees to mix, mingle in true W style, over cocktails and incredible music!

I’ve partnered with the W Dallas – Victory for several fitness / social events over the past 4 years including Cardio and Cocktails and Flexin’ Flow on the WETDECK!  I love the hip, creative vibe of the hotel so I though it would be the perfect location to host a women’s conference!  I mean look at this ah-mazing conference space!  AND we got some awesome local, #GIRLBOSS interior designers to decorate the panels with super chic styles.

Main Conference Room – Great Room Meeting

Breakout – Industry Classroom

Over 80% of the speakers are members of the #GRITFAM (GRIT Fitness community).   I had strong passion to host a conference this year because I want young ladies to connect outside of the gym and have “real talk” about turning their passions into action.  This event is not limited to GRIT members ALL ARE WELCOME and we hope you decide to join the fun!  Here are the details…

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, February 24 – GRIT Fitness Design District

5-8PM Dance Cardio Party and Networking Reception presented by Tory Sport and Dulce Vida Tequila

 

Saturday, February 25 – W Dallas Victory

9AM     Check in, coffee and breakfast bites served

10AM   Side Hustle to CEO, Brit Rettig, founder of GRIT Fitness

11AM   Goal Setting for Success, Boss Women Who Brunch

12PM   Lunch, Expo of local #GIRLBOSS vendors

12:30 – 3:30PM Breakout Sessions

Time to Get Your Money RightAction-planning workshop for getting out of debt

Look Good, Feel Good

Fitness, nutrition and health “real talk” for looking and feeling your best

Winning in the Workplace

A GRIT girl’s guide to getting ahead in corporate environments

Creativity to Cashflow

Turning your creative passion into a money-making machine

Succeeding at Start-Ups

What it takes to lead and work at the world’s leading startup companies

3:30PM            Closing happy hour with live DJ and cocktails

Speakers: Amber LaFrance, Co-Founder/Owner of Culture-Hype PR and Owner of DFW Style Daily; Molly Mathias, Founder of MM Vintage; Leah Frazier, Founder of Diamond Icon and Blogger at BeautyforAshes; Lindsey Kilbride, VP of Sales for Trunk Club; Rachel Kuhr, Founder of Productable.Us and former Innovation Lead for Mark Cuban Companies; Lakshmi Shenoy, VP of Strategy and Business Development for 1871 Chicago; Danielle Moye, Pediatric Cardiologist at UT Southwestern; Megan Lyons, Founder of The Lyons’ Share Wellness; Erika Elmore, Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley; Brittany Madrid, “Living Well” host as seen on WFAA; Liz Stanley, Founder and Blogger for Oh Hey Dallas and model; NaTarra Allen, Personal Trainer at Equinox; Courtney Sanders, Founder of Think & Grow Chick, LLC; Emily Hsieh, CFA, CFP® and Founder of Narrative Financial; Annabel Williams, Regional Sales Director for AIG; Ashley Fincher, VP and Legal Counsel for Comerica Bank; Brittani Rettig, Founder of GRIT Fitness; Yasmeen Tadia, Founder of Fluff Pop and Make Your Life Sweeter Brands; Alison Magdstadt, Marketing Director for Neiman Marcus; Marty McDonald and Ashley Cash, Co-Founders of Boss Women Who Brunch

General admission tickets are $99 and VIP tickets can be purchased for $149 at whatshesaiddallas.eventbrite.com

For a full list of events and featured speakers, visit dallasgritfitness.com/what-she-said.

For questions, email dallasgritfitness@gmail.com

About GRIT Fitness

GRIT Fitness, founded in January 2015 by Brittani Rettig, brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing energetic group classes in a community-focused environment. A carefully curated and enthusiastic staff of instructors teach over 60 classes each week at two studios, ranging from dance and kickboxing to high-intensity interval training, toning and cycling.

About W Dallas Hotel and WHAT SHE SAID

Since its inception, W Hotels has always worked with female icons in fashion, music, design and fitness to enrich the travel experience and provide a platform for emerging visionaries. To take that further, WHAT SHE SAID is a global speaker series hosted by W featuring women across these fields, sharing their stories, and providing opportunities to mix, mingle and network. Previous speakers have included Rachel Zoe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Who What Wear, WNBA, etc. Because everything is bigger in Texas, W Dallas – Victory in partnership with GRIT Fitness is turning WHAT SHE SAID into a two-day women’s empowerment conference! The conference will be a day and a half chalk full of robust curriculum for our local female entrepreneurs and girl bosses. We’re talking about all things fitness, personal finances, kicking A in your career and discovering your passions and purpose! We’ll be bringing in Dallas’ most influential women to inspire and motivate the next generation of female entrepreneurs – AKA YOU, girlfriend! Join us and get ready to connect, ignite your creativity and take your passions and turn them into actions.

 

WHAT SHE SAID – DALLAS | SUPPORTERS & EXHIBITORS

Blushington
DFW Beauty Guide
Dry Sparkling
Dulce Vida Tequila
Ellevate Network – Dallas
Glamsicle
Harper & Tucker
Jess Peterson – Indpendent Consultant for Rodan + Fields
Joiya Johnson – Business & Accounting Services
Kendra Scott
Krave jerky
Ladonna Stein
Lemonade by Lauren
Lexie Faucher Photography
Nike
Nikkie Smith Designs
NOH8
Peechy Keen Studio
Read Between the Lines
Rose Pearson – Executive Consultant for Rodan+Fields
Simply Elegant
Socialite Pink
Sparkling ICE
Sugar Bear Hair
Sugarfina
The Cookie Cheff
The Iman Project + Lavender & Mint
The Lyons’ Share Wellness
Tory Sport, NorthPark
Trunk Club
Whitness Nutrition

Momentum Matters: 5 Steps For Starting A New Business

The number on question people ask me about my experience as entrepreneur is “How did you get started?” then there are a bunch of follow-up questions like …”Did you have a clear vision?”   “Did you have a business plan?”  “Did you have investors?”   And the answers are No, No and No.  I’m a big believer in the power of momentum…..once you get moving in a direction that energizes you, it’s hard stop.  And while you’re moving forward, you start attracting amazing opportunities. Or at least this was the case for me. Let me shed some light on what I believe to be the 5 key steps for bringing a business idea to life.  (Warning:  None of the steps require writing a business plan.)

So a little bit of background,  I was a pretty risk averse person and I played it by the book throughout my 20’s… graduated from college, spent two years in HR at Texas Instruments, earned an MBA, then joined a Big 4 consulting firm.  Overall life was good, but deep down I knew something was missing. While I was grateful for the stable salary, opportunity to travel and exposure to complex corporate challenges, something inside of me was not satisfied.  I’ve never considered myself a “creative” person, but I had a deep desire to “make new stuff” and lead people and feel excited about my work, and I wasn’t getting that.  During that time, I was also struggling with my weight as I had to travel to a different state or country every week, Monday through Thursday.  So eating healthy was a challenge.  I started taking Turbo Kick classes at 24 Hour Fitness and they were so freakin’ fun!  I got really into it, loved the way I felt after class, and thought it would be fun to sign up for instructor training just so I could get better at the moves.  So one weekend, I paid the $189 fee and spent a Saturday learning how to teach Turbo Kick class (the best decision of my life).  And this leads me to STEP #1: Follow what energizes you.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would ever start a fitness company.  After all, I was chunky kid and my childhood dream was to be a talk show host.  BUT, I really enjoyed these group fitness classes.  They were a hobby.  They were challenging.  They excited me and I didn’t mind working really hard and really long to get good at them.  I love this quote form Mark Cuban, “If you really want to know where your destiny lies, look at where you apply your time.”  I realized I was spending more of my free time planning workouts rather than working on client decks….very telling.  At that point, I knew I wanted to start some sort of fitness venture, but I didn’t know what it would look like.

2012, Selfie after teaching my 1st Turbo Kick class at 24 Hour Fitness

While, discovering something that energizes you is super exciting, it still takes lots of  hours to develop the craft and become great at it. As a former collegiate athlete this principle is engrained in me and I know that I have to practice a ton if I want to be great at anything. If I was serious about starting a fitness company, I was going to have to develop a rigorous routine to develop the skills required to do so.  STEP #2: Start Developing The Skills You Need To Succeed.  At that point I got a part-time job (side hustle) at 24 Hour Fitness teaching at least 1 class per week.  I knew I couldn’t start a group fitness company unless I was a badass fitness instructor.   I also started this blog because I knew that I needed to develop some marketing skills (of which I had none).  Blogging gave me hands on experience with social media and free marking tools.  It also gave me a therapeutic outlet to share my story in a very authentic way.  Blogging changed my life.  For realz.  For 2 years I maintained the side hustle of teaching fitness classes and blogging, in addition to working full time in management consulting.  Yes, I was tired.  Yes, I had a lot to juggle.  But my side hustle pumped me up so much that I didn’t mind staying up late and working all weekend to keep my blog updated and prep for fitness classes.  The skills I developed during this time prepared me to excel in leading my business, before I even started my business.

2012, After starting my blog, I got some “professional” fitness pics taken at JC Penny! (wow Brit)

So now I was rolling!  During this time, my blog was growing and getting recognition from PopSugar and Greatist.  My classes at 24 Hour Fitness were packed.  I was feelin’ myself!  BUT, I wasn’t making any “real money”… I had a hobby… I didn’t have a business…  I wanted to start a business so I could work in fitness full-time and quit my “real job!”  But I had a ton of business ideas and was feeling overwhelmed.  From apps, to class formats, to video series – ah!!!!!  Many of you can probably relate with me at this point… so you have a “passion” or a business idea or an interest in something but you don’t know what to do with it.  You spend countless hours discussing it with our friends, journaling, thinking about everything that could go wrong, etc.  Then you get overwhelmed with all of these thoughts and say, “screw it” someone else is probably already working on this and 5 steps ahead of me.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  This was me.  But the best thing you can do at this point, is JUST MAKE SOMETHING ALREADY  (STEP 3).  I made workout DVD (GRIT Ultimate Body Burn).  There’s so much power in simply keeping the ball rolling.  Your product or service doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to reflect you!  AND you need the experience of creating something from nothing.  Creating my workout DVD gave me a new level of confidence that I could take and idea and bring it life.  It also polished my project management skills and collaboration skills.  And it was just fun.  So if you’re mulling around in the “idea phase” stop thinking and start doing!

Once you’ve created something, you’ve got to find like-minded people who LOVE IT!  Notice I didn’t say you need spend tons of money on mass marketing.  That’s not a good look.  You just need to find people who are already on board with what you’re doing and educate them! Remember, momentum is everything!  Give them free samples, throw a party and buy their drinks share your story with them. STEP 4: Find Your Tribe and Energize Them!  A highly engaged tribe of people who love your product/service are the most valuable asset your business will ever have.  During my 2 years of side hustlin’,  I was teaching FREE classes at the W Hotel every single weekend.  I would post free workouts on my blog every single week.  I was energizing and investing in my tribe. If you show people that you genuinely love them and are passionate and committed to a common purpose,  they will be your biggest advocates and all of the marketing you need. Find the RIGHT people, love them and keep them excited!

Now that you’ve got ball rolling, just keep it rolling!  Once you stop, it’s so much harder to restart.  STEP 5: Never quit, never ever give up. Sure there are obstacles and setbacks and bad days, but hopefully you absolutely love what you’re doing and you’re enjoying the process.  I’m a big believer that if you’re  committed to a positive cause, consistently improving and growing and strengthening your tribe, your business simply CANNOT fail.  It’s actually impossible….as long as you don’t quit!  The opportunity to open the first GRIT Fitness studio literally fell in my lap.  A student in my Turbo Kick class at 24 Hour Fitness has a son who was looking for someone to share his commercial space in Downtown Dallas to run fitness classes.  Seriously?!?!  GRIT Fitness was developed out of a side-hustle, a 30 minute workout DVD and this blog.  But the energy and momentum from years of smaller efforts are what has grown us to a business led by 50 fabulous women serving over 3,000 clients. Never underestimate the magic of simply moving forward.

GRIT Fitness #DREAMTEAM at our 2016 Holiday Party

Time Management Tips to Slay your Goals

Hey friends!  As I mentioned in my last post,  I’m making a personal commitment to post at least 1x per week in 2017.  Man….I tell you what….it’s harder than I thought.  I know I have to set aside designated “blogging time” to reestablish the discipline and rigor I once had around writing.  That’s why I love the quote above so much…it’s so true!  If I don’t plan, I’m essentially “planning” to not achieve my goal.

As small business owner, efficient time management is critical for survival because I have limited resources and am consistently forced to do more with less.  So I thought “Time Management” would be the perfect topic for this blog post.  Now  I’m not the most detailed nor the most talented person, but when comes to getting sh*t done, I don’t mind tooting my own horn.  People ask me all of the time, “How do you do it?”  And the short answer is, I’m NOT a perfectionist.  I prioritize the most  critical tasks required to achieve my BIG goals.  And I plan everything!  I actually have some strategy around how I plan my week and how I think about each day as an input into the greater whole.   I also operate under the core belief that DONE is always better thanks PERFECT, thus I’m not a perfectionist.

Below is my personal 5 step approach for strategizing and managing my time.  Now, most people probably have a day planner and they just pencil in everything that pops up on their “to-do” list.  Not my style.  I create strategy for my entire week and then slot my activities into my “ideal outline.”  Let’s dive a little deeper…

Brit’s Weekly Time Strategy for 2017

STEP 1: CREATE AN OUTLINE OF YOUR ENTIRE WEEK BY FIRST BLOCKING OUT THE NON-NEGOTIABLE TIME

As you can see above, I think about my week as a whole, and set aside designated time to work on the things most critical for achieving my BIG life goals. In doing so, I essentially have a “template” for my day planner and give myself structure so that I’m in control of my time, and random stuff that pops up can’t control me!

Obviously, I have to be physically present at work at certain times, so I block this time in green.  For me this is when I’m physically teaching classes.  So step 1 for you, think about your entire week and block out the time that is totally non-negotiable for your livelihood (i.e. weekly work and family commitments)

STEP 2: EVALUATE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS AND BLOCK TIME TO WORK ON THEM

Then I review my list of goals for the year and think about what specific actions are required to make them come to life.  For example,  I want to continue to grow my business and innovate new services for our clients.  So, I have to block a few hours on my weekly calendar for “Standardization” and “Innovation.”  During these time blocks I document our business processes, develop training manuals, create new class formats and work on strategic brand partnerships.  Notice that nobody is “making” me do these things, but I have to make a personal commitment to myself to work on these things.  Otherwise, 6 months will pass and I realize that I’ve made no progress.

Me with my 2017 goals in hand!

Another example is time for my relationships.  On my 2017 goals, I stated that I want to continuously strengthen my relationships with my friends, family and myself. So I block out time on my weekly template to hang out with besties, to catch up with family and to just be alone and read, work on my personal development and quite simply enjoy my own company.

I can go on and on, but I think you get the point.  Step 2 – evaluate your goals and dedicate time each week to work on them in bite size chunks.

STEP 3: PLAN TO PLAN

Weird, I know.  But the reality is,  I allocate time in my weekly calendar to plan the next week!  That’s right…I plan to plan.  So for me, on Sunday evenings I plan all of the choreography and playlists for my fitness classes the upcoming week, I plan my meals and my personal workouts.   I also plan “free time” which allows me to handle random events in a structured, efficient way.

STEP 4: FILL OUT YOUR DAY PLANNER WITH SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES ALIGNED WITH YOUR OVERALL WEEKLY TIME STRATEGY

This part is fun.  During my “planning time” each week I physically update my planner for the week ahead.  As you can see above, my day planner aligns with my overall weekly strategy.  I force myself to work on the things only during their designated time slots.  This prevents me from getting distracted and makes my life easier because each day I simply wake up and follow the plan for the day.

STEP 5: TREASURE YOUR TIME

You owe it to yourself to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams, and the only way to make that possible is to spend time working on your goals every single week.  That means when people or outside commitments try throw something on your schedule, tell them  that that you can get to it during your “free time” not during the time you’ve designated for working on your goals, your full-time job or other critical activities.

Well, that wraps it up.  My 5 step time management approach for slaying your goals.  Do you have any additional tips for making every minute count?  If so, I’d love to hear them!  Have a wonderful week and I’ll be back with more life and business hacks next week.  xoxo, Brit

Holiday Travel Workout – 20 Minute Circuit

 

 

Beachin' in St. Pete!

Beachin’ in St. Pete!

Hello from sunny St. Petersburg Florida!  I’m enjoying an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday vacation with my family – lots of college basketball, fun in the sun, beach time and good meals.  That said, I’m doing my very best to squeeze in at least a 20 minute workout every morning so that I’m not sucking air when I get back to GRIT Fitness next week.

holiday-travel

Above is the 20 minute workout I did yesterday on the stairs outside of my hotel.  Remember, you don’t fancy equipment or a gym to get an effective (and fun) workout in.  You just need energy, passion and a positive attitude….like with all things in life 🙂  Below is a peek at my post-workout SnapChat.  (I was clearly feeling the burn)  Enjoy!  xoxo, Brit

GRIT #GIRLBOSS Pop Up Shop

girlboss

Please join me and my team at GRIT Fitness on Saturday, Dec. 10th from 9am-12pm for our 2nd annual Girl Boss Pop Up Shop! We are passionate about supporting women in business and want to create a postive, energetic enviroment for women owned businesses to show off and sell their products and services.

You can enjoy awesome holiday shopping and fun sweat sessions! We’ll offer 2 complimentary community classes:
– 9:00am Dance Club Cardio w/ Jackie
– 10:30am Body Sculpt w/ Brit (yours truly)

Here’s the link to get details and RSVP on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/214011032356181/

ATTENTION VENDORS: Email dallasgritfitness@gmail.com to register. Vendor registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $25 per vendor table. You can purchase the vendor registration here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=194656&stype=43&prodGroupId=10179

We have space to host up to 20 vendors.

Start Up Yoga with GRIT Fitness #TechweekDFW

free-yoga-djwed-nov-2-7amthe-bomb-factory

Hey Friends!  I’m so excited to share some awesome news.  Next week my team from GRIT Fitness and I will partner with Techweek Dallas to lead an awesome “Start Up Yoga” party at Dallas’ famous concert venue, The Bomb Factory!

Join me in partnership with #TechweekDFW for a morning Flexin’ Flow (yoga workout) energized with live beats by DJ Lucius and healthy post-class sips and bites. I’m so pumped to lead lead the class along with my dream team of instuctors! Come ready to flow, dance and network with Dallas’ brightest entrepreners and tech enthusiasts. It’s a gonna be a great workout and an awesome party – I hope you can make it!  xoxo, Brit

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017

TIME:
7:00am Flexin’ Flow class
8:00am Networking party with healthy sips and bites

LOCATION:
The Bomb Factory | Deep Ellum
2713 Canton St. Dallas, TX

DETAILS:
Bring a yoga mat and sneakers. Flexin’ Flow (AKA Grit Yoga) is GRIT Fitness’ signature power yoga class designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance. Enjoy the unique combination of vinyasa power yoga sequences, core stability exercises, leg toning circuits and intensity intervals all while jammin’ to upbeat music!  Here’s a short video to give you some insight into a Flexin’ Flow class…

GRIT FLEXIN’ FLOW™ from Brittani Rettig on Vimeo.

ATTIRE:
Athleisure 🙂

REGISTRATION:
FREE tickets are available at http://techweek.com/dallas-tickets/

(purchase the “Explorer” pass for FREE admission)

Techweek IN SHORT:

Techweek is a travelling technology and innovation festival started 5 years ago, now in 8 cities across North America. Techweek Dallas will showcase the best people, ideas and innovation in Dallas and fill feature live music, the best of Dallas Tech, a start-up pitch competition,  great speakers discussing disruptive trends and breaking news, networking… and parties!

Like Dallas itself, Techweek Dallas will be unique – featuring: 3 full concert nights with world famous artists like Matt and Kim, The Neighbourhood and others. Techweek Dallas 2016 will be throughout the week, in multiple locations – featuring some of the undiscovered creative spaces of Dallas, but centered mostly in the world-famous Bomb Factory event space.