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Spring Shape Up Circuit: Running & Strength Interval Workout

Hello friends!  Spring has officially sprung here in Dallas, TX.  We enjoyed a gorgeous weekend of sunshine and 75 degree weather.  Some of my friends even enjoyed time by the pool.  I’m so glad that Winter is over and cannot wait to spend more time outside, especially partaking in outdoor workouts.  This week I plan to hit up the Katy Trail and knock out this running and strength training circuit.  I made the perfect 40 minute playlist to energize my sweat session – you should too!

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In addition, my friends from Studio Hop and Lorna Jane NorthPark and I just finished planning the premier fitness event of the season!  We are hosting a free outdoor workout at NorthPark center on Saturday, April 11th at 10:30am.  If you live in Dallas, you should DEFINITELY join the party!  There will be a lot of sweat, a lot of shopping and a lot of smiles!  What’s not to like?  So grab your yoga mat and a friend and join the party.  CLICK HERE to RSVP at the Facebook event page.

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Spring into shape!  xoxo, Brit

Tread & Train: 45 Minute Treadmill + Resistance Training Workout

Hey guys!  Happy Workout Wednesday.  So lately I’ve been teaching a new group fitness format called Tread & Train and I love it!  Here’s the workout the that I led yesterday for the employees at Fossil Corporate HQ here in Dallas.  The total workout is only 45 minutes and it’s INTENSE!

So the way it works is that you do a set of speed intervals on the treadmill followed by an upper body resistance training circuit off of the treadmill.  Then, get back on the treadmill and do a set of incline intervals followed by a final set of lower body resistance training off of the treadmill.

This is a wonderful, efficient way burn off extra calories from your holiday parties.  It’s a also a nice way to shock your body because of the cross training and interval work.  Be sure to wear a pair of high quality running shoes to protect your knees during the run.  Also, you will need a pair of medium (5-10 pound) dumbbells to complete the resistance training parts of the workout.

If you have any questions, just post a comment below or shoot me an email to brit@gritbybrit.com.  Okay, I’m off to spin class – ttyl! xoxo, Brit

1 min warm up jog1 min base pace30 sec

 

Ratchet Running Playlist

Hello Friends! I’m finally home in (freezing cold) Dallas and trying to get back into my regular routine of teaching, blogging and preparing for the grand opening of my new studio, GRIT Fitness!

As I sit at my desk, planning workouts and playlists, I can’t help but think back on the past weekend and let out a sigh of gratitude. I had a such a wonderful time with my family that I just have to share some reflections (and my rachet running playlist)….

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After me, my mom and my dad finally arrived in Tampa we picked up my bro in our rental car and headed to Thanksgiving dinner at coaches house.

In case you missed a few posts, I traveled to Tampa, FL on Thanksgiving Day to spend the holiday with my little brother, Austin, who’s on the Varsity Basketball team at the University of Tampa.  Since Austin had a Thanksgiving holiday tournament and wasn’t able to travel home, my fam decided to make the trip to him!  Sadly my younger sister, Kortani,  couldn’t join us because she dances for the Dallas Cowboys and had to perform on Thanksgiving Day. We missed her a lot, but still had a really great time.

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Coaches wife, Mary Jo, can throw down! Simply put…I ate well on Thanksgiving Day

Upon our Thursday arrival, we immediately we ate a huge feast with my brother’s basketball team at their coach’s house.  Then on Friday we did some site seeing in Ybor City and St. Petersburg.  I ate a yummy Cuban sandwich and enjoyed a warm stroll through the historic streets.

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Ybor City During the day

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Having a cocktail in St. Petersburg with mom & dad before Austin’s game. Aren’t they the cutest?!

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Enjoying the fire in the perfectly crisp Florida weather!

Later that night we attended Austin’s game in which he had 3 dunks and 4 three pointers – woo hoo! Talk about a proud big sis.  Afterwards, we went out a for a big dinner to celebrate.

The next morning I woke up early and went for a run to help burn off the giant meal I inhaled the night prior.  I was really feeling my playlist – hey girl hey.   I think being at all those basketball games, listening to hip hop, got me in a “rachet” mood.  I was so hyped up during my run!  Here’s my playlist…

rachet running playlist

Will chilled and shopped for the remainder of the weekend and to wrap up our trip, Austin took us for campus stroll before we caught our flight back to Dallas.  I love college campuses in the Fall.  They’re the best.

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Me and my broskie spending some quality time before I headed home

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Austin’s dorm, right next to the Tampa Spartans outdoor stadium

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Love the historic class room buildings on campus – University of Tampa

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Saying cheese on campus, one last time before heading home!

How was your Thanksgiving holiday?  Did you do anything fun with your family?

HAPPY TUESDAY! xoxo, Brit

Precision Running at Equinox: Finally a Fun Treadmill Workout

Happy Hump Day Gang!  A few weeks ago I met Maggie, the General Manager of Equinox Preston Hollow, at a Girl’s Night Out event hosted by Trunk Club Dallas.  Her energy immediately drew me in and next thing I knew I was making plans to come try out one of Equinox’s hottest new group fitness classes.  I had a such a great experience, I wanted to share all the details…

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The Class:  Precision Running is the newest group fitness class at Equinox.   It’s a 45-minute treadmill workout with “precisely designed intervals to hit every muscle in your body.”   I’ve read several positive reviews, but I wanted try to the class for myself.  So I grabbed my friend Nena and headed to Equinox!

The Method: The class is built on the Balanced Interval Training Experience (BITE) method, which strikes a middle ground between High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and aerobic endurance training (e.g. long distance jogging). There are varieties of interval routines so you can expect a different 45-minute treadmill workout each class.

The Space:  Unlike most group fitness classes, Precision Running doesn’t take place inside the group fitness classroom.  We were actually on the treadmills in the open gym floor.

The Crowd:  Approximately 15 women and men between the ages of 30-50.  Nena and I attended a 9:30 AM class, which may explain the more mature crowd.  Everyone was dressed in trendy activewear and seemed happy to be there.

The Experience: First off, I have to admit that I hate running on the treadmill.  Though I was excited about trying a new class, I was secretly dreading being on the treadmill for 45 minutes.  Fortunately, I got a pleasant surprise with Precision Running and here’s why…

  • Warm up – As class was bout to start, we hopped onto our treadmills making one long line of class participants.  Our instructor paced back and forth in front of us as we kicked off a slow jog to warm up.  During this time, she coached our running form, breathing and proper foot contact with the treadmill.  The warm up lasted about 3 minutes and then we moved on to the first interval series.
  • Interval Series 1 – For 20 minutes, we jogged, ran and sprinted through a variety of 30 second and 1-minute speed intervals on very low incline.  My endorphins flowed and my heart rate elevated!
  • Interval Series 2 – We got about 3 minutes of transition/recovery time until we started the next interval series.  It also 20 minutes but had more of a “strength” focus.  We continuously increased the treadmill incline but maintained a moderate, steady pace.  I could feel my quads, calves and hamstrings very much engaged as the incline got steeper and steeper.
  • Cool Down – Following the 2nd series, the instructor led us through short cool down jog/walk and then ended the class.  I was impressed with her ability to keep the class lively by simultaneously motivating, coaching and changing up the intervals.

Loved: The number of calories I blasted – 469 at the 43-minute mark.  Woo Hoo!

Hated: I forgot to bring my own headphones so I didn’t have any music to energize my stride.

Intensity Level: Moderate-High intensity.  Fortunately, if you’re still building your fitness, you can run at a slower pace and not feel like a slacker nor stand out from the class.

Afterwards:  Can we say drenched in sweat? About 3 minutes after the class ended, I cooled down and could feel the after burn.  While my leg muscles were tight, surprisingly I didn’t feel knee pain.  I guess running with proper form pays off!

Our instructor taught a 30-minute Dynamic Strength class directly after Precision Running so Nena and I hit that up for some body sculpting action.  It was the perfect compliment to our treadmill workout.  Nena and I were completely exhausted and ready to inhale a yummy lunch.

Final Verdict:  Simply put, if you looking for cardio conditioning, look no further.  I give Precision Running the official “gritty two thumbs up.”  Dallas crew, be sure to check out a class for yourself – hit up Equinox Preston Hollow and ask for Gabby.  ENJOY!

Spring Time Running Playlist and Sporteer Running Arm Bands

Brit’s Spring Running Playlist

In case you can’t tell, I’m SO excited that Winter is over!  This Spring I’m taking a personal vow to switch up my workout routine by adding in a weekly 5K run.   Obviously, I made a heart-pumpin playlist to energize my stride!  Go ahead and download these tracks for yourself – you will love them 🙂

Also, I want to give a huge shout out to Sporteer for hooking me up with this sweet running armband.  It has a little pocket to store my credit card and my iPhone fits perfectly.  It’s super durable and stays in place during my run.  Sporteer gave me an extra armband for one of you lucky blog readers – woo hoo!  Just post a comment below telling me your favorite running song and I’ll pick a pick a winner this weekend!  Enjoy!  xoxo, Brit

sporteer running arm band

Sporteer Velocity Series V2 Armband for iPhones and Smartphones (Pink)

New Balance #FreshFoam Running Sneakers Product Review

#GRITbyBrit representin' at the #FreshFoamDallas Launch Party!

#GRITbyBrit representin’ at the #FreshFoamDallas Launch Party!

Last week I approached by New Balance to be one of the first to review their newest running shoe, Fresh Foam 980.  Now most of my reviews on GRIT by Brit are unsolicited – I just review places and products that generally intrigue me.  However, since New Balance is a legit brand, I was quite flattered that they valued my opinion so I happily agreed to test these bad boys.

Fresh Foam Collection for Women (Men's available too obviously)

Fresh Foam Collection for Women (Men’s available too obviously)

I know I should start off by providing feedback on the shoe’s comfort, foot support, design quality,  etc., but in true GRIT by Brit fashion, I must first comment on the style.  When my sneakers arrived in the mail, I was pumped to discover their boldness and brightness.   I LOVE NEON and there’s lots of neon!  Also, the soles are colored.  I hate white soles on sneakers because they always get dirty which isn’t cute.

#FreshFoamDallas Launch Party

#FreshFoamDallas Launch Party

After receiving the sneakers, I co-hosting a #FreshFaom launch party and 5K Fun Run at Luke’s Locker sporting goods store in Dallas along with some local running coaches and representatives from New Balance corporate headquarters.  Everyone was super nice, fun and had lots of GRIT!

So now let me shed some light on the running experience…  While I am a self-proclaimed “group fitness junkie” I’m not really a “runner.”  I mean, I enjoy 2-4 miles every now and then when the weather is nice but I don’t have excellent running form nor do I own real running shoes.

The run was AWESOME.  First, I was personally proud to keep up with all of these hardcore runners.  Second, I was shocked by the comfort of my running experience.  I usually run in my Nike cross training shoes that I wear to teach kickboxing.  Let me tell you, running in shoes specifically designed for running makes a HUGE difference.  My run was bouncy and felt like it was minimizing the impact on the knees.  After tearing my ACL in college and having reconstructive surgery, I’m really careful about putting to much impact on my knees.  Overall, I’m not 100% sure if my pleasant running experience should be completely credited to New Balance Fresh Foam or to just having real running shoes.  Either way, it was a good experience and definitely enticed me to run more frequently (in running shoes that is).

After our run, we celebrated with ice cold beers, yummy snacks and laughs.  As icing on the cake, I met a fellow Dallas food/fitness Blogger!  Be sure to follow Stephanie at Food and Fitness 4 Real.

Me and Stephanie from @FoodFit4Real

Me and Stephanie, author of  @FoodFit4Real

Overall, I can’t honestly say whether or not the New Balance Fresh Foam sneakers are a superior running shoe.  But I can say that they are, in fact, designed for running and if you aren’t use to wearing running shoes these are great first pair to purchase for yourself.

Happy Running!  xoxo, Brit

Workout of the week: Calorie Crusher Pyramid

Happy Monday!  I had a great day at work and am wrapping up my day with some relaxation and watching The Bachelorette (gotta love it).  Here is the workout I designed to do in the morning – just wanted to share with you guys.  Try it out and let me know what you think.  Lots of luv, Brit

Calorie Crusher Pyramid