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Dallas GRIT Fitness Flagship | Construction Progress

ALMOST MOVE IN TIME

Hey hey friends!  I’m SO THRILLED to share a construction progress update today because SO MUCH has been accomplished in so little time.

So, this week all of the former walls in the facility were demolished leaving this huge open space…

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and by the end of the week, the new wall frames and sheet rock were constructed –  YAY!

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This is a major milestone because the new GRIT FITNESS flagship studio will have 2 studios under 1 roof: 1 group fitness studio + 1 indoor cycling studio. (It’s also just super cool to actually see the future floor plan in real life – not just on construction drawings).

I’m big believer that variety is the spice of life and the key to an effective fitness regimen, so I’m super keen on providing continuous variety to my clients AKA the #GRITFAM.  Offering cycling classes in additional to our 7 original group fitness classes is a phenomenal sweaty combo!

Furthermore, we made more great progress on the locker room.  Last week the locker room looked like this (NO plumbing)…

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This week the trenching for plumbing got underway and we are on track to install showers!

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We still have lots of work to do (e.g. flooring, lighting, sound, decor) but the BIG construction efforts are well underway and almost done.  Summer will be here before we know it and I can’t wait to offer more of our fun, fierce fabulous fitness classes to the Dallas community.

It’s not too late to back our campaign and help make this vision come to life.  We can’t do it without you!  Thank you so much for the contributions, kind emails and words of encouragement so far.  You are loved and appreciated.  #thebestisyettocome

xoxo, Brit

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Jammin’ Cardio Playlist – Wake Up and Workout!

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I’ve been teaching spinning for 3 months now and I absolutely love it.  Picking out songs and making my ride playlist is so fun – it’s always a party up in my class!  I’m especially proud of the playlist I’m jammin’ to right now, so I wanted to share it with you guys.  I even included some activity ideas to spice up your cardio workout.  You can use this playlist and do the activities on pretty much any piece of cardio equipment – doesn’t have to be a bike.

Also, I highly encourage you to get this playlist going and workout in the morning – I’m a huge fan of AM workouts.  I find that they set a positive tone for my day and keep me accountable.  Anything can happen in the evening (i.e. working late, feeling tired, dinner plans, etc.) so morning workouts are more certain.  Also, some studies show that morning workouts are better for weight loss.  They claim that working first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast, forces us to burn more fat since there is no food in our stomachs to use as fuel.  Try it yourself and see what you think – enjoy your sweat session!  Lots of luv, Brit

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Tone Up Challenge Week 2 Report: Jan falls in love with Flywheel

We’re half way there – Jan has officially completed her 2nd week of my 4 Week Tone Up Challenge.  Here’s her update along with my advice to get her through the home stretch with maximum shape up results – enjoy!

Week 2 Update from Jan:

“Wk #2 was great!  I started going to Flywheel Spin and it was a ‘game changer.’  I have been spinning for years and love the energy and intensity of Flywheel more than than any class  I’ve ever gone to.  I worked out 5 days last week, but 1 day was without cardio.  I added Brit’s Six Pack by Summer ab routine  to all of my workouts last week (the plank and seated portions).  I also did Brit’s Killer Legs workout after spin one night and was really in the hurt box – in a good way 🙂  

So far I’ve been seeing some good results in terms of my muscle definition .  My ‘six pack’ is on its way back for sure.  I’m feeling leaner and just more fit in general.  However, my knees and ankles are quite sore from all of the exercise, so I’ll need  to be careful with them.”  – Jan

Brit’s Advice for Jan:

  • Diet, Diet, Diet – Jan continues to get her 5 workouts in per week; however, slipping up on her diet could completely wash away her results.  Many top resources claim that weight loss depends 80% on diet and 20% on exercise.
  • RICE – Jan has a history of knee and ankle injuries so it’s critical that Rests, Ice, Compress, Elevates her knees and ankles after workouts to keep inflammation down.  However, you should ALWAYS refrain from exercise and get clearance from your doctor before starting any new workout regimen.
  • EVEN more discipline – Jan must push herself through the home stretch and commit to having a PERFECT last 2 weeks. That means every workout is completed with max effort and she sticks to her diet change ups 100%.  Jan needs to give it all she’s got these last 14 days for maximum results.
Stay tuned for Jan’s 3 week report and special edition final report which will include a post challenge photo shoot of her smoking hot body, compliments of the lovely Anna Jane!

Learn more about FlyWheel at their website: https://www.flywheelsports.com/

Are you getting short changed in spin class?

Me getting ready for ride #2 during cycle instructor training

Happy Sunday – I hope this posting finds you joyous and well! Today was a personal accomplishment because I officially became a certified indoor cycling instructor – woop woop!  That said, I learned a lot of useful info about spin classes and calorie burn in general, so I just wanted to share some of these nuggets of wisdom with you guys.  Hopefully, these facts will help you get the MOST out of your spin classes in the future 🙂
  1. Turn up the resistance – speed DOES NOT equal calorie burn!  In an effective cycle class, your legs should spin between 60-90 rotations per minute.  If you are cycling way above this, turn your resistance up!  When your legs are flying and your booty is bouncing around in the saddle, the bike  is just propelling you and you are getting short changed on calorie burn…not a good look!
  2. Don’t always trust the heart rate monitor.  Several factors affect our heart rate including hydration, stress, diet, room temperature, etc.  Therefore, just because your heart rate is in a certain zone, doesn’t necessarily mean you are working that hard.  In many cases, heart rate monitors over count calories burned and you are deceived : (
  3. Use a breath test.  The bottom line is this, the harder you work, the more calories you burn.  Therefore, use the breath test to quickly and effectively measure your exertion. Below are the 4 levels you should think about.  If you are trying to burn as many calories as possible, strive to spend at least 20-30 minutes of your class in zones 3 and/or 4.  You should never be back at Level 1 (breathing regularly)  after the warm up.  
  • L1 – Breathing regularly
  • L2 – Breathing fast, but comfortable
  • L3 – Breathing heavy, uncomfortable
  • L4 – Breathing very heavy, very uncomfortable – sucking air!

Whole class with our instructor after we got certified (that's me in the back with the shiny forehead, hehe)