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About Brit

Entrepreneur, blogger and fitness instructor energized by fierce fitness, family, sunshine and hard work #GRIT

28 Day Challenge

Hello friends!  Please join me for my inaugural 28 Day GRIT Challenge!  I’m excited to share my personal tips and philosophies to getting stronger mentally, physically and emotionally. This program connects the dots between physcial fitness, spiritual inspiration and mental toughness. If you’re need of some genuine, authentic motivation, this is the program for you!

I believe that mental grit (i.e. passion and perseverance for long term goals) can be learned and we are capable of being gritty and great at whatever we do! The key is to practice daily habits that make us stronger. During this 28 days, we’ll train our minds to support the pursuit of our biggest dreams!

Program Includes:

  • Kick Off Workshop – April 7, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00pm, RSVP HERE
  • 28 days of unlimited GRIT Fitness classes to all locations
  • Motivation 101 Seminar
  • Brit’s Healthy Habits Guide & Tracking Workbook
  • Workout Planning Tips
  • Daily Affirmations
  • Participation in private GRIT 28 Day Challenge Facebook Group
  • 3 Inspirational video seminars from Brit
  • Finale Celebration “Muscles & Margaritas”– Cinco de Mayo Body Sculpt class – May 5, 2018, 12:00pm

I hope that you will join me!  Get details and register HERE

Much luv,

Brit

GRIT by Brit Workout with Tax Act at The Bomb Factory

UPDATE: RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 4, 2018

Hey Gang!

I have an upcoming event that I’m so exited about.  For one, it’s going to be a super high-energy, sweaty workout with awesome music from a live DJ – yay!  Secondly, it’s totally FREE for the Dallas community.

Show your GRIT and burn some major calories in my signature mash-up of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and toning! The entire class is rhythm-based and set to an energetic mash-up spun by DJ Rocko. *Dont forget your yoga mat, sneakers, towel and water.

All of the fun is a part of a mobile tour sponsored by TaxAct (hello tax season!).  The TaxAct Mobile Tour will feature my 30-minute workout and a short talk about starting your own business with yours truly and Amy Karp Photography founder, Amy Karp.  Don’t forget the jams by DJ Rocko, coffee, food trucks and so much more. Kick off your tax season with me – I’ll see you at The Bomb Factory parking lot  (details below)

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKETS

2017 Year In Review: My Top 10 Memories

Since I started this blog 5 years ago (wow!) I’ve kept the tradition of writing a year-end post to recap my Top 10 most memorable moments.  I’m not proud of my blogging frequency this year (will do better in 2018, fingers crossed)…but I am proud to end the year with one final post!  So here we go, in order of occurrence (not importance), here are my Top 10 moments of 2017…

1. Getting a dog, Pearl

Let me start by saying that I’m a not a “dog person” and never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined getting a dog.  Doing so, however, was hands down the best decision I made last year. I love Pearl SO MUCH, more than I ever thought possible. Having a dog has made me more patient  and helped me be more balanced and get my mind off of my company every once in a while.  Although, my company inspired Pearl’s name, “No Grit No Pearl!”  (Yes, she transformed from a little brown puppy to a big white fluff in 12 months…IDK)

 

2. Hosting My First Conference, WHAT SHE SAID

This was a really big team accomplishment. All of my boss babe friends and I put our heads together and hosted Dallas’ first young women’s empowerment conference. The conference took place at the W Dallas hotel with a welcome reception at GRIT Fitness. We enjoyed over 25 amazing speakers, tons of vendors, a dance club cardio happy hour, tons of swag from Tory Sport, mimosas to kick-start the day and cocktail reception to finish the festivities. I was also the keynote speaker (you can watch my full speech above).   I was very honored to share the entire GRIT Fitness start-up story and important lessons I’ve learned from taking the company from a small side hustles back in 2012 to a successful small business in 2017.

 

3. Attending the Inaugural Girl Boss Rally in LA

Yay for 2 conferences in 1 year!  After hosting my conference in Dallas, I then traveled to LA to attend the Girl Boss Rally hosted by Sophia Amaroso, author of the book GirlBoss and Founder of Nasty Gal.  She had a SICK line up of speakers including two of my ultimate girl crushes, Ty Haney (Founder of Outdoor Voices) and Emily Weiss (Founder of Glossier). This conference inspired me because it made my BIG dreams seem more attainable.  Just listening to so many young ladies who were about my age lead and grow mutli mullion doallar brands made me feel very confident that I can do the same.

 

4. Closing my original business location in East Dallas

I shed so many tears on this day.  This was hands down one of the toughest moments of my year. I have so many amazing (and difficult) memories at the original GRIT Fitness East Dallas location. This is where my idea came to fruition – we opened this studio in Jan 2015, just 3 months after I quit my consulting career at Deloitte. My OG team members and I hosted a big “grand closing” party and each of the original instructors taught together – it was super fun and nostalgic.  Someday I plan to buy real estate back in East Dallas and open young women’s co-working space with a fitness studio in the back – a tribute to where GRIT began!

 

5. Opening a New Business Location at SMU Blvd, Dallas, TX

When one door closes another door opens.  Soon after we moved out of the East Dallas studio, we celebrated the grand opening of our SMU location. This studio is much bigger with better amenities and a cycling studio!  It was a very proud moment for me and my team.  This transition reassured me that the best is always yet to come.

 

6. Summer Fun in California

California LOVE!  I took the best summer vacay to the west coast – it went like this:  A bunch of fitness classes in LA > baller wedding in Newport Beach with my family > hangout with a bestie from biz school in Palo Alto > hang out with a bestie from undergrad in Oakland > another amazing wedding in Sonoma (where I caught the bouquet – hey!) along with wine tasting and quality time with my sister.

What more can I say?

 

7. Launching the GRIT by Brit app

So proud fo this!  Launching my home workout app was a big item on my 2017 goals and it’s launched!  I invested a lot of time, money and energy into this project, because strategically I know that having a tech service offering, in addition to brick and mortar studios,  is critical for the long-term viability of my company.  Now I can workout with ladies all over the world!   I’m still working on some live stream functionality and very cool timer plug-in that leads my workouts with sound effects so you can just press “start “and start sweating!  If you haven’t already, DOWNLOAD MY APP

 

8. Hiking Camelback Mountain

I went to a wedding in Scottdale for one of my high school friends. The day before the ceremony, I hiked (the hard side) of Camelback Mountain with two awesome ladies from Houston who were also friends of the bride. It was freaking HARD! I’m talking rocks on rocks on rocks. But, I did it. And I felt really good about myself. I even shed a tear at the top because I truly believe I can feel God’s presence when I’m alone with nature.

 

9. Being Awarded “Best Fitness Program” by D Magazine

Could. Not. Believe. This. So grateful for this huge honor.  To me, this award means that GRIT is officially on the map in Dallas.   Now the pressure is on like donkey kong to continuously improve our services, meet the needs of the growing #GRITFAM and continue creating the strongest women in Dallas!

 

10. Euro Trip 2017

I traveled a ton back in day when I was a consultant, but since I founded GRIT 3 years ago, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel as much. I got a serious itch to get back to Europe this holidays season and I’m so grateful that I finally reached a point where I had the financial stability and free time to make it happen.  I visited Manchester > London > Amsterdam > Paris = 1 heck of a way to end the year!

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

 

DOWNLOAD THE GRIT BY BRIT APP TODAY!

Fitness & Yoga Retreat 2019 | New Year Best You

New Year Best You Recap from Rachel Heacox Films on Vimeo.

 

January 2-6, 2019

Prana Del Mar | Luxury Beach Yoga Retreat Center

Back by popular demand in 2019: The New Year Best You Fitness & Yoga retreat is for ladies who want 2019 to be their best year yet! Together we’ll challenge ourselves in sweaty workouts, restore our bodies with a daily yoga practice and sharpen our minds in empowerment seminars.

But don’t worry, those who work hard must also play hard, so get excited for daily social events including a welcome cocktail reception, pool party, ladies wine night, hikes, beach time and more!  While we have a full curriculum of workouts and self-improvement activities, you’ll also have plenty of free time to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, whale watching, spa treatments, cooking classes, trips in town, lounging by the pool and more.

About Prana Del Mar | Luxury Beach Yoga Retreat Center

Prana del Mar is located near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, just north of Cabo San Lucas.  The desert oasis of Prana del Mar offers 16 luxurious guest rooms and suites with swimming pool, spa, and two beautiful yoga studios. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service, and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.  Learn more at https://pranadelmar.com

 

Pricing

Double Occupancy

Single Occupancy

Total Retreat Fee

(Does not include airfare)

$1,595

$ 1,895

Deposit

(Due by Oct. 1, 2018)

$400

$500

 

What’s Included:

  • Lodging / room accommodations for 4 nights
  • Full use of all resort amenities – including pool, hot tub, sauna, stone labyrinth, desert gardens, hammocks, and more
  • Transportation from/to Los Cabos airport (SJD)
  • 3 gourmet, chef-prepared meals per day
  • 3 workouts per day led by Brit & Kaleigh
  • Optional morning beach meditation
  • Daily empowerment seminar
  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • Ladies roof deck wine night
  • Pool party with cocktails
  • Exclusive retreat swag bag
  • Official retreat tank top

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to Los Cabos International (SJD)
  • Spa treatments
  • Extra activities and excursions
  • Additional alcoholic beverages (you are welcome to BYOB)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities for your guides 

REGISTRATION STEPS

Step 1: Complete the registration form here: https://goo.gl/forms/WWh9AnVRNhDOi7hd2

Step 2: Pay your non-refundable deposit. Deposits, progress payments and final balance may be submitted via venmo to @brittani-rettig OR @KaleighLundyWalker

MEET YOUR RETREAT LEADERS

Kaleigh Walker – Kaleigh grew up in a family full of avid athletes, fitness enthusiasts and dancers’, so being active has always been a huge part of her life. She began teaching dance and junior golf in her teens and continued throughout college at the University of Kansas, where she earned her degree in Strategic Communications.

When Kaleigh moved to Los Angeles in 2005, she was introduced to yoga. She quickly realized the profound physical and mental benefits that could be achieved with a regular practice and became hooked! As she continued deepening her yoga practice, she became more confident of her true calling in life – to leave the corporate world and get back to teaching!

In 2008, Kaleigh completed her 200-hour yoga alliance certification through YogaHop in Santa Mon-ica and soon after, her Certified Personal Trainer certification through the National Strength & Condi-tioning Association, and her Nutritional Coaching certification through the Institute of Integrative Nu-trition. Since then, she’s continued to immerse herself in studying the fundamentals of fitness, nutri-tion, and yogic philosophy with some of today’s most knowledgeable individuals.

Kaleigh’s clients and students range from celebrities and professional athletes to those individuals battling ailments or just trying to stay healthy. After nearly 10 years in Los Angeles, Kaleigh relocated to Dallas, TX in March of 2015. In addition to her extensive private clientele, you can find Kaleigh teaching regular yoga, dance cardio, and spinning classes at several studios in Dallas, as well as Re-treats across the globe. Kaleigh is an ambassador for Lululemon, Manduka, and Carbon 38.

Learn more about Kaleigh at http://kaleighwalker.com

Brittani (Brit) Rettig – Brit is the founder and owner of GRIT Fitness studios in Dallas, TX. This full-body boutique fitness concept is based on her belief that mental grit or “passion and perseverance for long-term goals” is the key to both fitness success and to living our best lives. Brit advocates that learning to endure though physical challenges teaches us to persevere through greater life challenges. “We can’t always control life’s circumstances but we can control how we respond.”

GRIT Fitness brings an innovative approach to boutique fitness by providing energetic group classes in a dance club 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. Since its inception in January 2015, GRIT Fitness has rapidly grown to become the premier location for millennial women to get fit, socialize and feel empowered. Through engaging, high-energy fitness experiences and a “no mean girls allowed” culture, it successfully differentiates itself in Dallas’ highly saturated boutique fitness scene. By hosting monthly events and over 100 complimentary community classes, GRIT Fitness has energized thousands of young women in Dallas to stay active and connected.

Prior to founding GRIT Fitness, Brittani Rettig worked at Deloitte Consulting, LLC. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she was captain of women’s varsity basketball team. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and numerous fitness certifications. Brit continues to author her leading fitness/lifestyle blog, Grit by Brit, which receives national recognition from SELF Magazine, POPSUGAR and Greatist. Brit currently holds the following national fitness certifications:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA): Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Schwinn: Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • Spinning: Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Les Mills: Certified GRIT Series Coach
  • Beach Body: Certified Turbo Kick Instructor
  • Beach Body: Certified PiYo STRENGTH Instructor
  • American Heart Association: CPR & AED

Learn more about Brit at https://gritbybrit.com

GIRLBOSS Rally 2017 | Los Angles, CA

Hey Friends!  Last weekend I got the awesome opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and attend the inaugural #girlbossrally hosted by Sophia Amoruso, Founder and Former CEO of Nasty Gal.  2 conferences back-to-back weekends!  I co-hosted the 1st WHAT SHE SAID, Women’s Empowerment Conference in Dallas Feb 25th and then  jetted to LA for the GIRLBOSS Rally March 4th.

So what is the GIRLBOSS Rally?  You ask….

Girlboss is about being the boss of your own life. We will gather the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and tastemakers to spark conversation around the topics they are passionate about. From marketing and brand building to getting paid and quitting jobs, health & wellness, sexuality and more, it will be a day filled with actionable takeaways.

The rally was truly a once in a lifetime, girl power inspirational experience.  Here are the top 5 things I learned:

1️⃣ There are 40 million women born between 1980-2000 who want more experiences and less stuff and to be the author of their own lives!
2️⃣ Slow is smooth and smooth is fast (slow down!)
3️⃣ It’s great to dream big, but more important to work really freakin’ hard
4️⃣ Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel
5️⃣ Be aggressive. Take the shot. Get out of the your own way!

It was so motivating to feel the energy of 500 female hustlers under 1 roof.  Simply being in the presence of other GIRLBOSS women gave me the kick in the butt I needed to keep fearlessly growing my business at GRIT Fitness and the courage to take some new risks!

Here are a few pics from the rally for you to you enjoy…

Just arrived at the rally – posing on the wall of inspirational quotes!

Snapping a selfie with THE Gabby Bernstein

Listening to a panel of awesome girl bosses including the founders of CLASS PASS and Brit & Co.

Swag bag was on point!

Also enjoyed some quality time with my lovely Aunt Nita who who hosted me at her house in LA for the weekend!

Wishing you happy International Women’s Day and encouraging you to be a BOSS of your own life!  xoxo, 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