DIY Cardio Kickboxing Workout – Have fun, get sweaty, blast calories!


Hola Friends!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  It’s Tuesday, which for me means workout time!  Most of you know that I’m huge fan of cardio kickboxing (Turbo Kick in particular) so I wanted to create a DIY kickboxing workout that you can do in the comfort of your own home.  All you have to do is turn on a 30 minute playlist of your fav upbeat jams and then rock out as you power through these exercises…

This workout requires NO equipment.  However, you can wear weighted gloves for some simultaneous muscle toning.  For the best cardio conditioning, try to complete the circuit four times in 30 minutes (this includes 3 – 2minute rest sections).  Stay light on your toes and keep your abs engaged with each exercise.  You can expect to be super sweaty and burn 350-450 calories.  For a little extra entertainment value, here’s a video of me rocking out some cardio kickboxing at Turbo Kick last Saturday.  Now it’s your turn – enjoy!  Luv, Brit

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Sculpt-N-Cycle Workout & Onzie Tank Giveaway Winner

Hey guys!  Hope you had a good morning and your afternoon is off to a good start.  I’m loving working from home this week!  Being on the road every week for work is really hard on my body.  When I’m home I appreciate the little things like making breakfast and coffee in my own kitchen.  This morning I made some simple scrambled eggs, toast and coffee.  Later on I ate another whole wheat English muffin topped with crunchy peanut butter and banana (my mid-morning snack. I was HONGRY)

Enjoying working from home – made myself some scrambled eggs & whole wheat English muffin with strawberry preserves (a big pot of black coffee is a must)

So…I have great news to share with you guys!  This Thursday (9/20/14) I’m going to start teaching at a new cycling studio, Beyond Pedaling in Dallas, TX.  If you recall, I took a class at Beyond earlier this year and had a great experience.  I’m so excited because this studio let’s me teach a music-based cycling workout with some choreographed moves. LOVE IT!  Also the ride incorporates hand weights, so I’ll guide my class through a ~5 minute arm workout while cycling.  I’ve been working on my playlist and practicing all week.  It’s weird because even though I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for almost 3 years, I still have that nervous excitement that makes it difficult to sleep.  Please wish me luck!

In the spirit of my new cycling gig, I designed a “Sculpt & Cycle” workout just for you.  This workout should take about 30 minutes to complete.  The time will fly by because you’re doing the arm workout while cycling – I love simultaneous muscle toning and cardio conditioning.  Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes.

Last but not least, what you guys are “really” waiting for – the winner of the Onzie Knot-back Tank Giveaway is Liana!  I hope you had an amazing time at your craft show and sold lots of your homemade skin products – I love a fellow business woman!  I’ll be in touch to send your Onzie tank – in the meanwhile please email me your mailing address to [email protected].

Thanks so much to all of your for sharing your weekend plans.  Hearing what you guys were up to motivated me to have a super active weekend as well.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  Show your GRIT!  Luv, Brit

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Power Pumpin’ Outdoor Bootcamp Workout

So this week I’ve been working all over the place traveling to Chicago, Dallas and NYC.  In all three locations I’ve been shocked by the sudden decrease in temperature.  50 degree weather in Dallas in September is unheard of!  That said I have a sense of urgency to get a few more outdoor workouts in before it’s too cold.  As I shared last week, working out at my local park is one of my favorite End of Summer/Early Fall Activities so I made up a special workout to do this weekend.  To complete the workout, all you need is an open space, a 50 yard hill and a park bench or sturdy chair (no weights or other equipment required).  I designed the workout as a total body HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuit so you can repeat the series below as many times as you’d like.  I recommend doing it 2-3 times for a full cardio and strength training workout.  It should take you ~30 minutes to complete…

 What are your favorite outdoor exercises? Enjoy the workout!

Lots of luv, Brit

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Brit’s Bouncy Booty-Shaping Workout #WOD

Hey gang – here’s your workout of the day.  I’ve been feeling full of energy all week, so I wanted to create a workout that let’s me jump around!  This a great power workout to tag on to resistance training. If you have a knee issues, this probably isn’t the best workout for you ūüôĀ  However, you can modify the moves my elevating on to your tip toes instead of jumping.  Give it a whirl and let me know who it goes.   xoxo, Brit

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WOD: Endurance Pyramid Dumbbell Circuit

Hey Gang! ¬†Hope your week is going well. ¬†I started a new project in Chicago this week. ¬†My team is full of CrossFit junkies and this morning they hit up a 5:30am CrossFit¬†session. ¬†Unfortunately, I overslept and missed it ūüôĀ ¬†But on the bright side, I made a back up “Endurance Pyramid Dumbbell Circuit” ¬†workout and did it in my hotel gym. ¬†After the circuit, I got a quick¬†30 minutes in on the elliptical. ¬†My entire workout took 45 minutes (so I’m guessing the circuit only takes¬†~15 minutes). ¬†Try to power through it¬†with minimal rest to focus on building your endurance and to get a good sweat going – post a comment if you have questions. ¬†Enjoy!¬† xoxo, Brit

Endurance Pyramid

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Good things come to those who SWEAT

Hope your week is off a to a great start – mine certainly ¬†is. ¬†Last week was quite hectic for me. I had to travel to both Memphis and Salt Lake City for work. ¬†When the weekend came I was completely exhausted. ¬†Needless to say, I did not feel like the hitting the gym on Saturday nor doing anything that required even the slightest bit of energy. ¬†Fortunately, the thought of hanging out with my “fit friends” was enough motivation to keep me from skipping my Saturday morning workout. ¬†Afterwards not only did my body feel better, but I was less stressed and had a more positive attitude overall. ¬†It was like magic – lots of good vibes and positive energy. ¬†That’s the beauty of exercise, it’s great for the mind, body and soul. ¬†Activity generates the energy that brings about good vibes. ¬†Good things come to those who sweat!

On that note, here’s¬†some fitspiration to get your sweat on – ¬†20 Minute Calorie Blaster¬†treadmill workout from the GRIT by Brit archives. ¬†You can check out the original blog post for detailed instructions. ¬†I highly encourage you to give this bad boy a whirl some time this week. ¬†I am.

And finally,  check out these 13 Mental Health Benefits of exercise.  On the list, Stress Relief ranks #1.  I can attest to the accuracy of this claim.  Just for fun, here’s a pic of me and my girlfriends on Saturday night enjoying the residual good vibes from my morning workout.

Wishing you a wonderful week with lots of sweat and good things!  xoxo, Brit

Enjoying a lovely Dallas evening with my lovely girlfriends! ¬†Feeling rejuvenated after a solid Saturday morning Sweat session ūüôā

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10 Minute Total Body Bosu Ball Workout #GRITbyBrit

bosu ball workout

Hey gang! ¬†Here’s your workout for the week. ¬†While I’m a big fan of equipment-free workouts, I decided to switch it up this week and incorporate a personal favorite fitness toy – the Bosu Ball! I chose the Bosu Ball because it made my ¬†GRIT by Brit Holiday Fitness Gift picks back in December. ¬†Bosu exercises are great for increasing stability and working the core. ¬†They’re also a nice change-up from typical dumbbell or barbell workouts.

After designing and testing this routine, I assure you’ll get a serious sweat and feel toned and tight throughout your core. ¬†The exercises quickly elevate your heart rate making this workout a good option for days when you’re short on time. ¬†The entire workout takes about 10 minutes and you can expect to burn ~100-150 calories. ¬†For best results, knock this out everyday for 5 days straight. ¬†See below for instructional images to guide you – enjoy!

xoxo,

Brit

Instructional Images

Toe Taps (alternate legs back and forth w/ one foot tapping the top of the Bosu and the other foot on the ground, then switch)

Bosu Ball Lunges (alternate legs)

Bosu Mountain Climbers (alternate legs)

Bosu Plank Hold

Bosu Burpees

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Holiday Travel Hotel Room Workout

Hey Gang – ¬†Happy “Tone it Up Tuesday!” ¬†Work travel has been crazy busy for me recently, which means I’ve had to get creative with workouts that I can do in my hotel room. ¬† ¬†I designed and tested this workout a few days ago and I really liked it. ¬†Better yet, I was able to hammer it out while listening to a conference call (wink wink).

Like most of my workouts, this one requires no equipment and blends a nice mix of cardio and strength training. ¬†Warning – there are 90 push ups – prepare to pump them out! ¬†I HATE push ups because they’re challenging, but I LOVE them because they simultaneously strengthen our upper body and core. ¬†Overall, the workout takes about 20 minutes and you can expect to burn ~200 calories. Let me know how it goes!

Hotel Room WorkoutEnjoy staying fit on the road! xoxo, Brit

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Better Sore Than Sorry: Activity alternatives to avoid skipping workouts

better sore than sorry

We had some crazy cold weather in Dallas this weekend – an ice storm to be exact.¬†Consequently, many of my favorite group fitness classes were cancelled, which kind of put me in a funk. ¬†A big part of me wanted to just skip my workouts all together and curl up on my couch. ¬†Fortunately, while doing some internet browsing I came across this article,¬†10 Questions to Ask Yourself before You Skip Your Workout, and it became very clear to me that I needed to get my butt off of the couch and into my workout clothes. ¬†While there’s nothing wrong with resting (our bodies do need adequate recovery), I’m really glad I went ahead and got some alternative activity in. ¬†My workout schedule this weekend went like this:

  • Thursday = Run up and down the stairs in my house for 10 min + 50 push ups + my 10 Min Abs vol. 1
  • Friday = TaeBo 60 min fat blaster DVD + dancing around in my living room with ankle weights on to some of my favorite jamz
  • Saturday = Turbo Kick + Body Pump (my gym opened for a few hours – yay!)
  • Sunday = Hot Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Now that I’m getting ready to embark on my work week, I’m feeling energized and happy that I didn’t skip my sweat sessions. ¬†In fact, I think changing up my routine actually benefited my body – I’m pretty sore in areas that I don’t typically focus on.

For the Dallas readers who are still going to be stuck at home tomorrow, here’s a 15 minute workout video created by yours truly that will get you sweating ūüôā ¬†You can knock this bad boy out in your home with no equipment. ¬†The routine is designed to get your heart rate up, work all of the major muscle groups and burn 150-200 calories.

Enjoy the workout, be encouraged  and have a wonderful week! xoxo, Brit

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7 Days of Sweat: 1 Week Cardio Formula for a Super Slim Down

push yourself

Hey GRIT gang! ¬†In case you’re looking to change up your cardio routine, I’m gladly sharing my cardio workout plan for the week. ¬†I’ve recently been a little lax with my sweat sessions due to a crazy travel schedule , so this week I’m going to get my butt back in gear!

When looking to drop a few pounds, I’m firm believer in doing 1 hour of cardio per day. ¬†So I designed this workout to include a combination of various 1 hour workouts each day of the week. ¬†Knock out these sweat sessions along with my other healthy habits and I promise you will see slimmer you by the end of the week.

I have to be honest, my “7 Days of Sweat” are easier said than done. ¬†PUSH YOURSELF and don’t sacrifice what you want most for what you want at this moment. ¬†You got this!

Lots of luv,

Brit

Brit’s Skinny Week Workout Plan

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