BIG NEWS at Dallas GRIT Fitness

Happy Saturday friends!  Over the past 10 days, my #DREAMTEAM at GRIT Fitness and I have been counting down to a really BIG announcement…

And we’ve finally made it to the last day!  Tomorrow is the BIG announcement and I’d love to share it with YOU = my beloved blog community who’ve been a part of my journey long before I was a fitness entrepreneur.  Sign up for my special newsletter that will be sent tomorrow morning and be the first to hear the good news!

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Hint: My dreams are really coming true!

xoxo, Brit

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Fabletics Fitness Fashion Friday

Hey friends!  I want to bring back old tradition, Fitness Fashion Friday!  Every Friday you can check out my my most favorite workout clothes from the week.

This week I want to show off my newest outfit from Fabletics.  I was SO excited last Spring when Fabletics asked me to be one of their Master trainers.  I wasn’t too familiar with the brand at the time, but since then I’ve gotten to experience a ton of their styles and I must say that I’m now a Fabletics junkie!

This outfit is called the Supernova.  It’s 3 pieces all for only $69.95 when you become a VIP:

  1. Off the shoulder top
  2. Strappy sports Bra
  3. Black leggings

I’m obsessed with the look because it’s athletically chic! Don’t you think?

What your favorite winter workout look?

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5 Body Weight Sculpting Exercises

Hey Friends,  I hope your week is going well!  Today I want to share some body weight, sculpting exercises that you can do at home.  I get asked all the time, “How can I can tone up if I don’t like lifting weights?”  Well, you can actually use your own body weight to get awesome resistance training and build lean muscle mass!  Here are 5 of my favorite body sculpting exercises and we’ll sculpt every part of the body 😉

Try this workout on your own:

  • Warm up with a 5 minute jog OR 2 sets 50 jumping jacks
  • Complete each exercise above for 1 minute (do as many reps as possible – Right side only)
  • Rest for 2 minute
  • Repeat all 5 exercises for 1 minute each (do as many reps as possible – Left side only)
  • Stretch for 5 minutes

Here’s a little video I made demonstrating the moves so you’ll know exactly what to do.

Enjoy your sexy sculpted body 🙂

xoxo,

Brit

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Celebrating 1 Year of Business at GRIT Fitness

Hey hey friends!  My baby (GRIT Fitness) turned 1-year-old this week – YAY!  It feels like yesterday I wrote this post recapping our grand opening party.  It’s crazy how much good stuff happens in 365 days.

We kicked off the business birthday celebration with a Friday night VINO + VINYASA (wine + yoga) party at my studio.  Over 50 members of our GRIT Family came out to celebrate!  The party was complete with wine, cupcakes and my favorite birthday jamz (e.g. Rhianna Birthday Cake).

We’ve  kept the party going all week with themed classes.  (See above our full list of themed classes – I’m pretty proud of our creativity here).  Today was our final round of themed classes, “Crunk Party HIIT’s” = High Intensity Interval Training classes set to  our favorite party songs.  Lots of sweat and lot of smiles guaranteed!

Some of my rockstar instructors and advisory board members at the Vino & Vinyasa party. From left to right: Emily H. Emily T., Annabel, Ariana & Tarra

As I reflect on the past year I pinch myself because I can’t believe this is really happening!  Just over a year ago I was a traveling management consultant, disengaged with my career and pouring myself into this blog as a way to escape my “real life”. But now  this is my life.  We really did it!  We built a business and a community out of a simple idea and lot of hard work.  The accomplishments and experiences (good and bad) from this past year give me so much confidence and hope that the best really is yet to come…

Me and Jenny, our VERY 1st member at GRIT in January 2015 – thanks for the loyalty Jenny!
Me and Megan, GRIT Front Desk Team Lead

In only 1 year we’ve grown to over 2,500 active members, 15 instructors, 35 classes per week and 7 original class formats – WOW!  As  I said in the last post, “teamwork makes the dream work.”  But the best part of the journey are the personal relationships I’ve made with the #GRITFAM and they’ve made with each other.  Nothing is more important than family – #GRITFAM included!

Sophie (Maria’s Daughter), Me, Maria & Jenny smiling after the sweating Flexin’ Flow class at the Vino & Vinyasa party

Stay tuned my friends…this is only the beginning of the GRIT Fitness revolution.  I have some exciting news to share in the coming weeks and I want you to be the first to know! 

THANKS SO MUCH for following my journey to and through healthy living and entrepreneurship.  xoxo, Brit

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Hey Friends – happy 2016! First off, my sincere apologies for the sporadic blog posting.  We have been crazy busy at GRIT Fitness with a rush of new members who are ready to get fit and feel fabulous in 2016.  I’m not one for excuses, so I’ll just say “my bad” and start doing better.  Most posts coming – I promise!

To kick off the New Year, my team and I met for an inspirational brainstorming and goal setting session.  We chatted about things that were going well at GRIT and things that we can do better. We also spent time articulating our vision of an “amazing fitness experience” and then set some team and personal goals around that vision.

Fortunately, I had a great boss back in my consulting days who taught me about setting SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time Bound.  What are your goals for 2016? I encourage you to also set smart goals – they are more effective for driving to results!

As a small business owner and new entrepreneur I value this quality time with my team.  Sure, I see these ladies everyday as sweat and smile during our classes at GRIT, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my first year as an entrepreneur is that my business success is 100% dependent on the engagement and performance of my team.  Without my team – I have nothing! #realtalk

As a self-proclaimed “independent woman” this was a tough pill for me to swallow because a part of me prides myself on developing the concept for GRIT Fitness on my own and getting it up and running by leveraging my skills and experience.  But as we continue to grow, there are SO MANY things that I simply can’t do by myself and SO MANY things that I just don’t know.   I have to develop and empower my team to be leaders in their own right, take risks and to share their gifts with others.

While I absolutely LOVE group fitness and feel so blessed to wake up every day and pursue my passion, I get so much more joy from serving my team and creating a foundation for us all to pursue our passions together.  I’ve learned that “it’s great to do what you love, but even greater with the great team.” Teamwork really does make the dream work.  xoxo,Brit

Maria, GRIT Body Sculpt & HIIT instructor, showing off her mug
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GRIT Fitness 2016 New Year Challenge

Happy 2016 my friends!  I hope you rang in the new year with those you love.  I enjoyed New Year’s day by teaching SOLD OUT back-to-back classes at my studio at “Brit’s 2016 Sweaty Surprise” class.  Essentially, I picked all of my favorite songs from 2015 and choreographed a mash-up workout of kickboxing, body sculpting and dance exercises.  It was a one hour of good old sweaty fun.

To keep the momentum going, I’m hosting a #NEWYEARBESTYOU challenge for our GRIT family. If you don’t live in Dallas, you can still participate!  All you have to do is write down one personal goal of how you will be your best self this year and email it to dallasgritfitness@gmail.com.  Then you must complete 15 workouts that are each at least 30 minutes long before the end of January.  Share your progress by posting 15 post-workout pics to Instagram and use the hashtag #newyearbestyou.  Everyone who completes the challenge will earn our newest “I’m Allergic to Basic Workouts Tank Top” #dontbebasic.  Let’s do this thang!

If you live in Dallas, come join the challenge in person!  We are offering a killer New Year deal for unlimited classes and official membership to the GRIT Family.  For only $105 per month you can join the party, take the challenge and hang out with me (which I hope you want to do)!  Here’s the link to sign up: REGISTER NOW

Alright gang, let’s make 2016 the best year of our lives and let’s do it as a team!  Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year!  xoxo, Brit

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If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again

Good morning friends!  I hope you’re ready to kick-start an amazing week.  This weekend I enjoyed not 1, not 2 but 3 fabulous holiday parties and today I’m in major need of a sweat session to burn off holiday cookies and champagne (sooooooo good!)

I wanted to share update with you that I hope gives you hope and encouragement.  If you recall,  a few weeks ago I traveled to San Antonio to participate in the local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I didn’t win.  (You can read my recap here).  I expressed my disappointment, but resolved to keep pushing forward to make the vision of my business come to life.

Me making my pitch (once again) at the InnovateHER pitch competition in Dallas, TX

Well…today I’m happy to announce that I recently competed in another local SBA InnovateHer business pitch contest and I won 1st place!  This means that my business pitch will be submitted to Washington, DC for the national competition after all.  I’m overjoyed and feeling proud of myself for not giving up after my setback.  I’ll be honest, I had to give myself a major pep talk to go at it again after losing the week before.  But I figured I had nothing to lose but my pride.  It was worth it!

As icing on the cake I connected with a fabulous group of Dallas women entrepreneurs.  We’ve already hung out since the competition and I invited them to come represent their brands at the  #GIRLBOSS women-owned business showcase to take place at my fitness studio this Saturday!

Me with the judges and fellow contestants in the Dallas, TX InnovateHER pitch contest – November 2015

My ultimate mission with the GRIT by Brit blog and the GRIT Fitness studio is help others develop the mental grit needed to best their lives.  Each day I have to practice perseverance to make it a habit.  It’s not easy, but I believe we can train ourselves to be “gritty.”  By choosing not to quit in the business plan competitions,  I’ll more readily persevere through the next challenge I face.

That said, I don’t believe failure is anybody’s destiny.  Life if too good for that 🙂

xoxo,Brit

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‘Tis the season to be fit – join Dallas GRIT Fitness!

Happy Tuesday friends!  Today I’m sharing a shameless plug for my start-up company, Dallas GRIT Fitness.  We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary and I’m so excited – so much has happened in only 12 months. I still remember writing this blog post about our grand opening festivities 🙂  If you live in Dallas, come check us out!  I promise you won’t regret it.

BONUS: We just finalized our new promo video.  You can watch it on our Facebook page!

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Okay that’s all for now.  I’ll be back with my 2015 Holiday Gift Picsks later this week.  Hope you have a fabulous day!  xoxo, Brit

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Holiday Hotel Gym Workout

Brit Rettig-Holiday Workout

Hola friends!  I just got back to Dallas from an awesome Thanksgiving getaway to Florida!  It was so nice to spend quality time with my immediate family and enjoy some fun in the sun.  I definitely ate a little more than I should have (oops) but fortunately my sister and I hit up our hotel gym a couple of times for a fun and efficient workout.

Holiday Hotel Gym Workout

Above is the workout that we did on Saturday morning.  It took about 30 minutes and left us both sweaty and feeling ready to inhale more pecan pie! (haha)  If you’re traveling this holiday season and looking for a fun hotel gym workout to spice up your routine, give this one a whirl.  I’ve also included a short instructional video below just to prove I practice what I preach 🙂

Enjoy!  xoxo, Brit


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#LUKESGRIT Challenge – Complimentary Fitness Classes in Dallas this Holiday Season!

Luke's Locker and GRIT Fitness

Hey Hey friends!  I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving Holiday and ate lots of yummy food that you love 🙂   No need to feel guilty for indulging because I have five, free, super-fun workouts in store for you this holiday season.  If you live in Dallas, come join me and my friends from Luke’s Locker for the #LUKESGRIT Challenge!  Me and 3 instructors from my studio will teach a sweaty series of high energy, motivating classes during the month of December.

The #LUKESGRIT challenge aims to provide a fun environment that encourages women to stay active during the holiday season. Generous prizes from Luke’s Locker will be awarded to those who complete 3 or more community classes in the month of December.

The challenge begins this Sunday, Dec. 6th with a kick off “GRIT mash up” class and shopping event at Luke’s Locker – Mockingbird, Dallas, TX. Each week following, members of the Dallas community can participate in a complimentary community workout at the GRIT Fitness studio located at 3821 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.

KICK OFF DETAILS

  • Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: Luke’s Locker 3046 Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
  • Cost: Free & open to the Dallas community
  • Details: Enjoy a 1-hour “mash up” workout led by GRIT Fitness instructors, followed by refreshments and shopping. The kick-off class will consist of Dance Cardio, Body Sculpting and Cardio Kick Boxing. Space is limited – class participants must register online!

SIGN UP FOR COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES

  • Kick Off – GRIT Mash Up Workout  12/6, 10:00am at Luke’s Locker – Mockingbird, Dallas, TX
  • Class 1 – Dance Club Cardio, 12/9, 7:30pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 2 – Turbo Kick, 12/16, 6:30pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 3 – GRIT HIIT, 12/23, 6:00pm at GRIT FITNESS
  • Class 4 – Body Sculpt Express, 12/30, 5:15pm at GRIT FITNESS

You can visit the GRIT Fitness website to read the description of each class format.  I hope to see you there!  xoxo, Brit

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