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D Town Instructor | Brit Rettig

So excited to be featured on D Town Sweat! Check out my bio and learn a little more about my fitness business goals. Happy Tuesday ūüôā

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Brit Rettig Brit Rettig, instructor at Beyond Pedaling, and owner/instructor at Grit Fitness has got a lot more going on than a pretty smile and killer arms. With a BS from Cornell, a MBA from Harvard, and a former career in Management Consulting under her belt, this D Town instructor’s got a plan to make high-quality group fitness accessible and affordable in our city, and she’s already taken one big leap in the right direction.

Dallas Grit Fitness recently opened its doors, and mean girls beware ‚Äď no snobs allowed. This studio may not have all of the bells and whistles the high-end alternatives offer, but their beats are bumpin‚Äô and the high-quality workout makes up for the lack of shiny studio props. Brit‚Äôs engaged from start to finish, and she‚Äôs the type of instructor working to build a fitness community, not just a single good sweat session.

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Join the GRIT by Brit DietBet to Lose Weight & Win Cash!

Join the GRIT by Brit Diet BetLet’s jump-start a healthier 2014 with some fun & friendly competition! ¬†I started a diet bet game that will start on¬†Monday, January 6. ¬†Click here¬†to join our game and invite your friends and family too. ¬†Our pot of money grows as players join. ¬†Whoever hits their goal splits the pot. ¬†Get healthier, have fun and win some cash – don’t wait our game starts¬†next Monday!

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Eager to start your fitness resolutions? I’m now offering online workouts through Booya Fitness!

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Happy New Year – 2014 has arrived! ¬†This year, I’ve launched a partnership with Booya Fitness¬†so you can workout with me during busy work weeks, travel, or even bad weather.

My featured video can be done in 30 minutes or less and is sure to have you shakin’ and sweatin’!

Worried about noise or have space constraints? Booya has created filters for these features so you can find a fun, challenging workout that perfectly fits your environment.

CLICK HERE to sign up with promo code GBBLaunch in the next 7 days and get 30 days of free, unlimited access!

Wishing you a happy & healthy 2014 – let’s WORK!

Lots of luv, Brit

 


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Year in Review: GRIT by Brit’s Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of 2013

Wow! ¬†The New Year is upon us and I have so much so much grateful for. Most importantly, I’m so thankful for all of you who follow my blog and send me encouraging messages. ¬†There’s¬†nothing more rewarding than connecting with you. ¬†Thank you so very much – be blessed¬†exceedingly¬†and¬†abundantly!

This blog started out as a simple channel for me to share my hotel workouts and transformed into my passion-filled prized possession and platform to help us all live healthier, happier and more positive lives.  Only a year and half since my first post, GRIT by Brit doubled in size to over 3,000 followers.  The 2nd blogiversary is coming up in March.   I have even greater expectations for 2014!

So now without further or do I present to you, 2013’s Top 10 Most Memorable moments:

  1. Teaching my 1st Indoor Cycling Class¬†– I got certified in Schwinn indoor cycling in 2012 but didn’t teach my first class until May of this year. ¬†It’s so crazy how teaching a new fitness format challenges me, takes me out of my comfort zone and feels exhilarating at the same time. ¬†Making playlists full of Jay-Z, Britney and Eminem is also really fun!

    Grinning from ear to ear with excitement before teaching my 1st indoor cycling class - May 2013

    Grinning from ear to ear with excitement before teaching my 1st indoor cycling class – May 2013

  2. Turbo NYC¬†–¬†While I was living in NYC for 7 months, I started a pop up Turbo Kick class in Flatiron. ¬†It quickly gained traction and my friends (old and new) joined me every Sunday to sweat and bring some heat to the bone-chilling NYC cold. ¬†This was a short stint, but boy was it sweet. ¬†Here you can read my reflections from my first Turbo NYC class:¬†http://gritbybrit.com/2013/01/27/the-world-is-yours/

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    Rockin’ it out at my last Turbo NYC class in NYC – May 2013

  3. PiYo on the Deck¬†– When I was asked to teach weekly PiYo classes on the W Dallas Hotel Wet Deck I was like, “ah yea…I’m officially on the map!” ¬†This was huge personal accomplishment. ¬†Better yet, it was fun, free way that I could share mind-body training with my friends and other members of the Dallas community. ¬†Free. Fierce. Fitness = GRIT by Brit core values!

    Teaching my 1st PiYo on the deck class - Summer 2013

    Teaching my 1st PiYo on the deck class – Summer 2013

  4. Lose the Pooch Workout¬†– I had no idea this workout would go viral on Pinterest, but it has! ¬†Clearly many of us are eager to work our lower abs and prevent a protruding FUPA. ¬†This will certainly be my cue to make more “Lose the Pooch” workouts in 2014. ¬†You can get the full workout here:¬†http://gritbybrit.com/2013/03/05/lose-the-pooch-complete-workout-for-your-lower-abs/

    Focusing on the FUPA!  Lower abs workout - March 2013

    Focusing on the FUPA! Lower abs workout – March 2013

  5. GRIT by Brit Tank Tops¬†– We have tanks now finally – yay! ¬†Not much to say on this one except that I’m glad I can now “reprezent my clique” in public. ¬†And you can too! ¬†Buy yours at my eStore:¬†http://gritbybrit-shop.com/

    Tank tops officially for sale!  November 2013

    Tank tops officially for sale! November 2013

  6. New workout video with BOOYA Fitness¬†So in 2012 I released GRIT by Brit Ultimate Body Burn, which I hope you already rocked out. ¬† On New Year‚Äôs day 2014 I will release my new and improved 30 minute, high intensity, music blasting, cardio workout. ¬†Booya Fitness, an online fitness video subscription start-up company, was the driving force behind this collaboration. ¬†I’m so honored to be one of their featured instructors.¬† You all must go sign up for your subscription today!http://www.booyafitness.com/

    On shoot day with Booya Fitness - September 2013

    On shoot day with Booya Fitness – September 2013

  7. Dr. OZ Cleanses Holy Moly!  I don’t know if I should be excited or concerned, but when I started posting reviews of the Dr. Oz cleanses, I got over 2,000 hits per day!  Now I love a good cleanse, but I was amazed at our intense interest in cleanse regimens. Just remember, cleanses are a great one-off solution, but living a healthy lifestyle consistently (not only for a 3-day cleanse) is where the real work and the real rewards come.

    Sharing my bootleg version of the Dr. Oz Juice Cleanse - Summer 2013

    Sharing my bootleg version of the Dr. Oz Juice Cleanse – Summer 2013

  8. Blog makeover –¬†So when I started GRIT by Brit I knew nothing about blogging (I think that’s still the case to be quite honest). ¬†However, this year I met an amazingly talented photographer/graphic designer who has become my creative director and my friend. ¬†Alivia Duran – thank you! ¬†GRIT by Brit is looking better than ever. ¬†You are a God-send! ¬†You can guys can check Alivia’s website:¬†http://www.aliviaduran.com/

    Old school GRIT by Brit Header from 2012.  But look at me now! haha

    Old school GRIT by Brit blog header from 2012. But look at me now! haha

  9. Sharing my Lean In Story –¬†I heard Sheryl Sandberg speak at a women’s conference in April and I immediately felt a sense of duty to take more risks in my life and to also share my story with other women. ¬†On my way home from that conference, I wrote my Lean In story and submitted it to be published. ¬† If you haven’t read it, you can check it out here:¬†http://leanin.org/stories/brittani-rettig/¬†(P.S. I wrote this with a great sense of urgency so there are a few typos – please read with a forgiving spirit).

    My story about pursuing my fitness dreams on the official Lean In community site.  Summer 2013

    My story about pursuing my fitness dreams on the official Lean In community site. Summer 2013

  10. Being on TV (Good Morning Texas) –¬†Huge thanks to Sporty Afros for being my fit friends and partners in crime on this. ¬†Alex and Whitney, co-founders of http://sportyafros.com/¬†have been my blog mentors and ongoing sources of inspiration. ¬†Thanks to both of you for sharing the limelight with me as you tackled the critical topics of natural hair and health. ¬†Together, we are going to win the war on obesity among women of color! ¬†Health OVER Hair!
Modeling "healthy hair" in light of a rigorous workout regimen on Good Morning Texas - May 2013

Modeling “healthy hair” in light of a rigorous workout regimen on Good Morning Texas – May 2013

Well, that’s the end gang. ¬†2013 has flown by, but it sure was good to me. ¬†I’m humbled and grateful for all of the blessings I’ve experienced. ¬†I wish you an amazing 2014 that exceeds your expectations – the best is ALWAYS yet to come!

Happy New Year!  xoxo, Brit


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Happy Healthy Holidays! A Christmas gift for you…

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas full of blessings  in abundance, laughter and good times with people who you love.  Enjoy this holiday discount as my personal Christmas gift to you and prepare to kick-start 2014 on a happy and healthy note!  CLICK HERE to visit my eStore.

Love you very much –¬†Healthy¬†Holidays! ¬†xoxo, Brit

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Thursday’s daily dose of inspiration

A short, simple and very true positive affirmation for you guys. SAY it – BELIEVE it!

Hope your week is going well. I’m working on some special holiday workouts and recipes that you’re sure enjoy – stay tuned…

Lots of love to you! xoxo Brit


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Brit’s Fit Holiday Picks: Top Fitness Gifts…a Gym Rat’s Dream!

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Alright Gang – it’s that time of year. ¬†I can’t believe we are only 2 weeks away from Christmas! ¬†In my lifelong efforts to be like Oprah, I’ve compiled¬†Brit’s Fit Holiday Gift Picks¬†(my version of Oprah’s Favorite Things). ¬†Unfortunately, I’m NOT a baller and you will NOT receive a free gift set of the items above. ¬†However, because I’m in the Christmas spirit,¬†I will send a free GRIT by Brit workout tank top to the first 20 people who email me their preferred color (black¬†or¬†blue), size and mailing address (email¬†brit@gritbybrit.com).¬†¬†You’re welcome ūüôā

So let’s get to right to it. ¬†My holiday fitness wish list goes a little something like this…

  1. OMG That’s Paleo? Recipe Book¬†($19.85) – So I started following Juli Bauer on Instagram and quickly became a fan of her blog/social media community PaleOMG. ¬†Her recipes are super savory and made with the fitness enthusiast in mind. ¬†She gets creative with the Paleo diet which is awesome if you’re sick and tired of eating the standard “burger no bun.”
  2. Quest Bars Variety Box¬†($26.99) – If you guys remember my post on the Best and Worst Nutrition Bars, Quest Bars topped my list due to their low sugar, high protein, high fiber and great taste. ¬†There are SO many yummy Quest bar flavors, so I would love a variety box. ¬†They are also convenient “meals on the go” especially when I ‘m traveling for work.
  3. Nike FlyKnit Multi Colored Sneakers¬†($129.90) – ¬†I’m a Nike FREE junkie partially due to functionality, but mostly due to style. ¬†However, the new Nike FlyKnit sneakers ¬†are supposed to be really light, flexible and comfortable. ¬†Also, they have this cool multicolored print that I love. ¬†I will definitely be getting some of these. ¬†Probably 2 pairs.
  4. Lululemon Reversible Wunder Under Yoga Pants ($92)- These leggings are bold fuchsia on one side and black on the other.  Plus they fit like a glove and give your booty a nice little lift.  I would wear these to yoga and then continue to wear them to prance around in the grocery store Рword.
  5. Nike Twisted Headband¬†($15)¬†– Because I’m a headband junkie, 2 different types of headbands made my list. ¬†This one is a new design by Nike that’s also very wide and twists like the Turban one. ¬†However, this is made of dri-fit moisture-wicking fabric and looks more sporty. ¬†I will wear this one to the gym and actually workout in it. ¬†I REALLY want one. ¬†Bad.
  6. Puma Women’s All Sport No Show Socks ($14) – These socks are the perfect texture – not too thick and not too thin. ¬†They keep my feet relatively dry during sweaty workouts and don’t show at all. ¬†Simple and effective. ¬†Just my style.
  7. Up 24 by Jawbone¬†($149.95) – So, you guys already know I’m obsessed with my Jawbone UP wristband. ¬†I wrote a product review a few months ago and my only beef was that there is no blue tooth capability. ¬†Well, that’s not the case anymore! ¬†The new and improved Jawbone UP 24 now has blue tooth capability so you don’t have to manually plug it into your iPhone to sync. ¬†I like to think I influenced that product enhancement.
  8. Focus T25 by Shaun T & Beach Body ($119.85) – As much as I want to be a Shaun T hater, he has a way of sucking me in. ¬†I’ve never tried Insanity, but I’m intrigued by this new T25 program. ¬† Essentially, the program is like Insanity but more “focused.” ¬†Each workout is only 25 minutes long and is promised to deliver the same results as a longer workout. ¬† Also, since I’ve come to the realization that I can only do a home workout for 30 minutes before I start to zone out, I’m even more eager to try T25. ¬†I plan start the Focus T25 program the day after Christmas. ¬†I’ll give it a formal GRIT by Brit review and share with you guys.
  9. C9 Champion Cold Weather Pull Over Fleece ($21.24) РThis is super cute, super warm and super inexpensive.  You can get it at Target. Enough said.
  10. Bosu Ball ($79.95) – Like 3 years ago I had a personal trainer and he always made me do Bosu Burpees and Bosu Plank stability drills. ¬†Since then I kind of stopped because I usually just go to group fitness classes. ¬†But, this holiday season I want to buy a Bosu Ball to keep in my house so I can start incorporating the exercises back into my routine. ¬†They are super effective for cardio and strength training. ¬†Actually, I’ll do a blog post on my favorite Bosu Ball exercises…
  11. Tribal Print Turban Headband ($10) – Aren’t these headbands presh? ¬†So, I don’t necessarily want to wear these to the gym, I just want to wear them with gym clothes. ¬†They come in all different patterns, but the tribal prints are my favorites. ¬†They give me the perfect balance of looking chic yet effortless. ¬†You can get them on Etsy.
  12. Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Replenishing Pack ($10 for 3 packs)¬†– These deep conditioning treatments are my saving grace. ¬†I sweat a lot. ¬†Like my hair is wringing wet after a tough workout. ¬†I have to be diligent about hydrating my hair, so I do use one of these replenishing pack treatments each week. ¬†It’s a good, weekly, deep conditioning routine especially for women with hair texture similar to mine which tends to dry out.
  13. Lululemon ¬†Yeah Yoga Tank ($58) – How cute is the back on this? ¬†I like this tank because it’s supportive for those of us who are bustier, but also cute and sexy with the backless crisscross design. ¬†I can wear this to yoga AND to kickboxing because it provides enough support. ¬†Also, the fabric is thick and fits very snug, which I appreciate.
  14. Foam Roller¬†($15-20)¬†– Foam rolling is my massage substitute. ¬†It’s also a ¬†good warm up for high intensity workouts (along with some light cardio). ¬†The foam roller allows you to massage deep into your muscle fibers, generate heat and break up lactic acid. ¬†It’s a really good tool to have around your house if you do lots of high impact and high intensity workouts (i.e Kickboxing, Boot Camps, CrossFIT, etc.).
  15. Sporty Afros G+ Hair Spray¬†($5-10)¬†– I started using this product from Sporty Afros after I got a sample in a swag bag. ¬†It’s amazing! ¬†The spray is made specifically for athletes. ¬†So after a workout when my hair is sweaty, I spray it heavily on my roots and lightly on my ends, then comb my hair with a wide tooth comb. ¬†It helps prevent breakage and keeps my hair moist. ¬†Most importantly, it doesn’t feel greasy. ¬†I’m a fan!

What’s on your holiday wish list?