Celebrate Active Nation Day with Dallas Grit Fitness!

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Every year, Lorna Jane celebrates Active Nation Day in September, by encouraging girls to get outside and move! There are local events literally all over the world for you to get involved in. Find an event on your local Lorna Jane Facebook page, or just visit the Active Nation Day website! There are no shortage of good things happening.

Come celebrate this day at Northpark Mall, with Dallas Grit Fitness! For Grit Mashup! OMG you are going to get an amazing workout….Body Sculpt, Turbo Kick and Dance Club Cardio, you don’t want to miss this class with our energetic instructors, Annabel, Emily, and Brittani! Can’t wait to see you there.

What is Active Nation Day?

Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life!

Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with 39% of the adult population now overweight and 1.9 billion of the world’s population not getting sufficient exercise. It’s time to make a change and the change starts with you!

On September 27 2015, we’ll be hosting events all over the world to encourage women to mark their commitment to Active Living by getting out and moving their bodies. We think there should be a day dedicated to Active Living – a day where people are asked to consider putting their health and fitness first – resetting their commitment and inspiring others to do the same.

LJ piece of the month!

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Hey there loyal readers! I hope you had an amazing weekend full of laughs, joy, and sweat. This week was put into perspective in the Tone it Up community and it made me appreciate my friends and family more than ever. On Friday, the Grit fam and some of my #tiusisters, came together for a happy hour. We enjoyed a few drinks at The Rustic and caught up on life. I am so thankful for this community in Dallas, because it is to welcoming. If you come to the studio, be sure to introduce yourself!

Today I’m starting a new blog series dedicated to my favorite Lorna Jane active living gear! I will take you through my collection of LJ pieces for fitness and leisure. I am one of those girls that only purchases work clothes every couple of years. I would rather spend my money on fitness and leisure clothing. As crazy as it sounds, I just need that extra motivation to feel my best while I’m working out. When you have a fun outfit to put on, you are much more likely to push harder in your workout, feel good doing it, and enjoy yourself! Lorna Jane can be found at TJ Maxx, but I shop at my local store in the West Village. I love supporting my local boutiques when I can. Their staff is so friendly, and they have many fun and free events at their Active Living Room. Go check it out.

This month’s piece is the Lara Sports Bra. As soon as this item came out, I had my eye on it-that mesh!!! I can’t get enough of mesh. Dallas is a hot city, I need everything to breath! As a fitness instructor, I am part of the Active Ellite group of women that Lorna Jane gives a nice discount to. To sign up, bring your certification into any store and they will sign you up! (This goes for most athletic apparel stores, just ask =) I love how versatile this crop top is, you can throw a vest over it and wear it out to brunch or a girls day after your workout. The back is killer! Show off those muscles girls. My favorite aspect of LJ clothing is they really flatter women! The fabrics are incredibly durable and soft, and they have removable padding for girls who tend to want a more feminine looking top. I wear this top to our signature Powerbelle class at Dallas Grit Fitness. It lets me move, sweat, and turn every which way for a total body workout. As always, be sure to wash your LJ items separate and hang dry only. They will last much longer. Enjoy!

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Weekend Warriors! Hosting your BFF in Dallas

Happy Monday my amazing FitGirlfriends! Life is better when we share it right? Well, I am still coming off of such a wonderful weekend spend with one of my best childhood friends, and my fiance, and future family here in the Big D! You might be wondering what a typical weekend looks like for me, and as much as I would like to say that I always get out to explore Dallas, I’m guilty of being a bit of a workaholic. Instead of staying in, we went out to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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Carleigh and I have been what I like to call best ‘FitGirlfriends’ since we were young….playing sports, training for triathlons. Her love for soccer and track helped me continuously push my limits through hot summer nights, literally spent doing her D1 soccer workouts at the track until 9pm. While I loved to work on the body’s form and was literally obsessed with making her do my grueling ab workouts, we made an awesome pair. Friday we started our day off, working out in my living room and sweat through Insanity Max 30 (sweat intervals month 2)  for 30 minutes of craziness! After re-charging with my favorite chocolate nutrition shake, shakeology, we headed out to the West Village to do some shopping. We ended up finding the cutest spring finds at Flirt Boutique-check them out! Also stop into Paciugo for some dairy-free (and very tasty) gelato options.

Friday night my fiance and I went on a date to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and found the coolest pieces of art from vendors all over Texas. The weather was perfect to stop for a margarita, and enjoy some people watching! After that we went to Elle’s Southern Kitchen in the West End of downtown for some #BFD. Breakfast for dinner is just something fun once and a while, the pancakes there are a must try!

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Saturday, as if we weren’t already sore enough, Carleigh and were privileged enough to take not one but TWO heart-pumping, fierce, and fun sweat sessions at Dallas Grit Fitness! We took Flexin’ Flow by Brit at 10 and Turbo Kick at 11 with Anabelle! If you have been looking for a new type of experience in your fitness life-Grit is a one of a kind community. We burned over 1,000 calories between the two! I know these classes were new to both my friend AND my fiance (bless his heart for joining us!) but they were challenging and fun in a great way-something to be proud of!

Turbo Kick is sort of my soulmate workout. I couldn’t really imagine my life without it! Think amazing hip hop, fresh new pop hits, and some crazy kick-boxing choreography. Turbo Kick is one of those classes that you will want to take at least 3-5 times before throwing in the towel! It’s meant to confuse your body, and as long as you keep moving, have fun, and do NOT take yourself too seriously, you will get a great workout and have fun! I stayed after our class for Instructor orientation, and am currently working towards becoming a part of the Grit Instructor Dream Team! Wish me luck, I hope to see y’all there in the future for ANY class. We have so much fun! Enjoy your first week of unlimited classes for just $10!

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After heading to Watermark-my family’s church-home in Dallas and enjoying the Easter Service on Saturday afternoon, Carleigh and I had our own girls ‘date night’ in the West Village at Eureka! If you haven’t tried this place yet, go tonight! It’s amazing. Such a fun farm to table concept, with open air seating onto their patio, and a menu that will (literally) rock you!  We enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilled in this marble wine cooler-which I absolutely loved. After deciding between burgers and salad, we decided to do a little bit of both! You can order any burger ‘naked’ on a bed of fresh arugala which was lovely (highly recommend the Fig burger and the Havarti burger) and my favorite part of the meal was our Beet salad-complete with oranges, fennel, goat cheese, walnuts, watermelon, and POPRocks! Highlight of our night. Check them out and don’t be afraid to have their amazing french fries as well! The portion sizes are great and the flavors are memorable!

 

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