Yearly Archives: 2016

Healthy for the Holidays

“My diet can start in January."  “I don’t have time to work out during the holidays.” “I am too busy to worry about my health right now.”  These are common excuses why people put their health and fitness in the back seat during the holidays. You may have said or know someone who has said…
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Cornbread Sausage Dressing with Leeks & Pears

Are you looking for that one recipe to set your Thanksgiving dinner over the top? Then you have to try this recipe from Carrie Paul, a professional chef and one of our Defy Gravity members!! Shannon makes it every year and it is always a hit!! Cornbread Sausage Dressing with Leeks & Pears Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free…
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What you didn’t know about Shannon!!

If you don't know Shannon, you should!! She is one of the two amazing owners and founders of Defy Gravity. She has been teaching group fitness for over 20 years including step aerobics, cycling, Pilates, and now Bodhi. Her classes are energetic, fast paced and fun! She lives walking distance away from the studio, Alabama…
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Find Your Inner Strength

Inner strength. Getting what you want from your workout, your  job and your life takes mental strength. Here's how to find yours! Imagine yourself in a Defy cycle class, you're exhausted but your coach tells you to add gear because we are going up an intense hill! You could pretend to add gear, after all…
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Is Bodhi Barre Better Than Barre? You Bet!

Barre class have been all the rage. This ballet inspired workout incorporates ballet moves into a sweaty and fun fitness class. Defy's NEW Bodhi Barre class is redefining the typical barre workout and taking it to the next level! Instead of using a stable ballet bar, we use our Bodhi suspension ropes. This is the…
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Why Cycle?

You've probably seen the packed dark rooms of a cycling class, loud music, and an overly excited instructor! If you been on a bike in one of these class you know you are going to work hard and leave stronger! If you haven’t been, you are probably wondering what all the buzz is about. Here…
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When In Doubt…. Roll It Out!

Foam rolling is like flossing. You should do it regularly and you always feel better when you do. But foam rolling isn’t just for recovery, although it is a great recovery tool, it is for a serious workout too! If you have ever taken one of Defy's Instructor Extraordinaire Laura’s foam roller classes you know…
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Awesome Summer Abs

Everyone wants a stronger, leaner and toner stomach for the Summer. So, what is the best way to get there? And what are the best exercises? First things first, let's understand the anatomy of the stomach and what the abdominal muscles are and their function. There are four abdominal muscles: Transversus Abdominis – this muscle…
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The Good Sweat!

Detoxing has become very popular buzz word, from juice detoxing, to detox diets, to over-hyped products that add detox to its name.  But the truth is your body has already has a process that detoxes you! “The primary detox organs are the liver and kidneys, but sometimes they’re not able to get rid of certain…
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Awaken Your Body

If you have been to Defy you know that we love our Bodhi Suspension System!! But did you know where it came from? Or why it works so great? Bodhi in Sanskrit means “to awaken” and the Bodhi does exactly that, it awakens our bodies to their true physical potential.  The Bodhi stimulates the deep…
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The Busy Person’s Workout

Strength Training or Cardio?! Our lives are so full with work, family, friends, and just life. So when you've only got an hour to workout you want to spend your time efficiently and maximize your results. What is the best way to spend this hour? Is is strength training or should I just do cardio?…
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Testimonial by Carla

We love all our members at Defy Gravity!  They all have their own special story and journey with fitness.  Carla was willing to share her story about her 16 plus years doing Pilates! We love the fact that Pilates is functional fitness for life, not just a passing fad. Check out her story!    …
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What is my core and how do I engage it?

“Zip up those jeans.” “Put a pair of jeans two sizes too small.” “Pull your ribs down to your hips.” And last but certainly not least, Defy's signature cue "Pull your armpits down". If you have been to a Defy Gravity class then you have heard these cues. Believe it or not these are more…
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Simply Roast Chicken & Creamless Artichoke Soup Recipes!

We love our members at Defy Gravity! They are incredibly driven and have amazing talents, this is definitely the case with Lauren Arabia. Lauren is a professionally trained chef who spends some of her time teaching others how to make great things in their kitchens without overcomplicating it. Life is stressful, cooking shouldn't be.  As…
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Feel the Burn! And the “After-Burn”

Have you heard of the term “after-burn”? We briefly spoke about it in our last blog post about Tabatas.  After-burn occurs when someone engages in “vigorous” exercise they continue to burn calories even post workout. For example, a 45 minute vigorous exercise increases metabolic rate for 14 hours.  So your latest cardio workout can keep…
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