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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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Tabata or Not to Tabata. That is the Question.

What can you possibly accomplish in just four minutes on the bike? A lot, actually! All you have to do is ride as hard as you can. Better yet, instead of riding as hard as you can for four straight minutes, ride at your true maximum power-output level in several short bursts, resting just long…
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Testimonial Tuesday – MARAIA

As you know at Defy Gravity we are Addicted to Results! #AddictedToResults When Maraia first walked into Defy Gravity she was new to the area, super sweet, and eager to get started on her first goals. She shared them with us and we worked with her to find the best workout schedule and classes to…
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INTENTIONS, A BETTER WAY.

We are deep into January of the New Year. So, how are those 2016 goals coming along? Most people start strong, hang on for about a good 3 weeks, don’t see the end results they wanted and slowly fall away. You know what I mean. “i’m going to lose 3 pound this week”. Does this…
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The Joy of Defy Gravity: A Man’s Perspective

In the midst of working on the seemingly endless tasks life delegates, it’s easy to get caught up in the doing of things and the constant moving forward. While it’s always a good thing to be progressing, it is equally important to take the time to really look at all you’ve accomplished and how far…
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DG Wedding Transformation: Lindsey

Few things bring a more overwhelming sense of joy to our studio than when one of our clients gets engaged to be married! Seeing their inner sparkle shine through with the excitement of what their future holds is something that never gets old for us. And it's amazing to see how their wonderful news sparks…
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Top 10 Healthy Summer Activities in Newport Beach

Summer is in full swing and we at Defy Gravity cannot wait to take advantage of all the amazing resources our beautiful community has to offer. We try to remember each day how lucky we are to be able to do what we love – share fitness and healthy living with our amazing clients –…
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The Joy of Defy Gravity: A Mother’s Perspective

One thing that never ceases to amaze us here at Defy Gravity is how our clients manage to juggle consistent workouts in our studio with all they have going on in their lives. Even more amazing is how focused they are and how hard they push themselves in class. And, perhaps, our most inspiringly balanced…
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