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2017 Intentions – Creating The Best Version of Yourself!

We have declared 2017 to be the Year of Intentions!! Together, let's create the best version of yourself. How do you have Intentions in your workout? An intention is something that you revisit whenever your mind starts wandering away from the present. This is a great strategy to include in your everyday workouts to stay focused…
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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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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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Couples That Sweat Together, Stay Together

Many would argue that staying focused on fitness is much easier to do when you are single. With more time to focus on yourself and less eating out, that certainly seems to be the case. So what can we do to stay motivated and keep an active lifestyle when sharing our time, focus and decisions…
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The Joy of Defy Gravity: A Physical Therapist’s Perspective

When we first came up with the idea of creating Defy Gravity studio, we wanted it to be a home to the fitness devotees of south Orange County that offered top-notch strength and flexibility training through Pilates, intense endurance training with cycling, and a wonderful environment in which every type of person and fitness level…
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7 Tips for Sticking to Your Fitness Resolution

While you don’t actually have to wait until the New Year to make a good change in your life, the annual resolution provides a healthy opportunity for you to self-reflect and consider where you might want to make improvements in your life. We at Defy Gravity are strong advocates of this, particularly when it comes…
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