Category Archives: motivation

Q&A with our Fabulous Instructor Kristy

Kristy is an important part of our team here at Defy. We love her energy and what she brings to the studio. We had a Q&A with her and here are her answers! 1. What inspired you to start teaching at Defy? My journey at Defy began as a Pilates and Cycling Student. I came…
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How To Get The Best Results From Your Cycle Class!

At Defy we love the science behind fitness and getting real results. We know your time is valuable and you want your workout to be efficient and effective! So when we found this article, it was so right on that we had to share. Fads are fads for a reason, they don't usually last because…
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The Steps to Better Intentions

So you understand Intentions and you are ready to set Intentions for 2017! So here are some great tips to help! Step 1. Clarify how you want fitness to fit into your life. Ask yourself these key questions: What would your ideal day look like? How much of your time would be dedicated to fitness or…
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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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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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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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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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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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