Category Archives: pilates

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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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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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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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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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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