DEFINE: South Lamar | Austin https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com barre, cycling, yoga, trampoline, hammock & more Sat, 01 Sep 2018 01:58:30 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Instructor Spotlight, Kate Reese: Instructor, Dog Lover and Nutritional Consultant https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/instructor-spotlight-kate-reese-instructor-dog-lover-nutritional-consultant/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:45:12 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21768 You probably already know Kate Reese from her magnetic energy or phenomenal playlists, but when Kate isn’t at the studio teaching rev, body or 30/30s, she works as a nutrition and lifestyle consultant. Kate’s wellness journey started when she was diagnosed with a serious allergy to gluten, dairy and soy at the age of 13. This was an incredibly tough […]

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You probably already know Kate Reese from her magnetic energy or phenomenal playlists, but when Kate isn’t at the studio teaching revbody or 30/30s, she works as a nutrition and lifestyle consultant.

Kate’s wellness journey started when she was diagnosed with a serious allergy to gluten, dairy and soy at the age of 13. This was an incredibly tough age to be limited to such a restricted diet. But as Kate often does, she found light in a negative situation, and started to seek out ways to not only live a healthy life, but thrive. Her personal journey inspired her to attend the University of Montana and obtain a BA in Psychology where she completed a thesis on Positive Aging. From there, she went on to become a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and started Everwell Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting so that she could help others with similar ailments learn to live to their best life.

When Kate isn’t teaching at the studio or helping others in her personal practice, you can find her at Zilker Park with her beloved goldendoodle, Sully.

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Learning to Love Healthy https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/learning-love-healthy/ Sun, 27 Aug 2017 19:17:02 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21627 Fitness has never been my thing. Sure, I played sports in middle school, and my mom signed me up for gymnastics and ice skating lessons as a kid. But once I started high school, physical activity basically flew out the window. I was in dance . . . for a fine arts credit. I got […]

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Fitness has never been my thing. Sure, I played sports in middle school, and my mom signed me up for gymnastics and ice skating lessons as a kid. But once I started high school, physical activity basically flew out the window. I was in dance . . . for a fine arts credit. I got involved with the cross-country team . . . as the team manager . . . for a PE credit, sitting on the bleachers with the coach and taking others’ run-times. Then there was that brief period when some friends and I did “Insanity” video workouts before school. But as much as we liked to think we were working out, most of our time was spent lying on the floor thinking Mr. T is crazy.

In college, I was notoriously “the girl who doesn’t work out.” But this past December I realized I should be taking better care of my body. So over winter break I decided to give barre a try. I spent a few days researching all the different barre studios in the Houston area, comparing prices and reading Yelp reviews. But when it came down to it, I knew I needed someone to drag me to wherever I was going to go. I had a friend who went to DEFINE body & mind pretty regularly, and  one day she took me to a Body (barre) class. I walked out very confused with what had just happened. Honestly, I’d spent most of my time trying to figure out the movements. (Remember: I’d never spent much time in gyms or studios.) All of it had been so new and overwhelming.

Yet there was something special about DEFINE that kept me coming back. I liked how the instructor asked my name and remembered it through the class. I liked that she could tell when I was confused and would come near my mat to show me how to do something. In every class I learned a new pose, or information about a particular muscle, including why it’s so important. Learning about my body while using it helped me to see that this was something I needed in my life.

My new member package still had about a week left when I got back to Austin from winter break, so I decided to check out what the Austin location was like. I went to DEFINE on South Lamar, and I had the same experience with all the Body instructors there that I’d had in the Houston location. Each of them was knowledgeable, supportive, and encouraging, and they all wanted to know me. As a self-proclaimed teacher’s pet, I thrive in this type of environments . I love hearing “So strong, Hunter” or “Great job, Hunter” or “You got this, Hunter!”

When spring break was coming up, I decided to give the whole cardio thing a try. Despite my sweat-aversion, I made my way to the very back of the Rev room, thinking I could hide, for a class taught by an instructor who knew me. Yet she noticed me immediately and said “Hunter! I’m so glad to see you in here.” With time, indoor cycling became easier. I learned the language, the rhythm presses and travel backs, how to keep the lead leg. It became like a dance. Something you can almost predict what will happen. (These days, when I’m sitting in my car listening to my music, I’m often wishing I was on the bike, keeping the rhythm with my whole body). I soon became acquainted with almost all the instructors and, as they learned about me, I got to know them a bit too. I discovered that these women aren’t just fitness instructors, but also kind and smart people with other jobs and normal lives who simply care about their bodies and want to share this with others.

These instructors have become friends and role models to me as I transition out of college and into the adult world. Seeing them care for their body in healthy ways has made me truly care about my own body—well beyond the way it looks. I’ve learned to care about the way it feels. I like how I’ve developed arm muscles. I like that my flat behind has become ever so slightly less flat. I like how strong my back and legs now feel. And I love that I’ve regained flexibility I haven’t had since my middle school days.  

I’m always genuinely excited to go to DEFINE. They don’t scold me when I haven’t been there for a week, but instead greet me with a smile or a “I’ve missed you!” In the past, whenever I would go to the gym alone, I’d always tell myself, “Good enough. At least you’re here, at least you’re trying.” But I never loved it—let alone liked it. Define has taught me how to love having a healthy body.

Through this journey, I’ve learned that I have more courage, confidence, and strength than I ever realized. This studio pushes me to try new, healthy things in all different parts of my life. I’ve learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Hunter Thomson, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Client since January of 2017

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Fitness and Friendship, Finding Community in a Surprising Space https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/fitness-friendship-finding-community-surprising-space/ Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:48:30 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21564 Being a new client at a fitness studio can be intimidating—it’s easy to feel lost when you feel like everyone knows what they’re doing except for you. Since I’d grown up participating in sports, exercise was a part of the balance of my life, and something I wanted to continue after I moved to Austin […]

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Being a new client at a fitness studio can be intimidating—it’s easy to feel lost when you feel like everyone knows what they’re doing except for you.

Since I’d grown up participating in sports, exercise was a part of the balance of my life, and something I wanted to continue after I moved to Austin for college. I started out by hopping from fitness studio to fitness studio, trying out group classes that ranged from spinning to yoga to Pilates to kickboxing. At each new place, there seemed to be so many bells and whistles to familiarize myself with. But the hardest part was feeling like I was alone in adapting to the new environment and exercise. I was happy to be active, yet I realized that I missed the aspect of community and support I’d always received from team sports.

When I started coming to DEFINE, I immediately noticed that the atmosphere was different from anywhere I’d been before. Not only was the variety of workout classes a positive challenge, but also the little interactions around the studio made me excited to come back for more. I’ll give you a few examples of what I mean by “little interactions.” Even though I was a new face at the studio, the front desk staff always greeted me with a smile—and that made me feel like a regular. During rev, even from the bike on stage the instructor would find a way to push me when I needed it yet also know when my body needed a break. In every body class, I felt a sense of camaraderie when instructors would hop on the mat next to mine and join in on the movements. Bounce classes can make anyone feel silly, but the instructors somehow filled the room with an infectious energy that made the choreography so fun I forgot I hadn’t been on a trampoline since I was twelve. And the mind classes . . . hanging upside down suspended in the air like the bats under the South Congress bridge is a feeling most of us don’t have in our daily lives, but after the instructor had explained the benefits and led a newbie through the motions, it suddenly turned into an activity I wanted to do repeatedly.

The amazing thing about DEFINE—besides the things I just mentioned, which all continue to happen—is that the instructors create an atmosphere that makes me feel like I’m working out with friends every time I walk into the rev or body room. In every DEFINE class, instead of being given instructions or feeling taught at, I feel like the instructors want me to find and reach my full potential. Then the fear vanishes of being judged by how fast my legs can spin or how heavy my weights are. The energy at the studio is fueled by positivity and support, and it infects anyone who walks through the door. Whenever I’m feeling tired or weak, not only are the instructors great cheerleaders, but the people taking the class alongside me also inspire me to push through. Whether I come to the studio with friends or come by myself to clear my head and get away from the chaos of the day, I know I’ll come to a class filled with people who have the same general goals in mind. Every revolution on the bike, pulse on the mat, jump on the trampoline, and stretch on the hammock is a step each of us takes together, as a DEFINE team and family, toward reaching our best body and mind.

Priscilla Tanamal, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Client and Experience Expert

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In the Workout Bag of DEFINE body & mind Instructor and Hairstylist Ricky Hodge https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/workout-bag-define-body-mind-instructor-hairstylist-ricky-hodge/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:37:29 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21550 When DEFINE body & mind rev instructor Ricky Hodge isn’t tapping it back on the bike, you can find him at his eponymous salon on Austin’s east side. Ricky has been in the beauty industry since 2007, specializing in cuts and and color. (He’s the master of blonde.) Ricky let us take a peek inside his Goyard […]

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When DEFINE body & mind rev instructor Ricky Hodge isn’t tapping it back on the bike, you can find him at his eponymous salon on Austin’s east side. Ricky has been in the beauty industry since 2007, specializing in cuts and and color. (He’s the master of blonde.)

Ricky let us take a peek inside his Goyard bag, giving us the scoop on what he wouldn’t dare leave the house without. He also shared some quick freshening-up tips, so that your boss will never be the wiser if you slip out for a midday sweat. 

The Essentials:

Burt’s Bees exfoliating face wipes, a must after a tough workout to keep the skin fresh and avoid blemishes. “Taking care of your body includes your face. There’s nothing better than to wipe your face off with an exfoliating wipe. It’s fresh, it’s clean, and it feels great.” 

KMS Sea Salt Spray and Nourish Organic Argan Oil because slightly dirty hair can suddenly become the best hair with just the right about of product. “I have dry hair, so I use argan oil to tame the flyaways after a ride. And since hair naturally has grit I like to add salt for more texture. Just spray some in and your hair suddenly has volume and the perfect chic-messy look.” 

Invisi Bobble hair ties, which are perfect for keeping your hair off your face while avoiding the rubber band crease. “The spiral shape tie has less tension, which will prevent you from breaking and damaging your hair. And it keeps your hair looking effortless after a ride.”

Beats headphones and a phone charger because you never know when you’ll need to put together a new playlist. I’m always listening to music. I believe the energy in the room is so crucial, and there are so many different types of genres. So making a playlist involves listening to music constantly.

Kiehl’s Musk Oil because scent is associated with motivation and the memory process. “My hope is that the scent will remind you of me during your class and possibly push you to work harder throughout class.”

Spin shoes. Because they’re a must.

And, of course, classic Ray Bans and a custom snapback in case you’re just not in the mood and are in need of a disguise post-workout. 

Ricky Hodge is a DEFINE body & mind South Lamar rev instructor and owner of Ricky Hodge Salon at 2124 East 6th Street in the heart of Austin. 

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All Under One Roof https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/all-under-one-roof/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:22:44 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21538 Yoga, pilates, barre, trail running, indoor running, walking, step aerobics, personal trainer. For years I floated from one workout to the next, never really finding my fit, but continuing on my fitness journey because I was so aware of and happy with what it did for me—not only physically, but mentally too. I felt strong […]

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Yoga, pilates, barre, trail running, indoor running, walking, step aerobics, personal trainer. For years I floated from one workout to the next, never really finding my fit, but continuing on my fitness journey because I was so aware of and happy with what it did for me—not only physically, but mentally too.

I felt strong after a workout, I liked the way my clothes fit, I liked the way my calves looked, but I liked how mentally clear I felt too. And yet, I was jumping from one thing to the next.

I’d keep the personal trainer for the strength part, walk outside for the cardio, and have a yoga membership for the mental calm. Or I’d keep a gym membership for the treadmill, have a barre membership for the cardio, and buy single classes to my local yoga studio. Whatever the combo, I was spending a small fortune to keep up my personal fitness.

All this changed when I walked through the doors of DEFINE body & mind in 2014. And it was immediately a love affair. On my first visit to DEFINE, I took my first rhythm-based cycling class (rev). I’d done plenty of indoor cycling classes before, but this was entirely different. The music, the movement, the lighting, the inspiration . . . the entire atmosphere was so complete. I was totally immersed in the experience of that room.  I left at the end of class not quite sure what had just happened. But one thing was sure: My mind was crystal clear. I immediately became a member, and I started taking the rev class 5 and 6 days a week.

It took me a bit longer to make my way into the body (barre) class. I had plenty of experience taking barre at other studios. Yet it was always the type of workout I didn’t necessarily enjoy but did anyway because I knew it was beneficial for my core. When a friend dragged me into the body class at DEFINE, I was pleasantly shocked. It was unlike any other barre class I’d ever taken. The class flowed well between movements, and it kept my heart rate up. The music was really fun, and the instructor was super friendly. I felt completely comfortable in that room—something I hadn’t felt at other barre studios. I was never a dancer and might have even been called clumsy by some. But in the body room of DEFINE, I felt that not only I had some rhythm but also a bit of grace.

My love affair continued. I began taking body and rev doubles. Later I began incorporating the yoga and mind classes into my workout. I was completely hooked. My body, which had previously peaked, started to see results again. I got to know my instructors and classmates. And the classes always kept my attention.

I loved this place and felt such a draw to it that I wanted it to be a bigger part of my life. In late 2015 I opened DEFINE body & mind on South Lamar in Austin.  Since opening the studio I’ve continued to enjoy the physical and mental benefits from it personally, but that love has grown into something bigger. I’ve come to know so many of the clients, and I’ve watched them have that a-ha!, eye-opening moment themselves. I’ve watched them grow, and I’ve seen this studio become their own special space as much as it is mine. They use DEFINE body & mind as their workout space, their social space, and their therapy. DEFINE’s motto is “all under one roof”—and it truly is.

Amelia Tomjanovich, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Austin owner and rev, body, mind and 30/30 instructor

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Down to the Core https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/down-to-the-core/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:26:38 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21532 Long before I was ever an instructor or a client of DEFINE body and mind on South Lamar in the heart of Austin – or any fitness studio – I was a gymnast and later, a runner. I wasn’t the type of runner who was trying to qualify for anything but I ran a few […]

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Long before I was ever an instructor or a client of DEFINE body and mind on South Lamar in the heart of Austin – or any fitness studio – I was a gymnast and later, a runner. I wasn’t the type of runner who was trying to qualify for anything but I ran a few races a year, it was a good stress reliever, and it kept me in touch with my competitive side when I timed my mile once a week.

I originally took up barre when I got injured running but after my first class, not only was I hooked – but I realized that although my legs were strong from gymnastics and running, other parts of my body were very weak – especially my core. I could barely hold a plank for 30 seconds.

Across all the classes I teach – body (barre), rev (indoor cycling), and bounce (trampoline) – I’m always reminding clients to engage their core throughout the movements in class. With summer already here – especially in Texas, I’ve been getting lots of requests for “lots of abdominals” in my Body classes, so it’s a good time for me to talk about core work.

When we talk about “engaging our core,” it’s more than just our abdominals – it’s also our back muscles and around our pelvis. (I have zero medical background so those are words from my physical therapist friend!). I always tell my classes that we work our core from the moment we start class to the moment we finish – and it’s true – as long as you are keeping your muscles engaged, meaning your tailbone is tucked under your hips and your navel is pressed up against your spine.

Here are some of the big benefits I’ve received strengthening my core:

  • Balance. Although my days of being on a balance beam are long gone, I still depend on good balance in many other ways – for example, imagine if I didn’t have good balance how ineffective of a Bounce teacher I would be. Think of all the times you hear me and the other instructors say “for a balance challenge…” – the next time you hear one of us say that, engage your core and see for yourself how much easier balancing is.

 

  • A Healthy Back & Better Posture. Many of us, myself included, have jobs that require us to sit at a desk or in a car for a large part of the day. I dealt with back pain for years in my early-and-mid-twenties and I always attributed it to being an ex-gymnast, as well as someone who traveled weekly for work and spent at least two days a week on a plane, so it was something I had no control over, right? Wrong. I later found out that couldn’t be further from the truth. As soon as I started taking barre classes and strengthening my core, my back problems stopped pretty much instantly and I was able to sit up straighter and stand up taller. Tip: if you are ever in a plank and your back starts to hurt, draw your navel in, square your hips to the ground, and make sure you aren’t arching your back or rounding out your spine. You want a flat back – so flat you can balance a margarita on your back – to move the work out of your back and into your core.

I encourage everyone who takes my classes (or really any classes at DEFINE body & mind) to think about engaging your core the entire duration of a body, rev, and bounce class – not just in abdominal work – and see how much of a difference it makes throughout your day!

Natalie Graham, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Austin rev, body, bounce and 30/30 instructor.

Natalie is also food and fitness blogger at sweat-and-sweets.com specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free and of course a little ice cream too (albeit vegan).

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Rev, Refuel, Repeat https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/rev-refuel-repeat/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:46:21 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21518 I’m a food person. I suppose you could argue that everyone is, by necessity, but one of the primary joys in my life comes from creating, consuming, and talking about good food. As a rev instructor at DEFINE body & mind in Austin, when I teach, I often feel that I have exerted so much […]

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I’m a food person. I suppose you could argue that everyone is, by necessity, but one of the primary joys in my life comes from creating, consuming, and talking about good food. As a rev instructor at DEFINE body & mind in Austin, when I teach, I often feel that I have exerted so much energy, put so much into it, that I have no other choice but to refuel. Lucky for me, “refueling” is just about my favorite activity in the world, and this regimented exercise allows me to enjoy food in all of its glory.

Rev, refuel, repeat: the cycle (pun intended) keeps on going.

The rev (indoor cycling) classes I teach make me feel like I’m giving my body a spring cleaning, clearing out the drawers and opening all the windows, making room for more delicious things.

There is also the physical exhaustion part of exercise that I can’t help but love–the knowing that you have used your body and brain for something and now really FEEL it–is so rare in the average, mundane activities of a normal day. I spend all day at work sitting, not using half of my faculties as a human, and rev makes me feel like I am using everything I have to offer.

As I sit here after a rousing early morning class, I find that I am so incredibly aware of my legs. I can feel the muscles in my calves as if they were exposed to the air. I can feel the weight in my shoulders, exhausted from holding themselves up. I feel length in my spine and a tingle in my knees. I feel, quite frankly, incredibly alive.

Because of this, I never want to stop teaching. Even when my body and my mind begin to melt toward the end of the week in a kind of exhausted pool, I simply want access to this– this exhausted, depleted feeling–forever. After a good cycling class, I feel that I have room in my body for greater things: a new outlook on life, a new approach at work, or simply a wonderfully delicious plate of food.

Kristen Franke, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Austin rev and mind instructor.

Kristen is also a fantastic cook and blogs about her food journey on ranawaywiththespoon.com.

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DEFINE body & mind At Any Age https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/define-body-mind-age/ Wed, 03 May 2017 23:59:22 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=21504 When I was younger—I exited my 50’s not too long ago—I didn’t spend much time thinking about moving my body to keep muscles toned and excess pounds off. Back then, I did a minimum amount of movement, and Nature took care of the rest of it. But, as they say, the only thing constant in […]

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When I was younger—I exited my 50’s not too long ago—I didn’t spend much time thinking about moving my body to keep muscles toned and excess pounds off. Back then, I did a minimum amount of movement, and Nature took care of the rest of it.

But, as they say, the only thing constant in life is change. And it’s obvious that this observation about change now applies to my body–and it has for a while. Since around the time I turned 50, my metabolism has slowed, my caloric needs have gone done, and my exercise needs have gone up.

This last change—the amount of exercise I need—has been probably the most dramatic of the three. I’m a self-employed writer and editor, which means that I have to sit at a computer a lot. For the last several years, I’ve found it impossible to stay seated for long periods like I used to. At times I feel like the Energizer bunny, unable to sit still. I’ve even questioned whether I’m developing some sort of attention deficit disorder. But the truth is, I think my body is (wisely) telling me to move—and move often. And if I don’t then it’s going to rebel, and I’ll pay the price with a sore back and tight neck and shoulders, among other complaints.

Nowadays, if I don’t get enough exercise, in a ridiculously short amount of time my body starts to feel stiff, and a bit “thicker” around my middle. Also, my general attitude deteriorates a bit. (It’s as if exercise helps keep at bay those sudden mood swings that still show up, although less often than they did six or eight years ago.)

All year long, I walk in my neighborhood most days and ride a bike a few times a week. In the warm months, I swim several times a week. These activities tend to burn off excess calories, and I’m sure they’re a plus for my heart health. But they’re not all spectacular for toning every muscle group, or for strengthening my core. (More on core-strengthening later.)

Luckily, I discovered a place and activities that help me burn calories, tone all my muscle groups, and strengthen my core. At the same time, I’m keeping that “thickness” from accumulating around my middle and staying more limber in general. Also—and I swear it’s true—I can arrive there in a down mood and leave with a much better outlook. (Exercise-produced endorphins, maybe?)

The place is a fitness studio called DEFINE body & mind, located on South Lamar in Austin. The activities are the DEFINE Body (barre) classes and the Bounce (mini-trampoline) classes. (Rev classes [indoor cycling], Mind classes [yoga postures, massage balls, and inversion postures in hammocks], and straight-up yoga classes are also offered. But I haven’t taken those yet.) The beauty of my discovery is this: I can go to these classes all year round, no matter what the temperature or weather is.

The DEFINE Body class wasn’t easy the first three or four times (DEFINE Body classes are similar to a traditional barre class, but they concentrate more on keeping the heart rate up while working on core strength). And after those first classes some of my muscles, especially in my upper arms and legs, were incredibly sore. But soon enough I entered all-positive territory—the classes became fun to take and didn’t leave me too sore. One of the great things about the classes is that instructors give students options for performing many of the exercises. That is, they point out how to do a certain exercise in a less strenuous/challenging way, as well as a more strenuous/challenging way if you’re up to it. The class is fast-paced—but not so much that you feel constantly lost—and varied. In the 60-minute class, you’re at the barre and on a yoga mat, and you’re using hand weights, a blue ball, a resistance cord, and maybe a resistance band.

I’m on a mini-trampoline for much of the 45-minute DEFINE Bounce classes. I started taking the Bounce classes after I’d been in the Body classes for a while, so I never went through that getting-used-to-it period. It’s fun bouncing on a trampoline after not being on one for decades. It’s also a great cardio and calorie-burning workout. And since you use hand weights during parts of the class, you work all of your muscle groups.

In both types of classes (and also in the 60-minute combo classes called Body+Bounce I’ve taken), I feel like the greatest benefit for me has been to strengthen my core. I heard that phrase used plenty of times before I finally looked it up to see what all the buzz was about. It turns out that having a strong core gives you more stability and balance, which then helps prevent injuries when you’re doing sports and other activities. It also lowers the possibility of having back pain and helps you have good posture. So I’m sold.

People of a variety of ages are in the DEFINE South Lamar Austin classes, yet the majority is made up of a crowd younger than myself. I find it surprising that there aren’t more people my age—or in their 50’s—taking the classes. What DEFINE has done for me, both mentally and physically, has been tremendous. And it’s helped to make that inevitable constant in life, change, a more positive one.

Susan Luton, DEFINE body & mind South Lamar Austin member since December 2015

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