DEFINE: South Lamar | Austin https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com barre, cycling, yoga, trampoline, hammock & more Thu, 12 Mar 2020 03:15:39 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Define: Austin South Lamar named Best Studio on Classpass https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/define-austin-south-lamar-named-best-studio-on-classpass/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 03:09:50 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=28184 In case you missed our Instagram announcement in January, we’re still reeling over our recent title of “Best Studio in Austin” on Classpass for 2019. The Best of Classpass Awards 2019 highlighted instructors, boutique fitness studios and gyms from across the country. At the top of Austin’s list? The strength, length, and balance we provide […]

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The Best of Classpass Awards 2019 highlighted instructors, boutique fitness studios and gyms from across the country. At the top of Austin’s list? The strength, length, and balance we provide at our South Lamar studio. Classpass made its determination based on “reservation, rating, review and return rate data,” according to their website. Each city that uses the Classpass system had ONE studio named the best, and yours truly took home the gold for this past year. Classpassers have long been a key element to the success of DEFINE: Austin South Lamar. They arrive at the studio with a fresh perspective that helps us make the studio even better. Some of our most consistent clients are longtime Classpass users, and many of our members found our studio through the Classpass app. We are so honored to be recognized for our sunny South Austin studio. We love being a part of the Austin fitness community and count ourselves lucky to be one of many amazing places to work out in this town. See some of our sparkly reviews from our beloved clients below!

“This studio never disappoints. I’ve taken barre, spin, and bounce. The instructors have so much swag and are very friendly. Their energy is contagious. The music is ALWAYS on point!”

 

The instructor was so kind and encouraging. I haven’t worked out in a while but this class made me excited to get back into it. I can’t wait to get stronger!”

 

 “Love the split of cardio in bike and toning in the barre class. The cycling class had an awesome playlist that motivated me to have the last burst of energy right when I wanted to give up. Kept me going through heat resistance. Everyone at the studio was very friendly and helpful. Good workout.”

 

“First time and I absolutely love it, everyone was super welcoming and all good vibes.”

 

“Really good workout that really made me work! Facility is nice and clean with plenty of parking at this hour. Friendly and helpful staff too!”

Thank you, Austin! We love you!

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DEFINE 30 in 60 Challenge Participant – Monika Chomiak https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/30in60challengeparticipant/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:01:00 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=28175 My name is Monika Chomiak. I am a 34 year old native Texan currently residing in Austin. I first visited Define in June of 2019. I took a Rev class and felt so empowered by the experience that I immediately committed to the monthly Absolute Best membership. 9 months later and I’m still attending classes […]

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I sleep better, my posture has improved, my energy levels are higher, I feel very balanced mentally, and my physical health is the best it has ever been. I owe all of that to the encouraging instructors, the empowering atmosphere, the BOSS mindset, and the incredible vibes of the Define Austin studio. My favorite thing about Define Austin is the emotional connection to each class. No matter what my day is like I know that when I step into the Rev or Body room and connect with my breathing, my body & the music, I’m experiencing something truly magical. The ability to sweat out my day with other mindful and health-conscious individuals is a sacred ritual that I honor dearly. My goals for this 30 in 60 challenge are to incorporate more yoga-infused classes into my weekly routine to increase flexibility, challenge myself with more 30/30 classes to improve my stamina, and to adapt better eating habits in order to optimize my health. I’m so thrilled to be able to participate in this challenge and share my journey through social media. I am such a fan of Define Austin and how much it has improved my life flow. My hope is to share that love with a social audience and both encourage + motivate them to seek out the power within themselves to try out that first class, to believe in themselves, and to say YES to a fitness journey.

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DEFINE 30 in 60 Challenge Participant – Connor https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/30in60challengeparticipant-2/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:48:33 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=28166 Hey Define fam, my name is Connor, I’ve been a Define client for over a year and approaching my 170th class. I’m 25 years old and made Austin my home after graduation from Indiana University, pursuing a career in technology sales (original story right?). I discovered Define after moving into the Windsor apartment in the […]

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Choosing to participate in the 30 in 60 Challenge was a no brainer for me, I view friendly competition as a method to bring people together. The 30/60 brings a common goal and sense of camaraderie to a group of motivated individuals, some will be challenged to make it to 30 classes first, whereas some will be challenged to complete 30 classes. When the 60 days comes to an end, my end goal for this challenge is to see as many names with 30 stickers next to them as possible, regardless of time to completion. Through the ups and downs of everyone’s day to day, a sense of drive and accountability will ultimately bring the participants together to complete their 30 classes. When the challenge is said and done, I expect to feel an intrinsic sense of accomplishment and newfound appreciation for my fellow participants. Not to mention… We will all feel great about the summer physiques we’re chiseling over the next 60 days. Looking forward to seeing the rows hit the 30 marker, hope to see you out there. Connor

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DEFINE Austin featured on Parade.com https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/define-austin-featured-on-parade-com/ Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:21:07 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=27715 Want to learn more about the benefits of our Bounce class? Click here for a an article on trampoline workouts featuring Leigh Anne Spencer of DEFINE Austin on Parade.com!

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Click here for a an article on trampoline workouts featuring Leigh Anne Spencer of DEFINE Austin on Parade.com!

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DEFINE body & mind Austin: A top rated studio on ClassPass https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/define-body-mind-austin-a-top-rated-studio-on-classpass/ Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:31:23 +0000 https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/?p=22194 Our ClassPass community is a very special one to us. ClassPass helped us get the word out to the Austin community about who we are and what we do when we opened our doors over three years ago, and still helps us continue to bring in new clients daily. Last month we were notified that […]

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Our ClassPass community is a very special one to us. ClassPass helped us get the word out to the Austin community about who we are and what we do when we opened our doors over three years ago, and still helps us continue to bring in new clients daily. Last month we were notified that we had been selected as one of the top-rated studios on ClassPass. With a 4.9 average rating and over 25,294 client reviews at the time of notification (the most in reviews in Austin), our DEFINE family is so excited to learn of this. We wanted to give all of our ClassPass clients a huge thank you; thank you for coming to spend a portion of your day with us and a special thank you to those of you who take a little extra time after class to leave a positive comment or review for our studio. You guys put smiles on our faces every day with your kind words about our studio and our staff. Whether we see you a few times a month or you come in four times a week, each and every ClassPass client holds a special place in our studio and are a huge part of our DEFINE family.
We look forward to continuing to work with and serve the ClassPass community. This honor has truly brightened our spirits and warmed our hearts. We are looking forward to all of the new (and old) faces that we will continue to see come through our doors as ClassPass clients.

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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 http://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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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 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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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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