Yoga Instructor Denise

Yoga Instructor Denise

Denise has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and comes to us from Florida. She is thrilled when her students discover for themselves the power and effectiveness of a practice that is so gentle and enjoyable. Denise believes that yoga is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth!

Zumba at The Ridge!

Zumba at The Ridge!

So, what is Zumba?  Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance workout that is one of the most popular group exercise classes in the world! The high-energy classes are set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance numbers that you might see in a nightclub. You don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcome in our Zumba class. With the tag line, “Ditch the Workout, Join the Party,” this class emphasizes moving to the music and having a good time, no rhythm required!

Meet Stephanie!

Meet Stephanie!

Hi, I'm Stephanie, owner, personal trainer, and instructor at The Ridge Gym. Growing up, I was active in softball and basketball, attended Sparkman High then Giles County High, But, I had not stayed in shape after heading off to college at MTSU. After graduate school at Purdue University, I started a career in Biotech at Vanderbilt, then in Huntsville with Applied Genomics, a small cancer research lab. Still I was pretty sedentary until a co-worker asked me to try out the fitness center in our building. This was in the spring of 2009. How eye-opening is it to try and run for just 1 minute on a treadmill when you haven't ran in 20 years? Well, that was the turning point toward my new life of healthier living and striving to be more fit.  I started walking and using the cardio equipment at our facility, and ran my first 5K, the Cotton Row in Huntsville in the summer of 2009. After that I was hooked! I started being more active, lost about 70 lbs, and eat healthier. After countless 5K's, many 10K's and 1/2 marathons, sprint triathlons, a couple of Olympic Tri's, and most recently my first ultra marathon (31 miles!) I have decided fitness has to be a big part of my life! I have trained at the YMCA, D1 Huntsville, Crossfit Impulse, Harvey's Gym, and for the last few years at The Ridge Gym. I am AFAA certified in Group Exercise and Personal Training, RRCA Run Coach Certified, and continue to take courses, certifications, and classes to improve my skills. I think we never quit learning! These combined experiences, classes, and instruction have taught me many aspects and methods of fitness which I continue to use myself, with my classes, in personal training and with my members. When the chance to purchase The Ridge Gym came up in the summer of 2013, I jumped at the opportunity. It feels like family here, to me and our members. I would like to personally thank everyone for making this the best job I've ever had!

Meet John!

Meet John!

Hello, my name is John DeFoe, and I am one the owners of The Ridge Gym and Fitness Center, LLC. I took a personal challenge late in life to go back to college and get my Bachelor of Science Degree in business. I was 37 years old when I accomplished this goal. I was able to advance my mind, but was lacking in the physical capabilities. I weighed 300 pounds and am 5’5” tall. I had no stamina. I was borderline diabetic. Worst of all I had no clue how to fix my situation. Stephanie and I made commitments to each other to try something new. That decision has affected my life in so many ways. Since making the first step in changing my life, I have done things I never dreamed of accomplishing including scuba diving ( I could not swim). I started with running 5k races, then moved up to 10K races, and I finished my third half marathon. I have also completed a sprint triathlon and I am currently training for another.  I tell you all of this to let you know that we at The Ridge Gym have been where most people are today. We understand your frustrations about diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. We are not super athletes and still strive to be better than we once were. We invite you to come join our family at the gym, and we will move toward new lifestyles together. It all begins with one simple step. Call us or come by and let’s get moving together.