It’s good to get in the gym and lifts weights or go outside for a run, but there are so many options for fitness that go beyond the basics. Makenzie Jones looks at some of the growing approaches to health, fitness, and total wellness in the Nashville area, and see how one may benefit you.
Barre3 has multiple Nashville studios, owned by Pace McCamey, who personally knows the challenges that life brings, such as age, motherhood, injury, and stress. She was drawn to this form of exercise when she could no longer participate in her competitive sports. Her studios cater mainly to women and offer a boost of confidence and self-esteem along with a full body workout. Barre3 is a combination of yoga, Pilates, and Ballet. There is even a kids’ lounge for play while the moms do their thing. Online streaming is available for less than $1 per day and includes support from instructors and delicious recipes. New clients can receive a 3 for $30 package and one month unlimited for $99. After that, a single class is $25, then packages are available with decreasing price per session with larger packages.
OsteoStrong is a different kind of body care—one that builds your bones without even breaking a sweat. In around ten minutes per week, this process can improve bone health, balance, posture, and relieve pain by putting just the right amount of weight force on the body to trigger bone growth naturally. This patented technology is based completely on science and is not a diet, gym, or drug. Diane Mulloy, based in Franklin, got involved with osteogenic systems after seeing family and friends suffer from weak bones. A free session can be scheduled by call or email, open to benefitting all ages and fitness levels. The monthly rate is $109. There are five locations in Middle Tennessee, as well as in Memphis, Knoxville, and more to come. Diane says, “Nothing else out there can reproduce the results we get, and it is so easy and quick.”
With locations in Hendersonville and Murfreesboro, the UFC Gym provides many ways to workout with influences from the world’s best fighters. In the gym, there is a bag room, free weights, functional equipment, a gym store, an octagon, personal training, and space to be active on the turf. Classes are available for multiple activities and levels, as well as youth members. These include boxing and kickboxing, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, MMA, fight fit, MatRX, and daily ultimate training. Free Trial passes are available on the website.
Marathon Pilates has two Nashville locations owned by Anissa Pollard. Pilates increases flexibility, strength, body awareness, and improves posture by focusing on the core and moving outward. Anissa says that “Pilates opens a door to awareness and forges a unique connection with the body. When you leave a session, you will not only feel the health in your body but also in your mind and well-being”. Class offerings include mixed equipment, stretch, circuit, mat boot camp, cardio jump board, and private group. You can try your first reformer class for $5, first class for $15, then a jumpstart package with a private consultation session for $149 before moving to other packages.
Krankfit is a studio that focuses on cycling and strength, offering classes in both areas as well as combo classes. With high intensity, passionate instructors, music, and lights, the atmosphere is full of energy and encourages adrenaline to power your workout. A local studio in Green Hills, they offer a 30/30 full body blast combo class, which incorporates half cycle and half strength using intervals, TRX suspension, sandbags, dumbbells, and body weight. You can get your first two classes for $15, an unlimited monthly for $190, and a single class for $22.
Vigor Fitness and Wellness Studio is another Nashville native that offers an all-around support for well-being and health. Some of the classes offered incorporate cycling, yoga, barre, bootcamp, and private training. They offer a 30/30 cycle and guided restorative mediation called Cycle to Zen. They also focus on the little things that improve wellness like: nutrition, massage, stretching, and myofascial release. This studio has an infrared sauna, which increases the percent of sweat of toxins from 3% in a traditional sauna to 20%. Trying your first class is $10, first sauna at $25, and private training for $75. Owner Robin Channell says, “At Vigor Fitness & Wellness Studio, we aim to provide all the components necessary for fitness success in one location in an uplifting and fun environment.”
With a location in Belle Meade and Belmont, Iron Tribe Fitness classes fall into three categories: push, power, and perform. The push classes are 45 minutes long and consist of simple cardio equipment, body weight exercises, and weights in a high intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit aimed to increase metabolism for hours after the workout. Power classes are also 45 minutes and focus on lifts, skills, and metabolic conditioning. Perform classes are 60 minutes long and provide intense and focused training for elite athletes. This includes weightlifting, strength development, high-end skills, and targeted conditioning.
Finally, OrangeTheory Fitness has multiple locations in the area, as well as two in Knoxville. They provide HIIT workouts blending cardio and strength, monitored by heart rate to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and afterburn. Franchise owner Karen Meng says, “All kinds of people come here to workout” and that it is “even good for recovery and physical therapy exercises.” This gym offers their own phone app and heart rate monitors for arm, waist, or wrist. You can try a class for free then choose from available packages: Basic-4 sessions per month, Elite-8 sessions per month, Premier-unlimited per month.
Barre3 615-679-9423, email@example.com
UFC 615-348-4150, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marathon Pilates 615-928-8404
Krankfit 615-549-0240, email@example.com
Vigor 615-739-6182, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irontribe 615-636-6872, email@example.com