Nashville is famous for two things: good food and good music. It’s only natural that we rock and roll these into the fitness scene as well.
In Nashville, we work out at music venues, have the hottest playlists, and we give every other city FOMO when we post our brunch photos on Instagram. Good beats are our pulse, so our workouts are always upbeat and high-energy. And we almost have too many options to choose from when it comes to refueling post workout.
Oh, you want to live here too? Come see all the good we do outside of the honky-tonk.
We sweat it out on the rooftop
So maybe when you think of Nashville you think of bachelorette parties and rooftop bars. While this is certainly accurate, we make the most of the eclectic rooftop bars throughout downtown Nashville by turning them into yoga and barre studios, and even places to haul bikes up for cycling! The Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar in the Gulch, L.A. Jackson, has hosted a variety of rooftop workouts (with post-class mimosas) from barre and power flow yoga to cycling. Meanwhile, Acme Feed & Seed hosts free yoga classes with Sanctuary for Yoga on their rooftop bar in the heart of downtown Nashville.
Our yoga community is the squad you wish you had
Music City has a yoga studio on every corner, but what makes Nashville’s yoga scene even better is the way these studios come together for a good cause. Small World Yoga is a nonprofit that connects teachers and volunteers to those who have limited access to yoga. The team is made up of instructors from a variety of studios, and they teacher at schools and other nonprofits. Plus, Small World Yoga hosts two of the biggest yoga events in Nashville each year: International Day of Yoga and the Music City Yoga Festival.
We party when we’re boxing
HOTBOX Fitness, TITLE Boxing Club, and Pepper Boxing turn up the music loud for their boxing classes. HOTBOX’s graffiti-painted studio is home to intense kickboxing classes with DJ-curated playlists. Our friends at TITLE offer upbeat classes with uplifting instructors whose mission is to give you the best hour of your day. And Pepper Boxing has one-of-a-kind, teardrop-shaped, water-filled heavy bags for the best shock absorption — meaning you’ll be toning muscles and increasing heart rate without jarring your joints.
Bootcamp is our style
Nashville offers every kind of bootcamp workout in the book. From HIIT workouts to serious strength training, Nashville has numerous bootcamp-style workout classes that all rule. Who’s who? Iron Tribe is ranked one of the top-five best workouts in the nation and offers personal coaching; Orangetheory is a heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout; and Barry’s Bootcamp is designed with intervals and strength training for maximum efficiency, and they segment muscle groups for different days of the week. Oh, and we’ve also got SHED Fitness, Krank, and Vigor Fitness.
Our indoor cycling scene is fresh
Nashville recently welcomed CYCLEBAR to the Gulch for a cycle-to-the-beat cardio workout. In East Nashville, Verticity Indoor Cycling Studio opened its doors not too long ago, and they’re already one of the coolest fitness studios in town. Really, no matter where you cycle in Nashville, music and the beat are at the forefront of the workout, so a high-energy room is guaranteed.
You may say we’re the outdoorsy type
Organizations like Team Green Adventures help us navigate the outdoor scene in and around Nashville, which is rad, to say the least. From trail running at Percy Warner Park in West Nashville to hitting the road for South Cumberland State Park near Chattanooga, you never have to adventure alone. More of the climbing type? Join Climb Nashville for their many outdoor climbing trips.
Our marathon rocks
Every healthy city has a city marathon, but Nashville’s Rock ’n’ Roll Music City Marathon is one of the best. With two days of health and fitness expos, and live music to top off the weekend festivities, Nashville’s marathon rocks, literally.
We’ve got every hangover cure you need
Even the fittest people in Nashville go out from time to time. Can you hardly blame them? When Nashville has live music every day of the year at multiple venues a night, there’s so much you don’t want to miss out on. In order to rejuvenate after a night out, Nashville’s Vida-Flo provides IV treatments for optimal hydration. If IVs don’t thrill you, try juice. Head to Franklin Juice Co. 12th South for an aloe, ginger, or wheatgrass shot.
We spend our summers floating on the water
We workout outside because you can’t beat Nashville weather
In Nashville, it’s warm from March through November, so we spend more time outdoors than most other cities. We’ve got yoga classes in Centennial Park, parking lot workouts at EiO & The Hive, or you can join one of the many running or biking groups like Harpeth Bike Club or East Nasty’s running club.
Greenways, greenways, greenways
On a mission to make Nashville greener, there are now greenways throughout the entire city, in almost every neighborhood too. Stroll around the golf course on the Richland Creek Greenway, explore downtown on the Cumberland River Greenway, or find some peace in quiet in East Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms Greenway.
We eat fresh and local
There are CSA boxes and farmers markets galore in Nashville. We love to support the local farmer, and local markets like Turnip Truck and Green Door Gourmet buy their produce directly from local farmers. Nashville’s Downtown Farmers Market is bustling seven days a week. Walk into almost every fine dining restaurant in Nashville and if it’s not local, fresh, or seasonal, they won’t have it.
We have hot chicken for everyone, even vegans
You can’t talk about Nashville without mentioning hot chicken. Places like Hattie B’s and Prince’s have lines out the door every weekend, but if you’re a health nut or have dietary restrictions, Nashville’s vegan restaurant Wild Cow offers a meatless Nashville hot chicken that’s extraordinary.
We take brunch very seriously
Nashville is healthy brunch central. Sunday mornings are for gorging on delicious food and sipping on mimosas and Bloody Marys. For a more upscale experience, we’ve got places like Adele’s farm-to-fork brunch buffet or Butchertown Hall’s meat-centric brunch menu. On the healthiest side, hit up EiO & The Hive (EiO = everything is organic) or Graze’s vegan brunch.