Nashville is overflowing with fitness programs and studios to help you look good and feel even better—but trying to figure out which ones to try can be more exhausting than a boot camp class. To make your search a bit easier, we’ve narrowed down the best high-intensity and toning workouts in town.
Top High-Intensity Workouts
Full Ride Cycling
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Full Ride Cycling has only been open for a few years, but has made a huge impact on the community. This rhythm-based spin studio is an inclusive space for all and a darn good workout. If you want to have a lot of fun and make some new friends while burning about 500 calories per 45-minute class, this is the place for you.
Title Boxing Club
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Since arriving in 2014, Title Boxing Club has been giving Nashville’s other boxing studios some friendly competition. This franchise offers full-body boxing and kickboxing sessions that crush calories and challenge every muscle—pick your poison with 30-minute, 45-minute, 60-minute and 75-minute classes. (If you’re not ready to kick and punch in front of strangers, private and group training is available.) There are now three Title locations in Nashville: Church Street, East Nashville and Green Hills.
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After gaining popularity in Los Angeles and New York City, Barry’s Bootcamp found its way to Nashville with similar success. The intense one-hour classes are part cardio, part weights and target a different area each day of the week (Tuesdays are for butt and legs, Thursdays are for abs). If you have friends among Barry’s faithful following, they’re likely fit, strong and totally obsessed with this place.
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Boothcamp has become a well-known gym in Nashville not just because it’s owned by personal trainer Shawn Booth. The workouts are tough and the coaches are inspirational. Each week is divided into lower body, upper body, and full body days. On top of daily classes, they also offer strength coaching.
TruMav Fitness is one of the newer gyms located in the Gulch and opened by country music singer Tim McGraw. The signature high intensity class, TruFit, is offered daily with a focus on specific muscle groups. They also have a recovery yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The upbeat and welcoming vibe of TruMav will leave you craving more sweat sessions there in no time.
Shed Group Fitness
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You know a place is intense when you get tired just looking at its Instagram feed. But don’t worry: Shed is designed for all fitness levels. Each day focuses on a different muscle group, and all classes involve three to five stations of intense exercises. While the group mentality helps get you through the pain, private Shed Strength sessions are also available for a tailored workout.
Top Toning Workouts
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Pure Barre has three locations in Nashville proper (Green Hills, The Gulch and White Bridge) plus others in Brentwood and Franklin. This ballet-based class focuses on toning your butt, thighs, abs and arms through a series of exercises that lift, tone and burn. Typical classes are 55 minutes and have been known to result in a long, lean physique.
Sanctuary for Yoga
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Nashville has an abundance of yoga studios, and Sanctuary is one of the best. Classes are broken down by level of experience, and instructors offer feedback and adjustments so you can truly improve as a yogi. Sanctuary’s wide range of offerings includes vinyasa, meditation, dharma, high power, and super gentle classes.
Hot Yoga Plus
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If you’re looking to kick up your yoga practice a notch, grab your mat and head to Hot Yoga Plus. The classes here are heated—up to a steamy 100 degrees—and challenge your mind, body and spirit. One popular class is the hourlong Hot 26, which consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises designed to improve your strength, balance and flexibility.
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Studio Novo is another trendy workout that has found a happy home in Nashville. This Lagree Fitness studio uses Megaformer machines for a 50-minute total-body workout full of slow, controlled movements—key for lengthening and toning. Classes are kept small, and you can try your first one for free.
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Indoor rock climbing is a unique (and addictive) way to get toned from head to toe. Climb Nashville has locations in East Nashville and West Nashville, both of which provide an indoor climbing facility, a gym and fitness classes. Work on your coordination, full-body strength and mental power while—literally—hanging with your friends.
Did we leave off your favorite high-intensity or toning workout? Let us know in the comments!