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
Full Ride Cycling has made a huge impact on the Nashville fitness 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
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 three Title locations in Nashville: Church Street, East Nashville and Green Hills.
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. If you have friends among Barry’s faithful following, they’re likely fit, strong and totally obsessed with this place.
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, located in The Gulch, was opened by country music singer Tim McGraw. The signature high intensity class, TruFit, is offered daily with a focus on specific muscle groups. The upbeat and welcoming vibe of TruMav will leave you craving more sweat sessions there in no time.
Shed Group Fitness
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. There are two Shed locations in Nashville: Gulch and East Nashville.
Cycle Bar offers a low-impact and high-intensity cycling experience for all ages and body types! There are two locations in Nashville: The Gulch and West Nashville. Cycle Bar offers a variety of different classes that tap into your strength, power, and mindset. The Performance class motivates riders with CycleStats technology, group challenges, and rider competitions.
Top Toning Workouts
Pure Barre has two locations in Nashville: Green Hills and The Gulch, with 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
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.
If you’re looking to kick up your barre experience a notch, head to Barre3 in The Gulch. The classes incorporate cardio and challenge your mind, body and spirit. After a class at Barre3 you’ll feel balanced physically and empowered from within. Classes vary from 45-minutes to 60-minutes.
Studio Novo is a 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.
Hot Yoga of East Nashville
Get your sweat on at Hot Yoga of East Nashville. This hot yoga studio has been in business for over eight years! Practicing hot yoga reduces heart irregularities, burns fat more easily, and improves coordination. Guests can choose from 60-minute, 75-minute, and 90-minute classes.
Marathon Pilates offers a down-to-earth real life approach to pilates. There are two locations in Nashville: 12 South and Green Hills. The low-impact workouts feature a unique blend of strength and flexibility! Classes are 50 minutes.
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.
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