Jan/Feb 2020 - The Best Of 2019 Issue

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IN EVERY ISSUE Contributors / 8 From the Editor / 10 New in Nashville / 26 Fitness Directory / 60 Events + Races / 62 FITNESS + EXERCISE Nashville's Largest Personal Training Studio / 12 What To Expect From The Fitness Industry in 2020 / 14 52 Gyms In 52 Weeks / 18 Diving Into Your First Tri / 22

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PEOPLE + LIFESTYLE Best Of 2019 / 34 HEALTH + WELLNESS Pure Sweat Sauna Studio / 56 The Best Injury Prevention Practices / 59

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The Best Of 2019 Issue is here! Thousands voted on the best food, fitness, apparel, nutrition, wellness and more. Did your favorites make the cut? Find them on pg. 34. We had over 6,000 people vote! Don't forget to join us on January 11th as we celebrate our winners and kick off the new year! And the winners are...

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Behind the Scenes

Nick is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Fitness Trainer and Podcast Host who's goal is to help you make the best version of yourself a reality. Find him training around town and follow him on IG at @carrier_bestyou

Monica White

Monica is a freelance writer and Air National Guard member. She’s an avid runner and enjoys DIY pursuits.

Melonee Hurt

Melonee is a career journalist, CrossFit coach and athlete, and an avid mountain and road biker who has also stumbled across a few triathlon finish lines. She is also the owner of Flack Rabbit Communications.

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Nick Carrier

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Nashville is home to some of the best health and wellness gurus in the industry. Without their support, we would not be able to do what we do. Thank you to our contributors who make this magazine a dynamic and worthy source of health and fitness information and advice in the Greater Nashville Area. PUBLISHER Ryan Freebing ryan@nashvillefitmagazine.com EDITOR IN CHIEF Lindsay Miller lindsay@nashvillefitmagazine.com PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Carbine GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ryan Freebing ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS

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Lindsay's Letter

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he first issue of the year is always highly anticipated because the popular “Best Of” voting and results are released. After our community of fitness and health experts have picked their favorites, the winners are selected, photoshoots scheduled, blurbs written, and the mood board layouts are created to produce the final result, which you are now holding in your hands (or are reading online). It’s much like the chaos of the holidays, actually. Time and effort and stress and worry go into the timely process, like anything else, but through the mess and turmoil we end up gaining a little more joy and appreciation for our community. We meet new faces and get to catch up with old friends. Much like once the Christmas shopping is all done and the New Year’s Eve plans have been made, the memories we look back at aren’t the gifts and glamour. We cherish the time spent with our loved ones: The kitchen dance parties, the napping and cuddling on the couch, the board games, the stories, the hugs and kisses and the things we don’t want to admit we will miss. So while this “Best Of” issue might literally be the results of our voting polls, it’s more so the result of our community and the love we share for common ground. In the spirit of 2020, here is a list of things I’ll be doing or trying. Please join me in a new and improved version of my New Year’s “resolution” by tagging @nashvillefit in your #20thingsfor2020

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1) Find interesting vegetable recipes 2) Read the newspaper 3) Value alone time 4) Naked yoga 5) Read “The Wisdom of Anxiety” by Sheryl Paul 6) Practice handstands 7) Give more hugs 8) Be gentle with my hair 9) Be gentle with my schedule 10) Create art 11) Set personal boundaries 12) Practice mobility 13) Make an active effort to improve confidence 14) Play “catch” 15) Do more creative writing 16) Less self-deprecation 17) Go fishing 18) Talk less 19) Watch all the Star Wars movies 20) Plan a vacation As always, stay #MusicCityFit,

Lindsay Miller Editor in Chief

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NASHVILLE'S LARGEST PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO by RYAN FREEBING

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hen Jack Haynes first set out to build a personal training facility, he didn't know that one day he would be responsible for creating the largest personal training studio in Nashville. "I had a vision for the future of fitness in Nashville and wanted to create a productive and professional environment for trainers and their clients. I thought long and hard about what would make the best venue for helping people achieve positive lifestyle changes, and I believe Next Level Fitness embodies that vision today.� Jack's career in fitness started in the military. "As a designated 'command fitness coordinator', I was in charge of the physical readiness of the entire crew. In addition to training, I executed fitness evaluations to ensure that our crew was always up to the task of defending our country. This also put me in a position to be creative about helping people get back in shape, a skill that has aided me in my career to this day." After his military career, Jack trained in San Diego for four years before moving to Chicago. After two years training in the Windy City, Jack decided to pack up and move back to his original home in Nashville. "I opened Next Level Fitness in Green Hills and ran it for about three years before deciding that Nashville needed

something more. I expanded to Midtown Nashville shortly after." The current location is located right off of Church Street, and Jack has 18 trainers on staff in the 5,000 sq. ft. facility. "I believe we are responsible for using our strengths to build each other up, and I’ve worked hard to build an amazing, positive team and network to make that happen." "Next Level has a unique family like atmosphere that gives you the best of both worlds: a large gym and a strong sense of community," says Gerell Webb, one of the personal trainers on staff. In the past, people have had to choose between a commercial gym or a private fitness studio. In a large 12

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gym chain, you often have to jockey for equipment in a sometimes intimidating environment. With a private studio, you may receive a higher level of training in a less intimidating environment but the lack of space, equipment and amenities leave this option less desirable. At Next Level Fitness, they achieve the best of both worlds. They have the size and equipment of a major gym chain while still being a private training studio. Having an amazing facility isn’t what makes Next Level Fitness so great, however. It’s the incredible team of fitness professionals that truly make NLF shine. “We’ve built a family here, and each trainer has something unique and special to bring to the table. Just had a baby? We have a trainer for you. Want to compete in body building? We’ve got you covered. Want to be more mobile? We can assist you. No matter your goals, we have someone who can help you become your best self.” At Next Level Fitness they practice what they preach, not only in the gym, but out in the world as well. "Sure, you have the option of coming in and trimming up or growing bigger pecs, but we’re hoping that your ambition goes far beyond that. We want to know what really drives you, and then push you to achieve those real, deep seeded goals," Jack says. "Another key motivator that drives us is the opportunity to reach out and be a part of something greater than ourselves, using our gifts and strengths to help others in need. Whether it’s mission work overseas, or being a good neighbor in our own city, we’ve been thankful for the opportunity to serve others.”

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE

FITNESS INDUSTRY IN 2020 by RYAN FREEBING

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hether it’s live streaming classes, plant-based food, audio-led workouts, or connected equipment, there’s a wave of disruption washing over the fitness industry in 2020.

TECHNOLOGY + ENTERTAINMENT We're all undoubtedly aware, the modern fitness consumer primarily demands convenience. Time is the most valuable commodity we have and innovation has brought new fitness technology into our homes, phones, equipment, and ears. But what about entertainment? Without the added benefit of entertainment, personalization, and tangible results, the Peloton of ‘X’ is essentially P90X. Tech-enabled leaderboards and apps foster competition and community, Spotify-like algorithms recommend your favorite workouts, and talented instructors keep us accountable and hungry for more, whether they are live and in-person or streaming through your device. Have you ever watched a fitness competition or event online or on YouTube before? If you haven't, odds are you might in 2020. The growing number of live-streamed fitness and wellness events has been growing since the NFL started promoting the "second screen" theory back in 2012. Why purchase a ticket to a game when you can stream it live in the comfort of your own home? So what will keep you attached to the screen? Graphics? Entertaining commentators? How about ability to vote on the next fitness event? The CrossFit Games has experimented with this as well as the popular television show on NBC, The Titan Games, hosted by celebrity Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. "In theory and in practice, utilizing technology to increase access and adherence to exercise is infinitely better than aimlessly wandering around Planet Fitness or passively pedaling a recumbent bike. It’s undeniable," reports Fitt.co.

REAL ESTATE Despite this fact, Fitt.co reports, "Planet Fitness has amassed 12M members across 1,800 locations." In keeping with the company’s goal of opening 4,000 gyms, "Planet Fitness added 225 new locations in 2019 alone." 14

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But how can that be with boutique fitness studios and franchise fitness expansion the rise? It's gympocalypse out here! Fitt.co reports, "Dollar General and other discount chains are the retail equivalents of high-volume, lowprice (HVLP) gyms like Planet Fitness." If that sounds like a dig on lower income retail stores, consider this: Dollar General is the number one retailer for new store openings in 2019. And that’s not an anomaly. "After Dollar General, the top retailers for planned store openings this year are Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Aldi, and Five Below. Similarly, across the fitness space, many of the fastest-growing and top-earning gyms fall under the HVLP banner. No, this is not a vote of confidence for big-box gyms. I'm simply making a counterpoint to the definitive gympocalypse narrative. It’s also a sentiment that can be viewed through the lens of the so-called retail apocalypse.

RETAIL "Despite the emergence of direct-to-consumer brands, the future of shopping isn’t a binary choice between online and in-store. Likewise, no one will be forced to choose between working out at home or in-person," reports Fitt.co. You could have both. While retail disruption has given us everything from experiential shopping and pop-up stores to cashier-less checkouts, a number of new developments will redefine the way we sweat and socialize in real life in 2020. As stores shutter and malls close, fitness owners are taking advantage and filling a void where brick-andmortar retailers failed. Many apartment complexes in Nashville have been picking up on this trend, releasing boutique fitness space at the street level. If convenience is in high-demand, hitting the gym, grabbing groceries, and snagging a snack in one place certainly has its advantages. "For retailers, fitness is top of the funnel marketing. For consumers, it’s another opportunity to sweat and socialize. That’s why Kohl’s is partnering with Planet Fitness. Meanwhile, lululemon, J.C. Penney, Free People, and other retailers are putting dedicated fitness spaces in their stores. And community workouts continue to play a prominent role for activewear brands Outdoor Voices," Fitt.co says. FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE



fitness+exercise BOUTIQUE FITNESS "Between 2013 and 2017, membership at traditional gyms grew by 15%, while membership to boutique studios grew by 121%. But if boutiques crushed traditional gyms, studios could be supplanted by a new era of fitness concepts taking the experience and amenities to new heights," reports Fitt.co If going to a boutique studio combines self-care, status, and sociability, wellness clubs are an extension of this in everyday life. And because wellness isn’t merely a pursuit but a way of life, there’s a growing demand for social clubs, co-working spaces, and members-only communities that cater to the wellness lifestyle.

GROUP TRAINING While group training may not seem like a new trend, 2020 will see group training go to the next level. Franchise gyms are still on the rise and the social aspects of group training appeal to consumers, especially Millennials and Generation Z which happen to make up 80% of fitness club members. From that figure alone, it’s no surprise why group training is so popular. It’s futile to say the fitness industry is not moving to toward a tech-enabled future. But that doesn’t signify the end of sweating in real life. Instead, fitness providers will be forced to innovate on their offerings, experience, and value proposition. At the same time, concepts that tap into the disconnected fitness and wellness trend will find success in the age of loneliness, anxiety, and burnout.

DISCONNECTED FITNESS If connected fitness is characterized by tech-enabled equipment, streaming content and apps in the gym, disconnected fitness is defined by the desire to unplug and unwind. For many people, exercise is their go-to stress management strategy. And why wouldn't it? Physical activity has the power to relieve anxiety and reduce stress levels in the body. Mindfulness practice provides many of the same values; it helps manage anxiety and even depression. Now that screens and social media have become a big part of our lives, fitness, mindfulness, and mental health are no longer a downtime activity. In fact, the opposite is true. "Breaking a sweat or performing breathwork has become a transactional commodity. As a result, the desire to unplug is giving rise to new self-care, beauty, and recovery-focused concepts that will compete with traditional fitness formats," says Fitt.co The future of disconnected fitness looks a lot more like holistic health clubs and modern self-care studios. Infrared sauna with Netflix, sensory deprivation tanks at float labs and high-tech facial treatments aren’t 16

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anomalies, they’re indicative of what’s to come. In 2020 there will be a greater emphasis on what happens before and after working out, as well as during. The time we spend recovering is just as important as our training and will have significant effects on our training. This refers to our state of mind, our sleep, stress levels as well as nutrition.

NUTRITION We couldn’t talk about the world of health and fitness without looking at what’s happening on the nutrition side of things. Sustainability has one everyone's mind and has been a key issue in recent years. This trend has extended throughout all industries, not just fitness. In past years, consumers have been offered vegan or vegetarian alternatives, with both health and conservation in mind. We are now shifting towards a different term: plant-based. The world has been slowly transitioning into the plantbased territory for the last few years now. It’s predicted that by 2040 only 40% of the global population will be eating meat. 35% will be consuming lab-grown meat, and 25% will be consuming vegan meat replacements. It’s safe to say; the trend is here to stay. Numerous celebrities and athletes openly follow a plant-based lifestyle, with the example of a recent documentary “The Game Changers” on Netflix. The documentary follows a number of plant-eating athletes and their performance lifestyles. Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers have already made a big splash in the industry but expect to see many more brands and products popping up in 2020.

WEARABLES Fitness wearables have been the most significant growth segment in the fitness industry in 2019, with a market volume of over $14M. Garmin, Apple Watch, WHOOP and many others are all battling for a piece of the pot. Technology is evolving quickly too. Wearable tech can come in many forms including fitness tracker apps, rings, smartwatches, and heart monitors, and they have ranked in the top three trends every year since 2016. As more companies experiment with the concept of connected clothing, fitness wearables are set to continue to grow. Becoming even more mainstream in 2020; the worldwide smart fitness wear market is predicted to hit $4.5B by 2023.

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52 GYMS IN 52 WEEKS Local personal trainer visits 52 gyms in the Nashville area.

by NICK CARRIER This past year I made it a goal to visit and workout at 52 of Nashville's most popular and diverse gyms in roughly 52 weeks. What started out as honestly a dare with myself turned into a fun networking opportunity and an experience I will never forget. All of the gyms I visited are gems in their own way, but here are a few I think you should try out and enjoy for yourself. If you want to see the rest of them, visit my YouTube Channel "Nick Carrier" for each episode.

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1] Orangetheory Fitness Green Hills Orangetheory Fitness (or OTF for short) is a 1-hour full body group workout that consists of running on a treadmill with coached intervals, using a water rower, and a variety of

weight floor exercises. The treadmills at OTF allow for more give and support for your knees, your back, and your ankles keeping you injury free. The workout is heart rate based, tracked by technology that gives you real time results and allows you to burn more calories post workout. Coach Fury is great. Oh and I coach there too. So come see me!

2] Studio 51st Bounce Class The bounce class at Studio 51st was one of the most fun and unique classes I’ve taken! You’re on a mini trampoline which allows for low impact on your body but still keeps your heart rate elevated. The combination of the trampoline and dance choreography keeps you engaged, improves coordination, and improves mind body connection.

3] Pure Sweat + Float Studio Belle Meade This amazing studio has an infrared sauna and a flotation therapy pod. The infrared sauna provides medical grade heat therapy that heats you on a cellular level to provide pain relief, improved circulation, and much more! The floatation therapy was amazing! If you want to escape from the world for 40 minutes, there’s no better way. The tank is heated to 95 degrees and contains almost

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o start, exercising is tough enough in the first place, so don’t waste your time doing something that you don’t like! Throughout my career as a personal trainer, I've taught over 3,000 fitness classes. I often see and hear first hand the importance of finding a fitness routine that you truly enjoy and will have motivation

for every day. Luckily, there is no better time than right now to find something you love. No longer do you have to run 5 miles every time you need to exercise, turn on P90X, or go to Gold’s gym. You can go to places like Boothcamp and be a part of an infectious community. You can go to The Crag for some great indoor rock climbing; or you can go to Hotworx and do a quick 20-minute workout in a blazing hot box all by yourself. The variety of exercise options that are available allows you to find an activity that is perfect for you. I spent every week of 2019 exploring Nashville's fitness community to give you a taste of what that diversity looks like, and to help you find something that you will love and benefit from. Here are 10 of the 52 places to give you a broad view of Nashville's fitness community.


1000lbs of Epsom salts allowing you to float effortlessly. The float relieves pressure from your neck, back, and knees, relieves muscle soreness, and reduces stress. Candice, the owner, is an absolute gem!

4] So Fly Studio Aerial Fabric Class This aerial fabric class was, without a doubt, the most unique class I took all year. In this class you explore movement from the ground to the air. This is a unique skill set that takes focus, upper body strength, and core strength to maneuver yourself within and around the fabric. Go meet Sarah, and you’ll fall in love with her and her space!

will translate to improvements outside the facility. PJ Kellogg is one of the most knowledgeable trainers in the industry!

6] The Capitol Steps Workout This was, everything included, my favorite of all 52! 8x Ironman, James Crumlin, is one of the best

5] D1 Training Walking into this unique space, will get any athlete excited to train. D1 has a large turf football field and a full-size weight room allowing you to train speed, strength, and power. They provide strength and bootcamp classes that are well designed. They take pride in ensuring your exercises and movements inside the facility J A N / F E B 2 0 2 0 NAS HVI LLE FIT M AGAZIN E

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fitness+exercise individuals Nashville has to offer. James has been running this FREE workout 2x a week for over 7 years! Every Monday and Thursday night at 6pm you can expect anywhere from 70-120+ people to show up at the Tennessee State Capitol to meet James for a killer workout. You can expect a lot of running, hills, lunges, burpees, and more!

to side. It provides more relief to your spine, increases muscle recruitment, and improves coordination. Their signature “Dirty 30/30” class is 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes of strength training, and it kicks butt! Paige runs an amazing class and yes, I coach at Tylt as well!

7] Inner Light Yoga

9] Redline Quality Fitness

Inner Light Yoga offers a music and movement based vinyasa. You can expect traditional yoga in regard to the movement, but then before you know it, the music is cranked up and it’s time for free flow! Such a unique atmosphere created by Lee and Emmy Singer! Go try out Emmy’s class, one of Nashville’s best yogis!

Of all 52, Redline Quality Fitness gave me my toughest challenge. Owner Devin Tolentino is very passionate about Redline’s programming. The attention to detail in their programming and their coaching sets them apart. They program in 6-week cycles allowing their members to have ample time to improve in whatever their area of focus is for that period.

8] Tylt Cycle It’s called Tylt for a reason. Instead of stationary bikes, Tylt has Real Ryders. Real Ryders were designed after a road bike allowing them to “tylt” side

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happens inside of your comfort zone. So, get out of it. Jordan Lozoya, owner of Area 54, is big on promoting self-confidence and empowering others through dance. Lindsay Smith will have you laughing all class long, and she wants everyone to come in, have fun, and be themselves. Regardless of skill level, you can go to either class! I could not be more sincere when I tell you that these 2 people are 2 of my favorite humans I’ve met on this 52-week journey. For more information on all 52 gym, visit www.nickcarrier. com/52gymsin52weeks

10] Area 54 and Dance with Lindsay Smith - Hip Hop Class There’s no personal growth that

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DIVING INTO YOUR FIRST TRI by MELONEE HURT

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es, there will be elite racers on very expensive tri bikes who train year-round and wear tri gear emblazoned with sponsors. But there will also be the new mom who has worked like a dog to get her baby weight off, and the 50-year-old brothers who have used triathlon training as a challenge to see who can get the fittest. You’ll see kiddos fervently cheering on Mom or Dad. You’ll see gray hair, old injuries bandaged up and first-time finishers beaming with equal parts surprise and satisfaction. USA Triathlon-certified coach and seasoned triathlete Derek Stone 22

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agrees that even after competing in the sport for years, finish lines can spark new interest or even renew someone’s fire for the sport. “Look at all the shapes and sizes of the finishers,” he says. “It’s astonishing. You realize from seeing people come across the finish line that the sport isn’t just elite racers with record times. There’s a lot of regular people out there trying to finish a race – and they are doing it. It’s very inspirational.”

GET STARTED The sport of triathlon comes in

many forms and sizes. Races consist of a swim, a bike and a run, although many race organizers have instituted relay teams and divisions that only involve two of the three disciplines in an attempt to make the sport accessible to even more people. Race distances vary from beginner-friendly “sprint” races, which are generally a 200- to 400-meter swim, a 10-mile bike and a 5k run, to a full Ironman distance, which is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and then a marathon, or 26.2 miles. Faye Yates, co-director of Team Magic Multisports, which executes FACEB O O K.CO M/ N AS HVIL L E F I T M AGA Z I NE

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If you have ever considered dipping your toe in the waters of the sport of triathlon, the best place to begin is at the finish. Spend 10 minutes at the finish line of any triathlon and you will be hooked by the passion, enthusiasm, determination and sense of accomplishment you will see on every sweaty face crossing that sacred line. And contrary to what your pre-conceived notions may be about the sport, you will see athletes representing all ages, all body types, and all skill levels.


the Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon and the Tri Nashville Triathlon in Nashville as well as other races across the Southeast, said the future of the sport lies in growing the field of athletes. “We love our elite racers, of course, yet the heart and soul of this sport are the weekend warriors who are out there trying to better themselves,” Yates said. “At every race we do, there is always a beginner friendly option, ranging from a sprint race, to categories such as the AquaBike or the CycloRun which open the sport up to people who maybe aren’t comfortable doing the swim or maybe can’t run a long distance. We also always have a relay option.”

JUMP IN The best way to prepare for the triathlon season, which generally runs April through September, is to start now. Yes now. It’s 30 degrees outside, dark at 4 p.m. and there’s a wind whipping so hard you can hear it. But beginning to swim, bike and run now is what will set you up for a rewarding triathlon this summer. Conrad Goeringer, owner of Working Triathlete and Ironmancertified coach says the two best

ways to begin to train are to build a foundation of some good habits and to find a group to train with. “Your training sessions don’t have to be long. It’s about habits and building a rhythm. Get out there for 30 minutes. The biggest thing is getting started. Negotiate with yourself. Just get out the door. Once you are there you can usually keep it going.” If you are uncertain about how to train, where to train and what pitfalls to avoid, check into a local triathlon club. John Marks, President and cofounder of East Nashville Triathlon Club, said his group prides itself on being an inclusive club for anyone getting started in the sport. “With all the different gear, technical terms, and training approaches, it can be overwhelming to get started in the sport, so we really focus on making the club a fun and welcoming place,” he said. “Group training is a great motivating

tool, and that's even more true during the off season. When it's cold and wet and dark, it's very tempting to stay inside. Knowing other people are out there to train with you, and hearing from teammates about their plans for next season can give athletes an extra boost. John Turner with MidTn Multisport Tri Club said the main thing you get from training with a group right now is accountability. “Get with a club and be around people who have the same goals you have,” he said. “As the weather starts getting better, we have group runs and bikes and open water swims a couple of days a week.”

FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN If the thought of taking on essentially three sports in one seems daunting, Goeringer says to embrace it, not fear it. “This is what makes triathlons awesome,” he said. “There is enough variety that it doesn’t get monotonous. There’s always something to improve upon. This is an area in your life where there’s an opportunity to progress and it’s measurable.” Turner sees it as an opportunity to get to experience three modalities that almost take you back to how you used to play as a child. Kids, he said, ‘play’ by running around, riding their bikes and hitting the swimming pool. “These are things we considered

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fitness+exercise fun as kids,” he said. “As we age, we get away from that, but we shouldn’t. This sport takes you back to your childhood and you also aren’t beating your body up running all the time.” Goeringer said that athletes should trust their body’s ability to adapt to training. “The swim is a big obstacle. Most people can swim to not drown. But they can’t grasp swimming 1,500 meters. But those same people have never strung together 12 swim sessions. It’s incredible how it clicks. You can become a competent, proficient swimmer. Don’t be intimidated or afraid.” Triathlete Tracy Turner said when she did her first sprint race in 2010, she thought she was going to die in the water because of her fear of open-water swimming. To date, she has done four half-Ironman races. “To be able to conquer that fear was awesome,” she said. “I know I have this pride that there was something that terrified me, and I overcame it. That was really exciting to me.”

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NEXT STEPS The USA Triathlon web site is another great resource for training tips, club contacts and a massive race calendar. Stone recommends picking a sprint race and working backwards from there. “If you know you are going to do a race, say, the first Saturday in May, then that gives you a clear training calendar that can help you stay on track, scale your workouts and structure your training,” he said. “I recommend that a beginner train a minimum of six hours a week. That’s an hour a day with one day off.” Goeringer adds to not let your daily schedule be a limiting factor to your ability to train at that pace. Plenty of people with kids and busy jobs still find a way to do it, and you can too. “You have to be real with yourself and understand your life schedule,” he said. “If you aren’t a morning person, that’s fine. You don’t have to wake up at 4 a.m. to get a great workout in. Do it at lunch or after the kids go to bed. Find the path of least resistance.”

Triathlons happen all over the country, but Nashvillians are lucky to have one of the best right here in their own back yard. The Eddie Ferrell Music City Triathlon stages at Titans Nissan Stadium, with a downstream swim in the Cumberland River, (and starts with a jump from the General Jackson Showboat if you do the Olympic distance.) The bike is on Ellington Parkway, which is closed to traffic and the run is a totally flat course. “Music City is my favorite race and it’s a great triathlon for beginners,” Goeringer said. “You can wrap your head around the distances. Anyone who is healthy can train for that race. It’s such a fun, vibrant venue.” And you just never know how the discipline of training for a triathlon might benefit you outside of your time in the pool, on the bike or out for a run. “The triathlon community is full of people who tend to be high achievers,” Goeringer said. “You surround yourself with people who are ambitious and that translates to other areas of your life, whether that’s your work or your sense of self.”

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Row House Cool Springs

1201 Liberty Pike, Suite 107, Franklin, TN 37067 https://www.therowhouse.com/location/cool-springs | coolsprings@therowhouse.com The first Row House in Tennessee will debut in Franklin at the intersection of Carothers Parkway and Liberty Pike this spring. Established in New York City in 2014, Row House was born from the idea that rowing is the most efficient, low-impact, high energy, full-body workout for any fitness level that brings the comradery and drive fostered by the sport of rowing to each class. The popular boutique fitness brand offers a smart, effective fitness program meant to preserve the longevity of the body for all fitness levels. The modern studio welcomes members into an upbeat atmosphere, where participants row in-sync on state-of-the-art Concept2 rowing machines. Each class involves a workout that’s on and off the rower. To accommodate all fitness levels, Row House offers six classes – House, Body, Power, Restore, Full Row, and Stroke. Each workout produces maximum results by engaging over 85% of the body’s muscles, delivering the perfect balance of aerobic endurance and muscular strength all in one workout. The Cool Springs location is currently offering founding membership discounts. For more information on Row House, please call 615-716-1174 or visit https://www.therowhouse.com/location/cool-springs. 26

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Carbon Culture

209 S Royal Oaks Blvd, Ste 184, Franklin, TN 3704 https://carbonculture-usa.com info@carbonculture-usa.com Opening in January 2020, Carbon Culture is the newest gym to hit middle Tennessee. Join them as they set out to revolutionize extreme fitness by bringing together a community of top bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes. Together they will provide specialized spaces to coach, educate and motivate members to reach their fitness goals and become champions. Powered by Arsenal Strength, Carbon Culture has hand-picked the industry’s most sought after strength training and cardio equipment including: pendulum squat, monolift, ISO incline fly and a full glute circuit. Backed by some of the industry’s leading athletes, they are now offering full-service gym packages to include personal training, access to an on-site chiropractor and muscle therapist, training programs and diet plans. Connect with Carbon Culture on Instagram to stay up-todate with their training seminars, powerlifting meets and other industry events. They will be kicking off with our launch party on February 1st featuring Olympia champions Brandon Curry, Chris Bumstead, Courtney King and other leading industry names including Steve and Amanda Kuclo, Sarah and Josh Bowmar, Andre Ferguson, John Meadows and Marc Lobliner. Memberships will be capped so don’t miss your chance to be a part of Carbon Culture. They’re more than just a gym.

Bend and Zen Hot Yoga Nashville

3820 Charlotte Ave. Unit 150, Nashville, TN 37209 https://nashville.bendandzenhotyoga.com / nashville@bendandzennashville.com Welcome to Bend and Zen Hot Yoga Nashville! Home of the 35 days of unlimited yoga for $35 for all new students. Bend and Zen has officially opened our doors in the new L&L Market on Charlotte Avenue, and they cannot wait to meet you! While they may be housed in a 100 year old factory building, Bend and Zen is a state-of-the-art, eco friendly studio that is equipped with infrared sauna panels, double insulated windows, an air ventilation system that removes smelly stale air and an insane amount of insulation to keep the chill outside and the hot inside. In addition to the complimentary water, yoga mats, shower towels and the frozen lavender washcloths passed out at the end of every class, they believe the very best part of Bend and Zen Nashville is the incredibly talented, kind and knowledgeable instructors who are ready to lead you in your practice. You're invited into their home to become a part of the family, and experience YOUR BEST YOGA today! N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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Studio Indigo Nashville

1002 Fatherland St Suite 202, Nashville, TN 37206 https://www.studioindigonashville.com hello@studioindigonashville.com Instagram: @studioindigonashville You’re stronger than you think you are. Studio Indigo: Barre, Yoga, and Breath. Enter an inviting space where women discover their own strength by learning and growing together. A place where you can come as you are and connect through movement and wellness. “Barre is the only exercise I have consistently stuck with for six years. I always feel de-stressed, like I’ve accomplished a goal after taking a class. That makes me feel proud of myself!” “Studio Indigo is so welcoming. I never feel judged. The instructors are always so friendly and helpful during class. I used to feel stiff and uncomfortable in my body, but since I’ve been taking classes regularly, that is gone!” “I used to always feel overwhelmed, sad, and lonely, but I made some true friendships and discovered my own inner strength through barre, yoga, and meditation classes.” Studio Indigo welcomes all ages, body types, and experience levels into their community. Join them for classes, workshops, wellness, and mindfulness in East Nashville's only barre studio. Download the Studio Indigo App to view their schedule and book your next class! New clients can take the first class for $5, or purchase the Five for $35 Intro Pack.

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people+ lifestyle Eat The Frog Fitness

205 Franklin Road, Suite 150, Brentwood, TN 37207 https://www.eatthefrogfitness.com / brentwood@etffitness.com Instagram: @eatthefrog_brentwood Eat the Frog Fitness, one of America’s fastest growing fitness franchises, has finally arrived in Tennessee. Founded by 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Winning Decathlete Bryan Clay and longtime fitness executive Joe Culver, the studio delivers highly personalized workouts, 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Franchise owner, Beth Ann Stromatt, is excited to announce Tennessee’s first Eat the Frog Fitness location will be opening a 3,071 sq ft studio at the Hill Center Brentwood. Mark Twain famously said, “If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of your day.” “For many people, fitness can be their frog,” Stromatt adds, “and our coaches are here to see you through it.” A group-training environment, Eat the Frog members go through a personalized 30-minute fitness assessment when they begin. This allows coaches to customize an 8-week training program tailored to meet their specific fitness level using heart rate training monitors and performance zones, that are as unique as each individual. Using the App, members can enter the studio 24/7 on the hour, to complete their training program, choosing from virtual and live coached 55-minute classes. Unique to every Eat the Frog location, the facility uses only people powered equipment, for a customized group work out session that features Cardio, Strength, Core and Recovery which are specific to each member’s abilities. Ranging from new to fitness to professional athletes, all individuals can work out alongside each other and gain the results they desire. Beth searched for a fitness concept that was unique and new to Williamson county. “Bryan and Joe’s approach to helping people achieve their fitness goals over the long term was especially appealing to me,” says Beth. More Eat the Frog locations are coming soon. For information on the workout, membership, or franchise opportunities in Tennessee, go to eatthefrogfitness. com or email Jim Wrigley a jim.wrigley@etffitness.com.

Adventure Fitness

101 Tennessee Way, Suite 300, Hendersonville, TN 37075 https://adventure-fitness.triib.com / @adventurefitnesstn Adventure Fitness is Tennessee's premier obstacle course training facility, run by Las Vegas finalists from the TV show American Ninja Warrior. Come join us as we break down the basics and help people to succeed in taking on obstacles both inside and outside the gym. Our beginner focused practice is a great place for anyone to start or restart their fitness journey, as well as a place to train for events and compete in leagues reaching national level recognition. Our programming starts at age 6 and includes classes for teenagers and adults who want to achieve their fitness goals. Come join us for our workshopping classes or our high intensity interval training workouts as well as specialty classes such Animal Movement and Acro Yoga. We're also your destination space for all ninja parties from birthday events for kids all the way to corporate or bachelor parties. Book your first class for free at https://adventure-fitness.triib.com. 30

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people+ lifestyle Kingsfield Fitness

https://kingsfieldfitness.com Instagram: @kingsfieldfitness Kingsfield Fitness combines innovative products with cutting edge vibration technology to provide active recovery tools for everyone from professional athletes to fitness enthusiasts. When we exercise, we are putting abnormal stress on muscle groups which can often lead to tightness and muscle imbalances. In order to recover efficiently, we must restore our muscles to their natural state. Shop their popular Kingsfield ULTRA Gun (right) and Kingsfield SPARK Vibrating Foam Roller (left) to help restore natural muscle length after your workout or competition. Kingsfield Fitness believes investing in yourself through proper recovery is a vital way to help you achieve your goals and they are based right here in Nashville too. Invest in your recovery and you will be investing in yourself!

Orangetheory Fitness Clarksville

1011 Winn Way Suite 125, Clarksville, TN 37043 https://clarksville.orangetheoryfitness.com / 615-380-7344 / Instagram: @otfclarksville One of Nashville’s most popular workouts is coming to Clarksville! Orangetheory Fitness Clarksville just recently opening in December and is bringing high-intensity, group personal training to an already growing area. The heartrate monitored, high-intensity workout is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy—also known as “the afterburn.” The result is more energy, visible toning, and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours. Start burning with a results-driven workout that everybody from “The Today Show” to Shape Magazine and Men’s Journal is calling the best one-hour workout in the country. 32

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Elevation Orthodontics

9 South 9th Street, Ste 5 Nashville, TN 37206 https://elevationorthodontics.com info@elevationorthodontics.com Nashville's First Orthodontic Center Catered to Adults Looking For A New & Improved Smile! Elevation Orthodontics is here to present new options and develop a fresh perspective on a profession that has been stereotypically categorized as only for kids and teens. No more "Oh, I'm too old for braces!" Elevation Orthodontics has created an office that will change how people view both the orthodontist and who should get a new and improved smile. They believe people prefer a unique experience centered around individualized treatment from a community based team. Dr. Brice and his team at Elevation Orthodontics offer the newest and most esthetically pleasing options. They offer adult hours that are convenient for busy, working adults, because they know it's hard finding time to elevate yourself. Elevation Orthodontics wants to make it easy to have a beautiful smile, so they offer botox, custom clear retainers, and whitening treatments as adjuntive therapy. With multiple financing options, having a beautiful smile is more simple and affordable than ever. You don't have to hide your happiness: unleash your smile and elevate yourself today!

Hydralive Therapy

1207 McGavock Street, Ste. B, Nashville, TN 37203 https://hydralivetherapy.com / nashville@hydralivetherapy.com Hydralive Therapy is Nasvhille’s premiere IV therapy clinic with locations on Broadway and in The Gulch. Their wellness spas offer IV therapy infusions, vitamin injections as well as cryotherapy. Treatments are tested and overseen by a board certified physician and are administered by registered nurses in a clean, safe and soothing environment. Once a treatment that was only available to celebrities and pro athletes, IV therapy is now affordable to the public and within reach of anyone who wants a quick pick-me-up to lead a healthier and happier life. If you don't know what to expect when you walk into a Hydralive Therapy location, guests are provided with a comfortable, spalike experience with services to enhance their lifestyle. The staff will assist you in your recovery as you relax and re-energize. Bring your portable device or laptop and enjoy free WiFi, or kick back and enjoy their Ultra HD TVs. Whether you are looking for hydration, wellness, recovery or more energy, Hydralive has a service for you. You can also build your own cocktail and get all of the key vitamins, nutrients, minerals and amino acids you can ever ask for!

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Bink’s Outfitters Cumberland Transit

BEST COFFEE SHOP Frothy Monkey

With a number of locations around Nashville, Frothy has a variety of menu items outside of their traditional coffee selections to keep you fueled up for the day.

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BEST BIKE SHOP Halcyon Bike Shop lululemon

BEST STORE FOR FITNESS APPAREL + GEAR lululemon

High-quality athletic apparel meets functionality and comfort. Whether you’re aiming to get sweaty or be stylish (or both), lululemon has plenty of options to help you live the #thesweatlife

Outdoor Voices Fleet Feet

BEST LOCAL OUTDOOR STORE Mountain High Outfitters

An outdoor & lifestyle clothing and footwear store that

Halcyon has been serving the growing Nashville bike community since 2008 and is committed to providing the best quality products at affordable prices.

Cumberland Transit Green Fleet Bicycle Shop

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Carbine

Sam's photos can be seen everywhere. His sharp eye and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done has earned him a reputable career in the fitness community. He also now shoots for the Tennessee Titans and various Vanderbilt sports teams too.

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BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT Small World Yoga

Connecting people in the Nashville area by increasing their access to yoga, Small World Yoga has built a community of yogis with a passion for volunteering and transforming individuals through healing and connection. From the Music City Yoga Festival to International Day of Yoga, there’s plenty of ways to get involved and donate to a great cause.

Thistle Farms GraceWorks Ministries

Nick Carrier's Best Your Podcast

HEALTHIEST RESTAURANT True Food Kitchen

Located in Green Hills and founded by renowned physician and doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen believes in a lifestyle that encourages simple changes in eating habits to avoid and counteract chronic inflammation. Their dining room is also a gathering place for moving your body with events like Namaste & Brunch on the weekends.

AVO Sunflower Cafe

Small World Yoga

BEST LOCAL BLOG

Living With Landyn (Landyn Hutchinson)

Landyn is a working mother with two kids that is still trying to find a work/mom/wife balance. Her hope is to "inspire you in this crazy life, be your daily dose of comic relief and the best girlfriend you never really knew you needed." Find her at https://www.livingwithlandyn.com

BEST LOCAL WINE, BEER, OR SPIRIT Yazoo Brewing Company

A fan favorite in the area, this southern original brewing company has been bottling favorites like the Dos Perros and Pale Ale since 2003. They recently moved from The Gulch to a new location in Madison, TN.

Deep Bay Spirits Jackalope Brewing Company

Style Blueprint Happily Grey (Mary Lawless Lee)

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Nick Carrier's Best You Podcast

How do you become the best version of yourself? That's the question that is explored on Nick Carrier's Best You Podcast. Hear stories from successful individuals with hyper-focused intentions as they "upgrade" themselves every day. Nick discusses how his guests got to where they are today and how they are continuing to strive towards being their best self. When he's not recording, Nick is also instructing as a personal trainer around town.

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BEST MEAL PREP / DELIVERY SERVICE Paleo Works

Modern Paleo for busy people. Owners Brian and Lisa Perry have been seasoning Nashville’s meal prep scene for many years now, and they don’t skimp on their portion sizes either. They're also Whole30 Approved. You can usually catch them at your local fitness event on the weekends.

Clean Eatz Eat Well Nashville

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BEST NUTRITIONIST / DIETITIAN Dylan Murphy, RD, LDN

Dylan is helping women take a holisitic approach to their eating habits and practices a non-diet and Health at Every Size (HAES) approach with an emphasis on intuitive eating and mindfulness. @dylanmurphy.rd

Jill Burns, RD, LDN Jamie Free

BEST FARMER'S MARKET Nashville Farmer's Market

Visitors to the Nashville Farmer’s Market will find fresh produce, artisanal food, restaurants, shops, crafts, classes, and chef demos all year round.

Franklin Farmer's Market 12 South Farmer's Market

BEST SMOOTHIE / BOWL OR JUICE SHOP The Urban Juicer

Juice, smoothies, shots, wraps, acai bowls and, yes, even healthy pizza. Urban Juicer continues to be the go-to juice shop now with 5 locations. They also have a food truck if you want to bring the party to your event!

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BEST GROCERY STORE Trader Joe's

Now with two locations, Trader Joe’s continues to offer a variety of unique products and quality brands at a reasonable price all year round!

Whole Foods Publix

BEST LOCAL PROTEIN BAR Grab the Gold

Known for their delicious chocolate peanut butter taste, this small but mighty protein bar is made right here in Franklin. Created by Danielle Ontiveros in her mother’s kitchen when she was just 16 years old, this wholesome recipe has grown from humble beginnings to now being sold nationwide. They also have a PB & J flavor to compliment the already popular line.

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BEST IV HYDRATION THERAPY

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BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST Matthew Miner, LMT

Matthew is a top rated massage therapist with a decade of experience to help heal, relax, and recover the body. Working with artists, athletes, dancers and companies, his demand helps reach goals of all types.

Daley Gold, LMT Karen Brown, LMT

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BEST PHYSICAL THERAPIST Dr. Josh Orendorf (Paceline PT)

At Paceline Physical Therapy, Josh has created a new way to experience physical therapy. His efficient process is catered toward athletes in an atmosphere that’s interactive and energetic to help clients recover from injury and maximize their athletic potential. @pacelinept

Dr. Chelsea Matthews (Catalyst PT) Dr. Chris Wolfe (Wolfe PT)

BEST DENTIST

Dr. Clint Newman (Gulch Dental Studio)

At Gulch Dental Studio, Dr. Clint Newman takes the time to get to know each and every patient that comes through the doors personally so that they can address your unique dental needs and concerns and get you back to your regular routine quickly and with a healthy smile.

Matthew Miner, LMT

BEST CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Peter Hinz (Cool Springs Chiropractic)

Dr. Hinz owns and operates Cool Springs Chiropractic and advocates for all components of living a healthy life from the inside out. He is an Eagle Scout, a CrossFit athlete, and is also certified as a Level 1 CrossFit Coach. His passion for healthy living and natural care has been shared during time serving the community abroad in Vietnam, as well as for the past six years here in Franklin.

Dr. Brittney McGetrick (Evergreen Chiropractic) Dr. Chad Rush (Rush Chiropractic Center)

Dr. Phillip Kemp (Kemp Dental) Dr. Chris Weber (Franklin Smiles)

BEST IV HYDRATION THERAPY Arete Nashville

Founded by Adam Bobo, Arete offers in-home and concierge intravenous services tailored to the individual's needs. IV hydration therapy assists in overall health promotion as well as treats for an array of dehydration-based ailments such as fatigue, jet-lag, dehydration, mild viral illnesses (cold/flu), migraines, food poisoning, and hangovers. Arete also offers antioxidant therapies that promote body detoxification and skin beautification too.

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Revive Sports Recovery

If you’ve spent any time in sports circles, you’ve probably heard of sports massage. Revive Sports Recovery uses the best resources to provide revitalizing recovery treatments suited to your specific needs. They also offer cryotherapy to help keep your body performing at its' peak. @revivesportsrecovery

Bluestem Wellness Nashville CYL Sauna Studio

PROFESSIONAL (PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHIATRIST, LPC) Kathryn Defatta, LPC, MHSP (Three Cords Therapy)

Kathryn is a licensed therapist that specializes in eating disorders, body image, and trauma at her local practice, Three Cords Therapy. You can also hear her thoughts on her new podcast You Need Therapy.”

Christina Lafferty-Neal, LPC Elise Oehring, LPC, HSP

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BEST SPA/FLOAT/SAUNA EXPERIENCE Pure Sweat + Float Studio

With locations in Belle Meade, Franklin, Brentwood and 12th South, Pure Sweat + Float is Nashville’s exclusive wellness destination for Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna and Float Therapy. There's also complimentary Netflix, Pandora and the Calm app within the saunas, and a transcendent float music menu to support a calm mindset. It’s mind, body bliss, at its best.

CYL Sauna Studio Bluestem Wellness Nashville

Kathryn Defatta, LPC, MHSP

BEST BOOTCAMP Boothcamp

BC owner's Shawn Booth and Jordan Peter's have quickly amassed a loyal tribe over at Boothcamp. All of Boothcamp's classes are structured to give you a full body workout with dynamic and progressive movements. Make sure you pick up a BC themed candle or trendy visor while you're there too.

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BEST PADDLE BOARD OR KAYAK RENTAL Nashville Paddle Company

Located inside Hamilton Creek Recreation Area on the scenic Percy Priest Lake, Nashville Paddle Co. is the perfect place to get our on the water on a hot day. Try their SUP Yoga class to mix up your water adventure.

BEST MENTAL HEALTH Pure Sweat + Float Studio

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BEST GYM

BEST CROSSFIT GYM

Recently celebrating their five year anniversary, Fit Factory has had a long road to get to where they are today. Owners Jonny and Libby Diaz really believe they are successful because of the people that walk through their doors every day. We think it's because they have all the workout toys you could ask for :)

Located close to Downtown, CrossFit East Nashville has a supportive community, a large group of coaches, and also offers a kids program in their 16,000 sq ft facility. Head Coach, Caleb Gregory, is also up for Best CrossFit Coach.

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BEST BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO FreeBird Fitness

FreeBird Fitness offers a mix of modern group fitness classes to keep your routine fresh and fun. They see fitness not just as one modality but many; all combined to challenge and change the mind and body. Their methods include - yoga, strength training, trampoline fitness and dance fitness. Most of all though, FreeBird is about creating friendships through fitness.

SculptHouse Pure Barre

BEST STRENGTH & CONDITIONING GYM (NON-CROSSFIT)

Chadwicks Fitness & Performance Training

Chadwick’s Fitness is one of the premier physical fitness centers in Franklin offering personal fitness training, group fitness classes, sports performance training as well as sports rehab therapy. Their trainers provide an array of physical fitness classes in a massive 20,000 sq ft facility.

Fit Factory Nashville SHED Group Fitness

BEST BARRE STUDIO Pure Barre

With seven locations in the Greater Nashville Area, Pure Barre focuses on small movements and innovative techniques that target strength, cardio and flexibility.

Barre3 Neighborhood Barre

BEST YOGA STUDIO Inner Light Yoga

“With hustle and heart, anything is possible.” That's what you'll hear when you walk into ILY. Bold, fresh, and filled with love, owner Emmy Singer offers a high energy, music-based, creative vinyasa class that moves to the beat and allows you to get lost in the flow. FreeBird Fitness N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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BEST PILATES STUDIO Marathon Pilates

Marathon Pilates has two locations in Nashville, East and 12 South, and delivers a unique blend of strength and flexibility - a resistance-based, low-impact workout that lengthens muscles and strengthens the core.

Simply Balanced SculptHouse

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BEST YOUTH FITNESS ORGANIZATION Brand X East Nashville

Brand X is a strength and conditioning program specifically designed for kids. that focuses on motor pattern training and physical literacy enhancement to optimize fitness and elevate kids' athleticism. Christina Lafferty-Neal is the Brand X East Nashville head coach.

Girls on the Run YMCA of Middle Tennessee

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BEST TRIATHLON COACH Conrad Goeringer

Conrad is an Ironman Certified Coach and the author of the book The Working Triathlete. He has a strong passion for helping athletes of all levels and endurance goals. Conrad is also a recent 2018 USAT Long Course Duathlon National Champion.

Derek Stone James Crumlin

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BEST FREE COMMUNITY WORKOUT

HOTBOX Fitness Training Camp

Join James Crumlin every Monday and Thursday (for free!) at 6 p.m. downtown at the Capitol Steps. James is also a certified Ironman and RRCA Coach as well, so make sure you ask him for a few pointers while you are there.

BEST BOXING / MMA GYM Combo your way through jabs, crosses, hooks, and body shots at one of four Title Boxing locations in Nashville. You’ll be sweating well before the “warm up” even finishes so make sure you pace yourself.

Capitol Steps Workout

Small World Yoga Camp Gladiator

Lindsey Burroughs

Lindsey has been dancing classical ballet for over 20 years. During her third year in Nashville, she suffered a foot injury that led her to Pilates. Shortly after falling in the love with the movement, she became a fully certified Pilates instructor and hasn't looked back.

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BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

BEST BARRE INSTRUCTOR

A former college baseball pitcher, Josh has been training since he was just 16 years old and is now helping others do the same.

Hilary is a Barre3 instructor in Brentwood as well as a real estate agent here in the Nashville area.

Josh Wolfe

Gerell Webb Naomi Newton

Hilary Gilmore Radakovich Anna Perry Sande Rae Kirkland

BEST CYCLING INSTRUCTOR Shawna Neel

Shawna's energy is infectious and full of life. Her classes at Full Ride will leave you breathless make you want to come back again and again.

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Rose Copolla Hunter Tate

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BEST YOGA INSTRUCTOR Emmy Singer

Owner of Inner Light Yoga in the 12 South area, Emmy’s big heart and warm studio has created a community of yogis that keep coming back for the loud music and laughter.

Chris Byford Linda Fenelon

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BEST CYCLING STUDIO Full Ride Cycling

Full Ride Cycling classes have something for everyone with a rocking mix of music, strength, endurance, challenges, and more.

Verticity CycleBar Music City: The Gulch + West Nashville + Maryland Farms

HARDEST WORKOUT IN NASHVILLE Redline

Flying under the radar and recently opening a new location in Maryland Farms, Redline has made a name for itself as being one of Nashville's hardest workouts. If you are looking for a challenge, give them a try! Emmy Singer N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

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BEST RUNNING COACH Megan Conner

One of our former cover stars, Megan has run marathons and coached clients all over the country. Don’t forget to say hello to her boxer Lulu on your next visit to her home gym too!

Derek Stone Conrad Goeringer

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BEST GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR Tania Lopez

Tania is currently the Fit Lab Fitness Director at QNTM Fit Life. After starting out as a member, Tania quickly fell in love with the QNTM community and is now one of their best trainers and group instructors in the area!

Anna Perry Brittany Farrar

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BEST CYCLING EVENT Full Ride Anniversary Party

Celebrating a full year at Full Ride certainly has its perks. Their Anniversary Party was nothing short of sweat, smiles and a looking forward to the future.

Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee: BRAT Tour de Nash

BEST AMBASSADOR TO THE HEALTH & FITNESS COMMUNITY Kimberly Novosel Revereza

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BEST CROSSFIT COACH Caleb Gregory

A programmer, husband, father, friend, and sarcastic breath of fresh air, Caleb is a trusted role model and true measure of balancing fitness, work, fun, and family. He exemplifies prioritizing the things that really matter in life and the CrossFit community it lucky to have him.

Kyle Hopkins Lacee Fitch

A wilderness guide, yogi, runner, and meditation teacher, Kimberly’s open personality and personal involvement in the community has helped develop her lifelong passion for helping others to uncover and reach for their best selves.

James Crumlin Augie Christian

BEST TRAIL RUNNING RACE Music City Trail Ultra

This ultra is hard, and we're not saying this to impress you. If you’re willing to take the challenge, all 50k runners must be capable of finishing the race in 9 hours.

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BEST SHORT DISTANCE ROAD RACE (10K OR SHORTER)

BEST BODYBUILDING COMPETITION

Are you ready to treat the Fathers in your life to a morning dedicated just to him? The Hops for Pops 5K, 8K & 1-Mile Fun Run is a perfect run for the whole family!

The Nashville Fit Show is one of the only all-female NPC competitions in the world. Hosted by Whitney Wiser, this event is a great experience for any level athlete from first-time competitors to seasoned athletes looking to go to the next level.

Hops For Pops 5K, 8K and Fun Run

Steps of Success 5K East Nashville Tomato 5K

BEST LONG DISTANCE ROAD RACE (LONGER THAN A 10K) St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

The St. Jude Rock 'n' roll Marathon is not only a staple in the Nashville running community but to many others as well. They have one of the largest event expos in the south and supports nearly 30K runners, wheelchairs, and walkers.

Mars Petcare St. Patrick's Music City Half Nashville Half Marathon

BEST TRIATHLON

Nashville Fit Show

Flex Lewis Classic Music City Muscle

BEST LOCAL SUPPLEMENT STORE Nutrition Faktory

The Nutrition Faktory Team is growing fast! Now with over eight locations in the Greater Nashville Area, drop in for all your protein, recovery, BCAA, pre and postworkout needs.

Nutrishop Herban Market

Music City Triathlon (Team Magic)

This 42 year old triathlon is held in downtown Nashville and features a Swim in the Cumberland River for both the Sprint and Olympic. Bike on a completely closed, traffic-free Ellington Parkway and then Run on a flat out and back course. Not ready for the whole thing? They have options for Relay Teams, Aquabike or CycloRun too.

Riverbluff Triathlon (Above the Fold) Tri Nashville Triathlon (Team Magic)

BEST FITNESS COMPETITION The Nashville Fit Games

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Hosted by Nashville Fit Magazine, the Nashville Fit Games is a unique fitness competition designed to test your physical and mental toughness. Each challenge is carefully assembled to evaluate a different athletic ability such as speed, strength, endurance, and power. Compete as an individual or on a team against some of the top athletes in the Nashville area.

CG Games (Camp Gladiator) Battle of the Barbells

Nutrition Faktory

BEST LOCAL SUPPLEMENT COMPANY Nutrifitt

NutriFitt offers the highest quality nutritional supplements available. Owner Austin Hulsey has designed all of their products to be free of artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives and have absolutely zero proprietary blends. Their products are scientifically designed to unlock your maximum human potential and they are sold in a number of stores right here in the Greater Nashville Area.

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PURE SWEAT SAUNA STUDIO An all-new infrared sauna lounge opens in 12 South.

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ne of the hottest openings of the new year is Pure Sauna Studio, an infrared sauna lounge, which just debuted in 12th South. Offering state-of-the-art, full spectrum Infrared Sauna Therapy in a stylish, stand-alone house, the Studio comprises five spacious sauna suites, as well as a Deluxe Suite, which can accommodate up to 4 guests and is a wonderful way to enjoy wellness with friends or as an enhanced space for yoga poses, stretching and lounging. Founded by Candice Bruder and sister studio to Pure Sweat + Float Studio, a Nashville Fit Magazine “Best Of” winner with locations in Belle Meade, Cool Springs and Brentwood, it is a community-focused retreat for those seeking enhanced health and well-being. Acclaimed by the world’s leading health experts and elite athletes, Infrared Saunas deliver an abundance of clinically tested and research-based health and healing benefits, including detoxification, pain relief, weight loss,

reduced inflammation and deep, mental and physical relaxation. Unlike traditional saunas, which solely heat the air around you and operate in excess of 200°F, Infrared warms within the body on a cellular level and is enjoyed at a milder temperature for a deep, detoxifying sweat. Their cabins’ full spectrum of Far, Mid and Near Infrared wavelengths reach different parts of the body - toxins, muscle/joints and skin - to produce targeted therapy and optimal results. The Sauna Studio welcomes everyone from professional athletes and the Nashville Ballet to those with arthritis or autoimmune disease. Each sauna session is a customizable experience for whole body health. Guests can choose from an array of chromotherapy for color ambiance, listen to music, enjoy complimentary Netflix, meditate to the Calm app, or simply unplug all while they sweat. Sauna suites come fully appointed with towels, as well as a basket of fitness accessories, face wipes, and a cold washcloth with essential oil to refresh. Guests can also enjoy under-eye masks, organic sheet masks, and an array of wellness products to boost their self-care experience. The Studio also offers a collection of highly sourced and one-of-a-kind wellness products to complement the benefits of its services across health, beauty, pain relief and deep relaxation. From food-grade, organic skin care to full spectrum CBD, gua sha + reflexology tools, and even 100% silk sleep masks, it’s an impressive collection of self-care bliss. Be on the lookout for some unique events, talks, and soirees integrating some of Nashville’s most engaging experts in health, healing and meditation at this new sauna studio in the near future. Pure Sauna Studio - 1204 Dallas Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

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THE BEST INJURY PREVENTION PRACTICES

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ood health is a lifelong journey; not a destination. Despite staying the course, injuries happen. So how does one stay injury free while pursuing their fitness goals? The short answer is very carefully, but for the rest of us read on as we uncover the best of injury prevention practices. Sports injuries are often caused by lack of strength or flexibility in the associated muscles involved. Improper technique, gear and safety practices factor in as well. The fitness activities that we address are not exhaustive. Understanding injury prevention for your specific fitness activity is highly recommended. When it comes to injury prevention practices, applying a personalized approach is key. A customized approach is the foundation from which good injury prevention is built, as Scott Wietecha, Nashville educator and multimarathon runner aptly points out, "Good training isn’t blindly following a program, good training is using a program that follows you and your individual progress."

RUNNING - When it comes to aerobic activities,

few offer as many benefits, especially heart and lung benefits, as running. Running’s both physically and personally fulfilling, with significant cardio benefits, making it one of the top fitness activities. But running’s high impact can outweigh its benefits, if one isn’t vigilant. Most running injuries involve joints, hips, knees, ankles, terrain, rain/snow or slip/fall. Pain is communication. Listen and adhere to required healing periods. Strength training and other low impact activities like cycling, benefit a runner’s longevity and performance. Dr. James Johnson, MD and Sports Medicine physician advises, “In terms of prevention, it is best to start running or start back to running after a layoff longer than three weeks with a very gradual progression. Most successful return to running program start with a run walk program and gradually increase from there. Despite many articles saying a 10 to 20% increase in mileage per week is the correct amount, no studies back this up.”

CYCLING - Before setting a foot on a bike, don a helmet. Properly fitted helmets save lives in unexpected crashes. Get a personalized bike fit to alleviate specific stress and strain issues unique to the individual cyclist. Noseless seats prevent perineal nerve (seat area) damage, which can trigger prostate, bladder/bowel control issues. Raising handlebars alleviates back strain. Wear protective gloves and padded inserts for additional N A S HVI LLE FI TMAGA ZI NE .COM

safety and fall protection. Provide visibility with high range front and rear light illumination, reflectors & bright clothing. Invest in quality cycling wear or closely fitted, non-dangling clothing. Build core strength to displace stress & strain, transforming it into power to neck, hips, back & thighs for a stronger overall performance.

WEIGHT TRAINING - Using weight repetition, or

resistance, against muscle effort, builds muscle mass and bone strength. Muscle strength allows the body to function better, providing strength and energy to power through everyday tasks. Individuals over 40, should get their weight training routines assessed for changing body composition and safety needs. Gradually build weight & rep intensity. Maintain proper form to prevent injury. Don’t sling weights, carry them through the rep. Inspect equipment before use. Invest in fitted, nonslip, grip gloves and cushioned shoes. Use a spotter if needed. Remember to add aerobic fitness activities for cardio health.

WALKING - See & be seen with highly visible gear.

Watch for traffic, even with the right of way. As the saying goes, "One can be right, or they can be dead right." Pay attention to all vehicles, regardless of who has the right of way. Wear comfortable, cushioned, shoes. Protection from climate include hat, water, sunglasses, hooded jacket, umbrella, etc. Wear layers if needed.

YOGA - Cushioned mats provide necessary comfort

for poses, bone and joint protection. Select comfortable, non-binding clothing and non-slip shoes. Yoga’s often conducted bare foot for better grip, balance and control. Goat Yoga – Bring hand sanitizer for germ protection (yours and goats’), and mat sanitation afterwards. Take care with climbing goats. Bikram Hot Yoga – Class temperature targets 105 degrees, 60% humidity. Watch for heat exhaustion and overstretching warm muscles.

NUTRITION - Emphasize a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains, limiting saturated or animal fat foods. Prepare foods from their natural state. Limit processed foods like white bread/rice, crackers, chips, cookies, sodas and other junk foods. SLEEP - Muscle tissue repair occurs during the deep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement), phase of sleep. Plus, sleep improves looks, mood, weight, energy & cognitive performance.

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Andrea Kay MS, ACE, ACSM, AEA Personal Training, Pilates, Power Plate, Aquatics Longevity Fitness Trainer 615.618.2081 andreakay@additin.org @additin3 https://www.additin.org

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Rena Ooi RN, RCR Board Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach, Reflexologist, Grief Recovery Specialist and Reiki Master turningyourleaf@gmail.com 615.497.7286 @turningyourleaf

Justin Todd Personal Trainer jtoddperformance@gmail.com @jtoddperformance

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FEATURED EVENT JANUARY 1/3/20 Nashville Yoga with The Phoenix The Phoenix - Tennessee Small World Yoga https://www.smallworldyoga. org 1/3/20 2020 Vision and Goals with AyDamn + Chris Byford Shakti Power Yoga Nashville, TN 1/5/20 Barre, Brows & Brunch Style Bar and Spa On 6th Nashville, TN 1/9/20 HOKA ONE ONE Demo Cumberland Transit Nashville, TN

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1/10/20 Tacos and Nutrition for Endurance Sports Fit Studio Franklin and Above The Fold Events & Sport Promotions Franklin, TN

1/12/20 Intention Setting Inner Light Yoga Nashville and the Happy Hour Nashville, TN https://www. innerlightyoganashville.com

1/11/20 Nashville Fit Magazine's Best Of 2019 Awards Party CrossFit East Nashville https://nashvillefitmagazine. com

1/17/20 20 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training / Weekend Intensive NuPower Yoga + Barre Nashville, TN

1/11/20 Intro to Ayurveda with Jo-Jo The Yogi Bassist Nashville, TN 1/11/20 MoveFit into the New Year Dani D. Fitness Mayday Brewery Murfreesboro, TN http://danidfitness.com

1/18/20 The Ultimate Indoor Adventure Training Workout at Orangetheory Abundant Life Adventure Club Hendersonville, TN 1/24/20 The Crag Climb-A-Thon The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter The Crag, Nashville, TN

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FEBRUARY 2/1/20 Shakti Yoga University Spring 200 Hour Teacher Training Shakti Power Yoga Nashville, TN http://www.shaktiyoganashville. com 2/4/20 Yoga at the Library Nashville Public Library Nashville, TN 2/8/20 Zoo Run Run Nashville Zoo Nashville, TN https://www.nashvillezoo.org 2/15/20 Music City Yoga Festival Small World Yoga Nashville, TN https://www.smallworldyoga.org

2/15/20 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Nashville, TN https://www.hotchocolate15k.com

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2/16/20 USA Powerlifting Coaching Certification Course USA Powerlifting Prime Functional Training Franklin, TN 2/18/20 Power Yoga Teacher Training CorePower Yoga (Green Hills) Nashville, TN 2/22/20 Cummins Falls Marathon Cummins Falls State Park Tennessee State Parks Nashville, TN

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