Whether they're seasoned skydivers or newcomers to this whole gravity thing, customers at Adventure Skydive Tennessee feel the rush with some of the state's most experienced instructors. From it staff members with up to three decades of experience to its busy schedule with jumps every single weekend, the company's experience and preparedness helps calm the nerves of even first-time jumpers. The large, open-air hangar provides a relaxed environment before take-off, and an onsite picnic area makes a great spot to hang out afterward. All parachutes are equipped with computerized automatic activation devices, digital altimeters, and zero porosity canopies. More experienced skydivers can take advantage of the indoor packing area, the showers, and outdoor training mock-ups of the airplanes.
While music lilts through the workout spaces of BarreAmped, instructors guide limbs through the muscle-lengthening maneuvers of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped programs. Many of them have augmented their extensive dance, gymnastics, and fitness backgrounds with training from Suzanne Bowen herself—including the Franklin studio's Amy Weber, who has practiced BarreAmped since before it was branded and now trains fellow teachers. She is one of five instructors onsite, not including subs. All of them specialize in the method's combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching, demonstrating how to leverage the body against a ballet barre for deeper holds. With small movements that shift each posture, they tighten traditional problem areas such as the seat, thighs, and water wings that have been stuck on arms since childhood. They also align each student's physique with hands-on corrections during class.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
Consistently Persistent Fitness founder and resident health expert Leks Stanic wasn't always as healthy as she is today. In fact, she long struggled with an unhealthy lifestyle and the tip-top physique she boasts today is a testament to the power of change. These days, she and her staff hope to inspire these same transformative changes in their clients, whether offering nutritional counseling, leading group fitness sessions, or making them play with a Rubik's Cube over and over again.
•Consistently Persistent FitBody (Franklin) Up to 10 classes •GetFit Anytime (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •GetFit Anytime (Springfield): Up to 10 classes •Basics and Beyond – Fitness, Nutrition, & Rehabilitation (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •Circuit Athletics Fitness and Wellness Center (Clarksville): Up to 10 classes •WestSide Athletic Club (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •West Dragon Kung Fu (Nashville): Up to 10 classes •Tiger King Muay Thai (Nashville): 10 classes
Q&A with Julie Tomsett, Office Manager at GracePointe Healthcare:
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
We treat the whole person by including information about their lifestyle, stressors, eating/sleeping habits, etc. and treat naturally whenever possible.
What inspired you to run this business?
Our family doctor approached us about taking over his family practice. It was a great opportunity to take an existing traditional practice and convert it to direct pay. We don't have the overhead or headaches associated with filing insurance and so we can concentrate fully on giving our patients affordable, exceptional, patient-centered care. Our patients routinely tell us ours is the best doctor's office visit they have ever had.