The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
•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
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Through encouragement and constant motivation we give clients the ability to continue their training. We challenge clients with exercises that are tough but doable and show the respective client that they can do these workouts.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
Not at all. When a client experiences pain or excessive problems with the exercise, cessation of the activity is required.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Peak12Sports is devoted to hard work and scientific design workouts. We focus on developing strength, speed, and power as our emphasis. Working out should be fun but hard.
Equipment: We specialize in body-weight plyometric exercises.
Students should bring: Bottles of water, eagerness, and willingness to train
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Team Tae Bo Fitness is locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Mark and Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, both of whom have trained under the Tae Bo Fitness creator Billy Blanks. The Cimarostis hold black belts in martial arts, and Shellie has also attained a sixth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. She has served as Billy's righthand sidekick since the creation of Tae Bo Fitness and is featured in all of the Tae Bo videos. At their location in Franklin, Shellie and Mark impart the secrets of this unique fitness regimen through lively, rigorous workouts.
Niki Gauthier has always loved fitness. Some of her earliest memories include watching her mom exercise at home and wishing she could escape from the gym's childcare center to join the grown-ups who were working out. And as a mother of two who lost 50lbs after each child, she knows what it takes to lose weight and tone up. Today, she tailors her boot-camp classes to be more than just a fitness class. One that helps women achieve their fitness goals, whether they'd like to lose weight, tone up, or look more like their favorite marble statue. Trainers work to provide a complete personal fitness programs and keep their students accountable for showing up to class and putting in a good workout, and they offer exercise modifications that help customize the workouts to every ability level. Classes develop camaraderie among participants as they encourage each other through varied exercises, whether they're swinging kettlebells, practicing kickboxing motions, running a mile, or cooling down with yoga poses. Regular body assessments help students see their results, and the trainers bolster the workouts with continual nutrition education.
Kettlebell classes employ different kettlebell sizes and weights to create constantly changing full-body challenges and intense core workouts, effectively trimming fat and building strength for common tasks such as ruffian-hurling and goat-juggling. Nashville Kettlebell is led by Master Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) instructor David Whitley, a very strong man whose teaching style revolves around a brutal minimalist fitness philosophy. All classes on the schedule are designed around the four basic movements of this philosophy: the swing, the Turkish get-up, the military press, and the snatch and squats. Although each training class is different and will include many different training methods, these fundamental exercises are the core of all sessions at Nashville Kettlebell and Tennessee Kettlebell.