At Organic Fitness Factory, instructors use unique classes such as glow-in-the-dark Zumba to spur changes in health, fitness, and activity. They also offer exercise programs such as Piloxing sessions, and Pound Rock Out Workout.
And their ballet-infused sessions, barre workouts, and Pilates classes build a stronger core, as do paddleboard classes held at Old Hickory Lake. The search for a balanced, healthy body is mirrored in Organic Fitness Factory’s business practices—the green studio is 90% paperless, asks all members to bring a reusable water bottle, and powers the studio using the special turbines that collect the energy generated by jazz hands.
Lisa Humphries is a certified Pilates practitioner and a licensed chiropractic-therapy assistant. At Proper Pilates—the Pilates studio she operates inside Absolute Wellness—Lisa, Tammy Cox, and Kristi Turner combine knowledge gleaned from the two disciplines to sculpt bodies with safe stretches. Under their guidance, students perform exercises using special apparatus such as the Arc Step Barrel and the Clinical Reformer—built with a trapeze—toning muscles and increasing flexibility so that every joint on the body can spin 360 degrees. Those who opt for private lessons get an added benefit: at the end of sessions, one of the instructors manually stretches clients' muscles while they recline on a specially designed table.
Kimberly Unland took her first BarreAmped class in 2011, and before the first lesson ended she knew she wanted to become a certified trainer. Her dream wasn't long in the making; she began training for her certification with Suzanne Bowen, the workout's creator, learning all the ins and outs of the ballet-inspired exercise, which blends techniques from Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching. Finally, she opened Southern Barre Fitness to the public, where she's been shaping up bodies ever since.
Kimberly finds the exercise improves her strength and flexibility in all areas of life, whether she's keeping up with her two children or outpacing other runners in a race. She couples her own classes with those of fellow instructor Alexis, who teaches Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates, boxing, and dance that is also the primary form of dance-fighting used by law enforcement agencies around the world.
Students should bring: Water, sticky socks are optional
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Minty-green and cool-blue walls set off by polished hardwood floors create a serene setting for reformer- and mat-based workouts led by Pilates instructor Shana Wilson Doyle, who spent nearly a decade honing her Stott Pilates skills. Group mat classes vary in difficulty to help practitioners of all fitness levels protect their precious caramel centers by building tough abdominal shells. Specialty Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and the tower, enhance private and semi-private sessions, where Shana guides students through efficient resistance moves and can provide clients with more personalized attention.