Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Nashville Mixed Martial Arts' experienced instructors keep students fighting fit during cardio kickboxing bootcamp and mixed martial arts classes that unfold over more than 7,000 square feet of mat space. The schedule's one-hour cardio kickboxing bootcamp sessions turn hearts into war drums as students batter heavy thai-style bags and tone muscles while performing pushups, crunches, and pantomimes of favorite heavy-metal lyrics. Mixed martial arts classes blend up a mixture of brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, wrestling, and boxing in every 60-minute class, teaching basic moves and defensive strategies as students improve their balance, coordination, and strength. Call ahead for scheduled MMA times and reservations.
Adolescent ascenders, ages 7–12, can safely channel their inner mountain goat on more than 12,000 square feet of scalable surfaces at Nashville School of Climbing's summer camps. For three hours a day over five days, skilled instructors guide junior climbers through basics skills, terminology, and interactive games. Rockhoppers' Camp (ages 7–9) and Cliffhangers' Camp (ages 10–12) boast a three to one camper to counselor ratio, and give parents plenty of free time to catch up on all the cartoons they TiVo'd. The cost of the camp includes harness and shoe rental, instruction, and a daily snack.
•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
Karate instructor Max W. Scruggs, Jr. feels a great sense of accomplishment when he can help kids from all backgrounds become productive adults. As a former nationally ranked R.S.K.C. black belt competitor with more than 30 years of experience in martial arts, Max not only shows youngsters how to defend themselves, but he also emphasizes self-discipline. He teaches the Wado Ryu style of karate, which helps put students in a position of power if they're ever attacked or swarmed by department store mannequins. During sessions for kids, parents can participate alongside their children at no additional charge. Max also leads private and semi-private self-defense classes for adults.