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.
Fusing the size and equipment of a major gym chain with the personalized attention of a small studio, Next Level Fitness provides an uncrowded environment that’s perfect for time-strapped individuals. State-of-the-art equipment is paired with handpicked, nationally accredited trainers in a sleek and spacious facility. As one of Nashville’s largest private personal-training studios, Next Level can focus on whipping clients into shape with the efficiency of a butter churn. This side deal also includes a fitness assessment and diet consultation, so clients can plan a potent fat-blasting battle plan.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
At the age of three, an age when most kids are honing their recipe for Play-Doh spaghetti, Danika Miles was perfecting her dance moves. She competed with the River Cities Dance Company, minored in dance at Marshall University, and went on to earn an MBA so that she could share her passion with others. Finally, she founded BareFeet Studios, a facility with two dance spaces and sprung-wood floors. Within BareFeet, Danika and fellow instructors lead student—as young as three to adults—in dance forms such as ballet, hip-hop, and tap. They also offer open-level yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and fitness boot camps.
Students with years of experience can audition for BareFeet Studios' senior company, which performs at benefits, charity events, and conventions with other professional dance companies. The studio additionally hosts an annual spring concert, birthday parties, and private lessons.
Launched by 2007 Ms. Bikini Universe Kim Whittaker, Franklin Boot Camp pumps up participants with a varied regimen of indoor and outdoor cardio exercises and resistance routines. In their quests for improved conditioning and muscle tone, boot campers will participate in adrenaline-fueled exercises ranging from obstacle courses and stair runs to intense yoga pose-offs against retired Madonna backup dancers.
When three of your immediate family members are some of the world's best fighters, chances are that you're destined for greatness. Carlos Gracie, Jr. spent his formative years watching and learning from the men who are credited with founding the art of Brazilian jujitsu: his father, Carlos Gracie, Sr.; his uncle, Hélio; and his older brother, Rolls. They borrowed from a fighting style that originally evolved in India, practiced by Buddhist monks as a means to restrain opponents without having to injure them. The "gentle art," as the monks called it, focuses on redirecting an opponent's momentum, grappling them to the ground, and employing powerful joint locks to arrest their motion and prevent them from escaping or dancing the robot. The family practiced and polished this reinvented technique at the Teresópolis House, an expansive ranch in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro where martial artists honed their craft in a community that necessitated getting along, sharing, and learning from one another.
Carlos Jr. drew on these lessons when he founded the first Gracie Barra school in 1986. The school, which eventually expanded to more than 300 locations worldwide, focuses on maintaining the signature Gracie Barra technique while allowing individual teachers to make the most of their own talents. Much more than a fighting style, Brazilian jujitsu emphasizes discipline and respect for others and oneself, and students at Gracie Barra will quickly learn the rules of etiquette that come standard in every classroom.