Former nurse and wound-care coordinator Kira Whitaker believes that in addition to exercise, true wellness requires personal strength and a respect for our bodies. At Arden Yoga & Wellness, she and the team of instructors harnesses help guests of all ages and abilities stretch toward healthier lifestyles. To make sure each student gets the most out of the sessions, every sequence can be modified to suit experience level or a paralyzing fear of sweat. Classes such as Arden Flow, Arden Power, Arden Sculpt, Prenatal, and Mommy & Me can help tone muscles, strengthen bodies, and improve the mind-body connection. Arden Yoga & Wellness further helps guests blast past their fitness goals with other wellness boons, including meal plans, nutritional advice, and weight-loss blueprints.
At each Gold's Gym, temperature-controlled group exercise rooms host yoga classes, and exercisers in a nearby cardio cinema room pedal and jog while watching full-length films. A cycling room and functional training equipment such as ropes and kettlebells afford further options for varied workouts. Alternatively, Gold's Gym personal trainers can guide workouts, ensuring clients are using proper form and getting the most out of their exercise regimens.
Shea Brock is the fun-loving tour de force behind Boro Hoops, where she leads invigorating hula-hoop exercise classes. If you get into hooping in a big way—and chances are you will—you can buy one of Shea's custom hoops suited to your size and color preferences.
The staff of yoga instructors and belly dancers at The Yoga Nest helps clients get in shape with a varied curriculum of fitness classes. Unique exercise sessions include barre classes—which combine Pilates, ballet, and yoga—as well as aerial yoga lessons, in which participants flex into traditional yoga poses while enmeshed in fabric hanging from the ceiling.
The fleet-footed instructors of National Dance Clubs shepherd students of all skill levels through a variety of dance styles and techniques. Aspiring hip-swivelers can acquire the moves necessary to woo passersby into impromptu swing sessions with an introductory dance package, which includes two private 50-minute lessons to get the dance ball rhythmically rolling. Solo dancers—who will be paired with an instructor—and cha-chaing couples take to the 2,000-square-foot dance floor, learning the steps, dips, and secret handshakes of American, international, and social dance disciplines, including bolero, fox trot, rumba, waltz, and tango.
After two years studying under the creator of the BarreAmped workout, Jen Ashcraft brought her certification and BarreAmped license to Murfreesboro, where she now teaches daily, dance-inspired classes. While the method is influenced by classical ballet techniques, Jen requires no dance experience to participate. During each session, she teaches small, isometric dance movements with yoga-like concentration and Pilates core work to build lean muscle mass. To achieve the full effect of each exercise, Jen has students hold certain isolated poses and make movements so subtle they could fool any laser security system in a movie. In more advanced classes, Jen introduces cardio elements to burn fat and calories.
Yoga classes, which are taught by instructor Jennifer Craze, are also available. Together Jen and Jennifer have created a haven for health and wellness through their robust class schedules and mind-body emphasis.