I’ve been living in Nashville for a little over a month now. I’ve been on ClassPass since June (in Minneapolis) and I am still loving it. In case you missed it, here’s my full review and more info: ClassPass Review + $30 OFF.
For the months of November and December I changed my ClassPass plan from unlimited to 3 classes per month due to moving and the holidays and such. Here’s the classes I’ve been to so far in Nashville.
I did the Butt & Legs class at Barry’s Bootcamp in the Gulch area.
Class description: “25-30 minutes of cardiovascular treadmill intervals and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing Barry’s “booty bands”, weights and other equipment to target the quads, hamstrings, calves and other leg muscle groups… followed by a short stretch and cool down.”
My Experience: Whoa! This was my first workout class in a little while since I had been busy moving and such and it was like going from 0 to 100. I was pleasantly surprised that during the treadmill portion of the class I felt pretty good. But going on leg day meant that all the strength moves in between treadmill runs were also leg based. So I left there feeling like my quads were dead but the rest of my body could still use a workout. Overall I think it was ok and I like the idea but I didn’t like it as much as I liked OrangeTheory Fitness. I may try again on a non-leg day class.
My sister and I did the GetFit615 class at Aspire. Aspire is Nashville’s first donated-based wellness studio. They feature a variety of classes through local partnerships.
Class Description: “This is a high cardio, heart pumping, sweat inducing class that is sure to leave you feeling accomplished and awesome in only 45 minutes.”
My Experience: The location was hard to find in the dark but once we found it, it was a pretty cool space. The class started out with us running “sprints” out and back in the parking lot. Then we did a circuit workout with 5 exercises for 3 rounds (starting with 30 reps, then 20 reps, then 10 reps) with more sprints in between. There wasn’t enough equipment for us all to do the exercises at the same time so we had to split up and just do each exercise on our own whenever that particular equipment was free. Ultimately it wasn’t my favorite class. I felt like this was a workout I could’ve done at home on my own since the instructor wasn’t really providing any feedback or instruction. It’s always nice to have the group atmosphere but I wasn’t impressed with the class.
We did a fun Boomerang at the end of the class:
My sister and I went to the Beginner/Intermediate pilates class at Marathon Pilates in 12 South. My sister has been going to this studio regularly and likes it a lot so I was excited to see it for myself.
Class Description: “Marathon Pilates classes utilize Pilates apparatus including Cadillac Table, Chair and Reformer. You will strengthen your core and increase flexibility.”
My Experience: The class and instructor were good but I didn’t like it as much as my Jump Reformer class at Awaken Pilates in Minneapolis. The Jump Reformer class is just so fun because you get to jump while doing the moves! Pilates doesn’t always feel super hard while doing it but I definitely felt the burn the next day. I think Pilates is a good cross training exercise to compliment my running to help correct imbalances and work different muscles that don’t get used during running.
Ha.Le’ Mind and Body
My sister and I went to the Open Hearts, Open Hips Yoga class at Ha.Le’ Mind and Body in the Belmont/Hillsboro area.
Class Description: “A yoga class for everyone who has ever sat in a chair. Will offer your body relief in these 2 common areas of tension – between the shoulder blades and at the joints of the legs – through slow, flowing movements linked with breath and awareness.”
My Experience: This was a really good class. It was similar to restorative yoga but more movement and flow, which was good because my sister did not want a restorative class. Per the class description, the class focuses on the upper back and shoulders as well as the hips. I have been having issues with my right hip flexor and my left IT band so I really needed some work on my hips. This class was really good and I enjoyed it a lot.
There you have it. Stay tuned as I continue exploring Nashville and trying more fitness classes! Follow me on Instagram for all the latest updates.