Happy Tuesday everyone! Tonight I am excited to share with you my workout routine, my favorite fitness boutiques in Nashville and 5 tips for getting motivated to exercise!
Nashville has such a great fitness community. It seems like there is a new fitness boutique opening up every day. My top three favorite places to workout in Nashville are Shed Fitness, Barry’s Bootcamp and Core Power for Yoga. I have been going to Barry’s and Shed for years and just started Core Power Yoga. I try and take at least four workout classes a week and mix it up with Shed and Barry’s. I generally take the 6 am class so I can get it in before everyone wakes up! Now I have another goal of getting more yoga in there as well!
Here is the breakdown of the workouts:
Shed is by far my favorite place to workout. It’s always hard, always different and there is never a bad playlist (which is obviously important). Every day focuses on a different muscle groups and goes as followed:
Monday: upper body
Tuesday: lower body
Wednesday: arms, abs & shoulders,
Thursday: shredder (usually full body workout, no set time for workouts and complete it as fast as you can)
Friday and Saturday: full body
Sunday: circuit (28-30 stations, each being 1 minute long)
Each class is broken down into 3-8 stations with each one ranging from 12 to 4 minutes. One station is always the Curve treadmills and majority of the time the rowers are a station as well. At the other stations you will be doing high intensity exercises which can include anything from burpees, to box jumps to an exercises with free weights.
For those thinking what on earth is a Curve Treadmill? Well, it is basically death on a treadmill. JK JK but seriously. It is a self powered, manual treadmill so how fast you go is how fast your little legs will run. It is easier on the knees and I feel like it really helps with your speed.
I have a lot of friends in Nashville who are scared to try Shed because they say it will be too hard and they might die. Don’t worry, you won’t actually die, just may get a little winded. It is definitely a harder class but the instructors are great and if it is your first time you just want to make sure you pace yourself, ask questions if you need help with form and don’t do too heavy of weights! I believe it is a workout that you should at least give a try and you might end up getting hooked like I did! They even have an app with workouts if you don’t live in Nashville.
Below is an example of one of the workouts this week (leg day). Every workout is written on the whiteboard and the instructor goes through the workout before the workout begins.
Barry’s is another long time favorite of mine. It’s the perfect combination of strength training and cardio. This high intensity workout will get you burning up to 1,000 calories a class. It’s broken into treadmill and strength training on the floor. Generally the class is split up with an allotted time on the treadmill and floor. An example of what a class would be like is 12 minutes on the treadmill, 12 on the floor (or vice versa depending on where you start), 12 minutes on the treadmill and 12 minutes on the floor. Sometimes it will be broken down into 3 sections on each station, so 8 minutes a station and going back and forth between the floor and treadmill three times. The days are broken down as followed:
Monday: arms & abs
Tuesday: butt & legs
Wednesday: chest, back & abs
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Full body.
A lot of people will say the treadmill portion scares them because they hate running. I have always found the treadmill part goes by really fast because it’s always broken up between hill runs, interval training, side shuffles and what not. You also always get lots of recovery and you can decide how fast you go! On the floor you generally are doing strength exercises with free weights (bicep curls, lunges, squats, rows etc) with a mix of high intensity exercises.
They have Barry’s all over. I have been to the one in NYC as well. It is such a good workout and a fun one too! With red lights, loud music and high energy your workout will have a whole different kind of fun vibe.
Yoga is something that I have never been the biggest fan of. I prefer high intensity workouts that are fast paced, high energy and of course have a fun playlist. It has always been hard for me to take a yoga class and not be counting down the minutes until it is over. Until recently I just split up my workouts with Shed, Barry’s and some running. As inflexible as I am, I am sore…. a lot. I know stretching/yoga is something I must incorporate to help with that but I have had a hard time finding a class I like! I prefer hot yoga over regular because I like to sweat in my workouts. I do not like classes where you feel like you are holding poses for forever and the music makes you want to go back to sleep, so I was needing a more upbeat kind of yoga class. When I first took Core Yoga I absolutely loved it and knew it would be a studio I visited regularly. The classes I have taken are more fast paced with more flow and an upbeat playlist. It’s like high intensity yoga which I LOVE! They also offer a class called Sculpt that combines free weights with high intensity yoga. They have On Demand Yoga classes if you don’t have a studio near you.
If hot yoga isn’t you thing Inner Light Yoga is another studio with a more fast paced, loud music kind of vibe.
I have tried other gyms and workouts but I always go back to Shed and Barry’s. Everyone at both studios are so nice and I always enjoy their workout. I have also found that my body responds best to those kind of workouts. High Intensity, weights and still getting my cardio in does the best for my body. I have been on and off with yoga but recently just started again because my body has been so sore from the high intensity of my other workouts! It is so important to stretch and work on mobility so I have made more of an effort to go more often.
The gym is my sanctuary and I always look forward to going. I have really bad anxiety and starting my day off with a butt-kicking workout gives me such mental clarity! I can’t go too long without it or I just feel off. It’s also nice to see familiar faces every morning. If you live in Nashville and haven’t tried any of the above I can’t recommend them enough! And if you are ever in the 615 and like to try new gyms when you travel, these should be your go-to!
Have no motivation to workout? Here are some times for getting yourself to workout when you really aren’t feeling it:
Plan ahead: I ALWAYS book my classes at least 24 hours before I take them because that ensures I will go! There is no way I am missing a class if it’s already paid for. If you are working out at home, write it down on you calendar and make no exceptions.
Just go/move! The first and biggest step is just going/doing. If you are taking a class the best thing about the fitness community is everyone is always so supportive and welcoming! If you are newbie wherever you go, you should be welcomed with open arms. :) You will never regret a workout!
Workout in the morning. I understand some people workout better in the evening but if time is an issue and you lose motivation as the day goes on, do it first thing when you wake up in the morning to get it over it. If I say I am going to workout later in the day I generally don’t want up working out.
Find a swolemate. :) Having an accountability partner and committing to them can increase your chances of succeeding up to 95%! Commit to going to a class together or on a morning run.
HAVE FUN! Working out shouldn’t be miserable. Find something that you love. It can even be something as simple as taking a brisk walk 3 days a week! The more you do it, the more it will become a part of your routine and habit.
There you have it! I hope this was helpful with those who have asked me about my workouts. I will be writing more fitness related posts so if there is ever any kind of topic you want me to cover, please don’t hesitate to reach out!