#FitWithFinesse City Guide: Nashville
“Check out my southern fried style, and my southern flow.”
- Erykah Badu
There is a lot to love about Nashville. Known most for its country music scene, and newer mark as the “bachelorette party” capitol of the south, there is more than enough to explore. The city is lively, growing extremely fast, and fun. The same can be said for the fitness scene.
I was invited up to teach a boot camp-style workout, called trapSCULPT, at one of Nashville’s newest gyms Urban Strength. I decided to make the most out of the visit and see what other workouts and good eats I could squeeze in. I managed to do a lot in just 48 hours. Check out a few of my Nashville favorites below.
If you’ve been following me via social media for any amount of time, you know how much I love Barry’s Bootcamp. We’ve already reviewed the workout, which you can check out here, but Nashville’s specific location does not disappoint. The most fun is the bright and welcoming graffiti wall that highlights the many cities Barry’s footprint touches. And seriously, if you want a guaranteed hardcore workout, you can never go wrong with Barry’s.
There is something therapeutic and empowering about fastening gloves and getting in a good boxing session. Pepper Boxing takes everything you’d love from a traditional boxing studio and turns it up a notch by bringing in the “cool” factor. From the glowing, neon lights, to the bumping music, it’s easy to get lost in the zone at this studio. They also have one-of-a-kind, teardrop-shaped, water-filled heavy bags. If you’ve ever tweaked your wrist during a boxing class, you know if not careful, you can leave a good boxing class with a little more than soreness. The water-filled bags allow you to tone muscles and increase your heart rate without too much added impact on your joints.
Being fit focused doesn’t mean that you skimp on good food! First Watch is a chain that focuses on breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu ranges from traditional to more creative fare that is fresh in a welcoming, down-home environment. I started my meal with the Rainbow Toast, a medley of fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and mango, house made granola and Ricotta cheese atop brioche toast and drizzled with honey. In that moment, my whole life was made!
The Well Coffeehouse
You know we are coffee-obsessed girls! After breakfast, I stumbled on The Well Coffeehouse. Sipping from a cup at The Well means more than enjoying a great tasting latte or tea (and believe me, the latte I had was amazing…A-MAZE-ING). The coffee shop is a non-profit that funnels the money from the shop back into the community. Your cup of coffee provides clean water wells across the continent of Africa. Everything about The Well, from the décor of the coffee shop to the quality of their drinks was perfection and it will continue to be a stop on many Nashville trips to come.
Have you visited Nashville? What are some of your favorite spots in the city? Share with us in the comments below.