team VERTICITY’s Favorite Ways to Cross Train

When we aren’t cheering on our Maniac Pack, teamVERTICITY likes to explore the different fitness studios around the Nashville area. Whether it's at yoga, Pilates, barre classes, or boxing, we love to move, sweat, and challenge ourselves in new ways. We’ve put together a short list of some of the studios that are tried and true VERTICITY favorites. And because there are just too many for one post, stay tuned for more to come!

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Hotbox
Hotbox Nashville is (creatively) exactly what it sounds like - an intensely effective kickboxing class located in The Gulch. With encouraging instructors (including our own Beccah!) and an accepting atmosphere, these classes are beginner friendly as well as adaptable to more advanced kickboxers. Self labelled as “the most intense, ass lifting, body toning, fat melting, group fitness session you’ll ever love,” we can completely verify that this is true, and that’s what keeps us coming back for more. They promise a lot and they deliver, even if we are sore for the next few days. Go hit a bag here.

Inner Light Yoga
Here at Verticity we ride to beat, and at Inner Light Yoga they move to the beat! As Nashville’s first music-based vinyasa yoga class, Inner Light Yoga pushes you to your limits and allows you to get lost in the flow. Founded by power couple Lee and Emmy Singer, ILY focuses on getting you on the mat and out of your head. Walking through the door you’ll see a sign on the wall that says “Here you are welcomed. Here you are loved.” and that pretty much sums up how we feel at every ILY class. With playlists including every artist from The Rolling Stones to Beck you are sure to find your own space at Inner Light Yoga. Get your flow on here.

Barré @ Vigor Fitness and Wellness Studio
Vigor Fitness and Wellness Studio is an upbeat fitness studio located right off of 5th Ave offering one-on-one personal training as well as group fitness classes - one of which is our favorite barre class, Barré. Courtesy of VERTICITY's Kelsey and Julia, Barré classes are a combination of yoga, Pilates, dance and functional training that take place in a room resembling a ballet studio with loud music pumping you up throughout the whole class. It is a full body workout, incorporating precise movements designed to focus on developing lean muscle and improving flexibility. We love it’s low impact, yet high results, technique making it easier on our joints to get in shape. Barré like rosé here.

Studio Novo by LAGREE Fitness
With locations in Cool Springs and West Meade, Studio Novo has become one of our favorite ways to squeeze in a full-body workout that leaves us with intense results (aka soreness) the next day. The LAGREE method combines a reformer and body resistance to push you to your body’s full capacity. We went as a team last month and took a class led by Addie, and trust us when we tell you this workout is next level. Step up to the challenge here.

Well Body Pilates
Well Body Pilates in one of our favorite Pilates studios in the Nashville area (near us on the east side and newly on the west side) for its contemporary, updated feel to classic reformer Pilates practices. With a full body workout, targeting muscles in a way that you probably haven’t experienced or thought about before, it will build lean muscle and increase flexibility. Pilates is a good way to get a solid workout in without having to sweat out your entire body weight or have an instructor screaming in your ear. Tone it up here.

We have so many favorite ways to get a little extra sweat in here at VERTICITY, so stay tuned for future posts featuring more of our friends in the local fitness community!

MANIAC MONDAY - MEET ALLEE

Allee's impact on her riders and on our team is undeniable. From her calming, mystical nature to her infectiously high energy on the bike, she seems to meet everyone's needs. Riders tell us all the time they need more Allee in their lives, and we feel the same way! Luckily, since she's yoga instructor, leader at lululemon, and founder of the about-to-launch Offerings Spirit Co., there are plenty of places to find Allee. We chatted with her about her life on and off the bike here. Happy Maniac Monday!

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What's a day like in the life of you?

On the run, problem solving, creating, dreaming, recovering, listening, and holding space. I love my life for its fluidity and ability to transform day to day, moment to moment. Like the connection between mind and body, my life ebbs and flows between high direction and organization and beautiful chaos. Between moments of grinding and fueling my path inspired by the incredible people with whom I'm surrounded in my various workplaces, &  complete surrender, silence, and serenity (IE: lavender, old records, candles, and a good bottle of red).

What are your favorite workouts away from VERTICITY?

Yoga is my love language--on on off the mat, it doesn't matter. It's how I practice being alive.

A real challenge to my body and mind is hot yoga, particularly at Hot Yoga East Nashville or CorePower Yoga in Brentwood.

Who is your dream rider?

My dream rider doesn't exist in my mind, in anyone's really. I am my own dream rider, trying my best to sweat, head-band, sing, scream, dance, and heal all during the journey of a class. Are you your own dream rider?

Guilty pleasures?

That'd be NETFLIX and binge-watching the best television shows of all time: The Office, New Girl, and Parks & Rec... in that order.

Things you can't live without?

I'm practicing non-attachment, or aparigraha. But if I'm being super real, my growing crystal collection is pretty hard to live without--they're just so damn vibey and beautiful.

What music is getting you super pumped up right now?

I've turned in to a rave baby on the bike as of late--anything Bassjackers, Yellow Claw, or over 140bpm (you're welcome, sprinters). 

Off the bike, Norah Jones is fueling my turn of the season spirit once again. Croon-on, mama.